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#21 Kit Basher

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:24 AM

I think the best bet is to talk to your doctor and then try everything until you find something that works. I ended up using Welbutrin, it reduces the desire to yell at everyone you see. I also used patches, and nicotine lozenges. The hardest part is mental, the desire to smoke for smoking's sake, not for the nicotine. Those e-cigs might be really good for that. I am currently gnawing on toothpicks at a rate that has deforested several acres. The most important thing is to keep trying, most folks don't make it the first time. As Mark Twain said, quitting is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:40 AM

If you really want to quit you will its mind over matter. My wifes uncle just found out he has 6 months to a year to live after getting cancer a second time. it's in his sinus cavity. I feel for him...he quit

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:43 AM

I never picked up the habit. The only time I ever smoked at all was a couple of clove cigarettes around some of my friends, but that wasn't a common thing. The best anti-smoking information came from my dad. He's ex-military, smoked most of his adult life. He told me once if he ever caught me with a cigarette in my mouth, he'd kill me. I believe that. :)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:32 AM

It's not about stopping smoking.....it"s about staying stopped.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:55 AM

I quit cold turkey about three years ago after smoking for over 15 years. I watched my grandmother die in a hospital bed from smoking. She was about 90 lbs and was in the fetal position and her whole body would rise and fall with every breath. She was laying there fighting for every bit of oxygen she could get. Then, about 6 months later we went camping (and what's camping without drinking and chain-smoking) and I layed in the tent trying to sleep all night long and I felt like I couldn't breathe just like my grandmother. It felt like breathing through a straw. It scared the hell out of me and I quit the next day and have never looked back. It's a nasty habit, it stinks, it's expensive and IT WILL KILL YOU!

Quit now!

#26 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:55 AM

Not meaning to offend anyone, but It probably will anyway... Things I thing are stupid about smoking;

1. Ya ever hear someone say I don't smoke in my car, it ruins the interior...So you don't mind getting that stuff in your lungs but worry about the car you'll trade in in five years...Smart!

2. I'm 46 and a lot of people I know are my age or younger and smoke. This means they most likely started smoking in the 1980's or later. Did they not notice the warnings on the package or the news in general saying "this stuff will kill you"? I mean it's not like my grandfather who started smoking in the 1920's when doctors were in cigarette ads. You startred smoking when we already knew it was stupid!

3. A pack of smokes cost a minimum of $5 around here. What would a pack a day smoker say if I stepped outside where my cow-workers smoke and lit a $5 dollar bill on fire? they would think I was nuts. That's how I picture them.

4. I know several people, myself included who won't date smokers. imagine you meet your soulmate, and she won't date you because you smoke? that would suck.

Edited by Darin Bastedo, 12 November 2012 - 04:56 AM.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:57 AM

Good points.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:33 AM

I feel a lump in my thoat for about the last two months so I figured it was time to give up cigaraettes. Also, my head just feels wrong in the mornings. I am now on day 10. Getting so hard. They told me the first few days were the hardest but I thought were actually the easiest. For me, day six and on were beginning to get tough. Yesterday my friend gave me some marijuana before we went to a chinese buffet for breakfast and it helped so much with the cravings. That wore off later that evening. Funny that I am not craving more marijuana, maybe not even nicotine but I think the cigarette itself. Mind you I get by, but I seem to eat more now and lack motivation. Never knew how dangerous this product is until you try to stop.

A big part of it IS psychological. Something you you did without thinking about it just like an involuntary reflex.
Finish breakfast, light up, finish a coffee, light up on and on. That is why a piece of hard candy or a piece of gum every time the craving hits works so well for most who try it.
The worst thing a person trying to quit can do is use any of the "crutches" that are being marketed. It takes forever to quit using them and the odds are much higher that you will start back up than if you go cold turkey.

Oh, and pot is not an answer to anything. It is just a mask that delays what ever you are using it for other than to just get high.

Edited by Johnny, 12 November 2012 - 05:34 AM.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:57 AM

trying to quit smoking after many years has to be the hardest thing anyone does. I need to quit myself. Have smoked since 1966 when I first went to VietNam. tried once on a bet with a paratrooper buddy and we stopped for a year until I saw him sneaking a smoke one day and out of anger I started back again. bad business it is.

#30 Agent G

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:07 AM

MrsG told me to take the money saved from cigs and use it on models. No hesitation there!


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:34 AM

I've quit drinking cold turkey ( 25.03.2002 ) . I've had *maybe* a couple of shot glasses worth of a tasty Ale or Stout (only because I loved a good Ale or Stout , the only beers I could enjoy !) since then , and only because a friend was drinking something that *looked* and smelled tasty .

I quit smoking marijuana (18.05.2002 ) as its effects were becoming , shall we say , less than pleasurable ( panic attacks , getting "the fear" , and other uncomfortable sensations) . Conversely , I wish it was absolutely legal . I know many who smoke it to ease chronic pains , boost their appetite , etc. , etc.

I haven't taken an amphetamine tablet or capsule in over 10 years . While I only used good , clinical prescription stuff ( typically , Adderall ) , and only if it was around , I didn't "abuse" it . Only took one if I wanted to stay up late after working all day and having to show my art at an art opening .

The only psychedelic I've ever taken was STP ( chemically , DOM ) . All I can say is , "WOW !!" . It was a heavy , but really fun , trip .

As far as cigarettes are concerned : I've been smoking on and off since H.S. , more on than off . Love me some Marlboro Reds , and American Spirit Piraque Blend (a tasty cig with coffee drinks).
I smoke a lot at work , but not nearly as much when I'm home all day . I might knock off about 5-7 Reds on my days off , sometimes only 2-3 a day !

Considering all of the other stuff I've used / abused over the years , my cigarette habit is nothing ! Ha ha ha .

I know people who only smoke when they're drinking , or only at work , or other special occassions , and they all agree with me :
smoking bans in bars is just plain stupid . Really , who goes to the bar for their health ??? Ascinine !!

So , yeah , I still smoke cigs .
" If I chase away all of my devils , my angels would leave , too ! "

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

My wife says it keeps her working, she gets the cancer they remove every day in the lab to run tests on. I quit 31 years ago, it was the hardest thing I ever did. When you get the sudden urge you need something to replace it. For me it was running and it hurt for a long time. I would run 3 or 4 times a day as far as I could. At first it was about 300 feet. When I ran a mini marathon I knew I would never go back.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:06 AM

Wow Michael, that's intense. Pretty powerful story. I hope those who are trying to quit will take something from it.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

Ok... points made. Thread closed.