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Old 07-25-2005, 07:25 AM   #21
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I still smoke, although I've stopped at times (over a year once), but being a recovered alcoholic and drug addict I think there are many worse things I could be doing than smoking cigarettes

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Old 07-25-2005, 08:02 AM   #22
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msalper don't let what I said discourage you. Even though I still have the cravings they are not what they once were. You can quit and you will be so happy once you do it. The first three weeks are the hardest in my opinion. Once you get through that then you are home free. You can and will do it! Best of luck to you.

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Old 07-25-2005, 09:04 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Claire
I don't smoke and never have, and as for the illegal stuff, I DO NOT NEED an appetite stimulant in my life!

That said, I get very angry with people who have no tolerance for others' vices. I have even seen people accost smokers in smoking sections and outside. My parents both smoked for much of my life (perhaps why I don't), and when I was young I was the only person I knew who didn't. I still have friends who smoke, and they are all universally polite, and even when it is ten degrees out, will go smoke on the back porch.

Everyone has a vice, and we all like to think ours is better than theirs. If second-hand-smoke kills you, I should have been long dead. I sincerely hope that all who are smokers here manage to quit (Dad did after 40 years of smoking!! And he didn't do it for health reasons, but because it just got to be a P in the A to do it). But if you don't, there's a place for you on my back porch!
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:28 AM   #24
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I quit on January 1st of this year after smoking for 13 years. I stupidly started when I was 14 & was up to a pack a day a few months before I quit. About 3 months before I quit I started cutting back & was down to less than half a pack a day & I decided to go cold turkey. It was hard & at times still is but I feel like I have finally quit for good this time. I quit when I was expecting & nursing both my children but started back when all that was done. I couldn't have done it this time without the help & support I got from many of you on here & I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:39 AM   #25
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:40 AM   #26
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msalper, hang in there! You're taking on a huge challenge but I'm sure you can do it. Don't give up, even if you slip. You can always quit again!

Crewsk, I meant to ask you the other day how you were doing with this. GOOD for you!!!
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:31 AM   #27
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I smoked for almost 20 years before I quit for good. I tried quitting a few times before I finally hit upon a strategy that worked for me. I decided to intellectualize the habit - - that is, I decided that I would cut back by smoking ONLY those cigarettes that I truly 'enjoyed' (as opposed to those that I lit up simply out of habit or boredom). I had to think about smoking and how much I really liked it. I decided I would smoke when I drank alcohol, after meals, and with my morning coffee.

What I found was that, by forcing myself to THINK about it, I had to ask myself the question each time I lit up: "Am I really enjoying this? Is this one that I could cut out of the plan?" The cigarettes that I had Ďscheduledí to smoke started to feel a little too contrived. Once I began really assessing my true enjoyment of it, and took the 'habitual' part of it out of the picture, I was able to quit fairly easily.

I still smoked the occasional cigarette over the next year or two (mainly when I was under stress) but I found out that, after I quit, smoking made me feel nauseous. It didn't stop the cravings, though, and I probably felt those for another 5 - 10 years (but I easily avoided giving into the craving).

As far as my opinion of others who smoke? I understand the habit. I donít feel Ďholier than thouí when I see someone buying smokes or knowing that someone smokes. Iíve been there.

I understand that if I go into a smoking venue such as a bar it is my choice. If Iím sitting in a bar and someoneís cigarette smoke comes right at me (as it often seems to do), Iíll move without saying something or giving the smoker the Evil Eye. I know that I chose to be there - - knowing that it is their right to smoke. However, I do consider it to be assault when I am in public, outside, and walk through someone else's cloud. Smokers need to be considerate of others. It IS an assault and just being outside does not make everything okay. Itís not cancer from second-hand smoke that concerns me. I just think itís an offensive odor. Most reasonable people wouldnít argue that forcing an offensive odor on another person is okay.

Finally, I support any legislation that would see smoking outlawed in all public places - - including bars and casinos.

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Old 07-25-2005, 11:48 AM   #28
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I have smoked for 44 years...switched to Carltons 25 years ago when I had pneumonia, and have stayed with them. The doctors say it doesn't make any difference what brand you smoke, and I point out to them the statistics on the package. Marlboro reds have 17 times the tar and nicotine that Carltons do.
I did quit for 3 weeks once...tried using the patch, but it made me ill and sent my blood pressure sky high. Seems it had lots more nicotine than I was used to. I was miserable the whole time.
Thing being, I love to smoke, and I have no desire to quit. I am beginning to feel that we smokers are being subjected to unfair discrimination, and it makes me angry.
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:51 AM   #29
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I am beginning to feel that we smokers are being subjected to unfair discrimination, and it makes me angry.
In what ways are you being discriminated against?
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:52 AM   #30
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I smoke too. I don't smoke in the house. The day my son was diagnosed with asthma, no smoke was allowed in our house or vehicles.

Z, when I'm outside, I will stay as far away from someone else that I know doesn't smoke. Just becuase I'm outside, doesn't mean that I have a right to blow smoke in there direction or let it drift to another, so I know what your saying. I'm not going to force my bad habit on someone else. I won't smoke in restaurants, I can't stand the smell and I won't smoke while someone is eating near me outiside either. I can't even stand to eat with someone smoking by me, makes me sick. Weird, I know.

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