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Old 11-19-2011, 05:02 PM   #21
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Congrats to you and your wife Bolas!!

I'm a new non smoker too!!.........I had the last cigarette of my life 47 days ago and I've never felt better. I tried to quit many years ago and failed but I think it's easier in this society where smokers are rare and sadly, they are treated so badly. I swear I'll never be an obnoxious non smoker making snide comments to or about smokers.
I'll not make the mistake again of thinking I can have "just one"........I know I'm addicted to tobacco, so that's not an option. I used the nicotine patches at first, but am off of them now too. I found that I had to remove the patch for sleeping or I had really wild disturbing dreams. I just returned from Hawaii, and for the first time I snorkeled face down for over an hour. My breathing is better than it's ever been, and I didn't have to come up even once to cough!
I'd say "best of luck" to you Bolas, but it really has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with commitment.
I'm sure in your corner, buddy........
Good for you! I said the same thing to myself when I stopped. I call those people "born again" non-smokers. Like they feel the need to push their new views on you. Or maybe it just gives them the will power to continue on by putting other smokers down and making faces when they light up
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:13 PM   #22
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When my kidney's failed I was frantic in the hospital because I couldn't smoke. one night I just decided this was it. I had my daughter toss all my smoking goodies even lighters. Since I was so sick not mush really interested me. I began to read, and help others in the same predicament as I was in. I found talking to others helped. I know it's hard, but envolve yourself in things you love If you love painting and do it an hour a day I find painting 3-4 hours tires me out. Stay away from the places you've smoked and the times you smoked do something else you can do this. I know if I can you can. It's been almost 6 years for me. Good luck.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:14 PM   #23
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Congrats to you and your wife Bolas!!

I'm a new non smoker too!!.........I had the last cigarette of my life 47 days ago and I've never felt better. I tried to quit many years ago and failed but I think it's easier in this society where smokers are rare and sadly, they are treated so badly. I swear I'll never be an obnoxious non smoker making snide comments to or about smokers.
I'll not make the mistake again of thinking I can have "just one"........I know I'm addicted to tobacco, so that's not an option. I used the nicotine patches at first, but am off of them now too. I found that I had to remove the patch for sleeping or I had really wild disturbing dreams. I just returned from Hawaii, and for the first time I snorkeled face down for over an hour. My breathing is better than it's ever been, and I didn't have to come up even once to cough!
I'd say "best of luck" to you Bolas, but it really has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with commitment.
I'm sure in your corner, buddy........
Fantastic, Kayelle! And good for you and Pac and others for not being self-righteous. Kades, you too have the right attitude.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #24
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Fantastic, Kayelle! And good for you and Pac and others for not being self-righteous. Kades, you too have the right attitude.
I find myself very angry when I had to listen to someone want to give me a lecture. They never smoked and felt I couldnt do this and so I try never to give that gas to someone else it hurts and It is rude so If you want those of us who have stopped smoking to be kind and polite and not KICK you be kind not I know better than you.!!!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #25
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I have no problem hanging out with my friends who smoke, I just stand upwind. I still love them and will never fault them for their choices. When I get so frustrated I can't think straight they are the first people to jump in the middle of me, stopping me from following through my threat to start up again.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #26
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i didn't give up cigarettes without a fight. two times i quit for over two years and still went back to smoking. there were many, many other attempts ranging from a few months to over one year. when i finally accepted the fact that i could not smoke one cigarette, or ever be a part-time or occasional smoker, i had one last ditch scheme: it was a time of heavy drinking and partying in our circle at the time. i decided that i could maybe get away with smoking once i'd had four or five beers or drinks. my reasoning was that smoking only when i was high wouldn't properly "register" in my brain, and i wouldn't wake up the next morning wanting a cigarette. that part of the night would have been more or less "forgotten" in an alcohol haze...and at first my nicotine cravings were largely absent. the weekend would come, and i would wait until i was well in my "cups" before lighting up. for a month or so, i was indeed a weekend smoker. i did not buy or use cigarettes at all during the week. funny thing happened sometime into the second month though: i suddenly had a very strong urge to drink--more and more--during the week. i finally had to abandon my smoke-while-drunk experiment. i eventually realized that my nicotine-craving brain would cause me to become a raging alcoholic, just so i could pursue my smoking addiction. that was my last self-deception about cigarettes. i still have dreams about smoking, but no delusions....
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:08 PM   #27
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i didn't give up cigarettes without a fight. two times i quit for over two years and still went back to smoking. there were many, many other attempts ranging from a few months to over one year. when i finally accepted the fact that i could not smoke one cigarette, or ever be a part-time or occasional smoker, i had one last ditch scheme: it was a time of heavy drinking and partying in our circle at the time. i decided that i could maybe get away with smoking once i'd had four or five beers or drinks. my reasoning was that smoking only when i was high wouldn't properly "register" in my brain, and i wouldn't wake up the next morning wanting a cigarette. that part of the night would have been more or less "forgotten" in an alcohol haze...and at first my nicotine cravings were largely absent. the weekend would come, and i would wait until i was well in my "cups" before lighting up. for a month or so, i was indeed a weekend smoker. i did not buy or use cigarettes at all during the week. funny thing happened sometime into the second month though: i suddenly had a very strong urge to drink--more and more--during the week. i finally had to abandon my smoke-while-drunk experiment. i eventually realized that my nicotine-craving brain would cause me to become a raging alcoholic, just so i could pursue my smoking addiction. that was my last self-deception about cigarettes. i still have dreams about smoking, but no delusions....
Vit !! Thanks for the insight. At one point I thought maybe substituting vino for ciggies might be a good plan. You're story gave me a wake-up call, and a good laugh....
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #28
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This thread is interesting to me. We share a common addiction but, we all have had to find our own way in our own good time. I agree with Pac and Kayelle about not becoming a preaching ex-smoker. I still miss it as much as I miss some of the people that have passed away in my life. The time just came for me to let it go. Like my grandmother used to say "We all trudge up Fool's hill. When we stop to rest we can look back over our shoulder and see how far we have come."
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:33 AM   #29
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congrats bolas!! i hope you stick with it.

i've been trying to get my wife to stop smoking for 20 years. the only time she stopped was when she was pregnant, but then went back to it a few months after our son was born from the stress of her mom dying. i've gotten to the point where i'm tired of hearing myself complain to her about it.

actually, i kind of screwed myself in a way by complaining about it, and enlisting my son to help try to get mom to quit. i used to smoke an occasional cigar and was given a few of the beauties over the past few years, but i can't light one up in good conscience or possibly pass on some bad traits to my boy. one - that it's ok to smoke, but also to not mean what you say. i've had many opportunities to enjoy a good stogie, like on fishing trips, weddings, camping trips, or relaxing by the pool, but i can just see his little face seeing me be an unhealthy hypocrite.

i just hope they don't dry out too badly before he gets old enough to understand that moderation in this case is ok, and cigarettes are a totally different deal. i don't know anyone who smoke just a few cigs a year.

bolas, if you ever feel like smoking cigs again, search online for info on how they are made. cigarettes are only part tobacco inside the paper wrapper. a large percentage, almost half in some cigarettes, is actually paper that's been soaked in a solution of tobacco tea and other chemicals (the addictive and cancerous ones that are supposed to make it taste better), then shredded to make it look like tobacco. it's a great scam that's been working for a long time.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:58 AM   #30
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Thank you all for your encouragement, Nurse Prune would give you all a gold star.
The other good news I got last week when I finish my non oxaletes diet for my 3 kidney stones Mick,Kief and Brian (I called the third one Brian because it does not move).The stones have stopped growing and the Laser Consultant Frank Zappa, a very funny 37 yrs old Sikh said he could blast them with his star wars tool.I asked Frank why he did not wear a Turban he replied nurses keep forcing him onto a stretcher and demanded the name of the ward he escaped from.I was his last app so we took tea discussed food and the greatest football club in the world LIVERPOOL FC. He moved to the area just so he could watch the mighty reds.
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