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Old 11-20-2011, 11:56 AM   #31
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I am far from a preachy, annoying, obnoxious former smoker. In fact, when I was working I would hang out downwind of the smoking area because I still love the smell of burning tobacco. I don't like the smell of a dirty ash tray, or a smoker's breath, but then I never did when I was smoking either.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:46 PM   #32
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My hat is off to you, my friend!! Congratulations!

I started smoking when I was 15 years old, and I quit a few times over the years. The last time I quit was January of 2010, and I made it until a couple of months ago. This has been a bad year for me as far as stuff going on, and I fell off the smoke wagon. It's all been nerves. I've had bad news from my family a few times this year, and they're about 3000 miles away. I know it's just a nerve thing. When I quit, it was cold turkey and never thought about it. Some people can do it that way, some can't.

I wish you all the luck in the world!! It is the hardest thing for some people.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #33
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when i quit smoking, cigarettes cost about $2.50/pack. today, a pack costs $5.00 in virginia, and in some places in the u.s., much more than that.

bolas, i don't know what cigs cost in scotland, but let's say 3 1/2 pounds for now. after the first few incredibly difficult days when the urge to smoke repeats thousands of times hammering at your will, it gradually slows in frequency, if not in intensity. this can be the perfect time to introduce a monetary incentive. i was a heavy smoker--two to three packs per day. how much did you smoke, bolas? how many packs between you and mrs. bolas? start a victory fund!! put the money not spent for cigarettes every day into a "victory bowl"!! when the spirits are flagging and the will gets shaky at times, (and they/it will), the new fund can offer you a new diversion: what shall we buy with this money that's piling up here? you can project the money you will have at the end of the first month--maybe you can buy an ipad, or pay for your christmas, or donate to the local soup kitchen. get what i mean? i did this when i finally quit smoking. it helped me to get past some shaky times. my wardrobe got a big boost from my no smoking fund--i was styling like a top model for a while there....every little bit helps, bolas....:)
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:08 PM   #34
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when i quit smoking, cigarettes cost about $2.50/pack. today, a pack costs $5.00 in virginia, and in some places in the u.s., much more than that.
Over here in WA state, they are over $8 a pack
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #35
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Over here in WA state, they are over $8 a pack

good grief! at these prices it's a wonder anybody can afford a cigarette habit today! smoking--what a powerful addiction....
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:25 PM   #36
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Over here in WA state, they are over $8 a pack
Are you close to Idaho VB? They are cheaper there than WA and MT. My boss drives through weekly and stops for herself, she offered to stop for Shrek, I told her not to bother, he's going to quit if it kills me.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:38 PM   #37
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Are you close to Idaho VB? They are cheaper there than WA and MT. My boss drives through weekly and stops for herself, she offered to stop for Shrek, I told her not to bother, he's going to quit if it kills me.
Yeah, they are down to the right. This isn't going to last. I went all of last week without one, until Friday. My Grandma (in NY state) has been in and out of the hospital this year. She suffered a bad heart attack last Jan, but she pulled through. The last month she has been up and down. Come to find out she had a mild heart attack (I think they are called silent) recently. She wasn't eating anything. My family didn't know if she was going to make it through this weekend, and I'm clear out here in WA state. I talked to my mom yesterday, and she is doing better. THANK GOODNESS!! I spent most of my childhood over at Grandma's house. They have her in a nursing care facility now in my hometown, and I finally got the phone number to her room so I can call her tomorrow.

Sorry, didn't mean to drag that out..... just trying to give you an idea of why I have been a nervous wreck!
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Yeah, they are down to the right. This isn't going to last. I went all of last week without one, until Friday. My Grandma (in NY state) has been in and out of the hospital this year. She suffered a bad heart attack last Jan, but she pulled through. The last month she has been up and down. Come to find out she had a mild heart attack (I think they are called silent) recently. She wasn't eating anything. My family didn't know if she was going to make it through this weekend, and I'm clear out here in WA state. I talked to my mom yesterday, and she is doing better. THANK GOODNESS!! I spent most of my childhood over at Grandma's house. They have her in a nursing care facility now in my hometown, and I finally got the phone number to her room so I can call her tomorrow.

Sorry, didn't mean to drag that out..... just trying to give you an idea of why I have been a nervous wreck!
Sorry about your Grandma. It's tough being far away, I know! I've had some close calls with cigarettes the last 10 months, hardest thing I ever did.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:57 AM   #39
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when i quit smoking, cigarettes cost about $2.50/pack. today, a pack costs $5.00 in virginia, and in some places in the u.s., much more than that.

bolas, i don't know what cigs cost in scotland, but let's say 3 1/2 pounds for now. after the first few incredibly difficult days when the urge to smoke repeats thousands of times hammering at your will, it gradually slows in frequency, if not in intensity. this can be the perfect time to introduce a monetary incentive. i was a heavy smoker--two to three packs per day. how much did you smoke, bolas? how many packs between you and mrs. bolas? start a victory fund!! put the money not spent for cigarettes every day into a "victory bowl"!! when the spirits are flagging and the will gets shaky at times, (and they/it will), the new fund can offer you a new diversion: what shall we buy with this money that's piling up here? you can project the money you will have at the end of the first month--maybe you can buy an ipad, or pay for your christmas, or donate to the local soup kitchen. get what i mean? i did this when i finally quit smoking. it helped me to get past some shaky times. my wardrobe got a big boost from my no smoking fund--i was styling like a top model for a while there....every little bit helps, bolas....:)
Vit mate, 2 weeks today and we are still smoke free, some of it is fear of our friday visit to Nurse Prune who it is said can smell a 5 day old relapse from the car park.
Marlbro cost about $10 a pk here and we would go through 2 a day. The prob was that my wife the stalker was also the smuggler.In Serbia M's are about $2.5 a pk, she brought back 40 cartoons last time.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:01 AM   #40
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how in the world do you hide 40 cartons through customs??

i've muled 50 grams or so of pot into bermuda before, but cartons??
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