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Old 06-18-2008, 09:38 AM   #11
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luvs, do you knit or crochet or anything?
It really helps keep your hands busy..... you don't need to have them at your mouth so bad...
Guys I don't know what to tell you.... my husband used sunflower seeds to take care of the hand to mouth thing.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:39 AM   #12
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I quit smoking 22 years ago after smoking for 35 years. Started when I was 11. I tried several times to quit and couldn't get through the first 6 hours without a cigarette. I decided to go to Smoke Enders, threw away my cigarettes at the last meeting and never craved one since. I have no idea why, I just felt wonderful after the first day and no cravings.
I will NEVER go back to smoking not only because of the price of cigarettes, (biggest waste of good money ever!) but because I never realized how bad I must have smelled. People who smoke can't smell their own bodies and that's too bad. Those of us who don't smoke sure can smell you a block away. Your breath, your clothes, your skin and your hair reek. Never, ever again.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:54 AM   #13
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I had tried to quit a number of times unsuccessfully. When it finally worked for me it was because I was mentally ready. I had told myself that after this last cigarette I will never have another one NO MATTER WHAT. That means if I go out drinking I won't tell myself I will just have one or two because I am drinking. That means that if I am going on a long car ride I will not allow for a few butts. That means that if I have a horrible day and an super stressed that I can have one. No matter what I will never have another cigarette.

As soon as i was able to accept that then I became a non smoker. I am not sure when I quit, but it was probably about 10 years ago or so. I still have cravings. It is not easy to be a non smoker after being a smoker. It can be challenging. The challenges get easier though even if they do not go away.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:57 AM   #14
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I'm at 9 years this week.
GB hit the nail on the head.
I'd really love one some days, but I don't smoke.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:16 AM   #15
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I quit 16 years ago, my husbands whole family smoked so we quit together. Everyone is still a non smoker except my dumb husband, he started smoking the mini cigars with the notion that it was different because they were mini cigars not cigaretts. I could kill him. Oh yeah and I don't allow him to smoke in the house, in my car, or anywhere around me or my kids. The one thing I know is you have to set your own mind to quitting.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:53 AM   #16
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Smile Nicotine's a tough nut

I quit eight years ago. Had tried and failed dozens of ways and hundreds of times. Every cold led to lung infection that required breathing treatments and antibiotics.

My doctor referred me to a lung specialist who diagnosed COPD and promised that if I wasn't dead in five years I'd wish I was. He suggested a smoking cessation medication called Zyban. My insurance wouldn't pay but luckily the exact same pill is also sold as an anti-depressant called Wellbutrin which he prescribed for the mild temporary depression caused by the news of my own impending death. Honestly I suffered no withdrawal and have not been tempted to smoke since.

I have some first hand experience kicking addictions and nicotine is a son of a gun. Good luck to you all.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:58 AM   #17
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I had tried to quit a number of times unsuccessfully. When it finally worked for me it was because I was mentally ready. I had told myself that after this last cigarette I will never have another one NO MATTER WHAT. That means if I go out drinking I won't tell myself I will just have one or two because I am drinking. That means that if I am going on a long car ride I will not allow for a few butts. That means that if I have a horrible day and an super stressed that I can have one. No matter what I will never have another cigarette.

As soon as i was able to accept that then I became a non smoker. I am not sure when I quit, but it was probably about 10 years ago or so. I still have cravings. It is not easy to be a non smoker after being a smoker. It can be challenging. The challenges get easier though even if they do not go away.
keyword.. mentally ready..

its all about being ready and emotionally ready to stop.

You all can do it, its just hard as heck. I found it easier to never start because stopping is harder than starting.

i wish i could help somehow. reward yourself. start off for every week you dont smoke. go to dinner or something like that.
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:12 PM   #18
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I quit eight years ago. Had tried and failed dozens of ways and hundreds of times. Every cold led to lung infection that required breathing treatments and antibiotics.

My doctor referred me to a lung specialist who diagnosed COPD and promised that if I wasn't dead in five years I'd wish I was. He suggested a smoking cessation medication called Zyban. My insurance wouldn't pay but luckily the exact same pill is also sold as an anti-depressant called Wellbutrin which he prescribed for the mild temporary depression caused by the news of my own impending death. Honestly I suffered no withdrawal and have not been tempted to smoke since.

I have some first hand experience kicking addictions and nicotine is a son of a gun. Good luck to you all.
Thanks so much for posting this Skillet. I've been wondering about the Zyban because I had read it made it easier to quit without becoming really cranky (my poor family) and without weight gain. Next time I see the doc, I'll ask for a script.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:02 PM   #19
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A quitting smoking group would be great. I love to see people kick the habit - it's such an awful one. I know that alot of people started smoking when they didn't know it was bad for you, and were really young - so it's sooo hard to quit.

I myself have never smoked a cigarette in my life, or done drugs, so I hope I am a bit of inspiration for those who do smoke to quit - you CAN live without it!! :)
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First of all, I do not believe even for a second that people did not know or do not know that smoking is bad. I knew that it was bad when I was 5 and a half. That is when I tried to smoke my first cigarette. That is exactly why I was hiding from the adults when I was doing it.
After I got cut, that time, and receive a serious spanking I realized that smoking was actually even worse than I expected, because on the top of it being bad it hurts when you get cut doing it.
So, I did not smoke any more until I was 9. At which time I started to smoke during warm season and only in school, because that is what everybody else did. Thank G-d warm season did not last long from the beginning of school in September until it would get pretty cold.

Finally by the time I tuned 13 I was very much addicted and (here comes my second point) despite of what you are saying one really needs that smoke, especially in the early morning and after lunch. The only people who think that you do need a smoke are the ones that never smoke and thus have no clue about necessity of smoking.

Now the third point. How can you be an inspiration for people who are trying to quit smoking if you never had to quit smoking yourself? You donít know what it takes to stop even for a day, let alone quit completely, since you never started. When you try to smoke, when you get addicted and then quit, oh then you come back here and tell us what a good inspiration you are until then donít even bother.

Now, I do hope you take this lightly, because even though I am serious about smoking and quitting, I have been doing both for more than 35 years. I was joking about you and your post. So no hard feelings, ok?
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:17 PM   #20
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I was hard core into snuff, and cigars. Not really into cigarettes since college and I gave them up relatively easy. But snuff and cigars? That was a long drawn out effort. Finally gave up the Skoal for a year or two then went to Copehagen (the snuff not the city). Finally when I turned 50 I decided this is it and gave them all up cold turkey. Snuff is much harder than inhaled tobacco because of the longevity in the mouth and the amount of nicotine you receive. Long story short, I was a bear but at least a bear who began to feel better and I put on about 20 lbs. Recently I have had a few cigars and I need to stop doing that. When I am hanging around the Missus I don't want or need nicotine but when I am fishing or off by myself is when it is most difficult. Quitting is easy I have done it thirty or forty times at least during my life. Staying quit before you hit the Big Quit is hard. Those who never have cannot speak to the addictive power of nictine. It's easy to say that is a filthy, nasty deadly habit but until one has experienced it first hand (and I don't recommend doing that) the best inspiration to use is expired calendar pages since you quit. Peace out.
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