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Title: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 11, 2012, 02:03:32 PM
Well, after 35 some odd' years.... Am giving the 'quit smoking' a try.  First time was USMC boot camp, that was actually easy, just couldn't do it, unfortunately, went straight to the butt's upon completion.  Back then we could smoke on the Navy ships while on float, today they are much stricter.  At any-rate, for the first time in 35 years I'm trying to give it up, my choice... Working out pretty good so far!  Anyone else out there trying to give it up?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: KodiakRV on March 11, 2012, 02:20:31 PM
Good for you!  You can do it!  I quit after 18 years and my sister quit after 50 years!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on March 11, 2012, 02:22:39 PM
Quit is more like it.   Quit a 2-3 pack a day habit, in 1965, cold turkey, and never went back.   So hang in there dude -- there is such a thing as sucess. 
 
Hate those damn butts and their stink nowadays.   >:(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: FrankNichols on March 11, 2012, 02:25:08 PM
Quitting is the easy part, deciding to quit and not just "trying to quit" is the hard part.

I quit 2 years ago after 40+ years smoking 2 packs a day. I "tried" many times, but finally "decided" to QUIT and never looked back.

Frank
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on March 11, 2012, 02:28:11 PM
Took me 40 years and several tries, but I finally managed to quit about 14 years ago.  The mind is a funny thing.  I decided I could go back to smoking any time I wanted to and that actually helped me to not want to - that and about $1000 worth of Nicorette gum. :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 11, 2012, 02:36:03 PM
O my... You would not believe how great it feels to have 4 responses within 30mins.... This is not just another attempt... I've never really tried to do this before.  I knew it was time to do this, wish I had of had the courage 20yrs ago.  My DW and kids are well... supporting Dad!  There is actually two packages of cigarettes in the kitchen, un-opened, I bought them the morning I decided to quit.... they are still there.  Cool with others that have quitting stories, keep them coming.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: AndyinLexington on March 11, 2012, 02:58:26 PM
I'm not a smoker, but have some other habits I'm "quitting" and some I'm "starting".  Helps me a LOT to just focus on what is right in front of me.  Like just what I need to do right now, not try to mentally face the entire journey at once.  I'm six months into starting one good habit, and about three months into quitting a bad habit.  It's going well so far.  My grandfather quit smoking after around 60 years of smoking Lucky Strikes.  Just decided one day in the middle of a carton that he'd had enough.  I really admire that determination and staying power. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: JerArdra on March 11, 2012, 02:58:34 PM
At about 18 or 19 years old my Mother, Father (both heavy smokers), Sister, and I were sailing in Lake Huron.

I was at the helm and the three of them were dozing off laying on the deck.  In fact we were just about to lose the site of land so I took a reciprocal compass heading to ensure a direct route back to Sarnia.

I remember this like it was yesterday especially because back then (1950s) nobody was preaching that folks should stop smoking.

I pulled out my red-colored pack of Pall Mall king size cigarettes.  I lit one and didn't even inhale the first drag.  I just blew it out of my mouth, twisted the cigarette pack up, and threw it overboard along with the one I just lit up.  I then looked at my cigarette lighter, thought about it, and decided to toss it overboard too. 

That was it for me.  Never smoked again and am I so glad.  For some unknown reason I quit instantly.

When my folks and sister woke up I told them that I just quit smoking.  To this day I wish I could remember their comments.

JerryF   
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 11, 2012, 03:18:37 PM
Tom and I both quit in 1989.  He quit cold turkey.  I chewed that awful Nicorette gum, chewing gum, and ate tons of unsalted, unbuttered popcorn to keep my mouth busy.  It's worth it!  Can't stand the stink and stain any more.  Try putting what you would have spent on cigarettes into a separate account and spoil yourself with a reward.  Hang in there!
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: PancakeBill on March 11, 2012, 03:30:04 PM
My theory, and looks like you subscribed, is to quit while the habit is still nearby.  Don't give them away, don't smoke them, throw them away.  Not at the end of this pack, but while there is still some in there.  Then just don't smoke anymore.  So glad I did, but at times, a whiff of a sulphur match lighting one, the pleasure receptor pops.  It has been 40 years.  Of course, the second whiff of smoke is disgusting.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Just Lou on March 11, 2012, 03:52:29 PM
.... at times, a whiff of a sulphur match lighting one, the pleasure receptor pops. 

Bill, I've had the same thing happen.  There's just something about that smell of the sulphur match lighting that makes the memory so vivid.  I can enjoy the first whiff of fresh smoke too, but the pleasure soon turns to nausea.

I'm trying to quit also.  I had my last one on February, 5th, 1991. 

Hang in there, Jim.  You can do it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: NY_Dutch on March 11, 2012, 03:53:06 PM
I quit a 2-3 pack a day 50 year habit in 2003 after many previous failed attempts using various "traditional" methods, including cold turkey. What worked for me this time, was moving back my first smoke of the day. The first one when getting up in the morning got moved back to with my first cup of coffee, and then to the ride into work, and so on. As I got comfortable with each progression, I'd move it back another step. All in all, it took me about 6 weeks, with a couple of minor setbacks along the way, but when I realized one night that it was bed time and I hadn't had my first one for the day, I figured I really didn't need it. I've had no set backs since. My wife quit about the same time using the patch and pills and had an awful time of it, but she hung in and got through it. I don't know if my method will work for someone else, but it sure worked for me!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stephen44 on March 11, 2012, 04:27:12 PM
3 weeks in and making every one's life miserable  :-\

Stephen
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 11, 2012, 04:30:16 PM
I remember my last one..July 17, 2000 at approx 2am.....smoked my last one then walked into the emergency room cause I had been having a heart attack. But I had to have that last cigarette!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 11, 2012, 04:45:06 PM
Quit cold turkey in 1981 after 12 years of 2 packs a day. Wasn't easy but it was doable. Never been sorry and can't stand the smell of smoke now. If nothing else, think of how much money you'll save!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BobNSam on March 11, 2012, 05:21:20 PM
My wife quit smoking cold turkey in 2003; no pain, no strain for her at the time.
Smoking quit me in 2005 after 40  years.
I caught a very bad chest cold and could barely breath for about 3 days. Any attempt to smoke for a while after that caused immediate choking and coughing. After a week I decided that smoking had quit me...I still have the desire but...now, when I am around a smoker I can imagine what others smelled when I smoked my two packs a day. I must have reeked.
Here's to all those that have been able to quit and best luck to all those attempting to quit.
Bob
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wizard46 on March 11, 2012, 05:37:22 PM
I quit about 15 years ago, after smoking 3 packs a day. I will say that it was not easy, but once I made my mind up to quit, I just fought to keep it up. Never think about it now.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: taoshum on March 11, 2012, 06:00:23 PM
One of the most (mentally) painful experiences I recall.  Thought I was going to go completely insane for a while... gum, shots, the works and finally, after a long time, I got over it.  LOL, I was about 45-50 at the time... and I told myself, if I made it to 65 I could start again if I still wanted to smoke.  I keep raising the age to start again and now, probably won't do it.  Now if they legalize the other stuff, would have to reconsider the whole question, LOL, again.

Do whatever you have to do to continue NO SMOKIN'--- you will feel much better, very soon... but the memories never go away, IMHO.

Our neighbor, who smoked 3X more than anyone I knew, followed my lead after six months and then we could support each other.   Finding someone to "share the pain" is often helpful, as long as they don't start smokin' again, then it would be a challenge...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: gwcowgill on March 11, 2012, 07:19:26 PM
You can do it, I did it after 45 years of smoking. Sometimes I catch myself reach for that pack in my shirt pocket. That is when I remind myself how much better I feel now. If you want to quit you can do it!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Just Lou on March 11, 2012, 07:52:34 PM
I remember my last one..July 17, 2000 at approx 2am.....smoked my last one then walked into the emergency room cause I had been having a heart attack. But I had to have that last cigarette!!

Will, I wish you would stop reminding me of how many times we've made the same mistakes.  I, too, had to experience a life threatening situation before I even attempted to quit smoking.  I "enjoyed" my last smoke on the front steps of Duke Medical Center as I was entering to receive a quadruple bypass operation.

I didn't make the decision to quit until I realized that I had gone a full week without a smoke.  It just didn't make sense to have another one. ???

That was my last smoke but, unfortunately, not my last bypass operation. :) :(

BTW - I discovered after quitting, that I didn't have a nicotine addiction, I had a smoking habit.  Once I broke the pattern of reaching for my shirt pocket, I had NO craving for anything associated with the nasty habit.  Some folks are not so lucky.  For some, the craving never goes away.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wizard46 on March 11, 2012, 09:18:07 PM
Helped me a lot when the doctor told me " you can quit smoking or die, your choice ", really made me see the light but still was not easy.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Icemaker on March 11, 2012, 10:34:31 PM
Will, I wish you would stop reminding me of how many times we've made the same mistakes.  I, too, had to experience a life threatening situation before I even attempted to quit smoking.  I "enjoyed" my last smoke on the front steps of Duke Medical Center as I was entering to receive a quadruple bypass operation.

I didn't make the decision to quit until I realized that I had gone a full week without a smoke.  It just didn't make sense to have another one. ???

That was my last smoke but, unfortunately, not my last bypass operation. :) :(

BTW - I discovered after quitting, that I didn't have a nicotine addiction, I had a smoking habit.  Once I broke the pattern of reaching for my shirt pocket, I had NO craving for anything associated with the nasty habit.  Some folks are not so lucky.  For some, the craving never goes away.
Multiple bypass operations ...WOW ...The one I had was bad ..really don't want to do that again..
Habit or addiction I don't miss cigs ...but I still pine for Captain Black..<sigh>
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: workingtorv on March 11, 2012, 10:44:27 PM
Jim, Im going to join you I just had one and thought how utterly awful it tasted.  Good Luck to the both of us.  Although I smoke one pack per 2 days it is still too much and I hate the smell and have developed a smokers cough so what better a time.  Smoking is the only thing I wish I had never done.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on March 12, 2012, 09:44:11 AM
I'm three and a half years into a cold turkey quit, after 53 years of smoking -- it helps a lot to think of myself as a non-smoker, rather than thinking "I quit smoking." I've known quite a number of folks who quit over the years. You can stay quit if you want it bad enough. For me, a few months and I only had the desire to smoke on rare occasions. Now even when it's there, it's not very strong -- and it's very rare.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 12, 2012, 10:05:04 AM
I would wake up dreaming of having a smoke..two of the things that got me thru was sleeping a lot (you don't smoke when you sleep) and cheesey poofs. It doesn't matter if you gain weight, get the smoking under control. Then you can work on the weight. Agree with Lou, I had a  smoking habit not an addiction.
 Wizard....one of my Docs told me it I went back to smoking he would not treat me and drop me as a patient, said there is no need for him to be treating a dead man.
  Lou..how did you like Duke? The Docs said they would send me there for the xplant if Mayo doesn't accept me.
Hang tuff Jim...It gets easier the longer you go without and the urges only last a few seconds. It's your life you're working on.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Just Lou on March 12, 2012, 10:49:13 AM
  Lou..how did you like Duke? The Docs said they would send me there for the xplant if Mayo doesn't accept me.

Will, I liked Duke just fine, and I think they could only have gotten better in the last 20 years.  It was actually their top transplant surgeon who performed my bypass operation.

Just an aside - At the time (early '90s) it was assumed that using the largest vein grafts obtainable from a patients own leg was the wisest thing to do in a bypass procedure.  However, that proved false in my case.  It was the size of the grafts that became a problem.  They acted like reservoires and slowed the blood flow to the point that they collected sediment until they finally closed up themselves, and had to be replaced in a second operation, nine years later.

Medication, eating habits and not smoking have allowed me to stay pretty healthy for the past twelve years.

Wishing you the best of luck and care in any future heart procedures.  lou
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stormbytes on March 12, 2012, 11:00:38 AM
Took me 40 years and several tries, but I finally managed to quit about 14 years ago.  The mind is a funny thing.  I decided I could go back to smoking any time I wanted to and that actually helped me to not want to - that and about $1000 worth of Nicorette gum. :)

Hah! Chewing as I read this.....

Good for you!

Kick it. Choose Life. Plain and simple.

Oh, and give the gum a whirl...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ernie n Tara on March 12, 2012, 11:05:04 AM
After smoking four packs per day for 30 years, I woke up one Sunday morning and said "That's enough".
I haven't had a cigarette for 25 years; and I went out bar hopping with my boss the day after I stopped!
Ernie
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 12, 2012, 11:56:12 AM
>>Jim and Daniel......If you need any shock incentives let me tell you about my Lungs and hopefully a xplant. This is what bad decisions will do for you. You may feel good now but that bad stuff WILL catch ya later.
  Thanks Lou..it will get better. Oh...if you need another vein, the doc said I had an extra one in my leg that I could share.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stormbytes on March 12, 2012, 12:12:02 PM
Cat,

I smoked about a pack a day for just shy of 20 years. I stopped just over a year ago, and its a challenge every day, though I don't actually crave the feel of smoke down my throat anymore. My grandfather recently passed from COPD.

Not smoking is a hard choice and one you need to make every day. But you get used to it.

My heart goes out to you, and I wish you speedy recovery!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 12, 2012, 05:29:30 PM
I'm pretty overwhelmed with all the responses here, I have read every one.  Feeling pretty good today, can't wait until tomorrow, another day off the cigarettes!  Not sure how long we will leave those two unopened packs in the kitchen before throwing them away...  Maybe after I reach a one year anniversary.

"Jim, Im going to join you I just had one and thought how utterly awful it tasted.  Good Luck to the both of us.  Although I smoke one pack per 2 days it is still too much and I hate the smell and have developed a smokers cough so what better a time.  Smoking is the only thing I wish I had never done." 

Good luck to you as well, wow, feels good to inspire someone else to quit, way to go!  I'm staying positive, can't wait to be able to say to my doctor next visit... NOPE, not smoking anymore!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: workingtorv on March 12, 2012, 05:56:48 PM
12 Hours waken hours, it is tough for sure...I feel sorry for people around me I am just a tad grumpy..
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ammodog on March 12, 2012, 06:20:04 PM
Chewed for around 30 years, quit cold turkey 3 months ago..... Hardest time is when I crack a cold beer! I have made it without cheating!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 12, 2012, 07:41:05 PM
Throw those 2 packs away. It's a lot harder to drive to the store and pay $6 for a pack than it is to go get that pack that's right there in the kitchen. I tried several times but was never able to quit if there was a pack close by.

You said 'we' ... is this a joint effort? Support is good.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jnlo2000 on March 12, 2012, 08:56:37 PM
Best of luck!!  We too have smoked, quit and started up once again.  Each of us had our own reasons for starting again.  In recent months we made yet another attempt to quit we let them get us again :(  We, like most people, can give every excuse in the book for starting again and we have lots of them.  You know, when it rains it pours black cloud over our head recently for example.  LOL.  We both are 1/2 pack a day smokers, some days more than others and some less.  Sad thing is, in an environment in which we can't smoke, we don't and it doesn't seem to bother us, but as soon as we have a chance...game on!
We are on the weaning process now as described by others.  Pushing out the first one and the time in between each one.  Cold turkey just isn't an option for us and the cupboard has a case of nicorette in it when the time comes! :) 
GOOD LUCK and we will be thinking of you all on the journey! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stormbytes on March 12, 2012, 09:24:38 PM
jnlo2000,

Just wanted to say that I understand how you feel, and how hard it is. You *know* you want to be without it, but then there's this purely physical 'pull'.

I get you 100%

I've found it helps to draw a mental picture of what coping might be like beyond cigarettes. In my experience, I still have every bit as much craving for the 'comfort' of smoking, but after a year or so without, I no longer want to feel the smoke tearing through my throat. It helps me to think about that as I reach for another piece of gum. Hopefully that gives you something to try in your head :)

Good luck to the both of you. See you on the other side real soon!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 12, 2012, 09:53:39 PM
Keep this thread going! I'm right on the verge! Just about ready! Maybe, tomorrow. Surely by next week.  :-\
 
I just need to get on an even keel for a few days. Haven't been on one of those for a year or so.  ::) 
 
I'll just jog along here beside you all, for a while and then maybe jump on board.  ;D 
 
Egad, I love/hate cigarettes!  :-*    >:(
 
Ray D  ;)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 12, 2012, 10:02:30 PM
Ray, QUIT, today. You can buy a new motorhome with the money you save. And you'll live longer, too.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 12, 2012, 10:05:26 PM
I'll need a new motorhome! This one's a nice one, but it stinks!  :-[
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stormbytes on March 12, 2012, 11:13:14 PM
Ray - don't we all...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 13, 2012, 03:56:07 AM
Throw those 2 packs away. It's a lot harder to drive to the store and pay $6 for a pack than it is to go get that pack that's right there in the kitchen. I tried several times but was never able to quit if there was a pack close by.

You said 'we' ... is this a joint effort? Support is good.
Nope, I'm the only stupid one in the house!  The reference to 'we' was just that my DW was in the kitchen when I brought them up and put them on the counter unopened, that's when I told her I decided to quit!  If they remained unopened, then I'm still on the wagon! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 13, 2012, 07:14:34 AM
JIM.. what do you mean IF they remain unopened?? consider yourself an ex-smoker from now on, then the decision for you is to start smoking or never smoke, just like the first time you picked one up. Knowing then what you know now would you have smoked?? You made the hardest decision...to put them down. Proud of you, hang in there buddy!!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 13, 2012, 07:42:56 AM
Quiting the ciggie is the hardest, easiest thing you will ever do.  I smoked for over 50 years.  I quit after my first heart attack in 95 and picked up the ciggie again when my wife Linda died in 03.  I married Willa in 06 and kicked the habit again.  Went cold turkey and the first week was tough.  Every day I would promise myself that I could smoke tomorrow but NOT TODAY.  I still live by that.   ''Tomorrow I can smoke a ciggie,,,,,,, BUT NOT TODAY''.
Don't replace the ciggie with 'spit' or ''chaw'' either or a ''unlit cigar'' in your teeth....... DONT DO IT...
Be tough there Marine..... If a ''Stinkin Squid'' can do it,,,,,,, it should be child's play for a Marine.

ps.   I got two packs of Pall Mall reds hid in the basement and if i hear that the Russians ever ''launched'' a first strike against us, I will go light up and hope the first bomb hits on my head.....lol..... 
Thank you for your service to our country.......  God bless the vets........
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 13, 2012, 07:49:43 AM
well put there CJ...if a flatfooted grunt can do it I think a Marine could!! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on March 13, 2012, 10:16:46 AM
It's great when these threads pop up.  One more person to kick the habit.  I quit September 11th, 1992.  Had my last one during the eye of Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii.  I didn't really plan on that, but it was easy to remember that date, that's for sure.  I woke up, told myself I just didn't need this anymore, and never looked back.  Never had cravings and never had any problems holding to it.  That's when you know for sure it's time to quit.

By the way, I stopped for a rest break on the way home yesterday and the guy in front of me at the checkout counter bought a carton of Camel's.  $52.73!  Oh, mah, gawd!  If that alone doesn't kick you in the head, nothing else will.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Icemaker on March 13, 2012, 12:09:10 PM
It's great when these threads pop up.  One more person to kick the habit.  I quit September 11th, 1992.  Had my last one during the eye of Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii.  I didn't really plan on that, but it was easy to remember that date, that's for sure.  I woke up, told myself I just didn't need this anymore, and never looked back.  Never had cravings and never had any problems holding to it.  That's when you know for sure it's time to quit.

By the way, I stopped for a rest break on the way home yesterday and the guy in front of me at the checkout counter bought a carton of Camel's.  $52.73! Oh, mah, gawd!  If that alone doesn't kick you in the head, nothing else will.

And to think I got them at ships store for $1 a carton while underway...Don't remember just when I quit but I remember paying under $2 a pack...and at 3 packs a day ...that would be unbelievable.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 13, 2012, 02:43:01 PM
Well, i jumped on board, just to see what the ride is like. Not quiting, but haven't lit one since last night when I discovered this thread. Let me see - that's like 18 or 19 hrs. I do have one ready to light, as soon as I make my plan. It's in an open pack, in my shirt pocket, which still contains 20 cigs. Gonna leave it there.
 
Got 6 packs on the kitchen counter and 4 more in the door pocket in my car. Wouldn't do to run out. I plan to cheat at every opportunity, in every way I can dream up. I plan to stand downwind of smokers, and see what I can pick up.  :D  I have the gum, which I really don't like.  Got a good supply of E-Cigarettes, which seem to help - but there's still something missing. They have a heck of a nicotene kick, but no smoke - no fire - none of the satisfying good stuff!  :-\
 
Any good ideas on cheating?  ::)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 13, 2012, 03:14:56 PM
Yeah Ray - You CAN do it! For me, it was stick candy that helped - guess I needed something in my hand. Think about that new motorhome you can buy with the money you'll save!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 13, 2012, 03:32:05 PM
You can do it!  I started smoking when I was 14.  Every time I walked in the door Mother would smell them on my clothes and get after me - with me, of course, denying I was smoking.  Yea, sure - kids are so dumb.  Then at 21 I got the measles and was in a coma for five days.  When I came to I asked for my cigarettes.  Then asked how long I had been in the hospital.  When they said five days I knew I'd already gone through any physical withdrawal and told them to throw them away.  Never had one since and now know I'm allergic to the smoke!  By the way, I don't recommend getting measles to break the habit, but it sure worked for me!  ::)

Anyway when I returned to school I told all my smoker friends not to give in if I begged them for a cigarette.  I was so lucky!  I had really good friends.  The first year was tough, but my friends never once gave in to my pleading and after a while the desire was gone.  Sixty years later I can't stand to be around them, especially when they make my face itch!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 13, 2012, 04:13:15 PM
This is so cool!  Another day going down smoke free an' others jumpin onboard!  OORAH!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 13, 2012, 05:46:51 PM
Part of the real problem with quitting is stopping the ''mechanics'' of smoking..........  Think about it .......
When you smoke you do a lot of physical stuff.   
Open the pack by pulling the zipper and pulling the foil back.
Knocking out the first ciggie...
Grabbing the ciggie and putting the right end in your mouth...
Finding your lighter/ matches/ or pushing in the lighter....
Taking that first drag and waiting to flick the ashes.....
Toaking the ciggie down to a butt and crushing it out in the ash tray.......
Putting the ciggies in your pocket or over the sun visor and putting away your lighter......

The ''mechanics'' are about as hard to break as the actual habit of nicotene in your system. 
Your ''hands'' feel lost and you can only pick your nose so much ...............
Try this .........    Git you a big bag of Life Savers and keep them with you at all times.........
When you get the ''urge'',,,,,,,,,,,, whip out  a life saver and patiently unwrap it....

Stick it in your mouth and use your tongue to roll it around in your mouth,  stand it on your lips and whistle thru the hole...
This sounds stupid but it will give your mouth something to do.
Promise yourself that ''TOMORROW, I CAN HAVE ONE CIGGIE''.........  And when ''TOMORROW'' gets here, just repeat the phrase............
DO NOT CHEAT,,,,,,,,,,,,,, NOT EVEN ONE PUFF,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, NOT ONE,,,,,,,,,,,,,EVER,,,,,,,,,,,,,
The first week is the toughest.  After that, its pretty much downhill all the way and remember this....
The NAVY is watching you Marine and we are all behind you all the way.    DO IT MARINE and everyone else that is on the bandwagon...........

Marines are tough and they can do anything they put their mind to..... (good Lord, I am bragin' on jarheads)

Freedom aint free................ It is bought with blood................God bless our troops ..............
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jnlo2000 on March 13, 2012, 08:48:08 PM
$50 bucks a carton for Camels??  It would cost you $110 here!  I switched from Marlboro to a $30 generic something or another.  Saved us some money, but they are a little rougher to smoke.  I find drinking a glass of water when I want to smoke is helpful...as well as shoving food into my mouth.  ;D For me, it's string cheese, DH prefers sweets (I am unfortunate enough to NOT be able to eat pastries, doughnuts, cakes, brownies etc)..Carrots and celery are BORING...Maybe I should go back to chewing pencils!  Tee hee hee
Thanks for the support and for the thread...we just started our own support group!  Great stuff!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 13, 2012, 09:20:37 PM
Stuff the celery with peanut butter or cheese-whiz or Nutella. And think of all the wonderful things you can do with the money you save.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: PancakeBill on March 13, 2012, 09:27:26 PM
I used peppermint lifesavers.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 13, 2012, 09:38:14 PM
Chewing gum helped me get over that "light up when you start the car" phase.  It's hard to smoke while you're chewing gum. 
Another tip I read at that time:  give yourself permission to sit down and do absolutely nothing.  Seems smokers often use lighting up a cigarette as an excuse to stop when tired and needing to rest for a few minutes. 
When all else fails, take a shower and cry.  That's what I did for the first week when I quit.  It gets easier as time goes along!  :-*
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: stormbytes on March 13, 2012, 09:43:27 PM
I hope you had full hookups lol! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 13, 2012, 09:51:52 PM
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This is so cool!  Another day going down smoke free an' others jumpin onboard!  OORAH!

 
Hey, we have a Marine walking point. How could it go wrong?
 
Pretty darn good cheering section, too!
 
My first day is anti-climatic. No problem at all. Now, I did cheat, and quite well. Plan to continue. I have nursed an E-Cig all day, as needed. Miss the light up routine, but no Nicotene withdrawal. Don't know if this will continue to work, or not. Better than chewing the gum! The mechanical ceremony is an important part of the addiction/habit. Learning a lot from folks, here.
 
Ray, puff puff, D  ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 13, 2012, 10:52:21 PM
I hope you had full hookups lol! :)

That was 23 years ago.  Still working and living in our house.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 14, 2012, 07:42:30 AM
I read a story one time about a guy that really hated his brother in law.  He said the guy was lazy and worthless and lived off his wife working two jobs to support the house hold.  In the story, the guy was a smoker and he had tried several ways too stop smoking without success.  In desperation he came upon an idea and went to his lawyer and drew up a contract something like this.
I........................... do put on deposit this check for one thousand dollars that it be given to my hated brother in law, Mr............................... in twelve calender months from the date of this contract.  Said check will be mailed by my lawyer unless I successfully complete the following.
I will stop all tobacco use on or before three months calender date of this contract.
I will stay stopped from all tobacco use for the remainder of the contract period and if I fail to stop or return to tobacco use after I have successfully stopped in the first three months, I authorize my attorney to double the amount of the check to my hated brother in law, Mr .................................... as per this contract with myself.....
signed ..................................................

As I understand it, the guy has made several contracts with himself and has never lost a bet.  He stopped smoking, lost weight, and has broken other bad habits as I understand....
It is food for thought.............. Pick someone you don't like and give your lawyer a check for them.  Do like the guy did and if you hate someone enough .....   you will quit just to spite them.

This valuable information will cost you ten cents and you can pay me the next time you see me .....cj..
ps.   I volunteer to be the person that you dont like and you can make the check out to me and I will go to Vegas and have fun on your money while you smoke ciggies and cuss ......lol.....  (I are such a nice fella'.....
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: wincom6 on March 14, 2012, 07:43:12 AM
Jim, It took me years until I did not have the craving. If I can add a little insight. 
1. Any time that you have invested in quitting is lost if you “light up” and you will need to start all over, If you have invested a day or year the result is the same.
2. The mind will play tricks on you, after a time you may think that you have concord your craving and that you can reward yourself by have an occasional smoke. Watch out this is a sure way of failing.
3. Some people can quit on the first  try but don't count on  it, learn and gather your resolve and start over.
4. Quitting is a way of life. Some of us look at it as alcoholics do, we will always be smokers that are trying to quit. (Hello I am Paul and I'm a smoker. I have gone XXXX days/years without a cigarette).
5. As you free yourself from tobacco, a wonderful thing happens to your taste buds and every thing smells better, steeping out on the porch early in the morning and the air smells so refreshing. The congestion (smokers cough)  starts to disappear and breathing takes less effort. You will find that you will stop chewing your food and realize that the flavor of your food has really improved. You start feeling like a winner.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch,
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on March 14, 2012, 08:00:41 AM
     I never say "QUIT", all I ever say is I've stopped for a while.  As with most addictions, all it would take is one cigar, and I'd be back to over a pack a day.  Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs known to man, and why we allow it is beyond me.  I'm 3 1/2 years off them this time, but have gone over a year several times, and up to 10 years once.  But the last time I fell off the wagon, was as a result of "no-see'ums" on the golf course, so after 9 I went into the pro shop and bought a pack of cigarilos's, that led to another 6 year habit.
    As time passes, you recall the few nice things about smoking, yet forget all the bad things, like the morning cough, the constant bad taste in your mouth, the shortness of breath, and all the other bad things.
    Do what you need to for support, don't give in, but remember, once you're past the nicotine withdrawal, it takes 3 months to get over the habit of smoking, and all it takes is one hit of nicotine for most people to fall back.  So, GOOD LUCK, don't give in.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 14, 2012, 03:14:53 PM
Well... Another day going down, doing fine.  What a cheering section I ended up with here!  Gotta tell all of you, it's awesome, I've read every single one of your posts.... Couple of times.  Again, doing fine, both my kids told ol' Dad how proud they are, great cheering section at home as well!  Realized the garage ashtray that I've had around for so many years was not needed anymore, that went in the garbage today.  It's funny, that stupid ashtray has followed me around for years, remember a liquor supplier giving it to me back about 25yrs ago with a delivery to the Marine house!  BTW Navy.... while the Marines are the Mens department of the Navy... Nobody, nobody came near "doc" without coming through us.  Not just a saying... Many a day we stood by doc and others from the boat!!! :) :) :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: knuts1 on March 14, 2012, 06:15:48 PM
WOW 3 days!!  That is exciting.  I quit about 5 years ago and I still get strong cravings at least once or twice a week and I just need to think that I do not want to go through the quitting process again and it eventually goes away.  One of my triggers was bringing the dog out  I would of coarse have a smoke.  We just got a new dog this year and the cravings came back but still no smokes.  Just take it one day at a time. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: KodiakRV on March 14, 2012, 08:32:59 PM
I remember how much the taste of food changed when I quit.  Eating scrambled eggs with fresh-ground pepper on them was a heavenly experience...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 14, 2012, 09:54:15 PM
Well, I'm still on board. Cheating every way I can think of.  :)
 
My E-Cig is the biggest deal. It does keep my nicotene level acceptable. Haven't opened the gum, yet.
 
This isn't hard to do, yet. I am working on keeping it lightly enforced. Three real cigs down, so far. I haven't smoked all of any of them. I stoke up on the E-Cig, getting the nicotene fix, then light the tobacco. No benefit, so I put it out. Doesn't even taste good.
 
You know, this may work! I am getting optomistic.  ;D
 
One help, I think, is from an idea in this thread. I did not put cigs off limits. Promised myself not to suffer. Haven't suffered, so far. The E-Cig sabotages the real thing. That's cool, by my standards. (Definitely not recruiting anyone to follow my lead, here. I have no special understanding of quiting, whatsoever. Moreover, I have a list of a thousand ways to fail.)  :o
 
See you all, tomorrow. Hopefully, on the same wagon.  ;)
 
Ray D  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: workingtorv on March 14, 2012, 11:14:56 PM
Cheated and caved today.....back to day 1 for, keep going Ray and Jim.  P.S. One pack here is 11 and change per pack of 25.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: w6pea on March 14, 2012, 11:45:53 PM
I started smoking in 1965, (almost puking every time I would light up) in 1966 I got suspended from school for smoking the bad part was I was almost a block away from the high school....for one week. Buy 1967 I really was smoking. On the day my Mother passed away she gave me lunch money, as I walked out the door on my way to school she "Don't buy any Cigarettes..make sure you buy your lunch!" After she passed away my Dad let me smoke in the house and when I was with him in public.

I watched my Dad die from cancer in 1984, I watched my Aunt die from cancer in 1988, I have 4 other Aunt's and Uncles that dies from cancer. One of them never smoked a day in her life but she died of lung cancer.

My daughter asked me to quit smoking for her birth day. In 1998 she passed away 7 days after her birthday that year I have not smoke since  Halloween that year.  On Halloween that year 1998 (She Who Must be Obeyed) aka my wife took me to the hospital because I felt like I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be a Gall Bladder problem. I was in the hospital for a week. I got out was in my pick-up lite up a cigarette, and couldn't breath so I haven't smoked since.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Great Horned Owl on March 15, 2012, 07:35:00 AM
I had more failed attempts than I can count. Finally, about 12 years ago I decided to try the gum. Wow! Quitting was easy. I haven't had a smoke since.

Only one problem. Nicotine is nicotine. I discovered that the gum is just as  addictive as smoking ever was. It took me another 5 years to get off of the gum.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 15, 2012, 04:47:18 PM
Well, end of another day, read all the posts, thanks for sharing your stories, some sad, all an encouragement.  Doing fine, Saturday morning at 0800 it's one week... Waiting for that like a kid at Christmas morning.  Getting the 5Ver ready this weekend for a week of camping starting the 25th, can't wait!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 15, 2012, 04:59:40 PM
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I have 4 other Aunt's and Uncles that died from cancer. One of them never smoked a day in her life but she died of lung cancer.

I wonder if she got lung cancer from second-hand smoke.  Perhaps that's something you smokers who want to quit should think about as you're trying to quit.  If you get the desire to light up, maybe think about your loved ones who will be breathing your smoke and how it might hurt them.  I don't know if it will help, but any deterrent thought is worth trying!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 15, 2012, 05:05:10 PM
Good point AndraF.  I've never smoked in the house, cars or RV, however see plenty that have/do.  Actually, it's been a bit strange this week, keep going to the garage and realize much of the time I spent there was because I wanted to smoke... Look around and realize nothing to do and go back to the kitchen...  Going to be less time in the man-cave now.  O - God, what am I saying.....  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 15, 2012, 05:31:33 PM
Workingtorv; I wouldn't start over. I'd call that a stumble and continue from there. Don't drop out, what ever you do.
 
I had a very bad night, last night. PTSD. Haven't recovered. I gave up sleeping at about 3:00 AM. Usually, when I have to do that, I get up, have a small glass of wine, get on the computer for a little while, and kill a pack of cigarettes. Then i take a Valium and go back to bed.
 
Last night I skipped the cigs and used the "inhaler" E-Cig. Worked. Wasn't the same, but it did OK. Did get back to sleep. Note, I renamed the E-Cig "inhaler."
 
I might get stuck on the "inhaler." I'll worry about that, when I am off of cigs.
 
I haven't noticed any improvement in taste. I have noticed that my cough is all but gone. My medical inhalers are more effective and I need them less. My breathing is improved. Seems awfully quick for that kind of benefit. May be all in my head, but I'll take any benefit I can get, and call it a winner.
 
At this point, I have three times noticed that I had a cigarette going that I didn't remember taking out of the pack, nor lighting. Put them out, as soon as I saw them. One hazzard of carrying cigs. They just jump out and light themselves. May have to ditch the pocket pack, to avoid that.
 
I can see that this is going to get to be a bit more difficult as I go along. Will deal with that, when it becomes an issue i can't ignore.
 
Ray D.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 15, 2012, 05:42:13 PM
Hey Ray, knock off the cheating.  I have not slept right since I quit either, your not alone.  Can say one thing, breathing is better though, after only a week I'm not wheezing when I try to sleep.  This is an awesome challenge dude, I'm in.  Frankly I'm being a bit 'cocky' this week, unbelievable that I'm finding this doable.  Just looked up with a smile on my face, those two packages of unopened cigarettes are still sitting on the desk in the kitchen... This is cool!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 15, 2012, 05:44:38 PM
Ray, I'm delighted to see you're trying!  Yep, better leave that pocket pack somewhere else - preferably in a drawer on the theory of "out of sight, out of mind."  Actually they did an interesting study recently on placement of a candy dish.  If the person put it on their desk they were more likely to reach over and take one.  If the person put it somewhere else in the room where they would have to get up and walk over to it, they were less likely to take one.  I'll bet the same would apply to cigarettes, so put it somewhere else out of sight and maybe you'll be less likely to have that hand reach up and light one unbeknownst to you!

Interesting comment about your cough.  Mother would always tell me that if I quit smoking my cough would go away.  Dumb kid that I was I didn't believe her.  But, after I quit, my cough went away relatively soon.  Mother was right - as usual!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 15, 2012, 06:09:03 PM
Actually, the cough going away and the breathing improvements are the big surprise. Just seems a bit quick, for logic. Sure appreciate it though.
 
For whatever reason, the improvement seems real. I had trouble keeping my inhaler use down to prescription levels. Now, no problem. I am below prescription level and am not constantly out of breath. I can breath deeper! Still, a big surprise.
 
The cough has been a plague, for years. How could I get rid of it in a few days. Well, it's still there, but way less frequent and way less severe. Barely a bother. And, no "coughing fits" since I started this game.
 
I may have to put the open pack further away.
 
Have to keep cheating. The nicotene inhaler is my best cheat, and fits right in with my other medical inhalers. I may give the medical inhalers the toss, before the nicotene inhaler. (Probably not.)
 
Ray D.  :)
 
Jim, there is no doubt you are doing this "cleaner" than I am. That is very inspiring to me. I wish I could do it clean. Tried that. Several times. I plan to be clean and quit rather quickly. Hope so, anyway. Meanwhile, the inhaler keeps me closer to sane.
 
The cigs: I have been at two to three packs a day as recently as two weeks ago. Started the "inhaler" strategy. Jumped on this bandwagon because it was here. I opened this pack either four or five days ago. Thats a long way from where I was. Don't plan on going back. And, I realize I have to make the break pretty soon. We'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jnlo2000 on March 15, 2012, 06:19:34 PM
Keep up the good work!  Those of us trying to quit...what the heck is our problem!  DH is WAY more dedicated to making changes than I am!  LOL 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on March 15, 2012, 08:11:05 PM
I believe something good will come of these postings ;D

ON second hand smoke...last week DW and I met with the transplant team and one of the first questions was how long have you quit smoking....12 years...she looked at my wife and said, "you're still smoking" I can smell it!  Then she read me the riot act...we Will be checking you regularly and if you come up positive....all deals are off!! She stated that I can test positive from second hand smoke ALSO...same thing positive is positive. All deals off and back to the end of the list with 6 mo wait. Hell i DON'T HAVE 6 MONTHS.

The funny thing is Jane had not had a smoke for three days and had a fresh shower that morning...that lady had one helluva a sniffer to pick up on that.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 15, 2012, 08:11:42 PM
 jnlo2000: Are you on this wagon, too? More company is fine.
 
Ray D.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 15, 2012, 09:50:58 PM
To all you guys who are trying so hard to quit, and to those you have inspired who are lurking and have silently taken up the challenge:
 
Hang in there, try hard, don't give up, stick with it:  you won't believe how good you will feel when you lick that habit, how much better your life will be, how much more disposable income you will have, and how much people will admire you for what you have accomplished. 
 
If you have a setback, start again.  And keep on keepin' on.  It's worth it!
 
Margi
 
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: mnmnutswer on March 15, 2012, 09:56:35 PM
over 15 years for both of us. We figured when our smoking cost more then the new car payment it was time to stop......
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 16, 2012, 06:26:46 AM
I have been following this thread for some time and I am so proud of you guys that are trying to ''kick the weed''..  It is one of life's hardest habits to break.  I know, I have been there and done that.  I smoked for over fifty years.  I stopped back in 95 I stopped because I had a heart attack.  I picked them back up in 03 when my wife of 43 years died of a aneurysm.
In 04 I met Willa and we married in 06 and I kicked the habit again because she asked me to try.  So far so good.
In reading some of your posts on this I am reminded of my dad and my uncle Kenneth.  Dad stopped smoking but he insisted on keeping a pack of Camels on top of the ''reffer'' just in case he really wanted one sometime.   The pack laid there for five years and mom finally threw it away.   Uncle Kenneth decided to stop smoking down at the river one day.  He was a two pack a day Pall Mall, unfiltered, smoker.  He too carried a pack of ciggies until the tobacco simply fell out of them.  He was like poppa, he said he kept them to remind him that he no longer needed them and just in case he really wanted one, he would have one to lite up
Here is the way I succeeded .....    I promised myself that I could have a ciggie Tomorrow and if the craving hit me hard I would promise myself that I could have a ciggie in one hour from now. The real trick is never put one in your mouth again.  If you put it in your mouth.    YOU WILL EVENTUALLY LIGHT IT UP.....  Peppermint life savers worked well for me.  The actual craving never goes away it just gets easier to handle and duller in your memory. 
You guys can whip this smoking thing.
One note to the Marine guy.........
The Marine corps builds men ......................
the Navy recruits men..............lol..... and remember this Marine.   My Navy needs the Marine Corps.   Without them,,,,,   who would guard our gangways and keep our chow lines straight?  Who would bell hop for our Navy officers and guard our Main Gate to the base?           
Just teasing Marine and I hope you know that........... 
God bless our brave Marines and keep them safe
God bless all who serve this great nation
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: raz06759 on March 16, 2012, 08:20:05 AM
I have been lurking this thread since its start and have found relief in that I am NOT the only one having a difficult time kicking the habit for good.  I usually am able to go 2 or 3 days "without" and then it caves in.  A while later (1 or 2 weeks) I can quit again until I again re-start.  I have been successful in reducing the daily habit from "pack and a half" to under a half pack when I relapse, but that isn't good enough !!!

Like many others, after smoking for 50+ years, I have been trying to kick the habit for the past 5 years or so (since a heart attack, stroke, and "stent work")....... Each time some stressful situation arises and I seem to "relapse".....  Now that the most of the "major stresses" have been eliminated I think that I can handle the "minor stresses".

BUT I still have a real problem with smoking and certain activities, such as the first cup of coffee in the morning.  It seems that a cup of coffee and a "ciggie" are inseparable.  I've tried substitutes for the coffee (Sanka, tea, soda, water) to no avail.  Also, an afternoon adult beverage with a "ciggie" is just about mandatory.  Does anyone have a suggestion to remedy this.  PLEASE, do not suggest that I eliminate the coffee and scotch as that would probably put me over the edge.  Really don't want to get hooked on the nico-gum!!!!!!  Do the "e-giggies" work?

Marty AKA Razu, Pollack, Ski
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 16, 2012, 09:09:00 AM
Marty.....  try this ........   I want you to start charging yourself for the ciggies you smoke.
one.    do not carry the ciggies with you.
two.    put them on top of a cabinet and out of sight
three.   when you just got to absolutely, positivly, have one, get one out of the pack and put in ten dollars in the place of the ciggie.  If you aint got ten dollars, you dont get a ciggie, and NO YOU CAN NOT RUN A CREDIT OR A PAYDAY FRIDAY THINGIE.  Cash on the barrell head or you go without....
You will be in charge of this and it is up to YOU to enforce the rules about the ten spot. 
If your wife is an non smoker, you must tell her that every Friday she is welcome to look in the ''pack'' and help herself to any money she finds and she go and have her hair, nails, and other woman stuff done at your expense.
If you go all week and have not put anything in the pack then you are free to take a nite out with the boys and do a man thing with the guys.  (dont get into trouble with this)
this just might work for you as ten dollars a ciggie is kinda high for most folks...
Keep us informed.......cj.......

I am ready for our guys and girls to come home now.......cj..
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 16, 2012, 09:35:25 AM
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Do the "e-giggies" work?

 
Marty, it depends on what you mean  by "work." They deliver the nicotene, and quite well. I find that there appears to be other aspects of a cigarette that contribute to the addiction. Those are not delivered by the e-cigarette. Things like the smoke - the lighting ceremony - the ashes - the odor. Those aren't there. And the e-cig is quick. Pick it up, suck on it, and you're done. I suppose there is nothing to prevent you from sitting around, relaxing, with an e-cig in your hand, but it isn't necessary.
 
They aren't cheap. Of course, neither are real cigarettes cheap. I find that the cost, for me, is slightly less for e-cigs. There are quite a variety. I use the throw aways, rather than the refill kits. Tried several brands before picking my current brand.
 
Some are not consistent in the level of nicotene in a puff. A very strong puff can knock your socks off!
 
Probably more info than you wanted, but ask if you want more.
 
Ray D.
 
By the way, having a rugged time of it, this morning. Not giving in, Got cigs, but not lighting up.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 16, 2012, 04:00:48 PM
The Marine corps builds men ......................
the Navy recruits men..............lol..... and remember this Marine.   My Navy needs the Marine Corps.   Without them,,,,,   who would guard our gangways and keep our chow lines straight?  Who would bell hop for our Navy officers and guard our Main Gate to the base?           
Just teasing Marine and I hope you know that.........

Are you kiddin... I live for these jab's!  Don't ever worry bout my feelings with Marine / Navy jokes, that's for sure.  As a matter of fact, love all the service jibs between service members!

Ray:  You ain't cheating with the e-cig thing, it's no different than the gum or the patch as far as I'm concerned, lighting up is the only "cheat" that I would consider, well that and stickin your head in a fireplace and breathin for the smoke!  Keep it up friend, this quitting thing is where it's at.  Tomorrow morning is one week, doing fine here.

Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: raz06759 on March 16, 2012, 04:27:37 PM
Thanks CJ and Ray for your comments........  I don't smoke in the house, car, porch, or yard...... BUT the "man-cave" (garage) sure does !!!!!  I haven't moved the coffee maker out there or a stash "bottle", but the thought  has crossed my mind.

CJ---- I'll try the "dollar in the pack" but I think that it will NOT work, I rarely carry a wallet and "plastic" won't cram in the pack.  Interesting idea though, DW loves the idea !!!!!  She could hardly wait to "spa-it"...... She told me, "You better STOP it or I'll SPA-it" !!!!!!

Ray----- Since the feeling of the "e-ciggies" is NOT real encouraging (others may find them useful) since they are in the same category as the "n-gum" as they both give a jolt of nicotine and thats what I'm trying to get rid of.  I would try the "e-ciggie" routine, even considering the cost and the nicotine jolt IF they worked out in the long run as SUPER SUCCESSFUL.

In any case, I'll keep trying and make it as uncomfortable as possible to have a pack handy.  DW has also tried to stop with me, but (iMHO) caves in much easier than I.  When I see her light one up, my craving becomes unbearable and I join her.  She has been with me on the "No house, car, porch, or yard" but contributes her share of the Smoky Garage.

Thanks for your comments.  I'll just keep trying. 

Marty

PS...... jje postd in while I was composing my reply and I would like to say that I appreciate the Marine/Navy banter that goes on........I even contribute from time to time !!!!!  But being retired USAF I sometimes wonder if the Jar Heads and Swabbies appreciate comments from a Fly Boy!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 16, 2012, 04:28:07 PM
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The actual craving never goes away

Actually, I think it does eventually.  I haven't yearned for one for many years and am now truly repelled by the smoke and odor.  Just no attraction whatsoever.

So there is hope - but it might take a long time.  I wish I could remember when the craving went away but it's too long ago to remember!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on March 16, 2012, 04:37:03 PM
I agree with AndraF.  I quit in 1998.  I fought cravings for a while, but habit was more difficult to beat back than cravings.  There were so many things that triggered my habitual reaching for a smoke such as morning coffee or a beer.  Neither prompt any kind of thought of cigarettes now and haven't for several years.  Stick with it and "this too shall pass".
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 16, 2012, 05:04:10 PM

PS...... jje postd in while I was composing my reply and I would like to say that I appreciate the Marine/Navy banter that goes on........I even contribute from time to time !!!!!  But being retired USAF I sometimes wonder if the Jar Heads and Swabbies appreciate comments from a Fly Boy!

Hey there, of course your welcome to join in Marty, more the better.  So you actually earned one of those Air Force Badges while in the Boy Scouts?   Hee hee ehe eheh  :o :o :o :o

 I would try the "e-ciggie" routine, even considering the cost and the nicotine jolt IF they worked out in the long run as SUPER SUCCESSFUL.

If it helps you quit, go down to Walmart and get the e-cig, cheaper than the doctor and the patch, much cheaper than the gum, if it works it works, tomorrow is my one week anniversary!  I'm enjoying so much reading all the 5-10-20 year posts ... from those that have quit, what a boost.  For me, 35yrs of a habit is going away, what a feeling.  Lost a neighbor last summer (smoker) 53yrs old, lost a co-worker today (non-smoker) however both to heart attacks, both the same age as me.  I'm not going back to the cigarettes.  I've been a bit on edge the past week, however have been forgiven by DW and kids, they know the deal.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 16, 2012, 05:20:57 PM
I agree with Ardra.  Quit in 1989 and haven't had a craving in many, many years.  I smoked for thirty years, but both my parents smoked.  Add the 20 years I breathed their smoke and I can say I smoked for fifty years.  Now I can't even tolerate the smell.  You guys are doing great.  Keep it up!
 
Margi
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 16, 2012, 05:29:24 PM
I had cravings for about 2 years then the cravings went away and not only no cravings since then but I can't abide the smell of smoke. Saves me a lot of money because I stay out of casinos.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: raz06759 on March 17, 2012, 06:34:39 AM
Yeah jje1960, those Merit Badges went REAL well with the Bus Driver uniform !!!!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: JerArdra on March 17, 2012, 08:52:02 AM
I too, after quitting, find the smell of cig smoke really yucky! 

Also, the smoke that comes off a lit cig as it is being held or is sitting in an ash tray is absolutely the worst of all.  I suppose this may be because after inhaling the smoke the smokers lungs have absorbed most of the tars and poisons so the exhaled smoke is not as offensive.

JerryF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 17, 2012, 04:53:45 PM
With respect to all that are trying to ''kick the weed'' habit I want to tell you guys this.   
Do Not Get Hooked On Food as a substitute for tobacco.   This is the tragic error so many make when they try to stop smoking.
When you kick the weed you will notice how much better food smells and how much better it is when you eat and eating can and sometimes will make a good substitute for the weeds.  Some folks gain weight like a whale so you will have to be careful and not replace one bad habit with another bad habit. 
If you do get the munchies try celery or radishes or lettuce or cabbage.  Try Peppermint life savers or sunflower seeds that you must crack out of the shell.  Keep an eye on what you eat and don't let it take charge of you.   Salsa is also good with corn chips.  For goodness sake stay away from chocolate and donuts.   They will taste wonderful.   Been there and done that....
One of the oldest ''addages'' when ladies smoked is that the ciggies replaced the craving for food and they kept their ''figure'' longer.   In actuality they looked pretty good in their coffin .....

Nuff said for now guys ...... KEEP UP THE GOOD  WORK  and if you fail just start over and always keep trying.
Be safe my friends........... God bless our troops and bring them home soon ..........cj...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 17, 2012, 09:47:29 PM
Don't know how long we're going to keep up the reporting, but here's my report for today and yesterday. Not good at all. Well, today is pretty good. I recovered from yesterday and am back on track. The e-cig is getting better, or I am getting better at it. Pretty well satisfies me.
 
Yesterday is a different matter. Family member went in for a 2 week check-up on abdominal surgery. Supposed to be a half hour. That was what was scheduled. Well, time went by and no news. Then another hour - no news. Lot of activity, and I tried to stay out of the way. Maybe I should have asked someone what was going on.
 
E-sig held on for about 3 hours. (I'd take a break and walk outside, around the corner. Then puff.) Then, she came out with a bunch of new meds and no smile on her face. She had kept secret that her pain was growing, because she wanted to see the original surgeon, and couldn't until her appointment. Well, she had developed 5 abcesses where staples had been, after removal earlier this week. They did urgent surgery to clean out the abcesses, right there in the exam room. That was what all the fuss was about! I should have asked.
 
Well, e-cig got forgotten, and we had a feast on real cigs for about an hour. I figured I'd have to start over from scratch - or perhaps worse than that. By bedtime, I was back to sane and back to the "inhaler." I am going to continue on, and whip this addiction.
 
I recall several times in my life where an extremely stressfull event, worse than yesterday, knocked me off from as much as two or three years of not smoking. Gotta find a better way to deal with that kind of stress. Don't expect a repeat of yesterday's event, but you never know what's next.
 
Ray D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 18, 2012, 08:10:48 AM
Not to worry Ray.   Ain't no body gonna break your bones about back sliding.  Stuff happens and we are only human.  When my wife died suddenly back in 03 I had been ''off the weed'' for eight years.  When I walked into the house after the funeral I picked up a pack of her ciggies (she still smoked) and went back to a pack a day in one day.  Life didnt mean much for a while and I figured it was better to smoke than to ''eat the gun''....
You hang in there brother and KEEP TRYING..........   You got my support for sure
Be safe and ''Never quit trying''.......................cj..............
Nuff said for now ...............
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 18, 2012, 12:17:47 PM
Come on Ray, Seajay giving some pretty inspirational advise here.  Let's go, get it back together.  Today is day 8, definitely the hardest so far.  Not sure why at all, holy cow, was on edge all morning, couldn't stop thinking about it.  Still have no intention of smoking anymore, just a hard day.  On a good note, can't believe how much has changed in only one week, breathing and smelling like I have not remembered in years!  Have past the big 'ONE' for one week, now looking for the 'ONE' month.

Now, sorry about posting this quitting stuff, understand it has nothing to do with RV'ing, have felt guilty about that since I started the post.  Must say that reading the RV posts helps keep my mind off the cigarettes though!! 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 18, 2012, 12:43:53 PM
Now, sorry about posting this quitting stuff, understand it has nothing to do with RV'ing, have felt guilty about that since I started the post.  Must say that reading the RV posts helps keep my mind off the cigarettes though!!

No need to feel guilty, this is the Shade Tree section where anything goes as long as it's tasteful.  This has always been a "people helping people" forum as well as an RV focused forum.  That's part of what makes it the friendliest place to hang out in cyberspace.
 
Many of us have been through "quitting", know how difficult it is, and want to support all of you who are struggling right now.  We're proud of you for trying and you'll be proud of youself when you succeed.  Hang in there, guys!
 
Margi
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 18, 2012, 12:54:20 PM
It's under The Shade Tree where anything goes so no problem. We have a lot of lifestyle discussions so this is just another one. Want to make it RV-related, I've never seen an RV 4 sale ad that didn't say 'non-smoker' so you're just trying to join that group :)

I like the ONE method - One Hour, One Day, One Week...And if you falter, start again. I remember easily making the One Week point several times before I finally quit. And if food helps you quit, that's ok. For my Dad it was dill pickles, for me it was stick candy. I'd rather be 20 pounds overweight than smoke.

Good luck. Keep it up. YOU CAN DO IT !

Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 18, 2012, 01:12:59 PM
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Want to make it RV-related, I've never seen an RV 4 sale ad that didn't say 'non-smoker' so you're just trying to join that group (http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/Smileys/default/smiley.gif)

 
Way back when I was looking for an RV, I noticed that people advertised that there had been no smoking, no pets, no children. Finally realized that smokers and folks with pets or children just don't sell their RVs.  ;)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 18, 2012, 02:45:35 PM
Thanks, appreciate it, getting to he end of another day, got through it.  How's it going Ray?  Seajay, give him some inspiration!  DW must have told DD how hard today was, she came down today and told me ... Pop, you doing ok?...Man, that was a boost, we talked about it and got a second wind.  35yrs of this habit/dependencie, feeling good to say good bye.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 18, 2012, 02:58:46 PM
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How's it going Ray?

Going good. Not even tempted today. I am learning that there is a correct way to "smoke" the e-cigs. Much more satisfying. Glad Friday is behind me.
 
Someone posted that Walmart sells e-cigs, so I went down there to check on prices. They were cheaper than the tobacco shops, but only had the kits. If a kit is acceptable, that would be the place to buy. I simply prefer the throw-aways, and will pay more for them.
 
Ray D  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: LeMond on March 18, 2012, 03:59:12 PM
I smoked 2 packs a day for 35 years before I decided to quit. DH and I even went to the Eagles that night (May 6, 2008) to help me remember why I couldn't breathe. That tactic worked for me, it won't work for everyone. Hanging onto a stair railing outside, coughing my lungs out from the smoke, was a good reminder of why I needed to stop smoking. The hardest part for me was month 2. By then I felt I had my addiction under control, and was feeling pretty cocky. The fact that I still wasn't feeling as good as I thought I should, did not help. So many times I said "I felt better when I smoked, maybe I should start again". Thank goodness I did not give in to the negative thoughts I was having. I am a nonsmoker of nearly 4 years. Oh, the feeling better didn't happen over night, but it did happen. I guess what I'm trying to say is ~ be easy on yourself. Don't beat yourself up. Your body and mind have been, and are still going through a rough time. You are a nonsmoker. GREAT JOB  ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jnlo2000 on March 18, 2012, 10:18:26 PM
Ray- To answer your question.  NO (unfortunately) we are not on the wagon.  We are running as fast as we can catching up to the train.  But we have all the excuses.  My crystal ball says this week will be it.  Going to see the cardiologist to find out how bad a recently diagnosed PFO I have. He is also my father's heart doc and my father has advanced COPD, lungs falling apart and had quad bypass about 7 years ago...all from smoking. 

My plans to taper off is working pretty well and I am finding Listerine breath strips to be useful.  Pop one on the tongue and take a deep breath...WOW...My mom suggested.  I worry about the hand to mouth and likely will start eating like mad....stocked up on hard candy..but worried about my teeth...Got the carrot and celery sticks too...but I get bored with them. 

I am digging some of the suggestions such as CHARGING ourselves to smoke...I am not a "spa"  kind of girl, but I know that money would be great to help with DS tuition and football camps this summer!! :)  Then again, some new fishing gear or shotgun may be nice too! HAHAHA
Ridiculous how we do this too ourselves.  In my quest to better myself, I worry about the side effects of "quit smoking" meds/gum/patches etc...How silly!! 
Will stay positive and continue on this journey to being smoke free! :)

All the while DH patiently waits for me...God I love that man! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Seajay on March 19, 2012, 07:16:03 AM
To Jim and Lee Ann......
Hang in there my children, Rome was not built in a day and sometimes quitting the weed takes several tries.  The secret to success is NEVER STOP TRYING.  If you must smoke, CHARGE YOURSELF FOR EACH CIGGIE and don't make it cheap.  DO NOT SNEAK A PUFF OCCASIONALLY.  If you do, I will know it and me and two Marines and an Air Force guy and a Ground Pounder will come and find you in the middle of the night and we will give you a crunchy peanut butter and jelly e****a and then a strong laxative and nail the toilet door shut.  It will get ''worser'' from there.   
Just teasing my friends I know the Hell that you are walking in right now.  Been there and Done that and it is tough.
I urge you to keep trying and if you fail, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and listen in the middle of the nite for footsteps outside your house........hehehehehehehhe.
To succeed, you must try
If you try, you will succeed......
print that and paste it on your bathroom mirror.......

Lets bring our troops home now ........ 10 years is enough .......cj...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 21, 2012, 04:27:34 PM
Well, been a few days since post, doing awesome!  Saturday is two weeks, feeling better everyday.  So strange, still reaching for something without thinking, then remember I don't smoke anymore, very weird.  Anyone else still sitting on the wagon... Ray... How ya doing?  First camping week of the year coming up, leave this weekend.  Taking off Sunday morning for a week in N. Virginia, looks cooler for next week but not so bad, supposed to be in the 60's in the long range forecast next week.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 21, 2012, 05:11:36 PM
Glad to hear from you, again. Wondered how you were doing.
 
I'm doing OK, for now. Not completely off cigs. Gotta decide one way or the other, pretty soon. Taking two to four cigs a day, now. I think that's good, but gotta make the big move soon. It's really tough. The first week was easier.
 
Well, on and off the wagon. Hoping for more willpower and less stress, both at once.  :D 
 
Ray D  :)
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 21, 2012, 05:14:01 PM
Pretty soon is tomorrow morning!  Sending PM.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 21, 2012, 05:56:27 PM
PM received and replied. Replied twice, actually, as first dissappeared. Don't know how many you'll get.
 
Ray D.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 21, 2012, 06:02:42 PM
Got it buddy.  Believe we are will be riding the same wagon... right?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 21, 2012, 06:12:22 PM
Ray D - Tomorrow is the day you quit once and for all.  Throw the rest of them out.  Remember Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life!  You KNOW you'll feel better and will be in better health so do it now!  (That's an order!)  ::)  We'll all be here cheering you on!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 21, 2012, 06:35:21 PM
Jim, yep, we're on the same wagon. Ardra, are you pickin on me. Make me feel like I'm back in the military!  :-\   ;) 
 
This just got tougher, the second week of this campaign. First several days were easy. I expected worse. I didn't expect the difficulty of the last several days.
 
Just for the record, I started this e-cig try several weeks ago. Helped, but didn't quite do the job. Found this wagon, and jumped on. Staying here.  :) 
 
Ray D.  :)
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 21, 2012, 06:50:17 PM
Ray - Yep!  This Army Brat is giving you your marching orders.  Isn't that just what you need!  Tee hee.  Seriously, when you start to feel the need go outside and do something different.  Can you take a walk or do some hobby or go talk to a neighbor?  Whatever you can do to divert yourself is good.  Just don't sit there looking at them and then give in.  You have to reorient your thinking and get your hands and/or body doing something else than reach for one of those cancer sticks.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 21, 2012, 07:13:14 PM
OK, Ardra is providing the tough love!  I'm Mrs. Bleeding Heart, willing to hear all your excuses, tell you how tough it is, hoping to cheer you through it.  Know what I say now? 
 
I say, LISTEN TO ARDRA !!!
 
You know it's worth it; I know it's worth it.  It's really tough, but kicking the habit has rewards on so many levels.  We know you can do it, because we did .... and it wasn't easy, buddy, it wasn't easy.   But life is much better for us now, and will be for you, too!
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jnlo2000 on March 21, 2012, 09:14:13 PM
Thanks SEAJAY!  On the right track! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Daisy on March 21, 2012, 10:16:35 PM
Ray, Here's another one trying to add more encouragement to your difficult task.  Been there, done that, don't ever intend to go through it again.  As others have said, when your get the urge, do something else.  Someone suggested to go out an talk to a neighbor, etc.  Just pick one who is a non-smoker.  One thing that hurt me in my endeavor, was being WITH people who themselves smoked.  This DID NOT HELP ME ONE BIT.  Divorce yourself from all those who smoke until you get over the hump, so to speak and you can then handle someone elses Bad Habit.  Hang with people who don't smoke and the pain will be that much less, and the urges will go away that much quicker.

Daisy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on March 22, 2012, 09:12:53 AM
You make an excellent point, Daisy. Not being around smokers much helped a lot when I quit three and a half years ago. All of my previous attempts had been years ago when smoking was more common and when you could smoke in restaurants, bars, etc. Thinking of myself as a non-smoker, rather than an ex-smoker or as having quit smoking, also helped. Fortunately, the urge to smoke is rare these days, and fairly weak when it occurs.

And best of luck to all who are trying -- it's really worth the effort.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 22, 2012, 10:21:01 AM
When I was in college, I hung out with smokers. I quit smoking between semesters and could no longer hang with those people...just couldn't be around smokers. Lucky thing Mike didn't smoke.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 24, 2012, 10:39:04 AM
Two weeks down this morning.  Chewing a ton of gum (plain gum)... For the nicotine withdrawal, using e-cig.  Have already gone from the regular down to the light dose on that.  The regular really messed me up, made me feel tired.  Can't believe how much better breathing is already.  Should have quit a year or two ago, have been ready for awhile now... You need to be 'ready'.  Have not figured out who yet, however either DW or one of the DC got rid of the two unopened packs that I bought the day I quit, they disappeared from the kitchen counter!  I know this is going to sound stupid to anyone that has never smoked, however this is like saying goodbye to an old friend... albeit a friend that one should have never been around! Now, for those that have not been able to stay on the wagon ride....  Your not alone, found an interesting site, hope it helps.  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000953.htm
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 24, 2012, 02:34:09 PM
Ray D - Where are you?  We haven't heard from you for a couple of days.  Hope you're hanging in there too!

Jim - You have such a smart family!  :D

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on March 24, 2012, 05:48:25 PM
Well, I'm here. Nothing to report that anyone is going to like. I've hung a little bit better than even for the last few days.  :-\
 
Getting a bit easier, but not much. I've been studying. Learned some about the e-cig. I have been "smoking" it wrong. Changing that has been very helpful. Much more satisfying, accounting for some progress in the mood catagory. Simply put, one smokes it as if it were a regular cigarette. Now, it's a challenge, a real competitor, to the real cig. Reduces the stress, by a mile! Needed that.
 
So, I'm still on this wagon. May get off, now and then, for some running exercise, but I soon get back on. Translation: Light a real cig. Take two puffs. Snuff it. Go to e-cig for next puff. A few hours later, light the remains. Take two puffs. Snuff it.
 
Many times, I get a real cig out, decide I don't need it, and return it to the pack. Puff the e-cig, instead. May not look like progress to others, but I feel like I've come a long way. Grabbing every crutch I can find!  ;D 
 
Re: Staying away from friends that smoke: Ummmm - - - that  would be me. I'm the smoker. I associate with one other smoker, my ex-wife, and she is on the e-cig kick, also. We're still good friends and going to stay that way, I hope. My friends are my cheering section, including this forum. Not staying away from anyone. Would like more company. Don't have the smoking urge around friends, very much.
 
Oh, and don't have a sufficient number of friends that I can afford to lose any.  ;) 
 
I have made it through the winter pretty well, in my motorhome. Been warm and comfy and lonely. Got a bunch of folks fulltiming it, in this park, but when winter hit, they all went into their dens and hibernated. Rarely see anyone. Been a mild winter, record mild! Lowest low was 8 deg. Very little snow. May post later about how I made it, but everyone else, here, made it, as well. (and without going to the extreme I did to prepare.) Still, read lots of questions here about weathering the weather, so may post it later.
 
Ray D.  :)
 
Oh, forgot to congratulate Jim. Two weeks is a mountain of climbing. Keep climbing. You are going to make it, and I won't be all that far behind you.  ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 28, 2012, 07:02:55 PM
Way ta go Ray, keep it up!  18 days down here, doing great, still a challenge, however doing fine.  Anyone else that has read this post and considering quitting, just jump on the wagon.  Thanks to everyone else that has had spirit of support.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: visch1 on March 29, 2012, 06:48:45 AM
I, like a lot of folks quit a hundred times, for a few hours. Fortunately I got what I needed one day and just lost the desire for another one. At the time I was smoking 3 packs a day. I’m sure a lot of hidden messages in the head was the big push. I heard so many people say it was the hardest thing they had done including stopping drinking and hard drug users. Some say that it’s better to think about something else when the desire hits as time has shown them. I’m grateful it was easy for me 28 years ago as I cannot afford 3 packs a day now. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 29, 2012, 01:16:08 PM
You guys keep it up. You CAN do it. I just saw on a TV show today where a doctor said to substitute the smoking habit with a different, healthier habit like walking. Just a thought.
 
Wendy
smokefree since 1981
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 29, 2012, 06:37:11 PM
And then there was last night's news where they were talking about the cancer rate which overall is declining - thankfully.  One third of the cancer deaths are from lung cancer caused by smoking, one third are caused by obesity and lack of exercise, and the last one third are from all other causes of cancer.  For those who smoke, don't exercise, and are obese the longterm outlook isn't very encouraging.  So NOW is the time to stop!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: PancakeBill on March 30, 2012, 06:51:45 PM
Wendy, so substituting a crack habit is not a good sub for smoking?  I used peppermint lifesavers.  I wasn't even a menthol smoker.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 30, 2012, 09:58:39 PM
Wendy, so substituting a crack habit is not a good sub for smoking?  I used peppermint lifesavers.  I wasn't even a menthol smoker.

"Healthier" was the important word :)  And for me it was peppermint sticks and I was a menthol smoker.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on March 31, 2012, 12:05:09 AM

"Healthier" was the important word :)  And for me it was peppermint sticks and I was a menthol smoker.

Clove Lifesavers in my case. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on April 03, 2012, 06:05:39 PM
Wow... thread read over 1700 times, suspect lot's of ex-smokers out there.  Went back n' read a bunch of the responses, thanks to all of them, really mean that.  Going well, this Saturday it's going to be a Month.  It's amazing how fast the lungs start clearing.  Anyone reading this (that smokes) needs to really consider what they are doing... If I can do this anyone can.  Ray - how ya doing?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on April 03, 2012, 08:35:48 PM
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Ray - how ya doing?

Gotta get a better seat on this wagon. Keep falling off this one.  :-[   ::)
 
I do get right back on, but this ping-pong game has to stop. Actually, I think I'm doing well. Developing an attitude. I'll get there.
 
Funny, when I turned the computer on I thought "It's about time he checked with me, again." And, here you are. Thanks for the bump.  :D
 
I'm liking the e-cigs better, and that has been a boost. They are starting to taste right. I am starting to find the real cigs a bit dissatisfying, not pleasant, taste wise.
 
Congrats on the month. Keep checking in.
 
Ray D.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on April 03, 2012, 08:57:06 PM
Keep at it, Ray. You'll get there, you have the desire and it's just a matter of time.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on April 03, 2012, 09:07:23 PM
Thanks, Wendy.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on April 16, 2012, 05:41:48 PM
Gotta tell ya what's cool.... Forgot about posting for the past couple weeks, same story, getting boring now, still on that wagon!  Feel's much too nice to ruin this easy breathing frankly, 35yrs of smok'in is done!  Six weeks down coming this weekend, it's getting easier by the day now, good sign I think.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on April 16, 2012, 06:04:23 PM
Congrads -- stick with it!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on April 16, 2012, 07:49:54 PM
Way to go, Jim.
 
I am lagging, but not giving up. It's a fight every day. Win some - lose some.
 
Ray D  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on April 16, 2012, 07:53:43 PM
Keep it up Jim. There will come a time when a cigarette smells really good, but resist, don't go back and start over from scratch. YOU CAN DO THIS! (And, Ray, you can, too.)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on April 16, 2012, 09:29:39 PM
Gotta tell ya what's cool.... Forgot about posting for the past couple weeks, same story, getting boring now, still on that wagon!  Feel's much too nice to ruin this easy breathing frankly, 35yrs of smok'in is done!  Six weeks down coming this weekend, it's getting easier by the day now, good sign I think.

Congratulations!!!  You deserve heaps of praise!  And Ray, hang in there .... you'll get there, because you want to.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Daisy on April 17, 2012, 01:49:56 PM
Ditto what Wendy said.  Resist all temptations, and especially stay away from people who continue to smoke.  I'd quit for six months, when thrown back into this crowd.  Family, whom I could'nt avoid.  Lot control fro anothert 15 years.  Won't let that happen again.  Moved away from all of them

Daisy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: aubreyshaw on April 17, 2012, 11:44:44 PM
I quit a few months ago after reading "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking".  I highly recommend it!  I wish you the best!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on April 18, 2012, 03:50:55 PM
I quit a few months ago after reading "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking".  I highly recommend it!  I wish you the best!
Good for you, awesome aubreyshaw.  How many years of smoking did you put behind you?  I'm only at 6 weeks, however am actually finding it a bit easier the past couple of weeks, don't think about it so much.  What helps is I did prepare for the last few years a bit, can't smoke at work which was nice, refused to smoke in a vehicle and I commute over 1hr each way to get to work, also have not smoked in our home for years.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on May 15, 2012, 02:21:50 AM
How's it going Jim and Ray?  Still on the wagon I hope.   Decided to climb on with both of you!!!

Smoking for 30 odd years.  Have quit several times but within a few months I fall off the wagon and don't climb back on. (So Ray, keep climbing back on)  DH is doing it with me this time so I hope we can get through it with the support of each other and with the support of family and friends.  I hate that I stink all the time and have a persistent cough.  Life has to be better then this!

Hope you guys are doing well and wish me and the DH luck.

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on May 15, 2012, 04:01:13 AM
Doing great here!  I don't think about it all the time now, once n' a while I feel strange like something is missing, however passes quickly.  I think next Saturday is 11 weeks, not keeping track anymore really, I do remember the day though, stopped 10 March!  Ray, how ya been?  Way ta' go Robin, best of luck, stay with it!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on May 15, 2012, 10:10:37 AM
Good for all of you quitters ! You can do it. I no longer remember the exact date but it was June 1981. Can't imagine trying to breath on hikes in the high country if I hadn't quit.
 
Wendy
Moab UT
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: winnone on May 15, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
My dad quit smoking May 9, 1995...that's the day he died from his final heart attack.  First heart attack when he was 46 years old.  Died of heart failure and emphysema.  His brothers that didn't smoke lived to be in their 90's...dad in his 70's...and the last years were not fun.  Don't start and if you have...please STOP!  Life is too precious to lose it to cigarettes.    :'(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on May 15, 2012, 09:18:24 PM
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How's it going Jim and Ray?  Still on the wagon I hope.   Decided to climb on with both of you!!!


 
Off again - on again - back again -Flanigan! Having  Hell of a time. I'll be boarding again, shortly. Glad to see some new quitters joining. I'm the longest unsuccessful quitter, here, now.
 
I get inspiration here. When I need to start over, I come here and read, again. Good luck fellow quitters.
 
Ray D  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: winnone on May 15, 2012, 09:41:07 PM
You can do it Ray...here's some help right here in Idaho.   http://www.projectfilter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=66   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: inflt on May 18, 2012, 10:25:58 AM
I smoked for 25 years. 1 1/2 packs a day, plus half a dozen pipes or cigars. Then I held my father's hand while he died of lung cancer, Feb 27th, 1992. I told my wife that I wasn't going to go that way. March 2, 1992 was my last smoke. You just got to want to quit more than you want to smoke.

Lee
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: workingtorv on May 24, 2012, 09:08:55 PM
Ray, I haven't been on in a while but you may feel better to know I haven't conquered it either.  We lost a dog and life ended for us which going for the smokes was easy to do.  We have since gotten a new puppy but I'm still smoking and from I gather you are doing much better than I.  I do have to get back on the wagon and hope to conquer this terrible nasty addiction.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on May 24, 2012, 09:20:18 PM
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I'm still smoking and from I gather you are doing much better than I.

Good luck to you. Keep going.
 
You may be gathering too much. I'm not one bit pleased with my progress. I have a super stressful situation that does seem to be improving. Haven't had the motorhome on the road for going on three years, now. Living alone in it at an RV Park. Broken hip still not healed. I don't want to make anyone cry, but this is tough. Still, everyday I have a knock-down-drag-out-fistfight with quitting. Going to do it. Think it will be sudden, when I get there. May start eating the cigs, or at least giving them a nasty bite, instead of lighting them on fire!  >:(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on May 24, 2012, 09:37:51 PM
     For what it's worth, Donna and I noted that we didn't see anyone smoking at the Moab Rally.  In fact, one evening, we were hosted to supper and entertainment from the campground owner & family, and one of the non framily camper wandered over, and proceeded to light up a cigaret.  The smell was quite noticeable, and she moved on once the song was finished.
     Keep up your efforts, it is worth it.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: firehose on May 24, 2012, 09:58:46 PM
I've recently quit smoking, I plan on for good.  I've smoked on and off, for the past 20 years.  I'd stop, then start up again, I think most smokers understand.

This last month, I battled a bad respiratory infection (virus) in my lungs.  This was a wake up call.  Difficulty breathing, and I saw my future ahead of me if I kept on smoking. 

It's been over a month since my last cigarette, and I'm steadfast in my conviction to remain strong and stay the course.  I don't ever, want to to have difficulty breathing again.  I can say that. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on May 24, 2012, 10:22:11 PM
Wow, a month.  It's been 5 days for me and it's killing me.  All I can do not to run out in the garage and smoke one. 

Hopefully it will get easier.  It's got to.  :(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: skyking1 on May 24, 2012, 10:44:21 PM
Folks, I read this thread front to back. Having a tough time typing this with out making a mess of the keyboard, I just gotta say how happy I am for you and your families.
You are doing what my folks could never do. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on May 24, 2012, 11:06:17 PM
Okay guys.  The drill "sarge" is back at it here with the tough love routine.  I know it's tough quitting, but I've got two suggestions.

First, take any and all cigarettes you have around your home and/or work, tear them apart, and put the debris in with the garbage so you can't possibly recover any of them.  And don't cheat by keeping a hidden stash!  Remember that - NO hidden stashes.  Zero, nada, none.

Second, do NOT buy any more cigarettes.  Not even one pack!  Avoid the stores where you normally buy them or the aisle of the store where you normally buy them.  You're tempting yourselves too much by having them around and you've got to stop doing that or you'll never quit.  Why do you feel you have to have some available???  The reality is that as long as they're readily available, you'll smoke them eventually because the temptation is just too great.  Serious dieters avoid going to bakeries, for example, to avoid all those yummy-looking desserts they don't want to eat.  Total avoidance is the only path to success.

Ray, I heard a TV report recently on whether that machine you've been using really works and guess what - researchers say it doesn't.  If you're still using it, that might be proof that you're on the wrong track for stopping smoking.  I know your conditions with the hip etc. aren't exactly conducive to quitting, but you need to - no must - try something different because what you've been doing isn't working.  I know you and if you can do some of the other things you've done in your life, you CAN do this!  A bunch of us out here are counting on it.  ;D

Ed's observation about no one at the Moab rally smoking was right on.  I hadn't realized it until I read his comment, but I don't know of a single person in our group who smokes.  There are quite a few former smokers, but no current smokers - unless one or two are in the closet!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on May 25, 2012, 11:38:14 AM
You guys read and heed what Sgt Ardra said. Get rid of the ciggies, do NOT keep some around "just in case" because you are making sure that "just in case" happens. I'm dieting and I simply can not have cookies and candy in the house, if they're here, I eat them. So trash the ciggies and the lighters and the ashtrays. Do a major house cleanoing to get rid of all the smoke smell - you'll be surprised how this helps because your house / RV smells good, you sure don't want to do that cleaning again.
 
I hadn't noticed that no one in Moab was smoking until we were at the Bar M and a busload of French tourists came and sat near us and two of them were smoking - ICK and YUCK. I had to get up and move.
 
YOU CAN DO IT !
Wendy
Non-smoker since May 1981
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on May 25, 2012, 11:55:14 AM
What Ardra said!  What Wendy said!  We know it's tough to quit because we've done it.  You'll be sooooo happy when you finally reach cigarette abstinance.  Once you've succeeded you'll be absolutely revolted by the smell.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on May 25, 2012, 02:27:29 PM
If you think stopping smoking is tough then try to get a lung transplant, try living at the end of an oxygen hose....hell..smoking is easy to quit in comparison...I cant quit this..

Sorry but I hope it helps someone stop :(
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on May 26, 2012, 07:52:04 AM
12 weeks today, doing fine.  My Brother showed yesterday for a visit, sat near me in the driveway and was smoking, I could not take it, had to go in the house.  Just don't want to be close to a lit cigarette!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on May 26, 2012, 10:35:12 AM
Good for you Jim.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on May 26, 2012, 11:14:13 AM
Good choice, jje.  Maybe your brother will get a clue and quit along with you?
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on June 06, 2012, 01:45:26 AM
Just over 2 weeks now and still hanging in there.  I did listen to Sgt Ardra and got rid of the cigs.  I go through times when the urge is so strong I don't think I'll make it and then I'm thinking of something else and I've forgotten about them. 

I went camping with family this weekend and my brother was smoking the entire time.  It was hard but I made it so it gives me hope!!

If I can make it through this then I know he will be next.

Thanks everyone,
Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Pikachu_DFW on June 06, 2012, 08:48:48 AM
I quit smoking 21/2 years ago, and I still want a cigarette every single day of my life. I'm actually considering starting the electronic cigarettes.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on June 06, 2012, 09:30:20 AM
I quit smoking 21/2 years ago, and I still want a cigarette every single day of my life. I'm actually considering starting the electronic cigarettes.
I struggled with this.  The only thing I can tell you, is that it will subside - if you let it.  After 2 1/2 years of not smoking, I do not think it is nicotine addiction, but purely the habit of having something to do at those times you always lit up a cigarette.  I fully believe if you go to the e-cigarette you will risk that next step of "oh, I'll just have one" when you are around smokers.  Hang in there.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: davencjkan on June 06, 2012, 10:33:44 AM
My wife, my sister in law and I all quit about 2 years ago be using the e cigarette.  I was a smoker for over 50 years.  We still smoke e cigarettes and my Dr. (I have COPD) has said that the e cigarettes are OK for me as we smoke 0 nicotine ones (vanilla flavor, BTW).  It has worked well for us and there is a marked improvement in my COPD!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 06, 2012, 03:34:49 PM
Just over 2 weeks now and still hanging in there.  I did listen to Sgt Ardra and got rid of the cigs.  I go through times when the urge is so strong I don't think I'll make it and then I'm thinking of something else and I've forgotten about them. 

I went camping with family this weekend and my brother was smoking the entire time.  It was hard but I made it so it gives me hope!!

If I can make it through this then I know he will be next.

Thanks everyone,
Robin
Way to go!!!!!! Simply AWESOME.  Three months now for me, I actually can't believe how fast the productive breathing and cough disappeared.  This is one thread that I really hope continues with no end with new posts, holding an endless stream of others jumping on the wagon.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on June 07, 2012, 09:03:18 PM
Jim,

Mother was right!  She used to tell me that my cough would go away if I'd just quit smoking.  Didn't believe her - until I did and it did too!  Now I find I sometimes start coughing when I'm in a heavy smoke environment.  But at least I can leave that.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on June 10, 2012, 12:11:30 PM
I just discovered this thread.  My brother was a heavy smoker.  Now he's a heavy chewer.  He's tried all the stop smoking techniques.  Then he discovered the gum, Nicorette (sp) or some such thing.  It's a $40.00 a month habit and he's been doing it for the past 3 years.  I tease him about it but it's got to be better than cigarettes. 

My father died of lung cancer.  That was in 1964.  He smoked two, maybe three packs a day.  When I was 15, during a physical, a nurse asked if I smoked.  I didn't.  But 15 years breathing second hand smoke obviously had some negative effect on my lungs.  I never smoked until I turned 18.  Then I smoked more and more until I was at least a two pack a day smoker.  By then I was in my mid 20's.  I inherited my fathers insurance agency following his death and a cigarette was my constant companion.  Even thought the ceiling in my office had yellowed from years of smoking, (nicotine stain I guess), I continued.  My office had three desks.  Two for me, and one for my secretary.  Frequently I would be working at one desk, light up a cigarette and then need something from the other desk (it was in a private office) only to find another cigarette burning in an ashtray on that desk.  I would smoke until I couldn't stand the taste of the cigarettes.  Then I'd try menthols.  Uhg.  I quit three times.  Once for a year.  Broke up with my girlfriend and immediately had to light up.  Then after 7 years during a poker game while at a convention I was tempted and decided to just have one.  But, after smoking OPs for a few weeks, it was back to the two a day habit.  The last time was 32 years ago after my son was born.  I'm so glad I quit.  I can't imagine having to pay $5 or $6 for a pack of cigarettes. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 10, 2012, 12:31:02 PM
Yes, understand the second hand thing... Both my parents smoked, one a constant stream of cigarette smoke in the house, car where ever, the other a pipe, same thing, house filled with smoke.  Go figure, I ended up smoking pretty steady in my late teens, even through 11yrs in the Marines, every chance I got, cigarette in hand.  Finally after over 35yrs... just plain had enough.  Every night now when I go to bed I smile... Hopefully I will live longer, however 35yrs is a lot of abuse.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 19, 2012, 05:39:28 PM
Well... How's the wagon load doing?????  March 10th to ... Forever... Anyone else still on this wagon?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on June 19, 2012, 05:48:32 PM
Your lungs are thanking you. So is your house :)  Hang in there.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on June 19, 2012, 06:28:24 PM
I quit 13-14 years ago.  Today I was walking across Walmart parking lot and someone had dropped a half-pack of Camels...just laying there in front of me...pop-top open showing a bunch of cigs...just laying there...tempting me...one wouldn't hurt and who's to know...I stomped on it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 20, 2012, 04:01:55 PM
Hopefully the reason that half a pack was on the ground like that is that the owner decided to quit!  :)  Good move with the stomp...  Thanks for the story!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on June 20, 2012, 07:44:43 PM
Keep up the good work, Jim!  Before you know it, it will be six months, one year, three years and then maybe you'll quit counting!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on June 20, 2012, 08:37:26 PM
Ok, I'll report. Don't want to be left behind.  :( 
 
I'm off, again.  :'( 
 
Busy killing dragons. All the small ones are gone, now. Only big ones left.  :o 
 
Have attempted different angles. Retianed the old ones. Multifaueted attack. Found it easy to not smoke before 9:00 AM or after 9:00 PM. So, there's a gift for me. Don't even have an urge for half the day. Drinking my coffee without a cig or two is a good start to the day.  :) 
 
Put up a sign by the coffee area - Breathe or Smoke? - Thinking about more places to put signs.
 
If I could stop smoking in the car, I'd have this whipped. That's my biggest hurdle. Second biggest is group bull sessions and I am the only smoker at those - go figure!
 
Working on it. Will be back on, shortly.  :-[  Not giving up.
 
Ray D  :D 
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on June 20, 2012, 08:50:50 PM
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Not giving up.

Good for you, Ray!  No one ever said life was fair or easy and this is just one of those things in the not easy category.  Question - how can you be smoking if you threw them all out and didn't buy any more??? Uh, oh!  I bet you didn't follow Sarge Ardra's instructions!  Repeat after me:  I am throwing out all my cigarettes NOW and I will NOT buy anymore.  Maybe you need to find a chalkboard and write it 100 times!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on June 22, 2012, 11:07:05 PM
Doing OK here.  Going on 5 weeks of total nonsmoking.  I still really miss it but as all of you say it will get easier and easier.  Not using my inhaler anymore and hardly ever cough so I can already see the benefits and I feel really good.  My husband is doing this with me so it makes it easier because I'm never around it anymore. 

Ray, I thought the car would be the hardest part too but it has actually been the easiest part.  I do realize now how much my car stinks!!! 

Hanging in there and hope everyone is doing great.

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ray D on June 22, 2012, 11:14:49 PM
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Not using my inhaler anymore
  :o
 
OK, now there's a nice enticement. Would give anything to be rid of inhalers! Might even quit smoking!  :)
 
Ray D  :D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on June 23, 2012, 02:42:24 AM
Keep trying Ray.  Knowing there's others out there like me help me stay on track.  That and the price of inhalers.  ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on June 23, 2012, 11:08:11 AM
The cost of inhalers and the cost of cigarettes should be enough to get anyone to quit smoking. Not to mention the joys of being able to smell things, tasting your food, and having a clean house.
 
Hang in there guys. You can do it.
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 27, 2012, 04:46:58 PM
Thanks Wendy!  While I have not smoked in the 'house' (car or any enclosed space) for many years, you are absolutely correct, the smell was in everything!  I will not lie and say that I do not think of it anymore, however it's pretty cool not having the ashes, cigarette packs, lighters, matches..... Just all that junk around anymore!  Also, it's really cool now being able to say that I did this for ME, I will live longer for my family and accomplished this!  It's 'doable' friends... March 10th get's further and further away everyday!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: wellsronald18 on July 06, 2012, 05:58:29 AM
I know it’s very hard to quit smoking but don’t just try to quit, just decide once to quit. And where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on July 06, 2012, 10:11:45 AM
Going on 7 weeks.  Still thinking about it and still wanting it but I know it will get easier.  My DH is sticking in there also.  We are down each others throats sometimes but we both know why and we're really proud of each other. 

Hanging in there
Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on July 22, 2012, 11:46:12 AM
Just finished my first two week Myrtle Beach vacation as a non-smoker, pretty cool!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on July 22, 2012, 12:38:06 PM
Just finished my first two week Myrtle Beach vacation as a non-smoker, pretty cool!
Attaboy!  It gets even better the longer you go.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on September 30, 2012, 05:11:14 PM
I quit smoking the morning of March 30th 2012. Awoke around 4:15 for a mother nature call, felt like I was going to fall over and went back to lay down. About 5 mins. and pain started shooting across my upper back and shoulders. Got up and poured a glass of water and sat in the chair; lit a smoke and after two puffs; put it out; now the pain was in my upper chest. I sat there until about 6:30 and the tingling started in my arms. I knew now that I hadn't pulled a muscle in my upper back. Called the manager and told him would have to go to the hospital. I think we arrived there around 7:45 AM and I was immediately was rushed to the OR; had two stents put in the right side of my heart, two days later one more stent and a balloon inflated in a smaller artery. I was plugged with chloresterol; 90% and fortunate to have survived. After 4-5 tries; I finally decided to quit for good; breathe better but still have anxiety attacks.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on September 30, 2012, 07:04:58 PM
Irover..thats what did it for me, woke up with pain across chest then to arms, took 2 aspirin and wife drove me to hospital..last cigarette July 17, 2000. best thing I ever did for myself..heart attack kinds saved my life. If I had quit sooner maybe I would not have had to get a lung transplant, who knows :-\
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on October 01, 2012, 04:23:59 PM
10 days shy of 7mos.  While some do not think I'm 'out of the woods' yet, I certainly do, 35yrs was more than enough.  Do I 'miss smoking', sure, believe it or not yes.  However I 'miss' being in the Marines, however will never be active duty again that's for sure!!!!  Time to move on.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on October 01, 2012, 06:16:54 PM
Congrats on the 7-months smokeless. Just keep reminding yourself that you don't ever again want to go thru the early quitting stage. I quit 3 times before it stuck, once was a 14-month quit. What a waste !
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on October 03, 2012, 07:03:28 PM
DH and I just hit 5 months and still hanging in there.  Still hard?...you bet.  Still worth it?...you bet. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on October 08, 2012, 01:10:41 PM
Catblaster! I hope never put another smoke between my lips ever again! Wish all the warnings now were there before I got hooked when I was young. My excuse was smokes calmed my nerves. Almost calmed them permanently!

Congrats to everyone! It is sometimes a one minute at a time not to light up for the first few months.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on November 09, 2012, 04:08:02 PM
Well now... the 'new' challenge has actually moved from not smoking to now losing the extra weight that I put on in the last 8mos while quitting smoking!  Kind of neat being consumed by an alternative thought to smoking... and now being consumed with (don't put any sweet in your mouth) something different!  Went to the doctor recently, that was extremely satisfying, first time since the 70's that I could answer "no" to 'do you smoke'!  Doctor was so cool, kept clapping and making a huge deal of quitting.  Finally ended the visit with... "you need to lose 20Ibs"..... well, more than that, but 20 is a place to start....   Really neat tidbit here is that without smoking, BP is down so far Doc say's "you keep this up and the BP medicine may not be needed".... What a nice adventure this is turning out to be.  Anyone else that jumped on this bandwagon 8mos ago, stay on it, this is a great ride!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on November 09, 2012, 04:31:25 PM
Hint:  A high-fiber diet with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains will stick with you a lot longer that what most Americans tend to eat.  If you fill up on them you won't be as hungry for the other things that help you gain weight.  Gee, maybe we'll get you so healthy you'll start running marathons!  ;D :D  Anytime you can get off medications it's good.  Congrats on the improvement and maybe your next dr. visit will be even better.  Sounds like one cool doc!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on November 09, 2012, 04:44:12 PM
Congratulations ;D ;D I was told that losing weight was easy..just poop out more than you eat in :o  You could do it my way...Aug 28 Doc said I had to get my BMI down to 30....OK did that by Sept 5 Doc is telling me to get BMI up to 28. I lost 20 lbs in just a few days after surgery...not recommended. :-\   
Seriously the Best results were not eating starchy (white) no rice, potatoes,bread etc. lots of protein and exercise at gym (physical therapy)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on November 09, 2012, 04:46:46 PM
Thanks ArdraF, now there is a blast from the past....  Did a Marathon back in 88'!  Not sure I'll get back to that shape but something to work for!   :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on November 09, 2012, 04:57:25 PM
Any goal is good!  ::)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on November 09, 2012, 06:10:59 PM
    DW & I are a few weeks short of 5 years since we smoked.  Last year we went on a Weight Watchers regiment.  DW lost 30 and I lost about 25 pounds in a couple of months.  Just remember, it is a lot easier to lose a few pounds than it was to quit smoking, so don't weaken.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on November 10, 2012, 12:15:49 PM
    DW & I are a few weeks short of 5 years since we smoked.  Last year we went on a Weight Watchers regiment.  DW lost 30 and I lost about 25 pounds in a couple of months.  Just remember, it is a lot easier to lose a few pounds than it was to quit smoking, so don't weaken.

Ed

I love WW, lost 18 pounds in the spring using their nifty phone app. But I've always found losing weight harder than quitting smoking. You quit smoking and never touch a ciggie as long as you live. But you can't give up food completely, can you?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on November 12, 2012, 08:11:14 PM
6 months of no smoking for DH and I and since DH got the heart stent 3 months ago we have been working out and dieting.  Cut out all the white starches, no white rice and white noodles is killing us.  Slowly losing (about a pound a week) and getting healthier.  Doc doesn't consider us non smokers until we hit a year so hopefully we'll get there. 
Good job on the no smoking Jim.  Now get the weight off.  You know you're our poster child :D

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on November 14, 2012, 08:41:53 PM
 ;D Congrats Guys and Gals! I notice I have more belly-fat now, might have something to do with eating 3 meals instead of 1 & 1/2. Geesh! quit alcohol in 1988, quit smoking in March 2012, now have to watch my food intake------next it will be sex; LOL; will that make me a saint!!!!! Irover
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on November 14, 2012, 08:54:30 PM
;D Congrats Guys and Gals! I notice I have more belly-fat now, might have something to do with eating 3 meals instead of 1 & 1/2. Geesh! quit alcohol in 1988, quit smoking in March 2012, now have to watch my food intake------next it will be sex; LOL; will that make me a saint!!!!! Irover
Sounds to me like you might need the exercise. :P
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 09, 2012, 03:20:34 AM
WOW!  I never noticed this thread before and just ran across it.  I don't know if it will help me, but let me throw my new plight out there and maybe someones insight can convince me to do this.

A couple of months ago, my DW's employer started a new Wellness program associated with her medical benefits.  I have been on her insurance for many years due to the fact that her benefits were either equal to, or better than through my employer.  It was just easier to do everything through one insurance company.  As with many employers trying to accommodate the rising cost of health care and insurance premiums, the Wellness program was implemented.  In doing this, a requirement by the insurance company (BCBS) was to answer a battery of questions for them to determine your medical status and lifestyle.  If you were to refuse to go through this, you would automatically be put into the higher premium group.  I'm thinking extortion at this point.

I accommodated their requirements for pre-enrollment.  As a smoker, I am now required to be enrolled in their smoking cessation program.  If I were to refuse just the cessation program, I would be in the the higher premium group.  Luckily, my BMI is under 30.  Otherwise, I would also have to be enrolled in Weight Watchers also!  I am almost spitting extortion bullets by now!  Who the Hell are they to tell me how to live!!!  And then tell me if I don't conform, I will pay more!  I understand that question opens up a can of worms that could go on for days.  Not my point to make.  It's just that after 35+ years of enjoying a cigarette when I want one is suddenly hindered by some jackass on a bi-monthly phone call by my "nurse coach" trying to make me feel better about their attempt to better my life. 

This has been going on for a couple of months now.  I hate every phone call.  I know that smoking is bad for me.  I would also like to be able to use the money I spend on cigarettes on something else.  But, I am finding it very hard to justify the tactic BCBS is using to make them more profit.  And the only reason I am going through all of this by accomodating them is to prevent paying the higher premiums they hold over our heads.  I feel helpless.  I have been told I can't use the script type prescriptions due to the fact I drive a commercial motor vehicle for a living.  Something about the side effects associated with those drugs.  Over the counter stuff is expensive as heck, and I was never ready to quit in the first place.  I'm having a hard time with this.

I sure as heck don't want to gain back the 35 lbs. I have lost over the past 1 1/2 years by quiting smoking.  I don't have a sweet tooth, so snacking on candy instead of lighting up is out of the question.  Snacking on anything while driving isn't really a good idea anyway due to the fact I drive at night and need to focus on the road.  Not a gum chewer of any sort.  Winter is going to take it's toll on my smoking also.  Most of the roads I drive at night are country roads.  Now that Winter is upon us, while the respective county road commission's plow drivers decide to roll their happy union butts out of bed only about an hour before rush hour, I am out there puffing away trying to do my job all night long as the road conditions get worse until they finish their morning coffee and donuts.  Not a good time to try and quit smoking.

Ok.  That's my story.  Enough said.  I still smoke two packs a day.  I still tell my nurse coach "Good Luck" with convincing me.  I would LOVE to tell them about the extortion aspect of it all.  But I don't.  I realize they are just doing their job and they don't know me from Adam.  I'm still not ready to quit.  BUT, I would love to save the money spent on smokes and I know it would only do my good healthwise. 

Is there hope for me?   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 09, 2012, 05:16:07 AM
     You are exactly correct, no amout of outside force will entice you to quit.  What it takes is an internal decision that you need to do it.  I can tell you that is the only way that both DW & I quit.  But in the end, the ability to go for a walk without wheezing or coughing, or walk up a moderate or steep hill without stopping to catch your breath all make it well worth while.  As for weight gain, it isn't the candy, it is that everything just tastes so much better.
     We are almost exactly seven years now, and we found the prescribed Chanpix (Canadian spelling of Chantix in US).  It is a 3 month commitment, but it sure worked for us, as well as our SIL who quit at the same time.
     So, forget about the new insurance plans, just think about how much it means to you and how much it will add to your life style and length.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 09, 2012, 07:33:50 AM
>Denmark...I know the feeling, the taxpayers thought it would be a good idea to do the same thing to the county employees. Funny though, when the shoe was put on their foot they revolted and called it unfair. 

Work on the smoking first, it's easier to loose the weight than to stop smoking. As long as you are smoking the Doc's will blame everything on that. I stopped after my heart attack in 2000 and they are still blaming that.

Lot's of luck, you can make it.  Later..Will
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 09, 2012, 09:09:55 AM
Denmarc, I'm not a fan of insurance companies but, extortion is pretty strong.  If someone has a few drunk driving charges, they're going to pay a higher insurance premium on their vehicles.  Worse, as an over the road truck driver, if you are convicted of driving under the influence, you're most likely going to be looking for a new profession.   

For some, all that is needed to quit smoking is the proper motivation.  For me it was my son.  I didn't want to smoke around him as he was growing up.  That was 30 years ago.  My father wasn't so lucky.  His motivation was lung cancer.  He smoked for 40 years until his diagnosis.  Then he quit and never had another cigarette.  Unfortunately, he only had to fight the urge for six months. 

I know some smokers gain weight when they quit.  I didn't.  But in the past two years, I've gained maybe 20 lbs.  I attribute that to getting older, not exercising enough and too much wine.  My brother quit 4 years ago.  Now he has a $45.00 a month nicorette gum habit. 

I don't have a solution for you.  You'll have to figure that one out for yourself.  But you're an RVer.  You're working so most likely you're looking forward to RVing in retirement.  Make sure you can.  It's a blast.   :)   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 09, 2012, 12:09:14 PM
When I started this thread I had no idea it would go on this long!  March 10th will be a year since quitting!  While I will never smoke again, I have gained plenty of weight, now that's the new challenge.  It's unbelievable how fast the weight came, I'm not fitting in anything I was wearing last March, that's for sure.  Hopefully by the 1yr mark I've got that weight off, we will see.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on December 09, 2012, 08:03:18 PM
Denmarc,

I realized yrs ago after several attempts to quit smoking that you have to be ready to quit.  I was ready this time and it is still hard after 6 1/2 months.  Several things contributed to my quitting for good this time, Insurance wellness programs ( yes me too), not being able to smoke at work anymore, not being able to smoke anywhere anymore without being looked at like a criminal, not smoking around the kids and grandkids, and smelling like a cigarette all the time.  You really start feeling like a loner when you smoke because it's not acceptable anymore so you stay at home.

Health wise I feel really good right now and have not used an inhaler since a week after quitting.  I guess you could say I have saved my insurance company several hundred dollars on inhalers so they may have a point.  :-\

It's going to be harder for you since you work alone and can smoke whenever you want.  I keep telling myself that over a million people have quit smoking and I know that I have to be stronger then some of those people.

Find your reason and hang in there but it has to be more than the money.  The money saved is just the icing on the cake.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 10, 2012, 04:59:39 AM
All great replies!  Maybe I need a better reason to quit, like Roadhappy mentioned.  Maybe I'm a confrontational type of person.  I kind of figured that anyways based on some previous threads in the past.  One that speaks their mind.  Which would explain the excuses I spewed to the nurse coach.   :-\

Here is where I stand:
I like to smoke.  Smoking helps get me through the night while working.  But, I know I should quit for myself and my family.  The motivation just isn't there.  I told my nurse coach that I was shooting for New Years to put the damn things down.  I am already doubting myself to accomplish that promise.

I know the money savings is a bit of a trivial thing.  But right now, that is the best I can come up with.  The anger towards the insurance companies is fueling the rebellion.  I am trying to come up with more concrete things to base my reasons for quiting on.  And then build upon that.  I'm working on it. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on December 10, 2012, 07:42:36 AM
All great replies!  Maybe I need a better reason to quit, like Roadhappy mentioned.  Maybe I'm a confrontational type of person.  I kind of figured that anyways based on some previous threads in the past.  One that speaks their mind.  Which would explain the excuses I spewed to the nurse coach.   :-\

Here is where I stand:
I like to smoke.  Smoking helps get me through the night while working.  But, I know I should quit for myself and my family.  The motivation just isn't there.  I told my nurse coach that I was shooting for New Years to put the damn things down.  I am already doubting myself to accomplish that promise.

I know the money savings is a bit of a trivial thing.  But right now, that is the best I can come up with.  The anger towards the insurance companies is fueling the rebellion.  I am trying to come up with more concrete things to base my reasons for quiting on.  And then build upon that.  I'm working on it.

Well, if it's any help, I kinda went through the same thing you did.  I quit on September 11th, 1992.  I started smoking for the same reasons...rebellious.  Parents (Stepdad and Mom) smoked like chimneys, but I couldn't??  And they punished me to no end for smoking.  In the end, I still smoked.  Then I got married and had kids.  My wife doesn't and has never smoked, though her mother did.  I never smoked at home, except occassionally outside away from the wife and kids.  Then the military started cracking down on smoking.  And again the rebellious me kicked in.  Who are they to tell me to stop smoking.  In the end, I tried to quit a couple of times, for my family.  Cigarettes were still relatively cheap then, so money was not a factor.  And I only smoked around a pack to a pack and a half a week anyway.  But for me, it finally came down to "I was ready".  I just woke up one morning, and said "I am ready to quit".  I had one cigarette on the way to work that day, the last in a pack.  I had one more cigarette after that, 4 days later, during the eye of Hurricane Iniki (in Hawaii).  I have not smoked since. 

It really does come to the point that you have to be ready.  I can understand the rebellious feelings you are going through, and if you can set those aside and maybe think of the other reasons (money is certainly one...$45.00 for a carton of cigarettes...YIKES!).  But the kids and wife and other family as well.

I will throw one more thing out there.  My Mom died from smoking.  She was a 3 pack a day smoker, and her daily excercise amounted to getting up off the couch to fetch the remote control so she could change the channel to Wheel of Fortune.  She had her first heart failure in 2006, followed by a triple bypass.  They were not going to do the bypass unless she agreed to quit smoking.  They did the bypass and she did quit (made a little easier by me taking all her cigarettes, ash trays, lighters, matches, everything).  But it was really too late.  She was on oxygen from then on, had two more heart failures before the last one finally took her in 2008.  The worst part of that whole ordeal was seeing her in the ER or ICU everytime.  And her final weeks in a nursing home.  I won't go into details, but it was not a good time for me and my family.  My youngest brother was the last one in our family to quit smoking, and though it took him another year after Mom passed away, he did quit.  And Mom was his motivation.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 10, 2012, 12:28:22 PM
The money savings isn't really a 'trivial' thing. If you're smoking 2 packs a day, you could make a car payment on what you'd save by quitting. You could take a cruise. You could eat out at a fancy restaurant weekly. You could remodel your house, buy new furniture, get a 70" TV. You could donate to your favorite charity. Just a thought.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on December 10, 2012, 02:37:48 PM
The money savings isn't really a 'trivial' thing. If you're smoking 2 packs a day, you could make a car payment on what you'd save by quitting. You could take a cruise. You could eat out at a fancy restaurant weekly. You could remodel your house, buy new furniture, get a 70" TV. You could donate to your favorite charity. Just a thought.
 
Wendy

That's very true nowadays Wendy.  But when I quit, through the military, I could still get generic cigarettes for .50 a pack ($5.00 a carton).  And since I was only smoking one to two packs a week (at most), money was not a motivation for me.  If someone today is smoking even one pack a day, that's 3 cartons a month.  $45.00 X 3 = $135.00 a month.  It should certainly be a motivation now.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 10, 2012, 03:08:03 PM
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My Mom died from smoking.  She was a 3 pack a day smoker, and her daily excercise amounted to getting up off the couch to fetch the remote control so she could change the channel to Wheel of Fortune.  She had her first heart failure in 2006, followed by a triple bypass.  They were not going to do the bypass unless she agreed to quit smoking.  They did the bypass and she did quit (made a little easier by me taking all her cigarettes, ash trays, lighters, matches, everything).  But it was really too late.  She was on oxygen from then on, had two more heart failures before the last one finally took her in 2008.  The worst part of that whole ordeal was seeing her in the ER or ICU everytime.  And her final weeks in a nursing home.  I won't go into details, but it was not a good time for me and my family.  My youngest brother was the last one in our family to quit smoking, and though it took him another year after Mom passed away, he did quit.  And Mom was his motivation.

Family and how much a smoker cares for them might be far more of a motivation than money.  We watched both my dad and my mother-in-law die long, slow deaths from smoking-related causes.  I'll never forget my father-in-law saying "Why wouldn't she listen to the doctors?  Now I'm left all alone when we could have had so many more good years together."  My mother lived another 38 years after Daddy died at 56.  Perhaps wanting your wife to have your companionship into old age and seeing your children and/or grandchildren grow up will help motivate you to stop.

On the money side, think about this.  We all pay higher medical insurance premiums because of our/your bad habits.  One of my mother-in-law's month-long stays in ICU cost over $100,000.  Medicare paid it and all our Medicare premiums are going up.  Just something to think about.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on December 10, 2012, 04:28:48 PM
...
  I told my nurse coach that I was shooting for New Years to put the damn things down.  I am already doubting myself to accomplish that promise.
...

Don't doubt it -- that's self defeating. Just tell yourself you'll do it, then become a NON-smoker, not an EX-smoker.

When I quit four years ago, I planned it for a few weeks. Finally, with the last carton on hand, I managed to time it so that I finished almost the last cigarette at bed time, then threw the pack away, and told myself repeatedly -- "I am a non-smoker." The next day I told myself that, too. I managed to change my frame of mind from smoker, to ex-smoker to non-smoker in short order. Note that I had no more on hand, by design.

I, too, was still enjoying smoking, but noticed very small things such as getting out of breath a little easier, and my throat was a little drier and scratchier on occasion, and a few other things that finally decided me to try it (it had been almost 40 years since I'd last tried). That next November morning after quitting the craving wasn't real bad, and by the time a couple of weeks had gone by I had only occasional craving.

Perhaps it helped that I'm rarely around smokers these days, but it's been a lot easier these last four years than I'd expected, and now I rarely think about it. If it does come to mind I try to think of something else.

Good luck...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on December 10, 2012, 05:34:35 PM
All great replies!  Maybe I need a better reason to quit, like Roadhappy mentioned.  Maybe I'm a confrontational type of person.  I kind of figured that anyways based on some previous threads in the past.  One that speaks their mind.  Which would explain the excuses I spewed to the nurse coach.   :-\

Here is where I stand:
I like to smoke.  Smoking helps get me through the night while working.  But, I know I should quit for myself and my family.  The motivation just isn't there.  I told my nurse coach that I was shooting for New Years to put the damn things down.  I am already doubting myself to accomplish that promise.

I know the money savings is a bit of a trivial thing.  But right now, that is the best I can come up with.  The anger towards the insurance companies is fueling the rebellion.  I am trying to come up with more concrete things to base my reasons for quiting on.  And then build upon that.  I'm working on it. 

Allow me to give some advice.
 
Quit rationalizing and thinking about it -- that is just an avoidance device.  Just DO it!
 
Step 1:  Quit. Stub out the last butt of your life.

Step 2:  Throw out all the cigarettes in your house.  Enlist the family in tossing all the ash trays*, lighters, and other smoking paraphernalia in your house, car, garage.  They should destroy cigarettes, cigarettes scatter or flush away tobacco. 

Step 3:   Since smoking has strong elements of oral gratification, pick a substitute like hard candies, chewing gum, or even toothpicks to suck on.   Strong flavored hard candies seem particularly effective in the effort.   Myself, I used clove flavored Life Savers.  (Google the term). 
 
Step 4:  During the early stages, avoid socializing with smokers to the greatest extent possible.   When there is no choice, move up wind and as far away as possible.  Remember pressing matters elsewhere as soon as you can.   If you are invited to a smoked-filled social event -- quickly acquire a case of social influenza and beg off.
 
Step 5:   Your home is a nonsmoking area.   Pass the word.   Exile degenerate nicotine addicts (ie smokers) to the patio or backyard when you must have them over. 
 
Step 6:  Coffee is good, even decaf.  It tastes bitter and sipping it is a good displacement activity.  Keeps the fingers and mouth occupied and helps the getting thru the night.
 
Step 7:   Let it be known that you are a recovering addict.  Do not worry about being kidded by your friends.   If they kid you about saving your life, they are not your friends.
 
The whole process can be a complete bitch.   But hang in and get 'er done.   Take consolation in that if you suceed and quit the weed forever, you will not have to go thru the damn thing ever again.   It will take about 6 months to a year to get completely clear, but within a few months you will discover that the stench of second hand smoke and tobacco stench has become utterly repellant.   That is when you know that you are making it
 
Good luck. 
 
Carl L  -- 3 packs a day but quit in 1965 and am still around at 76 - as of today.
 

________________________________________

*Souvenir ash trays and carved meerschaum pipes:  Pack all these treasures into a box, and store the box with a relative or friend for  6-12 months.   Get them back when you know that you are over hump and are no longer a degenerate nicotine addict.   
Title: u
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 10, 2012, 07:38:46 PM
If you never paid any attention to any advice in your life, please pay attention to Carl L's post.  Especially this:
 

Quit rationalizing and thinking about it -- that is just an avoidance device. Just DO it!
 
He summarized what I had been thinking ever since first reading your message.  I quit in 1989 after 30 years smoking on my own and 20 years breathing parents' smoke.
Said all those statements you have been making about "freedom" and "my rights".  Looking back on those statement, never felt so absolutely stupid in my life!
 
Man up.  Do it.  You'll never regret it.
 
Margi
 

 


Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 10, 2012, 08:55:23 PM
I too liked Carl's message but, as someone said, a person will change when they're good and ready, and not before. As a recovering (nicotine) addict, I respectfully suggest that all the well-meaning messages of "encouragement" will, at best, be ignored, and may even have the opposite effect from what was intended.

I started smoking while still in grammar school, and continued for a number of years. My parents first found out after I started work, and my Dad's only advice was "as long as you smoke, you won't have any money in your pocket". This was when I still lived in the UK, where taxes on cigarettes were astronomically high. Dad was right. Today, 88% of the retail price (in the UK) is tax.

I first gave up smoking in the 60's and, 6 months later, I accepted a cigarette from a well-meaning cousin. It made me ill, but the second one made me less ill, and soon I was smoking 5/day, 10/day, and it wasn't long before it was 50/day. That continued until the late 70's. I smoked in bed until I woke up to a cigarette burning my chest. After that, I'd smoke my last cigarette of the day before going upstairs, and first thing in the morning I couldn't wait to get downstairs and light up.

I woke up one Saturday morning to "that (awful) taste", and decided on the spot to skip the first cigarette, and continued to fight the strong addiction for several days, then weeks and months. It's been approx 34 years since the last one, but there are still times when I consciously fight the urge to light up. The really vulnerable times are/were after a meal and after a cocktail. I'm continually reminded of the old UK saying "a pint (of beer) in one hand, and a cigarette in the other".

As an aside, dental hygiene care was non-existent when/where I grew up, and I recall being the only kid to take a toothbrush to school for use after the school lunch. When we first came to California, several years after my last cigarette, my first dental hygiene appointment here released some nicotine trapped in/under plaque. That drove me crazy for several weeks, and I really had to fight hard to ignore it. The next dental hygiene appointment released more plaque and nicotine that was missed during the prior cleaning; Again, I had to fight it for several weeks.

Remember those tobacco execs who, under oath, said "nicotine is not addictive"? They LIED!

Edit: Fixed a few typos and added a few minor clarifications.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 11, 2012, 04:08:52 PM
Any of ya'll (smokers) reading these posts think it's not worth it????  Dead wrong (pun intended) it's fantastic!  No more laying in bed and thinking the congestion and chest clearing cough is 'normal'... The past 9 mos has really been awesome, huge difference in breathing easy!  It is truly amazing how fast breathing clears, if you (smokers) do not believe it, just give it a try for a few weeks and see for yourself.  Last week a guy came up to me at work, he remembered me from the smokers area outside of work last year... Asked how it was going (he knew without asking I had quit) I told him it was great, just plain smart move.  He's giving it a go now, when ever I pass him in the halls I give him a thumbs up!  I'm at over 9mos now, feeling great.  The smell of smokers in the elevators is .... well, 'nasty'... I smile with personal satisfaction now....  No more nasty.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 11, 2012, 06:20:28 PM
Good for you Jim. You set a good example and it's always easy to get inspiration from someone who's doing it 'now' rather than those of us who did it a hundred years ago. Keep it up.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: UncleShiloh on December 11, 2012, 06:32:27 PM
Well I started the evil habit at four years old. No use in trying to quit.  In fact this thread has caused some stress and I am fixing to go fire one up. Thanks.  Now back in the good old days in the oil patch heard of a fella who could put half a pack of Beech Nut chewing tobaccy in each cheek..half a can of Copenhagen under his bottom lip..drink a beer and smoke a cigarette all at once. Now Paducah Patty could do this too..and she was a girl.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 11, 2012, 08:18:17 PM
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.... those of us who did it a hundred years ago.

Who dat???
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 12, 2012, 11:04:27 AM
I don't know what to say.  After reading Carl, Tom, and Jim's reply, as well as the rest of them, I'm at a loss for words. 
I really don't have an excuse, do I?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 12, 2012, 12:04:37 PM
I don't know what to say.  After reading Carl, Tom, and Jim's reply, as well as the rest of them, I'm at a loss for words. 
I really don't have an excuse, do I?

Nope.  But just acknowledging that fact will take you a long way in your journey to quit.   :)
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 12, 2012, 12:11:49 PM
After re-reading the previous posts (I couldn't help but re-read them), a quick note to AndraF...
My father passed just a couple of years younger than yours.  A totally different reason as to what took him compared to smoking.  But, who really knows?

He quit smoking in his 40's and passed at 54.  A type of MS (rare) finally made his heart weak enough after 8 years to take him.  We still don't know if the smoking made a difference or not.  I'll bet it didn't help matters any!

Just my opinion.

Margi,
Got the reply at the last second.  I hear you.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on December 12, 2012, 01:49:51 PM
I don't know what to say.  After reading Carl, Tom, and Jim's reply, as well as the rest of them, I'm at a loss for words. 
I really don't have an excuse, do I?

Excuse?   Excuses are what you take to school when you are absent so that you do not get hauled off to the vice-principal's office and put on detention.    All you have here are rationalizations and consequences.   

One last thought:   A person meets plenty of folks who regret having ever started smoking.   Have you ever found anyone who regrets having quit?

Get it done!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 12, 2012, 03:49:44 PM
I hear ya, Carl.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: davencjkan on December 12, 2012, 04:44:21 PM
All 3 of us have quit - but - we smoke electronic cigarettes with 0 nicotine and 0 tar.  I (Dave) have COPD and my pulmonologist says that I can have all of these I would like.  They are water vapor and flavoring (we like vanilla).  My COPD has improved immensely since I have switched to this.  We started with just 6 mg of nicotine and found that it was soon too much and then we went to 0.  Has done wonders for all of us, and we don't miss not smoking cause we feel like we still do.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 12, 2012, 05:01:26 PM
Well I started the evil habit at four years old. No use in trying to quit.  In fact this thread has caused some stress and I am fixing to go fire one up. Thanks.  Now back in the good old days in the oil patch heard of a fella who could put half a pack of Beech Nut chewing tobaccy in each cheek..half a can of Copenhagen under his bottom lip..drink a beer and smoke a cigarette all at once. Now Paducah Patty could do this too..and she was a girl.
Sorry to have caused you "stress".  For those of you that have been inspired, if you (we) gain even one extra year of life, this was all worth the 'stress' of typing!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on December 12, 2012, 10:00:41 PM
I hear ya, Carl.  Thanks.

Get'er done and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 13, 2012, 08:56:34 AM
All 3 of us have quit - but - we smoke electronic cigarettes with 0 nicotine and 0 tar.

I forgot all about those stupid things!  Do they work?  I always wondered if the "habit" aspect still remains due to still going through the same motions as if you were smoking a real cigarette?  I understand the concept that it's better to go through those motions (if you feel you have to) without the carcinogens.  I guess I'm asking if it's a constant reminder of actually smoking a Cancer Stick and possibly prolonging the pain of just getting over it PERIOD?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Daisy on December 13, 2012, 01:58:33 PM
Well, denmarc, if all these good folks with their great suggestions and encouragement haven't yet convinced you, perhaps your first (hopefully not fatal) heart attack will.  Or, perhaps one morning you'll wake up with a terrible case of smoker's bronchitis, and you can't breath.  Every step you take or every effort you make will leave you gasping for just a tiny bit of fresh air.  I'd be very surprised if you don't have a bit of that going on right now.  AND it will only get worse, the longer you smoke.  Those lungs have a finite capacity, and when they are filled up with smoke, tar, nicotine, there's very little space left for fresh air.  Keep that thought in your head while still rebelliously fighting it.

Daisy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 13, 2012, 02:06:31 PM
I hear you Daisy.  While I have a very active and physical job and not experiencing your examples, I do know what you mean.  Point well taken.  Thanks for the support.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 13, 2012, 03:41:14 PM
And your lungs can quickly repair themselves once they expell all that crap.
 
Wendy
non-smoker since May 1981
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: davencjkan on December 13, 2012, 03:52:33 PM
denmarc,  When we feel like smoking a cigarette, the electronic ones fulfill the desire, but we have the desire much less and it is never for the lack of nicotine.  Sometimes we go days with smoking any at all and sometimes we will smoke them quite a bit.  Either way, no harm no foul, and it seems to be much better for all our healths.  Good luck with whatever you decide.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 13, 2012, 08:05:00 PM
Quote from: Wendy
And your lungs can quickly repair themselves once they expell all that crap.

Negatory. When I visited a pulmonary specialist and took the air expulsion/volume and other tests, his comment was "the damage is already done".
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 13, 2012, 08:23:41 PM
Negatory. When I visited a pulmonary specialist and took the air expulsion/volume and other tests, his comment was "the damage is already done".

Hmmm. Dad's pulmonologist and my regular doc said that your lungs can repair themselves.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 13, 2012, 08:43:30 PM
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your lungs can repair themselves

They don't, so someone lied. Simple logic says that tar and other gunk clogs up the tubes, and there's no way to clean it out.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 13, 2012, 08:46:12 PM
I've done a lot of research and some of it says yes and some of it says no. I prefer to believe those who say your lungs can repair, maybe not completely but certainly a good deal. I'm a glass half-full kind of gal :)
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 13, 2012, 08:50:09 PM
Glass half full doesn't cut it in this case. If you'd ever worked with tar you'd understand, and your glass would look quite differently.

Remember, those tobacco execs LIED under oath about this stuff.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 13, 2012, 08:59:33 PM
Well ... I had asthma, I had beginning stages of COPD, I was short of breath .... and 23 years after quitting I have none of those issues.  NONE!  You can't convince me lungs don't heal if you quit smoking.  I'm living proof and so is Tom.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 13, 2012, 09:00:45 PM
Glass half full doesn't cut it in this case. If you'd ever worked with tar you'd understand, and your glass would look quite differently.

Remember, those tobacco execs LIED under oath about this stuff.

Who said anything about the tobacco execs? I wouldn't believe them if they said the sky was blue.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 13, 2012, 09:14:01 PM
Another thought:  We're talking about CANCER and HEART DISEASE and God knows what else.
 
Have you had cancer yet?  I have.  It's not pretty!  It's not pleasant.  Not something I ever want to repeat.   I'm a 12 year survivor.  Had I not quit smoking in 1989 would I have conquered cancer in 2000?  Probably not. 
 
Is smoking a cigarette worth losing your hair, losing a breast, losing your prostate function, losing your ability to breathe, losing your heart's ability to sustain your life?   It's a CIGARETTE, for chrissakes.   It's a detrimental habit.  It made money for the tobacco industry at your expense!
 
Give it up!  Stop!  Quit!  It will be the best thing you every did for yourself ... and for your loved ones.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 13, 2012, 11:31:39 PM
Tar doesn't go away on its own; Once it clogs up the tubes aka bronchioli, it sticks there. Check out the stuff we drive on every day. I wish I'd never smoked, but the tubes will always be partially clogged.

I'm very familiar with asthma, which I've had since long before I kmew knew what a cigarette was, and with cancer among very close family members and friends, none of which was associated with smoking.

I've known folks with throat cancer and lung cancer, both caused by smoking. Not pretty, but they weren't enough to make me quit. The more folks nagged, the more I smoked.

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Who said anything about the tobacco execs?

I did, twice. The addiction never goes away, which is a big part of what this discussion is about.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 14, 2012, 09:55:56 AM
Like Wendy, I've heard it both ways if lungs heal and repair themselves.  The bottom line remains the simple fact of being better off without smoking.  I know that. 

Continuing with Tom's last post...
I have very little extended family left.  Except for a few cousins and a sister, all are gone.  Back in the day, a bunch of smokers.  But none passed due to smoking related issues except one.  One grandfather passed of emphysema. 
Diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, pulmonary fibrosis (due to extended use of Pacerone), MS, and just plain old age took the rest of them.  Some had quit smoking somewhere along the line, others didn't.  I know of only a couple of others (non-family) that passed away due to smoking over the years.  It's probably one of the reasons I started smoking in the first place, along with peer pressure.  Myself?  I probably cough a bit more than I should.  DUH!
And, I am a bit prone to Bronchitis.  Usually when the weather changes in early Spring and Winter.

All that said, I am still trying to gear myself up to quit.  I'm still shooting for a New Years Day start date of becoming smoke free.  And believe me, I have read and re-read every post on this thread trying to get myself ready for this.  This is the first time I have ever made a public inquiry about putting the damn Cancer Sticks down.  I am SO hoping that reading all your support is what I need to do it and not look back.  I really am working on it!   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 14, 2012, 10:13:16 AM
I did, twice. The addiction never goes away, which is a big part of what this discussion is about.

Not disagreeing and maybe I'm just lucky, but either I was never physically addicted or my withdrawal symptoms were almost non existent.  I quit three times in my life.  Once for a year.  Once for 7 years and this last time, for almost 30.  Each time, it was pretty easy.  Took about 3 days and most of the craving was gone.  But for me, it was totally psychological.  Cigarettes were a crutch.  I was not a casual smoker and usually smoked 2, and on some days 3 packs. 

Once when I quit, I poured water into a half smoked pack of cigarettes and left them in the medicine cabinet.  After a few days the water was getting pretty nasty.  If you need a visual to help with your habit, give that a try.   :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 10:18:32 AM
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If you need a visual to help with your habit, give that a try.

It's been 34 years, and I'm not about to buy a pack in order to try that; It would be too easy to get on the slippery slope with the other half pack  :o  But, it might help someone who is having difficulty kicking the habit addiction.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 10:38:04 AM
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I've heard it both ways if lungs heal and repair themselves.

Unless a tobacco quitter has taken to inhaling a solvent, the only thing passing through the small tubes is air. If the flow of air could remove tar, our roads would turn to gravel after a few wind storms. If you get the opportunity, ask a pipe smoker to let you watch as s/he cleans the pipe.

Irrespective of any other healing going on, tar stays in the bronchioli forever, and restricts the amount of "fresh air" that can be inhaled. It's quite evident if one takes a pulmonary test aka a 'lung capacity test'; It's a bit of a misnomer, because it measures several factors, including inhale, exhale and residual capacity. Reduced diameter pipes (due to tar attached to the walls), mean you have to work harder to inhale and exhale a given volume of air.

One caveat - I'm not a pulmonologist.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 10:52:01 AM
In case I'm being misunderstood, I'm in no way saying a smoker won't 'feel better' and be in better overall health as a result of quitting. But, as the pulmonologist told me, you can't undo the damage of long term cigarette (tobacco) smoking; You will, however, avoid exacerbating the situation.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 14, 2012, 11:31:47 AM
I smoked from the time I was born.  My father was a heavy smoker and the house and car were always smoke filled.  When I was 15, a nurse accused me of being a smoker.
No way Jose.  I'm only 15 and I've never smoked.  That was in the 1950's and I don't think the effects of second hand smoke were well understood.  When I turned 18 I decided to actually try smoking on my own.  It's not that the air I breathed wasn't doing it's job.  It was and I had the bronchial infections most of my life to prove it.  When I moved to California those bronchial infections seemed to disappear.  Now I'm good unless I'm breathing cold air.  That's when my lungs rebel and remind me that they're still quite sensitive. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 11:40:48 AM
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When I moved to California those bronchial infections seemed to disappear.

Strange you should say that. I've had asthma for as long as I can remember, and was always told it was triggered by allergies. When we came to California, it disappeared for 15 years, only to return later (and it's still here). I put it down to geographical location and local irritants and allergies. Although still in CA, we moved to a different area with a different climate and plenty of irritants.

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... unless I'm breathing cold air.  That's when my lungs rebel and remind me that they're still quite sensitive. 

Mine too! But they've been that way since long before I smoked.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 11:47:39 AM
BTW one of the body's defensive (?) measures tries to expel the tar/mucus by coughing. When I started work sans car, I used to watch these "old" guys who were heavy smokers 'cough their guts up' every morning while waiting for the bus.

Here's one explanation (http://www.allsands.com/health/smokingeffects_srw_gn.htm) of the above, but I have no clue as to its authenticity or accuracy.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 14, 2012, 11:53:29 AM
FWIW here's a Mayo Clinic page on quitting smoking (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/quit-smoking/MY00433). Follow some of the See Also links lower down the page.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 14, 2012, 05:31:53 PM
Well.... I must say, after only 9mos I do feel so much better, quality of life in my opinion has changed for the better, so I'll just stay with the side of the fence that I'll be able to live longer with this change.  I'm going to continue to believe that my lungs will be healing (heck the cells in the body heal from all kinds of issues) without the smoking. I remember years ago my skin became extremely allergic to the metal in a watch I had.  Took quite a while for me (and my doctor) to figure it out, however after dumping the watch, my skin healed and there is no sign of the really ugly and nasty infection that was there..... I'm sticking to the healing with removing the cause theory (makes me feel better anyway!) others can believe what suits them.

Tens of millions of Americans have quit smoking cigarettes. The benefits of quitting — no matter what your age — are prodigious. Risks of heart disease and stroke plummet. So does the risk of lung cancer, along with cancers of the mouth, throat, bladder, cervix and pancreas. But can the damage from smoking ever be completely undone? Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, explains.

Q: Does your body fully heal after quitting smoking?

A: When you quit smoking, the inflammation in the airways goes down. The little hair-like projections in the airways that we call cilia — which are paralyzed by smoke — begin to work again. So the lungs will get better in weeks to months. Breathing will get better. Exercise capacity will get better. Paradoxically, people find that they cough a little more right after they stop smoking, but that's natural. That's the lungs cleaning themselves out.

But if you've been smoking a long time and have developed COPD [(or, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)], which includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the lungs never totally heal. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the airway. Some of that inflammation can be reversed. But if the inflammation has led to scarring of the walls of the airway, some of that cannot. Emphysema is a disease in which the walls of the fine air sacs of the lung — the place where the lung does its business of exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide — break down. So tiny little air sacs become bigger ones — and they're less efficient in transporting oxygen. The lung can't grow new walls for these air sacs. The lung loses tiny blood vessels and can't grow new ones. So that's permanent.

[When it comes to cancer], we calculate that the risk for lung cancer probably returns to that of a nonsmoker somewhere between 10 and 15 years after smoking cessation. (We have less data on the [other smoking-related cancers].) But the risk that people have for smoking-related diseases is directly related to the total number of cigarettes they've smoked in their life. We measure that with something we call "pack-years": that's the average number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years they've smoked. The greater the pack-years, the greater the risk. When you're getting up around 50 pack-years and beyond, that's a lot. If people have a lot of pack-years, the risk of, say, lung cancer never goes back down to [the risk of a non-smoker].

There is a famous study that shows that if you quit smoking by age 30, scientists can't show a statistically significant difference in mortality — [that is, when you'll die]. But those data are just mortality statistics. It doesn't mean the lungs are completely normal. Somebody who smoked a lot, even if they quit by 30, probably will have some impairment in lung function, and their exercise capacity might be reduced. Their lungs will always be a little bit more susceptible to other insults, to pneumonia infection for example.

Of course, the way people react to cigarette smoke varies enormously. Everybody has a 90-year-old uncle who smoked all his life and feels fine. And everybody's got a 45-year-old cousin who's dying of emphysema. These two people have reacted to cigarette smoke differently. It's an important scientific question to understand what the differences are, and we're beginning to work on it. Genetics seem to play a role.

 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 14, 2012, 06:50:15 PM
Congratulations Margi on your 12 years.

I'm 15 weeks since a double lung transplant. Debate over lungs healing themselves may be determined by what disease if any the patient has. Fibrosis and emphysema are not something to be healed or cured, tar build up can be helped by quitting.

I quit 12 years ago and with my new lungs at about %60 or more, and getting better.  Today I breathe better than I did 25 years ago.  It sneaks up on you, you may think you are feeling the effects of old age when instead it could be the lack of oxygen bringing your whole body down. It works against everything, never believed it myself until now that I have lived it.

Live long and Prosper
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 15, 2012, 06:33:34 PM
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It sneaks up on you, you may think you are feeling the effects of old age when instead it could be the lack of oxygen bringing your whole body down.

You nailed it!  Jerry's mom got to the point where she couldn't walk through the grocery store.  She would sit down at the front of the store while his dad did the shopping.  The doctors explained that her arteries were so clogged that the oxygen wasn't getting to her brain and extremities, thereby making her extremely tired.  Then her kidneys failed (same reason) and she had to go on dialysis.  The wierd thing is that her death certificate listed the cause of death as complications from a fall.  The doctor said in reality it was smoking which caused so many other issues that she couldn't even stand up, thereby falling.

By the way, after she died we found several suitcases full of cartons of cigarettes.  She smoked Herbert Taryingtons which weren't all that common so she hoarded them to avoid running out.  :(

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 16, 2012, 11:55:22 AM
Now I'm good unless I'm breathing cold air.  That's when my lungs rebel and remind me that they're still quite sensitive.

I'm curious.  How does the cold air effect you?  I find that if I get a bout of Bronchitis, or a just a nasty chest cold in the late Fall/early Winter, I feel better breathing in the cold air.  I stop coughing and breath easier.  The neighbors love it when I get sick in the Winter because I snowblow their driveways just to stay outside!  Just wondering why the difference.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 16, 2012, 12:02:53 PM
By the way, after she died we found several suitcases full of cartons of cigarettes.  She smoked Herbert Taryingtons which weren't all that common so she hoarded them to avoid running out.  :(

ArdraF

Ardra, my father smoked those.  That was more than 50 years ago.   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 16, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
Quote from: denmarc
How does the cold air effect you?

Here's one explanation: http://www.achooallergy.com/winter-asthma.asp
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 16, 2012, 01:07:15 PM
Great article Tom.  It also explains my exercise induced asthma. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 16, 2012, 04:09:21 PM
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Ardra, my father smoked those.  That was more than 50 years ago.

Yep.  That's probably what she started smoking as a teenager and she was still smoking them when she died in 1993.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 16, 2012, 05:06:52 PM
I started on Pall Mall before they had the filters, sneakin smokes in the tool shed during FFA class  (Vocational Agriculture) 1965
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Just Lou on December 16, 2012, 05:36:54 PM
I started on Pall Mall before they had the filters, sneakin smokes in the tool shed during FFA class  (Vocational Agriculture) 1965

Will, I was about ten years ahead of you (class of '56), but did exactly the same.  I had to switch to non-filter Camels just so my dad couldn't tell my butts from his.  I dropped out of FFA after moving to town.  Raising a garden wasn't quite the same as living on a working farm.

Funny - I never kept any of my old Navy memorabilia, but I still have my old FFA jacket.  I'm sure it was the most expensive article of clothing I ever had in High School.  My eleven dollar football cleats were a close second. :D   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on December 16, 2012, 06:04:20 PM
I started "smoking" when a buddy and I found you could smoke catalpa tree pods. corn silks and grape vines (talk about "bite").  I then moved up to my dad's Prince Albert cigarettes...yes cigarettes.  They came in a stack of two layers standing on end in a round tin of 100.  I thought I had found a gold mine because how would Dad know he was missing a few cigs...yeh, right.  When I "came out" in 1958 at age 16, I was working at a Safeway market and chose Lucky Strikes, non-filtered, of course and 10 cents a pack after I joined the Navy and went to sea.  A few years later I was a Marlboro man and finished up with Merits - with a many cigars, pipes, OP's (other peoples') and an occasional chew along the way.  I finally kicked it in 1998...40 years of puffing if you count grape vines, corn silks and catalpa pods.  Interestingly, I never did try marijuana.  Guess my midwest upbringing ruled that out.  Who knows?  I might try it yet now that it's becoming more "acceptible".
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 17, 2012, 07:31:56 AM
Here's one explanation: http://www.achooallergy.com/winter-asthma.asp

That is a good article.  I still wonder why it works the opposite for me.  I guess I'll just thank my lucky stars that I don't have Asthma.  And I do get quite a bit of exercise being outside during the Winter.  A plus.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 23, 2012, 01:23:26 AM
Update:
I'm serious about this.  I haven't just brushed it off.  I haven't been able to get it out of my mind for the past week with the end of the year so close!  I'm nervous. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 23, 2012, 09:04:09 AM
Mark - I smoked cigarettes for 30 years. At the start of the new millennium my New Millennium Resolution was to quit smoking. It was easy. I haven't had a cigarette since then and I have no desire. I can sit right next to a smoker all day and it doesn't bother me. The secret to quitting is easy. You simply do not ever again buy a pack a cigarettes. So how hard can that be? Just stop buying the things.

There are many cool things about quitting smoking. First off you are saving $5 to $10 a day. Your sense of smell will return, your taste buds will taste things better than ever. Your breath won't smell like a forest fire. Your clothes won't stink, your car won't stink, your house won't stink. You won't have to stand outside freezing at your friends house because you are "dying" for a cigarette. You will live a longer and healthier life. That will give you more time to travel the USA and spend time with your grand kids. You won't end up breathing through a tube in your neck. You won't need an oxygen machine. You won't need an iron lung. You will no longer have to carry a lighter everywhere you go.

The interesting thing about quitting smoking is the first thing you find out is that there really isn't any reason at all to smoke. Nothing positive comes from it and there are tons of negatives and expenses.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 23, 2012, 09:25:04 AM
What Tom Seiler said.  Exactly.  Except it was not easy for me.  It was very difficult, but still worth it.  I shudder remembering how everything must have smelled:  me, my breath, my clothes, my house, my car.  It's vey embarassing in retrospect.  :( 
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 23, 2012, 11:19:19 AM
What Tom Seiler said.  Exactly.  Except it was not easy for me.  It was very difficult, but still worth it.  I shudder remembering how everything must have smelled:  me, my breath, my clothes, my house, my car.  It's vey embarassing in retrospect.  :( 
The first day was not easy but every time I wanted a smoke I recited the list of reasons why smoking sucks. The urge went away promptly. And like Margi says, it is embarrassing to smell other smokers now from 10 feet away realizing that used to be me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 23, 2012, 07:33:26 PM
I'm absorbing everything I read here.  I know all of it is true.  It's like a prize fighter getting ready for the bout that wins him the championship belt.  That is what I am shooting for.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 23, 2012, 08:16:36 PM
 :o :o Mark: I am turned 61 in July, after almost losing my life the end of March; to artherserosis (stiffing arteries caused by smoking since sneaking Lucky Strikes when I was twelve.) Between that and chloresterol which severely clogged my arteries in my heart which required three stents. That was about the 4th 0r 5th time I quit. I will never again buy, take or bum any tobacco products. I have made up my mind to never smoke again.

    It has been 8 months without them and I have no cravings now. The first 2 weeks are the toughest, but you have plenty of support here. If you feel as though you are going to smoke one, get in touch with one of us first before you light it. You can do it; but you have to want to.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 24, 2012, 08:37:15 AM
I remember one other trick I used that make it easier to quit smoking. Once I quit when ever the urge to light up would occur I would ask myself exactly what kind of cancer I was hoping to get. Lip cancer? Mouth cancer? Throat cancer? Lung cancer? How about emphysema? That always killed the desire.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 24, 2012, 10:58:50 AM
I remember one other trick I used that make it easier to quit smoking. Once I quit when ever the urge to light up would occur I would ask myself exactly what kind of cancer I was hoping to get. Lip cancer? Mouth cancer? Throat cancer? Lung cancer? How about emphysema? That always killed the desire.

I know you're a camera guy but you also do well at painting pictures.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 26, 2012, 02:15:03 PM
If you feel as though you are going to smoke one, get in touch with one of us first before you light it. You can do it; but you have to want to.

Thank you, my friend.  5 more days.  That is when I feel like the blade of the guillotine comes down.  Either the blade of my stupidity kills me, or maybe I can stop it somehow. 

Tonight will be a test.  A Winter storm coming up that is going to skirt the area I will have to drive in tonight.  Going to be tough.  I have been trying to cut back for a couple of weeks now gearing up for this.

Doing my best.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 30, 2012, 03:21:49 PM
1 more day.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 30, 2012, 03:46:28 PM
1 more day.
Until you start your new, healthy life, and start counting UP until the day comes when you don't feel the need to count how many days you've been a non-smoker because you will be a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 30, 2012, 03:49:58 PM
Good luck, Mark!  'taint easy, but sure is worth it.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on December 30, 2012, 04:25:11 PM
It's going to be a SOB for me, Margi!  I'm diving in with both feet!

Wendy, the day when I don't have to count the days up is when I know I accomplished my current goal.

Thank you both for the support!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 30, 2012, 05:01:17 PM
We all had our little crutches while going through it.  Mine was unsalted popcorn and crossword puzzles.  Took care of hand-to-mouth habit and kept the brain thinking of something else (trying to, anyway).
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 30, 2012, 05:52:15 PM
Margi used popcorn, I used stick candy...her choice was much healthier than mine :) Best advice I can offer is to stay away from people who smoke and places where people smoke. And you will hit that day when you quit counting the days. You Can Do It.
 
Wendy
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 31, 2012, 12:11:36 AM
Another good thing is to enlist friends or family who are also smokers.  I told my friends to NEVER give me a cigarette no matter how much I begged them.  I had good friends.  Not a one ever gave in to me.  The good thing is I quit and sorry to say they didn't.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 31, 2012, 08:39:53 AM
Another good thing is to enlist friends or family who are also smokers.  I told my friends to NEVER give me a cigarette no matter how much I begged them.  I had good friends.  Not a one ever gave in to me.  The good thing is I quit and sorry to say they didn't.
I just cannot picture Ardra with a cigarette in her mouth. :-\
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: wincom6 on December 31, 2012, 09:17:08 AM
Incentive?  I quit early in life.  One day my granddaughter and I decided to try to count all the money I had saved, I was 65 at the time.  It’s really hard to do because the price has gone up. the total we came up with  was $80,000 funny how you can pay some one to kill you
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 31, 2012, 09:36:59 AM
Today is the 13th anniversary since my last cigarette coffin nail. So let's do the math. Cigs were $3 a pack when I quit and they are $5 a pack now. So let's use $4 as an average price to keep it simple. I used to smoke one and a half packs a day so let's say 500 packs a year. That's $2000 a year. Times 13 years that is $26,000. And that doesn't count lighters, ashtrays, breath mints and replacing clothes I burned holes in.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 31, 2012, 10:08:59 AM
Both Tom and I stopped smoking in 1989, 23 years ago.  We each smoked 1.5 packs per day on average.  Using your $4 per pack average cost, we have saved $100,740 between us.  (Probably a little less in reality as cigarettes were not so expensive when we quit.)  This doesn't include the burn holes, etc. which Tom mentioned.
 
Margi
 
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on December 31, 2012, 12:08:39 PM
Those expenses also don't include the higher cost of health and life insurance for smokers and the extra medical bills. Or the extra cleaning expenses for curtains, rugs, clothes, etc. You could buy a house for what you save by not smoking.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 31, 2012, 12:40:20 PM
You could buy a house for what you save by not smoking.
I did just that and I am living in it now.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 31, 2012, 01:16:07 PM
Something I've been meaning to mention:  Put the amount of money you would have spent on cigarettes daily into a separate account -- or into a piggy bank.  BIG piggy bank.  Then reward yourself by using it to buy something you really, really would enjoy.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 01, 2013, 02:59:28 AM
I'm thinking along the same lines as you, Margi.  Planned on saving that extra money for another cruise for the wife and I.  Something for the both of us. 

BTW...
Been 4 hours now.  Not craving yet.  The tough part will come Wednesday nite when I go back to work.  Talked to my nurse coach yesterday about it and she gave me some good ideas also to help smooth things out.

Here we go!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 01, 2013, 06:49:38 AM
Good Morning everyone, I like the numbers Tom ran. Quit on July 17th 2000, it's close to the same $26,000 but can I also add in the cost of replacing both lungs? The hospital has sent in bills so far for 1.4M and still waiting on the doctors bills. Good thing there's insurance.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on January 01, 2013, 08:58:51 AM
We are all happy for you Mark. I am amazed. I really had not thought about the fact that it has been 13 years since I last smoked a cigarette. It feels like I have never smoked in my life before. The really nice thing about quitting is that within a matter of 2 or 3 days you will start noticing the positive effects of quitting. Your sense of taste and smell should return immediately. You will be able to breathe easier. You will feel better. And the sense of pride becomes monumental.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on January 01, 2013, 09:47:51 AM
I'm thinking along the same lines as you, Margi.  Planned on saving that extra money for another cruise for the wife and I.  Something for the both of us. 

BTW...
Been 4 hours now.  Not craving yet.  The tough part will come Wednesday nite when I go back to work.  Talked to my nurse coach yesterday about it and she gave me some good ideas also to help smooth things out.

Here we go!

Go for it Mark.  We're all behind you (and any others going for it!).  If you need any support (albeit online), let us know.  We can give you a virtual smack upside the head if you begin to fall!  Seriously though, good luck and hang in there!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on January 01, 2013, 12:40:49 PM
You can do it. Make a list of all the benefits folks have listed here and keep it handy. Print a picture of the place you want to go cruising and keep it handy. Make 2013 a wonderful, healthy, non-smoking year.
 
Wendy
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 01, 2013, 02:29:17 PM
Hang in there, Mark.  Another future milestone will be the day (not too far off, either) when the smell of cigarette smoke, instead of triggering a craving, absolutely disgusts you.  We're all here rooting you on!
 
Margi
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on January 01, 2013, 02:35:21 PM
Super day for you Mark!  Just think positively about all the good things that will happen as a result of your quitting and you'll do just fine.

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I just cannot picture Ardra with a cigarette in her mouth.

Believe it, Tom.  I started when I was 14 and quit when I was 21.  Of course I told my mother I wasn't smoking.  Too stupid to realize she could smell it on me!  We used to sit in a car with the windows closed (phewy!) and then eat celery before going home.  We had heard the chlorophyl in celery would "cut" the smell.  Yeah, sure.  After sitting in that car!?!  We must have reeked....  My quitting might be considered easy.  I got German measles at age 21 and was in a coma for five days.  The first thing I wanted when I came out of it was a cigarette.  Then I said, maybe not because my withdrawal should be over so they got thrown in the wastebasket instead.  Now I can't stand the way they smell, not to mention I'm allergic to the smoke coming off the end of a cigarette - makes me itch like crazy!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 06, 2013, 03:40:23 PM
I'm failing.  I did ok until the beginning of this past week.  Come Wednesday night (back to work after the holidays), it has been a horrible week!  The job has been a real b***ch as my dealers are getting back into the normal mode.  Not because they smoke, but because the orders are all screwed up and late coming from Chicago.  Big time stress!  I stumbled quite a few times.  I didn't go out and buy a pack, but anyone within earshot that even smells like a cigarette I will ask to bum one!

Not sure I can do this right now!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on January 06, 2013, 04:06:34 PM
How many days is it now?  Remember that your body goes through a period of physical withdrawal from the noxious substances and it needs time to do this.  I think it's about five or six days, so if you're close to that please do persevere.  It WILL be worth it!  Have you tried sugar-free chewing gum or mints or some of the other ideas previously mentioned?  Keep you hands busy doing other things.  Keep your mind on solving those work-related issues.  Don't bum cigarettes from coworkers or family.  Go for a walk when the desire gets too strong.  This is a new year and a new you which is what's really important!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 06, 2013, 04:34:20 PM
Try not to be discouraged, Mark.  Just regroup and try again.  Nobody expects you to be perfect.  As the saying goes, "If Plan A fails, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet, so make another plan".   Sappy and simplistic ... but true.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Dance Chick on January 06, 2013, 04:48:48 PM
Hello everyone...just found this thread.  I quit smoking 36 years ago when I was 26.  It's been so long, I can't believe I ever did it.  Cigs were $.55 a pack then.  I marvel at how anyone affords them now.  Mark, what helped me when I almost gave in was knowing that once I smoked, I was back to square one and had to do "the first week" all over again.  The little bit I had accomplished would've gone up in smoke (pun intended). I promise you it is worth it, and some day you'll have not smoked longer than you smoked.  Hang tough.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Daisy on January 06, 2013, 05:24:33 PM
How about some tough love Mark.  Sounds like you want someone here to give you permission to start up again.  Well, it isn't going to come from me, and I doubt the other 99.9% would be very happy about doing it either.  So, you're under stress.  So what!  So are the rest of us for one reason or another and were when we quit.  No excuse.  Tough it out.  You start up again now, you will then have learned how easy it was to find an excuse to "get your fix."  Stay away from those guys who you can sponge off of.  Think of them as your toxic enemy to be avoided at all costs.  You really can do it, just get you brain under control and get through the urge.  DO NOT SUCCUMB to TEMPTATION!   

You'll do o.k. Mark, just a few of the first hurdles to get over.

Daisy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 06, 2013, 06:14:20 PM
Mark...you already have time and effort invested...don't waste it. You'll just have to start over again from zero. You think quitting is tough, try living at the end of a plastic hose for a year, you still have to quit and then you die anyway, maybe get lucky (?) and get a xplant...it's beyond description ...hang in there Mark...pulling for ya
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Carl L on January 06, 2013, 06:17:05 PM
I'm failing.  I did ok until the beginning of this past week.  Come Wednesday night (back to work after the holidays), it has been a horrible week!  The job has been a real b***ch as my dealers are getting back into the normal mode.  Not because they smoke, but because the orders are all screwed up and late coming from Chicago.  Big time stress!  I stumbled quite a few times.  I didn't go out and buy a pack, but anyone within earshot that even smells like a cigarette I will ask to bum one!

Not sure I can do this right now!

Dammit!   If not now, when? 

This is the crisis, the time when the nicotine is coaxing you back.   I have seen people on oxygen trying to cage just one last smoke. 

Look, you have invested a lot of grief on this.   Make that effort pay off.  Hang  in.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 06, 2013, 09:01:24 PM
 :P Mark: It's time to get the monkey off your back!! Say no!! No More!! Seriously you can quit!! Put a picture in your head of what it will look like with a hole in your throat with all that yucky phlegm draining from it. Or that person who is hacking their lungs lungs out when they are trying to get the much needed sleep. I have been through it and it doesn't get easier to start over! Remember I told you this is my 4-5th quit. I came so close to death this last time; remember laying there watching the doctor insert tubes up my artery to my heart, getting needles put in me, and then having it done all over again 2 days later; the drawing of my blood every 4 hours for 6 of the 7 days I was in the ICU. I was lucky as I made it to the hospital in time; many don't and die. Here I am 9 months later, can't go back to work yet as I still don't have the stamina I once had; have to take blood thinners and blood cell anti- clotting agents which being a labor worker, if I cut myself, have to seek immediate medical attention. I am freezing when it drops below 45 degrees and boiling if it get in the 80's. Don't wait until you have to have surgical treatments and be forced to quit, you can do it now voluntarily.

     Were rooting for you Man!!!!
   
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 07, 2013, 02:35:08 PM
How about some tough love Mark.  Sounds like you want someone here to give you permission to start up again.     
You'll do o.k. Mark, just a few of the first hurdles to get over.
Daisy

After over 50 years on this planet, I am not looking for permission from anyone to do anything.  No offense.  I do know what you meant.  And I appreciate it.  My problem is I haven't quit yet.  I'm trying but haven't succeeded yet.  I have to do this for myself and my family.  I just had a harder time than expected last week.  Changes to the normal job routine in the past year that showed it's ugly face over the holidays.
Everything is all screwed up and myself, being at the end of the line, is expected to make everything sugar coated.  I'm doing my best to satisfy my dealers and get them their parts on time.  I'm also doing my best to satisfy myself.

I haven't given up and I do read each and every post.  I'm still in the game.  Just struggling a bit.  I'm not looking for sympathy either.  But the thoughts and support from what I read here helps me to gain strength to get through this.

Thanks to all of you.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on January 08, 2013, 04:41:40 PM
Okay, Marc.  So this is a new week.  The last one was the pits, but it's over and done with.  Kaput.  So, forget about it and work on THIS week.  As they say, there's no time like the present.  And, after reading irover's comment about tubes and such, it would make me want to quit right now!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 09, 2013, 10:32:13 AM
You are so right, AndraF!  As of late, I am looking at it this way...
I have gone from 2 packs a day for roughly 30 years down to less than a half pack in one week.  I call that progress.  NOT the progress I was shooting for, granted.  But the war with myself isn't over yet.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: braindead on January 09, 2013, 10:48:36 AM
A lot of friends have had good luck after reading Allen Carr, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking"..  I read it after I quit (30years 2/3 packs a day) however it was helpful for my wife and several friends.  That's about all I can ad, it's very different for everyone I think.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 09, 2013, 10:56:54 AM
A lot of friends have had good luck after reading Allen Carr, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking"..  I read it after I quit (30years 2/3 packs a day) however it was helpful for my wife and several friends.  That's about all I can ad, it's very different for everyone I think.

Good luck.

Your reply is why I keep reading.  Thanks. 
Gotta go find something to do now before I cave in again.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 10, 2013, 11:10:50 AM
You are so right, AndraF!  As of late, I am looking at it this way...
I have gone from 2 packs a day for roughly 30 years down to less than a half pack in one week.  I call that progress.  NOT the progress I was shooting for, granted.  But the war with myself isn't over yet.

Mark: I call that success!!! Keep going for it! You will do it it you keep going for less and less. Irover
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 11, 2013, 11:52:32 AM
Wadda ya think, Margi?  I am drawing on you. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 11, 2013, 12:01:15 PM
Mark..are you starting to get your sense of taste and smell back yet??   I never realized how bad Florida stinks (mold...mildew) until I quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 11, 2013, 12:27:03 PM
Mark..are you starting to get your sense of taste and smell back yet??   I never realized how bad Florida stinks (mold...mildew) until I quit.

Funny you should ask.  I work nites and eating my "dinner" now.  It does taste different.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on January 11, 2013, 12:36:48 PM
The taste of food will only get better. Have you found something to do when you get a craving ? I would often go for a walk which is something I used to smoke while doing but discovered that it was a lot more fun without cigs....lungs worked better, air smelled better. Reading was harder because I always had a cig next to me while reading. I also did a major cleaning of our house and car, spent a lot of hours and a lot of money getting it all clean and smelling good and when I wanted a cigarette, I just remembered that I would have to do that all over again. I have a friend who took up kntting when she quit smoking, kept her hands busy.
 
Hang in there. You Can Do It.
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 11, 2013, 12:51:13 PM
Thanks, Wendy.  Taken to heart.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 11, 2013, 01:24:45 PM
Wadda ya think, Margi?  I am drawing on you.

Just do it, Mark.  It's not easy.  Tom was "little hitler" for one afternoon only when he quit, but I had a terrible time for months.  The one thing above all that made me stick to quitting is that I didn't want to go through that agony again.  Everyone has their strongest craving trigger.  Mine was wanting a cigarette while driving.  I chewed gum instead when I was in the car. 
 
Just keep on keepin' on.  There just is no easy way to do it.  Don't beat yourself up if you slip, just start again.  It does get easier, I promise.
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 11, 2013, 01:57:16 PM
Just keep on keepin' on.  There just is no easy way to do it.  Don't beat yourself up if you slip, just start again.  It does get easier, I promise.
Margi

Thank you, Margi. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Dance Chick on January 11, 2013, 03:33:36 PM
Mark..I just talked with a lady yesterday who was on oxygen due to lung/breathing problems....she was a smoker.  She quit smoking 2 years ago and is now off the oxygen, and her oxygen numbers have greatly improved. Your body will thank you for this for many years to come.  You can do this. Hang tough.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 11, 2013, 03:59:13 PM

Just do it, Mark.  It's not easy.  Tom was "little hitler" for one afternoon only when he quit, but I had a terrible time for months.  The one thing above all that made me stick to quitting is that I didn't want to go through that agony again.  Everyone has their strongest craving trigger.  Mine was wanting a cigarette while driving.  I chewed gum instead when I was in the car. 
 
Just keep on keepin' on.  There just is no easy way to do it.  Don't beat yourself up if you slip, just start again.  It does get easier, I promise.
 
Margi

I just realized you may have touched on something in common.  I drive for a living.  All night long.  I am not a candy muncher (no sweet tooth) or gum chewer.  I have been "eating" toothpicks during this ordeal.  Yeah, I have slipped up a few times.  Eating while driving is actually not a good practice anyway.  Especially at night when sight field is very limited.  I don't even use my cell phone while driving at night for work.  I refuse to take the chance of hitting anyone (my fault or theirs) with a loaded semi-truck if I can help it.  It is during the night I get the strongest urges to light one up.  Or two, or three...

edit: fixed quote -LS
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 11, 2013, 04:20:12 PM
Toothpicks are good.  Very low in calories salt free.  ;D   Anything that keeps your mouth busy seems to help.  How about one of those rolled jerky thingies?   Can't remember what they're called. 
 
Margi

Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: carson on January 11, 2013, 04:28:00 PM
Try SNUFF.... no smoke involved.    Yuck.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on January 11, 2013, 06:54:29 PM
The taste of food will only get better.
Alas, we know why ex smokers gain weight. :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 12, 2013, 03:23:04 PM
Try SNUFF.... no smoke involved.    Yuck.

No thanks, but thanks for the idea.   :P

I work with a guy that chews.  I know that my habit is not appealling to a lot of people.  But chewing/sucking on a "bale of hay" is for cows.  Not for humans!  And spitting it where ever, or saving it in a bottle?...I think I am going to barf now!

Matter of opinion, I know.  I would just as soon be done with tobacco all together.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 12, 2013, 04:07:35 PM
My dear ole Dad chewed Days Work tobacco, he'd spit out the window of the old ford van and the side windows would pick it up and put it right in my face. The side of the old truck was always a mess, you know who had to wash it too. Had a peach can beside his chair and in the winter he'd spit in the fireplace....what an aroma....now I'm gagging....  :P

Mark.....I screw up on a project one day and expected a serious butt chewing but my boss said something that may pertain to "slipping". He said that every new day bring a whole new chance of redemption". If you slip today...make it up tomorrow.

Hang in there...this is the best thing you will ever do for yourself :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 13, 2013, 12:38:02 PM
Hang in there...this is the best thing you will ever do for yourself :)

Working on it.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on January 14, 2013, 04:20:00 PM
Very happy this post has lasted so long, hopefully the longer it lasts the more smokers jump on the wagon.  For me, wow, things going very well (other than the nasty super-cold I had last week!) getting ready for that 'one year' party this coming March 10th!!!!  This is so awesome, nice milestones in the past year have been; conversation with doctor (who was so impressed with the quitting) conversation with dentist (who was so impressed with quitting) and the grand stone of all..... I breath so much easier than I did during the 35yrs of smoking!!!! 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on January 14, 2013, 04:35:46 PM
Congratulations, Jim, and good for you!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 15, 2013, 11:10:08 AM
Congratulations, Jim, and good for you!

ArdraF

Ditto, jje1960!  You, as well as many on this thread, know what I am trying accomplish.  I hope I am as strong as you.  I'm doing OK, just not as I expected.  You made it!  Don't turn back.  Your way too far ahead to fail now.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on January 15, 2013, 11:32:45 AM
Mark - You know what I would like you to do is to tell me exactly why you smoke? Is it because it makes you look more suave and debonair? Is it because it makes you look older? Is it because it is so cool to smoke? Is it because you need something to do with your hands? Exactly why do you want to smoke?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 15, 2013, 12:19:18 PM
Mark - You know what I would like you to do is to tell me exactly why you smoke? Is it because it makes you look more suave and debonair? Is it because it makes you look older? Is it because it is so cool to smoke? Is it because you need something to do with your hands? Exactly why do you want to smoke?

I see where you are going.  It's OK.  It's hard to look debonair and suave, or to look "cool" when someone like me spends the majority of their time by themselves.  I work alone.  No fellow co-workers to talk to (other than by phone).   I work a different shift than my DW.  I'm asleep when she gets home from her job.  I sure as Hell don't need/want to look any older to anyone!  I have nobody to look cool or debonair to!  Sounds like it would be a simple solution.  It's not.

As far as why I "want to"?  Very good question.  My father did.  Peer pressure in high school.  My friends did.  Many friends do still.  How many answers do you want to make me sound like I am looking for excuses?

Can you relate?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on January 15, 2013, 12:36:18 PM

As far as why I "want to"?  Very good question.  My father did.  Peer pressure in high school.  My friends did.  Many friends do still.  How many answers do you want to make me sound like I am looking for excuses?

Can you relate?
Oh yes, I can relate. I went through the same problems when I quit.

But the question I should have asked is why do you now wish to keep on smoking? What pleasure do you get from them to make you spend $10 a day on cigarettes?

But I am a really hard headed guy about certain things so I refused to give in.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 16, 2013, 10:40:38 AM
But the question I should have asked is why do you now wish to keep on smoking? What pleasure do you get from them to make you spend $10 a day on cigarettes?

And the answer is...
It's not really that I wish to continue.  It's more like I really don't care enough if I continue.  I know that sounds bad.  But I have always lived for the day.  I try to have as much fun as I can on a daily basis so at the end of the day, I look forward to tomorrow.  Does that make any sense?  I just hate waking up and getting ready for work already pissed off at something or having a bad attitude because I already know whats to come.

I guess the habit engraved itself into my life.  I know I should quit (for obvious reasons) and it wouldn't bother me to quit (if it were out of my mind altogether). 
And I mentioned before that the extra money saved will bring that cruise to Australia I want closer to reality quicker!  Just an another incentive.  I've cut WAY back.  A good note.  But I'm finding it very difficult to handle during the night hours while working lately due to issues I have no control over.  Along with the Winter weather here on the country roads I drive on every night.  A cig helps me to alleviate the stress.  Or, at least the thought of it does.   

I don't know if anything I just typed means anything to anyone.  It's just how I feel.  I am just being honest.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: inflt on January 16, 2013, 11:03:41 AM
In my case, I enjoyed smoking. Cigarettes, pipe, cigars, usually all three in the same day. I quit in February, 1992. I was just shy of my 44th birthday. I held my father's hand while he died of lung cancer, actually drowning in his own body fluids. It was such a stupid, avoidable thing. He used to say if he had the guts behind his belt that he had over his belt he would quit. But he never did.

It was just senseless that he had to die. I loved him so much. I had to make his death mean something, at least to me. So I determined, then and there that if nothing else, I myself could quit. On his behalf. I knew, if he were still alive, that he would approve of that. So, in my grief-ridden mind, I could make his meaningless death mean something. So I did, I quit cold turkey.

For the next year, I don't believe I went 20 waking minutes without thinking about and wanting a smoke. The second year, I don't think I went a waking hour without wanting one. I mean, I was hard core addicted. But it's been 20 years now that I been off smoke, and the only time I miss it is if I happen to be around someone who just lit up. It still smells good to me. OTOH, when I walk into a place with stale smoke, it stinks!

YMMV, but this is my story.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 16, 2013, 12:29:34 PM
In my case, I enjoyed smoking. Cigarettes, pipe, cigars, usually all three in the same day. I quit in February, 1992. I was just shy of my 44th birthday. I held my father's hand while he died of lung cancer, actually drowning in his own body fluids. It was such a stupid, avoidable thing. He used to say if he had the guts behind his belt that he had over his belt he would quit. But he never did.

It was just senseless that he had to die. I loved him so much. I had to make his death mean something, at least to me. So I determined, then and there that if nothing else, I myself could quit. On his behalf. I knew, if he were still alive, that he would approve of that. So, in my grief-ridden mind, I could make his meaningless death mean something. So I did, I quit cold turkey.

For the next year, I don't believe I went 20 waking minutes without thinking about and wanting a smoke. The second year, I don't think I went a waking hour without wanting one. I mean, I was hard core addicted. But it's been 20 years now that I been off smoke, and the only time I miss it is if I happen to be around someone who just lit up. It still smells good to me. OTOH, when I walk into a place with stale smoke, it stinks!

YMMV, but this is my story.

Bravo!  You are a sucess story.  My hat is off to you. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 16, 2013, 12:50:00 PM
 :-\ I know how it is Mark; I will reiterate that this I believe is the 5th time I have quit. The first being in 1990 then starting back about 11 months later, the second, 1996 for maybe 8 months, the third in 2005 for about 14 months, the 4th in 2010 for about 17 months. The 5th and last time I hope, was this past March.
     It is difficult even today at times even though I've told myself over and over that it practically led to my demise. It always seemed to calm me when I was stressed; or when I was relaxing it was a way to have something to do. Almost relaxed myself completely. I have to keep enforcing that I breath better, food is more tasteful; gained 15 lbs, and Looked in the mirror this morning close and noticed some of the wrinkles on my face have almost disappeared. Noticed I don't cough and hack as much, even though I'm on blood pressure meds that have this side effect. The biggest thing I have trouble with is controlling my anxiety, that anxious feeling I get thinking I have not done enough when the day is done.
    I really hope you will kick it one day soon and you really notice the benefits of doing it. Take care; Man!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 16, 2013, 05:23:52 PM
Beside enjoying the taste, i was COOL.. 8). Hell I WAS James Dean. Greasy, bloody knuckles, rolled up t-shirt sleeves with a pack of smokes, rolled up jeans and head under the hood of a 67 vette. I had to smoke to keep up my image. Man what a dummy :o
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on January 16, 2013, 06:07:55 PM
Bravo!  You are a sucess story.  My hat is off to you.

There's one of these for you to man.  Just hang in there.  We're saving it for you!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 17, 2013, 12:02:40 PM
There's one of these for you to man.  Just hang in there.  We're saving it for you!

You got a deal.  Your support, along with the rest of those who replied, is weighing heavy on my mind.  I feel guilty as heck right now. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on January 17, 2013, 12:20:56 PM
No need to feel guilty. Just get back in there. It ain't easy but it can be done. Look how many of us here have done it.
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: inflt on January 17, 2013, 02:05:22 PM
The bottom line for me, after trying it a hundred times, was realizing I had to want to quit more than I wanted to smoke. Once I found that reason to want to quit, it was doable. Not easy, but doable. But I had to want to quit worse, before I could. Hardest thing in this life I ever did, but if I can do it, as addicted as I was (am?), anyone can. Just find the reason that makes you want quitting worse than you want to continue.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 19, 2013, 03:01:48 PM
The bottom line for me, after trying it a hundred times, ....

Only tried twice before.  Once, for 5 months.  The other not worth mentioning.   
I am still working on it.  I haven't given up.

Wendy,
I hear you. And I take your reply, as well as others, to heart. 
I do feel guilty.  But still trying.  Make sense?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on January 24, 2013, 08:57:34 PM
Mark -
Would you like to add ten years to your life?

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865571432/Study-Quitting-smoking-increases-life-span-up-to-10-years.html
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 24, 2013, 10:18:24 PM
Mark -
Would you like to add ten years to your life?

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865571432/Study-Quitting-smoking-increases-life-span-up-to-10-years.html

I know...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: braindead on January 25, 2013, 09:49:18 AM
The bottom line for me, after trying it a hundred times, was realizing I had to want to quit more than I wanted to smoke. Once I found that reason to want to quit, it was doable. Not easy, but doable. But I had to want to quit worse, before I could. Hardest thing in this life I ever did, but if I can do it, as addicted as I was (am?), anyone can. Just find the reason that makes you want quitting worse than you want to continue.
+1..  There is no point in 'trying to quit'.  You just need to quit, no try (ala Yoda ;-).  When you 'try to quit' you're simply setting yourself up for failure IMO. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 25, 2013, 10:39:50 AM
 8) I realize just quitting is the best; some like me had more denial than others. It will be 9 mos. for me the 3oth of this Month.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on February 03, 2013, 03:25:13 PM
Update:
Just in case anyone was wondering, I am still at a half pack a week.  Although, there have been days when I keep myself busy enough to not light up even one for a whole day.  Along with a consious effort to find myself something else to do when the urge strikes.

I'm still working at it. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on February 03, 2013, 03:28:55 PM
That is some great progress Mark, keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on February 03, 2013, 04:51:44 PM
I was wondering how you were doing, Mark, and it sounds like you're coming right along.  Keep up the good work!  Soon, you won't even have to think about it anymore.  Well ... maybe not soon ... but sooner or later.  ;D
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on February 03, 2013, 05:24:00 PM
Awesome Mark.  Try now to set the goal for maybe a quarter pack a week.  What is that, maybe a smoke or two a day?  I know it's hard, but remember we're with you.  Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on February 04, 2013, 09:16:03 AM
Well ... maybe not soon ... but sooner or later.

Margi,
Lets shoot for "soon".

Awesome Mark.  Try now to set the goal for maybe a quarter pack a week.

Ed,
Your reading my mind.

Thanks all.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 04, 2013, 11:29:43 AM
Awesome News!!!! Congrats!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on March 04, 2013, 02:25:56 PM
Haven't forgot the thread.  Just alot going on.  Still about the same with a half pack a week.  A consious effort to say the least!  Up to a half pack a nite with driving through bad weather the past few weeks.  It's hard.  I'm still plugging away at it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on March 04, 2013, 03:43:57 PM
Going on 10 months for me.  Keep trying and one of these days in the near future it will happen.  It's harder for some than others but all of us can do it.

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 04, 2013, 03:47:10 PM
Just keep on keepin' on, Mark.  You'll get there!
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 04, 2013, 06:48:45 PM
Keep after it. And don't beat yourself. No smoking is preferred but even half a pack a day is better than 2 packs a day. And keep thinking about that day when you can say you quit a year ago.

Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on March 05, 2013, 08:29:55 AM
And keep thinking about that day when you can say you quit a year ago.

I'm thinking about the day when I can say I quit last week!   :)
Gotta keep plugging away at it.  Thanks all.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 05, 2013, 10:42:30 AM
  I remember when I was proud to have made it through one day. It is another of those "one day at a time" steps.
Title: Re: Quit smoking=== Yea Man... 1yr Today!!
Post by: jje1960 on March 10, 2013, 01:57:27 PM
Yee-haa!!! One year today since I quit and started this thread!  For anyone wondering.... (maybe not) It did cost me some weight, all n' all I'm happy, even with the 25Ibs extra I'm carrying today.  Working on that now, quite a challenge!  Also for those that may be wondering (maybe not) I have been very lucky over the months with dealing with any 'urges', however must share this.... After months without any urges, about a week or two ago, I was having coffee, just sitting in the kitchen on a Sunday morning.... It came on me like a ton of bricks!  Have no idea what set it off, just came up.  Kind of mumbled about it for a minute or two, then went back to normal.  Very strange!

Good luck to all others quitting.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: hes4all on March 10, 2013, 02:08:23 PM
God bless you Jim.
Awesome job. :) ;) :D ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on March 10, 2013, 02:18:37 PM
That's just wonderful, Jim.  So happy for you!!!
 
Margi
Title: Re: Quit smoking=== Yea Man... 1yr Today!!
Post by: Molaker on March 10, 2013, 02:44:37 PM
Yee-haa!!! One year today since I quit and started this thread!  For anyone wondering.... (maybe not) It did cost me some weight, all n' all I'm happy, even with the 25Ibs extra I'm carrying today.  Working on that now, quite a challenge!  Also for those that may be wondering (maybe not) I have been very lucky over the months with dealing with any 'urges', however must share this.... After months without any urges, about a week or two ago, I was having coffee, just sitting in the kitchen on a Sunday morning.... It came on me like a ton of bricks!  Have no idea what set it off, just came up.  Kind of mumbled about it for a minute or two, then went back to normal.  Very strange!

Good luck to all others quitting.
Congrats!  FWIW - It took me well over a year before I quit reaching for my shirt pocket, especially when I encountered one of those times I would have typically lit one up - coffee breaks were about the worst.  However, it was not so much an urge as it was a unconscious habit, much easier to deflect.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 10, 2013, 03:50:27 PM
Very good, Jim!  That's a wonderful accomplishment.  Someday you won't even be able to remember how many years it's been!  ;)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on March 10, 2013, 08:39:29 PM
Good for you ! Yes, very good for you !
Title: Re: Quit smoking=== Yea Man... 1yr Today!!
Post by: Irover on March 11, 2013, 03:44:17 PM
Yee-haa!!! One year today since I quit and started this thread!  For anyone wondering.... (maybe not) It did cost me some weight, all n' all I'm happy, even with the 25Ibs extra I'm carrying today.  Working on that now, quite a challenge!  Also for those that may be wondering (maybe not) I have been very lucky over the months with dealing with any 'urges', however must share this.... After months without any urges, about a week or two ago, I was having coffee, just sitting in the kitchen on a Sunday morning.... It came on me like a ton of bricks!  Have no idea what set it off, just came up.  Kind of mumbled about it for a minute or two, then went back to normal.  Very strange!

Good luck to all others quitting.

 Happy New Smoke free year!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jmugs on March 11, 2013, 10:52:57 PM
Congrats on a smoke free year. Keep it rolling.

I've been quits for almost 4 yrs, urges are rare these days and pass quickly. Can't count the number of fails I've had in the past, this time I was really ready to make it happen.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on March 13, 2013, 05:35:39 PM
Sincere thanks to all that have provided the encouragement and support this year!  Honestly, looking at my family, if quitting provided even ONE single extra day of life, it was every bit worth giving it up.  Plus of course.... all the other benefits that quitting has provided... smell, chocking, costs, stigma.... Just another positive live accomplishment!  :) 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on April 05, 2013, 12:03:34 PM
 8) It was my year anniversary of quitting on the 30th of March; also a year since I had three stents for the heart attack that fortunately left me a survivor.
 ;D A second chance; no it is about the fourth close call; and i don't believe i have 9lives like a cat. LOL!

  Quitting is very difficult; as this I believe this is my fifth try. I have got over the cravings and hope to be successful the rest of my life. ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on April 05, 2013, 01:16:31 PM
Congratulations! I'm four and a half years into it -- it gets better with time.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hippyschick on April 13, 2013, 04:23:25 PM
I quit on March 16 2011. I'd smoked on and off since I turned 21. For about five years I'd smoked maybe five to ten cigarettes a day, more if out socialising. I went to the doctor and he wanted to do a lung function test (I have asthma). Couldn't breathe out hard enough for long enough and almost fainted because my blood pressure was so low (I'd lost almost 80 pounds and come off my meds already, we'd just established my BP was 100/60).

Stayed quit until September 17 2012. My husband had a stroke that afternoon; I came home from the hospital, spotted his pack of cigarettes and finished them off (there were only a couple). Then I remembered that in his car were the pack of menthol Lucky Strikes he'd picked up for me on the way home the day that I quit (he didn't know when he bought them). I quit again, coincidentally, March 16 this year because I had bronchitis and couldn't physically smoke. I suppose it was the kick up the behind I needed!

I just go the cold turkey route. I hate electronic cigarettes, I don't like gum and I can't be bothered spending money on patches and the like. I get the occasional craving, but nothing too awful.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on May 23, 2013, 11:01:57 PM
Well, two days ago DH and I went out with the family to celebrate our year anniversary of NO smoking.  Yes, one whole year!!!  Family was excited and ready to celebrate with us.  Called daughter in Dallas to tell her and she started crying.  I didn't realize my smoking effected my family so much.

It is getting easier.  Some days I still want one and some days I don't think of them at all.  I read where some people start back after a year or two and that's what scares me the most. 

Hope everyone is doing well.

Robin & Charles
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on May 23, 2013, 11:27:22 PM
Congratulations!  That's a wonderful accomplishment.  Your daughter thinks maybe she'll have her daddy around for a few years longer than she once believed so that's worth doing it right there.  That's something I really identify with because mine died at age 56 caused by smoking and other factors, but especially that.  I wish that I had known him better as an adult.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on May 25, 2013, 10:04:49 AM
Congratulation to Michelle and Roadhappy!! I quit smoking on March 30th 2012 for the fifth time. I made it once to 16 months, but mostly it was 3-6 months before I would pick one up again. That's the problem; just like a drug or alcohol; we can't settle for one. That same morning I had a severe heart attack; my thought while the Cardio-Doc was inserting the stents was if I make it through this; will never light up that first one again. I guess if I didn't survive I would never light up again.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on May 25, 2013, 10:35:40 AM
Congratulations to those who have quit. And to those who have lapsed, quit again, you can do it. I remember someone once telling me that once you make it past 2 years, you're safe and I did lapse a couple of times before that 2 year mark but once I passed 2 years as a non-smoker, I never went back. Can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke now although do occasionally have a nightmare that I started smoking again.....No Way !


You Can Do It !
Wendy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Just Lou on May 25, 2013, 10:56:03 AM
I had my last cigarette on February 12th, 1991, and I've only had four recorded heart attacks, two complete quadruple bypass operations, six cathaterizations, one TIA and constant A-fib since.  If my good health continues I'm going to consider quitting smoking for good!  :D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Ned on May 25, 2013, 11:09:33 AM
Hang in there Lou, you can do it :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on May 26, 2013, 01:36:11 AM
Thanks everyone.  One day at a time.   ;D ;D

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: JimWhy on June 09, 2013, 07:09:57 PM
Hello Everyone!  I'm brand new to this forum and just found this thread.
I just hit the one year mark of being cigarette free.  My story is probably typical of many others.  Started very young due to peer pressure and my father smoked.  I always enjoyed the smell of it.  Well after over forty years I had had enough.  I finally could not stand the smell of it anymore.  I had been smoking on the back porch and came inside.  Well the windows were open and the smell was terrible.  Could not handle it anymore.  I put them down.
Actually I guess I was justready to quit.  I had only tried once before, about 10 years ago, and only made it a week.  But this was different, I was ready.  I still miss them and still reach for them.  Then I just say to myself, "What, are ya stupid!"  LOL, and the felling passes.  Unlike most everyone else, I still enjoy the smell of it, guess ZI always will.
To quit I started with the patch.  After one and a half months I noticed my skin was tunring yellow and irritated.  I came off the patch and never looked back.  I believe that no one can be forced to quit, I know I couldn't.  We all find our own reason and time to do it.  Here's to us that have quit and to those who are starting their own journey!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on June 09, 2013, 08:54:46 PM
Congrads on the year. Big milestone. I'm at four years and six months, and there are many others here, too.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on June 10, 2013, 09:49:55 AM
Wasn't there an old song Quitters Never Win ? Well, in this case, all the quitters are winners. Keep it up.


Wendy
Quit May 1981

Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 10, 2013, 03:43:28 PM
Wow, another few months gone by, 15 months today.  Cool!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: dverstra on June 10, 2013, 04:43:39 PM
I'm coming up on my 12 year mark in August! Woo Hoo! I smoked from 13 to 50 gave it up and started eating. Gained 50 pounds. Lost it last year and am not looking back. I need to make it to those Social Security years. I'll admit it still smells good once in a while though.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 10, 2013, 05:09:25 PM
I'm coming up on my 12 year mark in August! Woo Hoo! I smoked from 13 to 50 gave it up and started eating. Gained 50 pounds. Lost it last year and am not looking back. I need to make it to those Social Security years. I'll admit it still smells good once in a while though.

Yea hear ya with the weight.  Even though I gained the extra pounds, am not looking back with those cigarettes!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jonnapierce on June 24, 2013, 12:22:26 PM
My husband and I both quit using Vapes or e-cigs.  He smoked 3 packs a day and I smoked 2 so, yes, half a carton a day! We both had smoked for about 40 years each and I really didn't like the smell, mess, restrictions and how bad they make you feel in general.  Privately, I started researching the e-cigs and just two days later he mentioned giving them a try.  I figured that was the best sign I was ever going to get so we started buying different brands of e-cigs until we found one that worked for us.  My husband has 3 1/2 months and I have 4 months smoke free.  It's fabulous and his COPD has improved and my wheezing and feeling bad in general is gone.  The smell is gone and it is liberating not to have that cloud hanging over our heads anymore.  Another benefit is that people I know who have been smoking since I have known them, look at us and they want to quit.  Congrats to you and to your family.  Cheers to your health!!   :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Wendy on June 24, 2013, 06:23:36 PM
Congratulations on quitting. Just think, you could buy a new RV with the money you're saving !

Wendy
quit May 1981
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 25, 2013, 03:57:55 PM
Man O' man, nice to see the post is still going after all this time!  I'm still (and forever) a non-smoker since starting this post some 15 mos ago!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on June 25, 2013, 06:41:51 PM
Quote
I'm still (and forever) a non-smoker since starting this post some 15 mos ago!

Congratulations Jim, and keep it up. I'm on year 34 or so, and there are still times when I'm tempted. But I know that just one moment of weakness would be a slippery slope. Stay strong!

BTW those tobacco execs committed purgery when they said under oath that "nicotine is not addictive".
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on July 04, 2013, 06:57:15 PM
 8) Just a couple of days past the 15 month mark; gained 20 #'s.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: 1joester2 on July 10, 2013, 03:48:28 PM
I stopped my 1.5P/day habit 20 years ago and never once regretted it.
To this day, there are certain situations that will pop the receptors and I get the urge, but for the last 20 years I've convinced myself that I'm smarter than a cigarette and have not given in.


NOTE-
Not once above did I say I quit. Since the urge still haunts me occasionally I cannot make that claim.


To those who have stopped, CONGRATULATIONS and KEEP IT UP.
To those who gave in and let the cigarette play the lead role again, TRY AGAIN. You need to be the lead, not some dumb smoldering stick.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on July 10, 2013, 05:02:45 PM
This morning while riding my bike I saw an empty cigarette pack laying in the street -- my first thought was, "Those careless smokers..." -- and it's only been just over 4˝ years since I quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Den Socling on September 05, 2013, 02:49:13 PM
I never smoked a lot but I have a bar in our rec room. Every night after work I would end up smoking a half a pack and drinking a six pack. Admittedly, it wasn't long ago but I decided one day that I have done enough. I'm in my 60's and I've been abusing my body all of my life. My health is excellent and I decided to keep it that way. So far I have had zero cigarettes and zero beer. I drink the water my wife (who quit on the same day) has been urging me to drink for years.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Daisy on September 07, 2013, 04:42:29 PM
Den Socling.  Though you didn't tell us how long it's been since your stopped smokikng, and that really doesn't matter, I congratulate you upon improving your health and extending your life.  It's a tough road for anyone, but once started on it, you will see all sorts of increased benefits, from breathing better, to sleeping better, to eating  better, [unfortunately that's the worse part of it  ;)], and for just plain feeling better.  Have a wonderful rest of your life being smokeless.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Den Socling on September 10, 2013, 09:35:45 AM
Thank you, Daisy. I kind of passed a test on Saturday. I had a couple beers and cigarettes while watching football. But then I went back on the wagon. If I can be good 6 out of 7 days a week, I'll be happy. I've been eating fruit at night. Maybe, someday I'll be eating fruit while watching football.  ;)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on September 10, 2013, 05:59:04 PM
Well done to all that have quit, happy when others take the journey.  I'm still (forever) on that 'quit' wagon, March 10th 2012 seems so long ago, great feeling!  Unfortunately, I smoked like 35yrs, we shall see how it comes out at the 'end of the day', however believe it was a great move.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on September 10, 2013, 06:09:53 PM
Thank you, Daisy. I kind of passed a test on Saturday. I had a couple beers and cigarettes while watching football. But then I went back on the wagon. If I can be good 6 out of 7 days a week, I'll be happy. I've been eating fruit at night. Maybe, someday I'll be eating fruit while watching football.  ;)
Beer was a test for me, too, but morning coffee was my most difficult time.  I smoked for about 40 years.  Quit in '98 and my breathing improved almost immediately...no more morning "hack".  Chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests since then don't show any problems.  Now if I can just avoid any latent carcinogen effects...  Keep on keeping up!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on October 23, 2013, 08:17:29 PM
 ;D 18 1/2 months and still smoke-free; had to toot my own horn! Woop! woop!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on October 23, 2013, 10:55:04 PM
17 months for DH and I.  Woop! Woop! right along with you.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on October 24, 2013, 04:30:03 PM
17 months for DH and I.  Woop! Woop! right along with you.  ;D ;D

Yea buddy.... will honk that horn with ya'll.... March 10th, 2012... Woop! Woop! Woop! :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on October 25, 2013, 07:53:06 AM
Congrads to all of you -- 5 years at the end of next month.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 29, 2013, 02:58:17 PM
Reminded by another post.... I don't smoke no more!!!  Hope all others that are on the wagon have stayed on!!!  March 10th 2012 an' still going strong!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 29, 2013, 03:04:05 PM
Wow, it will be 14 years for me on Tuesday. December 31, 1999. And I have never missed a cigarette for even a minute. They smell like puke to me. Congrats to everyone else who has quit. ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 29, 2013, 03:12:47 PM
25 years in January 2014 for Tom and 25 years for me in September 2014.
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on December 29, 2013, 03:30:15 PM
How many smokers have you heard (including myself) say something like, "I could quit any time I want, but I enjoy smoking and don't want to quit"?  I remember saying that the first time I tried to quit back in 1964 and failed.  Took about 35 years more for me to change my mind and quit for good.  Luckily, my body seems to have survived the abuse (so far), but when I think of the thousands of dollars I spent on it as well...at about $8/carton (rough avg through my smoking days) and 1-2 packs a day (carton and 1/2 per week, maybe), I was approaching 25 grand spent on tobacco products.  At today's tobacco prices, the cost skyrockets 10 fold.  So, if health isn't a big enough excuse to quit, add the cost and the not-so-minor discouragement by society, and it ought to start ringing a bell or lighting a light or something for smokers today.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Mud Puppy on December 29, 2013, 04:00:22 PM
I quit 2 months ago for the 3rd time in 5 years. The first had to do with havingbreast cancer, quit for a year and started again, then another surgery so quit again for a year. This time high cholesterol and an abnormal EKG. Now the Doc thinks I need to have a dye test and possibly a stint. I am trying to decide weather to do the dye test. Medicare pays some but I would still have to pay $1700 I guess. So quit smoking, eat better an am trying to exercise more. Good luck to all who have quit and I hope I can make it longer than a year this time. Cathy
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 29, 2013, 04:26:02 PM
How many smokers have you heard (including myself) say something like, "I could quit any time I want, but I enjoy smoking and don't want to quit"?  I remember saying that the first time I tried to quit back in 1964 and failed.  Took about 35 years more for me to change my mind and quit for good.  Luckily, my body seems to have survived the abuse (so far), but when I think of the thousands of dollars I spent on it as well...at about $8/carton (rough avg through my smoking days) and 1-2 packs a day (carton and 1/2 per week, maybe), I was approaching 25 grand spent on tobacco products.  At today's tobacco prices, the cost skyrockets 10 fold.  So, if health isn't a big enough excuse to quit, add the cost and the not-so-minor discouragement by society, and it ought to start ringing a bell or lighting a light or something for smokers today.
I remember when I used to say stupid things like that. When you quit you not only save money on cigarettes, but also for lighters, ashtrays, and a lot of window cleaner. Your clothes smell terrible, your house and car smell terrible and you are basically a society reject since smoking is no longer allowed any place that you would want to be. In my doctors office is a poster that lists all the places that used to allow smoking but no longer allow it. It is pretty amazing.

If you really want to quit smoking try downloading a few of these posters, print them out and decorate you house with them.

http://10steps.sg/inspirations/artworks/50-most-creative-anti-smoking-advertisements/
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: MedfordRV on December 29, 2013, 05:07:11 PM
My employer is enforcing a new policy where if you smell like nicotine you will be dismissed for the day. Our competition up the street will not hire smokers. I don't necessarily agree but it makes it easier to not smoke. Work policy made me quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 29, 2013, 05:14:13 PM
Beginning the first of the year in Oregon, it will be illegal to smoke in a car if minors are present due to second hand smoke health risks.
 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 29, 2013, 05:17:24 PM
I wish I could show smokers a picture of my lungs...the ones they took out of me and put in the trash bag. If they only knew what it was like to face a transplant I would hope people would quit immediately.

But.....I know 4 people that were with me thru this transplant and saw the pain and all that I had to go thru but are still smoking...go figure. at least they signed up for organ donors.

Congratulation to everyone that has stopped, for me it has been 13 years I had my last cigarette while waiting to go into the ER with my 1st and only heart attack. June 17 2000.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 31, 2013, 09:43:59 PM
I quit 2 months ago for the 3rd time in 5 years. The first had to do with havingbreast cancer, quit for a year and started again, then another surgery so quit again for a year. This time high cholesterol and an abnormal EKG. Now the Doc thinks I need to have a dye test and possibly a stint. I am trying to decide weather to do the dye test. Medicare pays some but I would still have to pay $1700 I guess. So quit smoking, eat better an am trying to exercise more. Good luck to all who have quit and I hope I can make it longer than a year this time. Cathy

    I didn't realize how bad my cholesterol was in 2010; a 236 overall; but was not told that my tryglycerides were out of whack. Well: the end of March 2012; had a severe HA requiring 3 stents and 2 were in the widow maker; smoked the last to drags off them deadly nails that morning! I had tried and hopefully this 4 or 5th time of quitting will continue working. Irover

I'll pray for your success!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on January 03, 2014, 02:15:59 AM
May 21 will be 2 yrs for me and the DH.  Sometimes it still hits me but all I have to do is catch a whiff of one of my family members that still smoke and I know I don't want to stink like that again.
Hoping all are well!!

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Desertfront on January 03, 2014, 09:30:24 PM
  I quit many yrs ago. A pack of Marlboroughs where less than a dollar, I swore I would never pay more than a buck. Three packs a day and now I am free of the nasty coffin nails.
Best thing I ever did for myself.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: denmarc on January 06, 2014, 01:39:27 PM
I failed miserably.  I tried more than once.  Quit for 5 months once!  I'm an idiot!

To all who have quit and stayed nicotine free....God bless you.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 06, 2014, 06:20:50 PM
Hang in there Denmarc, everytime you attempt to quit it gets easier and closer to stopping and don't beat yourself up for not quitting. Remember I had to be in the middle of a heart attack to stop.  I hear claims that it is harder to stop cigarettes than cocain.....keep trying and pride yourself in the fact that you tried.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: John Beard on January 06, 2014, 06:23:51 PM
I failed miserably.  I tried more than once.  Quit for 5 months once!  I'm an idiot!

To all who have quit and stayed nicotine free....God bless you.

I quit smoking on dozens of occasions before the last time stuck...April 15, 2000.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 06, 2014, 06:45:36 PM
denmarc; Like others have said you are one step closer to quitting! You only fail if you quit trying!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on January 07, 2014, 07:51:07 AM
Keep trying Denmarc, everyday you go without a cig, tell yourself "Millions of people have quit smoking and I know I'm as strong as at least one of them".

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Pepper3 on January 28, 2014, 05:40:17 PM
9 yrs. now. I had quit a dozen times before and started up again. Never quit quitting! Oh, and never point fingers at others who can't. It's tough.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 17, 2014, 06:26:43 PM
   Still working on it 22 & 1/2 months and 23 coming up on the 30th of February. I don't believe there is any one here pointing fingers!!! This is my 5th and final time and  hoping for continued success! Irover
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on February 18, 2014, 04:05:58 PM
Well, three weeks and it's 2yrs since starting this thread!  Not one cigarette since, let's go ya'll, jump on this wagon with me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on February 18, 2014, 05:10:57 PM
Good job, Jim. I hit five years Nov. 29.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: RLSharp on February 18, 2014, 05:18:58 PM
   Still working on it 22 & 1/2 months and 23 coming up on the 30th of February.

You are NEVER going to make it! February only has 28 days this years.

R
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: dverstra on February 18, 2014, 07:08:56 PM
I failed miserably.  I tried more than once.  Quit for 5 months once!  I'm an idiot!

To all who have quit and stayed nicotine free....God bless you.

Denmarc
Never stop quitting. You know it is not easy. I take it 1 day at a time and it will be 12 years on August 1. Git er done
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 25, 2014, 02:37:56 PM
You are NEVER going to make it! February only has 28 days this years.

R

  Well Aren't you the Smart One!!! Whoo-Hoo!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on February 28, 2014, 11:03:36 AM
I am reading a book on mathematics today and ran across this interesting tid bid:

In the US 300,000 people die every year from cigarette smoking.

This is equal to 3 jumbo jets fully loaded with passengers, crashing every day of the year.

Now if there were 3 jumbo jets crashing every day there would be a public outcry and laws would be passed. But with the government subsidizing the tobacco growers... 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: tstumpf on February 28, 2014, 03:21:59 PM
Today (or tomorrow?) will be the 18th anniversary of the day I quit.

It was leap year. On the night of February 28th that year, when I went to bed, I prayed and repented of ever starting to smoke. I told the Lord I'd like to do something memorable with the extra day that year and asked Him if He'd just take the addiction away from me. He did! Never smoked again even though I kept half a carton of Merit cigarettes in the freezer for years.

Something weird happened though; I had this constant craving for Fritos Corn Chips for a few months after that. Don't know what that was all about!

-Roni
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on February 28, 2014, 03:23:29 PM
Congrats Roni. It was my 14th anniversary on 12/31/13.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Rene T on February 28, 2014, 03:46:24 PM
I stopped 34 years ago this month. It was on a bet. One of the guys working for me came up to me artier lunch and asked if I had a cigarette. I handed him the newly opened pack and he took it and crushed it right in front of my eyes. He said that I was done smoking along with 3 guys that worked for me. One guy lasted 2 weeks, the other two lasted about two years. They went through divorces but did quit again a while later.. I was the only one who never touched another one. I've been told that if I did try one now, that it would taste like s___t so I just don't do it. Even after all these years, I still have a slight craving.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on February 28, 2014, 04:45:52 PM
I stopped 34 years ago this month. It was on a bet. One of the guys working for me came up to me artier lunch and asked if I had a cigarette. I handed him the newly opened pack and he took it and crushed it right in front of my eyes. He said that I was done smoking along with 3 guys that worked for me. One guy lasted 2 weeks, the other two lasted about two years. They went through divorces but did quit again a while later.. I was the only one who never touched another one. I've been told that if I did try one now, that it would taste like s___t so I just don't do it. Even after all these years, I still have a slight craving.
Great story, well done.  Time does go by, just a few days till my 2yr mark.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: tstumpf on March 02, 2014, 12:05:31 AM
Quote
Congrats Roni. It was my 14th anniversary on 12/31/13
Congrats to you as well, Tom!
And to all of you who've kicked the habit! Well done!

-Roni
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on April 16, 2014, 11:01:23 AM
   It has been 2 yrs. since I stopped as of the 30th of March as I took the last two puffs at about 4:30 the morning of my Heart Attack. It literally had to kill me to make me quit for good!!!I pray every day to stay stopped!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peregrine on June 21, 2014, 07:17:39 AM
Good positive way to think of smoking is as a behavior not as a habit-behaviors can be changed.Think to your own advantage.Fellow I know went to Florida for an acupuncture treatment seems to be doing fine.
I used the gum-expensive and took time but smoke free for over 10 years after more than 40 years of the behavior.
Always admired those would did it cold turkey.

take care and stay safe to all
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on June 21, 2014, 08:26:26 AM
   It has been 2 yrs. since I stopped as of the 30th of March as I took the last two puffs at about 4:30 the morning of my Heart Attack. It literally had to kill me to make me quit for good!!!I pray every day to stay stopped!!

I've told this story before but I had my last smoke just before walking into the ER and having my first heart attack...June 2000
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: John Beard on June 21, 2014, 08:58:42 AM
My wife's 51 year old baby sister died this week from smoking related illness.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on June 21, 2014, 12:40:16 PM
28mos coming up.... I know I'll never smoke again, however now gotta get rid of all the weight I gained after quitting.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: just jim on June 21, 2014, 04:18:51 PM
It's not hard , heck I quit hundreds of times ......all kidding aside , get the fact that you are trying to quit out of you mind  ,  NOW YOU TELL YOURSELF , "I DON"T SMOKE " GOOD LUCK , IT WORKED FOR ME AFTER 40 YEARS .
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: sammy_3 on June 24, 2014, 01:01:36 PM
I quit and restarted a few times while on active duty in the Marines. In 2004 I attended a stop smoking event at a hotel where a travelling hypnotist gave a stop smoking session for a small fee, $59.95. It worked. I haven't touched a cig in 10 years. Now when I'm around smokers I can't stand the smell.

If you haven't quit smoking, keep trying. If you have quit, keep up the good work. We ex-smokers know how tough it is to quit. 8) 8) 8) :D :D :D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BoomerD on June 24, 2014, 01:19:07 PM
Like most smokers...I've quit a few times. 5 months once...18 months the next time...but I always went back to it.

My wife, on the other hand, only quit twice. 18 months the first time...15+ years this time...and she can't stand the smell of smoke/smokers, so I doubt she'll go back.

Finally, I got tired of smelling like an ashtray, so I switched over to an e-cig. Took a few months to completely break the smoking habit...but I haven't had a "real" cigarette in almost 18 months. Yes, I'm still a nicotine addict...but it's cheaper (except when I have to buy hardware) and it smells a lot better. (plus I can get a wide variety of flavors, unlike "real" cigarettes which only come in tobacco...or mentholated tobacco...:P )

I'll eventually give this up too. It's not nearly as "enjoyable" as real cigarettes...no "first smoke of the day" rush, and it never completely "satisfies" that craving...but it's still a whole lot healthier (supposedly) and my wife can tolerate it.

Congrats to those who have completely kicked the habit...for many of us, it's a VERY difficult thing to do.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on July 10, 2014, 10:36:51 PM
May 21 was 2 yrs for me and DH.  I still crave a cig sometimes but it really gets me how I can smell a cigarette or someone who smokes from so far away. 

Even knowing this I still have to fight the urge but I keep reminding myself that smokers are always craving a cigarette.  You finish one and can hardly wait until you can have another or sitting in a restaurant just waiting to finish so you can have a cigarette.

 So my conclusion is that I still have it better than smokers because I only crave it a little bit now while they are craving it all the time.  Okay I know that may be over stepping it a little bit but thinking that way helps keep me in check.  :)

Robn
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Mike (ex-f-221) on August 06, 2014, 04:01:26 PM
Yesterday, 10 years ago, at 11pm I had my last cigarette.
I used to roll my cigarettes (I hope that is the right expression) and my tobacco (french Gauloises - tastes very good) was empty. I decided not to buy new tobacco. So I did. And it worked. Amazing after nearly 25 years of smoking. In my best times I smoked up to 60 cigarettes a day.
Luckily I am not a "militant non-smoker". I don't mind sitting together with smoking people. 
What I want to say: Try to stop smoking. But don't set yourself under pressure. Watch yourself and recognize how much automatism is in smoking. That helps. I automatically rolled and lighted a cigarette when I sat in my car; although I had a cigarette at home only three minutes before. How crazy. That helped me thinking about stopping to smoke.
A little bit I set myself under pressure: After a few days of my non-smoker-career I informed everyone about my step, so I couldn't return then  ;)
I think after 10 years without smoke my lungs are as clear as the lungs of a newborn baby :)
Happy quitting!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 22, 2014, 01:04:31 PM
 ;D 29 months smoke free the 30th of this month!!! Takes a lot of courage; saying no; and willpower but it can be done!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on September 01, 2014, 09:49:11 AM
 8) Made it! 29 months and the start of a smoke free Labor Day 2014! It's a great day to be alive!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on September 01, 2014, 01:07:41 PM
Very good and congratulations!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: dverstra on September 01, 2014, 02:08:32 PM
August 1 was 12 years for me.  8) Every once in a while, I catch a little smoke drifting from my golf partner's cigarette and say to it "Go away old friend". Amazing that after this long, I have to realize that I am still an addict.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: tugboat on September 01, 2014, 02:24:23 PM
From two+ packs a day to none over night.every one can do it,you just become a non smoker i think it's all in your head it's been over23years and no thanks but I don't smoke:)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on September 02, 2014, 07:50:22 AM
Congrats to all who have successfully kicked the habit, and encouragement to those stll trying. We understand it can be a struggle, maybe a long one.

Remember the tobacco execs who raised their right hand and said "nicotine is not addictive"? They lied.

I used to smoke 50/day, and my last one was over 35 years ago; I quit cold turkey, following a couple of prior failed attempts. 35 years later, there are still times when it would be 'easy' to light up, especially after a meal or during cocktail hour. In the UK back in the day there used to be a saying "a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other" (think of the social beer drinking that went on in pubs).

UK tax on tobacco products was always very high, making them very expensive even in the 70's. When he first learned that I smoked, my Dad merely said "as long as you smoke, you'll have no money in your pocket"; He was right.

There's no doubt that quitting was a "healthy choice", and I felt much better for it. But, as one pulmonologist told me, "the damage is already done"; He was referring to the tar and other stuff accumulated in the bronchioli that can't be removed. Quitting smoking prevented that from getting far worse.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on September 02, 2014, 06:54:54 PM
In 9 days, it will be 22 years since I had my last one.  Keep fighting the good fight those on the road to quitting, and those that have slipped, I do understand, so just try again.  If you really want, you will kick it.  We're rooting for you.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on November 25, 2014, 08:21:51 PM
 ::) 32 months on the 30th of November; but who's counting!!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on November 26, 2014, 01:09:47 PM
33mos and I'm still counting!!!!!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on November 26, 2014, 01:52:43 PM
Good job, both of you. I've just hit 6 years this week.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Sr Fox on November 26, 2014, 05:06:13 PM
I quit for 10 years when I turned 40 and gained 40 lbs over the 10 years. Started smoking again at 50 smoked lots for 10 years and the weight came off. Quit again and went to E-cigs at 60. Both my wife and I have been off tobacco for 3.5 years and no weight gain at all.  Still enjoy puffing the E-cig though and not tempted to have a regular cig at all.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: cadee2c on November 26, 2014, 11:08:23 PM
For me, its been 11 years this weekend. My son left for basic that October, and I started taking Wellbutrin. I spent Thanksgiving weekend alone with no cigarettes. When I got emotional over tv commercials, I doubled the welbutrin for a few days. Made it through by chewing on plastic coated paper clips when the chewing gum flavor got old. By the time I went back to work, I was semi-human.

Its odd, but I dont normally get cravings, havent since about a year or so after quitting. But every so often, Bam! the urge hits me out of the blue. It doesn't last long though. It actually happened this afternoon. This was the first time in something like 2 years.

Im also one of those who cannot stand the smell now. In fact the first thing I did after quitting was apologized to my son for making him smell that all those years.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on November 27, 2014, 10:30:50 AM
I was changing out a set of heads on Janes Jeep last week when it got extremely aggravating. The next thing I noticed I was reaching for a pack of smokes in my shirt pocket.   ??? No smokes there, I haven't had one for over 14 years but it seems old habits are hard to break. I just had to laugh about it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on December 08, 2014, 03:46:35 AM
2 1/2 years and happy most of the time.  I do have a lot more money  :D :D

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on February 26, 2015, 05:34:07 PM
Well, after 35 some odd' years.... Am giving the 'quit smoking' a try.  First time was USMC boot camp, that was actually easy, just couldn't do it, unfortunately, went straight to the butt's upon completion.  Back then we could smoke on the Navy ships while on float, today they are much stricter.  At any-rate, for the first time in 35 years I'm trying to give it up, my choice... Working out pretty good so far!  Anyone else out there trying to give it up?

Hard to believe for us... But... How the time goes by!  Couple of weeks and it will be 3 years since posting this.  Still going, have not touched a cigarette since.  For those that think it's just not possible... it truly is.  If I could do it after all those years, I really think anyone can.... Just say no.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on February 26, 2015, 06:11:34 PM
That's wonderful!  Good for you and keep it up.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: utahclaimjumper on February 27, 2015, 02:15:37 PM
  YOU CAN DO IT!! After 73 years of NEVER having had a smoke in my life,, I'm still not tempted.>>>Dan
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on February 27, 2015, 08:29:35 PM
That's a different scenario, Dan. It's not that easy, though certainly doable since I stopped 6 years ago, after 53 years as a smoker. But it's not easy...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on February 28, 2015, 07:47:24 AM
Read where Leonard Nimoy said his COPD was attributed to his smoking even though he quit over three decades ago. That is also what the Doc's said about my condition even though it had been 15 years since I quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on July 31, 2015, 02:01:58 PM
 ;D ;D 39 months smoke free. And when some one lights up or has smoke oder on their clothes i almost gag!  8)  Oh; I also have been diagnosed with COPD; still think it has to due with the beta blockers.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 04, 2015, 04:24:40 PM
Keef
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 07, 2015, 03:26:28 PM
 :o :o Are you sure that's Kieth Richards!!! Looks like my hair! Oh mine is not as gray!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BigSkyTrailerGuy on August 07, 2015, 04:52:05 PM
Really, really, hope you guys can quit.  I've never smoked a day in my life, but I'm currently battling metastatic lung cancer  - melanoma, spread to my lungs from a spot on top of my head a year ago. Incurable, but with $120,000 in Yervoy infusions last month alone, we've slowed it down a little.  And I'm only 61... think about my pink but spotted lungs when you feel like inhaling that smoky crap. 
Best of luck quitting, guys, sincerely.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Mike (ex-f-221) on August 07, 2015, 05:38:28 PM
Yesterday 11 years ago I had my last cigarette after decades of smoking. Quitting was easy for me - for others it isn't.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 07, 2015, 05:42:50 PM
I quit cold turkey 15 years ago. One of the easiest things I ever did. All I had to do was not buy a pack of cigarettes. It is a very hard habit to sustain when you don't have any cigarettes around.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on August 07, 2015, 06:10:13 PM
It was 15 years ago that I quit but it was also 3 years ago that I had a double lung transplant. Many of my friends still smoke even after seeing me struggle to breath and unable to walk....just cant figure that one out. My lungs were so bad that when they removed them instead of just cutting them loose they had to scrape from the chest cavity in spots. I came out of surgery 10 1/2 hrs later 20 lbs lighter even with the new lungs sewn in. WHY Does anyone still want to smoke??
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 07, 2015, 06:15:10 PM
WHY Does anyone still want to smoke??
It makes them look more mature. ::)
It gives them something to do with their hands ::) ::)
Chicks dig it. ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 10, 2015, 10:07:02 AM
  Once I started at the age of 12; it was what the group I hung around with did! The girls didn't think it was cool; and I did feel macho like the Marlboro Man. After that it became a habit; then it became a burden of expenses; then tried about three or more times to quit; once making it about a year. Well the life altering severe Heart attack was the decision maker 3.5 months before I turned 61. I even seen othere people who had wholes in their throat; hooked up to oxygen; etc.; that wasn't enough to stop me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 10, 2015, 10:12:09 AM
For those of you who still smoke you should have been me this last week. I have been having breathing problems so I got a chest x-ray last Monday and I had to wait a week for the results. Smoke 50 years and then wait a week for test results is pure torture. Turns out I have emphysema and arthritis is my upper chest. So my Dr is putting me on an inhaler. Emphysema is not curable and is not fatal and is no fun. Do yourself a favor and stop smoking before it is too late. Read about it here if you dare:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/emphysema/basics/definition/con-20014218
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on August 11, 2015, 04:34:12 PM
Well, 3yrs 5mos since I started this thread... Still have not touched a cigarette, don't intend on it either.  I love the feeling of breathing without that productive wheezing and cough!  As I've stated many times... If I can do it, anyone can.  All the best Tom.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on August 11, 2015, 04:43:16 PM
Tom, I'm really sorry to hear your news.  Emphysema is a lousy thing and it's too bad you'll have to go through it.  Wish you the best.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 11, 2015, 04:48:06 PM
Tom, I'm really sorry to hear your news.  Emphysema is a lousy thing and it's too bad you'll have to go through it.  Wish you the best.
Thank you Ardra. Please don't pity me, between pot and cigarettes I smoked for 50 years so I did it to myself. The only thing that bothers me is that emphysema is one thing medical marijuana can't help. When I was 21 my father, who was 50, died of a heart attack. My doctor told me that heart disease was hereditary and I would die at age 50. I believed him and so I didn't really worry about living a long life. I am 17 years past 50 so I guess he was wrong. I wish I had ignored my doctor back then.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 11, 2015, 04:49:34 PM
Well, 3yrs 5mos since I started this thread... Still have not touched a cigarette, don't intend on it either.  I love the feeling of breathing without that productive wheezing and cough!  As I've stated many times... If I can do it, anyone can.  All the best Tom.
Thanks Jim. Congratulations on 3 years. It sure gets easier as time passes by doesn't it? You couldn't pay me to smoke a cigarette.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on August 11, 2015, 06:18:03 PM
    Tom, I had stopped for over 10 years, and all it took was a golf game with lots of black flies biting, a pack of cigarillos to keep them at bay, and I was hooked for another 14 years.  I'm 8 years between smokes this time, and realize that I'm a nicotine addict, so as with most addicts, I abstain one day at a time since all it would take is one smoke and I have no doubt I would be smoking full time again.
    So, the only way that I know that I won't start again is to never take that NEXT one, and that does get easy after you go through the 3 or 4 plateaus that try to get you started again, and now i have no desire or craving but need to be vigilant.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on August 11, 2015, 07:35:43 PM
Shortly after I got a lung transplant I made a joke at one of my transplant team doctors...."since I have these new lungs I could probably start up smoking again" ....no sense of humor about that.....geez doc I was just jokin around...
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on August 11, 2015, 09:31:30 PM
    Tom, I had stopped for over 10 years, and all it took was a golf game with lots of black flies biting, a pack of cigarillos to keep them at bay, and I was hooked for another 14 years.  I'm 8 years between smokes this time, and realize that I'm a nicotine addict, so as with most addicts, I abstain one day at a time since all it would take is one smoke and I have no doubt I would be smoking full time again.
    So, the only way that I know that I won't start again is to never take that NEXT one, and that does get easy after you go through the 3 or 4 plateaus that try to get you started again, and now i have no desire or craving but need to be vigilant.

Ed
Ed - I hear you. I smoked cigarettes from 65 to 99. I quit three times of a few years each and then started back up again. I have a very addictive personality. But fortunately for me cigarettes have smelled bad ever since I quit the last time so my desire is completely gone. Fortunately pot isn't addictive so that was easy to quit. Women are addictive and they were the hardest of all to quit. But I haven't had one in six years. :o
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peteyboy on September 12, 2015, 07:48:05 AM
Wife went in for a new hip on the 15th of July this year.  That was also the last day she had a cigarette after 50 years of smoking.  She is on the patch, and seems to be doing pretty good.  At the same time I quit drinking, after 50 years and a LOT of beer, so we are helping each other.  I am having a pretty easy time of it as I don't think I was an alcoholic, but I'm no expert. She seemed to have a much stronger addiction with the smoking and I am very proud of the progress she has made this far.  Once we get back on the road it may get even easier. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on September 12, 2015, 05:17:11 PM
Good for both of you!  It's hard to give up long-term bad habits but it's better to live a "cleaner" and more healthy life.  We're here to cheer you on.  Wait until your wife realizes how much nicer her clothes smell when they're not being exposed to cigarette smoke.  Then, after she's not been smoking for a while and actually starts smelling things again, the next thing on the agenda (assuming she smoked in the house) will be cleaning drapes, carpets, and all the other things that absorb smoke odors.  But one step at a time.  Good luck to both of you!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on September 12, 2015, 09:26:06 PM
I'm so happy for both of you!!  Keep each other on the right track, it's so much easier when you have the support.  DH and I are 3 1/2 yrs without a cigarette and sometimes it's still hard.  Day by day.

Robin
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peteyboy on September 21, 2015, 05:47:31 AM
Thanks for the support !  She is still doing good and now trying to wean off the patch. She didn't smoke in the house or the MH, so we don't have that mess to deal with, but SHE smells better and her morning cough is gone.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: John Beard on September 21, 2015, 08:34:18 AM
Thanks for the support !  She is still doing good and now trying to wean off the patch. She didn't smoke in the house or the MH, so we don't have that mess to deal with, but SHE smells better and her morning cough is gone.

It took me 6-months on the patches...be patient.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on September 21, 2015, 01:58:36 PM
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her morning cough is gone

A number of decades ago when I was a teenager who thought Mother didn't know I was smoking (ha!), Mother used to tell me that my cough would go away if I quit smoking.  Nah, I knew better.  But guess what.  I gave up smoking at age 21 and sure enough Mother WAS RIGHT!  Not only did my cough go away, but the odor in my clothes disappeared too.  Glad your wife has made it past the cough!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on November 01, 2015, 10:52:16 AM
 8) 42 months smoke free now and my breathing finally has got better. Yep food tastes better too and I gained 26 #'s; needed something to insulate the old bones though!  ;D ::)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on November 01, 2015, 10:56:42 AM
I have recently been diagnosed with emphysema. I wish anyone who smokes could breathe like I do for one day. You would never smoke again. I cannot begin to describe the hell I am going through. But I was stupid, like everyone else, thinking it can't happen to me. And when it does there is no reversing it. Quit now while you are still ahead. Don't wait until it is too late.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peteyboy on November 13, 2015, 06:46:55 AM
4 months now for both of us, and things are going great.  Wife is 99% over her hip surgery, and on just the 7mg patch.  She asked if we can start walking,,,, YIKES !!!!,,,, she NEVER wanted to walk with me before, so I think that is a very good thing.  We are headed out for the winter in a few days, and are looking forward to getting a walk in every day in new surroundings.  We are headed to Arizona via Florida, as I want to bum around Florida for a month as we have never camped there.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on November 13, 2015, 09:04:24 AM
Yay, so happy for you both. Keep it up!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on November 13, 2015, 12:31:24 PM
Very good - both for the smoking and the hip!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 28, 2015, 10:06:43 AM
 ;D If I survive 2.5 more days it will be 45 months since my last cigarette at 4:30 A.M.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on December 28, 2015, 11:16:01 AM
;D If I survive 2.5 more days it will be 45 months since my last cigarette at 4:30 A.M.  :)
But, who's counting?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 28, 2015, 02:07:32 PM
But, who's counting?

Why?? Do you have a problem with that?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on December 28, 2015, 02:14:08 PM
Why?? Do you have a problem with that?
Not at all.  I'm going on about 200 months, myself.  I've made it far enough I have finally quit counting.  I wish you good luck in continuing your success and hope you soon are able to stop counting, too.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 28, 2015, 03:48:04 PM
192 months for me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Roadhappy on December 28, 2015, 04:01:05 PM
43 months for me and DH.

Don't know if we'll ever stop counting!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 28, 2015, 04:11:26 PM
I'm still counting.   At least all the money I saved over the past 35 years.  Probably more than $50,000.  I quite when the vending machine price of cigs hit $1.00 a pack.  My guess is the average cost of a pack over that 35 year period is $2.00 or more.  So, 35 years times 365 times $2.00 twice a day.  More than $4.00 a day.   Almost covers the cost of my wine.   :o
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 28, 2015, 04:22:09 PM
Almost covers the cost of my wine.   :o
You have enough change in your pockets right now to cover the cost of my wine in my lifetime.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on December 28, 2015, 04:35:09 PM
That may be true Tom, but I doubt I could afford to pay for your tea.   ;)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 28, 2015, 04:38:57 PM
That may be true Tom, but I doubt I could afford to pay for your tea.   ;)
I have never drank a cup of tea in my life. I can't stand the smell of tea and coffee.  :P
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 28, 2015, 05:00:10 PM
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At least all the money I saved over the past 35 years.

37+ years for me, but the craving never completely goes away. When the tobacco execs raised their hands on the hill and swore that 'nicotine is not addictive', they lied!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Rene T on December 28, 2015, 05:18:21 PM
37+ years for me, but the craving never completely goes away. When the tobacco execs raised their hands on the hill and swore that 'nicotine is not addictive', they lied!

Same here Tom. I quit in 1979 and still get the urge. They say if I tried one right now, it would taste like crap. I don't dare try it to find out because I may start up again. Hard to believe, but I did enjoy smoking.  When I do get the urge, it goes away as fast as it came into my head.  Besides, my DW would kill me if I stated again because she's allergic to the smoke now. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 28, 2015, 05:20:03 PM
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37+ years for me, but the craving never completely goes away

That's an interesting comment, Tom.  It must differ significantly.  I quit about 55 years ago and don't think I've had any craving for it at all in the last 40 or so years.  In fact, I'm rather repelled by them and have been for a long time.  When you do get one of those cravings tune your mind in to how exorbitant each cigarette now costs, how much it made your clothing and hair smell unpleasant (it did mine so it probably did yours too!), what it did to your lungs which you really need for the much more pleasant experience of singing, and how it probably affected perfectly nice non-smokers who might have avoided you.  Those are all such negative thoughts that they'll hopefully make you glad you don't have one in your pocket.  :) ::) ;D

Happy Non-Smoking New Year!!!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 28, 2015, 05:42:00 PM
Ardra,

The last time I smoked we lived in the UK where, thanks to UK taxes, cig prices were much more exorbitant than here in the U.S. Heck, cigs here seemed almost free.

Thanks to the lack of dental hygiene in the UK, the first time I had my teeth cleaned in CA, it released sufficient trapped nicotine to drive me nuts for several weeks. Next time I had my teeth cleaned, it released more trapped nicotine and drove me nuts.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 28, 2015, 05:45:22 PM
That's an interesting comment, Tom.  It must differ significantly.  I quit about 55 years ago and don't think I've had any craving for it at all in the last 40 or so years.  In fact, I'm rather repelled by them and have been for a long time.  When you do get one of those cravings tune your mind in to how exorbitant each cigarette now costs, how much it made your clothing and hair smell unpleasant (it did mine so it probably did yours too!), what it did to your lungs which you really need for the much more pleasant experience of singing, and how it probably affected perfectly nice non-smokers who might have avoided you.  Those are all such negative thoughts that they'll hopefully make you glad you don't have one in your pocket.  :) ::) ;D
I am with you Ardra. I have not had one single craving since I quit 16 years ago. In fact I am repulsed by the idea of smoking a cigarette. I am truly embarrassed that I ever got pleasure from cigarettes.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Brian E. on December 28, 2015, 05:46:14 PM
Hey Jim,
Best of luck to you!  I quit many times over 25 years of 1 1/2 packs a day.  About 6 months ago i replaced smoking with dipping Skoal mint pouches.  I'll be joining you in the attempt to be tobacco free in 4 days!  We can do it!!
Brian
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 28, 2015, 05:54:30 PM
Being repulsed by the idea of having smoked does little to eliminate the craving.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 28, 2015, 05:58:31 PM
Tom J - My goodness that's interesting about the trapped nicotine in your gums.  I knew from my dental hygienist that a lot of "gunk" sticks to teeth but you must have been like going through another withdrawal.  The human body is so very interesting, isn't it.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: William52 on December 28, 2015, 06:16:05 PM
Smoke free since Aug/1989 Be dead by now if I had not?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Tom on December 28, 2015, 06:38:44 PM
Aye Ardra. Not in the gums, but in the build-up behind my lower front teeth.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on December 29, 2015, 10:29:11 AM
192 months for me.

276 (23 years smoke free but smoked for 43 so I will never make it up).  Have COPD and cursed the day my older brother borrowed a quarter from me so he could buy a pack of cigarettes and then gave me 5 of them "to try."  Worst decision of my life and I made it at age 10.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 29, 2015, 10:56:11 AM
Not at all.  I'm going on about 200 months, myself.  I've made it far enough I have finally quit counting.  I wish you good luck in continuing your success and hope you soon are able to stop counting, too.

 I believe I better apologize for that comment!! But what may not be important to one is very important to me as i had tried since 1990 at least four times and the longest then was 11 months. Having the severe heart attack at that time and surviving was the deal breaker for me! I have three nice chromium cobalt stents now as a reminder never to start back again!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on December 29, 2015, 03:47:15 PM
Have not smoked since starting this thread, it's really felt great.  One thing that increasingly bothers me though.... Being near cigarette smoke!  I'll walk out of a building entrance where people are or have been smoking and it hits me immediately!  No urge to smoke, just really repulsive feeling with the smell.  I don't ever remember this certain feeling when I smoked, must be regaining sense of smell!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on December 29, 2015, 09:22:52 PM
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Have not smoked since starting this thread

Wow, Jim.  Congratulations!  Yes, methinks your "smeller" is getting back to the way it was before you started smoking.  I can smell smoke as soon as I'm in the vicinity.  Living in a state with heavy smokers I even smell it on people's clothing when I walk by them in a grocery store.  I hope you're also tasting foods better.  My dad was a heavy smoker and used to put way too much salt on everything.  He often cooked and we would tell him not to put so much salt in the food.  He couldn't taste it, but we sure could!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 30, 2015, 08:32:56 AM
The craving, or the habit for never seems to go away completely for some. It had been 15 yrs 5 mos and yesterday I noticed myself patting my shirt pocket for my smokes. I had my transplant checkup at Tampa General this week and asked my Doc if I could start smoking again since I have these new lungs......the look on his face. Some people don't know a joke when they hear it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on December 30, 2015, 08:40:00 AM
    Will, it has been over 7 years this time for me, and I too every now and then pat my shirt pocket for my smokes.  That is why I say, I've stopped, not quit.  I know that I am addicted, and once went over 10 years, all it took was one cigar and I was back to a pack a day.
    I don't have any cravings, but the habit is what doesn't seem to want to go away, I started when I was 13, so I guess they are fairly deeply ingrained.

Ed
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 30, 2015, 09:09:00 AM
The craving, or the habit for never seems to go away completely for some. It had been 15 yrs 5 mos and yesterday I noticed myself patting my shirt pocket for my smokes. I had my transplant checkup at Tampa General this week and asked my Doc if I could start smoking again since I have these new lungs......the look on his face. Some people don't know a joke when they hear it.
Of course you can start smoking again. I mean what are the odds that you would develop emphysema a second time :P
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: bud01234 on December 30, 2015, 10:05:39 AM
I remember my last one..July 17, 2000 at approx 2am.....smoked my last one then walked into the emergency room cause I had been having a heart attack. But I had to have that last cigarette!!

Mine was March 17,1999... the night before my bypass surgery.  I'd been saving the last cigarette, and an inhalation therapist came into my room to test my breathing to see how long i'd be on a ventilator after the surgery.  He worked with me for 30 minutes; making me puff harder and harder.  Finally he congratulated me and said I'd only be on the ventilator for 1 day.

After he left, I grabbed the last cigg, went downstairs to the hospital parking lot/smoking area.  I lit up and happened to look across the lot and guess who I saw, puffing away.  My Inhalation Therapist!!! I lit him up.  lol
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on December 30, 2015, 04:53:39 PM
Of course you can start smoking again. I mean what are the odds that you would develop emphysema a second time :P

Thats probably right Tom, not emphysema or fibrosis this time but now I am at much greater odds of cancer....don't know which one I would rather NOT have.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on December 30, 2015, 04:58:43 PM
Thats probably right Tom, not emphysema or fibrosis this time but now I am at much greater odds of cancer....don't know which one I would rather NOT have.
But then you could smoke pot to get rid of the cancer ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 02, 2016, 02:35:45 PM
But then you could smoke pot to get rid of the cancer ;D

 NOW THAT'S A THOUGHT!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 24, 2016, 10:37:00 AM
  One day at a time and the 28th will be 47 months smoke free!! ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kdbgoat on February 24, 2016, 11:58:46 AM
Congratulations to  all you guys and gals that kicked the habit. I'm currently on the patch (again). I really need to beat it this time. My health is getting shaky and most of it is from smoking and some of the rest is from sitting at this desk too much at work. Ya'll have been an inspiration.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 26, 2016, 02:41:51 PM
Congratulations to  all you guys and gals that kicked the habit. I'm currently on the patch (again). I really need to beat it this time. My health is getting shaky and most of it is from smoking and some of the rest is from sitting at this desk too much at work. Ya'll have been an inspiration.

 One mi
second at a time if thats what it takes! I had to finally get rid of the cigarettes; lighters; matches and ashtrays. Go through the being sick and withdrawals after trying patches; gum and hard candies.  Best to you!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 29, 2016, 12:20:55 PM
 8)  One more day and 4 years on my belt smoke free! I'm patting my own back and blowing my party horn Tommorrow when I awake!  ;D  :D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kdbgoat on March 29, 2016, 12:39:48 PM
Congratulations Irover!!!! Patch didn't last long for me. I will be setting another quit date for the near future. I'll make it one of these times.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BoomerD on March 29, 2016, 01:34:51 PM
For those who are struggling to stop smoking...have you tried the "ecigs?"

I don't recommend the crappy ones that actually LOOK like cigarettes, but rather, quality "mods" that offer larger batteries and changeable tanks for the liquid.

NO, the better quality ones don't explode like you've seen on the news...as long as they're taken care of properly. (heck, even cell phones have exploded recently)

This one is a decent quality starter kit:

http://vapenw.com/start-kit/aspire-k2-quick-start-kit

Then, buy your ejuice in a flavor that you find acceptable and in a strength that suits your needs.

I haven't had a REAL cigarette in over 3 years...but I STILL vape 24mg nijcotine content juice. (that's considered VERY strong nicotine)

IF you decide to try this...my recommendations is to keep smoking...and work the ecig into your daily "routine."  Slowly reduce the number of cigarettes and increase the use of the ecig. In a couple of weeks, you SHOULD be able to use only the ecig.

Are they perfectly "healthy?" Hell no...but they're MUCH healthier than regular cigarettes, they smell better, (don't stink up the house, car, or RV) and you have a bazillion choices for flavors. MOST folks start with a tobacco flavor...just so their heads and taste buds accept them better...FINE...but IMO, if I'm not smoking tobacco...I don't want to taste tobacco.

Just my $0.02
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on March 29, 2016, 06:42:52 PM
Congratulations Irover!!!! Patch didn't last long for me. I will be setting another quit date for the near future. I'll make it one of these times.

I kept resisting too until one day my doctor rolled out a little oxygen tank on wheels and said I should try it out to see how it fit because I would soon be pulling one around.  That did it.  The next patch he gave stayed on and I was done.  That was 23 years ago and my COPD seems to get worse everyday but no oxygen tank yet.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on March 29, 2016, 06:46:12 PM

Just my $0.02

How much is your $0.02 costing you for the ecigs?  You must know that ecigs are also rapidly being outlawed in many places.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BoomerD on March 29, 2016, 09:36:21 PM
How much is your $0.02 costing you for the ecigs?  You must know that ecigs are also rapidly being outlawed in many places.

I haven't seen them outlawed yet...but they're being regulated like regular cigarettes in some places. As for cost...I vape pretty heavily, so my cost for the juice and atomizer coils runs a bit less than half what my smoking habit would cost me. Of course, I have to factor in the cost of the hardware...which is less than $100/year.

Is quitting smoking better and cheaper? you damn betcha it is...but this is a somewhat healthier alternative for those who just can't seem to quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on March 29, 2016, 10:23:02 PM
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but this is a somewhat healthier alternative

Sorry, but that's not what the latest research out of NIH is showing.  They're really starting to be concerned about the negative health effects so you might want to check into it further.  Stopping cold turkey is still the healthiest alternative.  I hope you can.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 31, 2016, 02:39:58 PM
  Let me put it this way! I had tried from 1991 and had quit maybe four times; Gum; then lozenges; then tried the patch in 1993 (stopped for 11 months) then the gum in 2010-11. When I had the severe heart attack March 30th 2012 which blocked the LCA artery in two places and stents. Just before the third one two mornings later, the interventionalist said I may have to have a CABG (Bypass Operation) if this didn't help!
I said How bad is it! He said 7-10 mins. more if I would not have got there I would not have made it!!! At that moment it became clear if I wanted to live then I had to quit permanently. I spent 5.5 day in ICU and another 1.5 days in a regular room.  ;D
  I went through some wicked withdrawals for the first month; and had cravings for maybe 6 months +; but I vowed and to this day have not lit or smoked another.  8)

  You can do it; as i found out can't is not in my vocabulary now!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on March 31, 2016, 02:52:47 PM
I love the drama queens who claim they can't quit. There is nothing easier than quitting. You just stop buying cigarettes. End of story, end of smoking. That is all there is to it. You don't need gum, patches, ecigs or anything else. Just stop buying them. You can't smoke what you don't have.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on March 31, 2016, 04:09:20 PM
I love the drama queens who claim they can't quit. There is nothing easier than quitting. You just stop buying cigarettes. End of story, end of smoking. That is all there is to it. You don't need gum, patches, ecigs or anything else. Just stop buying them. You can't smoke what you don't have.

Physically you're correct, Tom. Mentally/emotionally, though, is another story. For many people that craving gets rather strong, to say the least, and it's a bear to quit, period, for them. For others, though, it's not as bad. It was tough for me for many years, at least partly because I enjoyed it so much, but 8 years ago I decided I would quit, smoked 'til the last one on hand, which fortunately timed out to bedtime one night, and actually had only a minor difficulty avoiding further purchases. Previous tries hadn't been nearly so easy.

So it's not "one size fits all" for quitting, certainly not as easy for everyone as you make it sound.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BoomerD on March 31, 2016, 05:13:56 PM
I love the drama queens who claim they can't quit. There is nothing easier than quitting. You just stop buying cigarettes. End of story, end of smoking. That is all there is to it. You don't need gum, patches, ecigs or anything else. Just stop buying them. You can't smoke what you don't have.

Sounds like you were never a smoker...Nicotine is considered to be the MOST addictive drug known to man...

http://www.michaelshouse.com/drug-addiction/most-addictive-drugs-world/

Sure...you just stop buying cigarettes and stop smoking...if it was actually only that easy, especially for some people.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on March 31, 2016, 05:37:02 PM
Physically you're correct, Tom. Mentally/emotionally, though, is another story. For many people that craving gets rather strong, to say the least, and it's a bear to quit, period, for them. For others, though, it's not as bad. It was tough for me for many years, at least partly because I enjoyed it so much, but 8 years ago I decided I would quit, smoked 'til the last one on hand, which fortunately timed out to bedtime one night, and actually had only a minor difficulty avoiding further purchases. Previous tries hadn't been nearly so easy.

So it's not "one size fits all" for quitting, certainly not as easy for everyone as you make it sound.
This would be a boring world if everyone fit Tom's mold.  I seriously doubt we would have even heard of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company if it were as easy as Tom suggests.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Alpena Jeff on April 01, 2016, 07:41:22 AM
I love the drama queens who claim they can't quit. There is nothing easier than quitting. You just stop buying cigarettes. End of story, end of smoking. That is all there is to it. You don't need gum, patches, ecigs or anything else. Just stop buying them. You can't smoke what you don't have.
Not sure how to reply to that statement so I won't.
On a more supportive note....I'm going through this right now, again. It can be done. I've quit twice for 8 years each time. Both times I drank too much, bummed a smoke then bought a pack on the way home.
I have the ability, just not the smarts I guess. Biggest issue to be honest is I enjoy it.
When I did quit both times I went cold turkey. First week is the toughest.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Sr Fox on April 01, 2016, 10:49:26 AM
I am a smoker and will always be a smoker.  I quit for 10 years and thought I had it beat for sure.  I gained 40 lbs over the 10 years and never felt more unhealthy than I did then.  I started smoking again and lost all the weight over about 5 years.  I did not start smoking again for the weight but rather for the company I was keeping.  5 years ago both my wife and I went to vaping and quit smoking cigarettes.  I don't want to quit vaping as I am afraid of going back to the cigarettes.  No weight gain this time and the total cost for both of us is about $300 per year.  We vape a liquid that does not have any odor so it is not offensive to others.  This works for us.  Each to his/her own I guess as long as it does not affect the people around you.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on April 01, 2016, 08:48:06 PM
Your choice is your choice.  If you ever get in my area, I invite you to go with me to my Pulmonary Rehab classes 3 days per week.  There you can see some of those who made the choice to quit too late but not late enough that they were terminal.  They (and I) are trying to reacquire something that we never can - good health.  But I respect your choice as that is how you choose to live your life.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on April 01, 2016, 08:50:14 PM

When I did quit both times I went cold turkey. First week is the toughest.

For me the urge did not go away for 10 years!  It is now 23 and I know what COPD is like but at least I quit early enough before the big C got me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on April 02, 2016, 08:04:36 AM
Your choice is your choice.  If you ever get in my area, I invite you to go with me to my Pulmonary Rehab classes 3 days per week.  There you can see some of those who made the choice to quit too late but not late enough that they were terminal.  They (and I) are trying to reacquire something that we never can - good health.  But I respect your choice as that is how you choose to live your life.  Good luck.

The rehab really works!! It was required that I attend before consideration for transplant. If I missed a day I could really notice it on the next visit, before it was all over I was on 30 liters of oxy for the treadmill. I had quit smoking cold turkey `12 years before that.......still needed a transplant.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Alpena Jeff on April 02, 2016, 02:44:46 PM
Your choice is your choice.  If you ever get in my area, I invite you to go with me to my Pulmonary Rehab classes 3 days per week.  There you can see some of those who made the choice to quit too late but not late enough that they were terminal.  They (and I) are trying to reacquire something that we never can - good health.  But I respect your choice as that is how you choose to live your life.  Good luck.
Day 3....haven't killed anyone yet! ;D
I realize I'm no longer bulletproof so I will not make this mistake again. Pray for all of us quitters!
Jeff
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on April 03, 2016, 10:50:10 AM
Day 3....haven't killed anyone yet! ;D
I realize I'm no longer bulletproof so I will not make this mistake again. Pray for all of us quitters!
Jeff

  You can do it again, if we stop trying then, no success!! Pray the urge don't get the best of you!! I kept it in my mind that if I light one more that will shorten my life even more!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on April 03, 2016, 06:11:19 PM
Good luck Jeff.  It ain't easy but the rewards are well worth it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Mavarick on April 03, 2016, 07:11:18 PM
I guess I have to join in along with most, quitting was the hardest thing I have ever accomplished. I am now going on 5 years and still think of it occasionally. I ended up gaining about 20-25 lbs and my Dr says he is happy with that in comparison. I never plan on starting again but you know what happens to the best laid plans, its a constant vigilance to make sure you don't fall into the trap again. And yes, health wise it does make a diff for sure.
I can say for many that I know vapeing has been a godsend. Some that probably would have died a smoker have been able to quit using vapeing. You can vape using zero nicotine juice and if it works for you to quit then so be it. We have a lot of options, vapeing, hypnosis, support groups, gum, patches, grandkids, etc, etc. Please use whatever works for you and if you fall off the wagon, go for it again. Ignore those that try and belittle you for using means other than "cold turkey". Do whatever it takes for you to quit.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on April 03, 2016, 08:29:00 PM
^ x 100
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peteyboy on July 11, 2016, 04:46:46 PM
I wish I could get my wife to chime in here but she has never used a computer in her life and ain't gonna start now.  On July 16th it will be 1 year since she quit after smoking pretty dang heavy for 50 years. She was going in for hip surgery and the Doc said if she wanted to heal properly, she better think hard about quiting.  She hasn't had one since.  They put her on the patch in the hospital and she kept them up for 3 or 4 months.  Went to the gum and lollipops and has been doing fantastic.  She says the urge is about completely gone and knows she will never smoke again. I am super proud of her.  All the folks we hang out with do not smoke so I think that makes it easier on her. Oh, at the same time she quit, I quit drinking so we had each other to help get through it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Goldstar225 on August 04, 2016, 09:33:53 PM
I just crossed over the four month mark, the longest I've gone without a cigarette in 43 years.  Quitting is easy, I quit 60-70 times over the years.  The longest I lasted before was about a week.  The hard part is not starting again.  I used Chantix and this time has actually been easy for me.  Chantix isn't for everyone.  I had no side effects but it gave my wife nightmares.  When I quit I still enjoyed smoking and like many still have an occasional desire.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kwbush on August 05, 2016, 04:58:55 AM
I want to encourage all who decide to give up the habit... been 47 yrs for me.
I quit when my second child was born not wanting to subject him to second hand smoke. I was up to 3 packs a day, 2 purchased and 1 bummed, not really but I did bum a bunch and at that time they were only $ .40/pack, or $2.00/carton at the PX.

While my effort to quit mirrored Seilerbird's narrative I can't agree with Tom... I was extremely fortunate I had no withdrawl symptoms... why God choose to make it so easy I can't explain.


On another addiction... It has been 25 years that I've refrained from adult beverages... something I found VERY difficult to quit. I wasn't an obnoxious drunk more of a functioning one. For the sake of my fellow man I thank God He took that addiction away!

So, I once again wish to encourage anyone trying to kick either addiction hang in there, use whatever works, you'll add years to your life...  :)

Keith
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on August 06, 2016, 04:18:47 PM
Pretty cool really, started this thread some 4.5 yrs ago, over 80K reads later... I've still not touched a cigarette.  Still get very strange, however brief feelings of an urge, very weird feeling, hard to explain.  I know I'll never smoke again, it's been very nice breathing easier since I quit.  I don't enjoy smelling cigarette smoke at all now, walking into a store where people are smoking near the entrance is nasty.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ArdraF on August 06, 2016, 05:37:49 PM
Congratulations, Jim!  Glad to hear you're doing so well.  And, along the way, I hope we've encouraged some others to stop as well.  There's nothing quite like having clean lungs and breathing well!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on August 06, 2016, 08:31:20 PM
Congratulations, Jim!  Glad to hear you're doing so well.  And, along the way, I hope we've encouraged some others to stop as well.  There's nothing quite like having clean lungs and breathing well!

ArdraF

Amen to that ! How about new lungs and 99% oxygen saturation. I stopped 16 years ago and even after a lung transplant four years ago I found myself reaching to my shirt pocket for a smoke last week. Old habits are hard to break.  Something triggered the response to reach for my pocket just like it did back when I was a smoker.

Congratulation Jim
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Rene T on August 07, 2016, 08:26:54 AM
Amen to that ! How about new lungs and 99% oxygen saturation. I stopped 16 years ago and even after a lung transplant four years ago I found myself reaching to my shirt pocket for a smoke last week. Old habits are hard to break.  Something triggered the response to reach for my pocket just like it did back when I was a smoker.

Congratulation Jim

Same here Will. I quit back in 1979 and haven't touched one since. I still get the urge but it goes out of my head as fast as it came in. I've been told that if I did try one now it would taste like crap and I've been tempted to see if that was true, but I don't dare. I use to like smoking so I'd be afraid to start up again. And besides, I would also end up in divorce court.  :-[ :'(  She's allergic to any kind of cigarette smoke.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 25, 2016, 12:47:22 PM
 Coming up on 53 months on the 30th of August! What sucks is when one wakes up from a dream thinking one started again!!  :-[ Realizing the cigarettes you were smoking was just a figment of your imagination! I believe after 4 serious grueling attempts to stop I hope smoking another one never materializes!!  ;D



Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on August 25, 2016, 02:20:27 PM
Coming up on 53 months on the 30th of August! What sucks is when one wakes up from a dream thinking one started again!!  :-[ Realizing the cigarettes you were smoking was just a figment of your imagination! I believe after 4 serious grueling attempts to stop I hope smoking another one never materializes!!  ;D
It is a lot easier to not smoke the next one than it is the one after.  As Nancy said, "Just say no". :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: tugboat on August 25, 2016, 04:48:08 PM
From 3 packs a day to none over 25 years ago overnight I just became a none smoker tried to quit many times before but every time I would smoke more so I decided instead of quitting I would become a none smoker and its been working ever since no desire to ever smoke again :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on August 26, 2016, 08:33:46 AM
I am almost 77 years old.  I started smoking at 10 at the urging of my brother who wanted me to buy his cigarettes.  I smoked for 43 years finally quitting in 1993 when the doctor asked me how I would look pulling a little green tank behind me the rest of my life.  That and the patch got me to quit but the desire lingered for years.  Later I was diagnosed with COPD and that has totally changed my life and limited just about everything I want to do.  Following a hospital stay with pneumonia I signed up for Pulmonary Rehab 8 months ago and I go four or five times per week for exercise and some socialization with friends developed in the same Cardiopulmonary Rehab group.  My only advice is the same as all give --  Quit if you smoke and Don't start if you don't.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on August 26, 2016, 11:08:19 AM
I am almost 77 years old.  I started smoking at 10 at the urging of my brother who wanted me to buy his cigarettes.  I smoked for 43 years finally quitting in 1993 when the doctor asked me how I would look pulling a little green tank behind me the rest of my life.  That and the patch got me to quit but the desire lingered for years.  Later I was diagnosed with COPD and that has totally changed my life and limited just about everything I want to do.  Following a hospital stay with pneumonia I signed up for Pulmonary Rehab 8 months ago and I go four or five times per week for exercise and some socialization with friends developed in the same Cardiopulmonary Rehab group.  My only advice is the same as all give --  Quit if you smoke and Don't start if you don't.

That is of course great advice, the same that I gave people and even after my friends and family seeing me in the picture below they still smoked.They watched me roll the green tank then saw me tethered to the end of a 40 ft hose not able to walk more than 20ft before resting. It didnt seem to matter enough for them to quit. I just dont get it sometimes
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 26, 2016, 11:43:08 AM
It is a lot easier to not smoke the next one than it is the one after.  As Nancy said, "Just say no". :)

And just how do you stop that in a Dream??? LOL!  :o
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 26, 2016, 11:45:56 AM
It is a lot easier to not smoke the next one than it is the one after.  As Nancy said, "Just say no". :)

And just how do you stop it in a Dream! LOL.  :o
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Molaker on August 26, 2016, 04:44:25 PM
And just how do you stop it in a Dream! LOL.  :o
Smoking in your dreams is a lot like dreaming about your wife's little sister.  You just keep it to yourself and enjoy it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 30, 2016, 02:41:12 PM
 ;D ;D Made it; 4yrs and 5 months since the STEMI Heart Attack and the last nail in my coffin!!!  :o :o And I won't comment on my ex-wifes little sister! :P :P :
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: biggersm on August 30, 2016, 08:11:25 PM
As Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking was the easiest thing I have done,  in fact I quit smoking several times"

Stay away from the triggers.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Old Racer on August 30, 2016, 08:41:14 PM
Been there done that including the Marine Corp method. After, kept trying to quit.

But one day I decided I quit, really decided I had quit, no "I am trying to quit" BS but
I QUIT!!!! , it was easy.

Just stop. No trying, no just one more, QUIT.

Worked for 50 years now.

Still have COPD, between 10 years of cigarettes and 40 years of wood dust.

But if I had not quit, I would be long gone.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on November 24, 2016, 11:10:45 AM
Forging onward! 56 months on the 30th!! Just do it! Don't light it up!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: geektoad on November 24, 2016, 12:30:47 PM
This veteran's day my 1 year anniversary of quitting, after smoking for 32 years. Best thing i ever did!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on November 24, 2016, 04:04:22 PM
This veteran's day my 1 year anniversary of quitting, after smoking for 32 years. Best thing i ever did!
See my story above and congratulations.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on November 24, 2016, 07:39:00 PM
Congrads! Tomorrow night is 8 years for me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Rene T on November 24, 2016, 08:10:41 PM
One day, one of my employees came to me and asked me for a cigarette. I had just opened the pack. He took the pack and crunched with his hands and said you just quit smoking with him and 2 other guys in my crew. One of the three lasted 2 weeks and started smoking. The other two went about 5 years and both went through a divorce and they started smoking. A couple of years later is stopped again for good as far as I know. That was back in 1979. Just about 38 years.  I haven't touch one since. They say if I tried one right now that it would taste like crap. I've been tempted to try one just to prove that it does tastes like crap but I don't. I'm afraid I would maybe start again. You see, I enjoyed smoking. Don't know why but just did.
Besides, my DW is deathly allergic to the smoke so I couldn't smoke anyway because of her.

Anyone can do it if they put their mind to it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on November 26, 2016, 08:45:37 AM
Here it is 16 years 4 months, 2 heart attacks, 1 double lung transplant and 5 elections later and still I have not gone back to smoking.  If I can do it anyone can!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on November 28, 2016, 08:45:15 AM
Here it is 16 years 4 months, 2 heart attacks, 1 double lung transplant and 5 elections later and still I have not gone back to smoking.  If I can do it anyone can!!

That is fully understandable and I congratulate you for beating the odds. Have a long life.

Bill
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BinaryBob on November 28, 2016, 09:08:23 AM
20 pages and only a couple of references to Chantix?
IMHO, this is a wonder drug. You continue to smoke when starting the drug, and eventually (it took me about 7 days) they start to taste like crap and the urge is gone.
Been free for years. I recall having vivid dreams, but some report disturbing nightmares, and other minor side effects.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kdbgoat on November 28, 2016, 01:07:52 PM
I tried the Chantix. I quit taking Chantix when my wife told me she was scared of me since shortly after I had started taking it.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BinaryBob on November 28, 2016, 03:52:37 PM
I tried the Chantix. I quit taking Chantix when my wife told me she was scared of me since shortly after I had started taking it.

What happened?
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kdbgoat on November 29, 2016, 06:06:12 AM
I have a very dark side that I have managed to keep suppressed with the help of God and my wife. Gary Busey is mild compared to me unleashed. Apparently it was starting to surface and I didn't even realize it. I thought I was doing a good job controlling my attitude, but I guess I wasn't doing that good. :(

Like a dummy, I still smoke and haven't found a way to quit and control my anger. I know there is some folks out there that say "hogwash, all you have to do is make up your mind to quit and do it" To those folks, how about parking your coach in the desert and just have the two of us isolated from civilization. You will be ready to run after no more than 3 days. My Dad was an alcoholic and I saw myself headed down the same road. I quit and haven't looked back. I could drink a cold beer on a hot summer day and not have the desire for another after. I also quit drugs overnight with the same result. I feel that is a great blessing. I truly wish it was that easy for me to quit smoking.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on December 01, 2016, 08:54:03 AM
kdbgoat:  It has been 23 years but I finally managed to lick it with the patch on the arm.  It also took some willpower but not as much as when I tried without the  patch.  Not even sure if they still make the things but, if so, give them a try.  Good luck to you.  By the way, I get antsy the way you describe when talking politics. LOL
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: BinaryBob on December 01, 2016, 09:23:00 AM
I know there is some folks out there that say "hogwash, all you have to do is make up your mind to quit and do it"

Well.... perhaps that works for some people. The rest of us could use a little help. Doctors will tell you that nicotine is the most addictive substance on the planet.
As Bill suggests, maybe the patch is worth a try.
I know a guy who managed to quit with the gum. The gum doesn't have as good of a track record with long term quitting but it worked for him. He's been smoke free for over a year. Now he's addicted to the gum!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on December 05, 2016, 09:19:35 AM
A STEMI heart attack and just 7-10 mins. shy of a cardiac arrest stopped my smoking  Cold Turkey after 4 attempts before with gum, patch, and willpower! It's been 56 months as of the 30th of November! Best thing I did, controlling being depressed and angry for a few months was the hardest!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 30, 2017, 08:47:35 AM
58 months smoke free!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on January 30, 2017, 10:15:50 AM
Congrads!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: garyb1st on January 30, 2017, 11:05:43 AM
I have a very dark side that I have managed to keep suppressed with the help of God and my wife. Gary Busey is mild compared to me unleashed. Apparently it was starting to surface and I didn't even realize it. I thought I was doing a good job controlling my attitude, but I guess I wasn't doing that good. :(

Like a dummy, I still smoke and haven't found a way to quit and control my anger. I know there is some folks out there that say "hogwash, all you have to do is make up your mind to quit and do it" To those folks, how about parking your coach in the desert and just have the two of us isolated from civilization. You will be ready to run after no more than 3 days. My Dad was an alcoholic and I saw myself headed down the same road. I quit and haven't looked back. I could drink a cold beer on a hot summer day and not have the desire for another after. I also quit drugs overnight with the same result. I feel that is a great blessing. I truly wish it was that easy for me to quit smoking.

You have beat the more dangerous and possibly the most difficult of the three.  Huge congratulations for what you have done.  Stop beating yourself up and enjoy your life.  When you are ready to quit smoking you will. 
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: kdbgoat on January 30, 2017, 11:44:29 AM
Thank you Gary.  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on January 31, 2017, 09:19:26 AM
 ;D That's exactly what I had to do! You have to want to quit and keep trying until you do!

You will when your ready! In the meanwhile, don't beat yourself up!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: catblaster on January 31, 2017, 06:22:55 PM
    With some people the stress of trying to quit is harder on the mind and body than the smoking is. It was that way with me until my first heart attack and the three days in the hospital without a cigarette gave me the right push in that direction. Without it I would probably never have stopped.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Rom-Raz on January 31, 2017, 11:46:07 PM
I smoked for 13 years, averaging 1 pack a day. I quit smoking with the help of a book. That was Allen Carr's "The easy way to quit smoking" . Look it up on Amazon or your favorite bookstore. I have never had cigarette cravings, and it has been 4 years since I smoked the last cigarette. Best thing I have done. Congratulations to all of you that have or are about to quit this nasty habit .
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on February 19, 2017, 04:32:13 PM
Holy cow... March 10th will be 5yrs since I quit and started this post the following day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How cool is that, have not touched a cigarette since! Ye, haa!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on February 19, 2017, 06:45:22 PM
Way to go, Jim! I was 8 years at the end of November... it's great.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: SeilerBird on February 19, 2017, 06:56:52 PM
Good for you Jim. I am wheezing a lot tonight cussing my emphysema. If anyone who smokes could have my body for a day they would quit that day.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on February 19, 2017, 07:57:18 PM
Holy cow... March 10th will be 5yrs since I quit and started this post the following day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How cool is that, have not touched a cigarette since! Ye, haa!

This is  way cool.  I remember it too.  It is hard to believe it has been 5 years and this thread is still going.  Still inspiring people.  September will be 25 years for me.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on February 20, 2017, 08:06:28 AM
This is  way cool.  I remember it too.  It is hard to believe it has been 5 years and this thread is still going.  Still inspiring people.  September will be 25 years for me.

I am in my 24th year Ed after 43 years of smoking.  It took several years to get over the desire but that is all gone now and the reverse has happened - I hate the smell of smoke.  Plus the COPD is a daily reminder  of my stupidity.

Bill
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on February 27, 2017, 10:15:12 AM
 8) Tomorrow will be my 59th month smoke free!  8)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Peggyy on February 27, 2017, 10:19:39 AM
Really proud for you!  You will be so glad you did!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 07, 2017, 10:59:55 AM
 ;D ;D Already am Peggy!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: DesertDustBunny on March 07, 2017, 09:57:02 PM
I quit smoking cigarettes exactly 1 year ago today, on March 7th 2016  ;D

I was a heavy smoker for 30 years, smoking 2-3 packs of full flavor cigarettes per day.

I had Stage II hypertension and was on several blood pressure meds, suffered two full strokes (2011 & 2013) and multiple TIA's (mini strokes), yearly bouts of both bronchitis and pneumonia for 10 + years, non-stop coughing and wheezing, morning headaches from HELL for many many years....and the list of smoking related illnesses goes on...

After just one year of no cigarettes, my blood pressure numbers are within NORMAL range and completely off all blood pressure meds.
I haven't had any additional TIA's since quitting last March (2016)..
no coughing, no wheezing, no more morning headaches...
I can laugh without coughing up a lung...

I am feeling GREAT these days  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Larry N. on March 08, 2017, 07:52:24 AM
Congrads! 8.5 years, here.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 08, 2017, 09:23:45 AM
I quit smoking cigarettes exactly 1 year ago today, on March 7th 2016  ;D

I was a heavy smoker for 30 years, smoking 2-3 packs of full flavor cigarettes per day.

I had Stage II hypertension and was on several blood pressure meds, suffered two full strokes (2011 & 2013) and multiple TIA's (mini strokes), yearly bouts of both bronchitis and pneumonia for 10 + years, non-stop coughing and wheezing, morning headaches from HELL for many many years....and the list of smoking related illnesses goes on...

After just one year of no cigarettes, my blood pressure numbers are within NORMAL range and completely off all blood pressure meds.
I haven't had any additional TIA's since quitting last March (2016)..

And it will keep getting better!
no coughing, no wheezing, no more morning headaches...
I can laugh without coughing up a lung...

I am feeling GREAT these days  :)
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: bluelacedredhead on March 08, 2017, 11:20:14 AM
Holy cow... March 10th will be 5yrs since I quit and started this post the following day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How cool is that, have not touched a cigarette since! Ye, haa!

Congrats of 5 years! And what a wonderful thing you did by sharing your story. I'm sure it's provided support to many.

Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: RV_Fan86 on March 15, 2017, 09:25:16 AM
Good luck! I said "enough" a few years ago and never looked back!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on March 30, 2017, 09:57:09 AM
 8) Well, Made it five years smoke free! Guess my smokes were my pain and aches blocker but will never go back!  :D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: bsandey on May 12, 2017, 01:59:33 PM
I smoked for about 15 years, and one day, got a letter in the mail for the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Research Center. They were performing a study on quitting, and I was invited to join. It was testing the drug Chantix. It was a 1 year program, with a physical before, 12 weeks of medication, and then the rest of the time, monitoring for relapse and medical conditions. We each got two cards of pills each week - One the shape, size, and color of (what would become) Chantix, one with pills the shape, size, and color of Zyban. At least one was a placebo, and the other the actual drug, and a few people got both cards with placebos as the control group.

14 years later, and I still do not know which group I was in. But I do think it was one of the groups with the drug. About three weeks into it, I did try a cigarette, and I just did not like the taste of it, and I didn't get the "buzz" from it I usually got after going a while without. That was the last cigarette I've had, and I've been smoke-free ever since. And the best part - I got paid for it! Not much - For the entire year, I got $575.

One of the biggest things I've noticed since I quit is that I don't get as many colds as I did before, and the ones I do get are usually much less severe than when I smoked.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: RV_Fan86 on June 19, 2017, 08:30:31 AM
I smoked for about 15 years, and one day, got a letter in the mail for the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Research Center. They were performing a study on quitting, and I was invited to join. It was testing the drug Chantix. It was a 1 year program, with a physical before, 12 weeks of medication, and then the rest of the time, monitoring for relapse and medical conditions. We each got two cards of pills each week - One the shape, size, and color of (what would become) Chantix, one with pills the shape, size, and color of Zyban. At least one was a placebo, and the other the actual drug, and a few people got both cards with placebos as the control group.

14 years later, and I still do not know which group I was in. But I do think it was one of the groups with the drug. About three weeks into it, I did try a cigarette, and I just did not like the taste of it, and I didn't get the "buzz" from it I usually got after going a while without. That was the last cigarette I've had, and I've been smoke-free ever since. And the best part - I got paid for it! Not much - For the entire year, I got $575.

One of the biggest things I've noticed since I quit is that I don't get as many colds as I did before, and the ones I do get are usually much less severe than when I smoked.

That's interesting about the colds... but it makes sense
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: jje1960 on July 31, 2017, 05:24:15 PM
I smoked for about 15 years.......

Well done.  Best thing I ever did was quit smoking.... and start this thread!!!!  Over 5yrs of clear breathing has been awesome!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: slcinwa on July 31, 2017, 08:54:50 PM
Well done.  Best thing I ever did was quit smoking.... and start this thread!!!!  Over 5yrs of clear breathing has been awesome!

WOWZA!!!   What an inspiration you all are!  Congratulations!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on August 01, 2017, 06:34:31 PM
25 years for me this September.  Wowza indeed.  Congratulations to all those that quit and good luck to all those trying to.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Arch Hoagland on August 01, 2017, 06:47:37 PM
I quit smoking and drinking on the same day about 32 years ago. For me when I smoked I wanted a beer or if I had a beer I wanted a smoke.

I was talking to a smoker/drinker yesterday and decided I have saved a fortune just by quitting. I remember in the Navy a carton of Camels was $2.00.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Bill N on August 02, 2017, 06:35:18 AM
Coming up on 24 years quit after 43 years of smoking.  But I was too late.  Now have COPD and am borderline on needing oxygen.  Congrats to all those who have successfully quit and I encourage those who have failed to never quit trying.

Bill
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on August 02, 2017, 09:06:44 AM
 ;D 64 months smoke free! Don't ever give up trying! Took me from 1991 until 2012 to finally unnail the coffin!  8)

  It's wotrh it!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: ldudish on August 25, 2017, 12:25:13 PM
I think it's been nearly 10 years since we quit, hubby and both quit at the same time....and we're still married!!!! We had both smoked for over 30 years, I'm so glad my mom lived to see me quit, I wish his mom had.
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: RV_Fan86 on August 30, 2017, 08:50:10 AM
I agree that everyday is a choice! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: Irover on September 05, 2017, 09:25:24 AM
 8) 8) Just one day at a time or a minute if thats what it takes! 65 months smoke free,but who's counting!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: edjunior on September 05, 2017, 06:01:27 PM
On September 11th, it will be 25 years for me.  Woot Woot!!
Title: Re: Quit smoking
Post by: maddog348 on September 05, 2017, 06:51:28 PM
Ed,   BRAVO !!!!!!!!  You are a couple of years ahead of me.   Good Luck and Hang in there to all who are just starting this adventure.   
K