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 Posted: Tue Apr 25th, 2006 12:47 AM
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Greysmoke;

I smoked for ten years, been off for over 30 now.  I started upon joining the military in 1965, knew I wanted to quite as soon as I got out in 1968 & started paying civvie prices.  It only took me another 6 or 7 years to get it done.

From experience, I can tell you that in three days to a week at most, the physical addiction to nicotine will have passed.  The mental addiction will last a much longer time.  If you view it as an exercise in psychology, it's interesting to see how your own mind will try to re-addict you.  The excuses to start again will be many, varied, and sneaky.  An interesting exercise in watching your own mind at work.  And a graphic exposure of how your mental attitude affects your health.

After about 8 to 10 years, even the after-dinner and with a beer wants were gone, especially when somebody at the next table in a cafe would light up, but it's a long tough haul.  Now, I can't stand the second hand smoke at all. 

I've heard it said that the total addictive experience of tobacco is just as compelling as Heroin, although different in form.  I don't know as I can argue with that statement.  More power to you, hope you get it done.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 25th, 2006 05:23 PM
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i started smoking in high school, dipping in the Army. was smoking 2 1/2 packs of camel filter less and a can of cope a day. quit several times actually, but the cope was the hardest............especially during hunting season. been clean for a couple of years now, but the cope is still a hassle. i quit cold turkey and as it has been said in here before, you have to have a reason for quiting, and it has to be a good reason.....

 

don't trade one addiction for another, quitting smoking was easy compared to quitting dipping.......... unless you use the mint snuff (has no tobacco in it at all), i believe the stuff i use during hunting now is smoky mountain. yes even after a couple of years i still need something on occasion to get me through.

 

As a side note, i stated that i started dipping in the military, however i did do it off and on starting in the 1st grade when i would go and "liberate" a can  of golden river from the local store back in Mississippi......... hey i wasnt allways a good boy............... 

 



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For me smoking was the hardest thing. I chewed for awhile but never got into snuff. I just did the plug or loose leaf stuff.  For whatever reason it seemed I could always pretty much walk away from the chewing.  The smoking kicked my butt.  I started around 15 once in awhile when I went out. It stayed that way till my junior year in H.S. I took a job as a Disc Jockey that got me going pretty good. 

  By college and supporting myself as well as paying for college etc it got steady.  Quiting was the hardest thing I've ever done.  I never tried the mint chew but it could be a thought.

  Take care Be safe Poacher.



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greysmoke wrote: Gents

Any of you smoke?

and who has stopped smoking? Do you have any tips in giving up smoking?

All the best

 

 

I used to and loved it. Then got chest and back pain. The scare of my life! Ended up having a coronary stent put in. I never touched a cigarette again! The thought of being carved up like a Christmas Ham "cured" me!  Bill T.



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I dipped Copenhagen for about 10 years.  When my oldest daughter was born, I quit cold turkey.  Well, cool turkey.  I phased it out over about a week.  I went about 5 years and never had another dip.  Then, one night, sitting around a fire with the fellers, drinking a cold adult beverage or two, I got a little ol' pinch.  Next morning, I bought a can at the nearest store.  That was about 7 years ago, and within a few days, I was back up to a can or more a day.  I'd like to quit again, but geeeeeeeeeeeez, that's rough.

 

Also:  Cope is about $6.50 a can where I live.  At a can + per day, I could be buying a kick-arse rifle per year just on snuff savings.  



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As I write this, my wife of 45 years is lying on the couch in the last stages of emphysema. The doctor told us that the next time she goes on life support (entubation), she will not survive if it is removed. She was a heavy smoker since her teens, and every effort was made by myself, our children, our friends, and the doctors to get her to quit. She did about two years ago, but by that time it was too late. Please folks, if you do smoke, for your sake and the sake of your loved ones, QUIT!! Don't forget, the smoker is not the only one who suffers. I'm not saying all this because I'm a goody-goody, I did my share (and then some) of cigarettes, cigars, and Cope by the bushel. I did quit smoking 30 years ago, and chew about ten. Quitting smoking was easy for me, but I still crave a lip full of Cope. It's not for nothing they call cigarettes "coffin nails". :soapbox:



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i never smoked..  never wanted to..  my parents both were heavy smokers (dad smoked luck strikes for years) ..  it just always seemed to me like  a totally stupid thing for an otherwise intellegent human being  to do..  the adiction kills enough people it would be outlawed if it wasn't  such a huge industry with so much clout..  with all the ethanol plants going up here in iowa they might have to plow the tobacco under and plant corn so there'll be enough to keep them all going.. if you do smoke quit.. if you don't.. don't start!!        



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"30-06 user"— Really sorry to hear about your wife. Something like that really makes it hit home. My mother smoked all her life. She always said "It's MY business!" But I am the one that sat at her bedside while she died of inoperable lung cancer and the medicos pumped her full of morphine.

I quit in '85. The only way to do it (that is, for ME— YMMV) was to go cold turkey. And to quit coffee at the same time. After a few weeks I resumed coffee, but never smoked again.

Ironically, my "surface reason" for quitting was to try to better my PPC scores. It didn't help that our best shooter on the team (a pinwheel man if ever there was one!) smoked three packs a day and drank 12 cans of regular Coke a day— three or four during a match! Some people!

To all you guys out there wanting to quit— You CAN do it. It ain't easy. It hurts like hell. But you CAN do it! It's kind of like a just war: nobody likes it, it's tough as hell, but it has to be done. Stick with it, you won't regret it!



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 Posted: Tue Sep 11th, 2007 11:03 AM
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I quit 2 or 3 months ago, had one last week and didn't like it anymore.

I was sick, and the doc told me it's time to quit or my chronic bronchitis will turn to emphysema.   I was already detoxed because I was so sick I would hack and hack for 5 minutes if I took a drag. I quit my desk job, got in better shape, and work for a living. It helps take your mind off it. Keep busy. But you have to want to quit, because it's not easy. I was a pack and a half smoker for 10 years and an occasional smoker for another 10. Now I'm saving that $5 a day, and I feel better for it. I hope I can miss this winters bronchitis, if I do it will all be worth it.


I'm not gonna tell you to quit, or belittle you if you smoke. If you ENJOY smoking, then smoke 'em if ya got 'em. If you don't enjoy smoking, then why spend $5 a day doing it? If you smoke and DON'T enjoy it, don't complain about it, just QUIT. You'll be better off if you can just quit. I'll say it again. Don't quit for your doctor, your wife, or your kids. It just won't work. If you're gonna quit, quit for yourself.

 

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I was in a bad way, though. I got referred 5 years ago to a GP who specialized in asthma. He gave me an x-ray the first day, and when he saw it, he ordered another, he couldn't believe it was really that bad. I was born with pneumonia, and got hospital sick once a year like clockwork. Long story short, I should never have started.



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I am almost 52 and I started smoking when I was 15. I finally quit when was 30. I had tried to quit many times before with poor results. I finally managed to quit, but I don't recommend my very accidental method to anybody. I swallowed some nasty lake water swimming. I ended up with both a bactierial infection and a parisitic infection. Was violenty sick for a couple of weeks and could not smoke for well over a month. I picked up a pack of smokes that I had opened before becoming ill and fired one up. couldn't stand the thing. And thats how I did it. The only down side that I have to deal with not smoking is watching my weight. I gained 50 lbs. or so at first. Nothing chocolate was safe. and never passed up a chance of a cheese burger. Have fought this problem since but is under control for the most part.



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try getting loose tobacco and rolling you one in thet morning and one at night

 



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In regard to my posting of 8 September, I am sorry to inform you all that my wife of 45+ years passed away peacefully in Hospice on New Years Eve. Her heart could not go on. She suffers no more.



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3006 user wrote: In regard to my posting of 8 September, I am sorry to inform you all that my wife of 45+ years passed away peacefully in Hospice on New Years Eve. Her heart could not go on. She suffers no more.
My sympathies to you and your family.



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very sorry to hear of your loss 3006... it's a terrible thing to lose a close loved one....... i know....       i found my son dead in his home on jan 24...   worst day of my life so far................



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3006 and jjb

  I'm sorry to hear of your losses.  My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

   Poacher.



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My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

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My thoughts and payers are with both of you also.

I quit smoking about twenty years ago, so i know it can be done. Here is how i did it.

Be sure you really want to quit!

Take a pack of your cigarettes, open it up and place it in your dominant hand. DO NOT SET THIS PACK DOWN UNTILL YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT, no matter what you are doing do not let go of that pack. after about three days you will hate that pack and will want to throw it in the trash. This action will get rid of that feeling that you have to have your "friend" with you at all times, Keep this up untill you actually quit.

Want to smoke? Go ahead and smoke....AS LONG AS YOU ARE DOING NOTHING AT ALL ! That means you basically cant smoke unless you are on the toilet. but you must really have to go, dont use this as an excuse, NO smoking while you are working, driving etc, and keep that pack in your hand! Please, dont expose yourself to danger!

When you have a nicotine attack, dont get negative and dont feel sorry for yourself, say out loud, WOW THAT WAS A BIG ONE, my body is biginning to heal, and say to yourself, bring on another one so i can get over this addiction. 

Finally, about two weeks prior to quitting, save all your butts and ashes from the ash trays and put them in a big jar with a lid on it. when you are at home and want a cigarrette, open the jar and take a big whiff.

after about a week this will make you want to gag, and remember, that is how you smell to non smokers.

Take a walk every day after work, and try to start a light jogging, but dont push yourself at first, take it easy, if you cant jog, walking is ok. And drink water, smoking dehydrates you.

After about a month you will quit smoking, if you follow this plan faithfully.... You will probably have urges from time to time but you can laugh them off like i do and they only come about once a year to me.

Any way thats how i quit, I hope it works for you

good luck.

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I am 67, I started smoking in '56, I smoked them all, Bull Durham, Country Gentleman, PA, regular cigars, Between the Acts and most of the plain and fancy cigarettes, even tried Picayunes, if you can believe that!
Finally, in '81, I got up one morning, coughed up a big green lunger, grabbed a cigarette and my lighter, looked at them, said to my self, "Self, you are a damned fool!". threw the cigarettes and lighter in the trash can and have not smoked one since.
I do still want one, but I cannot even pass by a bunch of smokers hidden in an alley, without gaging and hurrying off.
I was let go of a good job, with a person I liked, a smoker, when I admitted I could smell him when he entered the hall way, 40 ' from the office.
Oh well!:rolleyes:



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3006 user, please accept my condolences, sir. May God be with you in your time of trial.

As for me, I quit cigarettes, and switched to a pipe. Little inhalation, smoke only two or three a day, and much cheaper.



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