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Old 05-14-2010, 10:22 AM
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How many of you have quit smoking and how long did you smoke? I was a smoker for 22 years. I Started when I was 17. I am now on my fourth day without them and I really want to hit something.... HARD!! How did you quit? Cold turkey? The patch? Gum?
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:29 AM
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Cold Turkey!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:39 AM
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Studies have shown that those that have gone cold turkey were the most successful.
Hang in there!


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Old 05-14-2010, 01:33 PM
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smoked for about 10-15 yrs. i was a swimmer growing up and thru college. youd probably expect me the last person to see smoking. i hated it. after college, i started. ive been off and on a few times. i 've alwasy said i had to be ready mentally. i hate the smell, taste, everything, but wasnt ready to put them down. ive started swimming again about 5 yrs ago and just recently a team mate put me up to it. she said, just stop now. im going on 6 weeks now, cold turkey, not really sure whats going on but its working. sure i want one a few times a day. but where i've been weak before, ive just been able to move past it this time. i hope i can continue, im quite liking not having to worry about when and where my next smoke is. sneaking out of bars, etc.
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I paced myself and cut back. I went from a pack a day in the first week to half pack a day the next, and1/4 pack the next. after that I allowed myself 1 a day for the next week. It took a month, but it wasn't too bad. It's been 3 years now and I still get a craving every now and then but it's not hard to say no and the occassional cigar while fishing helps
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:09 PM
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I'm finding the most trying time is right after dinner. After Breakfast isn't so bad because I have lots to occupy my time and the same with lunch. But at dinner, I get a belly full and sit on the porch swing and all I can think about is that cigarette. I don't know if any of you have seen that commercial for nicorette, I think, where the shark jumps out the water and latches on to a fellas arm and all he is thinking is cigarette, cigarette, cigarette, well I almost fell out my chair laughing. My wife said "is that what it's like?" I laughed again. Yep.

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I quit cold turkey in 1987 after smoking for 15 years. I started smoking again like a dumb ass in 2005,and quit again in 2007. The second time I quit I used the nicotine gum. It helped. Good luck to you.
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Originally Posted by Edisto_Rebel View Post

Any quitters in here?

Oh, I thought you were talking about Lebron James.
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Chantix, after 35 years of Reds (Marlboros, that is). Been clean for 3.5 years and I feel great; but I gotta admit, there are some days when I wish they were good for you.
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6 months smoke free here, tough it out, its worth it.
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I made it from last May to damn near Christmas. I didn't cheat not once the whole time. I hit a large bump in the road where work was concerned and fell off the wagon and got tangled in the spokes. I'm back with a vengence. I've smoked for 33+ years.
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From like 14 years old until 1991 april of that year 19 years ago cold turkey pall-mall ,lucky strikes, camels hang in there
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My kids made me quit after they took all these Porject DARE courses at school - felt hypocritical if I didn't. We love you Daddy - Don't Die...
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Quit years ago semi-cold turkey. that is, i did the first step patches for 12 days and that was it. been clean ever since.

I do recall at the time having some very, very intense dreams {whilst sleeping of course) attributable to the patches.

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I smoked for 15 years and quit cold turkey 6 years ago. I sucked down 6 pounds of Jolly Ranchers the first week!! Hardly miss them at all. Good Luck!!
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I smoked for 14 years, quit for 2 years due to pneumonia and pleurisy and like a dumba** started back up again about a year ago, was in hospital for 3 days last week with what they thought was spinal meningitis and stopped for 1 week while I was sick and in there, dumba** me started again. Reading these threads about quiting smoking and hearing people succeeding has made me want to do it again, started at 530 this evening and chewing regular gum ever since, I smoked about 3/4 a pack a day. My wife and kid are not looking forward to my mood swings again, I have a VERY short fuse when I quit and I don't want to take any pills like my doc wanted me to. So wish me and my family luck. We all need it!!

Keep at it guys and good luck to you!
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Like Mark Twain said "quitin's easy,,,I've done it a thousand times"
I was born in 53 and started when I was 13. Quit once a day 999 times until Sept. of 00.
(You can do the math if ya like) I've had no cigarettes but fooled with cigars for 2 years. I fell in immediate love with them.
Was up to 3 or 4 a day. Didn't inhale them but got just as hooked.
Had to cut them loose as the 30 to 35 dollar a day habit was cutting into my fishing funds.
Good luck bro and remember, for me it only took one and I was back to the races.
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Originally Posted by 1MoreMinute View Post
I smoked for 14 years, quit for 2 years due to pneumonia and pleurisy and like a dumba** started back up again about a year ago, was in hospital for 3 days last week with what they thought was spinal meningitis and stopped for 1 week while I was sick and in there, dumba** me started again. Reading these threads about quiting smoking and hearing people succeeding has made me want to do it again, started at 530 this evening and chewing regular gum ever since, I smoked about 3/4 a pack a day. My wife and kid are not looking forward to my mood swings again, I have a VERY short fuse when I quit and I don't want to take any pills like my doc wanted me to. So wish me and my family luck. We all need it!!

Keep at it guys and good luck to you!
You know, it's not unreasonable to ask your doc for a prescription for valium to smooth things out during the first week or two. I know you can "get used to" the stuff, but a week or so on that is a lot better than smoking or abusing the family.

Think about it
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I wish all of you in the best in quitting, I am sure it is not easy but just think of all the money you will save that you can put towards fishing/the boat.
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