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Old 08-17-2005, 12:53 AM
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Well, I HOPE I bought my LAST pack of cigs tonight! Made myself pay the $3.40 (instead of buying a carton! ) so I would also see the "financial" waste - in addition to the obvious health risk(s)! I've "said" I was going to do this before - a few months back, as I recall - but this time I'm SERIOUS about it!

I'm TIRED of the smell in the house (ask my wife!), the ashes, the burnt holes in clothing, the coughing, the "smokers breath", and the idea that I am "addicted" and can not control my own bad habit!

I have purchased the "gum" to help, but I'm gonna' try the ole' "cold turkey" FIRST!

I posted this to ALSO serve as a "helpline" for others on here that want to kick the habit, so PLEASE offer up any suggestions or "methods" YOU may have successfully used!

I know I'm not going to be very easy to live with over the next several months(?), but I owe it to myself, my wife, and my kids to do this NOW!

For those that are STILL smoking - REMEMBER - the $100 or MORE per MONTH that we are spending to kill ourselves could go in the GAS TANK(S) of our BOATS!

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Thanks for lending an ear, and any encouragement you can offer!

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Old 08-17-2005, 01:49 AM
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if i can do you can do it

2 years today!

cold turkey rules

you have to want to quit, otherwise forget it

the physical addiction goes away after 4 days, give or take, so hang in there

after that, you simply can't smoke....the urge will pass, just think about or do something else when it does

you might want to stay away from coffee and alcohol for a while since they seem to go together so well

i tried the gum....forget it....every post i've read or person i've talked to who has been off them for a long time has gone cold turkey....i have quit a number of times, using a number of methods, and cold turkey works best for me too


YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!

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Old 08-17-2005, 02:19 AM
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You can do it! Of all the people that I have known to try and stop smoking, only one was able. He did it Cold Turkey, while the rest tried programs, gums, patches...etc....


Good Luck. Your doctor, wallet, and family will thank you for it!
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Old 08-17-2005, 05:56 AM
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Yeah....you can do it.....just gotta stick to it.....good luck
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Old 08-17-2005, 06:26 AM
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If at first you don't succeed; quit, quit again! Ah nicotine, a highly addictive, relatively inexpensive and readily available drug. Like Yakoff Smirnoff said, America what a country. There's big money in getting us sick and then doctoring us. When I quit close to 25 years ago I was smoking 2.5 to 3 packs a day. It took me several tries, all of which were cold turkey but I just refused to give in completely and not stop trying.

Similar to the marching society slogan, "one day at a time".

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Bruce - I feel your anxiety~! PLEASE hang in there and know that you are NOT ALONE!!

I'll tell ya my story later - gotta get my boys up and ready for school.

Just know that YOU CAN do it!! And we're all right here to help you every step of the way my THT FRIEND!!!
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A fellow I've worked on and off with, who has what could be described as the classic "addictive personnallity", tried all of the gums, patches ,etc., he finally quit cold turkey one day when it dawned on him how silly he was being.

He said " I was wearing a patch on each shoulder, chewing two packs of gum a day, and fidgiting like a cat on a hot tin roof " " I threw it all away and just quit ".

It's easy for those of us who don't smoke to be critical, but you strike me from your post's as being the kind of person who can overcome this habit. Good luck to you .
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:44 AM
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Bruce W, I admire you. A few years ago I quit. I mean just quit. Woke up one morning, didn't want one and went 6 months without a problem. Was fishing with my Dad one day and he lit one up. It smelled good. I thought to myself, "Its been 6 months, I can handle just one". WRONG! I bought a pack at the marina when we got in and started again. I am on a quest again to quit. I agree with the above in that nothing is going to help you unless you want to do it. I am using Commit lozenges. They give me the oral fixation (no smarta$$ comments), help with the nicotine fix, and make cigs taste nasty.

Good luck to ya. I am going through the same thing.
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Good luck to ya! I never ever smoked so I can't imagine the addiction.

All it would take for me to quit however is just to look at the amount of relatively healthy people (who also smoke) that die of lung cancer with each hour of every day.

Quit while you're ahead!

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Old 08-17-2005, 08:25 AM
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I quit after twenty years. Used the patch for one week and that was it. Its all in the mind. Something i did was used the money i was saving to buy things for the boat. Kind of like rewards. You will save money by quitting. Also Gained 50 lbs. and Fealt great.On a fishing trip last summer one of the guys had a cigar and i smoked one. I have been smoking since......
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Try the patch it works!

The patch will help you with the craving. Follow the program and reduce the strenght over time. The hardest part the I found was training my hands not to hold cigarette. You get so used to having one in your hands or mouth.

That's where the pathc comes in. It gives you time to re-train your body movements without going nuts.

I was good after the patch, then for some reason I took up the gum. It took 1 year to get off the gum.

Good Luck and stick with it.

With the money saved between me and the wife, we bought her a new car!

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I don't smoke but I do dip tobacco. Any tobacco habit has it's nasty residues. I've quit many times but those were all practice for the last and final time. My longest time tobacco free was accomplished using the cold turkey method and lots of chewing gum. I dip the cheap stuff, about $2 per can. Let's see $14 per week, $56 per month, $672 per year. I think and extra $672 would really help buy fuel for my boat.

Bruce W. You can do it. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and if it's worth doing right it's never easy. Buckle down and do it. Tell ya what, the can of snuff I bought this morning is my last can. I'll do this with you. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Keep in touch. PMs are ok.
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Haifischjager - 8/17/2005 10:39 AM

I don't smoke but I do dip tobacco. Any tobacco habit has it's nasty residues. I've quit many times but those were all practice for the last and final time. My longest time tobacco free was accomplished using the cold turkey method and lots of chewing gum. I dip the cheap stuff, about $2 per can. Let's see $14 per week, $56 per month, $672 per year. I think and extra $672 would really help buy fuel for my boat.

Bruce W. You can do it. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and if it's worth doing right it's never easy. Buckle down and do it. Tell ya what, the can of snuff I bought this morning is my last can. I'll do this with you. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Keep in touch. PMs are ok.
Seems like you are throwing down the gauntlet. ?? Bruce, if you accept his challenge I will too.

PM's are OK with me too! Lets do it!
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:08 AM
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Quitting is easy. I've done it dozens of times!

Actually I've gone years witout a smoke and can have one and not feel like buying a pack.

The first couple weeks are the hardest because you have the physical addiction to get over and then you have the "habit" of reaching for a butt, to break. Your doctor can help you either with a "weaning" system like the patch ot valium for your nerves or those around you.

If you do breakdown and have a cigarette dont panic. Just quit again right away. The thought of never having another one used to drive me nuts so I havent really quit. I just keep telling myself "I've stopped for now." Whatever it takes for you, just stick with it.

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You can do it. I was smoking 4 packs a day and quit cold turkey 34 years ago.
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Best "trick" I found to help quit smoking was the advice AA gives alkies - one day at a time. I think the extra anxiety of "this is my last, I'm never going to do this again ever" is pretty tough to deal with - but if you tell yourself "I'm not going to smoke TODAY" it doesn't seem so bad.

I also second the idea to quit drinking for awhile - I think I stayed away from the sauce for 6 weeks or so.

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Haifischjager - 8/17/2005 9:39 AM

I don't smoke but I do dip tobacco. Any tobacco habit has it's nasty residues. I've quit many times but those were all practice for the last and final time. My longest time tobacco free was accomplished using the cold turkey method and lots of chewing gum. I dip the cheap stuff, about $2 per can. Let's see $14 per week, $56 per month, $672 per year. I think and extra $672 would really help buy fuel for my boat.

Bruce W. You can do it. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and if it's worth doing right it's never easy. Buckle down and do it. Tell ya what, the can of snuff I bought this morning is my last can. I'll do this with you. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Keep in touch. PMs are ok.
Ah, good 'ole dip. Yep, same here. 14 years now.

I was never good at handling peer pressure which helped get me started Still can't handle it so if ya'll are quitting today I will too.

Talk to ya'll in the morning...I will be a cranky SOB by then....
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OK!...I'm on board....I said I wanted to quit before my wife had our 2nd child...lol...Her due date is less than a week away....I guess now is as good as a time as any.

Oh well......we will see how this goes.......Lets try to stay current with the updates fellows.....Might help.


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Old 08-17-2005, 06:24 PM
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Every little bit of encouragement counts. Yep, I might just be a cranky SOB for a few days but after that I'll get stronger by the day. The things I have to watch are eating and drinking too much. This ought to be fun.

After I edit this reply, I'm spitting out my cud and dumping the rest in the Holiday Inn toilet. I'll be looking for a pack of gum soon.

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