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Giving up the tobacco

Postby Ripshod » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:52 am

Not just a fad. After 28 years addicted to nicotine I'm giving them up from midnight tonight.
I'm sick of the smell. I'm sick of getting out of breath walking up stairs. I'm sick of missing buses because I can't run for them. I'm sick of the brown stains on my fingers. I'm sick of the looks I get from non-smokers. I'm sick of being skint :mb_spend::
I want to save my life.

Anyone want to join me on my adventure??
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Postby evasive » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:13 am

Been there doen that. A few things.

There no such thing as trying to stop. It is like crossing a road, stay halfway and you'll be squashed by a truck. So stop is stop, no single fag or puff after that midnight call. Period.

You seem to have prepared yourself with some of the bad things that will go. The good new things are: better sense of smell and taste. Better overall condition. Better skin condition. Better sex.

You in for a good battle against yourself so i hope you know each and every mental trick of your own cheatsheet and i expect you to have some counter-measure against them.

This will take 100% of your body, mind,heart&soul.

i'm clean over 5 years now. I smoked for 20.
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Postby Ripshod » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:06 am

Better sex? Never even thought about that one!! #-o

Thanks for the support, buddy!!
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Postby evasive » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:54 am

It is not well-known but by now from my own experience I can say it is :)

Just make that jump. The first 3 days your body is decontaminating, you may want to use lowering dosages of some substitute. After that your body can do very well without nicotine so the only thing those pills/chewies/patches are going to do is flatten your wallet. There's only one thing that can stop you and that is you, all of you.

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Postby Karlsweldt » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:18 am

Most smoking products have ingredients which enhance flavor or burn rate. But the tobacco for cigars is under different rules! Even those "small" cigars the size of cigarettes are pure tobacco, including the wrapper. Just the filter is not. I switched to small cigars over 30 years ago.. for the same symptoms. I don't have the stained fingers, no shortness of breath or stink. But the taxes imposed on tobacco products is outlandish, intended to cause smokers to quit.
There are many ads for smoke "stoppers" with varying claims.. most hyped, of course. And some products are dangerous. But some products are helpful at relieving the body's demand for that input. It takes about a week to loose the craving for tobacco.. but you have to put your mind to it, to achieve that goal. Quitting "cold turkey" may work for some, but not all. Weaning yourself off the "weed" is the best route.
Will I quit tobacco? Likely so.. as I am just shy of being 70. And those taxes are a good incentive! Image
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Postby thomas_w_bowman » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:54 am

I was a drug abuse specialist (among other duties in the Army), but one day after walking 2 miles in drizzle for a pack of smokes - the clerk said to me "Bet you'd walk a mile for these" and something inside me >snapped< - I saw myself as a Junkie (two miles out, two miles back, and it was raining). I hated myself as a Junkie.
I carried that pack for two months, countless times my hands would pull one out - only for me to realize how out of control I was again and put it back. They rotted in my pocket, I threw them out and still struggeld for years till a good friend of mine told me something that helped A LOT !

He Said: "You're not a smoker who's quitting - you're a Non-Smoker who made a mistake...", that helped me deal with not needing to 'continue quitting', and instead 'being who I am'.

Hope that can help you too. Best of luck.

P.S. Get a Jar, and put the money you would've spent on smokes in it regularly - it'll quickly amount to a significant amount ! (OK, I stopped doing that years ago, but it was some great positive reinforcement).
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Postby Ripshod » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:40 pm

Well the first 72 hrs are virtually over. I've done this 'cold turkey' which IS hard. Why is it that I suddenly find myself surrounded by people who are not only smoking but seem to be blowing their smoke straight at me.
I'm smelling things now that make me realize my mates aren't such a clean bunch after all. And the sense of taste? I really shocked myself earlier with a banana, Im exploring the contents of More Spam Vomit such vigor you wouldn't believe. And I'm bouncing I've got so much energy.

Enough of that. Thanks guys for the words of encouragement. I realize I've still got a long way to go, though I'm starting to feel the rewards now and I'm loving it!!

I hereby promise not to turn this into a blog!! :P

I am, I'm really loving this.
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Postby fussnfeathers » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:25 pm

Keep it up! I'm working on quitting, myself. Quit a two-case-of-beer a day habit six months ago, figured I'd quit the smoking too. Nicotorol inhalers have really helped me in a pinch, and insurance pays for them so I'd be crazy to pass up the assistance when I really need it. Been about a week for me, so I'm right there with ya!
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Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:47 pm

There are alternatives to smoking that may help when the urge cannot be overcome. Some are non-tobacco, others have milder tobacco.
One non-tobacco product is called Hooch. :? Another is called mintsnuff. :wink:
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Postby evasive » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:52 am

fussnfeathers wrote:Keep it up! I'm working on quitting, myself. Quit a two-case-of-beer a day habit six months ago, figured I'd quit the smoking too. Nicotorol inhalers have really helped me in a pinch, and insurance pays for them so I'd be crazy to pass up the assistance when I really need it. Been about a week for me, so I'm right there with ya!


Even though they are free, after those first three days the inhalators are only prolonging your addicition to nicotine. Once you got over the initial cold-turkey withdrawal, all you need to do is get the leftover nicotine out of your system. Which takes seven years. In your case one week longer.
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