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trw
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i was looking for sucess stories and advice not personal opinions

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Topic starter Posted : August 27, 2009 11:00 pm
Lizard
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So much for the helicopter ride!

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Posted : August 27, 2009 11:13 pm
trw
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lol lizard

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Topic starter Posted : August 27, 2009 11:23 pm
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i was looking for sucess stories and advice not personal opinions[/quote

Actually trw it was one of your fellow travelers that fired the first shot *-)

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Posted : August 27, 2009 11:31 pm
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Success story!

Once upon a time.
My dad blew camel straights in my face for the first 19 yrs of my life until I left to make my own way.
I'm still suffering the effects of second hand smoke.
Then he got to the point where he had to sleep in a chair so he didn't drown in his sleep.
Then one night the smarts fairy landed on his shoulder and whispered in his ear this is dumb Leroy.
So the next day, after 40 yrs of inflicting camel straights upon his loved, ones,
upon awakening he said this is STUPID and threw down the cigs and quit cold turkey and never touched another.
The End.

NOW if anyone lights up around him he goes off on them.

Hell hath no fury like a sinner reformed!

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Posted : August 27, 2009 11:44 pm
trw
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doesn't matter who started it

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Topic starter Posted : August 27, 2009 11:44 pm
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I learned quickly that anyone and anything is fair game on this forum.

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Posted : August 27, 2009 11:44 pm
Michaelds9
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doesn't matter who started it

bet it would if shoe was on other foot 😀

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Posted : August 27, 2009 11:47 pm
trw
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not really there are quite a few threads i never read because i don't care one way or another about the subject thread,i was just reading stuff at the american lung association web site,some of my customers are doctors so i'll talk with them the next time i see them,i do like the stories though that are turning up on this thread,lol i know it's going to horrible at first,my mom had to take a month off and go hide in the forests of northern minnesota and get away from people so she wouldn't snap

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Topic starter Posted : August 27, 2009 11:59 pm
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I have a book called "How to stop smoking the easy way" It works. You can have it. Plain and simple. No advice or testimony. Good luck.

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Posted : August 28, 2009 12:16 am
Tippi
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I know someone doing the electronic cig and is doing quite well. Went from 2 packs a day to less than a pack a day. Now she states she likes the electronic cig better than the real thing.

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Posted : August 28, 2009 12:21 am
Tippi
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The bennies on electronic cig:

No second hand smoke
No ash
No fire
No tar
No CO
No smell

The link for details: http://www.smokingeverywhere.com/index.php

My friend has almost kicked smoking with this device

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Posted : August 28, 2009 12:26 am
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Hi TRW,
I never smoked, but my parents were heavy smokers. Quitting was pretty easy for my Dad--he could quit for a year, smoke and then quit again. My Mom was another story. She smoked so much that she would wake up in the middle of the night to smoke. I remember a grade school friend of mine telling me that "all your mom does is smoke and drink coffee." Ouch. However, she did eventually quit. This was in the days before they had patches, medicine, etc. I'm telling you, if she could do it, you can do it. It took her several attempts before she was successful, but she has been smoke free for close to 20 years (as has my Dad).

As for gaining weight--she did. She operated on the theory of tackling one problem at a time. After she was comfortable that she had quit for good, she turned her attention to losing weight.

Cranky--can't help you with that one. She's still cranky (ha, ha). Actually, we were all cranky. They quit in the days where smoking was quite prevalent in public places. All four of us were cranky and all four of us would inhale deeply when in a smoke filled room. That eventually passed too.

Cravings--she still says she could go for a cigarette, but I don't think she'd actually do it.

My sister and I were pains in the necks about getting my parents to quit--we'd draw rings around their cigarettes where they were supposed to stop smoking them and graduated to cutting the cigarettes down to outright destroying them. I'm glad we did it. Lung cancer is such a nasty disease and every year they get away from smoking is another year where the cancer threat lessens.

I wish you all the best success in quitting. If you need a pain in the neck--nag you to death--type of support, I'm experienced and happy to help. KJ

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Posted : August 28, 2009 2:42 am
trw
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well until i talk to a doc i'm going to try and limit myself to buying only one pack a day and well i just bought that first pack about an hour ago,we'll see how it goes,lol looks my 2 days off are going to be spent working in the yard and trying to stay busy,gotta getholes dug and this will be the incentive

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Topic starter Posted : August 28, 2009 5:34 pm
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Great start, trw!!!! One pack a day...one pack a day...one pack a day!!!

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Posted : August 28, 2009 5:48 pm
East Ender
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One pack a day is fine, trw. Just don't light any of 'em!:D

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Posted : August 28, 2009 8:05 pm
Trade
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Whatever works for you but cutting back from 4 packs to 1 pack would just be more torture & postponing the inevitable for me but it's worth a try.

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Posted : August 28, 2009 9:36 pm
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trw,
Good. for you! I have not read the previous posts, so please forgive me if I am redundant. (Have been so busy the last week, not as much time for the forum, but I just skimmed the topics.)

I quit 8 years ago this month, ironically, as with you, to celebrate my 50th birthday. I had tried several time, as most do.

1. Patch - Follow the protocol!!!

2. Wellbutrin - Doctors recommend a year. I took it for nine months (I think) starting about the same time I started the patch. Don't stop short!!

3. Nicorette Gum - Keep it handy AFTER you finish the patch, not before! Only chew IF you really feel an urge to slip, while continuing the wellbutrin.

Do not EVER take so much as a puff off someone's smoke!

The patch really takes the pain out of it. It's just the follow thru after (and during) the patch. That's where the desire to quit kicks in.

My advice....so what if it's a crutch...USE IT! Cold turkey doesn't usually last. You have built up this addition for so many years, ween yourself off. It was the only way for me.

Couple of other side notes: Don't ever smoke with the patch on, don't fly with it on, and don't rip it off just before lighting up! If you decide to give up on the patch, try really hard to wait until you have had it off for several hours before smoking. Read the label and warnings. Seriously, this could lead to heart attack!

Good luck...Go for it!! If you would like to talk about it, PM me. You will be so much happier with yourself and your life. My husband tells me all the time that quitting smoking was my greatest accomplishment. He also says that means I can do ANYTHING! He's right.

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Posted : August 29, 2009 1:55 am
trw
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lol kinda edgy right now like you are when you're on a long flight

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Topic starter Posted : August 29, 2009 2:45 am
HBIC
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Don't think about cigarettes--keep busy and think about being healthy.

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Posted : August 29, 2009 10:23 am
SkysTheLimit
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Is that the trick? Don't think about cigs? LOL Brilliant!!

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Posted : August 29, 2009 10:35 am
HBIC
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Sarcasm first thing in he morning--lovely

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Posted : August 29, 2009 12:20 pm
islandtyme
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Actually if you do stay busy, the mind doesn't have time to think about wanting a cig.............
Also exercise. It helps keep you in shape & you will not gain any weight after quiting. A Healthier Happier TRW!
Having some good friends and support works too............KEEP TRYING!!!

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Posted : August 29, 2009 1:35 pm
Lizard
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trw,
I quite smoking over 20 years ago, I miss it! When I see someone smoking today I want to rip the cigarette out of their hand or mouth and finish it for them. When leaving the house I still check my shirt pocket to see if I have them. It's kinda like going on a diet and all you see is food commercials on TV. Good Luck!

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Posted : August 29, 2009 1:38 pm
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To each, his own....I haven't felt a craving in a year+, and I only quit a few years ago. Go the healthy, exercise route. You've got the private beach! Get into a swimming routine and you've got your support system. Set some goals for quitting and exercising and you're set. Give the swimming a try everyday for a week. Maybe by next week, you will be inviting some of us to join you at your beach for a rountine. I does feel good and keep the weight down.
Maybe by next MAY you can give the "try-a-tri", mini triathelon, a try. If you get motivated to quit smoking, I'll join you in some of your training. Yeah, that's a long shot, but I've seen some really out of shape (mentally and physically) folks set that goal and accomplish it!

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