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  1. lesterm

    lesterm Formula Junior

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    I quit smoking about two months ago. Since that time, I have had urges and cravings to light up again; however, I restrained myself. Today I was out and picked up a pack of Parliament Lights to see if I was actually missing anything. I light up the cigarette and took a few puffs; what the hell is that crap? It was totally repulsing. At any rate, I'm glad that I didn't find it enjoyable. I can't believe I used to smoke half a pack per day. Nuts.

    Any ex-smokers out there who can't stand cigarettes?
     
  2. jordan747_400

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    Congratulations that you quit smoking! Both of my grandparents died young (about 55) from lung cancer and it was very painful to watch. No smoking or drinking for me...

    Out of curiosity, how did you manage to quit? I know a few people at school that are trying to stop smoking but are either too lazy to, or cant seem to find the right method. If the first is the case, then I cant imagine what will help them, but if not, what really works?
     
  3. lesterm

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    Cold turkey. It's the only way in my opinion. I woke up and had enough of the smelly fingers, bland food, and sore throat. I took my full cigarette case and $700 Dupont light and threw them in the dumpster. I tried to quit in measures before; however, cutting the cigarette intake does not work.
     
  4. davem

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    Congrats!!
    Cold Turkey works best. Take all that cigarette money an put it into a Ferrari! Certainly a better vice...
     
  5. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

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    i quit once for 4 days... i almost killed someone...

    Congratulations on quitting, i know it's tough... Cold turkey's the only way to do it, in my opinion... Don't go out and buy another pack, either; that was a dangerous move... Glad you didn't like them...
     
  6. JOEV

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    I don't recommend cold turkey, as it's just too painful and prone to failure (even though it does work for some). I tried cold turkey once and I was literally freaking out and climbing the walls after about 15 hours; was a really unpleasant experience. I remember "snapping" at about 2AM and running down the street to a 7-11 for my Marlboros.

    Then I tried Zyban and the patch (not concurrently) - both unsuccessful.

    Finally, what worked for me was Nicorette. Everytime I felt the urge, I would chew a piece and it really took the edge off and allowed me to calm down. In the early going, I was chewing about 6 pieces a day for about an hour each time, and eventually the day comes when you just don't need it anymore. Feels great, and it's so nice to not smell like smoke anymore. I'm actually embarrassed and pissed off at myself that I smoked a pack a day for 7 years.

    By no means do I look down on smokers as weak or anything - I was there, I know how hard it is. I'm not sure if it's true, but I heard somewhere that nicotine is more chemically addictive than heroin (?).

    BTW, two final issues put me over the top and prompted me to quit:

    1) I resented the hell out of the fact that I had allowed myself to become addicted to something (control issues :)), and
    2) Obviously can't smoke inside anywhere anymore, and one day, during a vicious Ontario blizzard, I was standing out back at the office getting my post-lunch "fix" in a -40 windchill, with my fingers and ears frozen and my knees knocking from the cold, and I just thought, "This is bull****!!!"; I was so angry that my addiction had me standing in a *%$#ing snowdrift in the middle of a blizzard, and that was that.
     
  7. lesterm

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    I know the feeling... I've been in my fair share of rainstorms and blizzards because of smoking.

    It's good to know that Nicorette works. I've only heard one story about Nicorette and it was not successful. Essentially, my uncle's friend used to smoke about two packs a day. He decided to try Nicorette and after a week or so, he was addicted to both Nicorette and cigarettes.
     
  8. Gilles27

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    Lesterm, right on! My wife and I quit cold turkey about 6 months ago. We started smoking "socially" about 6 years ago, and that lead us down the usual path. After trying to quit a few times, this time it stuck. We've been out a lot, around all our smoking friends, and it's just not there any more. It's all between the ears. You know going into it if you're serious about quitting, and if you are, you don't need any aids. And I think the biggest part is the routine. There was a certain ritual to it that was hard to let go of. But we're definitely glad we did. Good job, and keep it up.
     
  9. PeterS

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    DAMN! I really admire thise that have quit. It's a *****! I'm a pack a day. I am not sure I can quit. During the work days that I visit my customers, I will not smoke because of the smell. I wear a patch during these times and while flying. I also do not smoke in any of my cars. I believe I do not have the will power to quit. Coupled with the fact that my two smokes in the AM with my coffee would be sorely missed.
     
  10. atheyg

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    My dad smoked Viceroys for 25 years, he went to a hypnotist and never smoked again, it works but I think you really need to want to quit to be successful
     
  11. detailman

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    I used to smoke cigars reguarly. I actually enjoyed them, what was I thinking,I finally got sick of the stinky fingers and bad breath and smoky clothes. I quit cold turky and maybe once a year I'll buy one and try to smoke it and even though I dont inhale it still stiffels me. I know several people that have used the "Smoke away system" and it dose actually work very shocked to find out that something on TV reallu does to the job.
     
  12. Santini

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    Sounds like you're not ready to quit smoking yet lesterm, if you're finding an excuse to go out an buy a pack of smokes.

    I quit almost 2 years ago. I used the patch and thankfully it worked. I wouldn't mind having a cigarette at this very minute but I won't because I prefer knowing I'm not damaging my health anymore with those damn things.

    Don't waste your time and $ on patches/gums/inhalors/hypnotists if you're not ready to quit-if you really don't want to quit.

    Good luck to you, by the way. I hope you find a way to quit if that's what you want to do.
     
  13. vraa

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    Not an ex-smoker (Heck I'm 15) but I admire the guts yall have to quit smoking! Keep at it, my uncle used to smoke and had two heart attacks, even after quiting, so I've learned a near hard way not to even start to think about smoking. Like said before, put the money towards a vice that's actually enjoyable and won't give you problems down the road.. wait.. Ferrari?! :D
     
  14. ART360

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    I quit in August of 1986. Wife and I got into our plane, forgot the cigarettes, we wre on the way to Mexico. Since we had gone 4 hours without a cigarette, we decided to quit. It worked, haven't had a cigarette since, but I've got to tell you they still smell ok.

    Art
     
  15. darth550

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    I was a 2 pack-a-day smoker for ten years (Marlboro Red). It was to the point where I would go out in the rain after 9:00pm if I only had half a pack. Smoked in the shower every morning. BAD.

    I quit with the patch 2-21-92. Three days in, I lit one up and puked my guts out! All I had to do was recollect that feeling and I overcame the urge to smoke.

    Incidentally, I switched (by recommendation of another ex-smoker friend) to an ultra light brand 6 months before I quit for 2 reasons:

    1. If you smoke any brand of ultra light long enough, they will taste strong after a while.

    2. If I was going to smoke, I may as well limit the nicotine.

    I was NOT a ritgheous non smoker simply because I hated them and it never made a difference to me what they said anyway.

    The only brand I can tolerate as a second hand smoker is Marlboro.

    DL
     
  16. Spasso

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    It took me twenty years out of THIRTY total to quit. I started 'quiting' about 10 years after I started.

    Pack and a half to two a day. Lights and ultra lights, still deliver the same 17 toxic poisons as regular cigarettes.

    I quit on Nicorette which is another form of nicotine, so is the patch (didn't work). I stayed off of cigarettes for 18 months this time.

    I also quit cold turkey which is a good way to get it out of your system quickly to relieve the cravings but difficult under stressfull conditions.

    I quit after using Zyban (NOT a nocotine substitute). It took away the nervous 'jonseing'. I didn't have a cigarette for two years after that. I started again because I quit caring weather I smoked or not.

    I finally came to the realization that if I didn't get cancer I would die from Emphesyma, period!, guaranteed!. My lungs hurt, I couldn't wake up in the morning, felt like crap all day, couldn't go without a smoke for more than a half hour.

    I was tired of being treated like a second class citizen. Incidentally, I haven't seen anybody in my club smoke either. Why crap up a nice Ferrari with cigarette burns and stench?

    Because my insurance wouldn't cover Zyban or any other smoking cessation product (can you beleive that?!) my doctor wrote me a prescription for Wellbutrin for my 'depression'. Same exact drug as Zyban. Instead of taking it for just a month I took it for two months. I quit smoking completely after starting the Wellbutrin the week before. No cravings, No jonesing, No irratibility. It's been over 3 and a half years now.

    I still like the smell of a freshly lit cigarette but I HATE the smell of second hand smoke. I still get an urge to smoke once in a while too but as long as I stay busy and continue to care I don't have a problem.

    If I make it another 10 years with no cancer showing up in my lungs I will have it made.

    I know I am not missing anything. If anybody out there wanting to quit but is unsure...........it can be done. If I can you can.

    Good luck to you all, DJ
     
  17. F328 BobD

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    I smoked a pack or two for 10 years. I look back and consider smoking cigs as one of the stupidist things I've ever done in my life... and quitting one of my great accomplishments. I see young people smoking today and just feel sorry for them. If they only understood what they were putting their lungs through...

    Like most people it took me about 10-15 tries to actually quit. When you decide you're ready... really ready, you'll quit. I quit cold turkey and went through at least 150 packs of Trident sugarless gum (the Nicorette, etc. never worked). Who knows how that might effect me in the future but it worked... I've been off cigs for 15 years.

    None of our friends or neighbors smoke cigs... I really don't know anyone who smokes anymore. It seems most educated people have figured out the fact that cigs absolutely, positively will kill you at a younger age. My 10 year habit will most likely knock a couple from me.

    To anybody trying to quit, you can do it... be persistent! Good luck!!!
     
  18. FerrariFrank1

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    I smoked 1 to 2 packs a day,for 17 years. Quit smoking cold turkey 12 years ago this December 10th. I can't believe what those things cost these days,and that people are willing to pay that much to go to an early grave! When I started in 1974. A pack was .50cents,and a carton (Marlboros) was under $5.00! When I quit in 1991,now smoking Kools. They were $1.50 a pack,and under $15.00 a carton. Now,almost $5.00 a PACK! I quit cold turkey one week when I had a really bad upper respiratory infection. I didn't,(couldn't) smoke for a week. I thought to myself,"If I can go a week without smoking,then I must not really be addicted and can quit". I kept the 1/2 pack of open Kools in the console of my car,thinking that they were stale,and if I ever did get an urge,I'd light it up,and it would really taste like Sh*t. (worse than they do already-?) And,I'd toss it out. But,I never got the urge. The big test was going out drinking. I stayed away from bars for a couple of weeks,(don't drink anymore,anyway) And,when I went to one,still no urge. Also,I had a few other good reasons to quit. I became a Father in June of '91,and I didn't smoke in the house,as I didn't want to ruin a new baby's perfect lungs. So,I had to always go outside. How Stupid is that! Second,I saw my (ex) wifes Father die a VERY painful,VERY slow,Death from lung cancer. He literally deteriorated before our eyes in about 6 months. That cancer is terrible sh*t. I saw ,not only what it did to this 54 year old man,but to his 2 kids,(my ex and ex brother-in-law) And,I vowed that I would NEVER do that to my kids.( who will never know that Grandpa because of that)
     
  19. Artherd

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    Congratulations, all of you!

    The stuff is actually more neuro-chemically addictive than Heroin. And they are so toxic, a normal landfill will not accept them.

    They have to call Haz-Mat.

    Best!
    Ben. (ritous ****** non-smoker who loves CA ;)
     
  20. darth550

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    PS. When asked why I don't quit I would ALWAYS answer, "I just did. I quit 40 times per day!"

    DL
     
  21. PeterS

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    I tried Zyban and it gave me some hellacious dreams that bordered on nightmares. What's next to break the habit?
     
  22. jordan747_400

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    Every time you have a craving, cut off a limb. You should be able to quit that night :)
     
  23. PeterS

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    Jordan...WOW! Thanks! I'll try that!
     
  24. JOEV

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    Peter,

    The first and most important step is that mentally, a "switch" has to go off where you tell yourself, "enough".

    When I tried Zyban and then the patch, I wasn't mentally ready to quit, so of course, I failed. I enjoyed that first smoke of the day (with my morning coffee) way too much. The best part of eating a nice meal was the post-meal smoke - pure nirvana!

    Since the mind is so powerful, you can't fool yourself and you can't lie to yourself - if you don't want to stop smoking, you are not going to stop. Zyban, patch, Nicorette etc. are not magic - they will only help you if you're serious. Good luck.

    Joe
     
  25. F328 BobD

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    Joe V, bingo! You've got to be mentally prepared to quit. FWIW, when I quit, I broke everthing down to short term goals. I quit for an hour and made it. I quit for a day and made it. I quit for a week and made it. Make it day-to-day or even hour to hour. That way, you get to reward yourself more often. Quitting forever seems impossible, quitting for a couple of days is easier mentally. Smoking also requires physical actions so go buy some sugarless gum... a lot of it.
     

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