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Old 11-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #11
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I do fine the first month or two, but then it's on.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #12
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Champix. Had some technicolor dreams and was a bit snappy a few times but nothing I could not handle. It's been several months now.

Smoked for 30+ yrs. I had previously tried to quit using every aid except VooDoo; some more than once. I was beginning to wonder if I might need to have my throat surgically cut to prevent the smoke from going in.

One of the worst times for me was right at month 4.....when I realize I'm cured.

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Old 11-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #13
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I quit smoking just over 2 years ago and did it cold turkey. Haven't had a cigarette since I put the last one down. I started smoking when I was about 30 Y.O. during first divorce. Stupid I know but that is when I started. I am 58 Y.O. now.

I had made up my mind on my own that "I was done". Probably took several months to get to this point as I remember.

I quit going to the bar for about 2 weeks before I quit then I didn't go there for about 3 months after I quit. Didn't drink at home either including anything with caffeine or sugar.

I increased water intake and drank a lot of vegetable juiced like V8. I was, also at this time, taking these VitaPacks from GNC for 50+ Y.O. men for just general health reasons, but, I think the B complex vitamins in this pack helped a lot with the crappy feelings from nicotine withdrawal.

Keeping mentally and physically busy was a help to me as well IMO.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:14 PM   #14
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I started at 13, smoked 6 months then quit mainly because I had better things to use the money for. Like cheeseburgers and 45 records! Smartest and luckiest choice I made in my teenage years! I won't lie, peer pressure and craving almost got me but I lucked out.

No doubt smoking is as hard to kick as heroin but either one is a killer so you have to save yourself while you can. No matter how hard it is.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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I started smoking when I was around 12 (stupid, stupid, stupid). I quit for the second time almost exactly one year ago. I used the step down patch method, starting out with the 21mg patch and after a few weeks of that, going to 14mg and finally 7mg, chose a date to not put on a patch and never looked back. I went to the doctor a year ago for a checkup and he didn't like what he heard on the stethoscope. He sent me for x-rays and said he'd found some "spots". I was scared to death. He wanted to do a C-scan and scheduled me for the following week. That was the longest week of my life. I quit smoking that week and got on the patch. I took the test and the doc told me I had a mild form of emphysema. He checked me recently and told me that I'd improved considerably in the one year. Don't kid yourself, it's not a "bad habit". It's a deadly, highly addictive drug. I can now enjoy so many things without that monkey on my back. I can sit through an entire movie, actually taste my food, I've got my wind back which shows in places that really count (so says wifey)
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I smoked cigs for about three decades. I never not liked smoking but understand the issues. I went to using a vaporizer a few months ago and have been stepping down the nicotine and am about to zero now. I didn't like the E-Cig that attempt to look like a cigarette. I went to using a vaporizer pen. I can choose what I put in it and even mix my own if I choose to.

I have to admit I do miss the cigarettes but I'll also admit I feel better without the cigs too.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:43 PM   #17
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Sept. 1960,
was on a ship returning from Germany.
Lit up a cigarette,
took a puff,
filled my mouth, my throat, my lungs with that hot dry stinking smoke,
gagged, Thought "wtf".
Threw the cigarette and the pack over the side.
Smoked one more, a menthol, sometime in the 70s,
at work had a sore throat, boss gave me a Kool.
Sometime in the 80s started smoking a pipe and cigars.
One day my Doctor told me I had a choice,
"smoke or breathe"
Oh my.
Giving up the cigarette was easy,
Giving up the cigar was hard.
But I prefer breathing.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:08 PM   #18
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I smoked Lucky Strikes for around 20 years and switched to a pipe for another 20. Two years ago I had back surgery (Lumbar Fusion). The doctor told me if I quit smoking I would heal faster and better. I was in so much pain at the time that sounded like a no brainer to me. I threw away my pipes, gave away my supplies and just quit. I don't think about it much any more. If I do I eat a Baby Ruth.
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I worked in construction and built houses most of my life, I worked outside and could light up whenever I wanted to and was a two pack a day smoker for twenty plus years.
One morning I woke up and immediately lit one up as was my usual routine followed by my coughing and hacking also part of the routine. So I say to my loving wife " I think I'm going to give up smoking"
She laughed instantly and said "Ha that will be the day!" it so pissed me off that I picked up the pack crushed it and threw it in the garbage and said "never again" that was back in 1981. So far so good.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:57 PM   #20
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I have a special needs daughter. I gotta stay alive as long as I can to take care of her. That's what did it for me.

As far as cravings, driving was the biggest trigger for me. I would munch on a big carrot like bugs bunny the whole ride home ( about an hour)
The cravings go away, and now I can't stand cigarettes.
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