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Old 11-08-2013, 10:57 PM   #21
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I started smoking at 17, and quit at age 24. Cold turkey. What I did was to empty all of my ashtrays into a 5 pound coffee can a month before quitting, and every time I wanted one I took a whiff. Kept me off them for 2 years, and I kept my promise to my ex-wife.

When I found out she was fooling around on me (came home and caught them in bed), I left the house to keep them safe, and went to the bar. About 3 drinks in on a night I don't fully remember a friend passed me his pack, and it was over.

At this point of my life, I am using moist snuff, and cutting it with Bacc Off all mint "snuff" in a 3 to 1 mint to tobacco ratio which I just upper from 2 to 1. I plan to quit within the next year. Not going to be easy, and I know that I will be one miserable SOB to deal with, but I WILL do it.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:03 AM   #22
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When you want to quit more than you want to smoke you will stop.

It is damn hard. Use any resource that works for you. Try them all if you have to. Nicorete worked for me.

You will feel damn good about yourself when you do it. But be warned, you may never get entirely over it, and you will have to fight the urge for a long time; hang tough. I have quit for ten years and every once in a while, at a tense time, I will hit my shirt pocket for one.

Good luck!
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:06 AM   #23
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Well, I know just what your going through. I quit 3 months ago. I love to smoke. Besides the health issues, I was thinking of the money I was spending on my smokes. I decided I would try to quit again. This time I tried a new approach. I bought myself a new crossbreed belt, and decided I would pay for it with my money that I would spend on smokes. It was not easy, but it worked. I since have a new super tuck holster paid for the same way. Its a nice reward to myself every time I look at them. I wont say I will never smoke again, but for now I dont mind too much being smoke free. And yes I do miss it at times. I just dont like spending 6.00 to 7.00 dollars a pack and end up with nothing to show for it. If I can do it anyone can. Just my thoughts. Good luck to you.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:24 AM   #24
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Maybe it would be helpful to post it here for all to see.
I will share it with those that really want to quit. Please feel free to PM me if you really want to quit! This is not some money making scheme, I am glad to help out for free!!
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:06 AM   #25
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I quit when they hit $1.50 a pack. One thing that helped me is I bought a new to me truck about a week later and decided I would not smoke in it. It was a coincidence, but it did help not already having the smoke smell in my truck.

I was one of those guys who hit the starter then the cigarette lighter in one motion. Keep some healthy snacks around, I didn't do this and when smart-ass ex-smokers (almost all of them are) asked "don't you feel so much better since you quit smoking?" My answer was "hell no I gained 25 pounds, I didn't get this out of breath going up steps when I smoked". I have lost that 25 pounds 6 or 8 times in the last 20 years.

It is tough but simple, you just don't smoke. That is it, no secret, you just don't smoke. Some days will be worse than others, stressful days will be harder, try to find a different way to midigate the stress.

Also make sure you spouse is on board, because there will be days when she will want to buy you a carton and a lighter, or a hotel room in another state.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:12 AM   #26
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I started smoking at 15. When I met the woman of my dreams I was 28. She did not smoke. I was up to 2 1/2 packs a day. I was almost lighting one off the other. When we dated I would not smoke around her. She didn't like it. She never saw me smoke. Not even once. I used to smoke a bunch at my house before I wnet to see her. I would quit a few hours before going to her house. I would actually shampoo my mustach so she couldn't smell it. One night I spent the night on her couch. I started staying at here place after that. I always slept on the couch. That was when I quit. It has been 18 years since I had a ciggarette. I don't miss tham at all. Every now and then I have a dream that I am still a smoker. But then I wake up and realize it was a nightmare. Not joking. That is really what ti would be for me start again...a nightmare.

Anyone that smokes or is thinking about starting should think about this. The doctor found a growth in my thyroid when I had an MRI. They did a biopsy. It took something like 35 or 40 stabs into my throat with a needle to finally get a sample. It took a week for me to get the results. It was not cancer. That was the longest, most horrible week of my life. I wish I had never smoked. I hope no one here has to go through that.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:19 AM   #27
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I quit cold turkey after a trip to the ER during the middle of a work day for dizziness. When they took my blood pressure it was 195/115 and all the nurse said we we need a room now! That was enough to straighten me out and scare the urge. Do I miss them, sure - will I ever smoke again NEVER!
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:33 AM   #28
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Cigs I quit over 30 years ago. My Issue was Pipes and Cigars! Finally gave it up for good a few months before we were married. woke up in the middle of the night having a resp. attack.. Ditched all my stuff and sent the cigars to a friend....

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Keep up the fight. You will appreciate the struggle later in life. Your family will also be very grateful too.
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My wife was a smoker.

She said the 7's were the hardest, 7 hours, 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months.

Green vegetables apparently help scrub nicotine out of the body, the less cooked (preferably raw) the better.
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