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Sun Apr 5, 2015, 02:32 AM

I did it! I am $2,860 richer because one year ago I quit smoking! (ETA: Thanks!)

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I can't believe I actually did it. This last year was a real mixed bag. There were some high points, including my finally being allowed to get married, but there were some real downers, including health issues all year and the death of my beloved cat, but I never smoked. Lord knows I was tempted; still am sometimes. The first month was HELL! I kept the last pack of cigarettes I bought, still unopened, on the table next to the door as a reminder.

I smoked since I was 16, though not heavily. By college, I was a heavy smoker, at least a pack a day and when I left college, I was up to 2 packs a day. There were times I smoked as much as 3 packs a day. For the majority of the time, I smoked 2.5 packs a day, until last year when I dropped to 1.5 packs. The price of cigarettes was about $5 a pack, $55 for a carton, which I bought weekly. I decided to quit when I got a chest X-ray and the doctor said my lungs were clear and it looked as if I had only been smoking for a few years. That was it! Talk about a "gift horse" and I had no intentions of looking it in the mouth. It took two weeks to wean myself off them, but I did it.

If you are thinking of quitting, make your plan and only share it with people who will be supportive and I don't mean they are just supportive of your quitting, but supportive of the process. If you slip, it is OK! Examine why you slipped and how you can conquer that challenge in the future. It takes strength and believe in yourself. Don't do it for anyone else, do it for YOU! You are worth it!

So, there it is...ONE YEAR...hopefully, I will have many more years more!



ETA: I wanted to say "thanks!" for all the comments, well wishes, and additional stories. I had no idea I would get this type of response, and because it was a weekend, I spent it with my husband with occasional computer breaks, but I was busy making dinner and watching documentaries. But, I wanted to express my thanks!

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Reply I did it! I am $2,860 richer because one year ago I quit smoking! (ETA: Thanks!) (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Apr 2015 OP
Warpy Apr 2015 #1
Number23 Apr 2015 #2
Skittles Apr 2015 #3
Behind the Aegis Apr 2015 #91
angstlessk Apr 2015 #4
brett_jv Apr 2015 #17
tridim Apr 2015 #77
Behind the Aegis Apr 2015 #90
Demeter Apr 2015 #5
YOHABLO Apr 2015 #6
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YOHABLO Apr 2015 #75
Lunabell Apr 2015 #7
bluesbassman Apr 2015 #8
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DesertFlower Apr 2015 #13
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NJCher Apr 2015 #84
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Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #15
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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 02:34 AM

1. Congratulations!



I know it's not an easy thing to do.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 02:58 AM

2. Damn!! Clearer lungs and more dough in your pocket??

That is just win/win all the way

Congratulations and great job!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:01 AM

3. whenever the urge hits you think NOPE (NOT ONE PUFF EVER)

congrats!!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:08 AM

91. I kicked its ass and took no names!



It is nice not having to spend the money on something that does nothing but hurt me.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:03 AM

4. I finally quit using e-cigs

I am orally fixated...it ain't about nicotine...or any other addictive substance..I think I could do away completely with an adult pacifier??

I have gone from 28 mg of nicotine to .06 mg...quite a drop...yet I still want to puff on my 'pipe'

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:58 AM

17. Me too ... and 4 others at my office have done the same ...

70+ years of smoking between the 5 of us ... and ALL of us now only vape, been that way for going on 2 years. I'm proud to say I talked three others to going to the 'vape' store on the first day that I went, and like I say ... all four of us (along w/another older gent who took it up on his own) put down cigs pretty much immediately upon getting our vaping gear.

I know it's not 'quitting' altogether but I cannot even tell you how much better I feel since I switched to vaping instead of actual tobacco. Cost is like $1/day instead of like $7, and that's just the start of the benefits.

Congrats to teh OP though for 'going all the way'. I'll get there someday, but I know in the meanwhile by vaping I'm not doing nearly the destruction to my lungs I was doing before.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:54 PM

77. Just dropped to 6mg (from 12mg) and I don't notice a difference.

0mg isn't far away.

I am so grateful that the vape pen was invented. It's a life saver.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:07 AM

90. I use a vapor cig and have been cutting back on the content.

It helped in the transition for sure.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:08 AM

5. Many happy returns of this day!

 

Ya done good!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:08 AM

6. CONGRATULATIONS ! You are going to be so happy you accomplished this.

I've been free from cigarettes for over 20 years. I went cold turkey.
I was in rehab for alcohol addiction and many of my fellow addicts smoked like a chimney. I just decided if I was going to kick alcohol, might as well get rid of the cigarettes. So glad and proud that I did it. CONGRATULATIONS ! You are going to be so happy you accomplished this. But the worst side of this: you will hate cigarettes and the smoke. Your smoking friends will become so annoying.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:00 AM

18. Wow, that''s awesome mate ...

I cannot even imagine trying to kick nicotine at the same time I'z trying to kick another addictive drug like alcohol ... I say this as someone who's kicked drugs ... sadly, more than once. No way could I do what you did. Congrats, that really is an accomplishment

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Response to brett_jv (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:44 PM

75. Never forget that the mind is a powerful gift.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:15 AM

7. Congrats!

I quit dozens of times before it finally "took" 6 years ago. Every time I quit before, I would still crave them even after a year and a half. This time, ugh! The thought of a cigarette makes me so naused. Even after drinking, I don't want one. Good job for you and your health!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:24 AM

8. Congratulations BtA!

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:09 AM

92. Thanks!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:43 AM

9. Dang, that is a heck of an accomplishment.

Congratulations!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:47 AM

10. After three a smoke filled room will smell gross.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:54 AM

13. i agree. the smell of cigaratte smoke

actually makes me ill.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:52 AM

11. congratulations. on 8/9 i will celebrate 32

years smoke free. it was one of the hardest things i ever did.

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Response to DesertFlower (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 11:08 PM

84. Gimmee five

On 2/14, it was 34 years of being smoke-free.

Hardest thing I've ever done, too.



Cher

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Response to DesertFlower (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:09 AM

93. That is awesome. I hope I can say that one day too!

It really was/is a challenge.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:52 AM

12. I well know how difficult it is, and how empowering that feeling is.

Twenty years and counting for me. I would never play with that particular demon again, lemmetellya. One of the most difficult drugs to refrain from.

Congratulations.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:15 AM

14. Congrats! (nt)

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:20 AM

15. Yeah, it adds up, don't it!

1 Year. Good On Ya.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:26 AM

103. Thank you.



It is really shocking how much money it was for just one year and that was after I had already cut back! But laughing really hard and not having a coughing fit, that has been so awesome!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #103)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 03:08 AM

105. Every once in a while I try to guesstimate how much I've saved on booze in the past 15 years

It's an astronomical figure.

anyway very proud of ya.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:45 AM

16. Congratulations!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:03 AM

19. Congrats!

As a former smoker I know how hard it is to quit those damn things. 30 Years cig free here.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:43 AM

20. Way to go, you will never regret it. nt

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:47 AM

21. Mucho congrats to you! I hope many others are encouraged by your example. nt

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:48 AM

22. Congratulations, If I was able to do it 10 years ago

anybody can. I loved my cigarettes and my excuse to take a break to smoke one and was the last person anybody expected to quit but i did cold turkey with no "aids". keep up it!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:48 AM

23. Congratulations!

This is indeed great news! A to you and I will share your advice with a friend who is trying to quit himself.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:49 AM

24. Congratulations!

Good on you!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 07:01 AM

25. Congrats!

 

"Of course," said George smugly, "I never startied smoking to begin with." That's true, 'cause I had ALCOHOL!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 07:45 AM

26. This is huge!

Seriously, this is quite a feat. Congratulations and much continued success!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:06 AM

27. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n/t

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:08 AM

28. Congrats! That's awesome!

 

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:12 AM

29. Congrats

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:14 AM

30. August 14, 1977

I was smoking two packs a day. I'd said that when they made it to .50 cents a pack I'd quit but didn't make that milestone but when they went up to .60 cents a pack I did. Cold turkey, kept a pack with me just in case. At some point I did think that I really needed one but when I threw the pack out a year or so later it was still full albeit missing that corner of the packaging material. I pretty much used the same technique to quit drinking, Bought a bottle and put it on a shelf so I could see that I had some just in case I had to have a drink. After a while I guess my wife threw it out as I noticed one day that it was gone but by then so was the habit I had. And yes I do still have some of the money I've saved and if that isn't enough incentive to quit I don't know what is.

Congratulations on doing this BtA.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:58 AM

31. It's like you are rising from the dead on easter

just couldn't resist

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:02 AM

32. Niiiice! And just think, as added incentive, you're not enriching those effed up tobacco companies & the Rethugs they support.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:06 AM

33. Congrats Behind the Aegis!

Quitting 9 years ago was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but as you point out, one of the most rewarding. That, for me is my main motivator to never start again. WTG.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:12 AM

34. Coming on 11 yrs for me...

its a good investment for your health.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:15 AM

35. So proud of you. Come here so I can give you a hug and a kiss

 

XOXOXO MWAH!

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #35)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:10 AM

94. LOL! Thanks!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:36 AM

36. Soon I will mark two years smoke free.....

 

It can be done....

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #36)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:11 AM

96. Congrats!

It can be tough in our community too. It is amazing how many GLBT smoke.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 09:39 AM

37. CONGRATULATIONS! !!

I am seriously impressed. I smoke as much as you did, though I never went over 2 packs a day. Last year I finally cut down but somewhere in that year, I went back up to 2. It's been a very stressful year. Part of it due to health issues that I, more than likely, wouldn't have if I didn't smoke.

I am sorry if I am asking something you already answered, but did you go cold turkey? (Weird expression. I love cold turkey)

Congratulations to you! I want to be able to post the same thing next year. Maybe even the married part. But I have to find someone first

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Response to marym625 (Reply #37)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:51 PM

54. Check out Alan Carr's "The Easy Way". It's what finally worked for me.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #54)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 07:34 AM

107. Thank you. I will. eom

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Response to marym625 (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:23 AM

100. I didn't go cold turkey (I love that too!)

I worked my way down. I first tackled my "triggers" like talking on the phone, driving, after meals, and the like. Once I got a few of those out of the way, it was easier. I also used a vapor cig, which really helps. You can also try patches and the like. The gum didn't work for me at all! Start with your triggers.

As for having someone special, stop looking....let them find you!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #100)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 07:36 AM

108. Thank you

Seems like everything is a trigger. But I will try to figure out what the biggest ones are.

I am not really looking. Not until I get my shit together. And smoking is high on the list.

Thanks again!

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Response to marym625 (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 05:05 AM

106. Try to see if e-cigs will help you quit

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #106)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 07:38 AM

109. I will do that

I have heard because it still has the nicotine, it doesn't work. But if it helped you, that obviously isn't true for everyone.

Thanks!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:19 AM

38. Congratulations!!!!!!!

.... and congratulations to all others that have shared their accomplishment!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:44 AM

39. for me

52 hours in.....

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:48 AM

40. Fantastic!!! nt

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 11:03 AM

41. Congratulations

I am going on 4 years! After having smoked for 30 years, also about 2 packs a day my quit date was 4th of July. I figured I would always remember it as my Freedom Day.
I used Chantix, and for me it was a miracle. I know it isn't for everyone, but for me it worked.
I also know, to this day, that if I EVER take smoke another cigarette, I will be right back where I started. No "one little puff" for me, I enjoyed it too much. There are still times when I crave them, but those days are fewer, and farther between.
Great job, and good luck on the next year! I will look forward to your post on April 5th, 2016!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 11:06 AM

42. Congratulations, BtA !!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 12:08 PM

43. bravo! now you can taste and smell again. :D

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 12:18 PM

44. What feels better?

A) The improved health

B) The reclaimed money

C) Being your own master

D) YES!

I'm still fighting to get my dad to completely stop after his heart attack. He's cut back quite a lot but not completely. I think I'll mention your story to him.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #44)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:13 AM

97. Honestly, the money is just jarring.

It is mind boggling when I think how much I actually spent on this habit in 29 years! However, it is really nice to be able to laugh without coughing or sitting through a movie without a "smoker's cough."

I hope you dad can quit. It is really difficult. Just let him know you will support him on his journey.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 01:27 PM

45. Congratulations!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 01:32 PM

46. I've been cigarette free since Dec :)

I Vape now and have been continually cutting down the nicotine amount every time I buy more juice. I am so happy to be finally rid of the things.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 01:45 PM

47. Good job!...nt

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 01:48 PM

48. 30 years smoke free for me. There's no going back.

 

Solidarity!
[hr][font color="blue"][center]All things in moderation, including moderation.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:24 PM

49. congrats. yes, only tell supportive people if you plan a positive change in ur life. others

 

Will try to sabotage

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:36 PM

50. Congrats man!

And best wishes! (I know you longer than my post count indicates.)

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:40 PM

51. Doesn't it feel great? NEVER go back. Once you learn to HATE cigarettes,

you'll be rid of them forever.

Secondhand smoke is another issue.

How's your sense of smell? Do you feel like a bloodhound now?

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:42 PM

52. Congratulation! n/t

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 03:48 PM

53. Huge congrats! My one year quit date is coming up in June.

I used Alan Carr's book and it was like a miracle for me.

Whatever it takes, I support anyone who wants to quit.

The hardest times for me are when I am around groups of people that are smoking…. a lot. This happened to me just last month and it made me really miserable (and mean).

Anyway, keep up the good work. You owe it to yourself.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:10 PM

55. Congrats Behind the Aegis!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:57 PM

56. Congratulations! Be very proud of yourself for this accomplishment.

As an ex-smoker myself, I commend you. I have been cigarette free for 3 years & 3 months today. When the 5th of the month comes around each month I pat myself on the back! Keep up the great work.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:07 PM

57. Congratulations!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:21 PM

58. Well buy a good cigar and celebrate. ;}

or go out for a nice dinner.

congratulations.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:27 PM

59. K&R… I regularly assist people who are ready for smoking cessation...

So, I'd like to know what worked for you the best to help you wean off and stay off entirely. You'll be helping more people through me, so thanks in advance!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:37 PM

60. You may have saved more than you think.

If you are on health insurance through the ACA marketplace, it costs 50% more if you smoke. I am still smoking, but have tried to quit several times in the past few months. Maybe one day.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #60)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 07:00 PM

69. Keep on with the quitting.

Sometimes it takes a while to stick. I quit every other day for two months before I quit for good. I've kept it up for nearly six years now. A friend of mine from an online forum(about.com/smoking cessation had numerous relapses and is now four years smoke-free. Practice makes perfect.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #60)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:17 AM

98. I have always been pretty healthy.

Ironically, this past year I have had more medical problems than I have ever had in my life, but it was unrelated to smoking. However, I am guessing if I were still smoking some things might have been worse.

Don't give up on yourself. Take it at your OWN pace. Start with the habits first; smoking after meals, while driving, talking on the phone, or whatever your habits happen to be. That's what really helped me. Then you can go on "the count", meaning you can count the number of cigs in a day and cut back that way. Breaking your habits will be the worst.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #98)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 09:54 AM

110. Thanks for the advice.

I had started the counting, then did quit for a week. But I couldn't stick with it, this time. I will keep trying, and identifying my pressure points would be a good start. I have already put the pack in another room instead of right beside me, so that I don't just grab one without thinking. Baby steps.

I really have to focus on three things. 1) The cost of the cigarettes. 2) The 50% higher health insurance premium. 3) My sister had to quit before they would do a hip replacement, or any "elective" surgery, and I fear that this will become mainstream.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #110)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 05:53 PM

114. I made myself go outside to smoke.

By making it a pain in the ass I used my procrastination skills for good.

It was weird, I'd start by thinking well, after the movie I'll go outside, and then it was after the dishes were done, and then after the 11 o'clock news, etc. Hours would go by before I realized it.

I also chewed on cinnamon sticks, they weren't bad for you like candy and you can twirl them around in between your fingers. Gained 20 lbs but lost all of them after 3 months of long walks after dinner.

Good luck!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:38 PM

61. Good job!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:40 PM

62. Congratulations on a job well done!

I know how difficult this can be!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:42 PM

63. awesome...

similar advice was given to me several years ago. it has been nearly 10 years. although i confess to still having momentary fantasy's of tasting tobacco, etc... i am so glad to be able to continue to resist the temptation

do it for you and no one else - and only share your plan with trusted persons who will be supportive.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 05:45 PM

64. Congratulations!

 

When I saw $5 a pack I wondered why you live because in my neck of the woods it's double that. I quit long ago myself and had a pack a day habit but it was only $2 back then!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 06:09 PM

65. Yippee!

Good on you!

Of course you did it!


Years ago, a friend of mine took me to visit her father in the hospital, he was dying of emphysema. I had been half-heartedly considering quitting but the sight of that poor man gasping for each breath did it for me.

You usually can't choose how you exit the world but if you can prevent that kind of prolonged suffering, it's worth the struggle to quit.

For all the other smokers who have tried to stop and failed, keep trying.


BtA



eta: one thing that helped me was picturing my snotty brother saying to me "I knew you couldn't quit".

Honestly, whatever helps, do it.

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Response to beam me up scottie (Reply #65)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:19 AM

99. Thanks (I am so glad your back!)



I think most people don't realize the quitting process really is an individual journey. Sure, there may be certain things that one shares with others, but it comes down to what motivates you as a person.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #99)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 05:46 PM

112. I didn't tell anyone I was quitting.

Except my doctor who prescribed Wellbutrin. I didn't need the pressure of having dozens of people asking for daily progress reports.

One thing that helped me was snapping a rubber band on my wrist whenever I had a craving.


Thanks! I had problems with my service and couldn't get on the internet for weeks. Talk about withdrawals!






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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 06:25 PM

66. Wish you all the best.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 06:37 PM

67. I'm so Happy for you, BtA.. I know how hard it is!

You're Strong!

I was talking to someone Friday about how important for her health and what a good investment for the future it is..

I can't stand it when I smell cig smoke fouling up the air.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 06:53 PM

68. congratulations!

That's wonderful!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 07:52 PM

70. Strong person

You are a very strong person. Nicotine is as strong an addictive drug as crack.
It is very hard to stop. No one except ex smokers understand the difficulty of quitting.
You got it don't turn back even once. NO you cannot have just one with a beer. Don't do it. Time is the cure.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 07:52 PM

71. I quit at age 39, more than 30 years ago. Tips from my experience:

1) The first thing that happened, starting the morning after the night of my last cigarette, is that my hemoglobin started to clear itself of carbon monoxide, so my blood's oxygen carrying capacity increased by about 25% within a day or so. I took advantage of this energy rush by dramatically increasing my level of exercise. I was at a time & place in my life where I could devote some time to biking, hiking & canoeing, and did so. The exercise caused my body to increase production of endorphins, which helped to quell some of my cravings.

2) I discovered that I actually didn't have a grand "smoking habit." I had a thousand little smoking habits--the first cig in the morning; the cig I grabbed when I started a phone call; the cig I lit when I got in the car; the cig with coffee, etc., and I had to figure out a way to confront and break each one of them. It isn't enough to just suppress the urge to smoke; it really helps to have a substitute.

3) For the first year or 2, I found tobacco smoke alluring. At some point, this turned to revulsion.

4) I still have dreams about relapsing. I think, even more than is the case with alcohol or certain other drugs, once you are a smoker, you remain at high risk of relapse for the rest of your life. People tell me of having been off cigarettes for years, then smoking one (maybe for a social reason), and instantly finding themselves with their old nicotine urge back in full force.

5) Whatever I had to go through to get off the damn things, it was worth it. It's like a rebirth of sorts. My quality of life improved hugely when I got off tobacco.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:05 PM

72. Big, Big Congrats to you BtA!!

You done good!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:19 PM

73. Excellent! n/t

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:37 PM

74. Congrats!

4+ years for me now thanks to DU's rec of ecigs!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 08:50 PM

76. May 28th will be one year smoke free

It feels good but I only smoked 5 cigarettes a day.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:07 PM

78. Congratulations! That is wonderful.

I quit 10 years ago, and many times before that. One of the best and hardest things I ever did. The first year I put $20 a week in the jar and the next year we took off to Vegas with $1000.

I still smoke pot, I don't count that. My doc says not the same risk..

Good, good, good for you. You will not be sorry.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:23 PM

79. Congrats! You did it!

 

It took me three tries but I finally quit in 2010.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:38 PM

80. I bought a car with my savings. Paid it off lat January. n/t

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #80)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:25 AM

102. I put mine in an account and spent it for the holidays. That was fun!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:50 PM

81. That's wonderful!



(I'm in my third month of quitting -- it's not easy.)

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Response to pacalo (Reply #81)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:28 AM

104. Thank you and keep up the good work!

It isn't easy. It took me about 5 months before I stopped having the urges to punch people in the throat when I was stressed. Usually, I'd just have a smoke and that took care of that urge.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 10:54 PM

82. Good to hear! I quit in 2008 myself

and haven't had a smoke since. Actually I quit about five times - 2008 was just the last time. I can't imagine smoking again at this point.

I have had several high-stress wear-you-down-to-a-nub type jobs, and it always seemed like I never would be able to summon the consistent resolve to quit. At the time that I finally did it I had an easier job, I switched to the nicotine gum, and I took up cycling to keep myself active and on a different track. It worked very well. Currently I have another high-stress wear-you-down-to-a-nub job, and most of the guys I work with smoke. No time or energy left for cycling or exercise now. Its hard when you are so worn out and mentally beaten down, it would be easy to just relax back into smoking. I took up the gum again and have a vape to get me by, and its more than enough to take care of any relapse worries.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 11:05 PM

83. Congratulations!

Good fro you. I have never smoked but I can imagine that it must have been difficult. There are so many better things you can do with that money like save for retirement, go on vacation, go back to school, etc. You will also probably save a lot of money in medical bills when you get older.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2015, 11:26 PM

85. Go spend that money...

...on something fun and healthy!

Congratulations to you and everyone else here who has kicked the habit.

My mom smoked when I was little, and I thought it smelled so awful that I was never even tempted, so I cannot relate to the strength of the urge that so many of you have overcome.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:33 AM

86. Thanks for this thread...and thanks for all the other posts in it, too.

I'm still trying to 'start' to quit, and posts like this help. They are upbeat, hopeful.


I don't really have anyone I can tell for support. At any relapse, they will just treat me like trash. I have made some changes
in my smoking habits, just a bit, and instead of being supported or cheered on, I was just mocked.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:36 AM

87. Congratulations!


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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #87)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:24 AM

101. Thank you!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:45 AM

88. Win The Day !

It will be 12 years this May for me. After 35 years, all it took to motivate me was surviving a massive coronary. Welcome to the path. Blessings.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:03 AM

89. You've got something more valuable than $2,860

 

You've got a better shot of living life with a set of lungs that is fully functional. I did not stop smoking until I was diagnosed with "well advanced emphysema." That was 35 years ago, and the damage smoking does was not as well publicized as it is now. Some 45% of my left lung and 55% of my right lung are dead air space.

I've learned to make good use of what remains, and I am fully active without supplemental oxygen, but I had to work at it, and still do for that matter. And, when I get pneumonia which would merely be two weeks of antibiotic at home for most people, I'm in the hospital for two weeks and am laid up for more than two months. As has happened twice in the past fifteen months.

Good decision, and good work.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 02:11 AM

95. Pat yourself on the back everyday because you deserve it!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 12:09 PM

111. Congrats! You might have saved yourself a bundle in medical bills, as well!

 

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 05:51 PM

113. Wonderful! Congratulations!

 

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 06:04 PM

115. In April 2011, I quit smoking for a whole month,

and I told my mother. I figured she would be proud of me since I had been telling her that I would. By August of 2011she had passed. I felt I could never start back and I did not. It will be four years from end of this month for me.

eta: I still get urges.

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