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Sun Apr 19, 2015, 03:57 PM

 

One week tobacco free today

No gum, no patches, no vapor. One week without cigarettes, and I feel pretty good.

Now to go for two weeks!

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Reply One week tobacco free today (Original post)
NuclearDem Apr 2015 OP
KMOD Apr 2015 #1
Aerows Apr 2015 #20
gratuitous Apr 2015 #2
CurtEastPoint Apr 2015 #3
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LiberalElite Apr 2015 #4
fadedrose Apr 2015 #5
bigwillq Apr 2015 #6
Miles Archer Apr 2015 #7
applegrove Apr 2015 #8
jimlup Apr 2015 #9
rurallib Apr 2015 #10
Digit Apr 2015 #11
shenmue Apr 2015 #12
Kali Apr 2015 #13
Tobin S. Apr 2015 #14
Major Nikon Apr 2015 #15
Tobin S. Apr 2015 #16
Aerows Apr 2015 #19
Aerows Apr 2015 #18
Aerows Apr 2015 #17
Mira Apr 2015 #21
blue neen Apr 2015 #22
pintobean Apr 2015 #23
a kennedy Apr 2015 #24
cyberswede Apr 2015 #25

Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 04:08 PM

1. Awesome job!!

 

Keep it up!

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Response to KMOD (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:38 PM

20. I'm doing it the

 

e-cig way. I've been off regulars for 6 days. I can't believe what I can smell, taste and my lungs feel better.

E-cigs aren't perfect, and neither are the smoking cessation devices, but I am overjoyed I've made it this long.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 04:11 PM

2. Good job!

Keep up the good work. Use every means at your disposal, whether you think it's fair or foul. Tobacco is an insidious addiction, but you can beat it.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 04:55 PM

3. Congrats! It'll go by quickly. After 40 years I stopped 1.5 years ago and do not miss it.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 05:08 PM

4. .

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 05:18 PM

5. I used about 10 large bags of cough drops

Never was without one.....and take as many catnaps as you can till the desire passes. Drink water, cigarettes don't taste as good with water. Avoid coffee for a couple of weeks. It'll taste good again when your body adjusts.

I think it's been 5 more years since I quit. Started when I as 17 - smoked for about 55 years. Didn't record the date I quit, wish I had.

Take naps, read books - fiction is best.


And the smell of tobacco does not make me sick. I do not hate smokers, and I stop to talk to them when I pass them outside stores, and tell them I enjoy their second hand smoke - they look horrified when I first start to talk thinking I was going to condemn them...they need encouragement to know that quitting is possible, but not to think that they will ever get over the urge.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 05:50 PM

6. Good for you!

 



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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 06:51 PM

7. Congrats. It gets easier.

I quit in June 2002 (two packs of Marlboros a day). Quit cold turkey. My doctor agreed it's the only effective way. Haven't had a smoke since and haven't craved one. Keep up the good work!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 07:32 PM

8. After a few months I no longer craved another cigarette. The

best thing I ever did for myself. Go nuclear dem Go.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 07:36 PM

9. For me it has been 30 plus years

I still occasionally have dreams that I have started smoking again. They are nightmares. Fortunately, they are not too frequent.

Congratulations! You've made it past the physical part of the addiction. Now for the hard part! I was lucky - I used a behavior modification program. It worked. I wish I could still refrence it but I don't know the source th back then it was a close out paperback book I picked up for cheap at the then pre-nationwide and pre-bankrupcy Borders.

I guess google "smoking cessation programs"

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 08:12 PM

10. Major congratulations - take deep breaths if you get a craving

seems to quiet them down.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 09:30 PM

11. Congratulations!

In 28 days I will hit my one year anniversary of being smoke free....no gum, no electronic, no nothing. Vaping was what helped me get off the real smokes but May 17, 2014 I put those away also.

Oh, and if after a couple of weeks you begin to feel worse, that will pass. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it did to me and then I found out it sometimes happens. Just don't give up! It will get better!

CONGRATULATIONS ONE MORE TIME!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 11:37 PM

12. Good for you!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Sun Apr 19, 2015, 11:46 PM

13. you can do it!

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 05:32 AM

14. Excellent!

The hardest part is over. You no longer have any nicotine in your body and you've made it four days without it. If you can make it another week, you will have totally broken it's hold on you. It's mostly a psychological battle at this point, and I think you know how to win.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 07:31 PM

15. If you are a longtime addictive smoker you will probably never lose your cravings

However, they will become fewer and farther between the longer you abstain and your body will thank you for the effort.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 08:07 PM

16. That may be true with some people.

However, not with me. It took a while, maybe about six months, but I've been an ex-smoker for almost three years now and I haven't had a craving for over two years. I can't stand to be near a burning cigar or cigarette now. I've turned into one of those people I despised when I smoked. If I have to walk by someone who is smoking, I'll hold my breath until I am out of smoke range. I smoked for over 20 years. I was getting up toward two packs a day when I quit.

I don't have any of the old triggers now. I can eat a meal or drink a bunch of beer and I don't get cravings. I handle stress without even the thought of having a smoke. The only time I think about tobacco now is in the context of wishing I'd have quit a lot sooner or hadn't started at all. I can tell I've done some long-term damage to my lungs. It's not terrible, but it will always be there to remind me of what I used to do to myself.

I noticed my abstinence starting to get a lot easier after about a month. I think if you can make it that far you've got it made.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:36 PM

19. I went to Wal-mart

 

I could smell everyone in the store that smoked, and was disappointed in myself that I probably smelled like that, too.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:34 PM

18. I'm absolutely addicted to

 

and I transitioned to vaping.

My LUNGS, sense of smell, and energy level have all improved since I quit "real" cigarettes. I was a pack a day smoker of Marlboro Reds.

I was hacking things up in the shower that probably could have run away on their own accord.

I will NEVER go back to cigarettes, even though it has only been 6 days.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:30 PM

17. I've indirectly quit

 

No weird tobacco things, but I am vaping.

I had NO freaking idea I could get off of tobacco this well.

I haven't had a Marlboro Red (my preferred) in 6 - count them 6! - days.

My lungs have never felt so good.

I picked up some of those disposable cigarette things instead of a pack of smokes. I can't tell you how much better I feel, unfortunately my sense of smell has improved, and I can smell things I was blissfully unaware that stank so much.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:49 AM

21. Inch by inch

It's a cinch.
Congratulations. It's not supposed to be easy or all would succeed!
There is life after cigarette addiction.
Right now be grateful for every single hour. And don't take one single Puff ever and you will be home free soon.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:05 AM

22. Congratulations!

I know it's a tough journey. My son started his today.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 07:50 AM

23. You don't smoke.

 

You've proven that over the last week. You win.
You use to smoke, but those were the bad old days.

I went cold turkey last summer.

We win.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 08:55 AM

24. Congratulations.....good for you and you're on your way to be free from those things......

My 10 year anniversary is coming up May 2nd. Hardest thing I ever did. Miss it though, was really addicted....loved the whole dance of smoking....tapping the new pack in my palm, tearing the wrapping, taking out the first stick. Oh yah, I had to change my whole way of life. Driving was the hardest, I had to change where I put my hands on the steering wheel.....I'm strictly a "9:00 and 3:00" both hands on the wheel driver now. ha ha. So proud of myself though, you will be too. Again congratulations and keep up the great work.

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Response to NuclearDem (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 09:24 AM

25. Great job!

I quit cold turkey, too. It's been 15 years, or something like that. I still have an occasional smoking dream.

Keep up the good work! Every day is a victory.

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