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Postby WharfRat » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:44 am

So I've decided that tomorrow, I'm finally quitting smoking after nearly 7 years. I've been wanting to do this for some time, but haven't had a free weekend where I could devote myself to coping with the misery of nicotine withdrawal. I don't even plan on leaving the house, to avoid the temptation of pulling over at a 7-11 to buy a pack, or of bumming "just one" smoke from a friend. I've tried to quit in the past, but I'm always foiled by opportunity. This time I think I've got a good shot. I might go outside to run or something, but nothing more than that. I've got lots of DVDs and Yankees-Red Sox to keep me occupied.

Anybody else ever quit smoking? Any advice or experiences you'd like to share? Moral support you can provide?? :-o
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:49 am

Never started myself -- which is odd considering where I live :-? -- but I know a few people who have quit and it's definitely worth it. ;-D Sorry I can't offer much more than that. :*)
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Postby AT » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:21 am

I quit smoking after about 7 years in late January of this year after my father died from Lung Cancer at 58. The biggest thing for me was obviously motivation but things that helped were putting myself in situations that I didn't normally smoke in for a while and having the support of friends and family. For example, I never smoked while I was at home and I spent a lot of time at home for a while. I never used to bum smokes and since I stopped buying them I would never ask anyone for one and never had them in my pocket it made it easier. Also, it wasn't exactly like people were offering them to me knowing my situation and most people tried to not smoke in front of me. The easiest way to quit is change your habits and try to do things that you don't normally smoke while doing and put yourself in an environment that isn't conducive to smoking. At least for a while while you get rid of the mental need and physical withdrawal.
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Postby Pacman » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:31 am

I quit many years ago, and when I did, I started running at the same time. So the gains I was making with running started quickly to outweigh the pains of withdrawl. I knew if I had a cigarette it would be harder to keep up my progress running. That worked for me.

Good luck - quitting smoking is the single best thing you can ever do for your health.
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Postby Box » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:41 am

Cold Turkey ;-D

Avoid overeating....that post-meal habit was the hardest to break.

Also cut back on the beer....that drunk smoke habit was almost as hard to break.

Good luck bro ;-D
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:47 am

I quite cold turkey but I only smoked a few years in college and highschool a bit...

Wasn't that hard but now that I have a real job with stress I wanna start again..I won't but I wanna sometimes!
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Postby Amazinz » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:00 pm

I've been smoking for about 15 years. :-/ I have quit smoking probably 15 times but I guess I am just weak-willed. Beer is probably the main culprit that does me in.
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Postby MMoNeY24 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:24 pm

Pacman wrote:I quit many years ago, and when I did, I started running at the same time. So the gains I was making with running started quickly to outweigh the pains of withdrawl. I knew if I had a cigarette it would be harder to keep up my progress running. That worked for me.

Good luck - quitting smoking is the single best thing you can ever do for your health.


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Re: Quitting Smoking

Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:36 pm

WharfRat wrote:So I've decided that tomorrow, I'm finally quitting smoking after nearly 7 years. I've been wanting to do this for some time, but haven't had a free weekend where I could devote myself to coping with the misery of nicotine withdrawal. I don't even plan on leaving the house, to avoid the temptation of pulling over at a 7-11 to buy a pack, or of bumming "just one" smoke from a friend. I've tried to quit in the past, but I'm always foiled by opportunity. This time I think I've got a good shot. I might go outside to run or something, but nothing more than that. I've got lots of DVDs and Yankees-Red Sox to keep me occupied.

Anybody else ever quit smoking? Any advice or experiences you'd like to share? Moral support you can provide?? :-o


Nice job. I actually quit cold turkey a few months ago after many years of doing it. What works for me is just getting a ton of chewing gum and just keep chewing away. I would try that before dumping a lot of money on other "aids". Good luck. ;-D

FWIW.......I had wanted to quit for some time but had to do it because I was having trouble breathing, especially when trying to go to sleep. I figured that I would see if that made a difference and it did. I feel much better now and even lost a bunch of weight with it. ;-D
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Postby Rkiivs » Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:24 pm

Good luck, WharfRat.

I can't imagine what's like to quit a chemical addiction but thumbs up for trying. Your body will love you for it, especially when you get older.
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