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Author Topic: How did you stop smoking?  (Read 2465 times)

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Offline tigger2376

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How did you stop smoking?
« on: March 09, 2007, 08:05:49 PM »
How did anyone stop smoking successfully? Have a nasty,smelly,unhealthy nearly £4000 a year habit.
tried the patches..nightmares and hallucinations
the plastic cigarette 'placebo', I lit it...and felt silly anyway
The gum wrecks your teeth and I'm having dental problems anyway at the moment, (and yes I know,smoking wrecks em too)
Zyban made me 'have wind like an equine' (polite version)
acupuncture made me sick as a dog
And I'm worried about piling on weight....
looking at this, I seem to be making pathetic excuses . I HAVE given up before, for 2 years, but slipped, then gave up again on diagnosis for a week, wrong time and was ratty and very vague,couldn't concentate. KNOW what I'm doing to my health but have no willpower. Normally as stubborn as hell, so how do I kick the evil weed?
I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2007, 08:07:29 PM »
TIgger,

Matty the Damned has no idea how to stop. When you find out let him know.

MtD

Offline bear60

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2007, 08:18:54 PM »
Tigger
Wellbutrin and willpower.  I smoked for 40 years.
I smoked a lot of cigarettes:
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Offline tigger2376

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2007, 08:40:28 PM »
Sorry,whats welbutrin? we have zyban here but thats the one that made me blame the dog!
Know there is no magic wand but just appreciate support and ideas
That pic makes me feel queasy, but I'm still puffing away.....
I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007, 08:42:00 PM »
Welbutrin is Zyban. Matty the Damned can't take it because he has epilepsy.

MtD

Offline koi1

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007, 08:56:58 PM »
My mom told me to stop smoking or get the hell out of her house. This was when I came back from Europe all nicotined up, thinking I was the chicest thing since skinny bitches on the Champs Elysees. That's my secret to quitting, pronto.

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Offline Longislander

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007, 03:24:22 PM »
there's a new pill called Chantix. It somehow blocks the receptors that release the stuff your body likes when you smoke a cigarette.

Something else to try :-\
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Offline aupointillimite

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2007, 03:32:42 PM »
I stop smoking when I sleep. 
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline mjmel

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2007, 04:05:24 PM »
I stopped on my 6th attempt, using Chantix. (First time using Chantix.) It's odd. I don't want to smoke now.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2007, 04:46:05 PM by mjmel »

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2007, 04:08:29 PM »
I stopped on my 6th attempt using Chantix. It's odd. I don't want to smoke now.

Huge congratulations!!!  8) I gather for you it was mostly physical then? As in, some people absolutely love to have a beverage in one hand, cigarette in the other, and you weren't that type of smoker?

Offline Dachshund

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2007, 04:31:44 PM »
I quit a year and a half ago using Commit lozenges. They satisfied the craving for nicotine and the oral fixation. Keeping some on me at all times eased the transition. Best $35 dollars I ever spent.

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2007, 04:37:20 PM »
I had bad side effects with the lozenges. First of all I found them really too strong even though I smoked 2 packs a day, but they worked fine. However, the side effect was nasty uncontrolled gas that I couldn't handle at all (nor my friends). >:(

I never heard of Chantix i'll check that now !
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Offline mjmel

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2007, 04:42:57 PM »
Huge congratulations!!!  8) I gather for you it was mostly physical then? As in, some people absolutely love to have a beverage in one hand, cigarette in the other, and you weren't that type of smoker?

Yes, I was. Use to have either liquor or coffee and a cigarette in hand. Always.
Now: I still enjoy coffee. Liquor = bloats/doesn't mix well with meds. Don't miss it.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2007, 04:47:22 PM by mjmel »

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2007, 04:51:25 PM »
Yes, I was. Use to have either liquor or coffee and a cigarette in hand. Always.
Now: I still enjoy coffee. Liquor = bloats/doesn't mix well with meds. Don't miss it.

Well then based on what you wrote Chantix sounds ultra effective, because in addition to the nicotine factor, you also had the fixation thing too but now you don't have either which is superb!!  8) Regardless of the details, this is excellent to hear

Offline bear60

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2007, 05:12:39 PM »
I suppose everyone has to weigh the plus and minus side to smoking. I loved smoking and I want to be a smoker, but it sure aint popular to be one anymore.  Our city is now officially non smoking...so you see lots of cigarettes out on the street in front of the bars now. And the biggest down side of the smoking ban here.....the Bars now just smell of piss and beer.....before you couldnt smell the piss and beer for the smoke.
Tigger....Matty is correct...Zyban and Wellbutrin are the same thing.  I was told that Zyban is "over the counter" and that Wellbutrin is prescription strength.  Whatever.  I did get prescriptions for it.
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2007, 12:06:18 PM »
I suppose everyone has to weigh the plus and minus side to smoking. I loved smoking and I want to be a smoker, but it sure aint popular to be one anymore.  Our city is now officially non smoking...so you see lots of cigarettes out on the street in front of the bars now. And the biggest down side of the smoking ban here.....the Bars now just smell of piss and beer.....before you couldnt smell the piss and beer for the smoke.

 :D oh bear, you always tell it like it is! just wanna say keep up the good work to all our members here who have recently quit smoking and big ups to those who kicked the habit a long time ago. your lungs are seriously thanking you

Offline Grinch

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2007, 01:30:54 PM »
I went from 2 -3 packs a day for 20 some odd years to quit completely by 1st deciding I had to quit then simply not smoking anymore.  When ever I want a cigarette, I still do after just short of 3 years, I say out loud "I really want a cigarette"  I've said this in the middle of a meeting with my boss, mid-sentence with a friend and all sorts of other inappropriate times.

 It works. The trick is: when you say it out loud, remind yourself that you no longer smoke and that the urge will go away in a couple of minutes. The urge does indeed go away.  At first about every other thing out of your mouth will be "I really want a cigarette." eventually you'll go days or weeks without saying it.  Now I even allow myself the occasional (1 per month) really good cigar.

Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2007, 01:35:15 PM »
Am I the only person in the world who never even tried a cigarette ( I mean TOBACCO cigarettes...smoked tons of the other stuff back in the day)? My mother's smoking always disgusted me so much that I never even wanted to try it.

Speaking of my mother, if it helps you to quit smoking, I went to her funeral a year and a half ago...dead of smoking (COPD, enphysema, llung cancer) at 68. My father is still inconsolable...his life was basically ruined by her death (he quit smoking in 1962).

Please quit. Please.

If anyone else here never tried smoking a cigarette, please let me know. Sometimes it makes me feel like a freak.

Offline Benc7

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2007, 03:06:16 PM »
I smoked for over thirty years and LOVED it.The health reasons for not smoking were irrelevant to me: I'm going to die of something, someday: maybe cancer, maybe AIDS, maybe a car crash.  I quit (and I've quit a few times) because I hated watching my money go up in smoke, I hated the way my clothes smelled, and  it was becoming increasingly difficult to smoke anywhere.  I'd stopped smoking in my own home years ago and never smoked in anyone else's, even if they did. (Weird!) So...I just stopped.....went crazy....but stopped. For me, quiting smoking is going to be a lifelong commitment, like any other addict. All I can say is that I didn't smoke yesterday, I haven't smoked today and I hope I don't smoke tomorrow.  This is working for me.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2007, 09:08:40 AM »
I smoked for over thirty years and LOVED it.The health reasons for not smoking were irrelevant to me: I'm going to die of something, someday: maybe cancer, maybe AIDS, maybe a car crash.  I quit (and I've quit a few times) because I hated watching my money go up in smoke, I hated the way my clothes smelled, and  it was becoming increasingly difficult to smoke anywhere.  I'd stopped smoking in my own home years ago and never smoked in anyone else's, even if they did. (Weird!) So...I just stopped.....went crazy....but stopped. For me, quiting smoking is going to be a lifelong commitment, like any other addict. All I can say is that I didn't smoke yesterday, I haven't smoked today and I hope I don't smoke tomorrow.  This is working for me.

 8)  :D You don't sound crazy to me  ;)

Offline Coffeechick88

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2007, 12:53:00 PM »
I loved my Marboro menthol lights (or Kools or Marboro Reds) and quitting was not my idea.  It kind of happened cold turkey when I was hospitilized for CMV--if I could have found the energy to slam my IV pole through the window and jump out, I would have.  No one would accept my pleas to wheel me outside for a smoke and I got tired after bathing myself, so walking was out of the question.  Eventually the doctor ordered me some of those inhalors and I used those.  I decided after that, what the heck I'll just keep up that quitting.   So a combination of cold turkey/inhalors helped--I'm not sure why but when I tried the patches it didn't work as well--maybe part of it was I needed something in my mouth as well.  Now I am pretty much smoke free, though in a moment of stress, I will bum a cigarette off of someone, but I have to admit I have more money on hand and I am just in luck because the hospital where I work has just decided to really crack down on the smoking employees.
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Offline BKNYLivin

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Re: How did you stop smoking?
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2007, 01:06:41 PM »
I started smoking at a very young age and it hasn't been easy quitting(trying to) . Anyway, a friend of mine gave me a book, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking", by Allen Carr and I really got into it(I know it's not for everyone, but it has worked for a few friends of mine).
Had my last cigarette yesterday after 26 years + of smoking(was on a pack/day) - we'll see how it goes. I think if it does get difficult, which it isn't right now, I'll try hypnotherapy.
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