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Poll

How many of you smoke?

Never smoked
10 (17.5%)
Stopped a long time ago
11 (19.3%)
Quit when being diagnosed pos
2 (3.5%)
Want to stop
27 (47.4%)
Will never stop
7 (12.3%)

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Offline heartforyou

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How many of you smoke?
« on: June 04, 2006, 03:33:04 AM »
Following the thread of smoking and CD4 I was wondering how many of you smoke.

I found out in Toronto that most of those attending did smoke. Same in Nashville.

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Offline Sky

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006, 03:42:11 AM »
I smoke, but not a lot.  Maybe 6 a day if that....and not even everyday. 
Poz since 2003.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006, 04:35:48 AM »
Hermie,

I've smoked since I was 11. That means I've been smoking for -takes off shoes and socks- . . . 20 years! Oy vey! I've actually reduced the amount I smoke per day over the last few years. At one point in my early 20's I smoked 60 ciggies a day.

For real.

Now it's more like 15 or so.

I should stop. I WANT to stop. But they're so useful for crisping the nipples of disobedient lovers! ;D

MtD

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2006, 05:11:14 AM »
I've never smoked, well I have passively.  My parents both died of lung cancer and were chronic smokers.  It's never interested me, and I don't like what it does to your insides and outsides!
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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2006, 06:07:27 AM »
I smoke like a fiend, Hermie. I've quiy at various times, and cut back, too. But somehow the siren call of nicotine becons.

BTW- I have Matty beat by several years. I've smoked since 1975, which means 31 years. Oh wow!

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Offline Moffie65

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2006, 06:49:43 AM »
As you well remember, I love your smoke, and that of anyone else.  I stopped whist waiting to be admitted to the hospital for my first bout of PCP, and that last Benson and Hedges Menthol Ultra Light, still is embeddid in my brain.  That was on August 4, 1994, and was the cculmination of 27 years of smoking.   For now, I will be happy with anyone elses smoke and not go back to my own.


Cheers.  Light em up !!!
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Offline fearless

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2006, 08:02:19 AM »
I've smoked for myself for about 24 years, but my dad was a chronic 3 pack a day smoker, so I've probably been smoking since birth.
I smoke 30 a day and hate it and what it does to me. I find quitting really hard but am gonna give it one last try before my 40th and before it kills me.
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Offline Dachshund

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2006, 08:07:23 AM »
I recently quit on 10/05. I was taking an online poll and the bastards tricked me into admitting I was spending over two grand a year on cigs. I am now addicted to gasoline. ::)

Call for Phillip Morris.....only the old farts will get that.

Hal

Offline David_CA

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 08:17:01 AM »
I used to smoke 2+ packs a day.  I'd quit several times before, so I was pretty good at quitting.  I just couldn't keep from starting again.  I finally quit when I decided that I really did want to quit, and restarting was NOT an option.  That was in 1990 and I haven't smoked since.

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Offline Tim

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2006, 08:29:15 AM »
This old fart remembers that call.  Also remembers -

LSMFT - Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco
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Offline Dachshund

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2006, 08:35:07 AM »
one more......


Winston's tastes good (clap-clap) like a cigarette should

Offline Bartro

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2006, 09:13:53 AM »
I can quit, i've quit many times.  The longest was for two years.  Whenever a stressful even occurs it gets me started again.


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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2006, 09:27:01 AM »
"Du you du Maurier?"

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Offline The Canuck

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2006, 10:12:46 AM »
Hermie,

I do smoke about 15-20 cigarettes a day. I was smoking more than that but reduced it somehow as before it was closer to 30. I certainly want to stop one day but it won't be easy as I've been smoking for 38 years now ( started at 12 ).  :(

The Canuck

Offline aztecan

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2006, 10:58:10 AM »
While I had admitting failure, yes, I smoke. I had quit not too many months ago, was doing OK, but started getting crazy.

One of my friends bought a pack for me. It seems I was being a bit difficult to be around.

I actually make my own most of the time. Fewer chemicals, I don't cough as much and I get a kick out of doing it. It also is fun when people give me that quizzical look because I am smoking a cigarette with a brown paper rather than white.

I will probably quit again. I have many times. I'm good at it. It's staying quit that I can't seem to get right.

But, what the hell. It gives me something to look forward to.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline Iggy

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2006, 11:02:17 AM »
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« Last Edit: January 12, 2007, 09:56:57 PM by Iggy »

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2006, 12:32:16 PM »
I have been smoking since I was 25 so that makes 10 years smoking at least a pack a day. I quit for four months when i got sick and couldn't smoke. Oh well I smoke and not really sure I want to quit.

Offline tnboy

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2006, 12:45:18 PM »
 I did not start smoking until I was 43 years old and have been smoking now for almost 5 years. ::)

Offline cph9680

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2006, 01:24:43 PM »
I smoke like a chimney, but I keep trying to quit, but its so damn hard to do  :(

Offline thirtysomething

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2006, 07:57:55 PM »
I smoked for 9 years and stopped in 2004. I recently started smoking again (like 10 a day) 3 months ago when I found out that I'm poz.   :-[

I have decided to stop smoking after I move to Toronto next month  :)

Offline Teresa

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2006, 08:07:55 PM »
Me and hubby both smoke. Its so hard to quit when hes still smoking. Im trying my best to get him to quit. We agree on a day to quit and what does he do..brings home a pack...then a carton. I guess im gonna have to decide to quit on my own and tuff it out with him smoking next to me. Maybe if I can quit he will soon follow and quit also.

Teresa
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Offline cjc

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2006, 08:31:16 PM »
I have smoked for 20 years, a variety of things but mainly tobbacco. Wish I could quit but that doesn't look like it's gonna happen any time soon.  Cristy

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2006, 09:06:31 PM »
I smoked from 1992-1994. Today I saw a man lighting one and for 5 seconds I wanted one (it looked good) but then the feeling went away

Offline fearless

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2006, 10:48:46 PM »
I smoke Peter Stuyvesant which according to the pack is "the International Passport to Smoking Pleasure". What the ...!
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Offline Superman

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2006, 11:22:13 PM »
I quit a two pack a day habit back in '86.  It was an absolutely rotten couple of weeks cold turkey.  But, for the misery I got a prize.  There's 300,000 ciggs I haven't smoked and I figure I'm better off for it.  And probably some richer too.

Regards, SMan

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2006, 11:40:35 PM »
I started smoking in 1999 when my wife died. I've been smoking 2 packs a day since. I just stopped smoking 6 weeks ago. Commit lozenges really helped. I read in a poz mag at my DR's office that 70% of hivers smoked. That got me thinking.....
Positive since 1985

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2006, 02:31:25 AM »
I'm really surprised how many people on here smoke.

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2006, 03:38:14 AM »
I have been really good with not smoking. one pack has lasted me a week & a 1/2...I used to smoke that much in one day..I'm getting there! I smoked since I was 12
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2006, 03:40:54 AM »
Another smoker here. I smoke about a pack a day and have smoked for about 4-5 years. I tried quiting about a month ago with the gum. It worked pretty good.  I went from 20 or more smokes a day to just a few. BUT, then I couldn't afford the gum anymore and started on the pack a day again. I'm paying for the habit tonight. Coughing and my lungs hurt. When I can afford it next I will try again. There is no way that I'm going to go cold turkey.
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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2006, 03:52:54 AM »
Yes I'm a smoker. I have quit many times in the past and many more in the future.

Offline joemutt

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2006, 07:44:46 AM »
I used to.
Then I saw the movie 'the outsider' (or was it the insider? my bad) and then I stopped. I had been trying to stop but that movie did it.
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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2006, 11:05:58 AM »
I've never smoked, not even pot :) I tried smoking the summer I worked at Cedar Point but that was the same summer I came out of the closet and I enjoyed that freedom more than smoking cigarettes.  When I tried smoking pot I was told I didn't inhale correctly so it was too much work and I never tried again.  Although I do ask smokers to smoke outside on the porch at my house and not to smoke in my car, I'm not against it just not my cup of tea :)

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2006, 11:15:19 AM »
I quit a two pack a day habit back in '86.  It was an absolutely rotten couple of weeks cold turkey.  But, for the misery I got a prize.  There's 300,000 ciggs I haven't smoked and I figure I'm better off for it.  And probably some richer too.

Regards, SMan

Great choice of words. And congrats. I quit cold turkey too which is supposedly the most effective attack for most people according to the experts. Did you notice better energy and/or better sleep or other things?

Offline sdcabincrew74

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2006, 04:13:24 PM »
yeap, I smoke.  I have smoked since I was 14 which makes for 17 years of smoking, except for the four months I quit when I had PCP.  I smoke too much, like two packs a day, but I like it.
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Offline BooBoo

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2006, 07:36:23 PM »
I started smoking when I was 14.....that was 28 years ago.  Over the years I have quit at least a dozen times.  Two months ago I quit (again) cold turkey.  It was pretty rough the first two weeks but I no longer have the desire to lite up.....I don't even think about it any more.  I'm quite confident that I have finally kicked the habit for good.  :)

Offline Optimistic

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2006, 06:46:53 AM »
Smoke what? :o If it is cigarettes, I have stopped 4 years ago ever since I found out I was poz.  If you are talking about smoking something else...may once in a while...several times a year.

Justin
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1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2006, 11:07:47 AM »
Started smoking on my 19th birthday as something to do with my hands while waiting or bored. That was 3 years ago. I average about 6 cigs a day - 10 if I'm particularly nervous/stressed/bored that day.

Plus, there's just something to be said about having a drink in one hand and a cig in the other. One just isn't the same without the other.

I haven't made up my mind as to whether or not I want to quit for good.

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2006, 01:05:36 PM »
I smoke relentlessly, and religiously.  It's a quality of life issue.  My life on My terms.
You'll have to kill Me before I die!!!

Offline Morton Salt

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2006, 09:10:11 PM »
I SMOKED 3 PACKS A DAY.  QUIT ABOUT 3 WEEKS AFTER MY POZ DIAGNOSIS.  ITS BEEN ABOUT 3 1/2 MONTHS NOW.

I READ SOMEWHERE THAT SMOKING CAN ACTUALLY READ A HIGHER CD4 COUNT WHEN YOU GET TESTED....GO FIGURE.  MAKES ME WANT TO PICK UP SMOKING.......aGAIN THAT IS..........

~MORTON SALT

Offline emeraldize

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2006, 11:09:21 PM »
This August marks my 19th year of non-smoking. Smoked 2+ packs a day when I quit. Well worth the effort.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #40 on: June 06, 2006, 11:39:22 PM »
I READ SOMEWHERE THAT SMOKING CAN ACTUALLY READ A HIGHER CD4 COUNT WHEN YOU GET TESTED....GO FIGURE.  MAKES ME WANT TO PICK UP SMOKING.......aGAIN THAT IS..........

you must've read the same thing as my friend did. he (a big time smoker, Marlboro reds) was so happy to come across that info.  anyway that really puzzled me to no end when he told me  - i personally think he was jumping the gun (getting overexcited prematurely, as in, see? smoking's good for me!)

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #41 on: June 06, 2006, 11:50:02 PM »
Tobacco is a vegetable!   :o
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Offline Optimistic

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #42 on: June 07, 2006, 04:40:01 PM »
It's hard for me to imagine how smoking can increase CD4....hmm, maybe that's why my counts were higher when I use to smoke.

Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #43 on: June 07, 2006, 07:37:00 PM »
I smoke, but not that much, only if I am stressed out I smoke a lot...
 ;DTravis ;D

Offline DanielMark

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Re: How many of you smoke?
« Reply #44 on: June 08, 2006, 04:58:13 AM »
Tobacco is a vegetable! ;D LOL

Been smoking since age 12 and regularly since about age 14. I'm 46 now.

I did quit for 12 years, but stupidly caved one day four years ago under immense pressure and there you have it.

Tried quitting at the beginning of the year, but just couldn't seem to this time. Not giving up tho.

Daniel
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