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(Toronto Star)   Might as well just throw those cigarettes away right this second - scientists say long-planned quit days turn out to be way less effective than just doing stuff without thinking it through. (With a great poster showing quit stats and stressors)   (thestar.com) divider line 26
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2014-01-16 09:19:35 AM
Jesus, know how hard it is to quit if your partner smokes also?  I'm surprised that's not covered.
 
2014-01-16 09:46:48 AM

scumshine: Jesus, know how hard it is to quit if your partner smokes also?  I'm surprised that's not covered.


Pretty much every time I have un-quit it's because I am living with or hanging out with a friend who smokes. I am lucky - if I don't smoke for a few days then for the most part I don't think about cigarettes or have any cravings. I used to work with a woman who had quit for 15-20 years and she still craved cigarettes every day. She was able to control herself though which I doubt I could do if I had daily cravings.
 
2014-01-16 09:52:27 AM
Two and a half years clean for me as of this Saturday. After 22 years it wasn't as hard as i thought and I'm in a hell of a lot better shape now.
 
2014-01-16 09:54:21 AM
Thats funny... I made the plan last night to quit after this pack. I've got four left and have no plan to replace them...

/when will the lambs stop screaming?
 
2014-01-16 10:41:29 AM

burber: Two and a half years clean for me as of this Saturday. After 22 years it wasn't as hard as i thought and I'm in a hell of a lot better shape now.


I don't remember how long it's been - 3 or 4 years. I think it was in March or April. I just didn't want them anymore.

Had one about a year after I quit, and it was revolting. Haven't craved one since

/lucky, I know
 
2014-01-16 11:16:58 AM
Quit cold turkey almost two years ago. Still have dreams of smoking. I always wake up so damned relieved.
 
2014-01-16 11:55:10 AM
Over a quarter century. Cold turkey works.
 
2014-01-16 12:11:58 PM
yeah quit mid pack, mid smoke even. Ah the impulsive decisions of a 6 yr old....
 
2014-01-16 12:14:27 PM
I'd always thought it helped to think of it as "stopping" rather than quitting.

/Stopped 20 years ago after 15 years of smoking
//Never think about 'em now
 
2014-01-16 01:08:21 PM

Herr Morgenstern: Quit cold turkey almost two years ago. Still have dreams of smoking. I always wake up so damned relieved.


Had a dream last night that I found an old pack in the driver's side door in my car.  There were 4 smokes in the pack.  I felt like I'd won the lottery.  Woke up.  No pack in the car.

//Putting a patch on right before you go to bed makes me have really weird dreams.
 
2014-01-16 01:31:31 PM
Chantix.  Clean over four years now.

The most important part for me was avoiding situations where I'd be vulnerable.  For example, poker night with the boys, or happy hour after work, or casinos.
 
2014-01-16 01:33:17 PM

KerwoodDerby: I'd always thought it helped to think of it as "stopping" rather than quitting.

/Stopped 20 years ago after 15 years of smoking
//Never think about 'em now


That's the perfect way to look at it.  My wife tells me how she's proud of me for quitting, but I always remind her that I'm nothing more than an addict who hasn't had a fix in over four years, and, like any addict, I can fall off the wagon at any time.
 
2014-01-16 02:16:39 PM
Over thirteen years for me.  I told myself I didn't want one, not I couldn't have one.  Even carried an open pack everywhere I went for the first couple of weeks.  Don't miss them at all and never think about having another one.  Now when I see someone smoking all I think is "I'm glad I don't do that anymore".

/Still have a nice cigar a couple of times a year though.
 
2014-01-16 02:29:10 PM
I know it's not quitting but I actually like the effect nicotine has on me.  I just don't like the social stigma of being a smoker.  So I brought an e-cig, took a while to figure out but here in the UK the liquid is way cheaper than an actual pack of smokes.

Without all the other crap in a ciggie coming along for the ride I actually feel a lot better these days as well.
 
2014-01-16 02:39:54 PM

Vaneshi: I know it's not quitting but I actually like the effect nicotine has on me.  I just don't like the social stigma of being a smoker.  So I brought an e-cig, took a while to figure out but here in the UK the liquid is way cheaper than an actual pack of smokes.

Without all the other crap in a ciggie coming along for the ride I actually feel a lot better these days as well.


So much this. I love nicotine's effects, even after almost 20 years of smoking cigarettes. Four years later and I'm still able to enjoy it thanks to the vapors.
The dismal narrative that you must stop consuming nicotine completely in order to consider yourself tobacco-free needs to change. So many people could improve their health, and fast.
I quit tobacco cold turkey, but to hell with giving up my sweet sweet nicotine.
 
2014-01-16 02:44:02 PM

caution: The dismal narrative that you must stop consuming nicotine completely in order to consider yourself tobacco-free needs to change. So many people could improve their health, and fast.
I quit tobacco cold turkey, but to hell with giving up my sweet sweet nicotine.


If you chew nicorette gum, use the patch, or use an e-cig, you are technically a smoker for insurance purposes.
 
2014-01-16 03:38:14 PM
It's the same thing for physical fitness.  Never make a plan to start at new years, or after a vacation, or even in a few days.  If you want to change something in your life, I believe (only based on personal experience, mind you) the key is to start immediately.  Just making the mental leap: I am in this as of right now.

I agree smoking is different, but I respectfully submit that my enjoyment of terrible ass food was also addictive as hell.
 
2014-01-16 03:48:52 PM
I know it's not nearly as hard as smoking, but I just up and dropped caffeine* with no real planning a couple years ago. Was never a coffee person, but I went through a LOT of tea, to say nothing of sodas.

*: Drink based. Still ingest the occasional dark chocolate.

/Fast-food free for 3 weeks and counting
//Craving a Filet-o-Fish
 
2014-01-16 04:15:53 PM

scumshine: Jesus, know how hard it is to quit if your partner smokes also?  I'm surprised that's not covered.


Been there, twice before, third times the charm right? But now she smokes outside only and not in the car with me.

Last time I quit i made it about a year before I started back, that time I took my lucky from each pack and filled an empty pack with them. That was my last pack.  Worked very well for me not fretting over some specific day in the future, instead allowing me to enjoy my last few packs.

This time we can thank the flu - caught it a few days after new years and haven't had one since.

/wish me luck
 
2014-01-16 04:52:31 PM

mjbok: If you chew nicorette gum, use the patch, or use an e-cig, you are technically a smoker for insurance purposes.


Good job that isn't an issue, although I think that one is the insurance companies just gouging Americans because they can.  There seems to be some debate as to how harmful e-cigs themselves are, although they're not as harmful as the real thing.
 
2014-01-16 04:56:38 PM
JayCab: //Craving a Filet-o-Fish

Bun, fish fingers and tartare sauce.  Grill the fish fingers.  It's not exactly good for you but healthier than the real thing.   You could probably find a 'battered fish burger (with real flake of fish)' type thing in the frozen section of a store if fish fingers aren't your thing.  Just experiment with different brands to find one that's closest.

Now if you'll excuse me I must continue my quest for a sausage & egg muffin.

/Difficulty: living in a country where pre-cooked pork patties are not common.
//Pork burgers themselves aren't all that common.
 
2014-01-16 05:49:01 PM

el_pilgrim: scumshine: Jesus, know how hard it is to quit if your partner smokes also?  I'm surprised that's not covered.

Been there, twice before, third times the charm right? But now she smokes outside only and not in the car with me.

Last time I quit i made it about a year before I started back, that time I took my lucky from each pack and filled an empty pack with them. That was my last pack.  Worked very well for me not fretting over some specific day in the future, instead allowing me to enjoy my last few packs.

This time we can thank the flu - caught it a few days after new years and haven't had one since.

/wish me luck


Good luck to you!  Sixteen days and counting?  You're WELL out of the woods.
 
2014-01-16 05:57:24 PM
I smoked all through HS, college, and 3-4 years beyond that. Fiancee asked me to quit before the wedding and I did. Quit cold turkey and was clean for 15 years, even though I still had cravings

Then got a job where I almost everyone on my team smoked. After a REALLY horrifically stressful day, I caved and had one. Then bought a pack. Next thing I know, I'm up to a 1/2 pack a day again. That was 6 years ago. Quit cold turkey again on Nov 1 (wedding anniversary). Very few people at this ( different) job smoke, so we'll see how long this lasts

/Cessation Nation and iQuit are great apps
//I've saved $310 not buying cigarettes
///time wise, I've saved 3 days and 1 hour
 
2014-01-16 09:55:29 PM
I have been smoke free for 1 year and 2 months. One day I just said "I'm done." I didn't tell anyone. It was 4 months before anyone at work noticed. Once they did, they were all surprised that I haven't been smoking.

/I don't crave, I do stand up wind if my still smoking friends ( I don't nag them.
//I don't want to be "one of those" ex-smokers.
 
2014-01-17 12:51:11 AM
Slow To Return:

Good luck to you!  Sixteen days and counting?  You're WELL out of the woods.

Thanks, wish it felt like I was out of the woods, but the restaurant industry keeps me jonesin' anyway.
 
2014-01-17 08:00:44 AM
As someone going cold turkey at noon today, I'm getting a kick out of this and the "lung wash" thread.

/don't wish ME luck
//wish my crew luck
 
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