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Discussion in 'The Attic' started by just play, Apr 16, 2010.

    Apr 16, 2010
  1. just play

    just play closed account

    Occupation:
    Director of Home Operations
    Location:
    USA
    I just stopped smoking cigs today. I figured tax day would be an easy date to remember, I know how smokers always know the exact day they quit. :D

    I have been smoking for just about 25 years, and have only quit once for a few months back in my mid 20's.

    They are $70 a carton here in Massachusetts, it's pretty ridiculous when I can send that money to a casino instead. :rolleyes: (no way in hell)

    So really, what are the chances I can quit?
     
  2. Apr 16, 2010
  3. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

    Occupation:
    nurse
    Location:
    Florida
    cold turkey, pill or patch???

    I stopped sodas and cigs eight days ago and has saved myself about 80 bucks. I drink 4-5 44 fountain drinks a day and decided I really need to stop wasting so much money.

    I'm doing the patch and so far so good.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2010
  5. pevangel

    pevangel Meister Member

    Occupation:
    inside sales
    Location:
    FLORIDA USA
    WOW WTG you 2, I am proud of you both, Just play, I have total confidence that you can do it, if you really want to. Good Luck to you both:thumbsup:


    pevangel :)
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2010
  7. just play

    just play closed account

    Occupation:
    Director of Home Operations
    Location:
    USA
    Cold turkey! Rip the bandaid right off!

    I can't imagine quitting cigs AND soda...holy smoly.

    Good luck to you!

    I remember the last time I quit, the longer I went without smoking the worse the cravings got, probably why I started again, you would think they would ease up, but they got worse. Anyone know why?
     
  8. Apr 16, 2010
  9. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

    Occupation:
    self employed
    Location:
    somewhere else
    I tried to quit a couple of times because 60 a carton is totally embarrassing to me to be such a weak schmuck but my smoking neighbors started complaining when I'd knock at their door at various hours of the day and night with tear stained checks and bug eyes begging for just one more. pathetic. so I'll just keep smoking but best of luck to you my friend cause it ain't easy. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Apr 16, 2010
  11. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    Good Luck JP! I was trying to quit smoking before my surgery last Dec but then got called early and had no time to quit. I stopped the day before surgery, spent 4 days in the hospital and didn't miss it a bit. But I'm pissed off at myself for coming home and starting again. :mad:

    If you're really ready to quit you'll do it. :thumbsup:
     
  12. Apr 16, 2010
  13. SlotMonster

    SlotMonster SoftSwiss Representative webmeister

    Occupation:
    Manager
    Location:
    Somewhere in eternity
    The chances are 50%:50%
    50% that you quit
    50% than you won't
     
  14. Apr 16, 2010
  15. bernynhel

    bernynhel Dormant account PABnononaccred PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Loafer
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    A can of TOP tobacco is less than half the price of a carton (was only $12 before the last tobacco tax increase!) and usually more than 200 cigs + if you hand roll 'em when you wanna smoke and don't buy one of those machines that stuff the little prefab paper/filter tubes, you might cut way down. I went from a pack a Marlboro reds a day 15 years ago to an average of 6-7 a day and I feel I smoke all I want. Plus the canned tobacco can be kept humidified and the cigs go out when you set em down stead a burning up. Hope this info a helps.

    :D
     
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  16. Apr 16, 2010
  17. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

    Occupation:
    nurse
    Location:
    Florida

    Because you have nicotine receptors in your brain and the more you smoke the more receptors that you have. HeHe..when you quit these receptors will be screaming at you as if you were a bad husband. They want that fix and will do anything to get you to give it to them. They will make you think you can't live without them and it'll only get worse if you don't give in.

    If you wait for 10 minutes and drink a glass of water the cravings will subside. They also will get easier as the receptors die off from starvation. ;)
     
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  18. Apr 16, 2010
  19. kakata

    kakata Banned User - hyper flamming PABnonaccred PABnoaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    sales
    Location:
    miami fl
    my wife must be full of receptors....cause she screams (to herself) a lot....and she doesnt smoke.
    now My question is. If receptors are kept in the brain....where does she hides her's receptors?:confused:
     
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  20. Apr 16, 2010
  21. just play

    just play closed account

    Occupation:
    Director of Home Operations
    Location:
    USA
    I made it through "the after dinner cig" and "the morning cig"...but I can feel the cravings slowly coming after me.

    I'm just ignoring them, just like John Nash ignored the voices. :thumbsup:


    Thanks bernynhel, when I go back to smoking I will try it. :p

    Slotmonster :lolup:

    Chayton, I LOVE to smoke, I don't do very much, (drink/drugs/go out) but I LOVEEEEE to smoke, the price is just getting out of hand, it's really ridiculous, even the "cheap" cigs are HIGH.
     
  22. Apr 16, 2010
  23. bernynhel

    bernynhel Dormant account PABnononaccred PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Loafer
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    LOL kakata! You got me...why don't you ask her?
     
  24. Apr 16, 2010
  25. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    Congrats, JustPlay! Your chances of making it will depend on your willpower and just how much you want to quit.

    I quit coldturkey about 8 yrs. ago because my guy developed a lung condition and had to quit also and couldn't be around cig smoke. So in support, I quit too. It was really hard because I smoked mostly when nervous, son playing sports was the worst, or when I did certain things, played slots was a biggy. But I made it. Can't say it was easy because it was not. Best thing to do is try to stay away from things that trigger the urge to smoke.

    You can do it!! :thumbsup:
     
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  26. Apr 16, 2010
  27. kakata

    kakata Banned User - hyper flamming PABnonaccred PABnoaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    sales
    Location:
    miami fl

    I did.
    The answer was: receptors?? I never hide anything honey....:rolleyes:

    I stopped there:(
     
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  28. Apr 16, 2010
  29. just play

    just play closed account

    Occupation:
    Director of Home Operations
    Location:
    USA

    Ok, so I have to stay away from coffee, food, showers (don't ask, I always crave after a shower) sex, gambling, my computer desk, my couch, driving or being in a car, after fighting with my husband, my computer.

    That outta be easy enough.
     
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  30. Apr 16, 2010
  31. kakata

    kakata Banned User - hyper flamming PABnonaccred PABnoaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    sales
    Location:
    miami fl


    Now I know why I will never stop smoking.....
     
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  32. Apr 16, 2010
  33. Mavin1

    Mavin1 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Caregiver/homemaker
    Location:
    Arizona
    I have come to the conclusion that I would have to be put into a coma for a couple months to really quit. I have tried the patch, didn't work as it is still feeding the brain nicotine. Then I would go out and sneak one smoke with the patch one. So out the window.
    I purchase my smokes online, they are all natural, no additves and only cost $23 + ship, a carton, they're as good as any name brand smokes. But Good old USA and RJ Reynolds, we will be blocked from this too. Which is a load of BS, since we are buying in our own country.

    But I do hope you both can stick it out, everyday away is one more day ahead for you.
     
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  34. Apr 16, 2010
  35. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    IT Director of Operations
    Location:
    Left Hungary
    Took me 3 tries for 2 months. It was awful but I made it too on Feb 20th 2000!

    So I am not envying either one of you right now..it is really awful for many and I was one of them people...

    I smoked since I was 8, my fathers filterless pall malls...is how I started, always got a quick high from it (lmao) and then the high disappeared and I got hooked..

    I alsways carreid a straw or a small stirrer in my pocket when the craving kicked in really bad. It helped a LOT! On top of that, I carried a pack of cigs for 2 months will trying to quit just in case I got a panic attack and needed one...it was like a noce comforting pacifer knowing I had them but didn't need to smoke them..

    That is the two things that helped me through my addiction...

    Find that combination and hang in there..it makes a big difference not smoking..

    Good luck you two and anyone else thinking about it!

    .
     
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  36. Apr 17, 2010
  37. jod5413

    jod5413 Is That Better?

    Occupation:
    having a good time doing anything
    Location:
    somewhere on the planet
    Hey Just Play,

    Quitting smoking is hard as Hell, even with the crutches of the patch or pill, or food of course.

    I have quit a bunch of times in my life, I have tried patches, pills, etc. and they never did more than make me sick.

    I quit cold turkey for a few months here and then over a year and still ended up smoking again. The biggest excuse people give about not being able to quit is stress.

    It is the hardest thing to quit. I strongly believe that cold turkey gives you an advantage over using things in place of smoking.

    I quit for the last time on 12/09/2009. I have not smoked in over 4 months. The honest to God truth is I still crave them and will probably crave them til I die. But, my position was quit or die a lot quicker and more painfully if I kept smoking. I am not in any hurry to kick the bucket, so I use that as a mantra, so to speak. It is still hard but you CAN do it!!

    Good Luck!!
     
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  38. Apr 17, 2010
  39. IanO

    IanO Regular Human

    Occupation:
    Marketing and promotions
    Location:
    Ireland.
    4 wot its worth

    like the old saying goes... ''Quitting is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.''


    That said, I found the best way to quit is by having a partner in crime. I did a 'quit bet' with a friend.... first one to spark up gives the other a grand, with all our other mutual friends watching us like hawks. You'd be surprised how good this is as motivation.

    If you dont know any other smokers, offer a reward to everyone you know. ''Catch me smoking for a €500 reward''

    Also... I found that reallllly strong sherbet sweets and lollypops make nicotene tasts like muck. thats more of a cutting down tool and didn't help me quit, but I thought I'd share that too.

    Best of luck! I have everything crossed for anyone who tries.
     

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