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Posted: 1/1/2006 4:12:27 PM EDT
48 hours without smoking. im taking the antidepressant welbutrin/zyban and using nrt lozenge.

i dont know cheer me on! send me an email a pm. tell me how you quit and why your glad.

need positive reenforcement
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:14:08 PM EDT
Keep up the good work, it'll be worth the effort!
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:17:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2006 4:17:44 PM EDT by Merrell]
I did the patch years ago and my only regret was not doign it sooner.

Maybe these numbers will help:

Cost per pack / 1 pack a day for a year / 2 packs a day for a year
$2.00 $730.00 $1,460.00
$2.50 $912.50 $1,825.00
$3.00 $1,095.00 $2,190.00
$3.50 $1,277.50 $2,555.00
$4.00 $1,460.00 $2,920.00
$4.50 $1,642.50 $3,285.00
$5.00 $1,825.00 $3,650.00
$5.50 $2,007.50 $4,015.00
$6.00 $2,190.00 $4,380.00
$6.50 $2,372.50 $4,745.00
$7.00 $2,555.00 $5,110.00
$7.50 $2,737.50 $5,475.00
$8.00 $2,920.00 $5,840.00
$8.50 $3,102.50 $6,205.00
$9.00 $3,285.00 $6,570.00
$9.50 $3,467.50 $6,935.00
$10.00 $3,650.00 $7,300.00

That would sure buy some new toys...
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:22:36 PM EDT
I stopped on Thanksgiving. I'm doing it cold turkey and feel fine. Stay away from other smokers if possible and try not to think about it.
I also try to avoid situations when I would automatically smoke, like talking on the phone. I now try to use the phone in my office where I never smoked.
Stick it out. Hopefully we'll feel better. If nothing else, you'll feel better about yourself.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:25:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2006 4:26:23 PM EDT by sigarkar]
it's been about two months now for me. i've quit before and, in the past, foolishly let me convince myself that just ONE wouldn't hurt. it did. anyways, i put the patch on for a week this last time and kept a few spares for a possible unbearable craving which never came. it's going well for me now. it'll get better for you. it helps to find a distraction. keep busy. don't drink alcohol. don't look back.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:34:20 PM EDT
My last smoke was at 3:00AM this morning. I've been smoking for 25 years and it's pretty tough right now. I put on the first patch right before I went to bed (21mg of course) and it's helping a lot. I also bought a big bag of sugar free lemon drops, which is about 1/4 gone now. I'm also going to avoid beer for at least a month or two since that makes me smoke at about twice my (hopefully formal) rate. I aired out the house for about three hours and destroyed all the ash trays, and am in the middle of washing everything made of cloth in the house to help get rid of the smell.

Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:39:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gus:
My last smoke was at 3:00AM this morning. I've been smoking for 25 years and it's pretty tough right now. I put on the first patch right before I went to bed (21mg of course) and it's helping a lot. I also bought a big bag of sugar free lemon drops, which is about 1/4 gone now. I'm also going to avoid beer for at least a month or two since that makes me smoke at about twice my (hopefully formal) rate. I aired out the house for about three hours and destroyed all the ash trays, and am in the middle of washing everything made of cloth in the house to help get rid of the smell.




I just Febreezed the shit out of my car as well. Bought patches tonight at Walmart. I enter the 21 day countdown manana. It's going to be a long three weeks.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:43:08 PM EDT
I quit cold turkey approx 13 years ago ......

BEST thing I ever done for myself.

Just don't pick another one up. If it ain't in your hand, you can't smoke it

Best of luck my friend
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:45:46 PM EDT
I don't smoke but my mom did for years and she quit via going to a hypnotist. Cured her right away...and that was 11 years ago.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:47:08 PM EDT
Congratulations h2ogunr. I quit in '98'. Your going to enjoy your food more. It will taste better. If you get the urge to light up I do what my dad did. Every time you get the urge, go anget a drink of water. On the way tell yourself that you are better off, food taste better, and you don't need it. Just remember when you were a kid, you could run without weezing? Just remember you used to not smoke. One side affect from quiting, you'll start eating better and ganing weight. My doctor said he'd rather I be a little overweight than weezing and being on bottled oxygen. My godfather was like that for the last three years of his life. He looked like death warmed over. That prompted me to quit. GoodLuck.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:52:03 PM EDT
~9 hrs here. Hang tough!
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:53:01 PM EDT
Go for it!
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:55:19 PM EDT
48 hours and 2 packs who wants to quit not me
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 4:56:31 PM EDT
thanks all and good luck to you also.

i have been regularly looking at a pic of a half dead dude from lung cancer when i think of smoking. the water trick works well, really cold water makes my throat feel like im taking a puff.

awhile back someone here posted a pic of their mother in law with throat cancer i believe. i wish i could find it.

im feeling good strangely my normal intake of nicotene would be approx 160 mg per day thats 8 per smoke so thats a little lite as i smoke more than that. so 8 lozenge per day at 4 mg each is 32 mg. no major withdrawl just mental.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:02:05 PM EDT
Just smoked my last pack! Think of those folks who have to run around with portable oxygen,NOT FOR ME!!!
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:03:43 PM EDT
Good luck BTW.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:03:49 PM EDT
$$$ it wont be long now at the above posted rate ill have me an m4 soon HOOT
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:05:24 PM EDT
Email sent.

Hang in there!
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:06:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By h2o2gunr:
$$$ it wont be long now at the above posted rate ill have me an m4 soon HOOT




I'm going to track my savings and apply it to toys as well. That's a big part of my motivation - spending money to kill myself vs spending it on loud dangerous toys.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:12:06 PM EDT
Stay the hell out of bars and away from other people who smoke for at least a couple of months... that's how you slip back in.

After half a year or so, you should be able to tolerate it without cravings, although beyond a year or two it will start to bother you (the smell) and you may find yourself avoiding smoke and anokers anyway...

Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:14:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Merrell:
Stay the hell out of bars and away from other people who smoke for at least a couple of months... that's how you slip back in.

After half a year or so, you should be able to tolerate it without cravings, although beyond a year or two it will start to bother you (the smell) and you may find yourself avoiding smoke and anokers anyway...




Last time I tried to quit I made it for three months. It was bars and other smokers that were my undoing.

I don't go to bars much anymore, and I'm the only smoker where I work, so at least that part should be easier.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:17:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gus:

Originally Posted By Merrell:
Stay the hell out of bars and away from other people who smoke for at least a couple of months... that's how you slip back in.

After half a year or so, you should be able to tolerate it without cravings, although beyond a year or two it will start to bother you (the smell) and you may find yourself avoiding smoke and anokers anyway...




Last time I tried to quit I made it for three months. It was bars and other smokers that were my undoing.

I don't go to bars much anymore



Smart move. you might stop off "just for a beer" and then 12 hours later wake up with this
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:19:14 PM EDT
Forget about others and undoing....
You make your doing.

I quit four years ago because I was begining to have trouble breathing. No problem, just could not breathe.
Face it, smoking is disgusting and when you quit you will wonder WTF was I doing-

btw, I feel better now and it is due to clean air. Simple as that.

Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:20:57 PM EDT
For anyone on the patch: DO THE WHOLE PROGRAM, even after the cravings have stopped. Stopping short screws the deal up.

Link Posted: 1/1/2006 5:42:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2006 1:52:52 AM EDT by PocketG]


Cigs suck

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:44:29 AM EDT
Good luck to you!!! You dont want to keep smoking and be one of those stinking smoking people!!
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:50:49 AM EDT
I kicked the dipping/chewing habit a month or so ago. After the 2 week mark the desire for nicotine really diminishes and so does the irritablity. At the third week tobacco goes back to tasting nasty.

Keep in mind most tobacco users usually sucumb to the effects of nicotine and carcinogens in their 60's. For healthy people this is their prime of life. At this stage of life(as Old_Painless reminds us of constantly) is the period of time when you have free time and lots of saved up money. It is also the time when you can see the fruits of your labor as your children grow up and raise their own children. Even if you live through your 60's it will probably not be a quality that you desire. Your lungs, so damaged from decades of smoke are spent and you will be unable to perfom physical tasks. At age 70 you will need to cart around an oxygen tank.

Hope this helps. Be strong, you can do it.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:45:39 AM EDT
If you can, take a brisk walk or a very light run. Just keep going. Anything to keep your mind of off it.

Also, you will think that you will never want to smoke again so the next walk tomorrow will be a lot easier.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:49:41 AM EDT
Day 2 for me - the patch works great!! When I got up this morning I could still smell it in the house so I opened up all the windows for a hour (again) and Febreezed the living room furniture. I'm half way through my bag of lemon drops (also helps).

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:51:46 AM EDT
From a current smoker: Best of luck and don't go back!
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:55:44 AM EDT
Good luck!

Get rid of all your ashtrays, lighters, and roach clips! Outta sight........outta mind.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:21:10 PM EDT
Coming up on 36 hrs now. I skipped the local this afternoon to avoid the temptation, and stocked up on sugar-free gum instead.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:22:38 PM EDT
im hangin in.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:28:00 PM EDT
IM just sent:

I just wanted to impart a little motivation for you. I lost my best friend to cancer a couple years back. A second good friend lost the battle more recently. Both didn't make 60. Good Americans and shooters too. Both stopped smoking, many years prior. On DEC 24, 2005 I laid my wife's father in his death bed and he died at 0700 DEC 25, 2005, lung cancer. He stopped smoking in 1965.

What I am telling you is that you will gain many years of life by quitting now. All of these good men stopped cold turkey, and never looked back.

It tears my soul apart to see my two young nieces and a nephew still sucking on cigarettes.

Keep the faith and kick that habit.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 2:03:17 PM EDT
I quit cold Turkey as soon as the clock struck 12. I've tried before in the past to quit but my dumb ass roommate always helped me to get started again. But now he isnt up here anymore, and they passed the law that you cant smoke in public places or 25 feet near it, so i guess its about time....but man do i want a smoke right now!
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:57:37 PM EDT
You could always wait and use the method I used. 1 week in intensive care for a heart attack,and you will be ready to quit too. Take my advise quit while you can.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:16:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 5:17:49 PM EDT by Red_Beard]
one more won't hurt




Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:19:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 5:20:03 PM EDT by Red_Beard]
Ok, smartass pictures out of the way ... good luck to all of you who are quitting. I hope you pull it off.

My dad smoked from age 13 to age 45 when died from complications of a bypass operation. I don't think that would have happened if he hadn't been smoking 2 packs a day for so long.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:28:56 PM EDT
Good luck to you all. You can quit smoking. I did! Although I smoked from the time I was 16 to 27 it is almost 30 years since I quit. You'll have money for something else.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:30:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Merrell:
For anyone on the patch: DO THE WHOLE PROGRAM, even after the cravings have stopped. Stopping short screws the deal up.




I agree.

I was doing fine until I stopped the patch, then I started craving again.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:34:02 PM EDT
I quit the first week of Sept.

It was really hard at first, but it will get better.

Best of luck to you.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:46:24 PM EDT
its your life,,,,looking for a cheap medal?
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 9:58:55 PM EDT
Just starting week 6. The first week was the roughest. After that, it get easier and easier by the day. Be patient, and before you know it, you'll notice significant improvements in you physical energy.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:40:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tagnbag:
its your life,,,,looking for a cheap medal?



I'm SO glad you're banned.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 11:43:40 PM EDT
Wow this is funny, but I'm on 48 hours of not smoking as well
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 2:15:59 AM EDT
For those of you who have quit or in the process of quitting, I say GOOD ON YOU!!! I have never smoked but have first hand experience of the sad side of smoking (several relatives have died to emphazyma, heart disease, etc.)

You'll be glad you quit......
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 2:29:58 AM EDT
Great thread!

I'm currently at 83 hours without a smoke. The first 48, I used the patch (21mg cut in half first day, then 21mg cut into a quarter 2nd day....leftovers from last time I tried to quit).
So, for the past 30 hours or so I've been without patch or smoke. It hurts, and I want one...

I've smoked for 15 years now. I usually just smoked 5-8 cigs a day, but I liked smoking. I'm not quitting to feel better, and still wish I could light up. I'm just quitting so I can get in shape easier to get on the Sheriff's dept. I hate it, because I LIKE to smoke =(. Sad thing is, I feel more out of breath today than I have in a year.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 2:40:50 AM EDT
We know its going to be hard, its like going on a diet try to keep it in your head when you get the super need for one to tell yourself I don't need that and get your mind on something else, keep busy, God Bless and we wish you the best
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 4:19:35 AM EDT
I quit many, many moons ago. Good advice from everyone here. When you really crave a cigarette, do anything else to distract your mind. The longer you go, the easier it gets. There will be milestones. I remember the first time going to the store and not looking at prices, I remember the first time I didn't even look for cigarettes. Cinnamon candy--'red hots' helped me a lot. That and I like them anyway. Good luck and keep trying.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 4:31:20 AM EDT
Chewing gum helped me a lot. Get a few packs and chew gum whenever you realy feel the urge to smoke a cigarette. I've been smokefree for 3 years now.
Link Posted: 1/3/2006 2:52:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
one more won't hurt

img323.imageshack.us/img323/5520/200591smoking4gu.jpg







That is horrible, but funny at the same time
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