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Jun 2 16 2:43 PM

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Thanks in part to our group, today marks 7 years since I consumed tobacco, to which I am addicted.

Hope anyone who is trying to abstain will continue to try. My experience of abstinence has been very positive indeed.

My appreciation to you all!

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John Eppstein

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Jun 2 16 5:39 PM

Congrats!

46 for me. Eventually I got to the point that inhaling even a rather small amount of tobacco directly (second hand smoke didn't bother me much), such as if somebody handed me an "English Style" joint, it would make me quite dizzy and nauseated. That was the point when I figured I'd really quit.

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Jun 2 16 7:14 PM

John Eppstein wrote:
Congrats!

46 for me. Eventually I got to the point that inhaling even a rather small amount of tobacco directly (second hand smoke didn't bother me much), such as if somebody handed me an "English Style" joint, it would make me quite dizzy and nauseated. That was the point when I figured I'd really quit.

46 for me too - 5/6/70. And it was at least the 5th time I'd tried to quit (once for a year) - 2 1/2 packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day. It can be done - just got to keep trying. Best health decision I ever made.

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maarvold

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Jun 2 16 9:53 PM

It's been like 10 or 12 years for me.  The one thing I learned the hard way (I had quit, but then started again a few years later) is that I can't even have 1 drag of anything with nicotine in it.  That was what started me down the slippery slope the second time.  Be vigilant.  

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tim halligan

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Jun 2 16 10:53 PM

Congrats JW.

I'm coming up on 10 years in September.

My decision to quit was financial as much as anything else.

When I quit, cigarettes were about $11 a packet.

Now they're $29.

And come the new financial year, they are allegedly going to $40.

Yes...our government really don't want you to smoke.

Cheers,
Tim

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Jun 2 16 10:54 PM

Good going... I've been trying to get a couple people to quit and it's impossible...

and get this.... called my cousin... hey whats up... "I'm in the hospital". So he's on the verge of a stroke or heart attack and so clogged up they can't even operate yet. Now they have found blood clots in his lungs... So I ask him if they are giving him anything and he says he's in no pain and the worst thing is he hasn't had a cig in a day!!!

He's so messed up they need to thin his blood so they can operate on him and don;t know what's going on with his lungs and all he wants is another cig.

I'm 40 years past that road and I have never missed it. Thank goodness for small favors I suppose.

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hank alrich

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Jun 3 16 8:31 AM

maarvold wrote:
It's been like 10 or 12 years for me.  The one thing I learned the hard way (I had quit, but then started again a few years later) is that I can't even have 1 drag of anything with nicotine in it.  That was what started me down the slippery slope the second time.  Be vigilant.  

I think I'm 31 years tobacco free now. I stopped counting when I accepted that I had pulled it off. I, too, may not smoke even one toke of nicotine. My psychological turning point, having attempted cessation several times, once for as long as a year, was when instead of telling myself I was going to stop smoking, I told myself that I don't smoke anymore. Weird, but it worked for me.

Also perhaps oddly, if I see someone with a tin or Three Castles, I can enjoy a whiff of the aroma without inciting any desire to smoke.

Congratulations to John, and all of us who have managed to get off of this perfetly legal addicitive disaster, and all encouragement in the world to those who would like to abandon tobacco. The upsides appear very quickly, and they are powerfully beneficial and delightful.

hank alrich
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berolzheimer

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Jun 3 16 5:10 PM

California just raised the legal smoking age to 21. When I mentioned this to my son the other day he said, "yeah, it's about time."
I guess I did something right.

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Jun 6 16 10:18 PM

tb av wrote:
Good going... I've been trying to get a couple people to quit and it's impossible...

and get this.... called my cousin... hey whats up... "I'm in the hospital". So he's on the verge of a stroke or heart attack and so clogged up they can't even operate yet. Now they have found blood clots in his lungs... So I ask him if they are giving him anything and he says he's in no pain and the worst thing is he hasn't had a cig in a day!!!

He's so messed up they need to thin his blood so they can operate on him and don;t know what's going on with his lungs and all he wants is another cig.

I'm 40 years past that road and I have never missed it. Thank goodness for small favors I suppose.

 
My mother died of emphysema.  The only thing that finally got her to quit was when she needed every last bit of oxygen she could get into her lungs all the time.  That was shortly before it took her.  

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Jun 7 16 5:05 PM

I quit three or four years ago after many years of smoking up to a half pack a day. I don't miss it, it's a disgusting habit that will kill you.

Now, if I could just get my kids to quit...

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adam brown

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Jun 9 16 4:44 PM

It was easy

In my experience, but I guess I'm a rare example of a former smoker. I stopped buying cigarettes one day and haven't smoked since. No 12 step. No patches. No nicotine gum. I don't remember how long ago that was exactly. 8 years maybe. Yup I started after I joined the army in '98 & quit around '08 if not '06 some time after my divorce. I quit doing hard drugs the same way years before that, at 17. Just stopped buying them. Flushed my stash and never regretted it.

Congrats to every quitter, no matter your method.

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Jun 9 16 9:40 PM

Same thing here Adam, quit cold turkey. No patches, no gum.

It was easy to quit buying cigarettes when they went to $8 a pack. I was thinking 'wow, I can be a healthier person and have more money for beer'.

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John Eppstein

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Jun 9 16 9:41 PM

adam brown wrote:
In my experience, but I guess I'm a rare example of a former smoker. I stopped buying cigarettes one day and haven't smoked since. No 12 step. No patches. No nicotine gum. I don't remember how long ago that was exactly. 8 years maybe. Yup I started after I joined the army in '98 & quit around '08 if not '06 some time after my divorce. I quit doing hard drugs the same way years before that, at 17. Just stopped buying them. Flushed my stash and never regretted it.

Congrats to every quitter, no matter your method.

"12 steps" are lying to yourself. And generating lots of money for the creeps running the 12 step campaign. Patches are lying to yourself while continuing your addiction and generating mucho revenue for the tobacco industry. (Where do you think the nicotine in those patches comes from, anyway?) Same thing with gum, "vaping", whatever.

Stopping BUYING cigarettes (and only smoking "occasional" OPBs) just annoys your friends - while you lie to yourself.
Let me clue you guys in to something - If you really WANT to quit you'll quit. No crutches, no nothing. It's easy, although perhaps a bit unpleasant. The hardest thing is getting over the physical habit of "What am I going to do with my HANDS???", for which I recommend rolling joints of really low grade wild homegrown marijuana that won't get you high. Or dried cabbage if you live in a less enlightened region. Whatever.

However, If you really DON'T want to quit and are just going through the motions because you think you should you won't quit and lying to yourself won't help. Be suicidal and enjoy it. Life's too short to torture yourself with something you don't want to do that ends up in futility, anyway.

EDIT: Before I quit I was smoking around a pack of Gaulois a day. For those of you who don't know Gauloises, that's like smoking at least 2-3 packs of Marlboros.

The really cool thing about smoking Gaulois is that unless the other person is as big a lunatic as you if they ever bum a cigarette off you ONE TIME they never will again - and the paroxism of coughing is quite entertaining...

Last Edited By: John Eppstein Jun 9 16 9:46 PM. Edited 1 time.

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Jun 9 16 9:43 PM

scullyfan wrote:
Same thing here Adam, quit cold turkey. No patches, no gum.

It was easy to quit buying cigarettes when they went to $8 a pack. I was thinking 'wow, I can be a healthier person and have more money for beer'.

Nope.

Vodka.

Beer makes you fat.

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