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Offline RuralTom

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Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:26:07 AM »
I've been a nicotine addict for nearly 25 years... going to give quitting 'the old college try' here starting next week. 

Anybody successfully quit 'round here that was a long time user?  Tips, suggestions, etc, welcome!
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 09:43:12 AM »
Can't really help other than to tell you research shows that when you do quit your lungs will improve. I smoked during college but quit when I got married in 1977. It's a good thing to as I'm in my 3rd round of cancer with it attacking my lungs this time. My doctors (oncologist, surgeon, radiologist) all said if I was a smoke things would be a lot worse. When I quit I just did it cold turkey. Good luck

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 09:47:31 AM »
Can't say that I have tried, but I guess I am not addicted since I only smoke Cigars which I can go days and have gone a few weeks without smoking.

Good luck with your quest.
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 10:33:32 AM »
Yep.  Was smoking 1.5 packs a day until December 24, 1991.  Quit cold turkey that day.  One of the best decisions I ever made.
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 10:58:50 AM »
Two months ago one of my best friends back in California suffered a heart attack on a Saturday morning.  He goes to the gym daily and is in excellent shape,  but smoked two cigars a day, sometimes three.  The docs were able to save him;  he lives close to a hospital. While inserting the catheter the cardiologist explained to him the statistics on people he does that procedure to and smoking.  He shared that info with me a couple of days later.  I have not touched a cigarette since.  An occasional cigar maybe - but ideally not.  Avoiding a heart attack is the best incentive I have found so far to stay away from the damn things.

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 12:26:01 PM »
I smoked for 15 years.  I tried quitting many times without success.  Finally one weekend I ended up going out to the bar and doing a ridiculous amount of drinking.  I was hung over for two days and the thought of a cigarette turned my stomach.  On the third day I just toughed it out and haven't had one since.

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 01:37:05 PM »
I chewed Copenhagen from the time I was 15 until I was 19. I woke up one day, brushed my teeth, spit out blood, and quit that day...

...only to start smoking cigarettes.

I smoked a pack a day until Thanksgiving 2009 when I quit cold turkey (ironic).

Since then, I have the occasional random cigarette every 2-3 months to remind me how absolutely disgusting cigarette smoking is.  >:D

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 01:47:21 PM »
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 02:28:16 PM »
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 02:31:36 PM »
I'm not old enough to have smoked for 25 years, but I smoked for a couple of years (I don't disclose how long in order to protect myself from PBJ), and when I quit, it was cold turkey. The first week was alright. The second week sucked. The third week was better. I was really irritated all the time, but after the second week, it got better. Still irritated all the time, but it's not because of nicotine withdrawal anymore :p. Also, food tastes way better after 72 hours of not smoking. Someone told me that, and I thought it was crap, but it's true. Good luck man. May the force be with you on your journey.
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2014, 05:53:05 PM »
I smoked in England 2 to 3 packs a day, moved to Canada in 1976 and quit cold turkey.
About 8 years ago, after not smoking for over 2 years, I started to smoke again, soon unto 2 packs a day.
I keep on like that for 4 years, and then quit again.

I do still smoke occasionally ie. Carverfest and vacations when I am around a bunch of beer drinking guys
when I get back home I stop. I do not smoke on vacation with my wife or at home.

Good luck with stopping Brian

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 08:11:03 PM »
I am not a smoker, but I'm considering to start smoking cigarettes.  Any suggestions? O0
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 08:46:29 PM »
I am not a smoker, but I'm considering to start smoking cigarettes.  Any suggestions? O0

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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 09:40:29 PM »
I am not a smoker, but I'm considering to start smoking cigarettes.  Any suggestions? O0

Yeah, move to Colorado and smoke the good stuff.
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Re: Anybody successfully quit nicotine?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2014, 10:37:54 PM »
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