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Kikori

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Put that in your pipe...
« on: October 28, 2010, 08:24:45 AM »

Trying to give up smoking at the moment, with much difficulty. Just wondering if anybody here used to or currently smokes.

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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 01:45:47 PM »

I smoked since I was about 15 (I know), so for over 20 years. I finally quit for good (after multiple tries) December 6, 2005. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. But it has also been one of the most rewarding.

It sucks, plain and simple. But you can do it, one step at a time as they say. And it will be a long time before you finally get to the point where you can be around it without craving one. As a result its best, especially early to try to avoid those situations where you know they will be easily available and or very desirable (such as a bar with a friend who smokes). At least give yourself a few weeks without before so you have some time invested and giving in is more easily resisted.

I did it with the help of over the counter patches, stepping down in dose over a few weeks. It did help a little. It also really helps to have some support from a friend or loved one. The last thing you need is some tool of a friend constantly sticking them in your face saying "come on! You know you want one!" etc.

The first couple weeks will be the hardest, but stick with it and keep telling yourself how much money you will save, how much less you will stink, how much whiter your teeth will be, how much less you'll wake up coughing, how much better you'll feel physically, and how you'll be able to lord it over all your friends bragging about your iron will.  :D

Stick with it man, its a long road but it really is worth it. And unfortunately it may not seem that way at the begining, but you will thank yourself.
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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 03:24:42 PM »

I haven't had a smoke since the 27th of March, 2008. I'd tried for years to kick the habit and failed each time (my best effort was 9 days). It took my lung collapsing and the doctors insisting that if I continued to smoke I'd be making numerous trips to the hospital for repeat thoracotomies. That really didn't sound like fun - especially since the first one I had was the most excruciating thing I've ever suffered. So I guess I was lucky in a way. My decision was made for me.
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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 08:01:26 PM »

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It took my lung collapsing and the doctors insisting that if I continued to smoke I'd be making numerous trips to the hospital for repeat thoracotomies.

Case closed. There you go. reread that every time you feel the need for a smoke and ask yourself if thats the position you want to be in. Then remind your self about all those bastards at the cigarette company making loads of money off of poeple voluntarily making themselves sick on their "products".

I know, ex- smokers are the worst!!  :smile:
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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010, 12:51:13 AM »

I know, ex- smokers are the worst!!  :smile:


Hahahaha. Nearly. Most ex-smokers I know keep saying "It's worth it man. I can't believe I used to smoke." And such. But the worst are medical professionals, of which there are several in my family. In particular, two of my cousins. One who is a nurse, the other who is a doctor. Both are younger than I am (only by a few months), but both have the tendancy to mother me. Every time I light up around them, I get a full lecture on the health issues caused by nicotine consumption. Of course, like any man, when your mother (or mothering cousins who are younger than you) tell you to do something, you do the opposite.

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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2010, 04:32:25 AM »

On a semi-related note; you should watch the movie Thank You for Smoking. It's about smoking and it's really funny. I recommend it.
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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2010, 05:00:41 AM »

I concur with that rec, though it's not likely to sway you either way.

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It took my lung collapsing and the doctors insisting that if I continued to smoke I'd be making numerous trips to the hospital for repeat thoracotomies.

You think you would'nt have quit if that hadn't happened?
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Re: Put that in your pipe...
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 01:27:10 AM »

Made it through most of the without having a smoke, but had one this morning. Slowly starting to ween myself off them.
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