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    Leggy Peggy
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:17 pm
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    Last night I was cleaning out my zmail inbox and came across a note in
    relation to an ancient thread about stopping smoking. We can't chat in
    that old thread because it's locked.

    http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=261090&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

    Anyway, it got me thinking -- how are people going with stopping?
    It's such a huge decision and fraught with so many challenges, I wanted to
    say congratulations to those who have stopped, good luck to those who
    want to or who are trying to stop, and that I understand if you're still not
    ready to stop or have no plan to.

    I stopped seven or eight years ago, almost by chance. No regrets.
    So what's your status?
    Chipfo
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:33 pm
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    Hey, I started that topic icon_biggrin.gif I can't believe it has been 5 years. It was made a sticky back then and with over 400 posts, I didn't even try to read it all again, LOL.

    Well................ icon_redface.gif ..........I still smoke. I want to quit. I almost did back then. I all but quit another time after that, using Chantix, pure dumb luck and willpower got the best of me the last time I tried. I had gone about 2 weeks without a cig and it was getting easier by the day, then.......I threw a disc out in my back at work, was on workers comp and meds for about 5 months, well, when you are sitting on the porch day after day with nothing to do, bored out of my mind, I picked up a cig and thats all it took.

    I am 46 yrs old now and I need to quit, my father just had a half a lung removed due to cancer because of past smoking and his father died from lung cancer from smoking, so if I don't quit, I can see a pattern here.

    BTW, from those of you who know my dad as Pops, when they removed part of lung that had cancer it rendered him cancer free! So they caught it in time.
    Leggy Peggy
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:45 pm
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    Chip, I remember when you started that thread. Hadn't thought about it in
    ages and then saw the zmail relating to it. It was a great thread and maybe
    we can get this one going too, every little bit of support helps when you're
    trying to change old habits.

    So glad your Pops is deemed cancer-free. A wonderful outcome.

    So who else has a tale to tell?
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:46 pm
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    Never smoked, never will, but I know how hard it is for people to stop this addiction. My mother smoked her last cigarette walking into the hospital the day of her open heart surgery 22 years ago. She watched her mother die of emphazema. Hard thing to watch. Then she lost her sister to COPD and emphazema. I have two women who work for me that smoke, and one is at the start of COPD, and the other is young yet (30). I worry for them. I pray for them. The one with COPD, frustrates me. But, it is her life, and she tells me it has to come from inside her, not from anyone nagging her. I realize that, but I care. Anyway, to anyone trying to quit, my hat is off to you. Giving up an addictive substance is hard work.
    Deely
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:46 pm
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    Thanks for posting the link Leggy Peggy. It reminds me of how much of a struggle it was. I did smoke for another year after that thread, but I've been a non-smoker ever since. Hey Chip! wave.gif DH is still smoking, but only about 6 a day...not great, but much better than 2 packs.
    Leggy Peggy
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:59 pm
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    Good for you Deely. And good for your hubby to cut down so much.

    You're sure right Becky, breaking free of the spell of an addictive habit is
    really hard. I'm glad it's behind me. I have four friends who have scripts for
    Chantix and are about to give stopping another go.

    There's an interesting ad on TV in Australia. More or less says that every
    time you try to stop, you get better at it. Full of encouragement rather than
    guilt trip.
    Terri F.
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:42 pm
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    I don't think I was in that thread from 5 years ago, LP, but I did quit 2 and 1/2 years ago using Chantix. Tell your friends to do the whole 12 weeks and never look back! I can't imagine ever picking up another cigarette... and I smoked for 40 years.
    Leggy Peggy
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:20 am
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    Hi Terri wave.gif

    I've often heard how important it is to do the whole course of Chantix, so
    you can be sure Bossy Boots (that's me) will be reminding them repeatedly.

    I stopped cold turkey after smoking for 39–40 years. It wasn't too hard
    because I made my mindset that I wasn't going to give the cig companies
    and government any more of my money. Helped me a lot. I'm bullheaded as
    well as bossy. icon_wink.gif
    mikeyp
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:09 am
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    Smoked...quit...smoked...quit...smoked...quit (for good?). Smoking killed my parents and made their end years miserable (amputations, strokes et al). I quit in 1996, I still smoke in my dreams and wake with guilt for having done so. I also wonder how I could have continued to fund those bastards that provide this poison to us and our kids.
    Leggy Peggy
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:07 am
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    Oh mikeyp
    How heartbreaking it must have been to see your parents suffer in their later
    years and all at the hands of the cigarette companies. My dad smoked
    because the manufacturers sent cigs to the armed forces during the war.
    They said it would calm their nerves. They already knew they were super
    addictive, and really only wanted to line their pockets. This knowledge did
    help me to stop.

    I still have the occasional oh-crap-I've-been-smoking dream, but not often.
    Connie Lea
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:34 am
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    My DH quit about 15 years ago, also cold turkey, after smoking for 50+ years. I think what helped him was that nobody around him smoked. His doctor told him that when she quit, she would get a drink of water every time she wanted a cigarette. She said she spent a lot of time in the bathroom. Congrats to all of you who have quit. I'm one of the lucky ones, never started. To those of you who are trying to quit - good for you. I like what Peggy said, the more times you try to stop the better you get at it.
    K9 Owned
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:04 pm
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    I quit, started, quit and restarted a dozen times.
    The crazy making 'I can't believe I'm so stupid' thing is that I vacation every January with my Mum for 2 weeks. For those 2 weeks I wear a patch and don't even think about smoking. Once home I'm ripping Don's jackets apart to find a smoke.

    I'm hoping to quit again - this time for good over the next couple of months. Less desk time more 'doing' time helps as does moving to a new home. I will not smoke there. I won't.
    Remind me later that I won't. icon_wink.gif
    Deely
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:20 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    I quit, started, quit and restarted a dozen times.
    The crazy making 'I can't believe I'm so stupid' thing is that I vacation every January with my Mum for 2 weeks. For those 2 weeks I wear a patch and don't even think about smoking. Once home I'm ripping Don's jackets apart to find a smoke.

    I'm hoping to quit again - this time for good over the next couple of months. Less desk time more 'doing' time helps as does moving to a new home. I will not smoke there. I won't.
    Remind me later that I won't. icon_wink.gif


    K9, A non-smoking house is a really good deterrent. DH goes outside to smoke, so it's a conscience decision and not a mindless act. Make Don smoke outside also...even in winter. Smoking's really not enjoyable standing in the rain or snow. icon_wink.gif I'll remind you...and you won't believe what a difference walking into a smoke free house makes! You can smell the candles or whatever scents you've placed around. It's heavenly. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:34 pm
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    Deely wrote:
    K9 Owned wrote:
    I quit, started, quit and restarted a dozen times.
    The crazy making 'I can't believe I'm so stupid' thing is that I vacation every January with my Mum for 2 weeks. For those 2 weeks I wear a patch and don't even think about smoking. Once home I'm ripping Don's jackets apart to find a smoke.

    I'm hoping to quit again - this time for good over the next couple of months. Less desk time more 'doing' time helps as does moving to a new home. I will not smoke there. I won't.
    Remind me later that I won't. icon_wink.gif


    K9, A non-smoking house is a really good deterrent. DH goes outside to smoke, so it's a conscience decision and not a mindless act. Make Don smoke outside also...even in winter. Smoking's really not enjoyable standing in the rain or snow. icon_wink.gif I'll remind you...and you won't believe what a difference walking into a smoke free house makes! You can smell the candles or whatever scents you've placed around. It's heavenly. icon_smile.gif

    icon_redface.gif Don does smoke outside. I'm the weather weenie. But only in the sunroom with the sliders open just a crack. Nah, thats a lie. If it's too cold I don't open the sliders icon_redface.gif
    Deely
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:44 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Deely wrote:
    K9 Owned wrote:
    I quit, started, quit and restarted a dozen times.
    The crazy making 'I can't believe I'm so stupid' thing is that I vacation every January with my Mum for 2 weeks. For those 2 weeks I wear a patch and don't even think about smoking. Once home I'm ripping Don's jackets apart to find a smoke.

    I'm hoping to quit again - this time for good over the next couple of months. Less desk time more 'doing' time helps as does moving to a new home. I will not smoke there. I won't.
    Remind me later that I won't. icon_wink.gif


    K9, A non-smoking house is a really good deterrent. DH goes outside to smoke, so it's a conscience decision and not a mindless act. Make Don smoke outside also...even in winter. Smoking's really not enjoyable standing in the rain or snow. icon_wink.gif I'll remind you...and you won't believe what a difference walking into a smoke free house makes! You can smell the candles or whatever scents you've placed around. It's heavenly. icon_smile.gif

    icon_redface.gif Don does smoke outside. I'm the weather weenie. But only in the sunroom with the sliders open just a crack. Nah, thats a lie. If it's too cold I don't open the sliders icon_redface.gif


    Well GF, You're just going to have to quit smoking before you move or be prepared to brave the weather, if you really want a smoke free home. It's not easy but it can be done. It's a mindset and once you have it, you've got it licked. Sending you resolve and strength. grouphug.gif I used the patch, BTW.
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