I HAVE QUIT SMOKING AND I NEED SOME SERIOUS PUSH FROM YOU

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    Apr 02, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    I am at the moment on the 15th day of a smoke-free living. Please, please, I need some healthy coaching to keep me going.

    You're positive reinforcement will surely help. Thank you so much!
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    Congratulations! Remember how difficult it was to start quitting and tell yourself you never want to go through that again.

    How did you do it? Cold turkey? I recommend Chantix.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    What works for me whenever I get that rare urge to smoke again is to think three things:

    1) Throat cancer.
    2) Tongue cancer.
    3) Breathing through one of those throat apparatuses.

    That's usually enough of a buzz kill to finish off the urge!

    Good luck - and remember to just take it one day at a time rather than thinking about the long-term future. If you think "I'm never going to smoke again," it seems overwhelming and can cause relapse. But if you just focus on getting through each craving on its own, it becomes a lot more manageable. The more time you get under your belt not having smoked, the more amazing you feel. And remember - DON'T GIVE INTO THE TEMPTATION TO HAVE JUST ONE. It almost always turns into full-time smoking again.

    Good luck!
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    McGay saidCongratulations! Remember how difficult it was to start quitting and tell yourself you never want to go through that again.

    How did you do it? Cold turkey? I recommend Chantix.


    It was immensely difficult. The first week, I'd wake up suddenly in the middle of the night drenching in cold sweat. The result of quitting from smoking for nearly 12 years.

    I just stopped. I said to myself, this pack could never control my life.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidWhat works for me whenever I get that rare urge to smoke again is to think three things:

    1) Throat cancer.
    2) Tongue cancer.
    3) Breathing through one of those throat apparatuses.

    That's usually enough of a buzz kill to finish off the urge!

    Good luck - and remember to just take it one day at a time rather than thinking about the long-term future. If you think "I'm never going to smoke again," it seems overwhelming and can cause relapse. But if you just focus on getting through each craving on its own, it becomes a lot more manageable. The more time you get under your belt not having smoked, the more amazing you feel. And remember - DON'T GIVE INTO THE TEMPTATION TO HAVE JUST ONE. It almost always turns into full-time smoking again.

    Good luck!


    You seem to have figured out exactly what I am feeling right now.

    Yeah --- DON'T GIVE INTO THE TEMPTATION TO HAVE JUST ONE. I swear I will stick that into my head. Thank you.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:29 PM GMT

    congratulations!



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    Apr 02, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    Regular exercise is very helpful for quitting. Not only do you avoid the weight gain but the post-workout endorphin orgy is better than a nicotine high.

    Chew gum. Cigarettes aren't just a chemical addiction, but also a somatic one. Gum substitutes for cigarettes in your craving to have something in your mouth. Oral sex works too, but not every hour.

    In the same vein of actual advice mixed with crude humor, giving you hands something to play with for the same reason.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    watch out for friends who smoke. remind them not to let you. i told my friends they were allowed to smack the smoke outta my hands and step on it. they would, i'd be peeved but appreciated, and who i just asked for smoke would get pissed and never give me one again. but it worked. and they seemed to like it almost as much as playing duck hunt. it's all about not having anywhere to get them from.
  • Warren

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    Apr 02, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    Avoid any places that make you think of smoking, like bars. The desire to smoke will be much stronger if you're in an environment that always equated to smoking before you quit. Even the smell of smoke or the sight of someone smoking will bring on cravings...

    If you need help, Chantix is quite good, and you'll have some spectacular dreams....


    If you want some reinforcement: lung cancer is almost always due to smoking, and will kill you in less than 6 months, depending on the type.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Oral sex works too, but not every hour.

    Made me smile and laugh a bit.
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    Apr 02, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    Warren saidlung cancer is almost always due to smoking, and will kill you in less than 6 months, depending on the type.


    Yeah, makes me shiver to the bones.
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    Apr 02, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    MunchingZombieIn the same vein of actual advice mixed with crude humor, giving you hands something to play with for the same reason.


    MunchingZombie is right on the money here -- it's a genius smoking cessation program! The next time you're feeling all antsy and want a cigarette, just go stroke one out. You'll feel much more relaxed when you've "taken care of business."

    ... Unless you're the kind that likes an after sex smoke lol.
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    Apr 02, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Congratulations on quitting smoking. I know what a pain it can be. I started smoking at 16 and didn't quit until I was 23 years old; though I tried quitting since a month after I started smoking :Z Actually, it was after I feel for an smoke free Airmen that I just quit cold turkey, without even thinking about it. Maybe it was something psychological or just emotional, but it still worked. Maybe a new hobby or spending lots of time with a hobby alone, or with people who don't smoke will help? Those figity hands needs something to keep them occupied.

    Congrats again, and Best of Luck to you, and if you relapse, than quit again and try to imagine yourself doing everyday things contently Without cigarettes in mind.
  • kinetic

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    Apr 02, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Drink LOTS of water! -It can curb your cravings while at the same time cleaning out your system. The cleaner your system, the less cravings because its all the crap from tobacco in your body that makes you crave more.
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    Apr 02, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Maybe this will help keep you motivated.

    My dad died of lung cancer from smoking.

    He fell one day. Mom thought he had broken a rib because he had a bump on his side.

    When the dr examined him, there was no broken rib....because there was no rib. The bumb was a tumor from lung cancer that was growing out of his lung and thru his body wall. It had already totally consumed the rib. The rib was gone!

    The year before my dad had had a physical with x-rays and there was no sign of any cancer. At the time of this examine, both of his lung were full of cancer.

    Prior to all this, he had suffered for years from arterioschlerosis, hardening of the arteries. He had to have numerous operations to by-pass the blockages in his blood vessels.

    Dont cut your life short. Dont ruin your health.
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    Cas- that is a tragic story. Maybe if just one person pays attention.....
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    My stepmother died of lung cancer that had spread to her brain.

    I'm very glad I quit smoking when I was 29.

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    Apr 02, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    You can do it... one hour at a time if you have to.
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
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  • justjk

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    Apr 02, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    Big Congrats! and the same thing that can help people from eating at the wrong times can also help you stay clear of the smokes, when you think about it, brush your teeth! i swear it helps!!!! and leaves your breath minty fresh!!!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 02, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    Hey there Chris, congrats on the landmark achievement!
    You will long consider this a major accomplishment.. and it is one..

    I would follow some of what the others have suggested, excercise, staying busy and (I would even) join a group of smokers who have quit and get input from a group on an ongoing basis.

    Best wishes and congrats on your efforts...
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 02, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    so, the fact that it's disgusting, yellows your teeth, makes you smell like an ashtray, and it can potentially kill you isn't enough????
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    Apr 02, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidso, the fact that it's disgusting, yellows your teeth, makes you smell like an ashtray, and it can potentially kill you isn't enough????


    and it makes your cum taste terrible, too! .... icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 02, 2008 11:23 PM GMT
    Congratulations! 15 days is awesome, and I know you can kick it for good!

    Just think about how much more energy you will have when your lungs finally clear of all the build-up.

    When I quit, if I felt the urge, I would mime taking a drag - including taking in that big breath. Turns out the deep breaths were as much what I was craving as anything, and this helped me a lot.