How many guys here still smoke?

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    Jan 29, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    My name is Jason and I'm a smoker.

    Cigarettes are evil, bad for my health and all the rest. I've heard it all, seen the adds on TV. I know, I know, I know.

    I would like to quite, my other half smokes too, he says its not the right time to quite. What have you done to help you quit?


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    Jan 29, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    I switched from Marlboro reds to an additive-free brand (like American Spirit, etc.), smoked them for a few weeks, and then quit cold turkey. The first day and a half was pretty rough, but after that, it was no big deal. That was twelve and a half years ago.
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    Jan 29, 2009 2:39 PM GMT
    Quit the first of the year, my bf quit too. First two weeks were rough, but now its getting easier.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 29, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    I only smoke cigars.
  • rnch

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    Jan 29, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    i am guessing that 90% of the gay guys here in new orleans smoke cigarettes....effin' disgustin'!!

    WHY would i want to be intimate with someone who's clothes, hair, skin and breath resemble an ash tray? icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    Smoked for over 30 years. Set a date to quit and did cold turkey. It's been over 3 years now. I knowthe damage has been done, BUT I feel a whole lot better. A Bit of advice for those who want to quit. Where ever you enjoyed a smoke, avoid it ( e.g. bars). Change those habits for a couple of weeks and that will help. Drinking a lot of fruit juices is great as well.
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    It going without saying that any Real Jock would not smoke because of its effect on athletic performance. You simply can't breathe properly. If your aim is to be successful in athletics, smoking simple is NOT in the picture.

    Just this week, my friend, Barry Feil, of Plano, found out he has to have his larynx removed. Losing your voice is a bad thing. Barry is in his early fifties.

    My friend, Dave Kenley, a TWA airline pilot who retired at 42, was put in the grave this past May 1st. He suffered from COPD, and smoked to nearly his dieing day. He was 51.

    My mom, as in mother, is the only of her group of friends that smoked that is alive today. My mom suffers from emphysema and is on oxygen 24 x 7, and has been for two years. Unlike her dead friends, she quit smoking when in about 1990, which likely saved her from the lung cancer that each, and every one, of her smoking friends suffered. My mom did have to have a heart valve replaced 2 years ago. Isn't smoking glamorous?

    Smokers stink. A non-smoker can smell them as much as 20 feet away. It's in their clothes, skin, and hair. Smokers are sick. Sick nearly 10 times as much as regular folks. Smokers are nearly 10 times as likely to suffer catastrophic disease costing more than $100,000.00 than regular folks. Smokers have over twice as many sick days from work. Smoking age nearly 20 years faster than an athlete, and nearly 10 years faster than a lay person. It raises your heart rate, ups your blood pressure, and fills your system with cancer-causing toxins.

    Spend some time with my mom, and perhaps that will help your brain to mature to the ability to make some common sense decisions regarding smoking.

    Motivate yourself to put the tobacco down because of how disgusting it is, how it WILL kill you and ruin your quality of life, and how you won't let a little like tobacco win. Grow some balls, put the cigs in the drawer, and start walking. It's that simple. A digit control program.

    I chewed tobacco for 19 years. I stopped by putting my chew in my upper left hand desk drawer and NEVER looking back. You have to get disciplined, perhaps for the first time in your life, tell yourself how disgusting you are, and vow never to let tobacco dictate to you, then, you just go do it. No drama. No crying. JUST DO IT. It's not hard, but, it does require a commitment to change, and a day or two of mild discomfort as you move to the road of wellness. If you have an urge to smoke, think about my mom. If you have an urge to smoke, think about Barry not having a voice this week. If you have an urge to smoke think how you smell like an ashtray. It's a no brainer.

    It just like being a fat person, or a heavy drinker, at some point, you commit to change, and you do it. No one else can do it for you. Time to become a man, and take charge of your life, and not be a sniveling whiner pussy boy.
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    Tell Your doctor to Prescribe you Chantix... It WILL work if you want to quit. Im on it right now actually. you take it for 3 months.. im on my second week and my cravings for one are pretty much gone...
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidIt going without saying that any Real Jock would not smoke because of its effect on athletic performance. You simply can't breathe properly. If your aim is to be successful in athletics, smoking simple is NOT in the picture.

    Just this week, my friend, Barry Feil, of Plano, found out he has to have his larynx removed. Losing your voice is a bad thing. Barry is in his early fifties.

    My friend, Dave Kenley, a TWA airline pilot who retired at 42, was put in the grave this past May 1st. He suffered from COPD, and smoked to nearly his dieing day. He was 51.

    My mom, as in mother, is the only of her group of friends that smoked that is alive today. My mom suffers from emphysema and is on oxygen 24 x 7, and has been for two years. Unlike her dead friends, she quit smoking when in about 1990, which likely saved her from the lung cancer that each, and every one, of her smoking friends suffered. My mom did have to have a heart valve replaced 2 years ago. Isn't smoking glamorous?

    Smokers stink. A non-smoker can smell them as much as 20 feet away. It's in their clothes, skin, and hair. Smokers are sick. Sick nearly 10 times as much as regular folks. Smokers are nearly 10 times as likely to suffer catastrophic disease costing more than $100,000.00 than regular folks. Smokers have over twice as many sick days from work. Smoking age nearly 20 years faster than an athlete, and nearly 10 years faster than a lay person. It raises your heart rate, ups your blood pressure, and fills your system with cancer-causing toxins.

    Spend some time with my mom, and perhaps that will help your brain to mature to the ability to make some common sense decisions regarding smoking.

    Motivate yourself to put the tobacco down because of how disgusting it is, how it WILL kill you and ruin your quality of life, and how you won't let a little like tobacco win. Grow some balls, put the cigs in the drawer, and start walking. It's that simple. A digit control program.

    I chewed tobacco for 19 years. I stopped by putting my chew in my upper left hand desk drawer and NEVER looking back. You have to get disciplined, perhaps for the first time in your life, tell yourself how disgusting you are, and vow never to let tobacco dictate to you, then, you just go do it. No drama. No crying. JUST DO IT. It's not hard, but, it does require a commitment to change, and a day or two of mild discomfort as you move to the road of wellness. If you have an urge to smoke, think about my mom. If you have an urge to smoke, think about Barry not having a voice this week. If you have an urge to smoke think how you smell like an ashtray. It's a no brainer.

    It just like being a fat person, or a heavy drinker, at some point, you commit to change, and you do it. No one else can do it for you. Time to become a man, and take charge of your life, and not be a sniveling whiner pussy boy.


    [Virtual Applause] In all honesty, I never cease to be amazed by the clarity of your advice, Chuckystud.

    Also, I can relate to part of your reason for not smoking (Though I never have and don't intend to start). I just got out of class where a guy who smokes sat down next to me. Pretty soon after that the suffocating scent of smoke starts rolling off of him, to the point that I actually got up and moved across the room. Being that it was a small English class I could still smell him but our professor had enough sense to leave the door open for ventilation. icon_neutral.gif

    If you really want to quit but you can't go off nicotine cold turkey, try nicotine patches or gum and ween your self off over time.
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    I smoked for 33 yrs.(started at 13), quit on 11/3/08.

    I used accupuncture and a nicotine patch.

    This time, I was also VERY careful with my diet and have not gained any weight. The last time I quit, I gained 35 lbs. in 6 weeks!

    This combination worked for me (individual results may vary).
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    Jan 29, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    My new year's resolution is to quit this year. I've only had 10 this year so far. It's not easy to stop at all I've found. But it's a good goal to have so I'll keep at it. icon_biggrin.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Jan 29, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    Not me. But I never was an smoker addict in the first place. I do it socially, in dancing club and with friend. Quitting was easy for me.
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    Jan 29, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    i seriously need to quit because i wanna start swimming again!!!
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    Jan 29, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    dlwbbtguy saidTell Your doctor to Prescribe you Chantix... It WILL work if you want to quit. Im on it right now actually. you take it for 3 months.. im on my second week and my cravings for one are pretty much gone...



    the patch works too, just have to be committed to it
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    Jan 29, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    I still smoke, and I know it's bad for me.

    I've tried quitting a few times, and went as long as 6 months without a cigarette, so I know it's possible.

    My goal is to be a non-smoker by the end of the year.
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    Jan 29, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    ISk8NY saidI still smoke, and I know it's bad for me.

    I've tried quitting a few times, and went as long as 6 months without a cigarette, so I know it's possible.

    My goal is to be a non-smoker by the end of the year.


    Be a non-smoker by the end of today.


    =D


    You can do it.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 29, 2009 5:00 PM GMT
    Smoke? Just poles. Oh, maybe a Pole's pole. icon_twisted.gif

    I smoke a fat doobie every now and then. A bong session is good after an intense yoga session.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    Moi. *sigh*

    I know I know. Quitting...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 29, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    I just can't imagine smoking in this day and age.. especially with us on this site. Condemn me, but a smoker is just not a fit person in my view.
    Your feeding yourself poison.
  • shoelessj

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    Jan 29, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    i was an occasional smoker, but would go thru a half pack on nights when i was working at a bar. i don't work at a bar anymore, but also you can't smoke in any business in illinois anyway, so that has greatly curtailed my smoking, since i don't smoke if i go to a bar or restaurant, and i think its impolite to leave your friends to go outside and smoke.

    i do enjoy a nice cigar a couple times a week though.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    Um, see my pic?!?!?!? I'll do cigars and....... but NOT cigarettes!
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    I was a light smoker, and then switched to reds. One morning I woke up and hated the way my breathe was so I quit cold turkey. I was hard a few weeks into it but then I never thought of it again. It has been 8 months now and I find is sick when I see other people smoke and am in a social enviornment where people do smoke.

    I do realize I chew gum more, and my eating has increased so you have to get your diet on cue
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    I too am on chantix and it is also my second week - seems to work well.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    I had my last cigarette on May 9, 2008 (although I had been working on quitting). The patch helped me a lot. Now the smell of smoke makes me sick, and I can smell it on people, especially their clothes. I really notice it at the gym and have come close to saying something to people - but you can't make someone quit until he/she is ready to quit.

    I'm really glad I quit. Three of my grandparents never made it past their 60s and they all smoked. The one who didn't lived till her 90s.
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    Jan 29, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    carjock saidMy name is Jason and I'm a smoker.

    Cigarettes are evil, bad for my health and all the rest. I've heard it all, seen the adds on TV. I know, I know, I know.

    I would like to quite, my other half smokes too, he says its not the right time to quite. What have you done to help you quit?




    I forgot to add what I did to help me quit. I've always loved running, so I went running almost every day (when the weather was nice). I avoided the places or activities that made me want to smoke. I used the patch for 2-3 weeks. I quit hanging out with people who smoke. Every time I see someone smoking or smell smoke, I say to myself, "I'm so glad I quit."