quitting smoking

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    Oct 07, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
    I have yet to quit, or to try to quit.

    But i have taken breaks for set periods of time. Last Spring, I set the goal of not smoking for a week... just to see if i could. I did, and it was hard. For me, day two and three were the worst.

    I got so antsy.

    One thing that took up a little time for me, was to roll all my change. It helped... temporarily.

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    Dec 29, 2010 12:01 PM GMT
    Resurrecting this thread as i and hoping others who want to quit for their New Years resolution can post and get support from fellows who have quit. And for ones who need motivation and reassurance/support can look here.

    Basically, I'm doing this for my health, my families health, and so that I can hit the high notes/hold the long notes in karaoke! lol
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    Found some info on the effects of quitting, here they are:

    In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.

    In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.

    In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.

    In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.

    In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.

    In 3 to 9 months coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.

    In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.

    In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

    In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

    In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.


    So far, so good! I'm at the 72 hour mark, yay!
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    This is so commendable, well done.

    I would say that the best thing that you could do is make sure that you keep in each other in check. Smoking is an extremely social activity, and if you and your roommate are close, you've probably been out having a smoke together more often than not -- it's something that non-smokers don't understand, there's a bond having a quick ten-minute break while smoking and having a quick conversation to get the stress of the day out of you.

    I would recommend that yourself and your roommate find another activity to replace that kind of time. Do something together, and make it a long-lasting commitment even after you're done being roommates. It'll create a lasting bond as you grow out of this terrible habit, while keeping it in a constant check.
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Someone was just telling me that a friend took plastic straws, cut them down to cigarette size and filled her pack with them. Then, on her lunch break, or any time really that she would normally smoke, she would just go out and chew on the straws, fake smoke them, whatever. This might help if you are very much a situational smoker. Good luck man!
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Nicorette!
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Peppermints
    You can put something in your mouth,and since its like mint in makes you not want to smoke
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    Jan 04, 2011 11:21 AM GMT
    One of my resolutions was to quit, but it's not going so well. Definitely going to check out some aid...Nicorette, ect.
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    I found menthol cigarillos for $1 per pack, no tax (buy'em on the reservation).
    Fuck quitting. Now I don't have to spend $200/month on cigs...more like $20 now. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    My best piece of advice would be not to surround yourself with smokers (chain smokers) and to pick a healthy hobby that will engage you. Replacing a bad habit with something good like a sport or running. You can do it!
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Congrats on quiting...but the journey is still rough cause you will start to go through the withdrawals and crave those "little soldiers of death." (from Rockin Roller) If jo to porn isn't on your list. Thats a good one cause it keeps your hand busy and improves your sex drive lol icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 05, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    Toothpicks, Zen magnets (or bucky balls), and self control.
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    Jan 08, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    Lunchbox is out to lunch as he hasn't been active (on RJ)since May '10. lol I would also like to know if he and his quitting partner have stuck to their plan.

    As for myself, it's been one week already and I am doing great. I'm just looking forward to all the money I'll be saving, lol.
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    Jan 25, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    if you can afford it, try chantix. i have many friends that it has helped
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    Jul 12, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidAnyway, best part is getting your time back....no more planning to hit the store (is that one still open? --better hurry!) and taking 10min breaks every hour. Smoking is time consuming. icon_smile.gif


    You know what, though, I kinda want to keep up with the breaks. That's been one of my favorite aspects of smoking, the time out from everything so I can collect my thoughts and center myself. I plan to keep it up.

    So far... 51.5 hours of no smoke.
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    Jul 12, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    RumbleStud saidToothpicks, Zen magnets (or bucky balls), and self control.


    Seriously best advice above.
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    Jul 12, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    When I quit a couple years ago I did it cold turkey. It was kind of a mind over matter thing, for me anyway. The gum and toothpick things help. Any hand to mouth activity that would replace a cigarette like carrot sticks, Twizzlers, gum, lollipops, etc. can trick the brain into thinking your doing the same routine without all the negative side effects and ashtray smell afterwards. Also, you should make mini goals instead of looking at the whole long term thing. since the first two weeks are the hardest make like a 3 day goal and when you beat that tell yourself if you can do that you can def do 4 days. Then after a while of focusing on the little goals you can see that you made a real accomplishment. Also, stay busy whether it be cleaning, working out, going out, anything to change up the old routine.