by Adie
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It's been 2 weeks since the last time I smoked a stick of Philip Morris and I am happy I survived everyday during the first week. I don't think I'm gonna smoke again....

I'm 37 and I smoked since I was 20..... and in the last 10 years I smoked around 15 sticks a day... I can't believe I accomplished this far.... I feel stronger day by day..
  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    Adie! Congrats!!

    Quitting, is not easy! I quit smoking cigarettes years ago, but, I still have a cigar here and there! Not a big ol' stogie, they're little and resemble a cigarette, but still, I have one.

    Yes, I think you should celebrate!

    ~ Theresa
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Should I celebrate?

      Oh yea you should! This is not an easy task. Congrats.

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

      Adie! Congrats!!

      Quitting, is not easy! I quit smoking cigarettes years ago, but, I still have a cigar here and there! Not a big ol' stogie, they're little and resemble a cigarette, but still, I have one.

      Yes, I think you should celebrate!

      ~ Theresa
      You too? Haha!

      Do you mean cigarillos? Have you tried the flavored ones?

      Oh, Congrats to you, Adie!

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        You too? Haha!

        Do you mean cigarillos? Have you tried the flavored ones?

        Oh, Congrats to you, Adie!

        Terra
        Ha! I love the flavored ones! Peach and strawberry! My cigar of choice is a Swisher Sweet little cigar. They come in a pack like cigarettes, 20, and the filter is all sweet! :p

        I go all "Clint Eastwood" and have one when I go for a ride.. you should see the hat I wear! Hilarious!

        What's your #favflav? <---- Jack in the box commercial reference!

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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

          Ha! I love the flavored ones! Peach and strawberry! My cigar of choice is a Swisher Sweet little cigar. They come in a pack like cigarettes, 20, and the filter is all sweet! :p

          I go all "Clint Eastwood" and have one when I go for a ride.. you should see the hat I wear! Hilarious!

          What's your #favflav? <---- Jack in the box commercial reference!

          ~ Theresa
          I like those too!

          And peach is my favorite as well!

          Mine is at the race track when hubby races his dragster. I got tired of biting all of my pretty fingernails down to nubs, lol!

          I'm not sure what I look like and I'm not sure I want to know either, haha!

          The other racers think it's cute though. :rolleyes:

          As a matter of fact, I'll be leaving today around 2 for the race track and have my peachies ready to go.

          Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Celebrate? Hell yes!!!

    I quit smoking about 4-5 yrs ago, but want to start again

    @Theresa - I used to love Colts Cigars! How do you manage to smoke a cigar without wanting to go back smoking cigs again?

    I would love to buy a package of Colts, but fear that I will end up smoking cigs again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Celebrate? Hell yes!!!

      I quit smoking about 4-5 yrs ago, but want to start again

      @Theresa - I used to love Colts Cigars! How do you manage to smoke a cigar without wanting to go back smoking cigs again?

      I would love to buy a package of Colts, but fear that I will end up smoking cigs again.
      I'll admit, when the stress is high, it is tempting to start again, but I always remember how "stressful" it was to quit! However, even in those situations, cigarettes NEVER tempt me. I really don't ever want one. I do enjoy my silly cigars though.

      I've never had a Colts... I'll have to look for those and try one!! My non-professional and bad advise is, if you "want" to start smoking again, which is where I was when I allowed myself a cigar here and there, was to do just that. Allow myself once in a while. That way I didn't feel like I was NEVER EVER EVER GOING TO ENJOY SOMETHING I LOVED SO MUCH, EVER AGAIN!

      Sorry for the drama, but that's the way it felt. It's been a stupid stressful few years, and I really didn't want to smoke again, this was my solution.

      ~ Theresa
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      <snip> I would love to buy a package of Colts, but fear that I will end up smoking cigs again.

      Don't even consider it, Jodi. I know from experience that it only takes one and the monkey is firmly entrenched on your back again.

      Some people can just have a few and be fine. It's not worth the gamble to find out if you're one of them. <With all due respect to Theresa, who posted while I was writing.>

      Think of it like alcoholism. You can quit, but you're still an addict.

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      • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
        Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

        Don't even consider it, Jodi. I know from experience that it only takes one and the monkey is firmly entrenched on your back again.

        Some people can just have a few and be fine. It's not worth the gamble to find out if you're one of them. <With all due respect to Theresa, who posted while I was writing.>

        Think of it like alcoholism. You can quit, but you're still an addict.

        <This post brought to you by NBC's "The More You Know">
        HAHAHAHA!! Dan, you're hilarious! I fully admit that it's not worth the risk if you even think you may go back. Once something, anything, controls you then it's dangerous.

        I know how hard it was to quit, I never forget it! Would I go back to smoking, no. Once you (referring to anyone) uses the words "is it worth the gamble", then the answer is always, no.

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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    @ Terra

    Oh my! I'd bite my nails down too!! Please tell him that some strange lady in Washington wishes him tons of luck today, and to stay safe!

    ~ Theresa
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

      @ Terra

      Oh my! I'd bite my nails down too!! Please tell him that some strange lady in Washington wishes him tons of luck today, and to stay safe!

      ~ Theresa
      I will, Theresa!

      And thanks for the well wishes! I appreciate it!

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by Adie View Post

    It's been 2 weeks since the last time I smoked a stick of Philip Morris and I am happy I survived everyday during the first week. I don't think I'm gonna smoke again....

    I'm 37 and I smoked since I was 20..... and in the last 10 years I smoked around 15 sticks a day... I can't believe I accomplished this far.... I feel stronger day by day..
    Adie; You did the hardest part. "I don't think I'm gonna smoke again...."?

    That's bad language. You're not going to smoke again.

    You did a very difficult thing already. Don't ruin it.

    Oh, yeah...you should be congratulated. But it isn't over.
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Thanks, Theresa! I'll have to go to the next town to see if they have any there, and if they do, I shall be enjoying a few this evening!

    I'm not stressed, I've just never felt right since quitting. I'd love to be able to have a smoke every now and then, but I know I'd be back to a pack a day in no time. Maybe the cigars will curb that appetite for me....I hope!

    I do want to try the electronic cigs, but would have to purchase the ones with nicotine from the states of which I run the risk of them be confiscated at the border as they won't allow the sale of the nicotine cigs here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Thanks, Theresa! I'll have to go to the next town to see if they have any there, and if they do, I shall be enjoying a few this evening!

      I'm not stressed, I've just never felt right since quitting. I'd love to be able to have a smoke every now and then, but I know I'd be back to a pack a day in no time. Maybe the cigars will curb that appetite for me....I hope!

      I do want to try the electronic cigs, but would have to purchase the ones with nicotine from the states of which I run the risk of them be confiscated at the border as they won't allow the sale of the nicotine cigs here.
      Jodi! I know that when I told myself, I wasn't quitting, I simply do not want to smoke anymore, it made a huge difference. Heck, I'm no quitter!

      I guess I look at my cigar thing as "not smoking". I know, silly. I was addicted to cigarettes, I stopped. I think of my cigars as a enjoyable thing, like having a beer. If I ever start feeling like I "need" one, I'm done! Drinking alcohol does not make you an alcoholic, needing it does. Same goes for food, a spouse, drugs, you name it, when you "need" it, you have a problem.

      On a side note, e-cigs are a crazy concept in my mind. Just curious, but have you researched them? I've been meaning to. I really want to know if they actually help people. :confused:

      Where the heck are you that someone would confinscate a nicotine product from you? (Don't have to answer that). I know that if you get caught going to Coeur D' Alene to buy cigs and then coming back into Washington, you get it big time! (Yet they have markets right on the border).

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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

        <snip> My problem is that I feel worse since quitting, not better.
        I dig it. I quit for a while, but the whole time it made my brain itch. Then I allowed myself to have a few while boozing. BAM! Hooked again, although I'm really just a social smoker now. I'm not hiding in the shed with a hand-held fan and a can of air freshener. That's just an excuse, though. I've got to stop completely.

        Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

        <snip> Drinking alcohol does not make you an alcoholic, needing it does. Same goes for food, a spouse, drugs, you name it, when you "need" it, you have a problem.

        On a side note, e-cigs are a crazy concept in my mind. Just curious, but have you researched them? I've been meaning to. I really want to know if they actually help people. :confused:

        ~ Theresa
        There was a study that came out a couple weeks ago (I'll look it up later -- I really need to get back to work!) that said the effects of e-cigs are just as bad as the real ones. All kinds of bad stuff were found in the vapor.

        That said, I initially used them to quit and, had I just puffed on one instead of allowing myself to have real ones, I honestly believe I'd be off completely. The nicotine levels were just enough to stop the brain itch, but low enough to decrease the desire -- unless I was drinking. The lowered inhibitions got me.

        Yeah, yeah: "Well quit drinking, stupid." All I can say is I'm an ingorant jackass.
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        • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
          Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

          I dig it. I quit for a while, but the whole time it made my brain itch. Then I allowed myself to have a few while boozing. BAM! Hooked again, although I'm really just a social smoker now. I'm not hiding in the shed with a hand-held fan and a can of air freshener. That's just an excuse, though. I've got to stop completely.



          There was a study that came out a couple weeks ago (I'll look it up later -- I really need to get back to work!) that said the effects of e-cigs are just as bad as the real ones. All kinds of bad stuff were found in the vapor.

          That said, I initially used them to quit and, had I just puffed on one instead of allowing myself to have real ones, I honestly believe I'd be off completely. The nicotine levels were just enough to stop the brain itch, but low enough to decrease the desire -- unless I was drinking. The lowered inhibitions got me.

          Yeah, yeah: "Well quit drinking, stupid." All I can say is I'm an ingorant jackass.
          Dan. I spent a lot of years in the bar business. I knew many people that smoked and drank socially. (Bars are about social, not alcohol), we kept packs of smokes behind the bar with their names on them...

          I totally get the brain itch! I feel it still when I'm stressed. And, sadly, I have been there with the fan and air freshener!.. My father is a "born again" non-smoker.. UGH! His nagging just made me want to smoke more!

          Back to Adie's thread, getting control over your need is the important part! Take em, or leave em, never need them! I love to hear stories of people that stopped!

          Dan, what the heck is an ingorant jackass? And, booze can be fun! I once got it to rain here just by drinking a few too many beeries and doing a naked rain dance! My neighbors later thanked me for the rain, but they were NOT happy about me scary the bejezus out of their animals!

          Disclaimer: I found out later it was my husband on the roof with a garden hose.

          ~ Theresa
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      • Profile picture of the author waterotter
        [QUOTE=Khemosabi;8479276]Jodi! I know that when I told myself, I wasn't quitting, I simply do not want to smoke anymore, it made a huge difference. Heck, I'm no quitter!

        I'm no quitter either, but I must admit I really enjoyed smoking. I didn't smoke inside my home nor my vehicle, always outside.

        I guess I look at my cigar thing as "not smoking". I know, silly. I was addicted to cigarettes, I stopped. I think of my cigars as a enjoyable thing, like having a beer. If I ever start feeling like I "need" one, I'm done! Drinking alcohol does not make you an alcoholic, needing it does. Same goes for food, a spouse, drugs, you name it, when you "need" it, you have a problem.

        Like I said above "I enjoyed smoking". Do I need them? No. Do I want them? Yes. Sort of on the fence here, lol.

        On a side note, e-cigs are a crazy concept in my mind. Just curious, but have you researched them? I've been meaning to. I really want to know if they actually help people. :confused:

        Theresa, I haven't researched them. I have a website (older project) for e-cigs on a thumb drive, somewhere. You can get nicotine free e-cigs here in Canada. There was talk on the news last evening suggesting we have a generation of young teens who are addicted to nicotine due to the e-cig. That's scary. They aren't being regulated properly, so I imagine they will come out with new laws in the near future with much more stricter regulations.

        Where the heck are you that someone would confinscate a nicotine product from you? (Don't have to answer that). I know that if you get caught going to Coeur D' Alene to buy cigs and then coming back into Washington, you get it big time! (Yet they have markets right on the border).

        I live in Ontario, Canada. Right next door to Algonquin Park!
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post


        On a side note, e-cigs are a crazy concept in my mind. Just curious, but have you researched them? I've been meaning to. I really want to know if they actually help people. :confused:



        ~ Theresa
        The only thing I know about e-cigs is that my son had one a while back and said, Mom, try this.

        I said, No, yuck!

        He said, C'mon, just try it.

        I did. And I coughed and choked and hacked!

        He laughed at me!

        I never choked like that from a cig, not even my first time and yes, I inhaled.

        Anyway, I knew then they weren't for me.

        Terra
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Okay, off to the races with hands in pockets so I won't chew my nails, lol! It's not time for a peach cigar yet, I'm not at the track.

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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Whoops, sorry Dan, I didn't even see you post.

    My problem is that I feel worse since quitting, not better. After close to five years without cigs and nothing has changed. Food doesn't even taste better. I don't have more energy, I have far less. Everything seems to be the opposite of what everyone said would happen and truth be told, I feel miserable.

    If the store has the colts, I'm going to try one or two this evening. I guess it depends on how far I want to drive to get them. I shall see.
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    • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Whoops, sorry Dan, I didn't even see you post.

      My problem is that I feel worse since quitting, not better. After close to five years without cigs and nothing has changed. Food doesn't even taste better. I don't have more energy, I have far less. Everything seems to be the opposite of what everyone said would happen and truth be told, I feel miserable.

      If the store has the colts, I'm going to try one or two this evening. I guess it depends on how far I want to drive to get them. I shall see.
      I didn't notice anymore energy or my food tasting any different either. The only thing I was grateful for, was my breathing back! I like to run long distance, but I can't anymore because of my legs. I do take short runs. Even when I was a smoker I would run long distance. I guess I was just used to it. Anyhooooo....

      If you feel miserable, I am going to go say Sal would have better advice than me, but it may be a vitamin thing! I take B-12, it really helps my energy level without making me all hooky. I am very anemic which will make you tired!

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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Whoops, sorry Dan, I didn't even see you post.

      My problem is that I feel worse since quitting, not better. After close to five years without cigs and nothing has changed. Food doesn't even taste better. I don't have more energy, I have far less. Everything seems to be the opposite of what everyone said would happen and truth be told, I feel miserable.

      If the store has the colts, I'm going to try one or two this evening. I guess it depends on how far I want to drive to get them. I shall see.

      Wow, you really, really want to start smoking again, don't you.

      Then think of this;

      Your teeth are not yellow like they used to be.
      Your breath doesn't smell like a truck stop ashtray like it used to.
      Half the men you meet aren't instantly turned off because you smoke.

      You aren't spending a few thousand dollars a year on a habit that is nearly universally reviled in civilized countries. You know who is instantly turned off by a woman smoking? Healthy intelligent men. The same for guys...it's healthy intelligent women.

      There. Maybe that will help.

      Not quitting because you are weak? I understand that.
      Starting smoking when you are a kid to impress your friends? I get that.

      Deciding, when you are an adult...to start smoking?

      No argument is good enough.

      Of course, why listen to me?
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    My philosophy?

    If you ever have to ask yourself "should I celebrate"

    The answer is..YES.

    Life's too short to not celebrate your victories.

    Especially when the victory is regarding your health.

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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    I hear ya loud and clear, Claude. Are you by any way a reformed smoker?

    ETA:

    Wow, you really, really want to start smoking again, don't you.
    Yes I do.

    I've been engaged three times, almost four. I don't anticipate a fourth, now. I'm too independent and quite able to support myself and Riley. My house is paid for, so I can spend the money on cig's without feeling guilty.

    Life is short, I want to enjoy the time I have!
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    @ Claude

    You know who smokes the most in my house? Our ghost, and our cat! I think the cat chides the ghost and pressures him... just sayin!

    You can think and say all you want about intelligent men and women, but I do consider myself um, and Terra, and Jodi, Dan... among the "I'm not so think as you dumb I am" (Mash quote, only changed).

    It's fun to have opinions! But, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I do have a ghost in my house. Even the guy that installed our blinds saw him... hmmm..

    That being said... not everyone that smokes has yellow stained teeth, coughs, has a raspy ol' voice. Some of us, me, Terra, enjoy a little cigar here and there. Why fuss? Why on Earth would you even insinuate that Jodi couldn't catch "an intelligent" man if she smokes?

    Seems to me that we come down here because we all accept our individual vices. Be it, smoking a doobie, being overweight, likes Asti, smokes, whatever. I just never pictured you as a "name caller".

    I get why you don't like smokers, I agree, it's a super bad habit. So are a lot of things. I'm sorry you don't like me because I smoke a cigar. I'm sorry you think only intelligent people don't smoke. I"m sorry that you think my husband is a dumbass for marrying me. (I smoked when he met me). He's obviously stupid! Right?

    Again, I respect your opinions Claude, but when you disreguard anyone else's because of bias, I have to wonder.

    Color me a stupid smoker ~ Theresa
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

      @ Claude

      You know who smokes the most in my house? Our ghost, and our cat! I think the cat chides the ghost and pressures him... just sayin!

      You can think and say all you want about intelligent men and women, but I do consider myself um, and Terra, and Jodi, Dan... among the "I'm not so think as you dumb I am" (Mash quote, only changed).

      It's fun to have opinions! But, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I do have a ghost in my house. Even the guy that installed our blinds saw him... hmmm..

      That being said... not everyone that smokes has yellow stained teeth, coughs, has a raspy ol' voice. Some of us, me, Terra, enjoy a little cigar here and there. Why fuss? Why on Earth would you even insinuate that Jodi couldn't catch "an intelligent" man if she smokes?

      Seems to me that we come down here because we all accept our individual vices. Be it, smoking a doobie, being overweight, likes Asti, smokes, whatever. I just never pictured you as a "name caller".

      I get why you don't like smokers, I agree, it's a super bad habit. So are a lot of things. I'm sorry you don't like me because I smoke a cigar. I'm sorry you think only intelligent people don't smoke. I"m sorry that you think my husband is a dumbass for marrying me. (I smoked when he met me). He's obviously stupid! Right?

      Again, I respect your opinions Claude, but when you disreguard anyone else's because of bias, I have to wonder.

      Color me a stupid smoker ~ Theresa

      Theresa; I meant no offence. I said a blanket statement that wasn't fair. An accurate statement is that most men find smoking a turn off, because most men don't smoke. And healthy people tend to be non-smokers. And to non-smoking adults (if you ask) smoking is almost universally not considered healthy, wise, or attractive. It isn't an opinion. There are plenty of surveys.

      I'm talking about (and was talking about) cigarette smoking. For some reason, pipe smoke and cigars don't get quite the same reaction. Some pipe tobacco and cigar smoke actually has a pleasant smell (at least I think so). But cigarettes? I've never heard a non-smoker say they enjoyed the smell of cigarette smoke. Have you?

      But if you smoke, I can tell you from personal experience, that anyone that tries to stop you, (or tries to get you to not start smoking again), is thought of as an arrogant judgmental ass.
      For example, your post. And me...the arrogant judgmental ass.

      I was actually hoping that I could convince the OP and "Waterotter" to not start smoking again. It wasn't directed at you at all. It wasn't meant to be taken in any way, by you...at all. I'm sorry if you misunderstood my motives or who I was talking to.

      I'm happy that you smoke. Please don't stop. Tell your ghost I said "Boo" (He'll know what I mean)

      I stopped smoking when I was about seven years old. I inhaled once, threw up, and found it pretty easy to quit.

      My father didn't quit...and it slowly ate him alive. If your ghost died from smoking, he can tell you all about it.

      I was trying to get the Waterotter to reconsider...for her benefit, not mine. I could tell by her language in her post...that she really wanted to smoke again, and probably would. My post was an honest attempt to get her to not waste all that effort that she put into quitting. I'll never meet her, or you. It was none of my business.

      I was just trying to perform a good deed.

      Honest.
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      • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        Theresa; I meant no offence. I said a blanket statement that wasn't fair. An accurate statement is that most men find smoking a turn off, because most men don't smoke. And healthy people tend to be non-smokers. And to non-smoking adults (if you ask) smoking is almost universally not considered healthy, wise, or attractive. It isn't an opinion. There are plenty of surveys.
        Thank you Claude, no offense taken. I agree with your points on smoking being frowned upon. What I think gets my fur up is people that make judgement calls on anyone. ie: My sister is overweight, and often times she'll get people that judge her (sometimes outloud) for having a bag of chips in her cart.
        I get that people don't like the smell of smoke. You know what I don't like, perfume! I, like Sal, have a super sensitive nose and some perfumes trigger breathing problems for me. They have my whole life. Men's cologne does the same thing, yet it's still acceptable. I know, weird that perfume bothers me but smoke does not.



        I'm talking about (and was talking about) cigarette smoking. For some reason, pipe smoke and cigars don't get quite the same reaction. Some pipe tobacco and cigar smoke actually has a pleasant smell (at least I think so). But cigarettes? I've never heard a non-smoker say they enjoyed the smell of cigarette smoke. Have you?
        Nope. But I have heard a lot of them bitch about it! :rolleyes:

        But if you smoke, I can tell you from personal experience, that anyone that tries to stop you, (or tries to get you to not start smoking again), is thought of as an arrogant judgmental ass.
        For example, your post. And me...the arrogant judgmental ass.
        I get you here, seriously. And, you're right. Smokers are sensitive (most often overly), to "advice". Here's the secret though, THEY KNOW IT'S BAD FOR THEM! Heavy people know they need to lose weight, alcoholics know.. and so on. Arrogant, judgemental asses... they need to be reminded.
        OK, I KID, I KID!!! KIDDING CLAUDE!!! Read on please!

        I was actually hoping that I could convince the OP and "Waterotter" to not start smoking again. It wasn't directed at you at all. It wasn't meant to be taken in any way, by you...at all. I'm sorry if you misunderstood my motives or who I was talking to.
        I am guilty of this thread going in the wrong direction!! I am so proud of Adie. I NEVER wanted to give the impression that going back to smoking is good, or "just have a cigar" is acceptable. Gads no! What was a stupid confession turned out to be a fun topic .. and Adie, I am so sorry for the thread getting hijacked!!
        Back at Claude, I didn't take your thread as directed at me. It's a forum, sorta screams conversation doesn't it? I used myself as an example to your statement referring to "intelligent men". Some men don't find me attractive because I have blond hair.. Gosh. I will admit that I got into your yard. Again with the "intelligent men", I got miffed. Your statement made me think that you thought Jodi couldn't catch a man, my husband was a dumbass, and so must be Terra's. Oh, and Dan must be stupid too. I know you didn't mean it, but to me, it was worth pointing out. Nuff said.

        I'm happy that you smoke. Please don't stop. Tell your ghost I said "Boo" (He'll know what I mean)
        This made me laugh. I'm glad you're happy! Me and the cat. Niel, however, is not so happy at your message. I'll let you deal with that.

        I stopped smoking when I was about seven years old. I inhaled once, threw up, and found it pretty easy to quit.
        Serves you right! There's an age requirement on those suckers for a reason!

        My father didn't quit...and it slowly ate him alive. If your ghost died from smoking, he can tell you all about it.
        I'm so sorry about your father. I get it Claude, smoking is selfish. I think what truly defines an adult is living your life for the benefit of others. It took me a long time to learn that! I used to be "all growed up and did what I wanted". But I also learned that giving up "youself" was to no one's benefit either.

        I asked Niel about smoking.. he said no,he didn't smoke, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

        I was trying to get the Waterotter to reconsider...for her benefit, not mine. I could tell by her language in her post...that she really wanted to smoke again, and probably would. My post was an honest attempt to get her to not waste all that effort that she put into quitting. I'll never meet her, or you. It was none of my business.
        I too do not want Jodi to start smoking again!! And you're so right about the effort put into stopping....
        As far as none of your business... not so! There are a lot of us who look forward to you posts! You gave great advice! Your intentions were clear! I think in my failed way, I was trying to get a point across about "bias". I don't always like some of the things I read here, but it NEVER means I don't learn something. I learn about topics, and I learn about people... how can that be wrong?

        And, on a long awaited final note... GHOSTS ARE REAL! YOU ARROGANT JUDGMENTAL ASS!

        Kidding again Claude! But I did give Niel some crayons and he is writting you a note as I type...

        I was just trying to perform a good deed.

        Honest.
        You did perform a good deed, indeed! I'm off to feed the horses, dogs, husband... I don't have a cat, anymore. I wish you and all a super weekend!

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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

          I used myself as an example to your statement referring to "intelligent men". Some men don't find me attractive because I have blond hair.. Gosh. I will admit that I got into your yard. Again with the "intelligent men", I got miffed. Your statement made me think that you thought Jodi couldn't catch a man, my husband was a dumbass, and so must be Terra's. Oh, and Dan must be stupid too. I know you didn't mean it, but to me, it was worth pointing out. Nuff said.

          I get it Claude, smoking is selfish. I think what truly defines an adult is living your life for the benefit of others.
          Theresa; Quickly, I shouldn't have used the word Intelligent in my diatribe.
          It colored the meaning in a way I didn't intend. It was incorrect. Plenty of intelligent people smoke. I was wrong, and your reaction was understandable.

          And smoking isn't selfish. I think it's just a need. Is eating selfish, drinking water? Anyway, you handled yourself well, and treated me (after I licked my self inflicted wounds) kindly.

          Claude "I can dish it out, but I can't take it" Whitacre

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          Adie; Congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Bravo Adie. You are past the worst of it. Start seeing yourself, and thinking of yourself as a non-smoker now.

    I quit sometime right after finishing college. I remember thinking to myself, "Someday I'll quit smoking." And I soon realized someday never comes unless I make it so. I had visions of being 70 years old and continuing to want to quit. (If I lived that long.)

    Nicotine addiction can actually be stronger than heroin addiction. A friend of mine who died a few months back, was so hooked, he even continued to smoke while using a walker and being on an oxygen bottle 24/7. He was 65 years old, but looked like he was 85.

    He had some other serious health issues, but the doctors said he would not survive the surgery for them because of his emphysema. The cause of emphysema is smoking.

    I'm glad you quit.

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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Yes, Adie, you should celebrate and keep thinking of yourself as a non-smoker.

    One of the biggest things that helped me quit chewing tobacco was to visualize my self doing things I enjoyed doing while chewing, such as reading the Sunday Papers. Except I would visualize myself doing those same activities without chewing.

    If I ever got the urge (actually a Tony Robbins technique I read), I would picture myself chewing - like on a big movie screen. Then mentally visualize that screen shattering into thousands of pieces and replace the image with one of me doing that same activity without the chew. Do that until the urge passes.

    Another thing that worked is fear of getting oral cancer. It's pretty ugly and can be disfiguring, if not deadly.

    Not really into TV preachers, but I very recently heard one say that you get more of something if you respect it. Something about that statement has stuck with me. Somehow, I think it also applies to quitting smoking. Perhaps more health? More money as smokes are very expensive now? etc, etc...


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  • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
    Congratulations!

    And....definitely celebrate! You should be very proud of yourself. You're fighting a tough battle and have gotten much farther than many.

    Keep it up and keep us posted.
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    From one ex-smoker to another, congrats, Adie!
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  • Profile picture of the author pryidevsblog
    Yeah, You should celebrate ...
    I am chain smoker and I try a lot to quite cigarette but every time I decide I fail and start it again. But after your thread I motivate again. Now I will quite smoke.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Should I celebrate?
      No, otherwise you might be prone to doing more negative things just to reward yourself with a celebration when you quit doing something you should never have started in the frst place.

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  • Profile picture of the author Vector Graphics
    I feel your pain man although I did not smoke for as long as you did. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. The hardest part is getting through the first week or two so don't give up now! I've had two guy from my old work get lung cancer because of smoking and it isn't worth it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    Congrats on quitting smoking.

    My dad who's 65. Had been smoking since he was 18. So if my math's correct he smoked for 42 years and then a month before his 60th birthday he just quit cold turkey and hasn't picked up nor thought about a cigarette since.

    And he used to smoke a few packs a day everyday. Every time you saw him he'd have a cig in his mouth.

    I'm glad he quit. I haven't smoked cigs in a few years. Though I do still occasionally light up my tobacco pipe. But that's done rarely.

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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I just discovered that I'm psychologically tougher than I thought. I tried e-cig a year ago but that doesn't let me quit smoking. When I'm not in front of my PC, I'm in my auto repair shop. I have 6 employees working here (mechanics, auto-denters, painters, electricians) and 5 of them are strong smokers. For more than 2 weeks already, I managed to chat with them while they have cigarettes between their fingers. It is normal for us (with my employees) to have couple of beers together during Friday afternoon after work and I survived in both Fridays having 2 bottles of beers in front of smokers without a single stick of cigarette.

    BTW, I never liked cigars (too strong for me)...

    I enjoyed smoking. But my health as a 37-year old single guy is more important. I started going to gym for a week now every other day and I feel stronger and more energetic.

    Thanks for your comments.. This is an additional motivation for me..

    and Adie, I am so sorry for the thread getting hijacked!!
    No problem..
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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    Adie! I'm so proud of you! For years I thought I couldn't quit because of being in the bar business.. it was the norm.

    You being around a bunch of people smoking and then going a step further and going to a bar... AWESOME AND AMAZING!!! You, are a rock star!!!

    You got it licked! Again, congrats!

    And, I humbly thank you for not being mad about the thread going astray (or should I say ashtray!) ???

    Go celebrate (if you haven't already). You accomplished one of the hardest things to do!

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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Khemosabi View Post

      And, I humbly thank you for not being mad about the thread going astray (or should I say ashtray!) ???
      If I didn't like you already (which I did) I surely would after that pun. What can I said, I'm a "words" guys.
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      • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        If I didn't like you already (which I did) I surely would after that pun. What can I said, I'm a "words" guys.
        Thanks Dennis!

        I always look forward to your posts! (As well as many others in here!) Although I do have to use a dictionary for some of Mr. Myers' posts! :confused:

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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Wow!

          I leave for the race track and miss all of the uh, can't call it fun, uh, can't call it excitement, er, tension, haha!

          I am proud to announce that I only smoked half of one peachie though!

          So where are my accolades? HAHA! I kid, I kid.

          Claude and Theresa: I love ya both!

          Adie: Congratulations!! You are doing a fantastic job and I am so proud of you!!

          One thing for sure though,

          This thread is...

          Wait for it...

          SMOKIN'! Haha!

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          • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
            yes, Adie, you should celebrate! I quit smoking cigarettes in 2007 - I quit cold turkey - after 3 other failed attempts

            flavoured cigarillos are a treat that I indulge in every once in a while - Jodi, it won't make you want to start smoking cigs again if you had one- because you don't inhale them - just puff on them and get the nice sweet taste of your favorite flavour.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmazingP
    Originally Posted by Adie View Post

    It's been 2 weeks since the last time I smoked a stick of Philip Morris and I am happy I survived everyday during the first week. I don't think I'm gonna smoke again....

    I'm 37 and I smoked since I was 20..... and in the last 10 years I smoked around 15 sticks a day... I can't believe I accomplished this far.... I feel stronger day by day..
    Use your excitement to continue not smoking anymore. With smoking, we are slowly killing our body with chemicals...this is akin to chemical warfare...:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    flavoured cigarillos are a treat that I indulge in every once in a while - Jodi, it won't make you want to start smoking cigs again if you had one- because you don't inhale them - just puff on them and get the nice sweet taste of your favorite flavour.
    Karen and Theresa,

    Thanks! I did buy a pack of Colts Mild, Rum and Wine flavored. I actually smoked seven of them (somebody else smoked the last one), over the course of the weekend.

    To my surprised, it did the trick, as I don't have that brain itch now - I don't want a cig.

    The next time I get the brain itch, I won't hesitate to get some more Colts!

    @ Claude, I really do appreciate your concern. Thank you.
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    It's been months since I posted this thread and yes, I maintain my condition. I was able to avoid some difficult time..I'm not craving anymore
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      I smoked all kinds of stuff (cigs, cigars, flavoured cigs/cigars rollups) since I was 16. I loved it, enjoyed it, was addicted to it, craved it. Have/ Had no intention of giving it up. Despite all the warnings and pressure.

      About a year ago a Tec support guy at work (they all smoke) said try this, handing me his flashlight sized e-cig, big battery and tank. Flavor was apple Frost, apple and menthol. wonderful, with a nice nicotine kick. Loved it, switched straight away. Got a smaller battery and tank though. Completely avoided these expensive caplet versions that looked like cigs.

      Fluid is dirt cheap, lots of flavors. The tank you replace once a month, about 7 bucks.

      No more smelly clothes, taste has returned. No secondary smoking (its been proved that no one can be adversely affected by it, mostly just water vapour) No tar, carthagins.

      All that's left is the Nicotine, the only thing you really crave. As to the effects of nicotine. Like smoking the gum or the patches really, I don't know.

      But, you really have to say, what are the long term effects of chewing nicotine gum which is what it essentially is.

      Probably kill you in the end but methinks I shall live a lot longer now before I do.

      This is just the experiences of a long term smoker who switched. If I ever try a cig now I put it out, ugg, taste like a bonfire.

      Not making any judgements here. But perhaps suggest if you do go back to wanting to smoke, better to go the e-cig route.

      The only difficulty I had transferring was a 2 week period of missing the lighting up ritual!

      PS in my Health Select insurance policy at work I had to declare that I was a smoker so a higher premium. I updated that to non smoker when I switched after clearly reading their policy on this. E-Cigs, we do not class as smoking! Saved me $360.00 a year
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      It's been months since I posted this thread and yes, I maintain my condition. I was able to avoid some difficult time..I'm not craving anymore
      Good for you! You should be very proud of yourself for sticking with it.
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi,

        Was just passing by and I saw this thread. I quit on April 13th this year after 28 years of smoking.

        Good to hear you kept it going Adie.

        The biggest problem I have had has been weight gain around the middle. The rest of my body is fighting fit. I never realised how badly it would affect me psychologically to gain weight/waist inches, but it has. The upside is that I am having fun and learning new lessons as I go to war on the midriff with an improved diet and a self-inflicted boot-camp style enhanced fitness program.

        I quit cold turkey just using mints (not nicotine ones) and I developed a habit with these which I had to crack after about six months due to possible weight issues (they're full of sugar) and tooth sensitivity. I replaced them with sugar-free gum, but am now concerned about bloating issues from the xylitol....(it never seems to end until there are no treats left!)

        My two favourite things about this new phase of my life are -

        a) not being a slave to addiction

        b) not using my hard-earned, already-taxed income to give straight back to the drug-pusher in 11 Downing Street (UK tobacco is approx 73.5% tax.)

        Benson & Hedges | Tesco Cigarette Prices | mySupermarket

        £8.33 for 20 cigarettes which is approx. US $13.62

        Now I will go to spend Christmas with my sister who I haven't seen for a year who smokes like a chimney - who will suffer the most? Me being around her or her being around me?

        Yes, of course you should celebrate Adie! There are hundreds of reasons why, you know this now, right?

        Seasons greetings to all.
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    Celebrate! You deserve it
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