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    • CommentAuthornoire
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I really can't deal with smoking anymore. I feel it's my time to quit, and maybe add a decade or two to my life, provided I don't get smashed to death by a truck first, but alas, I have many found memories of smoking, and I'm finding it hard not to buy another pack.

    Of course, the smell, the way the smoke wisps around my mouth and down my throat, and the way it burns my lungs, it's simply fantastic, and since our dear governments are making it harder for us working stiffs to afford such a luxury, I figure I should quit while the cigarettes in my area are below 5 dollars a pack. Sounds like a good reason, right? I'd be able to afford more comics, and other activities were I to quit, because it's a whole $200 a month I spend on cigarettes.

    What I want to hear from y'all is how you feel about smoking, and if you quit, what a nightmare it was for you to do so.
  1.  (7674.2)
    I quit 3 weeks ago using chewing gum and I hate to say it, but I've found it piss easy so far. Dont miss it, don't get any cravings and I smoked about 15/20 a day for the last 20 years. I thought the hardest part would be when I was drinking, but no, it never bothered me. However, I actually wanted to give up, I didn't just think I should. That's been the difference between this and previous attempts.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I greatly enjoy smoking, and I live in an area where it's about $9/pack.

    I've tried quitting every so often, but I'm just not ready to quit. I can tell this because despite all my knowledge of its negative health effects and my own history of health, I rarely go more than a few days without. I don't think I need to go on about why it's so good, you know that already.
    I also live with someone who smokes a ton. My friends are all smokers. All the movies I watch have smoking in it. When I drink, I prefer to punctuate it with a cigarette and I drink *a lot*. In fact, there really isn't any way for me to get away from it unless I were to move out into a shack in the forest.
    Just keep thinking of the health benefits, find things to do when you're bored & the mind starts wandering and gnaw on something when it starts to get frustrating. Quitting is one of the best things you could do for yourself.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010 edited
    Quitting is one of the best things you could do for yourself.

    If you wanna smoke, by all means, smoke up! I'm all for everyone doing whatever they want. I do, to put it bluntly, think smoking is gross, but I do tons of things that other people surely find gross.

    I know tons of smokers that have quit for various amounts of time. I even know a guy that quit for almost three years before he started.

    I smoked for seven years and quit ten years ago this past Thanksgiving. I haven't had a single cigarette since I quit. Like Audley Strange, I found it pretty easy, but there were some tricks, and it wasn't all a cake walk. The most difficult thing to get over, for me, was driving. I always had the window open and was smoking a cigarette. It felt like I was missing an arm when I wouldn't smoke. But I eventually got over it.

    It makes the whole thing a lot easier if you really want to quit, and it doesn't hurt to have strong will power. Every time I wanted a cigarette, I would just remind myself how much more I wanted to not have one.

    God luck, and don't kid yourself. If you wanna be a smoker, fuck it. Smoke. But if you wanna quit, fucking do it!
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010 edited
    Uh sorry, I have never been chemically addicted. I miss the physical part of it. The excuse to step outside. The halo of smoke that keeps non smokers away when I'm stressed. It comes to me to smoke when I'm drinking or stuck in heavy traffic. But I rarely ever nicfit.

    The last pack I bought was in October, I think. I just stopped buying them. Largely out of a lack of money. Every so often I have a little cash now and just try not to think about going to pick up a pack. Still social smoke, but in the last month that has been all of once. And social smoking hapens really only when other smokers offer me a cigarette because they don't realize I don't smoke as much now.

    So I haven't quit exactly. Just slowed waaaayyy down. From time to time I say I stop. And I can stay stopped for a several years at a stretch. So my method is to not buy the things and avoid lighting up.

    Or as my favorite cheeky monkey would say... you just...don't.

    • CommentAuthornoire
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I do want to quit smoking. It's a tedious chore, and I find it makes me unable to focus, or even drift into creative thought. It relaxes me too much, I could just stare at a TV, and watch some mindless action movie without a care until I wanted another cigarette, at which point, I'd smoke another, and then I'd sit on my couch for a couple more hours. It's not like marijuana, but it distracts me just the same, makes my mind hazy. It does help with stress, but I feel I'd find the same ability to cope with it even after I quit.

    I suppose my mind is made up. Now it's time for delicious mind-numbing cravings, and the resistance! How the hell would I survive a zombie outbreak whilst craving a fucking cigarette? Or survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that Illinois surely would become. Super Mutants would be wiping me off their feet. ._.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I quit 4 and half years ago (not that I'm counting), and yeah I do still want one every now and then, in moments of stress especially. But like Glukkake said it IS one of the best things you can do for yourself. One tip - if you have one don't just say bugger it and start again! One is a set back not a restart. Also your lungs will still feel crap for sometime (mmmm lung butter)
    I used to work for a palliative care center, that's enough to put anyone off.....
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I've quit several times.

    Weeks or months after I quit, it was easy to think, "I'm not smoking any more: soI can have just one, and not another;" and after that, it was easy for that one to become two, and then back to one every hour as I was before. In the _West Wing_, Leo the alcoholic said about his drinking, "For me, one drink is too many: and a hundred isn't enough."

    Eventually I reckoned that I'd have to quit eventually, e.g. when I was hopitalized with COPD, on oxygen and unable to get out of bed: then they wouldn't let me smoke anymore ... so given that I'd eventually have the experience of having to quit, then I might as well do it now while I'm relatively healthy.

    I got the doctor to prescribe me Zyban: that worked for me, at least once.

    I had side effects from quitting: it seems to affect my memory and concentration. On the other hand I feel better in various ways.

    The first few days are the hardest: not so much difficult to quit, just difficult to do anything else at all (e.g. to work or to deal with other people or make plans or think or anything like that) while quitting. Easier after the first week. Many of the times I quit were while I was on holiday.

    One thing, for me smoking was a way to swallow my anger.

    I've also gradually replaced the smoking lifestyle with other activities.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    Hey, great timed thread.

    Smoked for years, since I was 12 and have tried to quit many times (for max 9 months). On Saturday I went for my second session of hypnotherapy. Here's the tale:

    In the first session I was interviewed in ridiculous detail for two hours about my smoking, when I smoke, how, which hand, how do I inhale, when's my favourite cigarette, am I oral or hand fixated...etc. Very clever questions that gave the hypnotist lots of info that's was extremely specific to me. I like to smoke fast, hard, all the time, with both hands and enjoy blowing smoke rings in a sensuous barrage of acrid smoke, apparently.

    So, on Saturday I went to the nice Bond Street clinic and got talked into this odd relaxed stupor, "yours arms are heavy, but your mind…" and was fed all the gumf that I had spouted a week earlier, but kind of dosed up on anti-smoke crack. I saw images of me inside my cave-like skull hosing the yellow stain off the inside and down a strange drain and then white washing the inside of my cranium. Then taking off on a plane zooming off from a gigantic cigarette and then jumping off a diving board into a beautiful creamy sky… but the diving board was a massive cigarette. Then me carrying thousands of cigarette in those plastic shopping bags that cut into your hands and slinging them into the sea.

    It felt strangely 'Clockwork Orange'. This was true of the result as well...

    ... I have been programmed. Straight after the session I took my saxophone, that I had with me, and went to a Hackney squat club style gig where there was a rider of 100s of cans of Red Stripe and an 'indoor smoking' policy. My perfect night usually. Instead I got trashed, but did not even consider smoking. Then yesterday I noticed that when I wanted to smoke, unlike usually when I quit I'd settle into an internal debate, now I would think "I want a cigarette" but the thought would have no power, and be oddly dismissed immediately.

    So far it's going well. I'm barking like a dog instead of talking English, but hey…
    • CommentAuthorRonin
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I've been quit for 5-6 years now. I was a heavy smoker. I smoked 2.5-3 packs a day. Then if I went to the bar after work. Forgetaboutit. I think the key to quitting is being ready to quit. If your no really ready then its not gonna happen. Then once you quit. You cant have one once in a while or anything like that. Everyone I know that has played that game has started back up. I still have cravings once and a while. But you just cant give in. As to all the quit smoking aids. If they help you, then great. When I quit I went cold turkey. But I'm of stubborn German stock. God help you if you tell me theres something I cant do. :-)
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I smoked for 12 years (about 40 a day for the the last half of that time) - and I quit just under 2 years ago. It was the first time I had tried to quit, but I did OK using the nicotine replacement lozenges. Haven't cheated yet - though it's been close a few times. I think the fact that I haven't cheated at all is one of the things keeping me from smoking right now.

    My real secret for success was simple - I decided to quit on a Tuesday. By Thursday I had told everyone I know that I would be quitting on Friday. Family, friends, colleagues from work, everyone. That way, if I failed I'd have to explain it over and over again. Nothing is worth that much hassle.

    I still get cravings almost daily, but they only last a minute or so now. I still think about it a few times every day - particularly when I'm stressed.
    The first two weeks are the worst. Bad dreams, the shakes, mood swings. After that it's all about impulse control.

    Still, quitting was the single hardest thing I've ever done - and I'm still doing it.

    Anyway, I did notice that I became a real jerk without nicotine. At first I thought it was withdrawal, but that particular symptom never went away. It turns out I really am just an asshole - one who had been self-medicating for years.

    Best of luck
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    I want to quit, but I don't. I enjoy smoking, but I hate what it's doing to me. I've been smoking on and off since I was 14. I'm 32 now. I can feel the effects quite keenly. I actually quit last year for a couple months after suffering a bought of brain ebola flu that made breathing a chore without the cigs. And then I started back up after being around people that smoked for a while.

    Now, I only have one friend that still smokes, and she lives over an hour away. My roommates don't smoke. And anymore, I rarely smoke at home, just at work on my breaks, because I have nothing else to do. I know I want to quit, but not just yet. There's a bit of rebellion in me that doesn't want to let go of this one habit. My body is ready for it, but my mind is not.
  2.  (7674.13)
    I quit last year! I do feel better. I didn't cold turkey, I carried a pack with me a while... And let myself have one every once in a while when I'm beyond my coping point. Its helped me not do it out of habit, or rebel against my own rules.
  3.  (7674.14)
    I didn't want to quit, I really enjoyed smoking too, but the money was tight....

    I now have an e-cig cheaper and safer* than the real thing, but you still get the nicotine hit, and you can have them indoors.
    You end up having less, because you have it on demand, sometimes I just wanted a couple of drags, but felt compelled to finsh the cig as I'd paid for it and lit it!

    Haven't had a real cig for 11 months!

    *Yes I know there are issues, but I'd rather have to deal with one carcegen than thousands....
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    My roommate's always going on about quitting. Me, I enjoy smoking too much.

    I suppose I SHOULD quit. I just don't want to.

    But if all of you quit, it saves more smokes for me.
  4.  (7674.16)
    I'll tell you what made me want to stop. I love travelling and cigs cot me £6. £6*365 is £2190. That's a conservative estimate but saving roughly two and a half grand a year? So it was a choice between having cash and doing stuff or burning it, fucking up my lungs completely and being an addict slave to an evil corporation for the rest of my life.

    I sort of "knew" all this before, but that was the first time I realised it. If you are thinking of stopping, I'd suggest trying something similar before you start. Consider that you are burning money and what you could do with it if you stopped or something.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2010
    Everything @Ronin said is spot fucking on. That being said...

    How the hell would I survive a zombie outbreak whilst craving a fucking cigarette?

    Well, that's just when you start fucking smoking again. There's a fucking zombie outbreak? Give me a goddamned cigarette, or I will shoot you between the eyes.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    I quit about three years ago, and this is going to sound crazy, but I regret it almost as much as starting in the first place.

    I started with the lozenge, which was awesome--took the edge right off, and didn't spike my pleasure centers like a cigarette would. You're supposed to take that for a month or two, and wean off, but I wound up getting hooked on them instead of the butts.

    So I decide to go on the Chantix, and that was one of the worst mistakes I ever made. Oh, it killed my desire for nicotine while I was on it, but it also drove me pretty literally insane for a good long while; it took me about a year to feel close to "okay" after I stopped. Two weeks into the treatment, I bellowed at a traffic cop that I hoped he would get shot to death by a crackhead, just to give you a good idea. Off-the-scale berserk beraggression, suicidal thoughts, terrible dreams--the whole schmear. Terrible stuff.

    So I no longer smoke, but even two years on, it's a "one day at a time" kind of thing. I still want one all the time, and I know it's only a matter of time before I crack. I feel no better (I can exercise for ten times longer than when I smoked, but I didn't need to exercise then, since I was a willowy 190 lbs as opposed to my post-quit 255--as if I needed another reason to want to light up), a fact that flummoxes the nonsmokers who ask. The smell of a cigarette makes my eyes roll back a little. If I'm doomed to light up again, though, I'm going to give it my best try.

    I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard to be a shepherd.
    • CommentAuthorQuimble
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    Being "ready" to quit was the biggest part for me. I quit in two stages. First I stopped smoking after I got home from work, then I stopped smoking during working hours. Being around friends who smoked and going out for drinks on a weekend were the toughest parts for me; I was never wedded to that first smoke in the morning, or right after a meal.

    The toughest thing is when you've been quit for a week or two and you get punched right between the eyes with a strong craving. I've broken down several times over the years and bought a pack because I was near a convenience store during a rough craving. I don't have any advice for how to get past that; just hold on and eventaully the feeling passes. That said, there's a point every time I have a few beers where I bum a smoke off a friend.

    I've got a couple of friends who were long term smokers who've tried gum and Chantix to quit and I've heard nothing but bad things. That stuff only seems to work for as long as you're on it; soon as you quit, you're right back where you started. I have one friend who's using an e-cigarette now and he loves it. Being able to just have a few puffs, being able to "smoke" indoors, being able to exhale smoke, and having the physical aspect of the experience all help big time for him.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    Me - I enjoy smoking, and at the same time I can respect those who don't. What I can't stand are militant ex-smokers who feel the need to get in my business. Don't preach to me when I'm standing on my front walk enjoying the evening. Don't make snide remarks about the smell of smoke when I have to smell your dog taking a dump. I'll have no problem putting out my cigarette in your eye.

    I don't smoke in my home (I have cats) plus I have lots of non-somking friends and if we want to get all smokey we'll go to a bar. I'm more termed a "social smoker" since I can carry a pack with my for a week and not kill it, but I must have one before work, one on the drive home, and one before bed.

    I'm very interested in the FDA mandate that states every cigarette company must disclose the ingredients of the product. It'll either shut people up or make the din unbearable.