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  1.  (7674.21)
    ive 'quit' so many times...ugh. i really love smoking. its hard to stay gone.

    lately its gross more often than its good, but i still smoke one every few days because a) its like the best feeling in the world when youve gone more than 24 hours without one and b)it prevents me from stabbing myself and/or others.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010 edited
    I've only ever smoked weed but I've always been close with a lot of smokers and the thing that has usually helped them quit has been shifting perspectives away from the need to help themselves to what they are doing to the people in their lives by rushing headlong toward a few of the most virulent, painful and sometimes avoidable cancers. Don't dance around the end result.

    Imagine the person you love most in the world. Picture them slowly rotting away before your eyes; dense black wet masses of cancer ulcerating and bleeding into their weakened dying lungs. Don't quit because it's good for you. Quit because you might have to force the people in your life to watch this happen to you and the longer you smoke the more likely your most beloved person is going to start themselves. I lost 2 grandparents to lung cancer and it is a BAD way to go. And apologies if it comes off as non-smoker-preachy, I just wanted to offer another perspective to help motivate those looking to quit. I certain respect a person's right to do whatever they want with their own body. We just want to keep you around.
  2.  (7674.23)
    I've only ever smoked weed

    also, this helps quitting a lot. when i can burn a lil green it helps take that edge off as well
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    I've smoked since I was 12, on and off, but only seriously for the past 8 or so years. I was at nearly 2 packs a day when I was 24, I've since dropped down to about a half a pack or so a day.

    I've tried to quit four separate time since 2008. Never made it more than a week. My job is the primary problem. These people get on my tits like you wouldn't believe.

    I hear e-cigs are OK.
    • CommentAuthorthud
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010 edited
    When I was a kid EVERYBODY SMOKED. All the time ! Everywhere !
    (My Uncle Ray always said that he would've smoked in his sleep, if he only had someone to hold it !)
    You started smoking as a "sign of rebellion", and it looked cool, because the really cool people smoked. Well, the old farts and scumbags smoked too, but then EVERYBODY SMOKED, ALL THE TIME ! ! !
    Part of this was certainly due to the creative efforts of the product placement people who made sure that everybody smoked in every movie, television show, magazine and billboard ad. It was a kind of saturation bombing. If you tell someone something enough times they will believe it.
    This practice has become more sophisticated, and is now more like, "if you really want someone to listen to you, then whisper".
    When you are reminded of these associations, you simply follow through and obey.

    I quit about 20 years ago after trying lots of times.
    The resolution to quit was there, but the means had to be found.
    What you do is find the associations and links that have been built to this vile (and stoopid looking) habit.
    Then you change those.
    Its that simple.
    People who substitute food for smoking are on the right track, but haven't taken the train to the right station. You find the association and you change it. If you smoke when you drink beer, for instance, then stop drinking beer in the same way.
    This isn't something that takes a lot of willpower.
    Its more like just flicking a switch.

    >That's carbon monoxide you're inhaling. ( ! )
    Its no goddamn wonder you feel different when you smoke, because its killing you.
    You don't look like a hero when you smoke, you look like a chimp. Or a moron. Take your pick.

    (sorry. I don't mean to offend anyone, but the opportunity to adjust your self-image might help you if you really want to quit smoking. The only people I'm angry with are the ones who hawk this stuff, knowing full well how horrible it is. How can this possibly be a crime if there's honest profit in it?)
    • CommentAuthorTwist
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    At 16 I had both my lungs collapse. One was the size of my closed fist and the other width of 2 pencils. Almost dying at 16 helps convince you not to take up smoking. From a non-smoking asthmatics point of view. It smells bad, it tastes like shit when I kiss someone who smokes, and it makes it hard to breath when it's in the air around me.

    It also gives you a lovely little illness called emphysema if you escape the wonders of the various types of cancers it can give you. My Nan had it. She spent the last few years of her life on oxygen 24/7, unable to walk the length of her drive way and in and out of hospital like a yoyo. She was in constant pain just to top it off. She spent at least 5 years in this state before dying, the quality of her life was shocking. She was a trooper about it, but she went from a woman who spent hours a day out gardening and walking to being bed ridden basically.

    Personally I think we're all going to die and everything is bad for us these days anyway so you should smoke if you want to, but if you're leaning towards not wanting to maybe take the time to look at all the common illnesses smokers suffer in their later years. It's pretty decent quitting motivation. Obviously I don't smoke, nor have I ever smoked*, so I can't offer quitting advice beyond that... and the fact that there are pretty people out there that just can not stomach kissing smokers (See this fact would be motivation for me at least ;p )

    *Which makes the fact that I crave a cigarette when I'm really stressed rather weird.
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    I wish I could still find these around:

    Black Death cigs

    Anyone who still smokes knows it will kill you (OK, not reliably, but we get it already).

    Obviously that hasn't stopped those of us who still smoke.
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    I used to get Black Death cigarettes at the Store 24 in Charlestown. They sucked.
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    Don't know if anyone mentioned this already but I've heard of:


    So what is The VaporTM? It's a state-of-the-art Electronic Cigarette, sometimes referred to as an e-cig or e-cigarette. It looks like a cigarette, smokes like a cigarette, and tastes like a cigarette. In fact, it is far better than smoking a real cigarette in more ways than one. We call it vaping, not smoking. Once you inhale the vapor or steam, you will feel that "throat hit" just as you would with a real tobacco cigarette, but with our e-cigarette, you are finally able to enjoy a smoking alternative without the cancer-causing tar or carbon monoxide.
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    There's a couple of e-cig conversations already existing - at least one started by me.

    I'd love to use them exclusively, but there are two problems in the U.S.:

    1. They may be legislated out of existence at any minute.
    2. Too many competing brands and a serious lack of standards and interchangability.

    Once the legal fears and lack of interoperability between different brands is overcome, I'll gladly sign up to start vaping fulltime.
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010
    As an update/addendum, I checked with all my friends who switched to e-cigs.

    They are all back on regular death sticks after a month or two.
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010
    16 years baby! Like a fiend! I loved smoking for most of them 16 years, and when I started as long ago as that was to try to remember I always said "I'll quit when I want to." Well ten years later I wanted to but didn't want to, made it like a day and a half and was a basket case. Forward five years later still needing my fix - or else - I discovered Freedom from smoking. It's like a 12 step program, anyways I did the first step and a a half, set my date to quit, did it cold turkey and made it 21 days. Which does not seem like much, but it was a lot to me then! I started again and now I had willpower! So for the next nine months I could go all week without a cigarette and then smoke a pack on the weekend. Or some weeks I'd just smoke one a day. I tried all kinds of shit to show I was boss, but as soon as I decided to get pissed, I was smoking like a chimney. Every time I could not control myself when drinking, and that was the worst I think... So I came to the conclusion I'd rather indulge in spirits than smoke and coming up here in March will be 7 years I've quit and I only messed up once when I was real sauced and instantly hated it, it tasted like shit! I made myself smoke the whole damn thing though :D

    Anyways check it out: - it works, if it could make me quit it could make anyone quit if they even half ass want to.
  3.  (7674.33)
    I quit about 3 years ago after smoking for 15 years. The first week or so was hard as hell, but it got better. I still like the scent of a cigarette, but I don't have the desire to smoke 'em.

    I still have the oral fixation, tho. I'f Ice Breaker mints turn out to give me cancer, it is gonna be hilarious.
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010 edited
    Holy mother of Vishnu...

    I decided to quit about 4 days ago.

    I have fallen prey to the same respiratory ailment twice in the past three months. It's an ailment I deal with at least two to three times per year... and it just ain't worth it.

    It's like bronchitis combined with strep throat, and a punch to the groin. And it's all tobacco related.

    So, as of now, I'm 5 days smoke-free.

    Best of luck to the rest of you.

    Edited to add: I've been a smoker for around 12 years...
    • CommentAuthorASedano
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2010
    I've been playing with the idea of quitting for several months now but haven't taken the full leap yet. Part of the reason is that my roommate smokes in the house and gets his smokes online, a few cartons at a time. That means I don't have to go out if I want one, I can just get a pack from his room. However I am house sitting for a few days so I decided to not bring any with me and see if I can get started now. I'm hoping that if I have already gone several days with out one it will be easier once I get home to resist. So far this is day three and I haven't killed anyone...yet.
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2010
    Weird this has been bumped up the day I decided I wanted to stop. I tried to go cold turkey yesterday. Failed. Today I had 10 instead of my usual 20 so I hope I can keep that going at least. I tried nicotine gum. Disgusting. Tried herbal cigarettes. Even more disgusting. My main reason for wanting to stop is the money. A fiver a day is ridiculous.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010
    @Charlene - I got out just before it started to get bad, price-wise. They were, if memory serves, three bucks a pack when I quite. This was in November of '99, so if you remember the cost then, that would be a better estimate than my off-the-top-of-my-head one. But, yeah, I have constantly been thankful for the money I save from not smoking. I truly couldn't afford it, these days.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010
    Forgive me, I know you've all seen this but:

    Good old Bill.

    Smoked since I was 12. I now have, to borrow an Ellis-ism, weak crack-baby lungs. I rattle when I breathe in. I cough up unspeakable things. I've given myself bloody asthma. Was quite close to quitting last year - got into a good exercise regime, just smoked one or two a day, was ready to quit... it was Thailand that broke me. Marlboro Lights for 50p. Dear me.

    Now I'm back on the straights... Pack a day. WTF am I doing?

    I got hypnotised too, a while back... didn't seem to work as well for me as it did for Yoav. Maybe my hypnotist was just a bit crap.

    Like a few others on this thread, having read it, I think I need to make another attempt at stopping. I don't give a toss about dying young. I just want to be healthy now.

    But... there are few pleasures in the world greater than a cigarette you really want to smoke. Even if I quit, I will always be a smoker.
  4.  (7674.39)
    I quit cold turkey last year after puffing away a pack a day for 15 years. Don't miss, don't crave it, didn't have the urge. It was pretty much surprisingly easy to quit when you really want to.
    And to be a complete hypocrite, I think cigarette smoke smells horrible and I really can't stand it anymore (although I will never be one of those twats that moan when someone blows smoke in your face).
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2010
    You just have to be ready to quit. Until then, you'll just fail over and over again. When I was ready, though, the gum reallly helped.