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  1.  (7674.41)
    im two days out (again)...im convinced i can do this. im going to buy the gum for the first time if i think im gonna crack.

    a big step for me has been the realization that i cant really drink much while im re-adjusting to a non smoking life. drinking is just too much of a trigger.
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      CommentAuthorJJH
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2010
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    You should get the gum now, so you have it when you need it.

    I took it for six weeks. Six weeks weening off the gun. 1st week = 6 pieces a day. 2nd week = 5 pieces a day, etc., etc. That really worked for me. I quit.... almost three years ago, almost four? I forget, but I've never looked back and I ended up saving near two grand a year not buying smokes, I figured.
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      CommentAuthorJJH
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2010
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    Although, admittedly, I miss my lighter and the ritual
  2.  (7674.44)
    yeah, the ritual is the big deal for me. i only smoked like three cigs a day (unless i was drinking) so the addiction is the easy part to kick.

    and hey, what do non smokers do during shitty bands at shows????? thats a big trigger time for me as well.
  3.  (7674.45)
    and hey, what do non smokers do during shitty bands at shows????? thats a big trigger time for me as well.


    Not see shit bands, or drink more with the money we don't spend on cigarettes.

    As someone who's never smoked this thread is interesting.
  4.  (7674.46)
    well, going to like 3-7 shows a month i cant exactly control who all five bands are on bills, but thanks?
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      CommentAuthorYoav
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2010
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    So. It's been a month since the hypno... and it is still working. I'm not sure why it's working for me and not for others. I can only assume I am weak minded and incredibly easily led!
  5.  (7674.48)
    Fuck it! If it works it works yeah? That's me on my third month and still don't miss it. Expect for a few cranky eastenders style dramas from my wife in week four it's really been easier thanboth of us thought it would be.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2010
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    My dad and I got hyp-mo-tized; it worked for him immediately, and he's been five years without (after smoking two packs of Kool Filter Kings a day for forty years); I, however, had bugs under my skin immediately thereafter.
  6.  (7674.50)
    Weird I find this thread a full three weeks after quitting. What I did to quit: I got really fucking sick, to the point where smelling a cigarette made my sinuses dry up into bloody holes in my face. I was like that for about a week, and just decided not to go back. I've smoked maybe four single cigarettes since then, and I'm ok with that.

    The only time I found myself really wanting a cigarette at first was after a large meal. My gut didn't feel complete unless boosted with a nicotine digestive supplement. Last night I found myself in a rare pissed off state, and I wanted a cigarette more than any point since I've quit. Really weird, that.
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      CommentAuthorRayisRay
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2010
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    Isn't talking about quitting smoking on a Warren Ellis-sponsored board sacrilege? What's next, comparing abortion providers on the Vatican board?
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      CommentAuthorkahavi
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2010
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    A friend once told me that we smokers don't quit, we just have hiatuses. Sometimes, those hiatuses can last for the rest of our lives. In my case, the longest I've been without a smoke was nearly a year. The current no-smoking stretch has lasted for about a month now. I'm hoping that I can keep myself off the damn things for a long while, maybe even years, this time around. I have enough problems with my health without adding smoking-induced problems to that.

    The problem with cigarettes for me isn't nicotine, it's the whole social aspect of it. That, and I associate smoking with stress release, so whenever I'm stressed out, I crave cigarettes. Hate it, really. I don't like feeling or being addicted to anything. I've already had to deal with painkiller addiction before I turned twenty, and it wasn't fun nor pretty nor easy. By comparison, quitting smoking even for a short while is a cakewalk to me. If only I could keep myself off the cigarettes permanently...
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2010 edited
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    I though I'd posted this story already--FAIL

    I wound up having one last Monday at work. There was an incident, and it was either smoke one or have a shitty rest of the day. I bummed a Marlboro Light off a coworker, went down to the loading dock, lit it, and inhaled.

    There was no angelic chorus, no dizzy headrush, no feeling like I as about to nut my pants.

    Everything felt exceedingly normal. Like my last smoke was an hour before that one, not fifteen months. All the stress dropped from me; all the weird neuroses and panic that I'd picked up since I quit, just gone. Exhaled. I went back to work in charge and in control.

    That's the scary thing; I'm going to have to be extra-careful.
  8.  (7674.55)
    Hypnotism recording that I made years ago. It has helped a few people quit.

    http://www.nadiar.net/Isaac_Privett_-_Breath.mp3
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2010
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    I fear I may have gotten myself in a bit of trouble on Friday. I haven't had one since, but the casualness with which I had that one was scary.
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2010
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    I am picking up some Champix from my docs tonight. I have to admit to being quite nervous about some of the possible side-effects, but I WANT to stop smoking, and my willpower is weak. Fingers crossed they don't turn me into an insomniac lunatic!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2010
     (7674.58)
    @wilf If you experience any weird brain activity at all, stop taking it and see your doctor immediately.
  9.  (7674.59)
    i....i havent done well.
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2010
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    @Fauxhammer - I've read the horror stories, and I will be binning them instantly if I get any of the bad side effects (although most people say the 'vivid' dreams are actually really good!). My worry is that with the mood swings etc, will I actually know it's happening? My other half is starting on them too, so if we both get the mad side effects, it might be unpleasant.

    That said, there's lots of reports out there of people getting no side effects whatsoever. Fingers crossed!!