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    Quitting smoking

    Anyone have any experience here?

    I started light and it progressed to heavy and then heavier. Recently I was smoking almost 2 packs (!) per day. After turning 30 last year something hit me where I realized this can't continue. I bought a vaporizer and some supplies and have been trying that out. So far so good.

    The only downside of the vape pen is that I feel like a tool lol.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Let me ask, because I've never been a smoker, what made you start in the first place?
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    Let me ask, because I've never been a smoker, what made you start in the first place?
    I just tried it, I guess. It feels good. It was cheap-ish back then, and I didn't really care about long term health or any sort of consequences. Guess you could say it was something to do.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    I smoked for 12 years, quit when I was 27 (yes I smoked when I was 15 it was the 70's man) by 27 I was anywhere from 10-15 a day

    Here's how I quit... my roomie smoked Camel Shorts, which is a horrible blend IMO, so I threw my smokes out and whenever I wanted some nicotine I had a short, which made me somewhat ill while fulfilling the need for nicotine, eventually I weaned of of those. I wasn't smoking for pleasure in that instance I was smoking for nicotine and eventually closed the door on that monkey too.

    It took awhile, and yes I would have a smoke now and then over the next few years, but I stopped purchasing them, I stopped my relationship with cigarettes slowly and surely. probably haven't had one in over 10 years and never think about them other than they sure do stink and how could I ever have thought my parents didn't smell them on me

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    Re: Quitting smoking

    My wife has had great success with the vape. She is going on 10 weeks without a cig. Stick with it.
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    I quit 10-20 times . Quitting was easy...well, that's not entirely honest. Quitting was easy compared to the hard part which was not starting again. If you go through the trouble of quitting, make sure you don't start again. Gum, hypnosis, patch, cold turkey...they all work. Just don't start again.

    It's been 20 years and if I bought a pack to have just one, I would likely be at a pack a day within a month.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    Let me ask, because I've never been a smoker, what made you start in the first place?
    Super helpful.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    I have heard that the vape stuff is WAY better for you BUT the flavored stuff might have its own set of problems health wise.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    People start smoking for all sorts of reasons. I smoked in the bar I worked at because it was a way to get a break. My dad started smoking in the army because he noticed that it was a way to get a break during shifts digging latrines. Luckily, I'm like he is; he stopped in 1968 when he read an article in Life magazine that said smoking was bad for you and I just stopped smoking one day in 1990 and haven't lit one since. We probably were never "real" smokers, though.

    My wife was not so fortunate. She was about a pack and half a day smoker and it took her over a year to quit. She tried cold turkey a few times and it didn't work, but then just decided to smoke one less cigarette per day, reducing the total amount maybe once every other week. After about a year she was down to something like two cigarettes per day and I think it probably took another three months to finally stop altogether. Good luck quitting, it's a tough road, but you won't believe how great you feel when you get through this.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Super helpful.
    I was curious. So I asked. He answered.

    I'm not judging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredmechanism View Post
    I just tried it, I guess. It feels good. It was cheap-ish back then, and I didn't really care about long term health or any sort of consequences. Guess you could say it was something to do.
    Ok, I was just curious. Thanks for replying.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Quitting smoking

    I had quit for awhile, but then an old college buddy came in town to visit, and next thing I knew, I was buying packs and smoking regular again. I am really wanting to quit this time around, thinking of trying the vaping thing to at least help cut cigs and then work back from there.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Different people have different things that work for them.
    Ok.. the standard RZ qualification "I am not a doctor, this is not professional advice".
    I was able to just quit cold turkey. I felt like garbage for about a week, then I was ok.
    I can have one or two cigs per year (like at a party), it feels good and I'm able to stop at that.
    Other people, it's a harder addiction and a lifelong struggle.

    I'd try the gum first. It's pretty inexpensive. I used a pack recreationally when I was under a lot of stress at work, because I figured it was better than smoking. I quit before the e-cigs came out, and never tried it (I'm kind of scared I'd like it too much ) Maybe that's a better way to quit though.

    But hey, good luck with quitting. The important thing is that if you slip and have a smoke, just try to pick yourself up right away and start your quitting all over again. If it's too difficult to quit, go to a doctor, my brother did and said they have stuff that helped (I don't remember the details).. Maybe it's just that a real doctor can make the program more structured? Anyhow, it worked for him.
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    I struggle with their legality.

    We have a human being on here (and millions more) who is asking for help to stop something that serves no purpose...

    I wish you much luck, friend. The odds are stacked against you and the fact that are trying so hard is awesome.

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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I struggle with their legality.

    We have a human being on here (and millions more) who is asking for help to stop something that serves no purpose....
    Here, here. We should make females illegal too! <says that guy>
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    Re: Quitting smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    Let me ask, because I've never been a smoker, what made you start in the first place?
    I once heard a quote that I thought summed it up....

    "Smoking is wanting something really, really badly...and getting it every time."

    What else in life can claim that?

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