Are you a smoker?

@megs85 (3144)
Australia
October 23, 2006 6:49pm CST
I am, unfortunately, trying to quit... :( Not going very well.
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@Magus274 (664)
• New Zealand
24 Oct 06
Here's the trick, don't let anyone know that your are giving up. If your serious, confide in yourself, then you don't have to prove it to anyone. I have given up myself, the way i did it was i turned the desire to want to smoke against itself. I know it sounds wierd but, if you recognise the sensation, and identify that feeling, you can say to yourself i will pass on this one. The feeling will come back again, but at least you stopped once. The more you consciously take control over your feelings the more stronger you will becomes. Try not to give up all at once, after all when you started smoking wasn't it a gradual process? Also tell your body what your intentions are. It has ears and will hear you. Good Luck
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks, that was fantastic advice, really appreciate your input... It also sounds acheivable. I keep telling everyone I'm giving up, when I think that really, the only person I need to be telling, is myself. Because I'm the only one that it doesnt seem to be getting through to.
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@Magus274 (664)
• New Zealand
24 Oct 06
I understand, this is a good post, and anyone who is trying to stop, i support. Keep up the good thoughts and right action.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks fpr your support and kind words...
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
25 Oct 06
I am not a smoker but when I was younger I did smoke and was able to stop on my own.
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@J_peso (2434)
• United States
25 Oct 06
wow man thats like supercool
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
thats really good, congragulations, how did you stop? do you have any advice?
@timou87 (1641)
• Singapore
25 Oct 06
I'm not but the fact that you are trying to quit means that you understand the ill effects of smoking and that's a great first step to take! I wish you all the best and every success in quitting smoking :)
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
Thanks so much for wishing me luck, I am trying, I just dont seem to be getting anywhere... Maybe if I spend more time on here, thats less time I can be smoking, true?
@wahmbuddy (391)
• Canada
24 Oct 06
Yes I've been smoking for like 25 years or so. It's really hard to quit. I've tried several times. What I was able to do was make myself only smoke outside. I don't smoke in my house or van. I've gone from a full pack plus to about half a pack. I live in Canada, it's really cold to out at 6 AM when it's 20 below - lol
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Canada. How beautiful! I'd love to go there one day! I dont smoke in my house either and it does help you to cut down... Any other tips like that?
• United States
24 Oct 06
I use to smoke occasionaly with friends but not anymore. Don't worry you can do it!
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thats what I find the hardest too, being around all my friends, and my partner, cause they all smoke...
@Stiletto (4582)
24 Oct 06
Yes. Always trying to stop. Actually did stop for 2 years once but started again - madness!
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Good on you for stopping at all, I couldnt even stop when I was pregnant withj my son...
• United States
24 Oct 06
yes i am a smoker too, and as you know the garbage i am through right now i am smoking more than ever
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Life is so stressful... sigh...
@Magus274 (664)
• New Zealand
24 Oct 06
Hey Princess, sounds like your having a bad run? I hope all works out good for you, and i hope mylot pays off for you too. Take it easy on the ciggies though, not a good option. Breathing exercises are excellent. Especially to calm the nerves, meditation or yoga?
• India
25 Oct 06
No.I am not a smoker.& I would like to tell everybody SMOKING IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH.
@macubx (11419)
• Philippines
24 Oct 06
smoker? err. umm i smoke grass.. just kidding.. i wana quit, pls tell me how..
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
If I knew how I would quit myself...
@macubx (11419)
• Philippines
24 Oct 06
Destroy Nicotine Desire: Take before breakfast, a half teaspoon of rochelle salts and cream of tartar.
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Ewww, nah...lol
@mydiego (310)
• Philippines
23 Oct 06
yes i am a smoker..and trying to quit also..but its really hard..anyway, just stay here and dont smoke..it helps..thanks
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks very much, it does help doesnt it. Its just another addiction though in the end LOL
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@mydiego (310)
• Philippines
24 Oct 06
yes..but if u cant stop it..just eat candies or gums..i too soda every time i feel like smoking..just inform me in case u stop it completely..thanks
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks for the tips. Keep me posted about how you go quitting!
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• United States
24 Oct 06
No..I quit smoking a year ago last week~!
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thats fantastic! Congragulations on your acheivement! Have you got any pinters you can share with those of us who want to quit?
• United States
24 Oct 06
Well the one thing I know that makes a huge difference is you have to WANT to quit. I know it sounds kinda stupid but it is true. I found that with my experiences in trying to quit that if someone pressured me or I felt like I didn't want to quit it got in the way with my goal. I also would suggest for some people to try Zyban. It doesn't work for everyone and it is expensive though as most insurances won't cover it. But it is suppose to help with the cravings. Also when you start to quit and you feel like you have a craving to smoke put your mind on something else or do something else to occupy you and you may find that you will look back and realize that you got over the craving. You honestly have to take it minute by minute. And the hour by hour and so on... And thanks for the congrats by the way!!
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thank you so much for your advice and tips, they are really helpful. I'll let you know how I go in quitting.
@missybal (4490)
• United States
24 Oct 06
Cold turkey is the only way. Trust me the patch and gum was not working for me and it took me about a month to get to the point that I could stop thinking about a smoke.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks for the advice. How long did you smoke for? And how long has it been since you quit?
@missybal (4490)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Only for 3 years, I worked in a bar so it was hard to quit. I haven't smoked in 4 years now. But my husband can smoke and walk away. He doesn't get addicted. I hate that.
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
Thats so frustrating. My partner on the other hand is a chain smoker, which doesnt help my cause all that much...
@britishyip (1614)
• India
24 Oct 06
yes m.. y shd we quit.. its better if we drink double water then normal..
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
drink more water? where abouts did you hear that? i dont know how that would help, but im willing to give anything a try... i suppose more water couldnt hurt me...
• India
24 Oct 06
no way.. drinking water can clean your throat and reduce chances of lungs infection and its better for your skin.. m smoking from last 13 yrs and touchwood m perfect.. i drink 250 ml per cig.. this formula helped me a lot..
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
thanks very much for the advice, i know i should drink water but i really dont drink a great deal of it. do you have any other advice such as this?
• United States
24 Oct 06
Nope! I have been smoke free for over four years! It was so hard to quit, but once I did I knew that I would never go back to smoking.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thats really good, congragulations on such a fantastic acheivement... I dont suppose you have any advice for someone who is trying to quit???
• United States
25 Oct 06
I wish that I did. All I can tell you is that I quit cold turkey and that I did not use any substitutes. I did it because of my child and the new one that was on the way. It is hard to find the right motivation, but once you do I am sure there will be no stopping you! Good Luck!
@xbrendax (2667)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I love smoking and I also don't like it! I am not quite to the point of saying: I hate it, but I don't like the way I smell to non smokers! Mom says I smell like an old ash tray, no matter what I do, and I don't like the way I feel in the morning: Coughing, nasty taste in my mouth, (can't wait to jump out of bed and brush my teeth)! And that heaviness in my chest after I smoke too much! Not to mention the cost: Mine costs $5.50 a pack now! But even as I type this, I am lighting up another one! Do you think I am hooked????? Ha ha ha ha!!!!!
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
29 Oct 06
5.50 a pack? wow thats so cheap!!! i pay 15.00 packet but i cut down to cheaper nasty smokes because i couldnt afford the ones i used to smoke. how much is that in us dollars? like 25 bucks or something???
@JustBe (7)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Yes..I smoke...After 10 years of being quit. I also have a whole lot of other addictive issues as well. Sometimes it really sucks! Wish I could break free.....not sure if I ever will. And yes, I know how bad it is and that I should be ashamed of myself for hurting my body and those around me. I know all that it my head...it's somewhere down deep that I can't seem to get through!!!
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
I feel exactly the same way... How did you quit the first time???
@vbembot (748)
• Philippines
25 Oct 06
i smoke before but i have to quit because my husdand does not. And its dangerous to our health specially when we are getting older
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
It is dangerous, no matter what your age. How did you quit, any tips you can share?
@stezieb (2183)
• United States
24 Oct 06
Never have never will smoke.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thats fantastic, I hope you stick to your resolve. Its a disgusting habit, one that I am trying hard (but obviously not hard enough) to kick...
• United States
24 Oct 06
I have tried to quit many times but be strong chew gum .. dont think about it ..
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thanks for the tip. How long have you been smoking for?
@meowi777 (270)
• Austria
24 Oct 06
No I am not. I tried but I never get addicted to it.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
Thats good, i wish I hadnt have tried it in the first place, I was just trying to be cool and fit in with my friends because they all smoked. I was only 12 when I started now I've been smoking for almost 10 YEARS!!!
@sarsons (207)
24 Oct 06
no
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Oct 06
thats good, keep it that way...