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Quit Smoking, need some tips!

by lumberjoe
posted 08-20-2012 03:45 PM


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john_az

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#51 posted 08-23-2012 03:34 AM

I quit almost 5 years ago. I don’t care to say how long I smoked, but it was a long time. You can quit if you really WANT to quit. I got to the point that I wanted to quit. I went to a site called whyquit.com There is a free .pdf book there called “never take another puff”. I think it is a great motivator as it discusses all the reasons, psycology, and excuses that people use to smoke. I don’t have any ties with the site or products and it is free. I did the same as you, I used smoking as a reward for completing a task or I guess as an excuse to have another cig. I hope that you are still tobacco free, keep going and those reward triggers WILL subside . There are several triggers that will cause you to want to smoke, after completing a task, drinking coffee, a beer, after eating etc. Just recognize all these triggers and you can beat it. His method to quit is cold turkey and he is a firm believer that this is the only way to quit. I’m in agreement. If you use patches or gum, you are just replacing one form of nicotine with another and supporting another form of the nicotine addiction industry. Can you believe it, take more nicotine to rid yourself of a nicotine addiction which is exactly what smoking is. Nicotine patches and gum is just another pharmaceutical money maker. There are hundreds of reasons to quit: Just think of the tools you can buy with the money you would save from quitting! Want a reward? Reward yourself with a new set of Lie-Nielsen chisels after you quit with the money your saving. About 75% of the cost of a pack of cigarettes is going to the government in taxes. Do you think they really want to end tobacco use? I could go on forever and I’ve probably got more than long winded enough already. Again, I hope that you are still tobacco free and keep going! If you need to suck on candy or whatever to get past any triggered craving, do it. Anything you do will be better than going back to smoking. If you keep going, one day you will look back and wonder why in the HeKK did I ever do that!! Good luck and I hope you make it!!!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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lumberjoe

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#52 posted 08-23-2012 12:01 PM

Still Tobacco free. It will be 3 weeks on Sunday. I did do cold turkey and I agree with you about the patches/gum. I am still avoiding the shop for a while as that is my biggest trigger. Oddly enough, drinking beer and smoking never mixed well for me. For some reason after a beer I would have a really hard time breathing and almost have an asthma attack. I am not a big drinker anyway, but I do make my own beer and now I can enjoy one without suffering through it. As far as cravings, I unfortunately made the mistake of turning to food. I’m not going to change it, it works for me. I just need to kick this habit. My wife has quit too and she is careful about what she eats, but she is REALLY struggling. I have already gained 9 lbs, but I’m a fairly skinny guy to begin with. I am not at all worried about losing the weight, I’ve been 35lbs heavier than I am now and lost it quickly. My body responds really well to exercise and I enjoy it.

As far as reward, it’s going to be the Laguna LT14SUV in 9 more (smoke free) weeks. I agreed if I could make it 3 months without smoking, I deserve a 1600$ toy (and that’s about what smokes would have cost us anyway)

americanwoodworker, the pack may cost 5$, but add on the taxes and fees. A pack of newports here is labeled at like 6.25$. After the taxes it’s close to 9$

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AKSteve

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#53 posted 08-23-2012 03:35 PM

Congrats! 3 weeks is a very good milestone. keep it up. next thing you know you will be marking your 1 year date. :)

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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jim C

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#54 posted 08-23-2012 10:39 PM

I went on the “Dean Martin” program to stop smoking. It really worked.
Every time you feel like lighting up, you drink a Martini.
The first day I had 11 Martini’s, and got a DUI.
They don’t allow smoking in jail anymore.
I’m tobacco free for seven days now as my wife refuses to post bail.

I knew there was a program out there that would work!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Joe Lyddon

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#55 posted 08-23-2012 10:46 PM

I started smoking at about age 21 or so…
When they got to 50 cents a pack, I changed to a PIPE!
... I’m not going to pay THAT MUCH for cigarettes! Pipe tobacco is a lot cheaper!
I smoked a pipe for many years…
One day about 11 years ago… I had a little pneumonia (I think)... The Dr. ordered a chest X-Ray.
I went to X-Rayed…
She said, Stand up there, etc. and Take a DEEP Breath & HOLD IT…
I heard a Click… and I yelled out… DID YOU TAKE IT ALREADY?!
She said YES.
I said I was still trying to take that DEEP BREATH… Can you give me a little more time?
She tried it again… waited about 2 seconds longer than she did before!
I STILL could NOT get that DEEP breath done before she Clicked it!
That was IT!... NO third try!

I went home… took my pipe & pouch out of pocket, set in front of me on my desk… and left it there for months… maybe years… Never touched it again!

Did I ever get The Urge to smoke?
You bet your sweet bippy I got the urge… BUT…
Every time I got That urge, I asked myself a very simple question…
What would I rather do… smoke or BREATHE?!
The urge went away almost instantly… until the next time… and the next… next… next… next…
I held my ground…
I chose to be able to BREATHE!
Today, I feel like a new person… I can swim underwater holding my breath for quite a while…
(before, I don’t think I could hold my breath for more than maybe 30 seconds!)

My success was asking myself a simple KEY question… that has a very obvious answer…

I am convinced that anyone can do it… if they ask themselves a simple Key question & taking the resulting action… of not smoking.

I stopped COLD TURKEY… none of this fancy money grubbing stuff… POW… DONE!

That is what happened to me… & how I handled it…

To this day, I can smell a cigarette from next door… or from a car in line at a stop sign, or getting food to go…
... it smells good too… sometimes it doesn’t… BUT, I do not get the URGE anymore… I QUIT 100%

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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jim C

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#56 posted 08-23-2012 10:49 PM

Joe,
You ARE the Man!
That’s wil power my friend.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Joe Lyddon

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#57 posted 08-23-2012 10:58 PM

Jim… I only want to Breathe instead of smoke… That’s all… No BIGGY… LOL

Thank you! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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jeepturner

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#58 posted 08-23-2012 11:09 PM

Lumberjoe,
Glad to hear you are still at it.
To address the money issue Americanwoodworker, yeah I did notice it, but sometimes it’s better to let the small things go when ones point is spot on. Now that it has become an issue though:-) 315=155, 305=150 and for a non leap year February would only be 28*5=140.
I think we date ourselves with our off the cuff pricing. Five bucks a pack is what it was in Washington state when I quit. I encourage every smoker I know to quit. I think what Lumberjoe is doing good for him, good for his family, and good for our country.
I really don’t want to know what they cost now.

-- Mel,

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lumberjoe

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#59 posted 08-24-2012 01:16 AM

Cold turkey is the way to go. My wife and daughter were out shopping tonight and I was mowing the lawn. My brother in law stopped by. As I was walking over to him, he lights himself a Newport and flips me one. I was really happy that my first thought was “I don’t want this thing, I just suffered through 3 weeks and I am NOT starting over”.

Previous quitting attempts ended because I thought just one wouldn’t hurt. I just politely informed him that I quit and flicked it over the stockade fence. He actually walked around the yard to get it (we have a big yard). I almost forgot what stupid things smokers would do for a single cigarette.

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rejo55

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#60 posted 08-24-2012 01:44 AM

Well, I smoked for 50 years and finally found the very best way to quit… Catch a good case of double pneumonia. I live in the Houston area and was working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico out of Houma, La. I came down sick on the drilling rig and when I got back to my truck I fired one up, took one puff and coughed my head off. Put the cigarette out, pulled back on the road, drove fifteen minutes, fired another up, pulled off and coughed for another fifteen minutes. Burned up a pack and a half one puff at a time until I got to the hospital in Houston. When I got out six weeks later, I was cured of smoking. No problem.
You might try that…NOT.
Seriously, best of luck with your problem. I had tried for twenty years (half heartedly) to quit. Its tough, but you can do it.
Have a good’un
Joe

-- rejo55, East Texas

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john_az

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#61 posted 08-24-2012 03:02 AM

Joe, good to hear you are still tobacco free. Yeah, if you eat and gain a few pounds no big deal. You would have to gain about 50 lbs. before it affected your health as bad as smoking. You can loose the weight later. Once you get past the 3 month mark, those triggers/urges will have subsided substantially. Congrats and never take another puff!!

John

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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rance

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#62 posted 08-24-2012 11:36 PM

Real proud of you for haning in there lumberjoe.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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