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08-20-2012 03:45 PM

My last Newport was about 2 weeks ago. I don’t have any physical cravings anymore but I still struggle with my big reason for smoking. I used cigarettes as kind of a “reward” system – especially when woodworking. When doing really tedious stuff, like a solid hour and a half sanding for instance, I would tell myself “ok, when you get though this, it’s time for a smoke break!” That is often how I broke up different activities and got through them. I cannot find a good substitute for that. Those scenarios are the only time I really find myself craving a smoke.

Anyone have similar experiences they would like to share to help me out?

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#1 posted 08-20-2012 03:48 PM

In my experience … dont reach for the Skoal, Copenhagen, or Grizzly.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 03:53 PM

Yuck. I’ve never done any of that and have no desire to. My problem is that i need something “to do”. Smoking a cigarette has a purpose. There is a definite beginning, and a definite end. Some have suggested candy or gum, but it’s just not as definitive. I don’t crave the nicotine, just some sort of break with a purpose.

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#3 posted 08-20-2012 03:55 PM

Yeah I have had two stents put in my heart because of smoking, I can remember the last cigarette I had right before I went to the hospital. I quit cold turkey and never looked back, I don’t crave them at all, as a matter of fact I can’t even tolerate the smell, it grosses me out. I would say you need to mentally psych your self in to believing it’s bad and a disgusting habit or you will never get past it. I did and I am a much better person for it. I hope everyone that wants to quit can successfully do it. you will not regret this ever.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 03:56 PM

Ohh i know what ya mean … and i dont think a handful of cherrios is gonna cut it. Id say have a drink but that seems counterproductive lol. Maybe a cup of coffee?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 04:03 PM

Steve, my dad just had stents put in. He quit smoking 30 years ago, but still did a lot of damage to his health. That was really my motivating factor. I don’t ever want to start smoking again. It’s only been 2 weeks and I already feel soo much better. I never realized how bad I felt in the first place. The difference is amazing.

Chris, that’s not a bad idea, but that is also something I want to cut back a bit on. As it is I generally drink 6 to 8 cups of coffee a day, but I generally work 12 to 16 hours out of the day. I deal with a lot of overseas stuff so my work day is broken up into very early mornings with a break in the afternoon, followed by very late nights

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 04:05 PM

I quit smoking 6 years ago. The biggest problem I had was trying to keep my hands busy since I no longer held cigarettes. What ended up taking place from holding a cigarette is pulling out whiskers. It was something to keep my hands busy. To this day I still do it though not as often. I have done it so much that I end up with bald spots and have to shave and let it all grow out again.

That being said I am not sure how you can get over that. I am glad you quit smoking. I once heard a lady being interviewed about caring for her husband who was/is a smoker and can’t get around do to breathing problems. She said she loves her husband and will care for him till he dies. But she also said he was a very selfish man. They worked their entire lives and saved up so they could travel together when they get older. She asked him several times to quit smoking and he refused. Now she is retired, they can’t travel and she hates the fact that because he was so selfish, she now has to stay at home and care for her husband because he can’t walk to the kitchen and back without running out of breath.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 04:07 PM

It sucks that we all have our vices. But i can see why you post so much, i guess a pot of coffee a day would do that to me too ;).

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 08-20-2012 04:26 PM

wow americanwoodworker that is just awful. It’s such a horrible thing smoking it destroy’s lives in so many ways.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#9 posted 08-20-2012 04:29 PM

Chris, I also sit in front of a computer ALL DAY (literally) and 40% of that time is just waiting for something to finish running or break. I am done with my actual work day by 8am in most cases after starting around 3am, then I pick up again about 6PM. That is why I generally post a lot in the afternoon/early evening.

Katdaddy – no thanks. For some reason I was never into the green stuff even tough all my friends were. I’m not even a big drinker. I have a beer every now and then but can count on one hand the amount of times I have been drunk since I was of legal drinking age. Also when you really want to quit, you’ll know it. I’ve quit a few times before also, but this time is different. I honestly have no desire to start smoking again, and second hand smoke from other people turns my stomach now. Previously it would make me REALLY want a cigarette.

americanwoodworker – you nailed it!! THAT is my problem – idle hands. I don’t want a cigarette at all. I just want something for my hands to do

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#10 posted 08-20-2012 04:32 PM

Replace a bad habit with a good one – instead of reaching for a cigarette – get in some form of mild exercise. Dribbling a ball, bouncing a shuttlecock, playing with the dog, teasing the cat – just get moving.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#11 posted 08-20-2012 04:35 PM

I quit almost 12 years ago, so I know exactly what you are talking about.

What I found is that it was tough for about 3 months. But, after that, I no longer felt the need to “do” something when I took a break. As long as you are thinking in that “reward” mode, you will continue to be uncomfortable. The good news is that this will pass. Eventually, you will learn to take a break when you need one, rather than as a scheduled reward. (You’ll also find you need fewer breaks once your mind and body are retrained.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 08-20-2012 04:39 PM

carry a pen around and learn to twirl it like a baton around your fingers….. you can pour your nervous energy into programing a physical dexterity into muscle memory.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 08-20-2012 04:40 PM

Well lumberjoe, maybe you can grow a beard! LOL Just kidding.

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#14 posted 08-20-2012 04:43 PM

Charlie, that is the hardest part. One of the main reasons I took up smoking was everyone I work with smoked. The mentality around smoke breaks is pretty messed up, but fairly ingrained. This is how the conversation normally goes:

Employee – Time for a smoke break”
Boss – “good idea, I need a cigarette too”
This is acceptable once an hour. On the other token:

Employee- “I am going to get some fresh air for about 10 minutes”
Boss – “Uhh, didn’t you just get back from lunch? How many breaks do you need?”

I had a pretty good idea this morning for shop time. I’ve always wanted to learn hand cut dovetails. I think I will use that for my “reward time”. Rather than grab a smoke, I’ll cut a dovetail. Also that rob crossman dovetail saw costs about as much as 2 weeks of cigarettes

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#15 posted 08-20-2012 04:43 PM

americanwoodworker – I’ve had one for about 5 years. I keep it neat though. More “long stubble” than beard

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