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Old 11-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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How do I overcome this?!?!

Okay guys, I have recently quit smoking, and man let me tell ya, it's been a crazy uphill battle! So far i have been successful at it for about four months. For those of you that don't know, four months is roughly a year and a half in smoker time. Anyway, I LOVE wheeling and have sooooo much fun with my buddies out on the trail, but man, I'm really struggling to enjoy myself out there without some smokes! To top it off, I don't even drink either because in my case; beer = cigs! LOTS OF CIGS! So while everyone is enjoying a cold one during (yes I know, dangerous) and/or after our run, I'm there practically sweating my @ss off like a crack head dying for a smoke. This only happens when we're out wheeling. Anyone else out there experience anything similar to my predicament? If so, what other options are out there to compensate??? I almost shake and shiver when one of my buddies calls and lets me know about the next trail run!

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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theres always that new thing called the electric cigg. its suppose to be like smoking.

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It gets easier over time. Really. I quit smoking on Good Friday 2009. No special reason, that's just how it worked out. I still want a cigarette every now and then, but the cravings are fewer and farther between.
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My friend would cut a straw up that was the size of a cig and would chew on it in his mouth. He said it helped him out a lot...
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I've had friends who quit and they tell me that some type of oral fixation is necessary (minds out of the gutters troops)! Like - sunflower seeds, licorice, gum, etc.....

Congrats to all who quit smoking!!

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theres always that new thing called the electric cigg. its suppose to be like smoking.
Only thing... it's like twice as bad for you. Just pick up another habit like drinking, when you feel the urge to smoke just crack open a cold one. In a few minutes you wont think about smoking, just that DUI I know I'm no help
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Think of all the upgrades you have purchased with what would have been cig money.

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eh, you know. good luck and all that mess.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:21 AM   #9
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quiting is ruff. i did it a few years ago. i said to myself i just don't smoke anymore. over and over. quitting means to failure. in your minds eye. so i just don't smoke any more. doesn't make it any easier.
hint don't chew toothpicks. you will grind them down to splinters. not good for the digestive system.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:26 AM   #10
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I just don't see what all the fuss is about?!? Quitting smoking is EASY !!! I've done it at least 10 times!!! LOL. I'll share the secret to beating those cravings... 1) Light a Marlboro Light. 2) Inhale - Craving Gone !!!
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Go get yourself Cinnamon sticks in the jar in the spice isle. Chew on those they will cure you. I have gotten many a buddies to try it and they don't want cigs anymore they just want the cinnamon sticks instead lol.
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Last day for me, Jan 19th, 2009.

Opted to go the Chantix route. By the time the prescription was up, the cravings were minimal. Didn't even bother getting my first refill on the pills.

While I'll never pick up another cig, I still feel comfortable enough that the habit is broken that I will enjoy a good cigar every 4-6 months. It doesn't send me spiraling back into addiction.
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My friend would cut a straw up that was the size of a cig and would chew on it in his mouth. He said it helped him out a lot...
This actually helped me a lot while not wheeling....I'd chew on the whole straw though....
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Only thing... it's like twice as bad for you. Just pick up another habit like drinking, when you feel the urge to smoke just crack open a cold one. In a few minutes you wont think about smoking, just that DUI I know I'm no help
LOL! I'd have to drink till I pass out to NOT think about smoking while having a cold one!
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eh, you know. good luck and all that mess.
Dude that's hilarious! Should've seen this coming!

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I just don't see what all the fuss is about?!? Quitting smoking is EASY !!! I've done it at least 10 times!!! LOL. I'll share the secret to beating those cravings... 1) Light a Marlboro Light. 2) Inhale - Craving Gone !!!
This is the strategy I've been using the past 15 years! It works on the cravings, but not the wallet!

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Go get yourself Cinnamon sticks in the jar in the spice isle. Chew on those they will cure you. I have gotten many a buddies to try it and they don't want cigs anymore they just want the cinnamon sticks instead lol.
I DEFINITELY need to try this!!
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Last day for me, Jan 19th, 2009.

Opted to go the Chantix route. By the time the prescription was up, the cravings were minimal. Didn't even bother getting my first refill on the pills.

While I'll never pick up another cig, I still feel comfortable enough that the habit is broken that I will enjoy a good cigar every 4-6 months. It doesn't send me spiraling back into addiction.
I've given this some serious thought, but decided not to since I've been able to get this far cold turkey... I'm trying to hang in there, though....
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Last day for me, Jan 19th, 2009.

Opted to go the Chantix route. By the time the prescription was up, the cravings were minimal. Didn't even bother getting my first refill on the pills.

While I'll never pick up another cig, I still feel comfortable enough that the habit is broken that I will enjoy a good cigar every 4-6 months. It doesn't send me spiraling back into addiction.
My wife did Chantix but it only lasted about a year because everyone on her family smokes and wouldn't even bother to try to quit themselves. I got her to try to stop again but now my daughter leaves for Iraq this weekend and she said no way in hell. I've been around smokers all my life and I know it can be hard to quit but I just don't get it. I've never smoked. Of course, neither she or anyone else will smoke in my house, no matter how cold it is outside.

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I smoked for 26 years, never a heavy smoker but a smoker especially when the beer and cocktails came around. I also did some drugs in my days and became quite hooked. One day I came to realize that I was going to ruin myself because I could see some writing on the wall already. I quit the drugs cold turkey 23 years ago. The drug phase was over but the occasional smoke still existed. I was 41 at the time and I kept telling myself I was killing myself if I kept smoking. I have known a lot of people who died from lung cancer and heart attacks and they all smoked. Once again I did it cold turkey because I had a small child now and I wanted to be able to run and play. My son is now almost 14 and I have never, nor do I have any urge to ever pick up another smoke. In fact, I hate the smell of cigarettes and can not stand to be around them. I ride dirt bikes, hike and exercise with my wife (who quit along with me) and son and feel great. I still have friends who I camp and ride with that still smoke and I can not be near them around a camp fire or anywhere else if they are smoking. It is a mental thing with me that I came to realize life and my health are much more important than smoking. Life is too short and I did not want to rush it along. You too can do it by convincing yourself you are doing what is best. Good luck.
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Don't try e-cigs...

I don't buy the "twice as bad for you" argument at all, but they have nicotine in em, and you'll be right back to square one.

I quit for a year a while back in Korea... to satisfy the "oral fixation" requirement, I just kept buying cigarettes, kept them in my pocket, walked around with on ein my mouth, and just didn't light one for a year... it sounds like it would be torture, but it keeps everything you've always done the same, minus actually smoking em.

Started back up because of the beer thing... don't start back up man, you'll have to quit all over again. If you think you have the will, go buy a pack of smokes and walk around with one unlit... it's got the extra bonus of annoying the **** out of all those "in everyone else's business" types
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Hang in there. I smoked my last Marlboro on March 28, 2009 @ 8:30 pm. Just because the taxes were taking the price per pack to over $5. I now spend that money on the Jeep.
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Sunflower seeds, lots of sunflower seeds!
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You don't have to quit. You just postpone having that next one. You know, I can wait, I'll have it latter. Then you sort of forget to have it. Just keep pushing back when you are going to light up.
I am, the current gap between butts is 14 months. I'll have another one, later. Don't know when later is, don't care. But, later. Keep putting it off.
It's a mind game. I'm winning. If I have another one, I have to reset the counter back to 1 day. I don't want to do that. Don't want to start over.
It takes a while, but the cravings do slow down.
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My wife did Chantix but it only lasted about a year because everyone on her family smokes and wouldn't even bother to try to quit themselves. I got her to try to stop again but now my daughter leaves for Iraq this weekend and she said no way in hell. I've been around smokers all my life and I know it can be hard to quit but I just don't get it. I've never smoked. Of course, neither she or anyone else will smoke in my house, no matter how cold it is outside.

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The only thing a non smoker has to realize is that quitting heroin,cocaine and many other hard drugs is easier to quit than smoking. If you keep that in mind then you will realize what the smoker who is trying to quit is going through, we can't just go to a rehab like a drug addict, we have to quietly suffer alone. Because cigarettes are everywhere and all you have to do is go to the store to get them makes it even harder, it is a life long battle, just like a drug addict or alcoholic to stay off them.
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As for the wheeling and smoking, dude I here ya! I don't know how many times I've quit and restarted because of a wheeling adventure. I've been chewing gum like crazy almost to the point of my jaw falling off this time around. If it gets too much try a piece of nicotine gum, anything is better than another cigarette.
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That's what I did. It worked.
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Thank you all for your suggestions! Some I have tried, Some I need to try badly! I'm gonna have to give the cinnamon sticks a try. I'm sure many of us can say we have addictive personalities, but man that's an understatement in my case! I mean I'm borderline OCD-ish and everything's all about routines. It's almost impossible for me to break "routines".....I think that's my biggest concern/problem.....breaking the routine. Or maybe I'm making excuses...who knows. Anyway, FOUR main reasons why I quit; 1) I have two young children that need for me to be around for a long time; 2)I lift weights and I'm a hard gainer, and since I quit, I've gained roughly 10lbs of muscle!; 3) I was buying two packs a day! Roughly $7/pack! $336/month!!!!!; and 4) We all put ourselves in harms way doing what we do, so Im sure we can all agree having life insurance is a must! Do any of you guys know how much it costs per month for a smoker?? Ridiculously expensive!!!!! I literally almost burned to death im my old 2002 sahara after tipping it over, and I would've left my wife and kids homeless because I smoke and refused to pay the premiums for life insurance!
Anyway, I don't want to go back to being a slave to cigarettes....which is why I started this thread....for advice! Again, thanks guys! Much appreciated! Keep em coming! Because there's no such thing as too much advice/suggestions!
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Only thing... it's like twice as bad for you. Just pick up another habit like drinking, when you feel the urge to smoke just crack open a cold one. In a few minutes you wont think about smoking, just that DUI I know I'm no help
really i don't know i heard it was better for you then smoking. so i thought id throw it out their. and just fyi heres a link about e-ciggs.

wheres your info on them? heres mine.


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Think of all the money saved. You can up your beer intake!!
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Think of all the money saved. You can up your beer intake!!
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really i don't know i heard it was better for you then smoking. so i thought id throw it out their. and just fyi heres a link about e-ciggs.

wheres your info on them? heres mine.


Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?
I wouldn't trust ANY article that says they are unsafe or safe at all. nobody actually knows. The "smoke" is the same as in fog machines, and there's a group of actors with a pending lawsuit that say that long term exposure to the vapors causes health problems, and until that gets settled through whatever studies are conducted, the only true answer is that nobody can say for a fact that they are safe or unsafe...

having read that article though... I had forgotten you can get zero nicotine flavor packs... that's a viable option actually.

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