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Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 9:04 AM


Just wondering-and if you are do you plan to quit,if so,when?

Blaney  (Level: 77.1 - Posts: 48)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 10:19 AM

January 2nd will be my 4th year of 'smoke free'! If you need any advice, I'll be happy to help you!

Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 10:21 AM

Hey Skillet
is your 'unexplainable' occupation involved with food? Judging by your nick and hobbies, I'd guess yes.
I'd therefore also guess that one of the reasons why you haven't quit smoking yet is because you love food, you're always around it, and you're terrified of what will happen to your body shape if you take away that oh so profoundly satisfying oral fixation.
All I can tell you is I share your fear. I'm a fanatical cook and eater (plus I live in Italy, which exacerbates the problem significantly!), quit nine months ago after 26 years of Drum.
Yeah you put on some pounds, but here's the thing: if the reason you're NOT quitting is because you love food so much, that's crazy, because it's precisely the reason you SHOULD quit - I can't even begin to describe the difference in the sensitivity of my palate now that I don't smoke! It's truly a joy to taste the subtleties of things I'd forgotten the taste of, to not require 3 times more salt and hot pepper and horseradish and wasabi than everyone else just so your smoke-cured tongue can feel SOMETHING...
So, to sum it up, quitting's hard and frustrating and makes you pudgy, but it makes food taste about a jillion times better.
Tough choice, yours to make (I'm rooting for ya ta quit!)
Good luck

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 10:52 AM

jedley-I have no desire to quit,I enjoy smoking-It's weird,my taste and smell is quite remarkable compared to other people.I personally do not care if I get as big as the side of a barn,which could possibly happen if I quit smoking or not.I always say,I gotta die from something.I have quit-15 years ago when I got pregnant with my only child.I started back as soon as I had her.But if I looked back at the money I've spent on cigarettes in the last 20 odd years,I would probably die of heart failure when I saw the ungodly amount.Martha

Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 11:23 AM

Yeah, thats another major consideration. It comes out to something terrifying like 3 THOUSAND dollars a year for a pack-and-a-halfer. Yikes. I was lucky to be in Europe when American prices went skyward, but still, I hear ya.
So maybe that'll be your reason to quit then, right? The key is to find YOUR OWN reason and not listen to chumps like me!
Again, good luck

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 11:28 AM

I'm not a smoker (but I grew up in a home with a chain-smoking parent who now has been a non-smoker for about twelve years, thankfully). I just want to send congratulations to those of you who have conquered the addiction (awesome!)and I hope that those who try to quit in 2006 will be successful.

Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 11:30 AM

Just realized I'm still presuming you will and/or secretly want to quit after you explicitly said that wasn't the point.
Sorry. Gawd, someone please kill me if I become one of those preachy self-righteous non-smokers who knows all the answers...
Or is it too late? Ok I take it back, please don't kill me

Tue, 13th Dec '05 12:52 PM

1/1/2006 for me

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 1:58 PM

I've smoked 3 or 4 times socially, but I never really had the desire to pick up the habit. Guess I should consider myself lucky?

Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 2:03 PM

I smoke, I sometimes smolder, I even burst into flames.
I know I'd be better off if I quit but I dont have the desire to.

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 2:11 PM

No,jedley,think nothing of it-I did not take your reply in the wrong way at all.Shearstyle,I hear you!Not only do we smoke,but aggressively,I do believe.Martha

Margiematt  (Level: 202.4 - Posts: 389)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 2:29 PM

Martha my husband and I both smoke. Have never had a desire to quit as we both believe that when we don't have any major stress in our lives, we will not want to smoke anymore. Don't see that happening any time soon, but more power to those that have wanted to quit and were able to do do. Margie

Margiematt  (Level: 202.4 - Posts: 389)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 2:30 PM

I meant do so!

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 4:48 PM

I'm like you Sirius - only smoked socially a few times. Just never enjoyed it. I'm a speech pathologist now and after some of the oral cancer patients and laryngectomy patients I've seen, I'm glad I don't enjoy it.

My husband smokes cigars occasionally and when we were on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic I tried some thin honey flavored cigars and I have to admit they were pretty good - very mild. I bought some to smoke occasionally with him when he smokes his cigars, but I can't see myself wanting to smoke them more often.

I have a cute story though. My parents and 1 brother smoked. My brothers and sisters(4 in all) are all 8-14 years older than me so when I was small (my brother was around 18 or 19), they would also receive gifts from Santa and the Easter Bunny. Each year Santa and the Easter Bunny used to bring my brother a carton of Newports! I never thought anything of it at the time, but find it oddly disturbing and humorous now - lol!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 4:54 PM

I have enjoyed almost 12 years of clean lungs now......wish my guy could do it too! He has quit twice now, only to take it up again a few months later....*sigh!* He is trying again now~~

I lost my Stepdad to lung cancer 18 months ago, it was so cruel to see how he wasted away in so much pain....gasping as his throat closed with cancerous growths.

You say "I gotta die of something......" think of those around you who love you when you make that statement, and think how it would be for them to see you wasting away in agony with lung cancer...and your life cut short.

Remember, one in three people get cancer in some form or another....and 60% of those are smokers....some may be cured, some not. Whatta gamble, dare you take that chance?

(The Fox gets off the soapbox, and back into the fox-den......'nuff said)

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 6:19 PM

I am also in the "plan on quitting shortly club". My best friend had the laser thing done 3 weeks ago and has lasted marvelously!!

I am giving it til the begining of 06 and if she is still going strong...LASER ME BABY!!


Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 6:38 PM

Laser thing? I've never heard of that, what is it?

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 7:17 PM

My understanding is it is much like acupuncture, only it "goes deeper". They laser around your ears and neck.

She said it was completely painless and the next day she really detested the smell of smoke. Her sister had done it a couple years ago prior to it being available in the states, and she had to drive to Canada...2 years later..still smoke free.

It is about $300 USD. I figured I would make my money back very shortly.


Twinboymom2001  (Level: 67.0 - Posts: 197)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 8:42 PM

I have never smoked and don't ever plan to. Something about having severe allergies and asthma just doesn't lend itself to want to start smoking. I have a very dear friend who I wish would quit as he now has the beginnings of emphysema.

Anyway, the point about lung cancer is a good one. I just finished a Therapeutics class on cancer and the lung cancer lecture was just astounding. 83-90% of all lung cancers are from smoking and the 5 year survival rate is only 5-15%. These cancers are so aggressive and malignant that treatment just doesn't suffice.

I hope I am not offending the smokers here...I am not trying to do that because I know from the people that come to the pharmacy that are looking for smoking cessation products that quitting is very difficult. Anyway...I'll get off my soapbox and stick my nose back into my pharmacy books and study for my last final of the semester.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 10:16 PM

It's a terribly addictive and controlling habit, very difficult to successfully quit, I did for bout 4 months, now slowly over past few have let the urges win. It's almost as addicting as Wordrounds. oo(cough)gie

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Tue, 13th Dec '05 11:25 PM

For those who are trying to quit ... keep quitting. Studies show that every time you quit (again) you get closer to quitting for good. You learn from your mistakes. What caused you to go back to cigarettes each time? Figure it out and do something different next time. Relapse is to be expected and planned for. Plan for how you'll jump back on the wagon. Good luck! Katy

Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Wed, 14th Dec '05 2:01 AM

Bev,sorry to hear about your step father-my dad also died from cancer(don't know actually where it started,lymph nodes,pancreas,lungs and brain were all affected with it)I saw the pain he went through,and by the end,I was ready for him to go,just to let him rest.I'm just not ready to quit yet,maybe one day I will.Martha

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 14th Dec '05 3:13 PM

Thanks for your condolences Martha.....I still miss him.
I also lost my 45 y/o AK sister to cancer this year, but not lung cancer. It is such a cruel, merciless disease. I miss her very badly.

I do hope that when you decide to quit you will be successful quickly.....and reap the benefits!
Best wishes,

Asha83  (Level: 6.0 - Posts: 24)
Fri, 16th Dec '05 3:47 PM

I read these posts and just had to reply. I have smoked for 8 years(thats pretty bad for only being 22 yrs old) and I really do enjoy smoking A LOT. About 3 years ago, I got the desire to quit and I did quit for 4 months and let me tell you I never felt better. I started excersing and food definately does taste 100% better when you don't smoke. But, needless to say, the quit didnt last and Im still a smoker and I dont plan on quitting anytime soon simply because it is very hard and I like smoking. I congratulate everyone who is planning on quitting or who already has quit, though. It is a HUGE accomplishment. So skillet66 the best advice I can give is that if you want to quit (and you REALLY have to want it) you WILL be able to do it.
Good Luck & Happy Holidays!

Schmorganism  (Level: 115.5 - Posts: 56)
Sat, 17th Dec '05 11:19 AM

I am 29 years old (not for long but I still am!!!).
I quit 3 years ago. Prior to that I smoked for about ten years and lived in a smoking house as a child. I now have Chronic Bronchitis...every year without fail I get a TERRIBLE cough for at least 6 weeks (this bout has been 9 weeks and counting although I think it is finally subsiding) that nags on me day and night. If this patern persists the bouts will lengthen through the years....which is extremely discouraging.
I don't KNOW that smoking caused it but I'm 99% sure...especially because I smoked through me teenaged years.
I wish I had never smoked...there is NOTHING to be gained from it and everything to be lost (health, money, life...). And I very firmly believe that anyone can quit if they want to. They're just cigarettes.
Most of all...if you do smoke, that is your choice. But PLEASE do not smoke around children (at home, in the car...even with the windows down). It is NOT their choice.

Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Sat, 17th Dec '05 3:15 PM

I just quit smoking. I had only smoked for 9 years. I quit for many reasons. Here are some of them:
1.) I hated how I smelled, now I smell other smokers and it is disgusting, you never really notice it until you quit.
2.) It cost five dollars a pack here in Washington and that is just too much for an everyday purchase.
3.) I hated being controlled by cigarettes, always having to feed that craving.
4.) WA really hates smokers, we are the minority. Often times you get dirty looks and people moan and groan at you all the time. WA just passed a law that you can not smoke in public places.

But I was very lucky. In Washington you can get free aid. I got a two month supply of patches for free. They also give out gum for free. They call you about every week or so to see how you are doing. I donít know if people in other states can also receive this aid but here is the number just in case you can or maybe they have a number for your state. 1-877-270-STOP I encourage everyone now to quit smoking. Within a day my taste and smell did get better. In a week I could breathe better. I am just so happy to that I quit and I just want to encourage anyone else to quit also. If you need support send me a private message and I will help you through the process. A good buddy or support group is crucial to quitting smoking.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 18th Dec '05 3:41 PM

Reply to Schmorganism:
You may find you get over the coughing and the bronchial infections eventually. It took me a fair while as well...I sure do hope so.
Don't ever think you can have "one" cigarette though, willya? You can't...not one.....not ever.

To Farroz:
I am really impressed that Washington is giving all that support to folks trying to quit nicotine...way to go! I am sure folks would pay their own way once they'd got a kick-start in the right direction.
Keep up the quitting, you have a whole new life ahead to enjoy..and a longer'un with better health.

Schmorganism  (Level: 115.5 - Posts: 56)
Sun, 18th Dec '05 6:02 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, Bushyfox, Very sweet of you and I hope you're right!

And a note to those trying to quit: everyone is different, it's about finding the right way for YOU. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again....
What worked for me? I didn't tell anyone I was quitting, I just stopped. I went about my business as usual and tried to stay out of a situation where someone would ask me why I wasn't smoking. It took all the pressure and scrutiny off. But that's me....
My hubby, however, has not found his method yet...all in good time, I hope.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 19th Dec '05 3:18 PM

To Schmorganism: Laughing to myself that you got way with quitting and not telling anyone.
I had a workmate who quit six months before I took the plunge. She is the sort who would rip your arms off if you crossed her. So I told her I was quitting, secure in the knowledge that I would never dare smoke another cigarette..she would know, and annihilate me!
Best wishes...

Manojbabu  (Level: 6.5 - Posts: 9)
Thu, 22nd Dec '05 8:26 AM

nice story

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