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Pancho

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #200 on: February 26, 2011, 11:46:54 am »
You make it sound like you had no choice in starting to smoke.

Well, certainly not an informed choice. There's nothing that can convey the bliss and the horror of an addiction other than having an addiction.

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #201 on: February 26, 2011, 08:12:43 pm »
A "How I beat Cancer" thread (apt though it may be) would probably blow this thread away in terms of impact.
I'm not sure of that actually; I think some of these stories in this thread have been very admirable and impressive.
I'm not sure either. People don't "beat" cancer because of willpower and determination - it's down to medical treatment and the progress of the disease. Beating an addiction is about willpower and strength and I have every respect for the people who manage it.
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #202 on: February 26, 2011, 08:40:29 pm »
A "How I beat Cancer" thread (apt though it may be) would probably blow this thread away in terms of impact.
I'm not sure of that actually; I think some of these stories in this thread have been very admirable and impressive.
I'm not sure either. People don't "beat" cancer because of willpower and determination - it's down to medical treatment and the progress of the disease. Beating an addiction is about willpower and strength and I have every respect for the people who manage it.
Well I'm not sure that's 100% true, I think that willpower and determination can make a difference to cancer outcomes, perhaps in resuming normal life sooner and being less invalidish. But I still think that the willpower involved in stopping smoking is very notable.
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #203 on: August 15, 2012, 05:01:59 pm »
I've given up smoking (again).  My last fag was 11.05 p.m. on Tuesday 7 August.

I had hypnotherapy on Wednesday 8 August and so far I'm doing fine.  No cravings or urges - and no patches or gum either.
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clarion

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #204 on: August 15, 2012, 05:25:52 pm »
Well done! :thumbsup:
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #205 on: August 15, 2012, 05:28:16 pm »
No cravings or urges

What, none at all, or just none for cigs?

Well done and good luck.

clarion

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #206 on: August 15, 2012, 05:31:31 pm »
If you keep it up till Mildenhall, I promise not to take the piss out of your palanquin! ;)
Getting there...

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #207 on: August 15, 2012, 05:38:28 pm »
Will Kirst be showing you her tits?  :-\

Well done, matey.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #208 on: August 15, 2012, 08:17:31 pm »
No cravings or urges

What, none at all, or just none for cigs?

Well done and good luck.

Mr R's a little pissed off....  ;) ;D


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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #209 on: August 15, 2012, 08:57:05 pm »
Priscilla's lack of presence would not inhibit my outpouring of ridicule ;D
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #210 on: August 16, 2012, 12:41:41 pm »
I decided to give up smoking when my father, a spritely old man died from cancer due to smoking 20  Capstan full strength cigs every day and latterly Senior Service when they stopped selling Capstan. During chemotherapy treatment, his appearance changed from being an active smart guy to a total physical wreck which made me very sad and near to tears. After his funeral I continued to smoke until I started to have regular chest pains. That was the incentive I needed. I switched to pipe smoking (no inhaling) for perhaps two years and finally stopped when I had a lousy cold. I don't miss the fags one little bit and do get rather annoyed if someone is smoking near to me making me appreciate how other people felt when I was a smoker.

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #211 on: September 24, 2012, 03:44:36 pm »
I think I am at the stage where I can either stop soon or I might as well carry on for the rest of my days.

So, fast forward 4 years  ::-)

I am now smoking e-cigs (just the Matchless disposables) with Drum rollies on standby (I've always preferred rollies anyway. Drum's new additive-free stuff is very nice indeed). I've made a decision not to buy any more "normal" fags, as a possible prelude to a give-up attempt.

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #212 on: September 24, 2012, 06:12:43 pm »
If you're ever tempted to smoke again, please re-read my earlier post
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #213 on: September 26, 2012, 10:58:27 pm »
Nice one Sarge! 
Are you happy with the disposables? They do seem a bit of an expense still so how about looking at a basic refillable kit?

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #214 on: September 27, 2012, 08:46:43 pm »
Hi PD

I'm not all that keen on the e-cig. The one I tried is the Matchless, which seems pretty well reviewed. I have a few issues:

1. the ethylene glycol content. From my brief reading of the subject, the long term effects of inhaling this are unknown. Ever since I read that this is one of the ingredients, I have had a faint smell/taste of antifreeze or similar when using the e-cig. I appreciate that the possible harmful effect of the e-cig is much much less than that of cigarettes but nevertheless I am not sure that inhaling this stuff is the way I want to go.

2. Using the e-cig makes me feel just very very mildly ill, with a slight sense of some physiological effect that is different from the effect of smoking cigarettes. I don't really like that.

3. I am not convinced that it is delivering an effective dose of nicotine. I noted some research that showed that the nicotine levels in users' blood was often negligible, so the value of the e-cig lies elsewhere (the act of inhaling, "throat hit", etc).

4. Using the e-cig has made me realise that I do not actually have a strong need to inhale smoke, or to be doing something with my hands, so those benefits of the e-cig don't apply to me.

Overall, I don't think this is for me. I need to stop them entirely.

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #215 on: October 08, 2012, 10:57:34 pm »
Two months fag free today.   :smug:
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #216 on: October 08, 2012, 10:59:32 pm »
Good man Greg!

I'm failing to feel the motivation :-(

clarion

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #217 on: October 09, 2012, 06:47:07 am »
Well done, Regulator!
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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #218 on: October 09, 2012, 10:36:27 am »
Two months fag free today.   :smug:

Tremendous  :)

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #219 on: March 03, 2013, 12:02:18 pm »
If you have approach to the tip where you completed a cognizant decision to finally give up smoking, you will get it hard at first. You should set a date in the near future when you will stop otherwise eat your favorite food when you think about smoking.

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #220 on: June 26, 2013, 05:24:05 pm »
Finally going to give it a crack. Chucked the fags, lighter, etc. in a bin earlier. A bin outside Charing Cross Hospital, in fact.

Nicorette lozenges on stand-by.

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #221 on: June 26, 2013, 05:30:00 pm »
Finally going to give it a crack. Chucked the fags, lighter, etc. in a bin earlier. A bin outside Charing Cross Hospital, in fact.

Nicorette lozenges on stand-by.

 :thumbsup:.

One day at a time - it's a process, not an event.

Have some diversions ready for when the cravings come. I had lots - mouthwash, go for a walk, have a shower - generally things I didn't associate with smoking.

You'll be fine.

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #222 on: June 26, 2013, 05:36:25 pm »
Feels very weird. But there'll never be a better time and I'm sick of it. Don't want to be a slave to it any more.

Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #223 on: June 26, 2013, 05:45:22 pm »
Good luck. I swapped to diet coke as my substitute. Never kicked that habit but I think its the lesser of 2 evils.

The first week is the worst. Just do it, you'll be fine.

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Re: Stopping smoking: when?
« Reply #224 on: June 26, 2013, 06:07:01 pm »
+1 to the first week thing. You only have to distract yourself for about 10 minutes each time, it mostly goes after that.
And stop hanging about with smokers, with their tempting packets.
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