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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:28 pm 
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After 37 years as a smoker I'm quitting tomorrow.

I've tried before but this is the first time I've tried it with any help. Nicotine patches already procured.

Please keep on my back over this people.... will power and smoking have historically not been my strong suit :oops:

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Let me be the first to encourage you and congratulate you. I quit in '99 after 25 years and haven't looked back.

Go for it!!

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GOOD FOR YOU!!!! If you are really determined to quit, then you will. If you slip, quit all over again. I did it 15 years ago. For 3 or 4 years after I quit, I slipped a few times but each time it was easier to quit again, and I haven't had one since.

Here's a little helpful incentive. Determine what tool you'd like to have the most and the cost of the tool. Next figure out how much your habit costs per day. Now divide the tool cost by your daily habit cost. The result is the number of days you must be smoke free and the tool is yours as a reward for not smoking. It's a great way to achieve an interim goal in trying to achieve the final goal of never smoking again.


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A strong and determined will cannot be overcome. You can do it.

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Thanks guys I really appreciate it.

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This is what convinced me to quit some 29 years ago.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sour ... g5g-s1g-m3

Make a copy and hang it in your office. And your shop. And your kitchen. And your car.

Good luck, Buddy. We're going to be on you like white on rice.

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I wish you all the luck in the world-- I'm an on again/off again smoker (haven't had a drag since returning from my deployment 4+ months ago) You can certainly do it too-- and you'll feel better for it. I won't say I don't that first cig with a cup of coffee in the morning, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Good luck, know we are all rooting for you--
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Way to go Ray!
The patches seem to be the way to go.
I have the complete Chantix kit in front of me but haven't taken the first pill yet.

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also-- set yourself a medium goal with a "reward" at the end.... (a tool would be good!) and when that goal is reached set another goal... farther out... and before you know it you'll be smoke free and swimming in tools!

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Neva figua use bee a smoka kine dude

wells youz bee doin one big good kine ting for youz families.


now that is over I should smack you on the head for smoking.

what were you thinking?

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ImageOOUCH !!

You could at least have put the hammer down first Mango!!

Update.....21st Aug 8.52 pm

So far so good. No smokes since I put the patch on this morning 8)

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I'm pulling for you Turnpike. I quit a 2 1/2 pack a day habit in 1997 using the patches. I've never been tempted to go back. The first two weeks were the hardest and it was easy from there. The worst part for me was that I dreamed that I was smoking for about 1 1/2 years and always felt guilty when I woke up :-? . Good luck....


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Ray, Believe it or not, your lungs are already starting to heal. Great job, my Friend!

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Great for you Ray!!! Hang in there.

Of course, if you guys continue this trend over there, I'm no longer going to be able to say smoking is a compulsory event in Europe. ;)


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This is one of those things you will not appreciate until a year of so has
gone by. The taste buds return and so does the sense of smell.

Hang in there ITS WORTH IT!!!!!!

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Ray, here's some motivation . .. .

I just saw a guy in an AIG- Man-U shirt. If you smoke, I'll tell him you love Liverpool!! ;)

Hang in there!!! You don't want to get sacked!


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Go Ray Go!

You CAN do it.

You will feel better for it and the family will have you around for some time longer.

We are here when you need us and you can always rant, rave or complain.

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keep going.. I PROMISE it gets easier and easier every day

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Day two nearly over... so far so good.

The crazy thing is that non of the family have noticed yet.. and I havn't let on..... I'm just waiting to see when the penny drops :-D

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A wee bit more motivation...

Ahem... Within ...

# 20 minutes - Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet will all return to normal.

# 8 hours - Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.25% reduction.

# 12 hours - Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.

# 24 hours - Anxieties peak and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

# 48 hours - Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability peaks.

# 72 hours - Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine. Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes will peak for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and the lungs functional abilities are starting to increase.

# 5 - 8 days - The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.

# 10 days - The "average ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.

# 10 days to 2 weeks - Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in our gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.

# 2 to 4 weeks - Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.

# 21 days - Brain acetylcholine receptor counts up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence have now down-regulated and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.

# 2 weeks to 3 months - Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

# 3 weeks to 3 months - Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared.

# 1 to 9 months - Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean, and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

# 1 year - Your excess risk of coronary heart disease has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

# 5 to 15 years - Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.

# 10 years - Your risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day). Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus has now decreased.

# 15 years - Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked.

Keep on keepin on...

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