727_Gal From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 325 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1241 times:
Okay, I know I shouldn't smoke...but I do. Like many smokers, I think, it started out as social smoking...and then I became very social So I want to hear from the smokers here, present and former:
2)How long have you been smoking?
3)What is your preferred brand?
4)How much do you smoke a day?
5)For all you exsmokers, what is some good solid advice to stop? I've been sort of trying to quit on and off, but I need tips other than "chew gum."
And please, if you're just going to inform me that smoking is bad for me, believe me, I already know that
Oh yeah, my answers:
1)19, I'll be 20 in a week and a half.
2)I've been smoking for about a year or so, but social smoking for about a year longer than that.
3)I usually smoke Camel Special Lights, but every once in awhile I'll treat myself and buy Camel Exotic Blends (the Izmir Stingers)
4)Between 5-12 cigs a day; sometimes less, sometimes a pack.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7891 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
2a) I quit 7 days ago and I'm still going strong
3) American Spirit - Medium
4) 7 or 8
5) - Before you quit ----
- Set a quit date: Maybe 8/1. There's a lot to consider. Do you expect to have to deal with the stress of work?
- Until then analyze your smoking habits and triggers. You should avoid those triggers when you quit.
- Speak with you doctor if you dont want a "cold turkey" quit (without medication). You should see your doctor as well if you have to take medicine on a regular basis. Maybe you need a lower dose when you quit.
- Try not to quit alone.
- Don`t kid yourself into thinking that this will be easy. It gets easier but those first couple of weeks can be frigging tough depending on your addiction and smoking habits.
-- When you quit ---
- Avoid triggers.
- Make walks but don't go out for a beer during the first couple of weeks.
- Drink cold water, drink cold water, try to drink even more water ...
- Brush your theet more frequent.
- Drink less coffee.
- Support other "Quitters" and receive support of them. Try http://www.quitnet.com or other communities.
- Remember: It's only one day after another.
- Celebrate your quit, reward yourself.
- Try to do things a different way. It shouldn't be the usual life just without the smoke.
- Don’t ever trick yourself into believing that one puff won't hurt. But at the same time don't give up when you have a slip. A slip is no relapse, one cigarette won't make you a smoker again. However, a slip makes your quit even harder.
- Always remember: Cravings and urges may be hard to deal with, but you have witnessed worse than that - and made it through those times.
Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
1) Near 40
2) A good cigar once in a while (3-4 a year); other than that, never smoked
3) Cuban cigar (preferably Montecristo no.4); cigarettes are disgusting
5) 727_Gal, there are 3 types of smoker. From what you wrote, you are probably what is called a "purely behavioral dependent" smoker, or social smoker. If you're with people who smoke, you'll be smoking. This type of smoking is relatively easy to stop. Try to avoid being in a situation where people smoke (I know that it's easier said than done). Or, a little effort should do. Good luck.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7427 posts, RR: 63 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1137 times:
1- 28 years old
2- 7years ago but have a cigar maybe every 8 months at most.
4- quarter pack a day
5- visiting the cancer ward or a veterans hospital, like where I work. THEN, STOP cold Turkey. It's takes a strong person and WILL, but you can do it.
It kills me now to see smokers as young as yourself. Good luck.
I always tell my patients...with all the horrible things that MIGHT happen to you in life, randomly, like terminal tumors, diabetes, aneurysms, damn, jsut listen to George Carlin's Paranoia!....Anyway, with all the bad that can happen, why stack the deck against you AND literally burn up your money too?
I must say, COST for me was a determining factor. After I work SO hard to make my money, I was wasting it.
Good luck, you can do it.
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Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6416 posts, RR: 74 Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1089 times:
3)Sampoerna "A" Mild (local filtered cloved ciggies)...
4)8 - 18 a day
5)Quit once. Slowly reducing my quota down to zero over a few months. It desensitized the body from the craving. Quit for about 3 years (don't ask why I started again)...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
CanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1073 times:
2. 10 years
3. Camel Lights
4. A Pack to a pack and a half
5. Don't work for an airline!
It's kinda ironic in a way but I set today as the day I would quit smoking (For the FIFTH time). Since I reside in NY, the non-smoking law goes into effect July 24th, forbidding smoking in any public place (Including bars), so that will help out. Anyway, smoking will kill you, but then again....... What won't??
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1071 times:
Since I reside in NY, the non-smoking law goes into effect July 24th, forbidding smoking in any public place (Including bars)
That new non smoking law in New York sucks, last week I had to drink inside the bar and for smoking I had to go outside, but I already know it from California, they have a similar smoking law since years.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 16 Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1061 times:
I am older than most responants on this thread. I smoked off and on for 10 years. I smoked mentols. One day, I just didn't buy another pack. That was over 6 months ago. I have not changed my diet, but I do walk a bit more. I still drink gallons of coffee too. I just lost the urge to smoke. Sometimes, I find myself headed for a mini-mart and end up buying water or chocolate or I don't stop at the mini-mart because I realize it is time for the cargo jets to leave PDX!
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1055 times:
1.) Um... Yah...
2.) Off and on for approx 12 years... Or more.
3.) DuMaurier regular
4.) It varies. Sometimes just one (at night before bed); Sometimes a 3 or 4. As with most smokers, social events, such as bars, increases the number smoked.
5.) Because I've stopped so many times, I'm an expert in quitting. You've got to want to quit if you're to succeed at it. It's mostly about mind over matter.
Then again, there are two sets of people in the world - Those who smoke and those who don't. Those who smoke are going to die one day. Those who don't smoke are going to die one day, too! So... LIGHT 'EM UP!
Thumper From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 550 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Smoked two packs a day for over 20 years! Quit a few times but after a few weeks I figured I could handle just one and I would be back to two packs a day again! Finally I quit cold turkey and promised myself I would never take that first one again. Its been 26 years now and I haven't taken that first one yet. GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN DO IT !
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17288 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 963 times:
3. Been mainly a cigar smoker, preferred smoke is Puch London Club Select (natural wrapper). When I did smoke cigarettes, I usually smoked Dunhills (I smoked like half a pack a week, unless my friends would bum smokes off of me. It's amazing how people will forgo a Marlboro in order to get a Dunhill.) and for a time, Majors (a local cigar shop carried these for a time). I also smoke a tobacco pipe.
4. Cigars, usually 3-4 a month; Pipe, 3-4 times a week. I havent had a cigarette in about two years.
5. Never tried to quit, since I smoke so little, I never get the cravings that many heavy smokers can get. I've actually gone months without tobacco with no problems at all.
Flight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3328 posts, RR: 7 Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 866 times:
Since I reside in NY, the non-smoking law goes into effect July 24th, forbidding smoking in any public place (Including bars), so that will help out. Anyway, smoking will kill you, but then again....... What won't??
Yeah! Isn't it geat?
25 Flight152: Since I reside in NY, the non-smoking law goes into effect July 24th, forbidding smoking in any public place (Including bars), so that will help out.
26 Arrow: 1. 56 2. started at 22 3. pack-a-day, several brands 4. Quit when I was 30. It took nearly 10 years to completely shake the craving -- but believe me
27 USAirways737: 1. 17 2. 15, experimented well before (11) 3. I get sick of one type so Marlboros, Camels, Newports 4. I like to think I have control, some days none,
28 IMissPiedmont: 727_gal, you are 19 and have smoked for a year or so. QUIT NOW! It will be a bit tough but, believe me, you do not want to be 30 years old and wishing
29 BartiniMan: maybe these facts will help you with overcoming you addiction: *Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have neve
30 KL713: 1)22 2)since my 18th 3)Barclay Smooth taste & Marlboro Lights 4)About 1/2 pack a day 5)----
31 Lewis: 1) 19 2) Since I was 15 3) Marlboro Lights 4) Normally 20-25 cigarettes per day (add an extra pack when I go out) 5) ?
32 B747skipper: Everybody smokes in South America... The anti-smokers are permitted having a drink outside the bars/restaurants, here in Buenos Aires... It is winter.
33 TT737FO: 1) 37 2) 19 years 3) Reds 4) pack a week 5) I run 30 miles per week, work out and take Aikido. I no longer drink, and that has helped me cut down a gr
34 Bhill: I enjoy an occasional cigar...depends on how much Stoli or Makers Mark I have had.. 1) Aurtuo Fuente...can't go wrong for the price..8-5-8's 2) 3 Guy'
35 Delta15: 1. 18 2. 4 months 3. Camel special lights 4. half a pack a day
36 Bigphilnyc: Both of my parents had Emphazema at one point, and for a while my father was breathing through a machine. HE punched a hole in the mask so he could st
37 AWspicious: TT737FO said " I have also switched to dipping on occasion, but that probably won't work for you as it is not lady-like" What is "dipping" ? a.w.
38 Fritzi: Delta15, If you've only smoked for 4 months, I'd recommend you to quit while it is still possible. The longer you smoke, the harder it gets.