727_Gal
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Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 3:26 pm

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  Big grin So I want to hear from the smokers here, present and former:

1)Age
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  Big grin

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.
5) help!
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 4:35 pm

1 - 26
2 - 11 years
3 - Lucky Strike
4 - 20
5 - N/A
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fritzi
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:23 pm

1) 18
2) 2
3) Marlboro Lights
4) 10
5) Suicide?
 
Sabena332
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:29 pm

1) 26
2) since ~ 10 years
3) Marlboro Light
4) 25
5) N/A

Patrick
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OO-AOG
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:42 pm

1)28
2)10 years
3)Marlboro
4)20
5)Don't work for an Ops department!
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NoUFO
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:56 pm

1) 35
2) 10
2a) I quit 7 days ago and I'm still going strong  Big grin
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.
- Exercise.
- 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.

Regards,
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:08 pm

1)18
2)Three Years
3)Cojimar Cigerellos
4)One...maybe one every two to three days
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:23 pm

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
4) 0
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.
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:30 pm

1- 28 years old
2- 7years ago but have a cigar maybe every 8 months at most.
3- Parliament
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.  Big grin
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 12:26 am

2 packs of marlboroo lights if I drink that night.

mb
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 2:57 am

1)26
2)7
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)...

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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:45 am

1. 26
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
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:54 am

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.

Patrick
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 4:08 am

1) 23
2) 5-6 years
3) Marlboro Lights
4) About 10 during normal day, more if I'm socializing
5) N/A
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 4:10 am

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!

GO CANUCKS!!
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 4:35 am

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!


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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 8:50 am

1. 18
2. about 2 years
3. Excalabor no.1, they are expensive at $8.00 each, but is the higest rated non-cuban cigar. I hate cigs
4. about 2-3 a week, maybe.

The new CAO's were also pretty good, very smooth. I could not belive how smooth they were.
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:36 am

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 !
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:51 am

1). 44
2). Since I was 12
3). Doral Menthol 100's (Full Flavor, of course!)
4). 2-3 packs a day (depending on stress level  Pissed)
5). I've tried gum, patches, hypnosis, shots, Welbutrin, etc - Nothing worked!

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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:41 pm

1. 28
2. 19
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.
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:36 pm

1. 27
2. From the age of 14
3. Lucky Strike, Fortuna (Spanish)
4. 20
5. in the 13 years I've smoked, there are 1 or 2 single days in wich I haven't smoked a cigarrette
Miquel.
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:12 pm

1. 35
2. from the age of 18
3. Philip Morris Super Lights and a good Cuban cigar from time to time
4. A pack a day
5. ?

Regards, SN-A330
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:11 am

1. 20
2. 18
3. Export A Mediums and sometimes Marlboro Lights
4. 10-15 depending on my setting
5. Ummm...yeah

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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:51 am

1. 17
2. About 1,5 years ago
3. Marlboro Lights
4. 5 or less
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 4:59 am

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? Big grin
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:00 am

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 great? Big grin
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:10 am


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 it's worth the perserverence.
It upsets me a lot to see teenagers smoking. If only they could find a way to rebel in a less self-destructive way. But, I was just as stupid. I doubt there's a smoker over the age of 25 who doesn't wish he/she could quit.
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 7:49 am

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, some days 10 or more usually when I drink.
5. N/A

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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sat Jul 05, 2003 2:31 pm

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. And remember this, it will never ever be safe to have just one again.

Oh yeah, it's bad for you. You may know it but you do not know it and I pray you never will. I, with luck, have 10 years left. You've got 70. You don't want to be dying at 55, trust me.

Steve
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sun Jul 06, 2003 2:08 am

maybe these facts will help you with overcoming you addiction:

*Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have never smoked

*Smoking reduces the rate of lung growth

*The resting heart rates of young adult smokers are two to three beats per minute faster than nonsmokers

*Teenage smokers are more likely to have seen a doctor or other health professionals for an emotional or psychological complaint

*Teenage smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost three times as often as teens who don't smoke, and produce phlegm more than twice as often as teens who don't smoke

*Teens who smoke are three times more likely than nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. Smoking is associated with a host of other risky behaviors, such as fighting and engaging in unprotected sex

 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sun Jul 06, 2003 4:02 am

1)22
2)since my 18th
3)Barclay Smooth taste & Marlboro Lights
4)About 1/2 pack a day
5)----
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Sun Jul 06, 2003 8:13 pm

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) ?
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Mon Jul 07, 2003 10:05 am

Everybody smokes in South America...
The anti-smokers are permitted having a drink outside the bars/restaurants, here in Buenos Aires... It is winter... they dont like the cold... too bad...
xxx
My wife no longer visits USA since about 3 or 4 years ago, because she does not accept the non-smoking rules imposed to customers... She spends her money in South America and Europe. Look at the USA economy going down the tubes - the reason, my wife...
xxx
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tt737fo
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:24 am

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 great deal. I have also switched to dipping on occasion, but that probably won't work for you as it is not lady-like. Thanks to smoking, I have a hard time running sub 7 minute miles anymore.

Another thing. Working in Japan/Southeast Asia, I have noticed a big difference. Smoking in public is less and less acceptable. Recently, when I was in the Nagoya domestic terminal...the smoking area is a 10 * 10 glass partition in a central area. Going in there, you look like a monkey in cage with everyone staring at you. That may help you quit---if the smell alone doesn't drive you nuts.
 
bhill
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:35 am

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's smoke shop will ship for you...no sales tax in N.H.
3) No Cubans...Kennedy's doing
4) Here in Washington State.. If I tried to buy the same cigar here...it is at LEAST 70% cheaper getting them from NH..don't get me wrong, taxes it what makes the world go 'round..but I would rather it be done with income taxes..

Cheers,

Bob
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Delta15
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:47 am

1. 18
2. 4 months
3. Camel special lights
4. half a pack a day
 
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:36 pm

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 still smoke.

Now they only puff 10 cigs a day, not bad to me, an improvement. I dont hear hacking from them anymore.

If only I can get them to stop smoking trees. lol
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:45 pm

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" ?


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fritzi
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RE: Calling All Smokers!

Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:14 pm

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.

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