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Old 12-13-2010, 12:08 PM   #41
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I started at around 15, quit for 7 years in my mid-20s, started back up again for 2 years, then quit again (for good) a few years ago. I used Zyban the first time, but had an allergic reaction. Last time, cold turkey and a healthy dose of determination, plus that fewer and fewer friends smoked.
DH has struggled with quitting more than me, and still uses the nicotine gum pretty much every day. I have just never wanted to pick up a cigarette again once I got that damned monkey off my back for the last time.

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Old 12-13-2010, 01:19 PM   #42
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Reading all these stories about how hard it was to beat this addictive habit make me so glad I never started.
Kudos to all of you for your success.

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Old 12-14-2010, 02:15 PM   #43
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It's such an amazing thing that cigarettes are legal.

More people die from tobacco every day, than died in the twin towers on 9/11.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:48 PM   #44
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It doesn't help to cut back--you have to completely quit (Tobacco Smoking Danger: Even One Cigarette Risky, Surgeon General Says - Health Blog - CBS News):

Bad news from the report:

The surgeon general's 30th annual report on smoking and health says tobacco smoke begins poisoning immediately, as more than 7,000 chemicals in each puff rapidly spread through the body to cause damage to nearly every organ.
Good news from the report:

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says kicking the habit lets the body start healing immediately. "It's never too late to quit," she says, "but the sooner you quit, the better. Even if you're 70, 80 years old and you're a smoker, there's still benefit from quitting."
I quit smoking for the first and only time as a New Years resolution in 1975 (my smoking career was only 6 years long but almost every waking moment during that time). You just have to gut it out. Good luck--you can do it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:34 PM   #45
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It's such an amazing thing that cigarettes are legal.

More people die from tobacco every day, than died in the twin towers on 9/11.
Too many people in Washington getting paid off.

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