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Old 08-11-2015, 10:19 PM   #21
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:25 PM   #22
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Congrats to all of the ex-smokers! Keep it up!
I currently have not yet been able to quit, although I have stopped allowing myself to smoke while I am at work and do not allow myself to smoke in our house, and find it difficult. The worst times are when I am playing a game on the computer and the common one of smoking while drinking.
I did make a deal with my wife that I would quit before we retire in 2017, so at least I have a goal/target to shoot for, hopefully I can actually accomplish it!!
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:40 PM   #23
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I smoked for about 5 years in my youth. I quit when I came to US 35 years ago. The major life changing event helped me quit. When I moved into my current home 25 years ago, I could smell the cig for a number of years from previous owner.

My doctor almost asked and documented the fact that I smoked 5 years in my past life. I am mostly concerned if that small period and my few years of living in my house with prior smokers, have any long term effect on me and my family. I hope not.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:45 AM   #24
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I worry about the long-term effects of growing up in a smoker household (Mom kept smoking after Dad quit), and then 10 years in a workplace filled with extremely heavy smokers (until smoking was finally banned - you could not see across an office to its far wall, the clouds of smoke were so heavy). I have a lot of sinus problems that I would bet are connected to breathing all that second-hand smoke.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:18 AM   #25
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DW quit in Apr, 1994. Occasionally she will have one if she drinking with someone who smokes. I don't like that much but doesn't seem to cause long term regression. I have never smoked. Hardly any of our friends smoke. Really seems quite rare now.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:55 AM   #26
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Congrats !!! Close to 2 full yrs myself. I took a more circuitous route. First e-cigs then Chantix. Feels great to be a Non-smoker, doesn't it?
thanks..I did use an e-cig, but not with nicotine infused vapor...just plain vapor..only used it for the oral/manual fixation. The patch worked so well that after a few weeks I would forget to put one on.

I did bite my tongue several times early on man that hurts.

There was a helpful site (complete with forums) called Quitnet .. I used it for a few weeks leading up to quitting. Some good articles, etc.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:31 PM   #27
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thanks..I did use an e-cig, but not with nicotine infused vapor...just plain vapor..only used it for the oral/manual fixation. The patch worked so well that after a few weeks I would forget to put one on.

I did bite my tongue several times early on man that hurts.

There was a helpful site (complete with forums) called Quitnet .. I used it for a few weeks leading up to quitting. Some good articles, etc.
The "ritual" of smoking can not be underestimated. That's why I believe the e-cig has been so successful. I watched a program on quitting heroin. A recovering addict shot up with purified water and immediately got high! My dad used to suck on a real cigarette (unlit) when he was quitting. He eventually switched to candy cigarettes (don't laugh - you can't find them anymore.) It seemed to help. One of the things I'm most grateful to my parents for is setting a good example. I had to watch both of them quit smoking. I decided I never wanted to go through that so I never started. YMMV
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That's why I believe the e-cig has been so successful.
I didn't realize e-cigs have been successful. I frequent a number of establishments (bars, casinos, etc) that still allow smoking (and there are a lot of folks smoking) and I can only remember seeing one person smoking an e-cig.
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Congratulations on a MAJOR accomplishment!

I used Chantix 6 years ago to finally quit after 30 years of smoking 2 packs a day. I tried several times before that with mixed success (lasted 4 - 6 months). I had some vivid (and awesome) dreams with Chantix. After the first week it was as if I had never smoked - never had an urge to go back!

I was unsuccessful with the patch.

Isn't it great to no longer cough, wheeze or smell of cigarettes?
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my .02. also 2 yrs for me, since I got my ecig. I tell folks it satisfies my 3 addictions: nicotine (which I've cut in half from 18mg (reportedly same as pack-a-day) since starting), hand-to-mouth fixation, and the feeling of inhaling "smoke/vapor". leukoplakia was the impetus. mouth sore, possible precursor to oral cancer. that has stabilized and both my ENT and Internist are happy that I switched and support it
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Congrats and stay with it. Almost the best thing I ever did in my life. Smoked for 35 years, had a heart attack 17 months ago, the scare was enough motivation for me plus I was in the hospital for two weeks so the hard part was over when I got home. I still say the HA is what saved my life. Feel great, lost weight, exercise daily (sometimes sub in golf and tennis) and now retired 5 months.
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Congrats, after 2 years you're home free. It can only improve your quality of life IME.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:13 PM   #33
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Congratulations! I wish you all the best.

I was surprised at how hard it was to quit smoking. But I'm glad I did it. 20 years now.
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