Anyone Quit Smoking?

pawprint1December 11, 2003

I did, or am. 3 days in and need a support group!!

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Congratulations on your committment to quit. It is not easy but you can do it. This coming March 1 will be 6 years for me. I did it pretty much cold turkey. I took Wellbutrin (Zyban) for about a month. It did help take the edge off. I will check back tomorrow to see how you are doing. Keep at it. Find something to keep your hands occupied. Best wishes to you. Don't give up!!


    Bookmark   December 11, 2003 at 11:13PM
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none yesterday and none yet today!! WEE!!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2003 at 12:07PM
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Congratulations!!! I quit in my twenties after 14 years of smoking. It was hard, but once I reached the one-week mark I knew I'd never smoke again because I never wanted to go through that week again! I can tell you quitting smoking was probably the best thing I ever did for myself.


    Bookmark   December 12, 2003 at 4:02PM
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Great job Pawprint!! Keep up the good work. Soon, those three-four days will turn into weeks, then months. Just think of all the money you are saving; not to mention the health benefits of quitting. I don't know where you live but here in MN they are about 3.00 a pack for the cheapies. I don't know how people afford them anymore. I smoked for 28 years, started at age 12. :o(

I'll check in again tomorrow to see how you're doing. Don't give up!! :o)


    Bookmark   December 12, 2003 at 6:17PM
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None today either! Doing okay so far!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2003 at 6:30PM
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Pawprint1 - Keep going, you can do it and you will be so proud of yourself when you do! I will check back and see how things are going. Good luck!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 3:35PM
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None yet, but now it's getting difficult!
I was lucky to be sick when I quit, but now
I'm starting to feel like my old self. Old
habits too! I'm really fighting it......
I hope I can!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 3:55PM
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Congratulations! Are are you doing this morning? is a GREAT place for support! The first 3 day and first week are've already gotten past the hard it's time to build your muscles to keep you from smoking! Just remember, these 3 days, and 1st week are the WORST your ever going to feel. After that, it's downhill.
How long have you smoked?
Good Luck!
Five months, three weeks, 10 hours, 12 minutes and 47 seconds. 6977 cigarettes not smoked, saving $785.10. Life saved: 3 weeks, 3 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 8:43AM
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Still no cigarettes. Tomorrow will make 1 week. Yesterday was rough.
Today hasn't been so bad yet.....
Cross your fingers!! So far the computer says I've not
smoked 158 cigarettes! Can you believe it? One at a time
doesn't seem like much, but now I see they add up!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2003 at 12:50PM
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Isn't is amazing that you have DONE this and gotten this far! I sure think it is! I know how I felt after a week! Congratulations!
If you don't CHEAT for at least 2 weeks, you are on your road to freedom! If you don't cheat for 3 months, you are definitely a quitter! I will take some dilligence, but you sound like you are on your way!

You sleep better, your clothes and home don't stink, YOU don't stink, your saving money, you Doctor will be soooo happy, YOU will be's truly an accomplishment!

Keep up the good work! Never take another puff!
June Lynn

    Bookmark   December 16, 2003 at 8:54AM
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Today makes the 1 week mark. Bought new patches today as
they seem to help. It's not easy though......
Need willpower!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2003 at 2:29PM
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Where did you find that you have not smoked that many cigarettes or did you figure it out yourself? I quit on March 16 of this year and am so glad I did. HANG IN THERE--------- YOU CAN DO IT--YES YOU CAN

    Bookmark   December 17, 2003 at 7:56AM
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to download the clock/calculator. Really neat!

Here is a link that might be useful: silkquit

    Bookmark   December 17, 2003 at 9:44AM
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You are going a great job! You have the willpower within you. Keep up the good work. You'll be so happy you did. DON'T GIVE UP! It will get easier as time goes on.


    Bookmark   December 17, 2003 at 10:58PM
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C'mon Pawprint - you CAN do this! I know it's not easy but you've got a week behind you and it will get easier. It really is amazing how much you will notice other stuff once you are not a smoker - the smell especially!

Be brave, be strong, be strict with yourself - you'' be glad you were! Best luck!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2003 at 12:41PM
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Acutally 1 week 3 days.......Computer says I've not smoked
222 cigarettes as of now. Wow, that's alot!
This is still tough though. It was easy at first because I
was so sick with the flu and everything else. But now that
I'm starting to feel better and getting back into my old
routine is when I'm thinking about them. BUT, so far so
Thanks for all your kind words!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2003 at 1:51PM
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We're going to be here with you every step of the way. Can't get rid of us that easy. LOL. Try listing some things you would like to buy with the cigarette money. Or listing some health reasons you gave them up. I'm very interested in learning more. Just remember, DON'T GIVE UP! We're here for you.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2003 at 12:38AM
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Hi Pawprint,

I know what you're going through. DH and I quit smoking a month ago on Nov. 21. I'm using the Commit lozenges, and DH is taking Wellbutrin and sucking on hard candy all the time. He used the nicotine patch for the first three weeks, but was too cheap to continue with it. LOL. He has better self control than I do. I still have strong urges to smoke, but am trying to "wean myself" from the lozenges. I use about 6 per day. I feel a little guilty because I am still using a "crutch" while DH is totally nicotine free.

I hope the next month will be easier than the past month, as I've had a very difficult time controlling my urge to smoke. I know I can quit, but I'll be glad when I don't constantly think about wanting a cigarette.

Good luck, and keep up the good work. I know how difficult it is for you, but it's got to get easier before much longer!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2003 at 5:03PM
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Wolflover, it doesn't seem like that urge will ever go away....but it does. Maybe not ever COMPLETELY but it will go away and be manageable. I've been smoke free for nearly 7 years now. I said earlier that it was 6 but March 1st will be SEVEN, not six years for me. WOW, time does fly. Anyway, your urges will get less and less. You may still have some 10 years from now, but they will be urges that you can control. And in ten years, you will look back and be thankful you gave them up. At least I am. So like I told Pawprint, DON'T GIVE UP!!!

So, Pawprint, how are you doing this weekend? Are weekends worse for you? Did you buy yourself something nice with the money you saved this week by not buying smokes? Please let us know how you are doing. We care!!


    Bookmark   December 21, 2003 at 1:59AM
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Hi everyone! Today the computer says I've not smoked 281
cigarettes. 1 week 6 days. And personally, I'm still having trouble. I think about them at least every 1/2 hour. I'm on the patch, but I still and probably always will miss the habit forever. Just sitting and relaxing with a cigarette. I know, yuck, but it's been my life for 18 years. So far, weekends are not any easier than any other day. We'll see after a month....I'm still struggling.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2003 at 9:19AM
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2 weeks today! None, and thank God. Went to doctor today
and now I've got Pneumonia!!
Computer says I've not smoked 327 cigarettes so far.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2003 at 2:33PM
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346 not smoked as of today!
Where is everyone? I miss your
Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2003 at 12:02PM
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I just read your posts, and congratulations! I have watched friends quit smoking, and it's a monumental effort. It's wonderful, though, to know that your lungs are already beginning to heal.

My father quit, too, and started putting aside $2.00 a day - which wasn't as much as he smoked, but certainly added up. Every year, he threw a big party for all our family from his smoking money - with money to spare. Maybe you could save some of the money you're not spending for something you really want.

It's so wonderful that you're doing so well, especially over the holidays, which are stressful. I heard a piece on the news today by a doctor who talked about the five best things you can do for yourself this year, and smoking was number one.

Thank God, too, that you're not smoking while you have pneumonia! I hope you get better sooner rather than later.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2003 at 4:07AM
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407 cigarettes not smoked as of today!
The holidays were not really stressful for me so it
wasn't more difficult than usual. But no where near
easy. And I've not used the patch in 4 days. Maybe too
early but I just want the nicotine out of my system too.

Going back to work will be the worst! As I'm on short
term disability since I've got pneumonia now....
But I think I can do that one too!

Thanks all!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2003 at 10:01AM
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I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well. But VERY glad to see you're still not smoking and off the patches. Yes, I think you can do it too when you go back to work. The New Year will be so much better without those smokes. Keep up the great job and never give up.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2003 at 9:44PM
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428 not smoked today so far.
Yes, I'm glad to have done it before the New Year
because I'm never able to keep a resolution anyway.
So I don't consider this a resolution.
I'm getting better at it day by day and not thinking
of them so often, but then there are those moments when
I think, wow, a cigarette would be so nice now!
But my friend just said, I've gone this far, never go
back, because the first month is the worst.
Thanks again everyone!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2003 at 9:45AM
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You are doing GREAT!!!!! Have you tried drinking lots of water - supposed to "flush" it out of your system. Probably more effective in the beginning, though. Sorry about the pneumonia (but it's really hard to smoke with that anyway) and I hope you will be feeling better really soon. (Believe me those urges will sneak up now and then - ignore them and they will go away)BE PROUD OF YOURSELF - we who have stopped smoking are proud of you and welcome you to "the club"!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2003 at 4:09PM
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Thanks everyone! As of now 438 cigarettes not smoked!
I'm glad to be in the club, I just wish I knew more ppl
who quit. I've searched online for new non smoker chat
rooms and come up empty. I've found 2 different ones
that were empty and one pay site which I didn't use....
Any suggestions there?

    Bookmark   December 28, 2003 at 9:23PM
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You might try the Usenet group It's available through a newsreader or through Google - groups.

It seems quite active - 10 posts a day even this week, during the holidays.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   December 29, 2003 at 2:29PM
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I'm just checking in to tell you I'm still hanging in there, haven't had a cigarette for 39 days. I feel like an idiot counting the days, and wondering if I will still be doing it six months from now, LOL. I'm still craving them daily, but no way I will smoke one and have to start over counting from day one again. I'm too OCD for that. Here's hoping it gets easier for us in the New Year.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2003 at 12:13AM
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Good for you Wolf!! That is excellent. I personally am not counting the days, and don't even know what I'm at.
Now, I do have on my computer, a clock/claculator from the website I listed above. To date it says:

3 weeks, 2 days, 9 hours
$85.89 saved
490 cigarettes not smoked
life saved= 1 day, 16 hours, 50 minutes.

Very neat! AND keep up the good work Wolf, we CAN do this!
(that put's me at 23 days, so you're farther ahead!)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2003 at 8:59AM
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Wolflover and Pawprint - Big congratulations to you both. I think it's been 10 yrs. for me. The greatest thing about not smoking for me is never having to think of smoking. For some time I loved the smell of cigarette smoke. Now, I truly can't tolerate it. It's so amazing how the body heals. You wonder how it was you ever smoked!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2003 at 11:46AM
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More congratulations for Pawprint and Wolflover from me. You are both doing great and will be able to do this. Keep up the good work!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2004 at 4:51PM
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Congratulations Pawprint & Wolflover! You have given me the courage to try once again. Thanks for the silkquit site. Just downloaded it.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2004 at 6:43PM
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Good for you Judy!
Keep us posted as often as you can on your progress!
I will not lie and say it's easy, but I noticed today
that I actually don't think of them ALL the time anymore.

I will help in any way that I can, as a quit buddy helps
the most!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2004 at 7:45PM
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Oh, Judy, take your vitamins! The doctor told me to add 1000 mg of vitamin C and pre-natal vitamins. I'm a guy, but what can it all hurt?
Good luck again!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2004 at 7:49PM
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This is the first posting I've seen that actually supports rather than patronizes we who try to quit this terrible habit. I've almost convinced myself to try again & hope you all be there to give me that kick in the butt(pun) when needed. I'm headed now to download the counter. You two who have started the "quit", good luck and hope you'll let me join you!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2004 at 6:06PM
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Anyone is welcome to join us! My count as of today now is
585 cigarettes not smoked and $102.20 saved!! Not bad!!
Tomorrow will be 600 cigarettes not smoked! Amazing....

Feel free to email me at if you
need a quit buddy. That goes for calpat, Judy and
Wolf!! We can be strong together!!

What I have noticed lately is that I don't crave them
anymore. BUT, I am no longer as calm or patient!!
That's driving me crazy as my fuse is SO short since I

Anyone experience this?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2004 at 7:31PM
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Count as of today:
638 cigarettes not smoked
$111.80 saved

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 10:07AM
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ACK! I am having my last cigarette right now. I pray I can do as well as you! I have smoked off and on for 30+ years, less than a pack a day but that's still too much. I downloaded the counter - pretty cool.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 12:37PM
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Good luck weed! Keep my email address, Email anytime you need.

I smoked for 20 years, a little more than a pack a day.
21/22 cigarettes a day. Not for all 20 years, but in the
past 5 or so.

You can do as well as me if you put your mind to it!!!
Good luck and let me know if I can help!
ANYONE, I promise I will help, because I still need help

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 12:41PM
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I have obviously known that I needed to quit for years, but of course used all the usual "reasoning". UGH. Well now I have hyperthyroidism, probably Grave's disease. Part of it can be Grave's opthamology, where your eyes are affected, possibly making them bug out like fish eyes. Smokers are especially vulnerable.

I am trying to find pics of patients on the net with this problem so I can look at them every time I have a craving. Is that sick? Probably more vain than anything.

Even if I do get it I am starting my path to no lung cancer.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 12:49PM
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Well, I've not heard of that. But I did find gross pictures of lungs that have been smoking for YEARS!
It wasn't pretty, but that didn't work for me. It wasn't until I got pneumonia that gave me the kick in the butt.
I always knew it would take something drastic to happen to me personally, not someone else.
And it sure sounds like you've got something drastic to make you quit also.
That is GOOD!
You can do this!!!!!!!!

Keep us up to date with your counter and progress!
641 not smoked for me as of now!!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 12:56PM
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Hmm, my counter says:

not smoked for 21 minutes
no cigarettes not smoked
.03 saved
no life saved

Okey doke.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 1:00PM
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Patients! Since you didn't smoke 1 pack a day, it will take more than 21 minutes to show!
But you saved 3 cents! That's wonderful!

You'll be fine!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 1:07PM
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I quit smoking at 12:15 A.M today. I've been coming to these forums for 2 1/2 years and was sooooo glad to see you guys have a thread going!! I usually go to the Building and associated forums but will be back here regularly.

I have been sick with Thyroid probs too WEED - they are running tests and I get those tomorrow. Have pain in thyroid, terrible fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat, etc. I can't even work this week - YIKES!!

At any rate, the smoking was making it all worse so rather then smoke my middle-of-the-night cig I just looked at them and said, "I'm done." I've been wanting to for a while but DH smokes and I knew it would make it harder. But - I just HAVE to!!! He'll just have to go out in the cold - LOL!

Have smoked for 35 years stopping when pregnant and another time for about three years. But, I want to smell and taste again. I don't want to be ruled by such a dang nasty habit. I am 49 with a five-year-old ---- I need to be healthy for a LONG time! I want to be able to walk, run and climb again without huffing and puffing. I want white teeth!! Oh Lordy, there are tons more....

I'm going to go load the calculator. That's so cool! Will see you back today, tomorrow, and hopefully for a LONG, LONG time. Hey, I wonder if Spike would give us our own forum??!!

Congrats guys. Hang in there and be PROUD of yourselves!!


    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 1:46PM
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Good for you TNLady! Yes, there is a joke around my house now about the living longer thing. Since I quit, I've do you say....btchy. And I've been told if I don't stop being that way I won't live to next year! ha ha!

Keep us up to date with your calculator counts!

And maybe if we got together and ALL put in a request to Spike, he might?

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 1:55PM
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I just posted to suggestions and comments forum to request a new quit smoking forum.
Please feel free to add to that forum and request also!
I think it's a great idea for us!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 2:00PM
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I did! I did! Cross your fingers!!!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 2:04PM
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Did you post under mine in the suggestions and comments? I don't see anything yet.
It sure would be great though!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 2:27PM
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I wrote Spike a "suggestion" email. He said to post about it in the suggestions forum (your and mine messages must have crossed). I didn't see your so posted one myself. I must be blind!!! Link is to mine. (sorry!!!)

Here is a link that might be useful: Quitters forum suggestion

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 6:26PM
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I just posted to yours. I hope this works, like you said,
it's a great idea as originally I posted about quitting
smoking under the diet forum. Mainly because most smokers
who quit gain weight. So I'll be in that forum anyway!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 6:34PM
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TNLady, sorry you are having thyroid problems too. Not fun!

6 hrs 28 min
saved .66
4 not smoked
20 min life saved

With my luck, those 20 minutes are gonna be spent waiting in line at the DMV.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 7:09PM
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I hope your 20 minutes is spent somewhere else better than that!
Good luck and let us know how tomorrow goes!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 9:22PM
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I haven't checked in for a few days and am so happy to see how many more people are trying to quit smoking. That's great! We can all suffer, I mean CELEBRATE, together. LOL

I'm sorry to hear about your health problems, Weed and TN Lady. I hope you are both feeling better soon. TN Lady, hopefully your husband will try to quit with you. I don't know if I could have made it with my DH smoking my brand around me. We both quit the same day, Nov. 21, but he has been nicotine free for over a month now and I am still using the Nicorette lozenges as a crutch. I will feel much better when I have totally weaned myself from the nicotine. I feel like I'm cheating by using the Nicorette, but I'm afraid that without it I would've caved in and smoked a cigarette by now. Friday will be seven weeks for me so I think that means over 1900 cigarettes not smoked. I was a two pack a day smoker, and smoked for 32 years. I can't say that I can tell any difference yet, but I wasn't yet having any health problems when I quit.

Good luck to everyone who is trying to quit. BTW, I signed the thread on the suggestions forum. Maybe we'll get a new forum if everyone signs it.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 12:12AM
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Wolflover - don't feel guilty about the nicotine via mouth. That is 100 times better then the nic in your lungs along with the tar. I'm using the lozenges and wouldn't even try without them. Please just be sooo proud of yourself!! I don't even know you and I'm proud of you!!!

1 Day 8 hours 22 minutes
$8.09 saved (I was two packs of carlton a day!!)
53 not smoked
4 hours 25 minutes of life saved

That last one really gets me when I think about it. Mother turns 90 the 22nd and is so spry and healthy, people literally do NOT believe she is 90 (we actually love to tell people when we go out so they'll freak out! - she gets a huge kick out of that). The women in her family of the previous generation lived to be in their 90's, so statistically (said the gerontologist) Mother should live past 100 -- putting MY potential ---- ???!!!!

I've probably lost some of that I'll never get back but I just keep telling myself what I've gained!!

Please everyone, go post in the suggestions forum to see if we can get Spike to start our own forum. As it is I'd like to start a new thread sharing Tips and Tricks we're using!!!

Stay Healthy out there today!!


P.S. DH and I figured that we can do a 15 instead of 30 year mortgage on the upcoming house just by what I'll save!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 9:42AM
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Wow! You're going to quickly beat my numbers!
How did you have time to smoke 2 packs a day?

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 11:23AM
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LOL - Carltons burn QUICK!!!! And then of course, you smoke more because you didn't get enough drug from that last one....!! Glad to be past that. Do notice today an automatic inclination to "grab" a cigarette that has nothing to do with physical withdrawal. Very weird. Trying to stay busy, busy, busy!!!!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 11:31AM
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Yes, I'm over the Nicotine for 3 weeks now.
I only used the patch for the first week and it didn't help either way.
As you said above, my MAIN addiction was and will always be the HABIT.
Driving is a pain now, because I always smoked and drove.
OH, and I always had 3 cigarettes before bed while reading and relaxing.
ALWAYS had a cigarette while on the phone.

Those have been the toughest habits to break and TRY not to think of......

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 11:36AM
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Todays counts are 662 cigarettes not smoked.
$115.86 money saved
2 days, 7 hours and 10 minutes life saved
and not smoked for 1 month, 12 hours and 39 minutes.
I won't save nearly as much as TNLady.
I bought them by the carton for $32.00, so that's
only $3.20 a pack.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 12:40PM
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Oh, how well I know it on the driving.... I mean what? I have to actually pay full attention to the road now? LOL!

Computer/surfing for me too. Watching the morning news and evening news. With a cocktail.... Hey, I gave that up too!! Figured it would help cancel out weight gain plus I would loose my will power after one margarita!!

The worst is the ones you were not conscious I was trying to stay busy drawing out specs and making a list for the builder. Mind busy. Hands busy. Well, heck a few times I started to - without even thinking - looking for the cigs and ashtray! Only for a split second but it's SPOOKY how automatic it is!!

Off to get my test results...

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 1:31PM
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I didn't smoke inside the house so maybe that's why I didn't smoke as much. I was a garage dweller.
Had my little heater and lounge all set up.
Strange, I only go to the garage for the car now.......

I haven't had any alcohol either, or coffee. As my brain also associates the 2 with cigarettes.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 1:43PM
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Good Luck to all of you! I quit so long ago I don't remember! I had support from family and friends. I think the forum would be a great idea so I added my 2ç for ya!

It's probably been 12 years or so and I wonder how much I have saved! Again good luck to you all.

I came to this forum looking for something else but had to read this!!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 9:24PM
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dazyjune, good for you! I calculated assuming you smoked a pack a day at the average price of $2.25 per pack

Time nonsmoker: 12yrs
Amount saved: $9,864.95!!color=red>
Cigs not smoked: 87,688 (holy cow!)
Life saved: 43weeks


Figures like that really help/scare us new quitters!!!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 11:05PM
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Remember all quitters to take your vitamins!! My doctor recommended 1,000 mg of vitamin C, plus a daily vitamin
as quitters for some reason loose a lot of these.

That monetary savings is a new car!! A real cheap car, but a new car none the less!! Congratulations!!

Tomorrow I will hit 700 cigarettes not smoked!

What is everyone's counts?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 12:41PM
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Six years next month. good luck to all of you.

It does get better. You do stop having withdrawal symptoms that make you insane. You eventually develop new habits. One day, instead of smelling someone else's smoke and thinking how much you want one too, it just smells like nasty ashtray. Interestingly, for me, this happened way before I totally stopped having the occasional craving. It is the weirdest feeling to just be craving so badly something that, when you're around it, is so disgusting. Eventually, though, the cravings go away too. It is worth all the torture you're putting yourselves through.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 2:03PM
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Does the withdrawal and cravings go "completely" away?
As if you are a non smoker forever??

The longest I've ever quit in the past was 9 months and
neither ever went away completely.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 2:12PM
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3 1/2 years longest here - and they never went away completely. Parties, bars, restaurants, extreme stress...the devil still showed his ugly head. Guess we need to join a monastery??!

3rd day here. Someone reminded me yesterday that the third day is the hardest. Indeed. I just cleaned the bathroom so thoroughly you could do surgery in there...

2 Days 17 hours 56 mins
109 not smoked
Saved 16.48 cents
Gained 9 hours 5 minutes of Life

I can do this.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 2:27PM
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That just amazes me how many you've NOT smoked in just 2 days!! At that rate, you'll pass me in 10 days or so!!

YES, you can do this, especially if you've quit in the past for 3 1/2 years!! What happened to make you start again?
I don't remember what made me start after 9 months, but it was the STUPIDEST thing I've ever done.

Are you taking your vitamins??
And, my bathroom needs cleaned, what is your going rate?!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 2:42PM
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Now how the heck would I survive the drive all the way to Ohio without my cancer sticks?? LOL!

What made me start again? Divorce, graduate school, and three jobs with three teens in the house...

Taking a multi, extra C, and E with selenium. Got snow and ice up here on the mountain and I can't get to the Health Food Store (need a REAL multi) for the Zinc my Bro said I should be taking. But I will.

OMG! I can taste again. So funny... Went upstairs and felt a pang. Have been careful with how I relieve those so I grabbed a 4 oz 2% cottage cheese. Opened it up and Yeccchhh.... Thought; I just bought this stuff and had one (4-pack) the other day but this one is spoiled. Opened another and NO WAY!!! ----- I could just TASTE it!! No wonder my 5-year-old goes Bleccch everytime he tries it! Am sitting here now "adjusting my mind" to it. Also planning on what the heck can I have for dinner that will knock the socks off my taste buds? Mexican??!

Off to surf to find something to do with my hands - like an embroidery kit or something - anything.

Still smelling like Mr Clean,


    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:11PM
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pawprint, for me, yes, the cravings did go away completely. It took about 2 1/2 years, so it was not fast, but it did happen. I was about a pack-a-day person for about 13 years... don't know if smoking more or for a longer amount of time matters for how long it takes to truly lose the addition when you quit or if it's just a personal thing. Probably both.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:24PM
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TNLady: Does TN mean Tennessee? That's not too far from Ohio! You can make it!! :-)
I guess divorce, graduate school and 3 jobs would do it for me too. But, somehow we have to make a plan that no matter what or how much the stress to stay smoke free.
I'm not sure how to do that yet! My stress has been low since I'm on short term disability from work with pneumonia. But once I go back will be the real test.....

Thanks for the info quirk. I guess if the cravings will go away at some point forever, there is a light at the end of this LONG tunnel.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:29PM
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Crap. I had a setback so I'm back to square one. Made it one whole day :(

Resetting my timer now....

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:31PM
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Where is Weed30, calpat and judyk3504?
I hope you all are doing okay and still
I know it's a tough one either way.

Just saw yours Weed30! A set back is okay!
At least you're trying again and not giving
up yet!!!!

Would you like my phone number to call me incase
of a rough time? I don't mind!
We need to band together!!!!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:35PM
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pawprint, I appreciate the offer. My husband was out of town all week, so I "sneaked" some. Stupid, who the heck do I think I'm fooling?!

I'll email you if I start hunting for butts ;)

(I WON'T!!! I already wet them, then threw in the outside trash. What a loser.)

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 4:43PM
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Not a loser, you haven't given up yet!
Keep trying!!

I heard this television commercial, it said that all the
times we've tried to quit in the past were just practice
times. I keep reminding myself of that!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 5:23PM
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Wow 87688 cigarettes. That's alot of smoke!
Actually I am in the market for a new car right now, Imagine that! The money part is iffy~~ "they were just over a $1 a pack when I gave em up~ I'm thinkin $ a gas station! For Marlboro. But it sounds great to me!

Setbacks happen, but hey, we are all human! Do you really have to go back to square (no pun intended) one I think not unless you are setback for days or weeks but come on, give your self a break If it's a cig or puff here or there...STOP IT! But don't beat yourself up over it.

If you were dieting and did good for a few weeks and lost a couple pounds, then ate a 1/2 gal of ice-cream (*~*) Sure you'd be upset about it (MAYBE) It might have felt good! LOL! But as long as you get right back on track you can't forget about the lbs. you did lose~ Or the days you did not smoke! Just the way I see it!

I can't say that I 'never' have smoked since the day I quit, but it was usually for the curiosity of it, like at a bar or similar situation. Only a few drags and I was through. Cough cough! Now, if I go to a bar I don't wear my coat in, if it can't be washed. Come home put everything I wore into the washer and get in the shower. No way can I get in my bed smellin like that. The only reason we go is because we like the people we go with and the pizza is great. Only 2-3 out of the 12 of us smoke and they go outside Ha! (at the bar) Probably 7 of the rest of us are reformed smokers...and yes it will take a while, but the craving will go away~~ Think~ Mind over Matter! Even now sometimes I think maybe I should take up smoking again (trying to get hubby to quit) and then I am back to reality! I couldn't now if I wanted to! I'd rather be able to take a full breath when I 'want' too!
I'll stop rambling now but I really, wish you all, the best!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 9:26PM
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I have "stopped" several times using various methods. Patches did not get it for me. The gum - blecchhh. However, these lozenges I'm using are much better tasting and "feel" better in the mouth then the gum. The thing that helps me the most with them is when I need to "grab" something (only smokers can relate to that), I can "grab" a lozenge. You can use one an hour and they last about 30 minutes!! Definitely the easiest time I've had with quitting and this after the longest "stretch" without stopping. Think about 12 years straight now (35 off and on all together). I guess I realized how good the lozenges are when I opened up the freezer and saw four packs of my cigs in there...and DH's are always just a grab away.

At any rate, just thought I'd relate my experience with them for you or any lurkers (I've learned after these many years at Garden Web that these threads get 100's of views from people who never post!) who need info.

Made it through day three. 6 lozenges the 1st day. 8 the second and 12 yesterday!!! Think I'm going to get a mild patch today just to cut down on the lozenges because they are so expensive (49.00 for 76 but that was at CVS - checking at WallyWorld today for a better price!!). I still want to have the lozenges for "peak" need and that "grab" sensation.

3D 13H 47M
142 not smoked
21.45 saved (spending that at Hobby Lobby today!!)
LS: 11H 50M

Yes, pawprint - TN. We live "up on the mountain" in Sewanee, Tn - home of University of the South/Sewanee. If you've ever gone to FL via I-24 - you've driven through here about 45 miles north of Chattanooga and 75 miles south of Nashville. How 'bout I send you all my best "bathroom cleaning" hints and you can shock the wife??!! LOL!

Hang in there today guys. This is one minute at a time.


Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
--Mark Twain

    Bookmark   January 10, 2004 at 10:27AM
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The gum never worked for me as I thought it was like
bubble gum. And it made me puke. Then when I
did it the "right" way, and park between my teeth and
gums it hurt.

Never tried or used the lozenges. What do they taste
like? I know nicotine doesn't taste very good. Or I
assume so because the patches stink really bad!!
I wish I could send you my patches, as I only used a
few of them and I can't return them. They are just sitting
in the kitchen now, and I don't have the nerve to throw them

Yes, these quit smoking products are very expensive.
I know it's an excuse, but I always said it's cheaper to
smoke than buy these things!

I'm at 1 month, 2 days, 11 hours
$123.07 saved
703 not smoked
LS: 2 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes.

(great! almost 3 more days to be spent in a nursing home)

    Bookmark   January 10, 2004 at 11:46AM
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LOL - when I was teaching Gerontology courses it never failed that a nurse or tech type person that had nursing home experience - or currently worked in one - would "pipe in" when I was discussing the myths surrounding sexuality in the elderly. As the story goes -- the halls are VERY WELL traveled at night no matter WHAT it takes to go from room to room!! Hey, it'll be "Free Love/Flower Power" all over again!!!

So, I didn't make it to Wally World today. Will get there tomorrow. The lozenges are starting to get to my gums and upper palate - kinda raw - so I really need the patches now.

The lozenges have a slight sweet minty flavor. However, you CAN taste the NIC but it's nothing like those puky gum pieces!!!!

Bought East of Eden to read today and a Latch Hook Rug Kit. Guess I'll go enrich my mind or do some busy work!!


    Bookmark   January 10, 2004 at 6:21PM
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I was wondering if those lozenges would ruin your
mouth like the gum tends to do.
I know the patches burned my skin for a few minutes
and then made it itch for about an hour.
Glad I'm not using them anymore!

Sounds like you have enough to do to keep you busy

How are you doing Weed30?? Let us know!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2004 at 12:44PM
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How are we doing today? I have a painting project do keep me busy!
My counts are:
1 month, 4 days, 10 hours smoke free
Saved $ 130.29
Not smoked 744 cigarettes
Live saved: 2 days 14 hours.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 10:54AM
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One hour away from 6 days. For some reason had more cravings today then yesterday...Hmmm??? Did Ok though.

Well, it was the Vick's Orange Lozenges getting to my mouth. Quit those and am OK now. Can't decide on the patches now because I only did 4 lozenges yesterday. If I were doing the patch it would be constant nic input.

We have up to 100 posts before we have to start a new thread. Sometime this week??

What Ya painting Pawprint??


    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 6:58PM
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I am still trying but had 3 today :(

    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 7:10PM
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Wendy: 3 is better than smoking a whole pack! Don't worry, sometimes starting slowly is the best way. You can do this! It's not easy, but we have faith in you!

TNLady: Painting the inside of the house! That's a challenge to keep me busy. Got the entryway and hallway
done today. Can't believe I spent 10 hours on that! But
I also filled dents and nail holes before I painted. For a minute it kept my mind off smoking, but then there were times I thought, hmmm, a cigarette break would be nice right about now!
Didn't though.......

    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 9:04PM
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Wow, I just read my first post on here. My 3rd day of quitting! And now it's been 1 month and 5 days by morning!
I've amazed myself as I never thought I could make it thus far.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2004 at 9:08PM
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Still painting today! Thinking less and less of cigarettes everyday. Like I said above, the sitting down, relaxing and smoking is the part I miss the most.
Now I have no reason to "force" myself to sit down.
Well, I guess while on the computer.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2004 at 12:51PM
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You know, I think I might need the patches. Yesterday I made it till about 2pm and then just couldn't concentrate/felt depressed/weird. I immediately felt better after smoking (what an addict!).

I tried patches before and they did work as far as cravings, probably would help those bad feelings too.

I'm so happy for everyone who is doing so well -- hope to join you soon!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2004 at 1:19PM
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Wendy: You can and you will if you put your mind to it!
YES, definatly get patches or lozenges to curb your cravings! This is a difficult process and not everyone can do it cold turkey.
My first 3 days I was cold turkey, but you must remember, I had pneumonia, then when I ventured out of bed, the cravings kicked in. SO I used patches for about a week, 8 days. I know this is no where near long enough and not recommended by the manufacturer, but I felt I was done....

Keep trying!! Cutting down is a good way to start, and then set a "real" quit date! You can do this.

You said this on 1-7-04 "Well now I have hyperthyroidism, probably Grave's disease. Part of it can be Grave's opthamology, where your eyes are affected, possibly making them bug out like fish eyes. Smokers are especially vulnerable."

You know you have to quit. Get your patches, and JUST DO IT!!
Remember, every time you light up you are negativly effecting your hyperthyroidism.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2004 at 1:32PM
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By my calculator, it looks like you regain a day of life for every week you are a non-smoker. I've gone a whole week, not smoked 300 cigs, and saved 45.00. Can't believe it!!

Weed, you can do this but I have to admit - as many times as I thought about it - there was this one epiphany (happened to be at 12:15 AM!) that just said, "I'm done." And I knew I was. The supplemental Nicotine is very helpful and as my brother said, "I'd rather wear a patch the rest of my life then smoke cigarettes again!" Pawprint didn't need his long. I need fewer lozenges per day. It's just a matter of tapering down rather then cold turkey. Hang in there!

Pawprint, Just HOW does one gain weight after quitting smoking when you hardly ever sit down anymore? I've gotten more done in this past week then in a normal month - LOL. DH says that everytime he calls home I'm like, "Blah, blah, blah, blah" on the phone talking a mile a minute! Certainly do have 10X the energy I had before!!!! - and it makes me feel ten years younger (and THAT I needed!!!).


    Bookmark   January 14, 2004 at 9:16AM
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I've gained 4 pounds! I'm not sitting either, but grabbing a couple snacks when I would have had a cigarette.

The painting is coming along well, much more to do today.
The hallways/stairways are done!

TNLady: My life calander must be slow, as I've not smoked
for 1 month 6 days, but only saved 2 days 18 hours of life.

I think mine is saving 2 days a month. But you smoked
ALOT more than I did!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2004 at 9:37AM
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Well, guys, hate to tell you this, but nicotine is a stimulant, just like most "diet pills", so for years (decades?) you have been artificially suppressing your appetite and increasing your metabolism. The weight gain is not going to go away like withdrawal symptoms, because it is not a withdrawal symptom, it is just a return to your body's normal metabolism. Might as well suck it up and join a gym now... (or whatever weight maintenance thing you want to add to your life). I weigh 25 pounds more than when I was a smoker, and work to maintain that level. Probably would have been easier if I'd worked on weight maintenance from the beginning rather than waited until I put on the pounds... kept telling myself it was normal to put on a few pounds when you quit, which of course it is, but that was not really a good excuse to do nothing about it, even though at the time I convinced myself it was.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2004 at 9:55AM
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An awareness of impending metabolic downturn is what postponed my quitting for so long. Am hoping that giving up the alcohol calories plus getting back on the treadmill and doing free weights will counterbalance the issue to some degree.

Had an awful evening last night. First time I had the demon come upon me that says in one ear, "Oh, you can just smoke a FEW a day - that won't be so bad!" or "Your Aunts all lived into their 90's and smoked on their death beds..." Sheesh, then my Angel side would slap the devil around but the whole thing was mentally exhausting. It was the worst "fight" I've endured these nine days and is a much harder battle then the cravings. Hoping for a better day today!!

We are soon to loose our thread...


    Bookmark   January 15, 2004 at 10:01AM
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See new thread.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2004 at 10:07AM
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