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Time To Kick The Habit
N/A | 7 September 2012 | Randy Larsen

Posted on 09/07/2012 1:20:27 PM PDT by Randy Larsen

I've smoked since I was 15 years old. I turned 55 last March and now it's time to quit!


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My first task after retiring last week is to quit smoking. I've quit before, but gained a lot of weight and couldn't function at my job so I started again.

I know many here on FR have quit smoking and I would like to hear how they did it.

Please help me on my quest to be smoke free?

1 posted on 09/07/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT by Randy Larsen
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To: Randy Larsen

I’ve quit 20, 0, 40 times.


2 posted on 09/07/2012 1:21:56 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Randy Larsen

I need to quit. Again. Was using Chantix. I’m going to do it again. Knowing now what I didn’t then until later.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 1:23:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Randy Larsen

You sound like my Dad. He was very young when he started smoking (maybe 14); smoked 3 packs a day; went to smoking cessation and stopped, cold turkey, the year he turned 59. Hasn’t smoked since then. Quit the day before he drove on a trip form Dallas to Denver. Sucked on cinnamon sticks and hard candy. I have a sister who did the Chantix thing—hasn’t smoked since. Good luck. It’s nearly as hard as losing weight.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 1:24:40 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Randy Larsen

I stopped with e-cigs.
I like the stuff they have at Halo
http://www.halocigs.com/


5 posted on 09/07/2012 1:24:51 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management.)
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To: Randy Larsen

Quitting’s easy.

I did it dozens of times.


6 posted on 09/07/2012 1:25:16 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: brivette

I know what you mean...

I quit for 12 years and gained 70 + lbs.

I couldn’t tie my own boots until I started smoking again. After losing 65 lbs. it was still a struggle.


7 posted on 09/07/2012 1:25:48 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen

I have found e-cigarettes to be helpful.

Worse case, you can keep your nicotine addiction and get a lot less nasty stuff in the process with them.

But, if you refill the cartridges with liquid, you can control the dosage and slowly step yourself off nicotine.

I find I like the e-cigs so much I keep vaping even without nicotine. I like this brand http://www.vapor4life.com/ but there are plenty of others.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 1:26:21 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Randy Larsen

Lots of roasted soy nuts, helps habit of hand to mouth thing


9 posted on 09/07/2012 1:28:08 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I started smoking when I was 13, I quit when I was 31, cold turkey thats it. First month the hardest, after the first year much better. Form new habits especially in the morning and after meals. You can do it. Think of how much money you will save (less for Uncle Sam), it has been 12 years since I quit.


10 posted on 09/07/2012 1:28:09 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Randy Larsen

Just lay them down and create substitute behaviors to deal with the craving until it passes. I did two things. First, whenever I wanted a cigarette badly I’d go for a brisk walk if I was able, get winded, that helped. If I was unable to do that, a very strong breath mint, the burning sensation upon inhaling was close enough to get me through it. You need to have something to counter the weight gain, it isn’t all food substitution, your metabolism does seem to change.

There is an hour by hour list of the physiological changes that occur upon stopping, that was helpful too, two hours, blood pressure declines X%, on and on. It reminded me that there was immediate benefit which helped keep me from going back.


11 posted on 09/07/2012 1:29:04 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 50cal Smokepole

My Dr. recommended E-Cigs, what do they taste like?


12 posted on 09/07/2012 1:29:29 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen
Write up a list of all the cons to quitting smoking and then write up a list of all the pro's to quitting smoking. Get the list handy, get a prescription for Zyban, lock up your guns in a friends gun safe, and buy a carton of cigarettes. Take the Zyban, chain smoke the carton and then make sure you have a date of quitting that coincides with what your prescription says. Once you stop smoking and feel like killing yourself quit the Zyban and then every 6 to 8 minutes pull out that list and look at it. Study the list, envision the list, be the list and keep telling yourself that a tobacco habit has to be easier to quit than a heroin or crack habit.

Keep the list handy for three days. After the end of the third day go collect your guns because you no longer want to kill yourself (because of the Zyban) and you don't want to kill others because of the withdrawal and keep telling yourself that life gets easier.

13 posted on 09/07/2012 1:29:57 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: chrisser

I have had mixed results with the battery-powered e-cigs.

But I’m in front of a computer most of the day and got myself one that plugs into a USB port - no charging. My wife calls it my hooka. I’m puffing on it right now and do throughout the day and occassionally at home at night when I’m checking email and FR.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 1:30:30 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Randy Larsen

I’ve been smoking since I was 13. I recently decided to quick & am on day 3. It’s been easy since I replaced Marlboro 100s with an E-cig.
Good Luck!


15 posted on 09/07/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT by Edyie
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To: Randy Larsen

If you want info on e=cigs start here- I haven’t had a cigarette in over 2 years.
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/


16 posted on 09/07/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire.)
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To: Randy Larsen

If you quit smoking, you will still die some day.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 1:31:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I smoked 2 packs a day 7 years ago. I moved to another state and they didn’t carry the brand I liked. I smoked a generic menthol and didn’t like other brands. I just stopped when I moved here. It was hard let me tell you. For at least 1 year I craved to smoke. My husband still smokes so it was rough.

I just stopped. I know my neighbor now has stopped and she smoked for her whole life and she is in her 70’s. She just stopped as well. She also had health issues which helped her to that dicission.

2 other neighbors just stopped as well. 1 went back to smoking then quit. the 2nd person is going on 2 years.

All the best in your quest to be smoke free.


18 posted on 09/07/2012 1:32:01 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Randy Larsen

What did you do with the extra skin after you lost the weight? I told my obese mother in law that if she gets one of those fat surgeries maybe she could recoup the cost of the surgery by selling her extra skin at a burn ward.


19 posted on 09/07/2012 1:32:01 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Randy Larsen
"I've quit before"

No you didn't, you paused.

There is but one way to quit smoking. Cold turkey. Everyone who has quit smoking was a smoker one day and a non smoker the next.

I smoked for 15 years. 1.5 packs of One Humpers per day. I picked a day a few months in the future on which I would pick a day to quit. A cute little psychological step. I picked the day and quit on that day with the resolve I would never smoke again. NO MATTER WHAT.

Pick a day, cold turkey, resolve.


20 posted on 09/07/2012 1:32:04 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Randy Larsen

Cold turkey, Jan 91. 4 packs per day. Hardest thing I continue to do.


21 posted on 09/07/2012 1:33:16 PM PDT by thegunmaker
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To: Randy Larsen
Prayers up.

If I quit smoking, there will be a thread on FR with a reference to the local newspaper, chainsaws, axes, hostage situations, and tactical nuclear strikes.

Best I don't quit. I tend to get grumpy. ;)

/johnny

22 posted on 09/07/2012 1:33:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Randy Larsen

I was 49 when I quit; just a few months short of 50! I had smoked since I was about 16—probably 1/2 pack a day. My son was still in college and visiting home and had just quit the habit he had begun a few years before. We were discussing his success and he asked me to tell him ONE good thing about smoking. Obviously, I couldn’t think of anything! So, just kiddingly, I threw all my cigs away and never smoked again! (I am 56 now!) There is a website www.quitnet.com that was instrumental in my quitting. Lots of people helping, advice. Good luck!


23 posted on 09/07/2012 1:35:17 PM PDT by biss5577
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

LOL!! As Rush says if you eat carrots you will die as well!!!


24 posted on 09/07/2012 1:35:23 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Randy Larsen

I tried the inexpensive one’s and hated them. I bought the Smoke Smart brand & find they taste better. They’re not cheap, but it’s a good substitute.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 1:37:47 PM PDT by Edyie
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To: Randy Larsen

I’ve never smoked, but my late mother smoked until she was well into her 60s. When she started having shortness of breath, she prayed and asked God to take the desire for cigarettes away from her. Starting the next morning, and for the rest of her life, she never wanted—nor smoked-—another cigarette.

God bless you; I hope you succeed.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 1:38:11 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Randy Larsen

I quit 3 times. Once for 6 weeks than again for 3 years and then finally for the past 13 years. I would say I am now cured. All three times I went cold turkey.

The two times that it really worked I had a terrible upper respiratory infection and cough so I didn’t smoke for about 2 weeks. By that time I was through the worst of the withdrawal and I just did not pick them back up. Its actually a lot easier that way.

I applaud your decision to quit. It will be the best decision of your life. Get the monkey off your back.


27 posted on 09/07/2012 1:39:27 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Randy Larsen

The company I worked for got me a new Chevy Caprice in March of 1986. I couldn’t bring myself to smoke in it, so I quit.


28 posted on 09/07/2012 1:39:36 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Randy Larsen

12/9/09

Picked up an e-cig.

Threw away most of a pack of Marlboros.

Haven’t smoked since.

I CAN BREATHE!!!


29 posted on 09/07/2012 1:39:38 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Randy Larsen
They can be awful or great. There are so many different flavors, and best part is you “roll your own”. You can buy preloaded cartridges, but it's cheaper and better to load your own with whatever flavor ejuice you like. The trick is to find one you like. I started with the sampler at Halo. I like Tribecca and that's one their most popular, but your mileage may vary. I bought the G6 kit and it works great for me.
30 posted on 09/07/2012 1:41:05 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management.)
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To: Randy Larsen

They taste like anything you want.

There are HUNDREDS of flavors. No pepperoni pizza, but I’m sure someone’s working on that.

Right now, I’m “vaping” coffee-flavored juice in one e-cig, and butterscotch in the other one.

I change flavors now and then. I might to to caramel-cappuccino, or a tobacco flavor.

I avoid fruit flavored liquid. Don’t know why. I just do.


31 posted on 09/07/2012 1:43:06 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Edyie

Marlboro 100 Lights are my favs.

Hope I can find a substitute.


32 posted on 09/07/2012 1:43:32 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen

I smoked for fifty years Randy. I was told how hard it was to quit many times over the years, and believed it.

April 9, 2009 I stashed my last pack of cigarettes that had a grand total of 18 cigarettes left in it in one of the little cupboards up over the stove. That’s the same cupboard that has about a cup of Scotch still in the bottle from when I quit drinking alcoholic beverages in 1997, but that’s another story.

From that moment on I simply ignored any urge to smoke. That was it. Never smoked since, and last year I threw out the cigarettes that I had stashed above the stove in 2009.

There was none of the tearing out by the roots of my hair. No bashing of the head against the wall. No tears, no pain, just ignored the urges, and kept on truckin’.

BTW I’ve never had a drink since 1997, but I don’t throw away the Scotch as I did the cigarettes, ‘cause someday somebody who does drink might drop by, and I can let them have the stuff. The Cigs would have been pretty stale after two years above the stove, so in the trash they went.

I am now on a diet to lose about sixty pounds, and I do accredit that weight gain to quitting smoking. I have no problem with dieting at this time. I’m over anything that might be associated with quitting smoking after three years me thinks.

Hopefully us Randy’s are alike that way, and you Randy can quit smoking as easily as this Randy did.


33 posted on 09/07/2012 1:45:13 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Randy Larsen

One time, I quit smoking, chasing wild women, swearing and drinkig. To this very day, that was the longest 20 minutes of my whole life,


34 posted on 09/07/2012 1:45:39 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Randy Larsen
When you get the craving, look at this and repeat, "I'm just like Obama".


35 posted on 09/07/2012 1:45:53 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Agreed, and sooner than non-smokers, but I would like to be able to go out and do things without gaining a bunch of weight.


36 posted on 09/07/2012 1:46:35 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen
Freeper dearolddad suggested I go see a hypnotherapist as he and two friends had done so some years earlier and had had success. My wife and I trudged off to see the Psychologist who also did hypnotherapy. We butted out our last smokes as we entered the office, had the session, listened to the CD that the pshycologist gave us of the session for a couple of weeks. We have never had another cigarette and it is two years hence.

I had not given hypnosis any credence before going.

Mel

37 posted on 09/07/2012 1:46:48 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Randy Larsen
the only way to quit is to quit....I smoked 3 packs a day for years and one night, in a bar, after bowling night, I ran out of cigarettes. There was a machine there and no lack of cigarettes, they were 35 cents a pack, I told my wife that I was going to quit and I did...right there, right then!!!

HOWEVER since I didn't want tobacco to rule my life forever, I have intentionally smoked a cigarette here and there, probably 50 or so in 25 years just to know that I was in charge. (they tasted great and I could have gone bact to 3 packs a day instantly)....it does not get easier as you go along....you just have to make up your mind and DO IT !!!!!

38 posted on 09/07/2012 1:48:47 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: Randy Larsen

I quit smoking cigarettes 13 years ago at the same time as my wife. She used the patch, I used the gum. It took about two weeks before I was comfortable physically, although I was somewhat at a loss what to do with my hands, and a cup of coffee was just not the same for awhile. So, I carried a nice new pen to hold onto, and switched from coffee to Pepsi for about 3 or 4 months. I’m very glad I am rid of the damned things.


39 posted on 09/07/2012 1:50:16 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: Randy Larsen

I was hoping this was a thread about Sister Simone Campbell.


40 posted on 09/07/2012 1:50:24 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: umgud

I vowed that when cigarettes got to cost 28 cents a pack I would quit. Now they’re over $6. a pack. I’ll never quit now, because the cost will never get back to 28 cents again.


41 posted on 09/07/2012 1:51:33 PM PDT by Invictus (Impeach Obama: One Big A** Mistake America. The Clinton Years were sad..Little did I know!)
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To: Randy Larsen

The way I quit my two pack a day habit was one winter I got a cold and I kept smoking anyway. I forced myself to smoke no matter how much it hurt or how much I didn’t want to. Did that for a couple of weeks, then just quit smoking entirely and I finally got over the cold. Never really felt like smoking much after that.


42 posted on 09/07/2012 1:51:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Invictus

LOL


43 posted on 09/07/2012 1:53:52 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Randy Larsen

I smoked less, then used dip, then sunflower seeds. This is over a couple of months. I also drank no booze during this time.(well, I drank a couple times)

P.S. Did you tell anyone off, or hit on any hotties at your retirement party?


44 posted on 09/07/2012 1:55:57 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Randy Larsen

I did it my self and about the same years - you can do it.


45 posted on 09/07/2012 1:56:44 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: EEGator

For once in my life I kept my big mouth shut!

I think it was because my wife was my DD and much of my family was their.

I did outlast all the drinks though, sticking to Coors Light only.


46 posted on 09/07/2012 2:01:55 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I had smoked for many years and had quit 30 times only to come back doing it again. 8 years ago my wife begged me to quit, she had a friend who used welburtin to quit.

A doctor was able to get me that drug. I followed the plan,
have never smoked again nor did I have a craving to do so again. Clean for 8 years and money ahead!


47 posted on 09/07/2012 2:04:22 PM PDT by tiger63
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To: Randy Larsen

Good job. I hope you quit smoking and enjoy your retirement. Keeping busy will help as well....for both.


48 posted on 09/07/2012 2:05:33 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Randy Larsen

Good luck.
I quit after 25+ years cold turkey.

I drank A LOT of water(Flush out your system) for 4 days and a lot of prayer.

I’ve been smoke free since 11am Feb. 27 2012.


49 posted on 09/07/2012 2:05:58 PM PDT by elder5
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To: tiger63

I’m going to need the money after retiring.

That part is my biggest motivation!


50 posted on 09/07/2012 2:07:25 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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