Skip to comments.I'm a smoker who doesn't smoke
Posted on 08/05/2012 1:21:17 PM PDT by fanfan
~snip~I'm not weaning myself off heroin. If you'd asked me six months ago, I'd have guessed that would be an easier job. The one thing I would never be able to do (I knew, in the depths of my soul) was stop smoking.
And yet, today, it's a month since my last cigarette. Before that, I hadn't gone a day without smoking since I was 14.~snip~
I never wanted to give up. People would point out the health risks (as though they might not have occurred to me, despite most of my family dying from cancer), without understanding that the health risks didn't matter because I cared more about smoking than I did about living. And if you don't understand that, then you don't understand addiction and you really must stop telling people what to do.
Others nagged about it being disgusting, without realising this only increases the smoker's need. If a loved one is openly critical, you smoke more to console yourself. If a stranger is derogatory, you smoke more to keep defining yourself as a carefree liberal compared to this pious finger-pointer. So, do nag people about smoking if you're keen to express your own superiority, but don't pretend it's helping them. ~snip~
Please read the whole piece at the link. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/05/vistoria-coren-giving-up-smoking?INTCMP=SRCH
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
Read the article at the link.
Archelaus 5th century BC
May have been a teacher
After 35 years of smoking, I just got kind of tired of it, and the rising cost (tax) helped make my decision.
My last cig was in late January 2003.
Since then, I figure I have saved about $1800 to $2400 per YEAR. Now, I frequently ‘treat’ myself to some gadget or a new computer, etc., and call it my reward from my no-longer-smoking savings.
Why would a Nexus-6 want to quit smoking. They only have a four year life span anyway.
LOL! Thanks for the laugh and the memories!
I will be smoke free 4 years on Sept. 25th. :)
Good for you, I put them down in 2008. “Tuff” addiction to break.
Oh my goodness, just realized that this Thanksgiving- it will have been 10 years since I had a cigarette.
That's no smoking for a month or so, buy a pack, chain down about 5 or 6, get disgusted, throw 'em out the window, go another month or two ..
Vicious, evil shit
Been there and done that....! I’ve thrown many a pack out the window only to stop 30 minutes later to purchase another pack.
I tried patches 6 or 8 times before finally making up my mind to quit.
Its a tough, tough habit to break. I enjoyed smoking as much as anyone. Still do enjoy being around people that smoke and smelling the second hand smoke....weird I know but I do.
It's comforting to know I'm not alone.
I've gone about two months now, but my son came over a few days ago and I bummed a smoke from him
Enjoyed the damned thing.
No wonder Paul states "O miserable wretch that I am ... "
My smoking career lasted all of 6 seconds.
Cigarette free since 1988. Hallelujah!
My problem is that I have this great bottle of Glenlivet Scotch so I have to keep buying cigars to go with it.
“Cigarette free since 1988. Hallelujah! “
ROFL! Proof anyone can quit, even a long time smoker such as yourself!
I was true to my vow and haven't touched tobacco in any form since.
My wife who suggested that we stop, and then didn't is in her third week of quitting and really straining. Doctor told her that he wouldn't operate on her back if she didn't quit!
Surgery is tomorrow. Hooray!!!
7 1/2 months for me. Took two months of “slowing down” before I totally stopped. This was my first time trying. I’m never going back....it was/is that hard.
I wish I could have smoked 5 or 6 then be done for a month. I couldn’t smoke one puff without going back.
Your’re certainly not alone.....I and many like me have fought the same battle you are fighting now. Even though its been several yrs. since I stopped smoking, I could smoke one now as long as my leg and enjoy it.
I quit because I knew it was something I had to do but I still enojoy the aroma of smoke filled rooms.
Hang in there, your’re gonna win some battles and lose some but atleast ur’re trying and that’s a step in the right direction.
That verse you quote from the book of Romans is one of my favorites....!
God bless and hang in three, you can and will do it, I can just tell.......!
After having two strokes last September I finally quit. My brain changed some stuff and smoking was one of them. I smoked for over 40 years. Recovering and rewiring the brain was lots harder.
“No wonder Paul states “O miserable wretch that I am ... “ “
Don’t be too hard on yourself, I’m not at all sure it’s an actual sin. I suppose a case could be made, but, it certainly isn’t lined out as a sin in the Bible.
Five years ago come 9/30, I went to bed after having my last cigarette. Haven’t had one puff since. Stopped cold turkey.
I smoked Lucky Strike non-filters for over forty years.
When they became just too expensive I switched to off brand non-filters ordered over the internet from NY indian reservatiions.
When I got threatening letters from the sales tax dept. here in WA. state, I switched to buying locally from various tribes.
I had tried to quit when I was younger, but never really, really wanted to. Trieds hypnotiem, but had to keep going back and paying more. Didn’t wotk for more than three weeks.
Finally got tired of trying to quit and I quit quitting.
Finally, after 52 years, a group asked me to join them in trying Chantix.
I said I would only if they were hard-core serious because I hate failing and would not be screwing around.
After assurances, I got on the program and it was easier than falling off a log!
3 years and about 8 months now. No urge to smoke but still love the smell.
Over the ensuing first 18 months or so, I gained 40 lbs.
Got rid of that too, but that’s another story.
I am a smoker who doesn’t smoke - since May 27, 1994
Yes, I still want one, though not quite as badly as I did in 1994, and if I had one, I’d be right back where I was on May 26, 1994
and I haven’t written a good computer program since!
There was always something about the very fist drag. After that, I didn’t like them as much.
I quit Nov. 13, 1967...my kids never saw me smoke and they grew up and never smoked either, I believe a house free from cigarettes is a HAPPY, HEALTHY HOME.
HOPE YOUR NEW START WILL BEGIN AND YOU CAN STAY STRONG...
each day will get easier and your body heals...life is good.
I have never regretted quiting..
our son entered his third year of college, came home and informed us he got his ‘cadaver’ to work on for that year, said the guy was only 56, and all his organs were as healthy as hell, except for his charcoal burned lungs, said he was really sad for the guys family.
You’re welcome Alice!
Some of the replys on this thread have me thinking I should try quiting. Maybe.
In case you’re interested, I quit using a laser treatment:
There may be something similar near you.
It does work.
Thanks for the tip Alice. I’m glad that worked for you!
I’m thinking about getting a copy of that “how to stop smoking” book mentioned earlier. This is the second time someone has told me it worked.
Smoking seems to be a need in my mind, more than a need in my body, so if I am ever going to quit, I think I have to find a way to ‘change my mind’ about it. If I can ever do that, my mind will be able to control my body, I hope. :-)