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# Smoking, oh its so much fun to quit.

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11 Mar 2007, 00:15
You still off those reaking cancer sticks? The first couple weeks are the hardest, you are almost there.

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11 Mar 2007, 11:18
Of course. Day 13 .

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11 Mar 2007, 13:20
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

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11 Mar 2007, 15:32
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

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11 Mar 2007, 16:37
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

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11 Mar 2007, 22:30
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

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12 Mar 2007, 03:57
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

Started at age 18, smoked through college, stopped at age 25 for almost a year. Started up again at 26, and smoked till now - 27.

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12 Mar 2007, 06:45
rhyme wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

Started at age 18, smoked through college, stopped at age 25 for almost a year. Started up again at 26, and smoked till now - 27.

Yeah, I smoked a little during college too, but they weren't cigarettes

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12 Mar 2007, 06:49
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

Started at age 18, smoked through college, stopped at age 25 for almost a year. Started up again at 26, and smoked till now - 27.

Yeah, I smoked a little during college too, but they weren't cigarettes

Guess 'twas a pipe!

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12 Mar 2007, 06:56
helg wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

Started at age 18, smoked through college, stopped at age 25 for almost a year. Started up again at 26, and smoked till now - 27.

Yeah, I smoked a little during college too, but they weren't cigarettes

Guess 'twas a pipe!

Pipe? Yes. That was one of the delivery methods.

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13 Mar 2007, 11:35
gmatclb wrote:
helg wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
rhyme wrote:
died4me wrote:
rhyme wrote:
1 week, 5 days and 17 hours, saving 254.40 cigarettes and \$96.67.

Looks like its still technically day 12, not 13... but basically...

think the 254.40 as the days that you will live more owing to not smoking the cancer causing chemical.

Unless, of course, I already have cancer and die anyway.

How long had you been smoking before you quit?

Started at age 18, smoked through college, stopped at age 25 for almost a year. Started up again at 26, and smoked till now - 27.

Yeah, I smoked a little during college too, but they weren't cigarettes

Guess 'twas a pipe!

Pipe? Yes. That was one of the delivery methods.

Right on the grass

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14 Mar 2007, 05:53
2 weeks, 1 day and 9 hours, saving 308.20 cigarettes and \$117.11.

TWO WEEK MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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14 Mar 2007, 06:31
I don't think I will be ever able to quit. I can reduce it though.

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14 Mar 2007, 06:59
Well quitting is fun feels good
(Beer and whiskey in my case)
well over couple of weeks and not a drop

Some time I sit in my favourite pub and drink orange juice

feels great to leave without drinking

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14 Mar 2007, 07:35

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14 Mar 2007, 07:48
standard wrote:
I don't think I will be ever able to quit. I can reduce it though.

http://www.whyquit.com

You'll quit.

http://www.whyquit.com/joel/#video

See palmolive bottle demonstration.

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15 Mar 2007, 20:46
Are you using a temporary crutch like the patch or nicorette gum, etc?

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15 Mar 2007, 21:10
GMATT73 wrote:
Are you using a temporary crutch like the patch or nicorette gum, etc?

No. That stuff is a scam as far as I'm concerned. Here's why:

Nicotine itself is only in your system for about 72 hours. Thats it. After that, all traces of the stuff is gone. Yet, as any smoker knows, your cravings last a lot longer than 3 days - they are severe for about a week, frustrating for about 1 more week, and then occasional. The reason is not physical anymore - its mental. If you think about it, the hardest part of quitting is not really the physical withdrawl - that sucks like hell to be sure - but the hardest part is doing all the things you used to do every day without having a cigarette.

Coffee in the morning? Cig
Drive to work? Cig
Bored? Cig
Meeting at work? Cig
Post Meeting? Cig
Long cell phone call? Cig
Glass of wine? Cig
Lunch? Cig
Dinner? Cig
Snack? Cig
Tired? Cig
Stressed? Cig

Your brain, for years and years has established these synaptic connections. It knows to associate a thousand little things with a smoke. Those connections have been forged over time and re-inforced daily for years. It takes a lot of willpower to retrain the brain to be able to do task A without expecting result B - a smoke.

And in that respect, the single hardest part of quitting smoking is retraining your brain to not send a signal "i need nicotine now!" to your body when you do any of these 1,000,000 possible things that it's learned to associate.

The patch, gum, etc, all do nothing more than prolonging the two worst parts. First, it will prolong the physical widthdrawl from 3 days to weeks - cause of course, if used correctly it slowly weens you off the stuff. Second, it continues to reinforce the existing associations in your brain. Have a cup of coffee, dont have a cig, but have a piece of gum. In fact, the craving for nicotine is usually so strong that people will have a smoke while they are on the patch anyway. So now, you are telling your body that in fact, what it wants is more nicotine than it asked for. You not only refresh that association in your brain - you actually make it more demanding.

Even if you dont fall into the double dip trap of patch + cig anyway - your brain still associates coffee with nicotine - because of the patch or the gum. When you finally get off the patch months later, you will still have this connection established in your brain. All you've done is prolonged the physical withdrawl and delayed the mental retraining.

Make no mistake about it - the patch, and all these other quit smoking aids - are bullshit. They are out there to become an alternate delivery vehicle for nicotine. Thats it. They are not out there to actually make you quit. Do you really know of any product in the world that exists to help you never want to buy it again? Of course not. These products exist to make money. Nothing more.

Why do they almost all advocate a 2 or 3 month quit plan when nicotine is only in your system for 3 days if you go cold turkey? Does it really take that long for your body to adjust? Or is that just long enough for your brain to change its associations from Coffee = cig to Coffee = nicotine gum? Why do they cost so much? \$70? For gum? How can a pack of smokes with nicotine cost \$1.50 in some countries (when you remove all the sin tax) and gum with nicotine costs \$70? One reason. Money.

So no, I went cold turkey... I think those things are a scam.

2 weeks, 3 days and 1 hour, saving 340.92 cigarettes and \$129.55.

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15 Mar 2007, 21:14
Agree completely with Rhyme...

I quit while back and started again few days ago... I know i should not have.... but this time I am trying to retrain my mind to form new connections.... then I will quit again and retrain the brain again....

Nice way to keep the grey cells functioning.

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15 Mar 2007, 21:19
jaynayak wrote:
Agree completely with Rhyme...

I quit while back and started again few days ago... I know i should not have.... but this time I am trying to retrain my mind to form new connections.... then I will quit again and retrain the brain again....

Nice way to keep the grey cells functioning.

A few days ago???? Why????

Didja visit whyquit.com and watch the palmolive bottle video?

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