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Samui Bodoh

Eight Months Smoke Free!!!

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Hi All,

 

Yes, I have made it eight months without a cigarette. And yes, I am proud of myself. I was a smoker for about 35 years and if anyone is interested in my story, see the OP in the thread Six Months Smoke Free; I wrote about 15 paragraphs there and don't want to write it all again.

 

Statistically speaking, there are several members who are in the process of quitting; how are you doing? What are the challenges? What has been working? Any advice to those in an earlier stage or those who are thinking of quitting?

 

Also statistically speaking, there are several members who are thinking of quitting and are reading this post. What are your issues? Any questions for those (lots more than just me) who have already quit? What are you waiting for?

 

I found that posting on this forum (with the anonymity it provides) has been a great help for me. Perhaps it might help you?

 

Smokers and quitters; anything you want to talk about?

 

Cheers

 

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40 days into non-smoking, after 53 years of 2 packs a day. I might well not have "made it" (so far - still somewhat pessimistic) if it had been with will power/cold turkey only. Tried that a number of times before, and failed miserably. This time around, I used Champix, apparently the latest and greatest smoke-stopper drug from Pfizer. While it seems to work quite well, the list of side effects is one of the longest I've ever seen, with an oversized warning re suicide risk at the very top of the bedsheet-sized leaflet. I'm not planning on any of that anytime soon, but I can definitely identify some of the side effects (in combination with raw nerves from simply stopping as such), and so can my girlfriend...

 

But hey, let's see how things look in another couple of weeks. The recommended duration of the Pfizer-induced trip is 12 weeks, but I might well stop the odd week earlier and see what happens (or doesn't happen, as it were).

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Well done to you all, and good luck in the future, it is definitely worth it in the long run. I quit cold turkey in December 1994, and never regretted it. 

Actually, I still have cold turkey at Xmas, but that is another story....:whistling:

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7 minutes ago, AsiaCheese said:

40 days into non-smoking, after 53 years of 2 packs a day. I might well not have "made it" (so far - still somewhat pessimistic) if it had been with will power/cold turkey only. Tried that a number of times before, and failed miserably. This time around, I used Champix, apparently the latest and greatest smoke-stopper drug from Pfizer. While it seems to work quite well, the list of side effects is one of the longest I've ever seen, with an oversized warning re suicide risk at the very top of the bedsheet-sized leaflet. I'm not planning on any of that anytime soon, but I can definitely identify some of the side effects (in combination with raw nerves from simply stopping as such), and so can my girlfriend...

 

But hey, let's see how things look in another couple of weeks. The recommended duration of the Pfizer-induced trip is 12 weeks, but I might well stop the odd week earlier and see what happens (or doesn't happen, as it were).

I tip my hat to you, Sir!

 

53 years? I had serious doubts that anyone could top my 35; live and learn...

 

I am going the 'cold turkey' method as I believe that it is best for me, but I firmly support anything that works. I have heard the name "Champix", but don't know anything else. Could I ask that you expand on your experiences with it for the benefit of any others who might need/use it? I know we can all 'Google' it, but I am a great believer in first-hand stories. What specifically does it do? What are the worst side-effects for you? How did you get it? Anyone else use it?

 

Again, my true and sincere congratulations! And keep it up!

 

Cheers

 

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38 minutes ago, AsiaCheese said:

40 days into non-smoking, after 53 years of 2 packs a day. I might well not have "made it" (so far - still somewhat pessimistic) if it had been with will power/cold turkey only. Tried that a number of times before, and failed miserably. This time around, I used Champix, apparently the latest and greatest smoke-stopper drug from Pfizer. While it seems to work quite well, the list of side effects is one of the longest I've ever seen, with an oversized warning re suicide risk at the very top of the bedsheet-sized leaflet. I'm not planning on any of that anytime soon, but I can definitely identify some of the side effects (in combination with raw nerves from simply stopping as such), and so can my girlfriend...

 

But hey, let's see how things look in another couple of weeks. The recommended duration of the Pfizer-induced trip is 12 weeks, but I might well stop the odd week earlier and see what happens (or doesn't happen, as it were).

After 25+ years of 20 a day, I started on the other wonder drug, I forget the name, things were going well and about a week later contracted bronchitis, the hospital doctor asked me to stop the drugs and I did.

 

The week or 10 days was enough to break the cycle, along with the illness.

 

I have had the very occasional temporary relapse over the past 4 years, whilst away with the guys’ll bikes, they lasted the duration of the trip and I haven’t had a cigarette for the past year. 

 

Stick with it, It’s all a combination of ‘the right time’, sickness, wellbeing, money, they drugs, and determination. I look back now and wonder how and why I ever started, it’s a weird feeling. You may not have to go the whole course with the drugs, suck it and see.

 

 

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Forty-six years ago, after being a heavy smoker for nearly thirty years, I quit on the advice of my doctor who said my lungs were in a pretty poor state and I was not going to live to a ripe old age.

 

It was wretchedly hard going for the first month, when I had to totally change my lifestyle to shake off the awful withdrawal symptoms and ensure I wouldn't fall off the bandwagon.

 

No more parties, pub visits and dinners with after eight mints, brandy and. . .  you've guessed. . .the room full of cigar and cigarette smoke.

 

Luckily, my then missus gave up the habit at the same time, so we were able to provide each other with the moral support to get over the craving. 

 

Now, just the smell of a cigarette - even, believe it not, emanating from a passing car! - makes me want to heave.

 

Since the day I quit I have tried to eat healthily and do lots of exercise to clean out my polluted lungs. I still cycle or walk for an hour a day and lift smallish weights - something I would have found hard when I was getting through forty fags a day in my "youth".

 

I have a lot to thank that doctor for. Only wish I could invite him to my birthday party in July, when I shall be eighty.  Sadly he is no longer around.

 

So keep up the good work, you quitters. It's the best, healthiest and economically most sensible decision you will probably ever make.

 

 

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Congratulations! I gave up about 20 years ago. I constantly remind myself that I am a smoker who has stopped smoking. I still have the odd inclination, mostly for a cigar. Resistance is a MUST.

The longer you remain off them the shorter and less demanding the urges become and the easier it is to resist. 

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Well done, I quite in 2000 after smoking for about he same period as you.

 

I would go for long walks daily, joined the gym for a few years and then one day I had a heart attack due to over exerting myself, so as I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, don't push yourself, and maybe see a doctor about getting on one coated aspirin tablet per day to reduce your chances of getting a clot as I did.

 

No doubt your arteries would have taken a beating as mine did, just saying, stay safe and to all you smokers out there, give it up because your polluting my free quality of air 555

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1 hour ago, Krataiboy said:

Forty-six years ago, after being a heavy smoker for nearly thirty years, I quit on the advice of my doctor who said my lungs were in a pretty poor state and I was not going to live to a ripe old age.

 

It was wretchedly hard going for the first month, when I had to totally change my lifestyle to shake off the awful withdrawal symptoms and ensure I wouldn't fall off the bandwagon.

 

No more parties, pub visits and dinners with after eight mints, brandy and. . .  you've guessed. . .the room full of cigar and cigarette smoke.

 

Luckily, my then missus gave up the habit at the same time, so we were able to provide each other with the moral support to get over the craving. 

 

Now, just the smell of a cigarette - even, believe it not, emanating from a passing car! - makes me want to heave.

 

Since the day I quit I have tried to eat healthily and do lots of exercise to clean out my polluted lungs. I still cycle or walk for an hour a day and lift smallish weights - something I would have found hard when I was getting through forty fags a day in my "youth".

 

I have a lot to thank that doctor for. Only wish I could invite him to my birthday party in July, when I shall be eighty.  Sadly he is no longer around.

 

So keep up the good work, you quitters. It's the best, healthiest and economically most sensible decision you will probably ever make.

 

 

 

 

Were you smoking at 4 years old or is it my Maths?

 

You are 80 in July, you stopped 46 years ago (which is fantastic! ) making you 34 years old when you quit, after being a heavy smoker for 30 years?

 

I stopped 14 years ago and I think for sure I would have been dead or seriously ill now with lung disease. I smoked 60 a day.

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Congratulations!  I quit 51 years ago at the age of 29 and I am sure that the decision is one of the factors that I am doing great today..

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Just now, Scouse123 said:

 

 

Were you smoking at 4 years old?

It felt that way. I actually started at 14. I blame the early nicotine abuse for me being so lousy at math. . .  having a crafty drag behind the bicycle shed instead of doing lessons!

 

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2 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

It felt that way. I actually started at 14. I blame the early nicotine abuse for me being so lousy at math. . .  having a crafty drag behind the bicycle shed instead of doing lessons!

 

 

Only jesting, well done!

 

You actually quit when it was being promoted by TV and advertised everywhere as a ' cool ' thing to do.

 

I am really happy I quit but I restrain myself from ever making criticisms of people who do smoke. It's very hard to stop.

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Just now, Scouse123 said:

 

Only jesting, well done!

 

You actually quit when it was being promoted by TV and advertised everywhere as a ' cool ' thing to do.

I could have blamed Alzheimer's!

 

As you're clearly better than me at maths, maybe you would enjoy this maths teaser, which has had me and most adults, apparently, scratching our heads. It was part of a test for eight-year-olds!

 

https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/maths-problem-lighthouses-viral/

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I smoked 30 a day from late teens to my mid 40s. I failed in many attempts to quit, I felt inferior to non-smokers, which was every member of my family.  I don't remember why I succeeded in the mid 90s, the cravings I must have felt, it was so long ago.  What I do remember is the joy and pride I felt when first offered a cigarette and honestly answered "No thankyou, I don't smoke"    Well done,  one day at a time.

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