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Samui Bodoh

Eleven months smoke free!

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Wah! I was not expecting much of a response; thank you one and all!

 

More importantly, let me say "Thanks!" on behalf of the guy (or gal) reading this who is still a smoker and thinking of trying to quit.

 

As I noted in my OP, the biggest step for me was the first (I assume that others are like me). I did not believe that I ever could quit smoking, so I didn't really try for years and years. We all know that we should; no one can claim ignorance anymore with all the ads, the warnings, the news broadcasts, etc,, but again you need to believe that you have a reasonable shot at success. It was when I started to read this Forum and the stories contained within that I began, VERY slowly, to see that perhaps I could quit; if I was reading a story that a smoker stopped after 50+ years, then I thought that (maybe, just maybe) I could as well. And, that is half the fight; once you begin to believe that it is possible (not certain, but possible) it becomes 50 times easier.

 

Could I have quit without the Forum? Yes.

Was it easier with the Forum? Yes.

 

If you are a smoker, then you can see that it is possible; it ain't always easy, you'll have a few bad days, but you CAN actually do it. 

 

And, it is worth doing.

 

I am starting to sound like the 'reformed smoker' that I hate so much, so I will give myself a good smack in the head and be on my way.

 

Good luck all!

 

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Quit "Cold Turkey" (it's the only way) 20++ years ago. Smoked last cigarette (Salem menthol, the worse kind), gave remainder of pack to a committed smoker and that was it. Does not matter how long you have smoked, your lungs begin repairing the damage beginning the next day. Stay away from smokers, most now have to smoke outside the bar and that's good. Good luck.

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Congratulations!. Always remember you are a smoker who has stopped smoking. The urge will occasionally arise but the longer you stay off the fag the quicker the temptation will pass until it disappears completely. If you are a drinker it is that much harder and you need to be that much stronger.

 

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2 hours ago, Catoni said:

    Nicotine itself is one of the most addictive substances there is...    Please list the addictive substances that they add to it to make it more addictive..  

 

Let's start with ammonia.

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i has smoking 38 year and not easy stop smoking, try manytime,many different expernsives medicines,no help, but son tell me test Vape steam, and 3 month and not samoking anythink cigarette, now 3 year whitout cigarette, easy stop smoking, vaping have healty care most than smoking,and help lot stop smoking, same say many hundred thousand peoples who has stop smoking.

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Firstly congratulations and well done, as an ex smoker i  can say it’s one of hardest achievements one can do.

 

i was a heavy smoker for 25 years, went to vaping and now almost 2 years smoke free.

 

i do realize vaping is not as ideal as total stop but I am happy enough and happy to have clear lungs instead of black tar, white teeth and clean fingers 

 

For anyone who is looking to quit but weak as I was, I would strongly recommend vaping.

 

by the way , I vape nicotine free ejuice

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Wow 11 months is great going! Seriously...Well done!

 

I assume by now you have stopped dreaming about smoking?  That bit lasted 5 months with me (1999-2000). I would wake up panicking, because I would be smoking in a dream, and then realise I had given up. Not touched tobacco since.

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I have never 'vaped', so I don't really know what I am talking about.

 

Let me throw the question out;

 

Is vaping still smoking?

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

I have never 'vaped', so I don't really know what I am talking about.

 

Let me throw the question out;

 

Is vaping still smoking?

 

 

Yes and no. You are smoking but not inhaling all the harmful chemicals that cigs contain.

 

it is also possible to vape nicotine free and/or herbs 

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Well done mate, I am just celebrating 18 months smoke free, funnily enough I was lying in bed the other morning thinking that I should stick something on here but have been a bit busy lately, so very well done.

 

I still get the occasional urge and when I go to my favorite bar a lot of the guys in there smoke, all the doors are open and large overhead fans and large standalone fans keep the air moving, so far I have resisted ?

 

I have smoked since I was very young believe me, and have stopped a few times for a number of years at a time but like a fool I went back on fags/smokes/tabs, whatever you wanna call them, ironically I can probably afford to smoke moreso these days than when I lived in the UK with ciggies costing upwards of £8.00 a pack of 20.

 

After 18 months smoke free I still have a slightly congested chest and I am thinking of going for a chest X - Ray to make sure no permanent damage as been done, and as much as I would love to be able to go for a long walk around the village like I used to a few years back my 2 dodgy knees start to hurt like hell so that's out of the question, might have to look at swimming :thumbsup:   

 

So keep up the good work young man and report back soon ?

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I had tried to quit a few times in the 70's and even after one period of two years, started again. Finally, at 8pm on 4 November, 1980 I was watching a BBC TV programme in which I learned that there was definitive proof passive smoking was a fact. I gave up at that moment. I celebrate 38 years on 4 November this year.

 

After quitting  I learned that I could have a chest xray in four years time that could establish if my body was completely clear of the effects of smoking or if I had irreparable damage. I had my xray then and a few since and there are no signs of any kind I ever smoked.

 

Because it was difficult for me to give up and knowing it is for many, I now number it as one of my best achievements and I still feel a little proud of beating myself!

 

I am heartened by the responses here, too, that others have managed to "beat" themselves

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Nine years, but unfortunately no tips. I just smoked until the pain got to be enough that I didn't want any more. Sixty years. But I haven't had any cravings. I even enjoy the smell of other people smoking, and it doesn't trigger cravings.

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Quit day April the 10th.

What's that? 4 month-ish?

Been relatively painless.

TBH, I really don't know what all the fuss is about.

Sure, VERY occasionally fancy one, but it's certainly not a daily thought or 24/7 craving, even after a meal etc.

The one time I really fancy a cigarette and the actual routine in rolling one is in front of my lathe when doing a long job.

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Congratulations.

 

I stopped completely 3 years ago, i.e. August 2015, but was only smoking 3-5 cigarettes a day, so not that difficult to quit.

 

My youth was in the happy hippie era, and at that time elmost everybody smoked, and everything that could be smoked was tried. Most of us hippies, however only tried it, and continued with cigarettes – or pipe – only. Most of my working years was in the music business, and in the 1970'ies to 1990'ies lots of smoking in the studio, I presume  the smoke-fog was necessary for the right inspiration, both in studio and control room – many were chain smokers and 40+ a day was not unusual – just like a smoke machine in a disco...?

 

Quitting the cigarettes began in the early 1990'ies, when I moved my company to new premises, and established a "smoking policy"; i.e. no smoking in the company. Those few of us that still smoked at that time had to smoke at home, go outside, the latter was Okay in the summertime, but little – if not very – unpleasant during the cold Danish late fall, winter, and early spring...?

 

Sitting at home I gladly took revenge and smoked a lot when working on the computer, until I realized that I just lit a cigarret, placed in the ashtray, got busy with the screen-work, and when I wanted to continue smoking then the cigarette had already smoked itself. Well, as I was smoking because it believed I liked it, there was no reason to continue that habit, so instead I smoked only when having a break, and could enjoy a damn good cup of coffee, and a cigarret.

 

When moving to Thailand, and the all year pleasant outdoor climate at Koh Samui, no more indoor smoking – bedroom smoking I had always banned, as I didn't want to sleep in a room that had been smoked in – and when smoking became more and more difficult at most places, where you need to head to a dedicated smoking area, a limit began. Also when commuting to Europe, which I in the beginning of my LoS-era did 6-7 times a year, it was impossible to smoke during the quite long trip, except when changing flight in the aiprot's smoking cabins, and I couldn't stand them, feeling sick just opening the door...?

 

A trip up to Bangkok i 2015 was the final decision, as I had to take the hotel lift down to the street, and find a place there, where I could enjoy my after dinner cigarette – that was not joyful at all, I gave up finding a corner somewhere – only the last day I realized that the hotel had a dedicated outdoor smoking area at 17th floor, but being there I had a feeling like being in a zoo, and I was the animal...?

 

Actually not that difficult at all, when over two decades having slowed down from 20 cigarettes a day to 3-5 a day; and looking at the bright side of life I don't need to remember cigarrettes in my pocket, a lighter, and care about finding a dedicated smoking area whenever heading out for dinner or nightlife...?

 

My advice could be: slow down, enjoy when smoking, then you don't need to smoke that much – most folks can sleep 8 hours without smoking – and then it's not that difficult to stop...?

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Like many others I gave up when I left school.

 

Best thing I ever did.

 

In Australia then ..  1968 ..   2 oz. packet of Drum  .72 c         Tally Ho papers .05c      Box Redhead matches  .02 c.

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