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Samui Bodoh

One year smoke-free; a few thoughts

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I used to smoke daily then cut down to only smoking if i have a beer which was weekends.

Problem was that didn't work as i found myself buying beer in the week just to have a smoke.

Now 13 years i have quit since my son was born.

I haven't stopped having the urge whenever i see someone light up.

I dont go to bars now so its much much easier .

But all my friends from the uk are still on 2 packs a day so i am 100% sure being away from smokers is a very good advantage to quitting.

Well done for stopping for a year .

 

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I used to smoke 2 packs a day, Marlborough Lights. I stopped 20 years ago, like you I put the money in a jar every day for the first year and was amazed how much I had at the end of the year. Unlike you I did not go strictly cold turkey, in those days you could buy little containers of nicotine that fit into a thing that looked like a cigarette holder. when you got the urge you took 1 or 2 hits on that and the urge would go away, however, pure nicotine is something that your body does not like, so eventually you start to use the inhaler thing less and less till eventually you stop.

You still get the urges but over time they become less and less frequent, but sometimes can be really strong. I had to find another way to deal with them.

My method was to make a list of "hooks", reasons to never start again, mine was:

1. The relief I felt at being able to fly long distance without having a constant urge for a cig. (I once nearly got arrested in Los Angeles airport, on a business trip, because I was so desperate I lit up as I walked off the plane and was smoking in non smoking areas.)

2. The money I was saving.

3. Being able to wake up in the morning after a night in the pub and my clothes from the night before not stinking.

4. Reminding myself that the urges were becoming less and less frequent. I was winning!!

5. The threat to myself that if I ever gave in and started again, I would NEVER give up again. I wasn't going to go through that first year ever again.

The urges do become less frequent and although sometime they are intense, if you take time to remind yourself of your personal hooks, by the time you have finished the urge has gone, you have won again.

It is now 20 years for me, my wife smokes like a chimney and it does not bother me at all. I still fly all over the world and relish the fact that I do not desire a cig. the minute the plane door closes. I smile to myself when I am back in the UK having a pint and my smoking friends have to put their coats on every 15 minutes to go out into the freezing night to have a fag.

My advice to you is simple, you have won the major battle, now you have a few skirmishes to overcome, don't let a few seconds urge destroy the good work that you have done.
 

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Im a reformed smoker and into weightlifting / fitness, kinda contradictory I know but it was aceptable back in the day play footy and smoke a dart after, infact it was very cool.   Well done to everyone who has quit!  For me it was oneday just doing the cold turky thing and not looking back.  The key to OP success to is he had bike riding,  as creatures of habit giving up one habit its easy to fall into another, sugar is usually the culprit as it can give you that quick high as smoking did or the alcohol route were I felt I needed to take the edge off.  Get into a hobby or fitness activity it will give you the natural high and help get your metabolism back to normal.

Anyone wanting to quit its never too late and dont be afraid to reach out you will get the support!

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I was going to say Well done, but then I thought... Back in the early 1990s I quit for the longest stretch ever - 7 years! At some point in 2001 I had a cigarette, I don't know why, no traumatic event, no broken heart, no nothing. I just walked into a store and bought a pack. Fast forward almost 15 years: I'm now smoking 60 a day most days, and it shows, I'm a skinny coughing stick. Then comes February 2015, and like the OP says, I went to bed a smoker and the next day I didn't smoke, and I still don't. In the last 3 and a half years I never yearned for a cigarette, I don't have a problem if people near me smoke, but equally I'll never say that I'm never ever smoke again. It's a bit like alcoholics who kicked the bottle - once a smoker, always a smoker (though I pray to God I'll stay off the damned cancer sticks for good this time!)

 

Well done, OP!

 

(I, too, am saving over 75,000 baht a year. It pays for 90% of my Bupa, oops, Aetna cover)

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Congrats to the OP. it is a feat to change a habit of a lifetime. I had smoked from a young age and used your trick of continuing to to save the money I would have spent. After 12 months I bought myself a sound system as a reward to myself that I would never have previously considered buying.

 

Besides the obvious health benefits that continue for a few years after  quitting, the biggest things for me was to no longer be changed to a small box and lighter that I just had to carry around with me everywhere.

I used hypnosis and the strategy the psychologist and I came up with was to use that issue of carrying smokes and lighters with me as a lever. The idea of being burdened by them almost instantly became more important than the cravings and I simply stopped smoking.

 

I still miss having a big hogie / cigar from time to time, but the moment soon passes and life is much better without stinking of smoke and having lunges full of mucus.

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Great for you sir.You have just lowered the potential health problems such as lung and liver disease,a major stroke, heart attack and many other problems.I quit in 1967 after being shot in the right lung and I hope that you make it to my age and in good health. Again CONGRATULATIONS.

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On 9/16/2018 at 7:45 AM, Samui Bodoh said:

Yes, I have reached the one year mark of being smoke-free, and yes, I am very proud of myself. Apologies for the self-praise

Congratulations.  It's no easy task.  For all the proselytizing that the governments do about 'drugs' like marijuana, kratom, and mushroom (you'll become addicted and your brain will rot, blah blah blah)  in reality nicotine is highly, highly, highly addictive, and using their own arguments regarding the evils of drugs, tobacco should be at the top of the banned and illegal substances list.  But instead?  World-wide it's a protected commodity with immensely strong government lobbies to influence any government legislation and in some cases the industry is allowed a legal monopoly status.  What's not to like from a stockholder or industry owner point of view: highly addictive, very lucrative even though it causes countless death and health issues while being protected by the government.

So kicking the habit is no easy task.  I did it over 40 years ago and quit cold turkey.  It's insidious stuff.  Over 40 years later and I still have urges to smoke, but the urges are so weak as to have no effect.  So Op, that's where you'll be for the rest of your life.  If an urge comes up, you now have the power to ignore it.  But you'll never be completely out of the woods, but the addiction should have no power over you anymore.  Congratulations again!

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23 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

When does the thinking about smoking end?

Never.  It never ends.  Ever.

 

But the urges get less powerful over time.  But you have to be aware of the sinister nature of 'the urge.'  If you were a heavy smoker, then virtually everything you did during your waking hours was paired with the positive stimulus of smoking a highly addictive substance.  So years and years after you quit, the stimulus's that made you smoke are still there, however in a very weakened state.  When I have an urge, I note it "Hummm, how odd" and then beat it down "...yes, odd but I do not need to respond to that, it has no power over me"  and then it disappears.  But if you dwell on it "Hummmm, how odd, I wonder.............." then you will be screwed.  Read this entire thread and see how many people quit for years only to start again. 

 

So the thinking never ends.  But if the urge arrives, note it, then move on.  Do not fantasize about it, do not feed it because if you do - it will eat you.

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Congratulations to the Op ! Well done ! Like you, I smoked for 38 years and quit cold turkey one day 9 years ago. Never really had a plan. Just decided to stop one day and that was it. I would say the first month was the hardest. Now, 9 years later, I don't even think about it. And as the Op says - anyone can stop - you just have to make the decision and do it.

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Congratulations. Stay away from smokers. Most Sports Bars and other bars are smoke free so that helps. I quit cold, as you have done, roughly 22 years ago and my lungs and heart thank me for it, as does my heart doctor. Keep to it, your body will thank you.

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Well done on 1 year. Great achievement!!

 

I wonder how long it takes for the body to recover, especially the lungs from heavy smoking.

 

I quit fourteen years ago with the cigarettes. I know I will never smoke again. It is easier now as so many places make it a taboo, such as bars, restaurants, hotels, etc

 

My problem now is stopping drinking beer. I get to about six months beer free, then bang, a glass of red wine or so, even though I know it will lead to more, and out the window, it goes.

 

I suppose one step at a time.

 

Weight is my reason for stopping drinking as it went up considerably after stopping smoking but is in ' check ' at the moment.

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Good job!  I quit smoking some years back (13 now), and can pass on some of the time-line I experienced.  I'd only been smoking for around 4 years then, so not as long-term as in lots of these stories, but that's plenty of time to be quite addicted.  It was enough to try to quit a couple of times and fail.

 

The initial worst of the cravings took a month or so to pass.  I was far from over cravings at that point but by then the initial strong urge to smoke was replaced by urges brought on by different triggers (stress, or a connection to when I had smoked before, which was related to lots of daily activities).  At around 6 months it seemed the desire to smoke had leveled off quite a bit but would never really pass.  At around a year it mostly had; some things could still remind me of it but an experience of an urge to smoke became quite infrequent.  It probably helped I wasn't drinking all that much then, which would make urges harder to resist.  After a couple years I never felt any urge at all to smoke, even under stress.

 

I'm not sure I'd actually recommend it but I'll pass on something I tried at the beginning of not smoking.  A US brand, American Spirit, made an herb blend with a little tobacco in it, and I smoked that for a few weeks initially.  It tasted horrible, like mint and whatever else, and it had some tobacco in it but probably not enough to do all that much for the nicotine craving.  It seemed to sort of work as a placebo.  Really resolve seemed to be the key.  After I decided to quit I never smoked another cigarette, and it became clear enough I wasn't sticking with those nasty herb versions for long either.

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Happy birthday !! Afterall you were reborn.

Im still smoking and yeah i wish i could do with out. its so damned easy to grab that cigarette with everything or nothing.

Its amazing to see some quitte just like that. Also the effects sometimes. I saw a man quitting and really growing in weight

until he starts again and his weight goes down again, it was amazing to witness. A very skinny woman i knew stopped and grew, but it suited her right !  A college had stopped for many years and he said "i will always be a smoker. If something stressful will happen, i will sure be back on the cigarette" Happily for him then there wasnt anything to bring him back to it, at that time.

My brother just recently, tried to stop in several ways, but has not succeeded. Can i then?

My son quit smoking, damn i was proud on him !! I gave him once (when starting) the advice not to do it. But after some years he quit by himself, damn i was proud on him !!

Damn i think , why cant I ? I know it is just all in your head and habits, of course addiction from nicotine plays a part as well. In your head it runs around, coffee +cig, cig after food, alcohol +cig, yeahhhh. But most of the cigs i take out of stupid habit, not even to like it. And as i grew older and older, the amount of cigs grew.  I should stop, its now 43 years. i know, its mind over the stupid addictions you have with the cigarette. It's  love/hate situation, i should hate it more.

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