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Smoked for 10 years...35 years ago...take breathing medication daily...have asthma like symptoms without daily meds...

 

Just don't smoke!

 

If you smoke...quit!

 

You can regain control over your health...nasty way to die...emphysema...

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Good luck with that one!

 

https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/why-set-yourself-up-for-failure-ditch-new-years-resolution-do-this-instead.html

 

And I'm not pouring cold water on the quest to quit smoking. I did it myself nearly 30 years ago. But a new year's resolution is not the best way to go about it.

 

Good luck to those who do try. Happy new year.

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1 hour ago, stephenterry said:

If you was a frequent flyer and you were informed that one in ten flights crash, would you stop flying? Or would you seek alternative transport?  The risks of contracting a serious disease  - heart, lung, stroke - for every time you light up, is one in ten, the same risk - USA morbidity statistics. 

 

IMO, the simplest way to kick a habit is to change the lifestyle circumstances, so that it isn't a habit. And cold turkey is far easier to manage than a reduction regime - because it's (potentially) a changed habit (of not smoking). 

 

I gave up alcohol on the 1st October 2019 after a health scare and a determination to change my habits (lifestyle). Now, three months later no alcohol is an entrenched habit that I can maintain - because it's a habit!!! 

 

Best wishes for a new New Year, peeps. 

 

 

You might find this article (link below) interesting; it deals with how people's personalities affect their ability and method of quitting.

 

Cheers

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/acquainted-the-night/201912/how-quit-smoking-based-your-personality

 

 

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On 12/31/2019 at 7:17 AM, Puchaiyank said:

Smoked for 10 years...35 years ago...take breathing medication daily...have asthma like symptoms without daily meds...

 

Just don't smoke!

 

If you smoke...quit!

 

You can regain control over your health...nasty way to die...emphysema...

There is no excuse for anyone under the age of fifty to be a smoker, before they started they knew the health risks and all the other negatives, it was just pure stupidity.

In saying that, I congratulate those who have stopped, really stopped and never started again like the OP.

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My wife started smoking about 10 years ago just to spite me, and subsequently became a heavier smoker than me, who is perfectly fine having one after dinner...maybe a few more if I am drinking. A few months ago she had a very serious lung infection and ended up in the hospital twice, so we just made a pact to end it. Even though I was only smoking one a day, I am still surprised at how powerful the craving is after dinner....I totally agree with the initial post that smoking tobacco is the dumbest habit imaginable.

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I smoked for 23 years and believed I was in control and could quit when I decided. WRONG After that failed I made myself a deal. I would let myself smoke as long as I would walk for exercise. You can not do that! Eventually. you give up smoking as they in no way are compatible. 

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As New Years resolution season approaches I thought it useful to revisit last year’s resolution of losing 15 pounds and note I’m only 20 pounds from my goal... :coffee1:

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I managed to quit ten years ago. Four years ago got diagnosed with emphysema. Luckily, the symptoms are still mild and I'm 82 anyway, so may go from something else before they get bad.

I found what helped was getting chest pains and breathing difficulty. Also, my wife made me go outside the house to smoke. I found that I could smoke half a cigarette and then stub it out and wait a couple hours to smoke the second half. Three or four cigarettes a day was enough. And then one day I just didn't bother. Don't know if it would have worked without the breathing difficulty, though.

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Gave up in June '19, after probably 30+ years of smoking every day.

 

Wasn't easy for the first two weeks, but I do feel better.

 

Next stop - no alcohol.

 

Good luck to anyone who is going to stop.

 


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1 minute ago, faraday said:

Gave up in June '19, after probably 30+ years of smoking every day.

 

Wasn't easy for the first two weeks, but I do feel better.

 

Next stop - no alcohol.

 

Good luck to anyone who is going to stop.

 


😀

 

 

 

No beer, now that is taking it a bit tooooo far......🥴

 

PS. I stopped smoking in May 2019.....😇

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After several false starts i went 'cold turkey' and to my own surprize will clear the 20 year point this year.

 

A friend who started at the same time (15) died a couple of years ago at the age of 56 after a very long battle with smoke-related conditions.

 

"There but for the grace of god..."

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