Finally went and quit smoking

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  1. macuser27 macrumors regular

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    Hope this is the right place to post this ,

    After smoking for the best part of 18 years I've actually gone and done it , I'm over a week now and feeling pretty damn good about it.
     
  2. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    congrats! i'm sure your body thanks you.
     
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    Well done. You've done the hardest bit. Just keep going.
     
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    Congrats and very well done; stay strong and the very best of luck with it.
     
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    Congratulations and I hope you're able to stick to it.
     
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    What app is that?
     
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    macuser27, you've made a wise decision. My father struggled with nicotine addiction nearly all his life, and it contributed to the arterial stenosis that ultimately led to his death.

    And to think that in America, we once had advertisements that subtly (sometimes blatantly) hinted at buying a carton of smokes for people as holiday gifts! :eek:

    [​IMG]

    ... Seriously? Throat-scratch? That would be the least of my worries.
     
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    Congrats! Keep it up!

    I've been smoke free since October myself, it is indeed the best decision that any smoker can make
     
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    Congratulations!

    Every time I see someone with a cigarette I want to run up to them and share the atrocities of chemo. It's not a risk anyone should be willing to take.
     
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    Way to go!
    Wishing you all the best.
    Stay strong and surround yourself with support.
    You can do this.
     
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    I am shocked how many kids or anyone picks up smoking today. The warnings and side effects are blatantly clear yet people still smoke.

    I wish we could get everyone to quit. It's like a cult.
     
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    I think the same thing was said back in the 60s and 70s. Heck, people knew how dangerous smoking was for several decades. We've increased our knowledge at how bad it is, to be sure, and the culture certainly changed but it can still be viewed as something teenagers try to do, to look cool.
     
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    Do you really think people are still primarily attracted to smoking because of the "looking cool" factor? I think it's more about the chemical buzz and escape/cope mentality that is so prevalent in our culture. Pair that with our immediate gratification "need" and the "it's my right to do what I want with my own body" attitude and smoking is still quite a serious problem.

    @macuser27 congratulations on taking this step and I wish you all the best with continued success.
     
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    Yes I do. I think at least initially its kids wanting to look cool. I've never heard one smoker who said they started because it gave them a buzz. Yet on the other hand, I know people who did it, just so they could be part of the in crowd.
     
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    It's called smoke free , really good little app .
     
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    Well done to you too mate , looking forward to having that amount of time under my Belt.
     
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    Try to be like that for 5 months. Usually one feels fine and one day you jus try one and then you are stuck again. You start to say things like "who cares, it is my body any way". That is addiction hitting again, it will blur your mind.
     
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    Yep, the cool factor was it for me at first. I smoked my first cigarette looking in a mirror in my bedroom trying to get the angle right so I looked very very cool. I didn't really get much chance to get hooked by the nicotine until about five years later when I was in college. What a hassle trying to give it up later on, though, because it didn't take long until for me it WAS about the nicotine buzz, plus all the little rituals (anything, everything) that I hinged onto having a cigarette before, or after.

    When I got around to trying to quit it took me like six, eight maybe ten times. Worth it though, and smoke-free for 16 years now.

    Congratulations to @macuser27 -- don't be like me and figure you can have just one cigarette... that's how I ended up off to the races again those six, ten times and a few of those it took me a couple years to try to quit again. Slow learner but now I know I cannot have one cigarette: I'd be off to buy a carton within a day.
     
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    I gave up 22 years ago. After 8 months off them my friend had a baby, so we all bought cigars. I smoked that and straight away wanted a cigarette. I bought a pack smoked 10 then thought to myself what am I doing? So packed it in again and never had a puff since. Nor have I wanted to.
    As for why I took it up, I'd say that the main reason was to be like the rebellious kids at school (I was 12). Who wants to go to maths when you can be having a cigarette behind the science block!
     

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