Been smoking all my life

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Registered: 05-12-2013
Been smoking all my life
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Wed, 06-12-2013 - 11:27am

I've been smoking for more than 50 years and at this time I don't have any smoking related health problems that I know of. My doctor keeps urging me to quit but it is such a part of my life I don't think I can. I would like to try but just don't know where to start.

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Registered: 07-31-2012
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 1:40pm

A successful quit starts and ends with a true WANT to quit. Without that, you really only have a very slim chance of long-term success. It sounds like you mostly know and accept that smoking is bad for you but are not quite 100% accepting of the need to quit.

My suggestion is start by trying to just cut back how much you smoke daily by a 3-5 cigarettes, or changing one or two of your regular smoking rituals (after-dinner cig, morning cig with coffee, etc). Also, don't have a cig in the first hour you wake up in the morning. Smell the air, breathe as deeply as you can. This gives you a preview of how your body will change/heal for the better when you quit.

Quit Date: May 4th, 2013
"May The Fourth Be With Me!" 

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 12:12pm

Just ask your doctor.  He should have a way to help you.  There are patches, gum, cold turkey, etc.  I used the nicotrol inhaler and a good support chat room.  I also used the steps from a 12 step program. It really helped to have that to focus on.  Step One....I am powerless over tobacco...my life is unmanageable....I totally understand that.  The whole concept.  One....My body craves cigs when it goes too long without nicotine.  Two....I am powerless...cigs chose everything for me..where I ate, how I could get a cig when I should be working...whose house I could visit...I mean really visit.  Not keep running in and out to smoke.  If I could not smoke, I didnt stay long.  I was putting the health of my children at risk by second hand smoke..also my grandchildren.  I smoked for 36 years..3 packs a day at the end...full flavored.  I didnt have any health problems either at that time.  I just got tired of having to pick and choose where I could go and have my cigs..so the cigs were the most important thing to me, over the people in my life.  WOW...what a revelation. I had never thought of it in quite that way.  I figured I was hurting noone but me, and I was completely off base assuming that.  So...first I had to see the problem.  Second, I had to find a solution.  Then I had to have help to bring that solution into reality.  Fact is..I have not had a cig in 14 years and I am very grateful.  People now come first.  Family looks forward to me visiting, rather than just putting in an appearance and leaving to smoke.  I started having a bit more money. (Well, a lot for me)  I have had nothing but benefits from not smoking.  It all comes down to a personal choice.  Who do I want to run my life?  Me or cigs??  It was really that simple...just not easy.

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Registered: 12-28-2007
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 10:31am

Start by buying an electronic cig.  Just the fact that you are typing on a message board states to me that you want to quit.  So...buy the cig and then wrap your mind around the fact that the electric cig is the ONLY thing you can smoke for 1 day.  I did this....the first day was tough...I puffed on the thing all day long.  I was a 2 pack a day smoker for over 20 years.  After I got thru the first day I was so PROUD of myself for not picking up a cig.  I continued to smoke it...It was hard...I had cravings...but everyone was so interested in the fact I had this cig and I wasn't smoking. It and I got so much attention that I found the strength to keep up the good work.  I have not smoked a real cig in over a year.

Missy