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Celebrating 1 year Nicotine free!
lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-03-27 08:34 am   Permalink

On Thursday, I celebrated my one year anniversity of quitting Nicotine. It's been a long, hard road...but I feel GREAT! Several of you have communicated with me in PMs regarding your own successes....let's hear about them here!

One thing I would like to ask, is that we refrain from discussing the political aspect of smoking. Is there one? You bet! There are people who don't like anyone telling them what to do, or trying to influence others...as was pointed out last year when I made a similar thread....

So, if you LOVE smoking, in all it's myriad ways, and love exposing people to second hand smoking and think it is your right to do so...please abstain from also contaminating this thread. I am not judging you, ok? Do what you want. This thread is for those of us that have struggled with a serious addiction, and overcame it!

Smoking is such a serious addiction, even more so then Heroin. It's tought to quit!


 
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beadtiki
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Joined: Aug 24, 2007
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From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2010-03-27 09:20 am   Permalink

Good for you Lucas - I'm jealous. What made you quit and how did you go about it (cold turkey, patch, gum, etc.). Have you had those dreams where you are smoking, know you're not supposed to be, but say "oh well" and keep smoking anyhow? I had those the first time I tried to quit.

Currently I'm throwing off the chains of another addiction - pot (only 2 weeks though). I would continue but I can't find a job that doesn't test and I can't afford it anymore! I have noticed however that I'm not coughing NEARLY as much as I was - BONUS! I'm mostly finding it difficult to "fill in" those spaces that used to be filled with getting high - playing on the computer is SO less fun without a buzz!

Keep up the good work man!

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-03-27 09:57 am   Permalink

CONGRATS LUCAS!!!!!!

I remember your post from a year ago and had wondered how you were doing on that. Just didn't want to ask in case it didn't work out for you Take that $1800 (a pack a day for a year) and buy yourself a nice celebration present!


 
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talo ka
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Posted: 2010-03-27 10:04 am   Permalink

congrats dude. very good work.

 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-03-27 10:17 am   Permalink

That's Huge Lucas!!

Congratulations!


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2010-03-27 10:26 am   Permalink

Congrats on a year Man!! I just recently quit smoking (cigs)...I got a few weeks under my belt!! I keep thinking I am going to bum one and then I think about how good I am doing!!! Needless to say, patting myself on the back is what keeps me from picking those damn things up!! So far so GOOD!!!

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-03-27 10:38 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-27 09:20, beadtiki wrote:
Good for you Lucas - I'm jealous. What made you quit and how did you go about it (cold turkey, patch, gum, etc.). Have you had those dreams where you are smoking, know you're not supposed to be, but say "oh well" and keep smoking anyhow? I had those the first time I tried to quit.

Currently I'm throwing off the chains of another addiction - pot (only 2 weeks though). I would continue but I can't find a job that doesn't test and I can't afford it anymore! I have noticed however that I'm not coughing NEARLY as much as I was - BONUS! I'm mostly finding it difficult to "fill in" those spaces that used to be filled with getting high - playing on the computer is SO less fun without a buzz!

Keep up the good work man!

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[ This Message was edited by: beadtiki 2010-03-27 09:21 ]



Cold turkey is the absolute way to go! It's like ripping off a band aid quick as opposed to slow, and painfully. Does that make sense?

As for your other issue...I have found that Ambien works just as good for falling asleep! And yep, at first i had those dreams where I had "Blown it", but thank god I woke up and realized I was still good!

As for why I quit...the usual reason. I was not strong enough to do it for the right reason. My Dad died two years ago from lung cancer, and it was a painful, horrible death not worth the momentary pleasure people get from lighting up when you are out partying, or whatever. Just not worth it. I know that on his deathbed, he was deeply regretting ever having started. Too little, too late. I just don't want to go out that way. I also lost my gramps too emphasema, and my uncle too...all from smoking. All in the last 5 years, too. That's too many deaths all related to the same thing.

My family is all from Europe, both sides. So smoking was a part of thier life from an early age on.

I do want to "out" one of my friends, Spike Marble (Lucky Designs). He also has been smoke free for a long time now. Having friends helps. People like Tiki Bong gave me great advice and provided moral support. We all have to help each other, you know? That's why I am coming forward with this personal stuff. If even one person copies me and the rest of us that have quit this shitty habit...it's totally worth it!

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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-03-27 10:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-27 10:26, The Sperm Whale wrote:
Congrats on a year Man!! I just recently quit smoking (cigs)...I got a few weeks under my belt!! I keep thinking I am going to bum one and then I think about how good I am doing!!! Needless to say, patting myself on the back is what keeps me from picking those damn things up!! So far so GOOD!!!



Keep it up and contact me if you need moral support! Keep on reminding yourself that you are doing a GREAT THING! Every time you regret, or crave, or get jealous of others lighting up...remind yourself was a good thing you are doing! Believe me, a year from now you will be a very happy man, Spermy!


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2010-03-27 11:18 am   Permalink

First, Congrats! A year! And it gets nothing but easier from here on out.

Then, As a reformed smoker, and reformed quitter I can offer this little graph to those currently off of cigarettes but wondering if I could have 'just one' and be Ok...



Having quit and started and quit again a whole bunch of times I can vouch for the validity of this graph.


 
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beadtiki
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From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2010-03-27 12:38 pm   Permalink

Wow Lucas - good incentive but bad how it came about. I TOTALLY understand the "rip the bandaid fast" comment - both my folks quit (before I was born) and they said the same thing - just quit...don't mess with those patches and, recently, holy SHIT - I would NEVER do that chantix crap! Too many people experiencing too many bad and weird side effects. Defeats the purpose of quitting smoking if you're going to commit suicide from the supposed "cure!" I only wish that when I DO try to quit that my husband will also - he's one of those with an "addictive personality" so quitting ANYthing is like pulling teeth (something he's already short of! LOL). Thanks for sharing and here's to the rest of your life as a smoke-free dude!

Oh, and EXCELLENT graph C&A!
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-03-27 2:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-27 12:38, beadtiki wrote:
I only wish that when I DO try to quit that my husband will also -



Sometimes you need to lead by example!

This is a tough one, though. If you try to quit, you will have constant temptation around you. Lucky for me, no one in our house currently smokes.

I would strongly advise going somewhere for about a month. Take a solo vacation, maybe even a cruise or something. A long one. After a month, you are way over the hump...it's easy to put up with people doing it around you.

I was playing gigs with various bands I am in, in bars, clubs, lot's of places where people were smoking around me....I just made sure I did not do it! All that happened during the time I first quit. It's something can be done!


 
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Mrs Bamboo
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From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2010-03-27 6:06 pm   Permalink


Yes, it can be done. Ben and I are 4 days shy of 5 months!

I'm glad you posted this, Lucas!! One full year!!! That's fantastic! Please don't delete this thread if people make stupid comments. Your first thread, a year ago, was a huge influence for me....I was bummed when it was shut down. Maybe this thread will help someone who is thinking of quitting?

Believe me, and most people who know Ben and me, if we can quit....ANYONE can quit.

Keep going Spermy!!!!!!!!!


 
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Haole Jim
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Joined: Jul 17, 2009
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From: central coast metro Chicago
Posted: 2010-03-27 11:18 pm   Permalink

Good on you.

Nicotine is such a deadly poison, a tablespoon could kill a hundred people.



 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-03-28 08:14 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-27 18:06, Mrs Bamboo wrote:

Yes, it can be done. Ben and I are 4 days shy of 5 months!

I'm glad you posted this, Lucas!! One full year!!! That's fantastic! Please don't delete this thread if people make stupid comments. Your first thread, a year ago, was a huge influence for me....I was bummed when it was shut down. Maybe this thread will help someone who is thinking of quitting?

Believe me, and most people who know Ben and me, if we can quit....ANYONE can quit.

Keep going Spermy!!!!!!!!!



You guys are amazing, and I am deeply impressed by your commitment! 5 months! That's really something!

How do you feel? Doing ok? Cravings still come and go, but they are not as bad, right?


 
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Kiki von Tiki
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Posted: 2010-03-29 4:46 pm   Permalink

Dude! Awesome sauce, one year... fabulous. I started around November (don't ask) and just recently stopped again. Nothing like bronchitus and an acute asthma attack to make you realize that you just shouldn't be smoking! Bleh. So no mas for me.
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