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I haven't smoked in 3 days, and so far I feel pretty good
#1

I'm 36 and I've smoked for 20 years, usually just over a pack per day. A dozen years ago, I went to one of those group hypnosis at the Holiday Inn sort of things. I think I lasted 2 days. I haven't made a serious attempt since then. I am buying cigarette online http://www.cigarettespub.net/ $29 per carton of Marlboro Red, it�s worth it. I just liked smoking too much.

Now I've been without a cigarette for 2 days, and I'm feeling fine, and I'm very surprised--surprised that I even decided to quit (it was almost accidental--read on), and surprised that it's more painless than I thought it would be. I know I'm not "out of the woods" yet, but the 2-day success seems to add incentive not to pick one up again.

I got a call from my sister last weekend. She's a very healthy person, runner, yoga instructor, and so on. She has a masters in a nutrition-related degree, and she's an ex-smoker. So periodically she'd urge me to quit. So she called the other night during the intermission at a Dave Brubeck concert (can you believe he's still going at 85?). She knows I like Brubeck and that I like to (try to) play some of his tunes. So she called me and talked about the music. Then she said that the reason she called me had more to do with smoking...some sort of thought she had while watching the concert about me not being around to enjoy music such as this. It was vague, it was late (3 hours later where I am), and I still don't completely understand what sort of thought or epiphany she had. We hung up the phone after I thanked her for thinking about me.

I didn't think a great deal about this the next couple of days, but I did consider it some. Meantime, I have been taking Wellbutrin in hopes of just cutting down, smoking less than a pack per day. Wednesday morning, I woke up and I had 2 or 3 cigarettes just to get that level of nicotine going for me. Those were the last cigarettes I smoked. On my way to work, I just kind of opted not to have a smoke. I sometimes play little games with myself to withhold cigarettes, again, in an attempt to smoke less, not necessarily to quit. So on Wednesday, I told myself I'd only have one cigarette before lunch and one after lunch, then go back to normal levels of smoking like a chimney after 5PM. I got busy at work, didn't end up smoking. I think I had lunch at my desk that day. At some point in the afternoon, I got up to go outside and smoke. I stopped by the restroom. After exiting the restroom, I thought, you know, I don't really want a cigarette that badly, so I'll skip it. One thing led to another and the work day ended. Then I went with my family to the in-laws for dinner. By the end of dinner, I had decided to try to go the whole day without smoking. That was really the first conscious time I thought that this would become a quit attempt. I guess lots of things were churning in my mind: the concern my sister showed, even if I didn't totally understand it, thoughts of my kids and how very, very stupid it would be to die from smoking.
I can't yet tell that food tastes better, although I'm looking forward to that. Oh, and speaking of food, before I started this quit attempt, I decided I needed to lose some weight. I've been eating a salad at lunch every day and a very small dinner at night. I'm still doing that, so not only do I hope to not gain weight when quitting smoking, I'm actually hoping to lose weight. So far, that's going just fine also.

There is one almost immediate benefit: I don't smell like smoke. Sure, I know all of my clothes will need to be washed because of residual smoke, but otherwise, I don't smell like cigarettes. I don't have to compulsively wash my hands at work all the time because I don't want to smell like smoke. I don't feel the need to back away from people I talk to in close quarters. I've been in a habit of doing this because I know that a smoker's breath can be very offensive. So I still have an Altoid habit, but for a different reason now. It's a cigarette replacement instead of attempted cigarette concealment. So I'd say that the immediate effect is an improvement in social situations.

#2

Good luck!

#3

You can quit smoking. It takes awful lot of dedication and I am pretty sure you will get there.

#4

The real test is 2 months from now when you think that you've beaten it and can just have that 1 cigarette for whatever excuse.  And then you'll find that you've smoked 4 and what the hell, I'm going out with the boys so I'll buy a pack for old times sake and Oh shit! I'm a smoker again.

#5

I must have quit smoking 20 times in 20 years, but never got beyond the first month. The problem was always the same: sober I'm fine, but as soon as I start drinking I get the craving badly. In January of this year, out of desperation, I bought an e-cigarette - and haven't had a cigarette since.

I hope for your sake you manage to make it stick, but if you don't I would recommend trying them out.

#6

My wife and I are just a year or two older than the OP, going through a similar situation.  It is true that it is far easier to not smoke when not drinking.  We've been having some luck for a few weeks now with those electronic cigarettes.  Yes, you feel like a complete douchebag blowing your water vapor nonsense everywhere, but I haven't had a cigarette in about 3 weeks, so that's good.  After smoking 20+ years (with brief, months-long quitting sessions each time both of my kids were born, then failing miserably and bumming off friends until officially admitting I smoke again).  But now my 5-yr old daughter is admonishing me whenever I step outside, so it is long past time.

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 I had a shitty e-cig thing at the time, but I managed to switch up that night, and invested some bucks and got a good one a week or so later. 3 days became 3 weeks, 3 weeks to  3 months, and then one day I woke up and  a "heavyness" was gone in my chest. I could breathe easier.

I think this is a really important point. When I got my first e-cig it was basically the cheapest one I could find, and it was horrible. Sometimes it would work, but other times it wouldn't vapourise at all, and you'd end up with nicotine liquid in your mouth.

The one I have now never does that, the batteries last a good week, and it's just an all-round pleasant experience.

Also, for the OP, if you're gonna try an e-cig know that you're bound to have problems finding a liquid you like. I hate the sweetness of most liquids. All I want is something that reminds me of the roll ups I used to smoke - and they are out there. But please don't be put off if the first liquid you buy tastes sickly sweet, and go back to smoking.

#8

Good for you. I've seen what cancer does to people and I don't want anyone to have to go though it.

I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is that I have lost my way. The good news is that I'm way ahead of schedule.
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Also, for the OP, if you're gonna try an e-cig know that you're bound to have problems finding a liquid you like. I hate the sweetness of most liquids. All I want is something that reminds me of the roll ups I used to smoke - and they are out there. But please don't be put off if the first liquid you buy tastes sickly sweet, and go back to smoking.

My roomate went the e-cig route, and he loves it. It's become a mini-hobby for him, ordering the stuff online, learning how to mix his own flavors, etc.. I haven't smoked myself for about 15 years, but when he puts his homemade coffee-mocha liquid in his unit, it smells so great I'm tempted to try it. In fact, he said he could mix up a batch with no nicotine for me to try.



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