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That's it. I quit.(14 posts)

That's it. I quit.Brian C.
Jan 9, 2002 12:23 PM
Another smoking lounge friend has died of cancer.
That's it: No more cigarettes and no more booze.

Maybe by posting it here I'll really do it this time.
whew, thought you meant cyclingDog
Jan 9, 2002 1:25 PM
Good for you. Smoking is slow suicide. Cycling is the opposite. Hang in there. If you don't do it for yourself, do if for everyone who cares about you. Taking care of people dying of lung cancer sucks (been there several times).

Dog
Me too..........Len J
Jan 9, 2002 1:26 PM
taking care of a lung cancer relative sucks.

Len
C'mon Doug, this is the NON-Cycling board (nm)TJeanloz
Jan 14, 2002 9:18 AM
Good for you....Len J
Jan 9, 2002 1:25 PM
shame it takes a death but if that gets your attention so be it. I guess it will at least give the death a positive outcome.

Good luck & keep riding. It seems like riding seriously & smoking are mutually exclusive.

Len
I give you a month tops (nm)Beelzebub
Jan 9, 2002 1:37 PM
Thanks for the challenge, seriously. (nm)Brian C.
Jan 9, 2002 1:58 PM
you're welcome (more inside)Beelzebub
Jan 9, 2002 2:23 PM
I have a few people I know at work who are heavy smokers who say they are quitting once or twice a month. I used to be supportive, but after the millionth time hearing it and then a day or two later hearing they were too stressed to quit now I gave up believing them. Good luck seriously and I hope you really mean it. It isn't easy. Cold turkey worked for me. Dont slip up even once or you will be smoking again.
Know what you meanBrian C.
Jan 9, 2002 2:49 PM
I've been like your co-workers for too long. As Mark Twain said: "Quitting smoking is easy - I've done it thousands of times."
This recent turn of events, in an odd way, makes me feel angry.
I must rise above it.
Thanks again.
If you are serious get help.MB1
Jan 9, 2002 3:46 PM
Neither is easy, both at once is almost impossible. Find a support group that you can meet with face to face (we are good but not that good).

It can be done and you can do it!
"Zyban" the purple pillAhimsa
Jan 9, 2002 4:22 PM
It's a brand name of Walbutrin which is a mild seratonin uptake inhibitor.I'm sure you've heard of it.

Anyway, if not:

You take it for three or so weeks and then continue to smoke. After the three weeks is up you have a good bit of it flowing in the system, so you finish that pack and resolve to not buy anymore. During this time, STAY AWAY FROM SMOKERS.

I took it for a few months and it worked for me for a year and a half w/o any cravings (though I was a real pain to be around for awhile).

THEN...I spent way too much time with heavy smokers where I could not escape it (playing in a punk band) and picked up a few here and there. Did this for awhile until it hit me that cigarettes suck. That was it. I was sick of the smell, sick of the bad breath, sick of the money wasted, sick of the guilt about my health, sick of the fact that the tobacco industry was screwing me in the arse. So no more. I credit the Zyban as the hammer that smashed the chain and allowed me to reapproach my habit fresh.

Tell you what...you never realize how much time you waste buying, bumming, smoking, stopping to pick up a pack. Truly a relief.

Oh yeah, of course my riding has improved considerably over the years.

Good luck.

Cheers!

A.
"Zyban" the purple pillMe Dot Org
Jan 10, 2002 9:41 AM
I used Zyban for a couple of weeks prior to quitting. Then I used the Nicoderm patch when I quit.

In the days before I quit, I really cut down the number of cigarettes I smoked per day. (I was I pack-a-day, about 20 cigarettes, and I cut down to less than 5 a day for about three days).

The reason for this was that I would acutally be getting MORE nicotine through the patch than I had been getting from smoking.

Keep mints or gum around all the time.

Don't stop taking zyban until a couple of weeks AFTER you stop using the patch. The loss of nicotine AND anti-depressent together can be tough.

Obviously you need to see your doctor about how appropriate Zyban is for you. For me, the combination of Zyban and the patch was CONSIDERABLY easier than quitting cold turkey.

Good Luck!
It comes down to a personal choice.STEELYeyed
Jan 10, 2002 8:15 PM
I smoked for 20 years,2 years smoke free,after quiting and starting and making all manner of excuses to smoke,I finally realized that I was smoking by my own choice,no one was to blame but me,you can blame it on a physical addiction but that can be over come in a short amount time,about 3 weeks,after that it is all phsycological. You can blame stress,the tobacco companies,your life circumstances,can't find the right quit product,ect., but it all comes down to free will buddy,the person putting that cigarette or that drink in your mouth is you........its your choice and only you can make it.
cartoonDog
Jan 11, 2002 6:51 AM