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Oh my, this is finally a real attempt to get from under this habit. :sick: :tired: :cry:

Am not doin' it cold turkey, it's never worked before, so I'm using nicotine vapors which I like better than patches, gum and lozenges.

The relief from the smoke and tar is a blessing, no more irritation and my sense of smell is coming back! No dirty ashtrays, no risk of fire ... all good things!

Plus I'm using the 5-Minute Rule where if I want a smoke, I wait 5 minutes ... which turns into 15 or 20, so I'm getting less nicotine too.

Believe it or not, I'm actually calmer. The whole smoking thing was a large annoyance and has been for awhile!

This outa be interesting :bigsmile:

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It's the easiest

thing to give up the habit of smoking.
I have done it hundreds of times

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what are nicotine vapors?

what are nicotine vapors? Never heard of that.

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"Vapping"

Well, liquid nicotine goes in a small cartridge that looks like a cigarette. When you take a drag, a tiny battery-run heater makes the liquid into mist or vapors. Also called E-Cigarettes (for electronic).

So that's all you get, no tar, no smoke, no chemicals I can't pronounce.

Thanks Colin for sharing! ;) I won't be disappointed if things go a-wry then.

Now that I'm used to the change, I have to resist picking it up at trigger times, like after meals, in the car, impatiently waiting for something and need to fiddle with something ... **grrrrr**

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Gobble gobble

I had to quit cold turkey. Not easy, but it has been over 30 years.

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Cold Turkey

I'm glad it worked for you Bill, it seems to have stuck too!

"Having to" will always get my back up, even if it's for a good reason (so stubborn).

I may not have 30 years left, but I hope to make the best of what I've got!! :)

Oh those habits of a lifetime ...

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I tried the vaping also!

Both the hubby and I tried it...spent hundreds on all the batteries, juice, etc...worked awesome at first, then within about a month I got to where I couldn't handle it anymore..it really hurt my throat...a couple of weeks later, the same happened to the hubby...waaahhhhh Now we're both back at it :(

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Maybe it was the brand?

I don't know how long ago that was for you, but there have been new & better designs lately.

I use the Firelight brand and not only does it have a design so as not to waste liquid, but the atomizer turns off at a certain point so I can't draw a huge amount and get a sore throat. I only spent $85 for a kit.

If I recall rightly, you have other health concerns so I can see why you'd want to quit ... are you going to try again?

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We just tried them a couple

We just tried them a couple of months ago...we got the ones with the atomizers also that would shut off, and also the ones where you had to push the buttons....yep, I've got lots of health issues, but hey, I'm still me :) Nothing can keep this old bat down! Not even the dementia that has really been hitting hard..can't drive or work anymore because of it!

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I Wish You ...

... Well!

Take Care Mouse!!

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Thanks Mink! Yeah, now

Thanks Mink! :) Yeah, now we've got TONS of all kinds of different flavored juice, batteries, chargers, atomizers, and cartridges all sitting in a box unable to use :( Hundreds spent on them all! We got the Vapor King and Vapor Pro ones.

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Bummer

Do you have a CraigsList .com or some flea market in your area so you can sell it all?

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Good Luck Redmink!

You CAN do it. it's been almost 20 yrs but the damage was done. I can never get a full breath and when I pass a lit cigarette the smoke is enticing. I stinks up and i hate when others' smoke gets on me.

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Thanx Dijean

It's been a month and I haven't even felt like having a cig yet. And you're right, the smell seems just awful now ... the next day when I opened mt clothes closet was absolutely overwhelming, YUCCH.

I'm sorry to hear that even now breathing is still difficult for you! Wow. I am grateful that I seem to have escaped any health problems (keeping my fingers crossed).

I appreciate your encouragement!!

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How funny..

I just heard a commercial for that Nicotine Vapor machine. Never heard of it till yesterday...LOL

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Hang tight and hope you

Hang tight and hope you succeed! If you fall off the wagon, get back on immediately! I quit over 25 yrs ago...I just cut a cig out every couple of weeks until I got down to 2 a day. One in the morning with coffee and one on the way home from work. I did that for a couple of weeks and then said to @#@# with it and quit. I detest the smell of smoke on peoples clothes now and feel bad that I used to stink just like them. Oh well, matters not now, I'm a reformed smoker and proud of it!

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Thanks for The Encouragement

I don't automatically reach for nicotine after a meal and I can almost drive without any nicotine now, so I'm getting my mind off it.

The rule to "wait 5 minutes" to have nico. has been a real help.

My closet finally aired out ... I had no idea I smelled like that every day.

It sure looked fashionable in all those 50's movies, especially Bette Davis!

And my cats like the kisses on the tops of their heads better now too, no more dirty looks.

:)

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I kid you not

I have a friend that likes to smoke in her car when she is driving. Every time she reaches for her ciggy's her dog starts coughing even before she has lit up. I have seen it, she swears at the dog but it still coughs like mad.
Sussex.

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Smart Dog

Does the dog grab the pack at home and hide them? My ferrets did.

Good story!!!!

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Good luck! I quit cold

Good luck!

I quit cold turkey about 12 years ago myself, I can't get into all those gimicks. There is nothing better than being able to breath any time you want, even just after waking up!

YB
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When I quit..

I finally went to my truck after 3 days and almost gagged on the stale ashtray smell, had to put liquid air freshener in it so I could stand it. It's been 21 years free for me.

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I believe it

I've been airing mine out, but it's gonna take upholstery wash and a gallon of Febreze Auto spray!!

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Thanks All

It's good to hear your stories to help me get a grip!

And so far today, it's one more good day. :)

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Yeah, another day behind you,

Yeah, another day behind you, it only gets easier, really.

Keep going...we're rooting for you!

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So Sweet

Thanx much!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not only is the $$ savings quite nice, multiply 5 minutes a cig times 20 or 40 ... nice chunk of time there too, something like 2 to 3 hours a day.

And no more turning around and going back home because I think I left a cig burning! Once I nearly had a coniption. As I turned around, got near home on snowy and slow-going roads, there was a plume of dark smoke in the sky ... needless to say I was in tears a half mile away and couldn't go any faster.

I was lucky, just a brush fire. *phew*

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Just checking.... You hanging

Just checking....

You hanging in there, or do you need a pep talk?

Rah RAh, go!

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I'm A-Hangin' !!!

In fact I got more help from the strangest place!!

Was playing an online hidden object game, and there were cigarettes and ashtrays in every scene.

Well, when you clicked on one, a little sign popped up and said "Smoking Kills"!

"It Is To Laugh" ~~ B. Bunny

Thanx for the Up-Check :)

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Best of luck to ya!

I haven't had a cigarette in 5 weeks now. Still smokin' me ol' pipe, tho- the lesser of two evils, I suppose.

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You can do it!

The 26th anniversary of my last smoke is coming up on the 31st of July. I always say that if I could stop smoking anyone can, but I'm not bragging when I say it. What I mean is that I was smoking over two packs a day when I stopped -- when I started opening a third pack in the late afternoons I knew it was time to quit. For me, I had to go "cold turkey" as "cutting down" had never worked. My then-husband was still smoking and oddly enough that did not work against me -- I probably was getting some second hand smoke at home that satisfied me. Eventually he quit too. Just hang in there -- you will be so glad that you did.

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Kwiten

Never did smoke. Saw them there atomizers and they looked cool, said to myself, myself you could smoke those and not hurt anything. Well, tried em a while and hey, made me want the real thing. Now a 2 pack a day smoker!!

Just a kidding all! Good luck with quitting. I quit for 2 years once and got started again. Am down to about 8 cigs a day now. I'll get there again eventually.

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RE: 8 a Day

8's not bad at all after 2 packs a day!

Hang in there as nothing is so bad that having a cigarette will cure.
:)

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Redmink, Sheep and Mr.

Redmink, Sheep and Mr. Jackson. You guys keep on keepin on!

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Quit smoking

Since you all are on the Almanac site, I assume you believe in the signs. On the day recommended, I went to a local chiropractor and had Auriculotherapy done on my ears. AMAZING! No cravings, no drugs, no eating, withdrawal, sickness or krabbiness!

The treatment tricks the nerves in your body into thinking you have never smoked a cigarette. The only time I wanted a cigarette was when I'd see someone light one up on tv, and it only lasted long enough to THINK "cigarette"!

You may want to light one when you walk out of the office, but don't. Give the treatment 24 hours and you'll be amazed.

I can be around smokers and it doesn't even phase me. It just stinks now. I have no desire to smoke and I had been a smoker for 35 years. Menthol to boot!

Look it up on the net. Ask your local chiropractors. Mine charged $75.00 for the initial visit, but only $25. if I ever want a booster.
Hope that helps!
Krabby Hermit

YB
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Not everyone believes in the "signs"

Personally I think it is all superstition.
I was able to quit because I really wanted to quit. I believe that is a major reason I was able to in a short period of time... 3 days actually....

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I agree with YB

I'm not a believer in "signs" either. I think your treatment may have been the placebo affect. You thought it would work so it did. That's good. My BIL used a hypnotist to quit. That worked for him. Smoking is a mental habit as much as a physical addiction. Look at this news article: http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/03/change-your-thinking-to-kick-that-cigarette-habit/?hpt=C2

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Whatever Works

:)

Different people need different methods and it's good to see what others have found.

One never knows!

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Please keep it up!

My brother michael had to quit the hard way the 3rd week of july he hada heartattack. He's doing good, had 2 stents put in. he quit cold turkey. Please stay smoke free!

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Dijean

I send blessings for your brother and family (you too), hope he will remember and not go back.

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As a nurse, I've seen first

As a nurse, I've seen first hand the damage smoke does to a person, but it didn't keep me from smoking for 10 yrs. But I quit and that's whats important.

Redmink, you and the guys stay strong! I just know you're going to stay smoke free!!

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Us Humans ...

... are not to be deterred in our pursuit of happiness! LOL

Thanks Lantanalane, am doin' well. Funny thing I noticed is that now that I don't have my old response to stress, I don't have as many stressed-out reactions.

Still enjoying a cleaner house and my sense of smell.

:)

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Yaaaaaaaaa!

Yaaaaaaaaa!

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