Quitting smoking.

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  1. Jonny Kansas

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    So, as of May 1st, there's no smoking ANYWHERE in public in Michigan. Not even smoke breaks at work or a cigarette at the bar.

    Today, I bought the Smoke Tip electronic cigarette starter pack. Http://www.smoketip.com

    I'm not suggesting you buy THIS brand. Do a Google search. There are several options. These just happen to be sold locally. Pick what's best for you.

    So far, I think this is the most viable way for me to quit. I'm using the new law as an excuse. I've only been using the system for a little while, but I'm enjoying it.

    For me, the actions of smoking are harder to give up than the smoke itself.

    It's a bit steep to get started, but VERY MUCH cheaper in the long run.

    Anyone else in the same boat or a similar one out there?

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    Started with the nicotine gum for 2 weeks for the intense cravings, then I stopped using the gum and went cold turkey after that.

    Still get the cravings every now and then even almost 5 months later :icon_eek:
     
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    I tried a piece of the gum today. Tasted like crap, burned a little, and have me more of a buzz/woozy feeling than smoking has in years.

    Like I said, it's the act that keeps me smoking. If I can get that from here and purchase refills with less nicotine over time, I feel like I'll be golden.

    I don't think te craving will ever go completely away, but this is definitely a cheaper and healthier alternative for me.

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    I smoked like a pack a day for a few years. I tried to quit like 58 times. Hah. Seriously I would say I am done, then go to a concert and smoke then smoke more the next day and so on. I am glad to say my girlfriend and I together have joined forces and finally quit. I don't even think about cigs anymore actually. Maybe sometimes well share one at a concert or something, but I usually think its gross after that.

    So yea, it's all about will power and what you got in your life... smoking was so great, but being healthy is better imo...
     
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    Yeah, I think the novelty will keep me on the electronic cigarette long enough to get off the real ones and the vapor is already feeling better than smoke. Not to mention no need to search for a lighter.

    I'm sure I'll have one once in a while down the line.

    My roommate/cousin is in the same situation, so we'll see how he does. Not sure if he'll try this route. He's like me, quit for a few days and gone back multiple times...

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    I have always wanted to try one of those just for kicks tho. Sounds crazy man. I mean I have a hookah and smoked shisha out of that quite a bit... and for a while I thought it was more 'healthy' than a cig... apparently not hahahah.

    I did learn that blowing smoke rings thru one another is a good past time...
     
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    I did the electronic cigarette but reverted to the real ones :(
    Started tasting like plastic to me.

    I'm all for public health, but where's the line to tell people what they can and can't do?
     
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    Same here. I'm trying to quit too and now I started to goto the gym. That helps kill my cravings but I still smoke. Keeping myself busy is helpful too. You end up being so much more productive when your not smoking. Cause you realize how much time on soo many levels you lose by smoking. So I'm feeling ya on that.

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    It actually kind reminds me of smoking from a hookah, as far as flavor and feel goes.

    I do agree with Martin though. Back in Ks, when they first did this, it was just places that you could get into if you were younger than 21 that you couldn't smoke in. that's more reasonable to me. Let me smoke in the bar! Haha

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    I smoked for 22 years. One Tuesday morning (never start anything on a Monday) I slapped the patch on, followed the directions for the program to the letter and never looked back. That was 8 years ago, never put on an ounce and even lost 160lbs and feel great. Various methods work for different people, whichever you try hopefully it is successful. The key is you actually want to quit. Stay positive!
     
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    I miss my old avatar as well. It was censored for not being politically neutral or correct.
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    First of all, congratulations to Johnny and anyone else who is trying to quit smoking. I've been there myself. I smoked over 20 years and can tell you for me it was quitting cold turkey that did it for me, finally for good in May 1996. I wish I'd have quit sooner because now that I'm almost 50 I'm feeling the effects of all that smoking did to me. I have gained a lot of weight over the years, so now I know what's the next step for me - losing at least 100 lbs. Lumpysherman.....you're an inspiration and congratulations on losing that much weight. Not trying to hijack the thread, so if you can briefly tell me what you did to lose weight could you PM me?

    Again, good luck to all and hope whatever method you use that it works!
     
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