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    Quitting drugs

    and I'm on 'em...4 days now without a cigarette, never thought it would happen, being a "former" 2-3 pack a day smoker. Ahhh... thanks to modern medicine us 'will-powered deficient' folks may just have a chance. Feels great!!!

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    good luck ken,, doctor drugs or over the counter stuff
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    Doc...Thanks Larry

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    Ken, my tobacco consumption in high school per week was, a carton of cigs, a roll of skoal and two pouches of Beech Nut. I know this because this is what I bought each Saturday. I quit smoking except for the occasional cigar back in 77-78. Last cigar was before I got my dentures, the heck with my lungs, didn't want to stain those expensive new teeth!!!!! (that was about '98).
    Quit chewing the first time in '86. Started back chewing about '90, the second time was toughest for me. But quit it all, if anything because I am to cheap to spend the money those things cost now!!!!!
    Good for you, keep it up. I gained over 50 pounds once I quit it all. Guess better to be a fat live person than a skinnier corpse.
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    Jonathan, I could never 'chew'...swallow once or twice and that'll teach ya right quick, at least it did for me . I'm already fat so I'll have to watch out on that aspect. I'm 52 been smoking since I was 13 or 14, long enough!!! Oh yeah, had one encounter with Grandpa's 'snuff' back when I was a kid...one snort and I can still recall my reaction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    ... thanks to modern medicine us 'will-powered deficient' folks may just have a chance. ...
    Good luck, Ken!

    I was a smoker starting in high school and kept increasing the habit until I was up to 2.5-3 packs a day. As to "will power", I found a better thing: "won't power". As in: I won't eat everything in sight!

    When I quit smoking in 1974, I used several aids. I psyched myself up for a couple of weeks, then set the plan in motion. I allowed myself two packs the first day, 1.5 the next, 1 the next and half a pack the fourth day. Along with that, I held a pen or pencil in my hand most of the time, chewed gum, and sucked on Certs. It worked!
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    Thanks Bill, if chewing gum counts as exercise, I should have no problems with weight gain my jaws actually hurt, but it's a good hurt

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    I've been smoking since I was about 14 or 15. Continually about a pack or a little more a day. I've been psyching myself up for awhile now and I'm almost ready to quit. Fore me I think it's a stress thing. No real work, no money, and 2 adults and 2 kids moving in with us. I've always been a good earner and it's hard to take the backseat to my wifes teaching income.

    I quit for 3 years in the mid 1980's. I was in a golf league and one day after 2 or 3 beers in the bar a friend of mine lit a cigarette. It smelled so good I asked for one and 20 minutes later I was feeding quarters into the cigarette machine. Boy was my wife angry at me.

    Almost forgot. Since I have COPD the Doctor say's I'm going to die if I don't quit.

    I've lost about 80 pounds and couldn't handle a diet and quitting smoking at the same time. As soon as I lose 20 more pounds I'll quit. Once I make up my mind on something I always stick it out.

    I won't say good luck Ken. Luck has nothing to do with it. I know it's not easy but just do it
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    Ken, congrats. Hang in there, hope you succeed with the quitting part.
    I never was a smoker (puffed a few but never got hooked). But, at one point I became a tobacco chewer. Worse, I didn't spit, I swallowed. Yes, I knew it would eventually give me stomach cancer but I still did it.
    We had a 'surprise' late in life child, our daughter. I was age 48. About a year later I just decided I wanted to live to see her grow up.
    Cold turkey I spit out my mouthful and tossed all my pouches. Had withdrawal for about five years. It wasn't easy. I can't/won't criticize those who go back to smoking after quitting because I know it is a difficult addiction to break.
    The motivation is the key. You have to want to quit to be successful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Thanks Bill, if chewing gum counts as exercise, I should have no problems with weight gain my jaws actually hurt, but it's a good hurt
    I remember the sore jaw aspect, too! Forgot about the typical weight gain people talk about when quitting smoking. I was aware that could be an issue, so I really watched my diet - still ate the same things, but didn't overdo. Six weeks into the process my body was getting past the addiction and I had lost five pounds!

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