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Thread: One Week

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    One Week

    One week. That's how long it's been since I've had a cigarette. After smoking between one and two packs a day for the past 40 years, this is the second longest I've ever gone without one. (I didn't have a smoke for two weeks when I was in the hospital with a broken back.) I haven't quit cold turkey, though. I switched to an e-cig, so I'm still getting my dose of nicotine, just without the tar and carbon monoxide and other bad stuff in smoke. Now it's just water vapor and nicotine, with a bit of flavoring. They taste better than cigarettes (peach, vanilla, and raspberry are my favorite flavors so far), and still satiate the jonesing for nicotine. Much less expensive, too. Also doesn't upset my stomach like the nicotine gum does. Still probably not 100% healthy, but I'm not coughing up gunk in the morning anymore, and my car no longer smells like an ashtray.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Attaboy Vaughn! I've heard a lot of good things about those, and if they can help get rid of the bad stuff, then I say go with them!
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    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Congrats Vaughn, quiting is the best thing you can ever do for yourself. Keep it day at a CAN do it!
    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Man that's great,I'm still smoking after 40 years, i know i should try something like that, but boy i've given up all my other bad habbits. Well not if you call BC's, and coke bad habbits. My youngest son did that e cig thing, and he's not smoked in over 2 months now. I just hope he don't start again.
    Last edited by Stephen Bellinger; 05-20-2013 at 11:45 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Keep it up Vaughn, it CAN be done, January 6, 1990 for me, so if I could, I know YOU can just think on how much money you can spend in your shop with the money saved

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    So that explains the avatar! You can do it. I quit after 35+ years. For some reason I just decided I didn't want to smoke anymore, the time was right and I quit. I have, when I'm RV'n occasionally smoked a pipe or cigar, but it doesn't hook me. My wife still smokes and it has actually helped me stay away from smoking.

    You can do it. It is hard for most but worth it in the long run.
    "We the People ......"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Now I understand your current avatar. Keep it up. I can only imagine how difficult it must be.

    Ha, great minds must think alike Paul.
    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - John Ruskin
    “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Oscar Wilde

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Congrats & keep it going, I've been smoke free since March 4th of this year, and although I've attempted before, this time I'm feeling more committed/confident, does feel good to let go!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Good for you Vaughn !!!!!!!!!

    I've been really thinking about it myself. 50 years of a pack of Marlboros a day and I wonder why I have copd
    I quit for 3 years about 12 years ago. I was playing golf with s bunch of old friends after a couple of beers someone lit up a smoke and I headed for the cigarette machine

    I've seen the ecigs at the local Walgreens. I'll give them a try.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    My wife and I were at a bar recently with some friends and friends of friends. One of them was using one of the ecigs. She had been using them for about a year. Said she could use them even at her desk at work (in a government office) and no one knew, nor was it considered smoking. Also was told by her Dr. that it put her in the non-smoker category. Need to suggest them to the FIL. He gave up smoking after his by-pass surgery, but he was lighting up the last time we went to the bar again.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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