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Seriously, havn't had a full cigarette all day ... as soon as this ashtray full of butts is gone, all I've got is some gum. I've tried before, obviously not successfully. The longest I made it was six months.

This time I have high hopes, I need to quit to finish my quest to sword swallow ... I can finally get a strand of spagetti down my pharlynx. The acid the smoking triggers in the belly is no help for the SwSw'r, so I'm really determined this time. More determined then ever before.

Anyone have any tips or tricks? I know all the usual ones, here's one I'll share that I don't see in the lititure: pay-at-pump. The most likely place you will break down is when buying gas, all those cigarette boxes staring at you ... just pay at the pump with your CC and you won't have to look at them.

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Nicotine gum doesn't work for me, I can't keep it lit! (and the patch won't stick to my tongue) Seriouly, I hope you make it...
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LOL!

Slim, think about this ... it was with your help that I was able to get past the pharlynx. I believe in the notes you sent me, you mentioned that you had lost a few friends to SwSw'ing. Now, you may have just saved the life of one! Smile

Again, thank you Slim.
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That's it! If you have been that successful at giving up smoking, why not repeat it to encourage others?

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The problem in quitting smoking is that it is REALLY easy. The only thing easier is to start it again... unfortunately.

I have to admire my dad's willpower. When I was born, he'd been smoking for 15 years and just decided to quit. Nothing to aid him. Haven't had a smoke since.

I haven't been very succesful in quitting, but have been able to cut down considerably-now a pack lasts about 4 days. I never smoke at home, only when I am at work and my goal is to quit completely when summer vacation begins.
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About twenty months ago I suffered three pulmonary embolisms on the same day within two hours.

Needless to say I was 911'd to the ER where I was immediately transferred to Intensive Care.

I remained in Intensive Care for about a week and then was transferred to a regular room for a few days.

Now, what I want to say other than making a comment on how all of my attending physicians looked like they were too young to shave, is that You Can Quit!!

While I had a tremendous incentive to stop smoking, I believe that it is possible for anyone with a strong determination.

I smoked for thirty years. I no longer smoke and am glad that I quit.

I'm not preaching here, I just know that you can do it.

Need some support?

Just PM me and I will tell you what I know and what I personally went through.

Thanks,

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Applause, Vincent!!

I quit in early 2001, having smoked since the early 1970's. My motivation?? I was watching a video we had taken on Christmas morning in 2000. My young son was staring at all the presents that Santa had left him, and my wife, who was running the camcorder, was telling him not to open anything until I got out there. I could be heard in another room going through my customary early morning coughing fits. When I realized I was screwing up my only child's Christmas, I put the cigarettes down and never touched them again.

Everyone needs their own motivation.

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JoeJoe, you can do it, you just have to want to quit. It took a heart attack and triple bypass before I quit.

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Thanks for all the encouragement ... no butts left today, so it'll be the first day withot a cigarette. Already getting fidgity, some shaking and a lot of finger tapping.

But I am excited and more determined then ever, just the thought of sword swallowing keeps my spirits high. If anything will motivate me to quit, it is my audience.

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JoeJoe:

Go for it!!! Keep up the good work. I was a three pack a day man for about 10 years. I went cold turkey about 20 years ago. I don't even want one. The first 5 years are the hardest. After that, it doesn't worry you.

I decided to quit because I earn my living with my voice. I figure that a public speaker who smokes is about as smart as a concert pianist who bangs his fingers with a hammer right before he goes on stage.
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Hey JoeJoe,

I smoked from the 70s until 6 years ago. Over about a week's time I cut my smoking nearly in half each day... 2 packs, a pack, half a pack, 10, 5, a couple... then none. I was preparing to go for several days of long hikes in a very humid environment and knew that smoking less would make the event more pleasurable. It was for purely selfish intent and was a short term objective; didn't necessarily plan on quitting forever. However, once I had cut down to nothing I just grabbed that momentum and stuck with it.

I think one of the things that really helped was having a strong focus on my other project, the hiking trip. It was something I had really wanted to do for a long time and had been working up to it. The focus wasn't on quitting, so I didn't have that "don't smoke, don't smoke, don't smoke" ringing in my head. It was a positive motivation, to prepare for a positive event. I wasn't focused on NOT doing something... smoking.

When the urge comes over you take deep breaths, long slow breaths. That'll give you a little tingle and help you relax to get past the momentary desire. But mainly, focus on the things you're working to achieve. Focus on the sword swallowing. The quit-smoking project is not an end in itself. It is just one of many steps you're taking to prepare yourself for a greater thing. And it's okay to be selfish about it. Do it because YOU have other more important things going on, and smoking gets in the way of that. Then pursue your other goals with a vigor.

Good luck to ya!

Greg
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I have been a smoker for 13 years before I stopped 8 years ago. This is something I'm very proud of.

On the last day of smoking, I told myself that I will not smoke tomorrow. Had my last one just before midnight. For the following 2 years, I stopped playing mahjong, stopped fishing and stop going to pubs. These are the places I tend to smoke more.

Greg's advice on taking deep breaths, long slow breaths actually helps. Hope you persevere and succeed.
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Deep breaths ... right ... umm, do I do this before or after I choke the living crap outta someone??? Grrr ...


It seemed to get a little tougher at work today, but I'm hanging in there. Gum helps, but I'm trying not to get hooked on gum this time around - that's not quitting, just going from one addiction to another. I think the gum is actually worse on your health.

But I'm still hanging in there, gonna go stick something down my throat to remind me of why I am doing this. Thanks again for your encouragment.

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Oh yea ... get this - I actually felt like exercising today! I hope that part passes quickly, last thing I want to do is go get myself in good shape or anything like that.

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I forgot to mentioned that after I stop smoking, I put on 7 kgs. You'll need to exercise.
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A friend of mine told me that when he quit smoking, he did it by eating apples instead of smoking cigarettes. He added, "I'm down to two bushels a day now."
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On 2005-05-25 23:36, Bill Palmer wrote:
A friend of mine told me that when he quit smoking, he did it by eating apples instead of smoking cigarettes. He added, "I'm down to two bushels a day now."


Yeah, and tobacco makes crappy pie.

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Being a Virginia boy, I started smoking at about 13. Quit when I was 23 (about three packs a day), started again at 28 (when I got divorced), and quit finally (I hope) about 9 months ago. I feel great. Joejoe, if I can do it, so can you. I didn't even have to kill many people to do it.

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Some people are good at procrastinating and getting distracted.

Once upon a time someone put their pack of cigarettes down on the end table of the living room, and decided to practice procrastinating.

Whenever they got the urge or impulse to smoke, they would procrastinate, and get around to it later, then go do something else.

They must have improved their procrastinating skills over the last few years, as today they don't even know where that box of cigarettes is now.

They are sure if they wanted to smoke they could find them or get more, but they will get around to that later. They have other things to do.

Can you procrastinate? Will you let yourself procrastinate on smoking?
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Nice Jonathan, that's a strategy I can get behind.

Mark
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