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suck em if you got em

I just got rid of my cigarettes.

I know, I've done this at least ten times in the past year. Quit two weeks, go back. Quit 6 months, go back again.

All the other times I quit, it was for the simple reason that I knew I should.

Now, it's physical. I'm tired all the time, I cough all night, my throat is on fire and I just feel like crap 24/7. Obviously, it's the pack a day of tar and nicotine I'm sucking into my lungs.

So, the cigarettes are gone. I can't do this to myself anymore. I can't do it to my kids and my husband, who are the ones who will end up carrying around my spare oxygen tank or packing my motorized wheelchair into the car when I can't take two steps without wheezing anymore.

Of course, there's that whole oral fixation thing and Justin suggested that every time I get the urge to smoke at work, I should just have Bonnie flash me and umm...have my oral fixation. I won't even tell you what his suggestion is for when I'm home. You can probably guess.

I'll settle for sucking down a beer or Mike's Hard Lemonade when I get the urge.

Make your own joke there. I need to go find Bonnie.

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I will help in WHATEVER ways I can (be it home or away). While you are getting your fix I will try not to blow menthol smoke in your face from the pack that you threw on the desk as you declared your independence from nicotine.

I think you should institute the opposite for whenever you want a cigarette at home..I mean..if Justin did a little work whenever you craved a cigarette, it'd definitely take your mind of the cigarette, and put you in a MUCH better mood!

Kim and I quit four years ago on Halloween. Best thing I ever did, besides marrying her. I was a two-pack a day smoker for more years than I care to admit.

I've never felt better.

It's been 2 months now. I think it helped me to understand from past experience that I was going to be sick for a month. I insisted that everyone around me accept the fact that I was sick. Bloody miserable but certainly worth it.

i don't know if it's in your realm of possibility, but i had my tongue pierced when i quit smoking. not only does it appease the oral fixation, it hurts like shit to smoke for the first week or so. and then there's the other benefits... (which is also a good way to get the hubby to do work around the house)

Yeah, Mike's Hard Lemonade will certainly help the oral fixation... and the drink will too! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

I don't know...if you keep smoking and get lung cancer you could sue the tobacco company for 11 billion dollars........as Jon Stewart says "all that hard work will have finally paid off".

i hope you do it!
i know the feeling of the feel like shit 24/7 with a constant cough. i hate it and have thought about quitting for almost the exact same reasons you did. if that is not enough, the price of a pack of smokes is starting to bother me.

I managed to quit a two-packs-plus a day habit a few years back, and though I'm glad now that I did it, it was not easy. You have sympathy coming from my direction.

I'm still on the "I'm trying to quit" boat myself. But, although it sounds like a hoax, hypnosis does work for many people... Couldn't hurt to check it out as a way of helping things along.

Good luck. Please let me know of any tricks that work to help curb the cravings. This pack-and-a-half addiction is killing me, litterally and figurativly.

I heard Krispie Kremes will kill any smoking cravings you might have. Something in the oil, I think.

How did you know? I just had five of them.

michele - i quit 6 days ago. the phlegm is just LOVELY. but congrats... we must bond over our non smokingness soon.

BTW, did you know that October is Sarcasm Awareness Month? Reeeeeeeeally...

i've been meaning to quit again, but reading something like this really puts me in the mood for a smoke, i'm sorry. i'm going to go have one right now, in fact. but i'll quit as soon as this pack is empty. i really will.

I know you didn't ask for tips, but I live to give unsolicited advice. It must be in the blood, passed on from generations of Italian grandmothers.

The thing that really helped me when I quit was to change my thinking. I didn't think of myself as a smoker who was quitting. I thought of myself as a non-smoker. It sounds like a small thing, but it really made a big difference to me. Four years later, I still get the strong urge to go out and buy a pack of Camels now and then, but I don't because I'm a non-smoker, not an ex-smoker.

Well, the nearly $8 a pack price in the city helps, too.

again?! we'll see

my mom sucked on lifesavers to help her quit. she was successful. i don't know if this would actually help any other human besides my mom, but...

Kim, that attitude (considering myself a non smoker instead of a smoker who is quitting) is probably the true key to quitting - you can use the patch until you're covered with them, but the right mental approach is the most important thing.

it's working for me.

I'm at the same place, babypie.
I have been sick for a week simply because of smoking so much, so often.

And I keep thinking: this is the time to quit. But I can't deal without the physical nicotine intake.

so I've switched brands - Camel Lights to Marlboro Ultra Lights (which I'm not fond of, but they're so mild it's gross). I've decided to smoke no more than half of each cigarette, and when this pack runs out, well. They run out.

It's a tough habit to break. Quiting cold turkey I've found impossible, but making myself aware of when I tend to light up the most has helped.

Hiding them at the bottom of my bag when I'm in the car so I can't reach them, not having an ashtray on my pc desk (being lazy I can't be bothered to walk into the other room to get it when the urge hits), and making a conscious effort not to reach for one when the phone rings.

Good luck to you!

It's a tough habit to break. Quiting cold turkey I've found impossible, but making myself aware of when I tend to light up the most has helped.

Hiding them at the bottom of my bag when I'm in the car so I can't reach them, not having an ashtray on my pc desk (being lazy I can't be bothered to walk into the other room to get it when the urge hits), and making a conscious effort not to reach for one when the phone rings.

Good luck to you!