The smoke has cleared...

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The smoke has cleared and victory is on the horizon; it's a battle of will and determination. I'm roughly three hours away from closing day one as a non-smoker. Yes, the human mind is a powerful organ that is capable of many remarkable and wonderful things.

I'm a student of vengence. No one and nothing screws me over and gets away with it. I never turn the other cheek. I never backdown and I never walk away. It is precisely this attitude that drives me in my determination to become a non-smoker.

I've a war to win and I damn well intend to win it! I don't imagine that anything will get in my way. Wink

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Congrats, and good luck!

Your life will be a lot better without it. I hope you win your war, and wish you a healthy life after this.

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Re: Congrats, and good luck!

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Your life will be a lot better without it. I hope you win your war, and wish you a healthy life after this.

Thank you very much! I'm absolutely certain that you're right!

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Keep it up...

I quit (for the last time) in April 2003. I did not totally quit, as I have had two cigarettes since then, but that was a special occasion.

You will still want to smoke, crave a smoke, neeeeeeeeed a smoke, but the best way to stay a non-smoker is simply don't smoke.

I can say this... right now is the easy part... wait for day #4...

... oh, and the third week is a doozy, too...

If you need any help/assistance/guidance from someone who has been there, just let me know.

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Re: Keep it up...

Reverend Darkness wrote:

I quit (for the last time) in April 2003. I did not totally quit, as I have had two cigarettes since then, but that was a special occasion.

You will still want to smoke, crave a smoke, neeeeeeeeed a smoke, but the best way to stay a non-smoker is simply don't smoke.

I can say this... right now is the easy part... wait for day #4...

... oh, and the third week is a doozy, too...

If you need any help/assistance/guidance from someone who has been there, just let me know.

Thank you. Actually, I have a fairly good technique for dealing with the nicotine cravings: I pretend I'm in jail.

It's actually a pretty good technique. I just pretend that the forces of evil have all conspired against me and want me to be interested in this really ugly girl. Loudly, I scream, "I'll die before I'll be interested in that heathen!" Angry and just so ever slightly out of their blazing minds, they conspire to deny me the one luxury I truly enjoy: the cigarette.

I'll have no part of it. I'm above their childish banter and cowardly heroics... No, I'll have no part of it and battle on till the bitter end. They shall not deny me a cigarette, I shall deny myself the cigarette. I shall stand firm in my conviction. I shall fight in the streets and back alleys, I shall take to the air and bring the war to the enemy. I will fight them on their own turf so that I will not have to fight them at home.

No, sir, I want gum! Juicy Fruit or Double Bubble, it makes no difference; I am not a smoker, I am a gum chewer!

Anyway, I'm not anticipating any major problems. After all, how smart could a cigarette possibly be? I think I can beat 'em!!! Smile

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Keep it up

Your doing fine, I like your style. I smoked ciggeretts from age 15 until age 54 and I finally managed to quit for good at 54. To bad I did not have good sense to quit sooner. So Keep it up you'll make it. BTW I liked Big Red chewing gum

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Big Red

I could never quite acquire a taste for Big Red... I'm positive I'd just just chew it up and spit it out...

There was a gum that I used to enjoy as a kid, but I can't recall the name of it. It came in packages of twelve or fifteen and were about aspirin sized. They were kind of a collage of colours and tasted really bitter at first. Anyway, they were my favourite.

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Beeman's Black Jack

Beeman's Black Jack... licorice flavored gum...

Worked for me, anyway...

"Got a stick of Beeman's? I'll pay ya back..."
Chuck Yeager (before every test flight)

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Re: Beeman's Black Jack

where do you find that stuff? I can't get it here in Omaha. A lot of the old candy disappeared from here.
When I was 6, I used to chew that stuff. And I, being a Licorice person, would like to find it again. Ever had double-salted Licorice?

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Re: Beeman's Black Jack

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Beeman's Black Jack... licorice flavored gum...

Worked for me, anyway...

"Got a stick of Beeman's? I'll pay ya back..."
Chuck Yeager (before every test flight)

Beeman's? Never even heard of it. You have to remember though that I live way up in the arctic (Sarnia, Ontario). I doubt that Beeman's Black Jack makes it up to these parts.

Maybe after I finish suing the local police department, I'll import some. Now that's some serious smokin'... Wink

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Beemans is more a punishement

Beemans is more a punishement than a treat.

Don't smoke or you'll have to chew more Beemans!

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Quitting is simple...

"To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know, I've done it a thousand times.
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Mark Twain

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"To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know, I've done it a thousand times.
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tony b.

So what you're saying is that reports of his death are most certainly accurate.

Anyway, I'm about halfway through my third day of being a non-smoker. As of aproximately 9:30pm edt, I will be entering my fourth day of smoke free life. Let's see if the fourth day proves as tough as the good Rev. says it might be.

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hang in there

you can do it Wink

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Re: Beeman's

Is it just me, or did Applefritter used to automatically detect that web addresses were hypertext? Seems that users must manually insert url tags before and after web addresses now.

Hmmm, maybe I'm confusing Applefritter with another forum and Applefritter has always required the use of url tags to make text a link.

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I am now 12 minutes into day four...

I am 12 minutes into day four of being a non-smoker. This is turning out to be fairly easy so far.

Hmmm, I'm guessing that there are many other things in my life that I could get rid of and not miss... Hmmm, where did I put that "to do" list? Wink

I wonder what it's gonna be like when that third week rolls around? Eek, bad choice of words, Roll... Cough! Cough! Smile

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Getting Closer, Almost there

Congrats!! , you're doing Great. By now you will have noticed how much Ciggaretts Smell, let that be a reminder that you do not want them. After I quit the smell bothered me so much that had to ask my friends who smoked to smoke outside my house. As time traveled on I got to where I could tolerate it for a little while but I have to be where I can get some fresh air. I do not allow any one smoking ciggretts in my house at all cause they really stink the place up.

To all the smokers on the forum I am not putting you down. I Smoked Ciggs from the time I was 16 or 17 until I was 54 and I'll be honest I like em especally Maroboros. I just could not take the high price and I got tired of being short winded and coughing and hacking all that crap up outa my lungs.

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Week Three

Week Three is when all that crap starts coming up out of your chest. Depending on how much you smoked, you could have up to a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

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Can hardly wait...

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I Smoked Ciggs from the time I was 16 or 17 until I was 54 and I'll be honest I like em especally Maroboros. I just could not take the high price and I got tired of being short winded and coughing and hacking all that crap up outa my lungs.

I started smoking at about the same age, 15 or 16, and I'm 33 years of age now. So that's slightly more than half of my life that has been consumed by nicotine addiction.

The price of cigarettes is a large factor in my decision to quit smoking; a package of cigarettes can cost anywhere from $4 to $9 per package in this neck of the woods. I really want to begin puting my money to better use.

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Week Three is when all that crap starts coming up out of your chest. Depending on how much you smoked, you could have up to a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I can hardly wait. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Sad

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I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

Yuck... Hamsters?... Ughhhh...

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Re: Week Three

Reverend Darkness wrote:

Week Three is when all that crap starts coming up out of your chest. Depending on how much you smoked, you could have up to a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

thanks for sharing...

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Re: Week Three

fynch wrote:
Reverend Darkness wrote:

Week Three is when all that crap starts coming up out of your chest. Depending on how much you smoked, you could have up to a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

thanks for sharing...

It's kind of disgusting, isn't it? However, just imagine how much better his lungs are working now and how much healthier he is for having quit smoking.

Once the lungs are liberated from the grasp of the evil tar and phlegm, they can begin doing a bang up job on absorbing that toxic oxygen from the polluted air that non-smokers refer to as fresh.

It's kind of funny, I did some research yesterday on the health benefits of quitting smoking. I was surprised to learn that none of the anti-smoking websites mentioned anything about the toxicity of oxygen. It seems that they pick on every little evil idiosyncracy of smoking cigarettes or using tobacco based products, but mention nothing about health hazards associated with seemingly benign activities like breathing in oxygen.

Oxygen, as you may know, is the key ingredient in the oxidization of metal. Oxygen is what causes metal to rust (iron oxide) and contributes to the breakdown of the human body over time.

Still, it's much better to breathe and absorb oxygen than it is to breathe nicotine, tar, and everything else your body gets from smoking.

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nitrogen is good too...

nitrogen is good too...

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Think about it: you can devot

Think about it: you can devote all that money freed up from cigarettes to feed your Macintosh habit Wink.

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Re: Think about it: you can devot

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Think about it: you can devote all that money freed up from cigarettes to feed your Macintosh habit Wink.

I wasn't going to post this until 9:30pm edt Friday September 2, 2005, but I'm just 20 short hours from having gone an entire week without a cigarette.

By the way, one of my other addictions was caffeine. Specifically, I've been a cola junkie for as long as I can remember. Anyway, I'm now on a cola diet and restrict myself to just one 355ml can of Coca-Cola or Diet Coke per day.

I was going to quit drinking cola entirely, but, dammit, I like the taste of a cold refreshing Coke or Pepsi!

And the money saved can go into my Macintosh and Atari 8-bit habits; I'm really wanting to get a CSS Black Box for my 800XL.

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My lungs...

Here's the thing... I have asthma... my lungs have always been wonky. Sometimes, all I have to do is cough and all of a sudden the airways become contricted, and the chest gets tight, and I can't breathe. I have a mild case, though, because a hit off of an inhaler usually does me good.

When I was smoking, an inhaler would last me a week... maybe two. Now, my inhalers last me 5-7 weeks, depending on the allergens and other associated things.

I was talking about it with my wife (after you started this thread) and it's actually hard to remember that I used to be a smoker. I remember smoking, sure... and sometimes I still want to have a cigarette. I just don't want to smoke it.

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One Week...

I have now officially passed the one-week milestone. I have been a non-smoker for seven glorious fun-filled days and nights.

Next update: The one-month milestone.

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Re: One Week...

managed resistance wrote:

I have now officially passed the one-week milestone. I have been a non-smoker for seven glorious fun-filled days and nights.
Next update: The one-month milestone.

Congratulations! Breaking an addiction isn't fun, and you're doing a great job.

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Re: One Week...

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managed resistance wrote:

I have now officially passed the one-week milestone. I have been a non-smoker for seven glorious fun-filled days and nights.
Next update: The one-month milestone.

Congratulations! Breaking an addiction isn't fun, and you're doing a great job.

Thank you, thank you, thank you... Managed Resistance bows and leaves the stage. Smile

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Re: Week Three

Reverend Darkness wrote:

a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

Huh huh huh. He said "lung-butter." Huh huh huh.
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Re: Week Three

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a pound of tar and contaminated lung-butter in there...

I smoked a pack a day for 10 years, and lemme tell ya... it wasn't pretty... I hacked up lung-puppies the size of hamsters...

Huh huh huh. He said "lung-butter." Huh huh huh.
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Do not despair, Jon. Do not feel left out, Jon. You too could have contaminated lung-butter to expell from your lungs if you take the first step and...

That's right, you'll need to train for several years by smoking at least one package of cigarettes per day. Once you've smoked at least 20 to 25 cigarettes per day, you can visit your family doctor and...

Once your doctor has certified that you have contracted lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or any of the other wonderful diseases that can be attributed to smoking, you'll want to begin an immediate non-smoking program. You should be aware that success in your smoking cessation program will require you to...

That's right, you gotta roll with the punches, take one for the gipper, and just say no to the evil and menacing tobacco when it comes knocking at your door. Just say, "No thanks, I'm currently a non-smoker."