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  1. #1
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    Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    Since December 16th.

    I'm sure its in my long term benefit and that is the sole reason I gave up but its been easier than I thought and harder at the same time.

    I'm fighting eating more (I had a big appetite anyway!) and I'm getting stressed allot more...i'm losing my temper with people at the drop of a hat and finding it hard to concentrate.

    I won't go back and don't want to go back but the downside is I've had to give up drinking as well since once you've had a drink, a smoke is the perfect accompaniment.

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    Did you stop cold turkey or did you wean yourself first?

    Hmmm, when you quit a bad habit it is often by replacing one with another. Chewing gum instead of smoking. Or blocks of cheese, or whatever finger food works for you. It is easier to wean yourself from bad foods than smoking.

    If you lead a somewhat active life-style those extra calories are not a big problem, I'd think.
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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    I stopped 3 years ago and I'm still grumpy, so best of luck
    Plus side is breathing and overall fitness improves, though very gradually.
    I also gained 30 pounds the first year, though I didn't really eat more. (chewed heaps of sugarfree gum though)
    NoTargeT (a.k.a. Shilka)

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    congrats on being smoke free!!

    I quit smoking on november 20, 2011 and i was a 35 year smoker. i never thought i would ever be able to quit smoking but i have done it and i know i will never pick up another cigarette again in my life. i used Champix and it worked the way it's supposed to work for me. i used it for 1.5 months and decided not to go the other 1.5 months as i knew i didn't need it anymore.

    before i quit smoking, i had lost weight and was beginning to feel good about my weight but since i quit smoking, i have regained that same weight. i'm now trying to lose it again. i'm trying to stay away from sweets - something i didn't really care for a whole lot until i quit smoking. i eat a lot of sunflower seeds, chew gum, drink a lot of water and brushing my teeth helps as well. the cravings aren't strong anymore and are far and few in between now so easier to manage.

    the best reward is when you can say "i'm a non smoker". feels pretty good. never going to smoke again. if i can do it, anyone can!!
    Life is what you make of it. Make it happen.

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    Congrats yourself!

    I've always been fit but actually since giving up I've been to the gym less and less. In fact I've become much less motivated to be physical which is alarming given I've always been a person who'll go to the gym at least an hour a day and 5 days a week then do something like kayaking at the weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vautrin View Post
    Did you stop cold turkey or did you wean yourself first?
    Cold turkey!

    The problem I had is I've tried all the ways of distracting or the patches/nicotine gum etc and its always failed.

    So this time round, cold turkey!

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    the hardest part of quitting is making that decision to quit....i used champix and it worked the way it's supposed to work for me. i still have no desire to smoke - 8 months this month!!! i will never smoke again.

    now what i'm having a problem with is the weight gain that comes with quitting. i cannot lose this extra weight no matter what i do. i have heard from other smoke quitters that it does take a year before you start losing the extra pounds. so, looking forward to that in 4 months

    if i can quit smoking, anyone can quit, trust me. i'm the one that everybody thought would never quit.
    Life is what you make of it. Make it happen.

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    I have a friend who used to be a chain smoker. Every day he can consumed 4 to 5 packs of it (yeah kind of scary right, just imagine his lungs how bad it is). Believe me; itís not that kind of easy for him to quit. He tried all the suggestions that we advised on him, even considered going cold turkey, but no luck at all. And the worst is, because of his addiction and eager on cigarette, he learned to use weed to smoke which is truly worst on his addictions and unfortunately we canít control him on his bad habit.

    One day, while I surfing in the internet, I saw this site which they has a great rehabilitation treatment programs about addictions and their specialist has a substantiation of license on being an expert in all that kind of programs and I recommended it to him. At first, he rejects my suggestion but because he is my close friend, I force him to try those treatment programs on that the rehab center. Fortunately, I convinced him. Now, without a doubt of 2 weeks staying on that rehab center and experiencing those treatment programs, he will be back clean and free from drug addiction.

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    Re: Stopped smoking after 18 years.

    Hi Guys!

    Just to follow up my message, hereís the rehab center Iíve mentioned about, drug abuse rehab center hope it can help our friends here who struggling from substances abuse. Long term use of drugs can have major effects in your body. Drugs affect the way your body functions and damaged our mentality. It can also affect the behavioral and emotional developments, which can lead to long term consequences. Not to mention how ruined families can. Additionally, drug can make the high percentage of getting involved on vehicle accidents. Anyway, we are already aware on that kind of consequences but still my point is we should stay away from these unnecessary chemicals as you can, Folks. Have nice day Pals!

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