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In 7 more hours I'll have gone a week without a smoke. I finally did it at 5:30PM EST Wednesday November 12, 2008 I quit smoking. I'd love to say I did it on my own and just quit cold turkey, but I didn't quite do it myself. Had the help of Chantix. I tried that a year ago, and it almost worked, but I wasn't nearly as motivated to quit last year and when the three month prescription ran out, stress increased and although I was down to only 4 or 5 cigarettes a day, rapidly went back to about a pack a day.

Two weeks ago I decided to try again, except this time I was determined. I did it like the prescription calls for. First week take the meds on schedule and smoke whatever I wanted. By the end of the first week I had already reduced to half pack a day. Second week I just stopped and let the Chantix do it's thing.

Although it's a bit controversial because of it's known side effects, it really does work and does what it claims to. I no longer have the cravings I did last week. I feel like I could stop taking the drug now and be fine, but I'll finish out the one month prescription just to make sure I don't go back.

I only experienced slight side effects. A slight nausea for maybe 5 to 10 minutes if I took the pill on an empty stomach (if I had eaten, no problem). And it has given me some very bizarre dreams. No nightmares. Just strange dreams I normally wouldn't think of. For example, last night I was promoted to Lieutenant in the navy. *lol I'm almost 50 and never been in the military.

Anyway, if you're seriously considering quitting, talk to your doctor about Chantix. It's only available by prescription anyway.
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Schweetness! you made it over the three day hump and then some. I would think that the "vivid and unusual dreams" side effect would totally make it worth taking the medicine.
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Schweetness! you made it over the three day hump and then some. I would think that the "vivid and unusual dreams" side effect would totally make it worth taking the medicine.


If they are like mine, yes. And makes for fun conversations with friends. But one of the known side effects is actual nightmares.
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Remind me to send you some cigars; it works wonders for getting your mind off of cigarettes. :)
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Actually I have a couple I meant to smoke before I quit.
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GREAT STUFF!
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I know how it is stopping ... Just one thing I am warning you against now, now that you have stopped don't even think you're just going to take a casual drag from someone you know ... that almost screwed it up for one of my friends, he took a drag here and there after about a month after quitting and he started smoking again ... at least he stopped again and learnt his lesson ... I learnt his aswell ... and as this page shows, cigarettes are really addictive.
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Congrats on the quitting of smoking.
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I had to buy a pack of smokes for someone this morning and a guy at the counter said "Those things will kill you". so I told him, "I know that's why I quit 3 years ago, these aren't for me.".
He got this strange look on his face then told his lady friend behind the counter he was going out front to smoke a cigerette. lol


Just wait until you get to the strange dreams you'll have when your body no longer has to expend all of that energy healing itself as much every nite. I constantly find myself wanting to go back to bed just so I can see how these dreams are going to end. People don't say hello to me anymore, they say "Have any strange dreams lately ?" lol
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I was just digging through old PMs and came across this that I'd said about a dream I had a few months ago.

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I had a strange dream this morning.

Long story short, the moral of the dream was if you get with one of the Olsen twins the other one will try to trick you.
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Logan Echols from Veronica Mars The Series wrote:
And I’d like to be the cream filling of an Olsen Twins sandwich
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Wow there is very nice matter. And full of confidence for quit smoking i will appreciate that.
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Hi Mark, Congratulations.
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Congratulations mate. Can tell you it's not an easy thing to do. I've given up now for 2.5 months and now I'm starting to not even think about cigarettes.

The first two weeks are definitely the toughest but it does get easier after that.

Not heard of Chantix. What is it and how does it work? I've used Nicorette gum to help me quit and it's worked really well. I'm a bit worried I'm now addicted to the gum but I guess at least I'm not taking in any of the other chemicals in cigarettes.
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I guess the easiest way to describe Chantix is that it's a pill/drug that causes some kind of chemical reaction in the brain that actually blocks the urge for the nicotine, unlike Nicorette and other gums and patches that are still providing the nicotine. Right now after only a couple days past a week, I don't really have any urges with the exception of the couple really habitual times like when I first get into my car or after a meal. Normally first thing when I'd wake up would have to have one and would also wake up at least once during the night and have to have one. Now I sleep completely through the night, and never even thought about a cig when I woke up this morning.
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In my hometown on January first, all restaurants/bars/other places are going entirely non-smoking because of a new city ordinance that forces them to. As former smokers, what is your opinion on that, for it or against it?
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I think places should be able to apply for a license just like a liquor license that allows them to have people smoking inside.

I think people should be able to smoke if they want, provided the establishment owner approves.

I just think it's funny that even though I'm about 30 pounds overweight at 6'2" 230lbs, I can still outrun a skinny smoker in the long run. I don't want smokers to disapear completely. lol
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We did the non smoking ban in September. It contributed to one of my reasons for quitting.But I agree with Joe on the licensing thing. Not to mention, they could just enclose an area and make that the smoking area. Whole thing is government shooting itself in it's foot. They legislate no smoking, yet they make tons of money on cigarette tax. Gotta love politics.
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How much of that tax is used to clean up cigerette butts on the street you think ? :)
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haha makes me think of an episode in "Little Brittain" where smoking was banned everywhere except for a little room somewhere in the country.
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Speaking of the devil, there was just another tax hike on smokes recently wasn't there ?

How is everyone doing with quitting smoking ?

I'm still not smoking after, uhh, a few years now. :D
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Quitting smoking is actually a mind's game.
Get yourself occupied with other stuff and eventually you'll realize you don't want to smoke anymore.
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joebert wrote:
Speaking of the devil, there was just another tax hike on smokes recently wasn't there ?


Yes there was. I forgot to bring a pack with me to work and bought a pack at Union Station in DC. I paid $8.45 for one pack of Marlboro's. They are $4.70 where I live and were $3.30 before the tax hike.
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I had quit and was doing great for 4 months. Got a little stressed and started back a few weeks ago. I do intend to stop again before summer gets here. Just too much money and I hate the way I feel
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joebert wrote:
Speaking of the devil, there was just another tax hike on smokes recently wasn't there ?

How is everyone doing with quitting smoking ?

I'm still not smoking after, uhh, a few years now. :D


Will be two years now (On May 1), since I stop and I never felt better in my life.

Actually I can now be with a bunch of people around who smoke and have no problem, I don't have those urges to smoke that I used to have when I tried to quit a few years ago. :D
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I paid $8.45 for one pack of Marlboro's.


Holy mackeral. I hope you don't smoke two packs a day. :shock:

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I do intend to stop again before summer gets here


You can inhale plenty of smoke while BBQing :D

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Actually I can now be with a bunch of people around who smoke and have no problem, I don't have those urges to smoke that I used to have when I tried to quit a few years ago.


I know what you mean. It was just within the last few months that I started being able to go out with everyone and make it through the night without smoking one or two cigerettes after having a few to drink.

I still come close to buying the single black-n-mild cigars when I see them at the store though, but those are how I started up again last time I quit, so I don't want to do that again. :)
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You quitter :x You quit quitting :lol:
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Hrmm, there's a idea in this and I don't see it right-off from googling - someone else has probably done it though. Cigarette live price tracker, like they've done with gas prices via google maps or whatever.
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Hrmm, there's a idea in this and I don't see it right-off from googling - someone else has probably done it though. Cigarette live price tracker, like they've done with gas prices via google maps or whatever.

The problem is that cigarettes don't cost the same at every shop ... It doesn't have a fixed price like gas (petrol), so you'll have to track it per brand per shop.
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The problem is that cigarettes don't cost the same at every shop ... It doesn't have a fixed price like gas (petrol), so you'll have to track it per brand per shop.

In USA Gas costs different per state (Between some states as far as I noticed from my travels) and sometimes per gas station (In the same state).
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Bogey wrote:
righteous_trespasser wrote:
The problem is that cigarettes don't cost the same at every shop ... It doesn't have a fixed price like gas (petrol), so you'll have to track it per brand per shop.

In USA Gas costs different per state (Between some states as far as I noticed from my travels) and sometimes per gas station (In the same state).

Wow, that's cool. I think we're not big enough for that ...
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lol, I don't really think that's cool.

Let's say I go to one gas station and buy 15 gallons of gas at $1.90 per gallon and then on my way home I see a gas station selling the same gas at $1.85 per gallon. That's $0.75 difference... not much, but it's still something you could have saved... (Prices don't reflect the real prices we/I pay today, but is very close to it :lol:).

It's just that bigger gas stations could stand to loose 5-10 cents on gas and they make up that loss and more from soda and other stuff they sell inside.
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Bogey, you're right - not cool. lol That's just how it is, I guess. I work 45 mins away from my home, and there's on average a 15 cent difference, so I have to try to remember to fill up before I get low enough that I can't make it back, or I pay the difference. *shrug*
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i dont smoke but I know how hard to quit because of my father...so good job ATNO/TW..I salute you, hope you will not find a way to go back again in smoking...

cheers!!
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How long we up to now ATNO?
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UPSGuy wrote:
How long we up to now ATNO?


You must have missed page two:
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I had quit and was doing great for 4 months. Got a little stressed and started back a few weeks ago. I do intend to stop again before summer gets here. Just too much money and I hate the way I feel
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Doh, I read it a while ago, just forgot. O_o Well, I'm rootin for ya, I quit when I moved from Memphis to Nashville cold-turkey. Just never worked it back into my schedule after moving and soon enough, I forgot about it.

Hope ya can kick it soon.
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I have done 30 since xmas.. not bad really after 30 years smoking the horrid things. I was going well until I got beaten up 3 weeks ago.. Needed that old friend to make me feel better then took 2 weeks to get rid of them again.

It's possible.. I know it is, but addictions can come back and bite you when you get down.. and that sucks XD
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On a side note my mother did multiple things to stop smoking for the past 15 years, first started cold turkey worked for a year... and then she started again with her divorce then decided on some pills... she stopped for a month and gave in again. Then maybe 3 years later went on to try Hypnosis which worked for a year and half maybe two.. The last shot was the good one I think shes now been off cigarettes for 3 years going on 4. She went to a specialised clinic where they cleaned her entire body of the cigarette, she ended up having kidney stones because of it.. but after her very first treatment, everytime she smelled cigarette she felt like throwing up. So the envy to smoke was never there and till this day her new fiance is a smoker and NEVER does she think of wanting a drag. I'll look into the name of the treatment.

It really did an amazing job for her.
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Well Done Mark! Stick to it! Left it now some 20 years ago after smoking for almost same number of years. I still kick my self for having starting to do so in the first place.
Good Luck for your freedom from Nicotine Serfdom
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wow...
you really do that right now!

congratulations!
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Well, I just got down to the last one that I had and made the decision NOT to go to the store to buy more. Going to give it my best shot to just stop cold turkey without the Chantix this time (although I do have a few pills left in a pinch).
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ATNO/TW wrote:
Well, I just got down to the last one that I had and made the decision NOT to go to the store to buy more. Going to give it my best shot to just stop cold turkey without the Chantix this time (although I do have a few pills left in a pinch).

Good luck ATNO... I don't know how hard it is to quit smoking since I have never smoked, but... good luck
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Good luck! I'll be hopin for ya.
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I started smoking at the age of 14, I was up to 3 packs a day up until 2 years ago. I tried auricular therapy and never had another craving at all. Not even one. amazing!

Just another idea in case the chantrix doesn't work. Good luck!

Here's a link with a little bit of info.
http://www.neurologyassocinc.com/stopsmoking.shtml
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This might sound harsh, but if you can't quit cold turkey it's more than likely not going to last.

There's not many things more stressfull than giving up smoking. If you can make it through that experience there shouldn't be many, if any, thing that could make you start up again after you quit.
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I have to agree with TPAM.
If you managed to quit smoking, other things would be easier.
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I quited smoking cigarettes about 3 years ago and now I feel myself well and healthy. I would like to say that everything depends on the person's will - that's all!
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Congrats ATNO!

I gave up two years ago due to a cold and unable to breathe going up hill. It was the right time for me to stop.

I had - had family stop but died from one cancer or another so I was worried about stopping. I had support by phone calls from the NHS line. The first 12 months I was fine and never bothered but then out of the blue I wanted a cig desperately but never gave in.

Its when I am on the machine and things don't go right and I get annoyed then I want one so have a drink of tea or coffeee instead. If anyone says its easy they are liars.

Water was a lifesaver too ATNO.

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Chanpix, is called CHAMPIX in Australia.

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Champix is a non-nicotine tablet specifically designed as a stop-smoking treatment. It works in the brain, helping to reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting, while also reducing the pleasure you get if you smoke a cigarette while you're taking the tablet. Champix is available only on prescription so ask your doctor or pharmacist if it's right for you.


I know so many people who have used this successfully. Its quite expensive here though (about $120 or so for 3 months), unless you have a concession card then its $4.40 lol.
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its great . These seven days can be changed in 70--- 700--- and so on. Please carry on.
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Congratulations!
Go on!
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Congratulation!
I tried many time to stop smoking. It is very hard for me to stop. When I feel hungry i feel to smoke and when i feel lonely i am urged to smoke. Sometime i quit for one to three months but after sometime i used to start again. It's really hard for me to stop smoking. :onfire:
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Every day don't smoke your body (and everyone around you) is thankful!
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still trying to quit i see, mr. atno...:)
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Well it isn't easy for sure. Not making much progress. But I'm not giving up either. If I could get rid of the stress I have right now, it'd be a whole lot easier.

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