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Have you always been a non smoker? VotesVotesVotes 1 (3%)
Did you smoke at one time, but are a non smoker now? VotesVotesVotes 10 (32%)
Do you smoke now? VotesVotesVotes 12 (38%)
Are you a nonsmoker, but live with or have lived with a smoker? VotesVotesVotes 8 (25%)
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« Reply #90 on: May 11th, 2004, 02:35am »

Shazza, how's it going? Still have cravings and using nicotine substitutes?

Are you still dieting?

I'm fast approaching my quit date and want to know what to expect.

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« Reply #91 on: May 11th, 2004, 3:10pm »

Hi Hollie,
Yes still having cravings even with the patch on. They are getting fewer, less severe, and of shorter duration now.
I did pick up a pack of the nicotine gum, in the weaker strenght, 2 mgs. I haven't used much of it, but a couple of times a day I get a really strong craving and I do a piece of that. It doesn't taste good, but I have found it to be very helpful during those really bad times. I wouldn't hesitate to tell you to have some around. And please read the directions, you don't just chomp on it like crazy, I did the first piece and about fainted, it was too much nicotine all at once, my heart raced, and I got very dizzy, kind of like the first time I actually inhaled. My diet has gone by the wayside, but today, I promised myself to do better, and I intend to keep that promise.
I will be here to pull for you, and Fancy, and you two will have each other to lean on as well, and also all of those who have bravely gone before us. grin
I won't lie, it's been very hard, but I will say it one more time, if I can do it, then ANYONE can do it. I learned something about addiction in the past two weeks, and now have a new sense of empathy for those trying to kick any bad habits, whether it be drinking, drugs, or overeating. I never thought I could make it, but here it is now TWO WEEKS since my last cig, and I am still alive and kicking, a bit grumpy, a bit fatter, but a non smoker non the less.

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« Reply #92 on: May 11th, 2004, 3:22pm »

I know your quit date is coming up soon, so wanted to ask a few questions. Did your doctor say that one week was long enough to take the wellbutrin for it to work in? I think I did 10 days. Not trying to talk you out of your date, (you will do anything to talk YOURSELF out of that, trust me) just want to make sure that you aren't in for any rude surprises. I didn't actually go to a doc to get mine, I had tons left from when they tried it on me as an anti-depressant.
Get prepared now, mentally and physically. Eat well (healthy), sleep as much as possible, try going through a situation where you would normally smoke without one, test the waters. Easy for me to say, I smoked 4 packs the last day I smoked. LOL.
But looking back, it wasn't the way to go.
Are you going to use patches, or any other substitute?
If not (or even if you do, I am wearing patches) I would recommend having some of the nicotine gum around, it really does help me alot during those times when I just want to chuck it all in and go buy a pack.
I keep it to two pieces a day, (maybe 3 at first) and really decide how bad I need it before popping it into my mouth.
Like I said to Hollie, I will be here, rooting for you and for anyone else who wants to brave these rough waters. So will everyone else who has quit before us. Without their support and encouragement I may not have made it this far. Two weeks to the day since I smoked those last 80 ciggies. Take it one day at a time, I even had to talk to myself to get one hour at a time at first, and they will add up. Soon you will be here bragging how it has been a week and then two, and then a month. Can't wait to post that last one.

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« Reply #93 on: May 18th, 2004, 10:42pm »

Saw my CFS doc today who is an internist. He told me he's treated a number of women my age (50s) who have had heart attacks and had no other attributing factors but smoking.

I'll be joining you soon Shazza...

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« Reply #94 on: May 27th, 2004, 8:38pm »

Hi all;

For those of you kicking the habit I wish you continued success, and for those of you thinking about it I jhope you give it another try.

Cigarettes here in NY are $7.50 per pack. I am down from 2 to 4 packs to a half a pack and have been trying to give them up for longer than I can remember.

The mild diffusion problem is now moderate and what was originally COPD is now Intercestial Lung disease.

Yet I still enjoy my blue haze.........I will be moving probably by september so I will attempt to make my new home smoke free............The patch gave me weird dreams and hallucinations, the wellbutrin and zyban do not mix with the Gammaglobulin, but the up side is the stress factor will be lowered by more than half and ther is no corner store to go get a pack, nearest will be about 8 miles by car and I am not allowed to drive. So maybe this time I will make it at least I don't have to worry about biting anyones head off as area is rural.

So here's to a fresh atart and much welcomed non polluted air

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« Reply #95 on: May 29th, 2004, 3:34pm »

Good luck Jan, I'll be quitting soon too.

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« Reply #96 on: May 29th, 2004, 7:33pm »

Jan, wishing you the best of luck. I know you can do it. I'll be around if you need to talk to get you through a time. Busy fingers typing might help. Lendi
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« Reply #97 on: May 31st, 2004, 5:07pm »

I take 450mgs of Wellbutrin
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« Reply #98 on: Jun 4th, 2004, 09:33am »

fmsheart/carol, is that for stopping smoking? I assume so seeing how it is posted on here. Good luck if it is. Is it working for you?
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« Reply #99 on: Jun 4th, 2004, 10:14am »

Hey ER.............Great to see you. How are you and Smedly doing? Have I missed seeing you around or have you just been busy?
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« Reply #100 on: Jun 12th, 2004, 11:03am »

Busy sweeping water in the basement, and the pain level is over the top with this weather. It hurts to set at the pc. So I spend a lot of the time onthe couch watching the boob tube. I have done a lot of reading of posts instead of posting. Smedly has been real bad. She will probley post something soon. Good to hear all of you are doing good with the smoking and with the weight. I got the smoking licked I hope but the weight thing is somithing else. Worse than smoking for me, I think! I have been hurting so bad that I want a cig sooo bad you can't even belive. It has been a battle so then of course then the food! I stood back and looked at this about 4 days ago and put it in my mind that I am going to lose this come HH or high water, and we already have the high water so don't leave me much choice, does it? I CAN DO IT!
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« Reply #101 on: Nov 19th, 2004, 3:17pm »

I was a smoker, smoked clove cigarettes for years, YUM!

So...I quit, sigh, it wasn't that hard, really as when I was really sick, everything made me feel bad. My body isn't shy about telling me what it needs for me to stop doing to it, lol.

Now...I will confess that I occasionally succumb to a few once in a while, but what usually happens is that I start feeling a little bit bad and unbalanced. It's a difficult feeling to explain? But I sort of watch/feel my body like a hawk to make sure I'm not missing something before it gets out of control and causes a flare session.

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« Reply #102 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 1:29pm »

I am on day two of being smoke free..........after 30 plus years of smoking!
Thought the following site might help anyone wanting to quit or to "stay" quit such as myself!
Don’t give up giving up…………
http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/
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« Reply #103 on: Apr 25th, 2005, 1:27pm »

Just wondering how everyone is doing................
I still "fall" occassionally but am so proud of me being at the point where I am..........
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