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 poll_icon  Poll  Poll Question: Do you or have you ever smoked?
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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« Thread started on: Mar 18th, 2004, 3:08pm »

Thought this might be interesting to see how many of us are either smokers or has beens or grew up with parents who smoked or have lived our adult life with a spouse that smokes.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 18th, 2004, 8:09pm »

I smoked, but only bout 1/2 pack a day. My mom smoked when I was really little, my dad still sneaks them I think. My DH smokes, but very kindly does it outside, even in a blizzard shocked Lendi
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 18th, 2004, 10:32pm »

Ken quit first, then kept bugging me to quit. The more he pressured me, the more I smoked! He always did say I was stubborn. grin But I finally told him to quit nagging me, I intended to quit - but when I was ready to, not when he wanted me to. He quit nagging & I quit smoking!
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 12:12am »

I've never smoked. I'm the youngest of 5 kids and my parents and all my sibliings smoke. I've had to live in the house when everyone was there and smoking away. I'll probably be the one that dies of lung cancer. just kidding. It really wasn't hard for me not to smoke. I guess I didn't need to with all the 2nd hand smoke giving me any nicotine fix i needed. Now that I'm away from all that I don't have the urge to, I guess now my reason for not is that it costs too much money. lol.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 07:31am »

So far I find this interesting.................we don't have any one who is a nonsmoker that had not been subjected to second hand smoke yet! And we have more smokers than I thought would admit it so far!
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 1:05pm »

You know, I quit smoking for my health first, but secondly, I quit because I was tired of being treated like a second class citizen because I smoked. Even by my husband!! If we went out to dinner we always had to sit in a non smoking area, couldn't smoke in his car, couldn't smoke in the upstairs of our house, just the family room & I just got sick of it.

I also didn't realize how bad I smelled, my hair, clothes, car, the family room. After I quit, I could tell you if a person smoked just by walking past their car. I can tell you which of my bus students parents smoke.

When I smoked I didn't notice any of this. Weird.
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 1:20pm »

I only smoked for about 3 years 18-21 and Im 60 now but my Dad smoked and I lived in LA which has awful air to breath. Every time I went to visit my chest felt like a brick was on it. Thank heavens I dont have to go any more.

I find it amazing that so many of us who are so ill still have something that is so bad for our general health in our lives. How can we expect to get better if we dont take the best care of our bodies we can?

This is something you can do something about. My addictive personality wanted those darn cigs for over 5 years after I quit but I refused to let it be the master of me.

It helped that my then husband quit with me so there wouldnt be a smoker in the house to bring home our new baby. That was my big motivator. I had to quit and not put my addiction befoe my child.

I couldnt stand the thought of being a parent who put my own needs above the health of my child. I held tight to that thought until s-l-o-w-l-y the desire finally ebbed but it was the hardest thing I have ever done.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 1:21pm »

As I have admitted, I quit and then started again........and am getting ready to quit again - for good this time I hope. But you are so right Kathy - smokers STINK! I could smell a smoker the next isle over in the supermarket when I had quit! Funny, unless someone comes in that really "STINKS" I don't smell smokers now that I am smoking again! Suprising, people come to our house and tell me that they can't smell the smoke - it may be because we run fans all the time and because we have dogs in the house I am very smell concious (sp) and spray that odor eater spray and lysol continually! lol! I had a cousin whose house smelled so bad from her dogs that I have that fear and take extra steps to assure you can't smell dog in my house! lol
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 21st, 2004, 4:15pm »

Fancy, I agree with you about the smell. Since I've used the Nicotrol Nasal Spray for years, I can smell smokers instantly.

Nobody, I mean nobody,in my social circles smokes. Nor do they talk about it, it is so far gone that there is no way I would let anyone know I am addicted to nicotine. That is the main reason I have to quit smoking, not even my husband knows, I've mentioned my problem with the Nicotrol NS but he seems to have forgotten it.

I'm only alloted 3 more inhalers so I have to quit soon. My acupuncturist, who can help with smoking, has said is harder to quit when one has CFS or FM.

I'm planning to start the Wellbutrin/Zyban next week after your comments, Fancy. When do plan to quit? They say on the site to plan a quit date.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 22nd, 2004, 08:28am »

Our (mine and Andy's) original quit date was April 9th (well that would have been the date I started on the Zyban - so my quit date would have been a week later) - but Ethel, our Beagle has thrown a little clinch into that. Her heartworm treatment is going to cost clost to $200.00 so there goes my money for my Zyban. So it will be a couple weeks after that when I am able to get it. Will still be in April just more towards the end rather than the beginning of the month.
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 22nd, 2004, 09:43am »

ER here! I tried quiting a few times. Some times when I had been in the hospital for a month at a time. Sometimes when I was in the hospital for a month I would be mobile so I would sign myself out to go down and have a smoke. The hospital has a place outside just to smoke. Just what a person that has smoked for 50 years needs, RIGHT! All I know is that you are not going to stop untill you want to! A year and a half ago I got the Nictrol Inh. and I didn't even use one box and I quit! I really think it was because I had it in my head! There are times I want one but after 50 YEARS I won't go back! I wish LUCK to everyone trying! YOU CAN DO IT!

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 22nd, 2004, 09:52am »

ER here! There is no place to vote or does it take it away once you have voted? Just to let you know. I voted last nite but didn't post anything so came back this morn to post. Ok, my job is done, BY BY!

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 23rd, 2004, 1:11pm »

I hope I have it in my head to quit! I did have it in my head, then failed at first attempt, now I feel fearful about quitting. I have to quit though since doctor won't give me more than another 2 Nicotrol Nasal Sprays (Different from the Nicotrol Inhaler that ER mentioned, more nicotine in the Nasal Spray), and socially it is just unacceptable.

I've been taking 1/4 of a 150 mg Wellbutrin for 2 days now, trying to build up to 150 per day so I can quit easily like Fancy.

I'm going to doc Thursday to confirm this but I believe Wellbutrin is exactly the same as Zyban and is covered by insurance as an antidepressant. It sure takes the pleasure away from nicotine, my acupuncturist says it must use the same neural pathway.

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« Reply #13 on: Mar 23rd, 2004, 1:51pm »

Oc course Hollie, you do realize with Andy still smoking in the house I did start again. But am committed to stop again in April. I will take the Zyban................................
Did you see on the news last night the Welbutrin is one of the 10 antidepressants to be watched carefully........

I know that Zyban is the genartic Welbutrin, but I believe if I remember correctly from when I worked at the Mental Health Clinic - Zyban was the one that killed the urge to smoke - must be something a bit different in the make up........................

Anxious to hear what your Doc says.............................
I may see what I can find on the net and post it here!

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Important Wellbutrin Medication Information:
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other health care professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your health care professional before using this drug.

Wellbutrin Drug Medication Uses:
Wellbutrin medication is used to treat depression. Wellbutrin is also used to help in quiting smoking

How To Take Wellbutrin Drug Medication:
Depression: The recommended dose of Wellbutrin for treatment of depression is 100 mg to 300 mg daily, with doses over 150 mg per day divided into two doses. Do not exceed the maximum dose of 300 mg per day, and do not take a single dose greater than 150 mg. People with reduced liver or kidney function may require a lower dose. This medication may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Take doses at regularly scheduled times each day. Do not take more or less medication than prescribed and follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Taking more than the recommended dose of bupropion will increase your risk of having a seizure. Do not stop taking this medication without notifying your doctor. Since this drug may cause sleeplessness at first, it is best not to take this near bedtime. It may take 4 weeks or more before the full effects of this medication are noticed.

To help in quiting smoking: The recommended dose as an aid for smoking cessation is 150 mg daily for 3 days followed by 150 mg twice daily. You should start taking Wellbutrin at least one week before stopping smoking. People with reduced liver or kidney function may require a lower dose. Multiple daily doses should be taken at least eight hours apart. It is very important that bupropion tablets be swallowed whole.

Wellbutrin Side Effects:
Wellbutrin is generally considered an tolerable drug by most people. Dry mouth, headache, increased sweating, nausea/vomiting, constipation, anxiety, fatigue and blurred vision may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Report promptly: unusual weight loss or gain, palpitations, agitation, trouble sleeping. Unlikely but report promptly: tremor, dizziness, fainting, mood changes, slowed movements, difficulty urinating, decreased sex drive, drowsiness. Very unlikely but report promptly: seizures, mental problems, fever, muscle aches, yellowing of the eyes or skin. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms may include trouble breathing, rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions Regarding Wellbutrin Medication:
Before taking Wellbutrin, tell your doctor if you have: history of seizures or head injury or brain tumor, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, eating disorder, diabetes, alcohol dependence, any allergies, the intent to quit smoking. Because of the possibility this drug will make you dizzy and affect coordination, do not drive or operate machinery until you get used to the drug's effects. Limit or avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase your risk of seizures. Chronic alcohol users who suddenly stop the intake of alcohol while taking bupropion may increase the risk of having seizures. Suddenly stopping certain tranquilizers (e.g., diazepam, chlordiazepoxide) is not recommended because doing so may increase the risk of having seizures. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this drug. This drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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