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Butting out

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Sassy, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    I know this topic has been done before but I am seriously thinking of quitting smoking, maybe advertising really does work
    (banner above) but I am beginning to feel gross, I have smoked cigarettes for about 7 years now and think it may be starting to do some damage. Who has kicked their smoking habit? What worked for you? I am thinking of going cold turkey but not sure if this is the best way since I know I am addicted to nicotine for sure. I already go to the gym and try to eat healthy so what else can I do that will make this a little easier and realistically feasible?
  2. Bumbaclat

    Bumbaclat TRIBE Member

    Stay away from "partying" ;) and any situations that you associate with smoking. These are what will get you. The physical addiction is very minor in comparison and disappears quickly.


    PS I thought the title of your thread might have been "putting out" before you edited it.
  3. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    LOL :D Thanks for the advice, "partying" without smoking will definitely be hard - maybe I should quit after the summer?!?! (whom I kidding?)
  4. ThePlunger

    ThePlunger TRIBE Member

  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well, speaking from personal experience here: I smoked from 16 till 25 with a couple years off in there, but it was pretty consistent overall. It's a damn hard habit to break, to be sure, but once you go a week without, you realize how great it feels to not have the crap in you that comes with each lit butt.

    I quit just over 4 weeks ago now, and I'm done for good. I had a visual while I was at the cottage actually that did a lot for me. I had taken some mushrooms and when I closed my eyes, I saw this massive pile of 10s of thousands of cigarette butts, and I understood that I was looking at the remnants of the shit I had put in my lungs over the years. It was a horrible thing to see, and was just what I needed to get over the hump. Cos at the time, I had only quit for a week and I was still having cravings.

    All told, it's all about health. And I think it has to come from within. I don't know many people who last if they quit to save $6 a day, or whose friends urge them.

    It's nice to get your respiratory system back, your immune system, the lack of nasty smell everywhere and of course it's hard to complain about the fatter wallet.

    Big ups to you Karen for at least wanting to give it a shot. Shoot me an email sometime - haven't heard from you in a while. :)
  6. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    Thanks for the advice Josh! :) Check your private messages - message sent.
  7. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    You smoke Sassy? How in Allah's name can you stay on the bike during a spinning class. People who don't smoke end up wheezing during spining class....
  8. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    I don't weeze - not yet, thats what I am scared off! I actually did a spinning class yesterday :) . I just think it kind of defeats the purpose - working out and then going for a cigarette after, its beginning to feel really wrong.
  9. ninja

    ninja TRIBE Member

    I recently quit smoking after about 5 years of it.
    for me I was really sick with viral bronchitis then mono ontop on one another . my throat was in so much pain it gave me a reality check on what the future will be like if I kept smoking... It too 3 weeks for the cravings to die down to a ok level but it';s definatly worth it... you have to have something in your life to remind you why your quitting like the shroom visual noted above.
  10. joey

    joey TRIBE Member

    way to go karen

    i wish you all the success in the world!

    smoking is for goons, and no one wants to be a goon
    (see i should be in advertising :))
  11. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    Thats an awesome slogan Joey, I think you have found your calling :)
  12. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member

    just think how much more grumpy you can be at the bars while you're trying to kick the habit! and we can make more fun of and be extra bitchy towards people in clubs, i'll be there to support you all the way. :D

    good luck karen. :)
  13. vench

    vench TRIBE Promoter

    the only way to quit is cold turkey, that's how I did it. I smoked for nearly 5 years and then I just quit one day. I have had cravings for smokes but I'm glad I did not start again. I mean, I have smoke a couple of cigarettes in the last 5 years but it just doesn't taste the same when you've quit for so long.

    like a bandaid.........right off!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Sassy

    Sassy TRIBE Member

    Extra bitchy - is ther such a thing? :D :p
    Thanks JIB I knew I can count on you! :D
  15. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    I quit smoking almost a year ago, after about 7 years.

    First of all, it's only as hard as you make it out to be. So many people build it up as being so hard in their head before they do it that they are defeated before they even begin. Anyone who has quit will tell you that its 5% physical and 95% mental. So if you go into it with a bad attitude, you might as well not even bother. In the end you really need to want to quit - if your motivation is strong, your attitude wil be positive.

    Dare I say it, but unless you are smoking heavily, I think that quitting smoking is really not very hard at all.

    I went cold turkey. Some have taken the patch, gum, etc, and had it work. Zyban is also an option. However I only have experience w/ cold turkey so that's all I can talk about. Here's a few tips:

    First of all, contrary to what you may think, you totally should not stay away from social places where you once might have smoked. This will only make things worst. First of all you sit at home alone and want to smoke. Secondly you will eventually have to face that situation, and no matter how long it's been, you will want to smoke that first time. Anyone who has taken an intro psychology course knows the concept of extinction. Instead I would say go out normally, but just don't drink (If this is a problem I would suggest that you have bigger prbolems than smoking). Controlling your urges when you are sober is much easier. In fact I would say the first few times you drink is the first huge test of quitting smoking. Wait about two weeks before you actually have a drink at a bar. By now you have mastered some of the techniques that work for you and can invoke them even when drunk. Make it your mission to not smoke that one night. Make sure that everyone you're with knows you're not smoking. Try to stay near one of them at all times. The biggest trick I used was that I would convince myself that I could have a smoke the next morning, 100% for sure, if I didn't have a one right then. this would usually calm my craving. I'd wake up the next morning and be so glad I didn't have a smoke. Also having someone who you must ask permission before you have a smoke is good (It sounds juvenille but it works). Basically having some sort of proccess to go through (no matter how weird) gets your mind off smoking and by the time you go through the steps, the craving is gone.

    At work, get up and walk around on your break. Do something physical, don't just sit there.

    Another thing I did was come up with a list of reasons why I should quit smoking. This included hitting up some websites and bookmarking some nasty photos of lungs and teeth and shit. When I would have a craving, I'd simply block it out by going over the list, and maybe even having a peek at the pictures.


    I'll post some more tips when I think of them.

    Overall Karen, you can totally do it - I mean if you're working out and stuff, you'll notice a difference right away - which is a great motivator. Don't hesitate to Email me if you want more specific info too :)
  16. DJAlchemy

    DJAlchemy TRIBE Promoter

  17. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    Yeah, I caught onto this in the other thread, but didn't see this thread.

    Not that you care, or that it matters. Or anything something something something....

  18. Vidman

    Vidman TRIBE Member

    Dooo it. Quit...

    My dad's recovering from lung sugury. A third of his right lung was taken out. He had cancer from smoking. It's been almost a month since the operation. He's doing really well.

    He's quit smoking.. a little too late, but at least he's going to survive.

    Don't wait until you're close to death to quit.
  19. vinder

    vinder TRIBE Member

    way to go karen!

    i'm going to give you words of advice i gave sunny when keith and i convinced him to stop smoking. if you light up in front of me, i'm going to slap you in teh back of the head.

    so.......keep that in mind next time i'm around :)

    seriously though, i'm proud of you.
  20. AlyG

    AlyG TRIBE Member

    Karen, please tell me this is limited to the smoking of tobacco!:D
  21. Cameron

    Cameron TRIBE Member

    Well I just recently quit smoking after about 4 years, and since you're hip to the working out technique there's only one piece of advice I can give you.

    If you sneak a drag, or even a whole smoke, don't panic. Don't let things like this get in the way of you quitting. Of course it only makes things worse in the long run, it's easy to get depressed about that quick drag that you took at the bar. Quitting smoking is difficult, and when you sneak a smoke you may be inclined to think that 'you failed' at quitting and that it is now ok to smoke again. Don't do it, in the big picture you're well on your way.

    I hope this makes sense, and welcome to a much healthier lifestyle.
  22. Cameron

    Cameron TRIBE Member

    ...also, weaning yourself off nicotine is easier than just bearing your withdrawl head on.
  23. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    It's actually different for everyone. There is no way I could just have just weaned myself off. I tend to be an "all or nothing" personality so cold turkey was my only option.

    If it's your first time trying to quit, you should expirement with different techniques.
  24. Mr_Furious

    Mr_Furious TRIBE Member

    I smoked like a chain for 5 years. Just when I thought i'd never be able to quit, I took Zyban as a last resort and I haven't smoked ever since. Its been 3 years since then.
  25. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    When I quit, I quit pretty much cold turkey even though I cut down a bit leading up to it. I set a date about a month ahead, marked it on my calendar and told the people I see every day that that was when I was going to quit. I knew well in advance when that day was coming and was mentally prepared for it.

    The difference between the final success and previous failed attempts is that the first few times I tried to quit, I didn't want to quit completely. I always assumed that I would still have the occasional smoke, even after I quit, and that was what always led me back to them. If you're going to quit you have to never want to smoke again.

    Pete <- 1 year and counting

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