depression and smoking

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Keem
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/23/2006 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
hey guys,
 
just wondering if any of you are/were smokers and have successfully quit. i've been smoking on and off for about 2 years now, but i used to smoke maybe a pack in 2 weeks and then not smoke anything for almost 6 months. then i'd get stressed and smoke another pack and not touch them again for a while...but now it's gotten to the point where a pack won't last me for a few days and i smoke sometimes now just to have something to do...i bought a self hypnosis cd that should be coming in the mail soon, but i just wanted some other advice on how/if any of you quit.
 
thanks,
kim

els
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   Posted 4/23/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keem,  Well my smoking story is kinda stupid really...I started when I was 18 to make a boyfriend of mine mad.  Stupid huh?  He didn't smoke and hated people who did.  He was a jerk and I dumped him a few months later but kept on smoking.  I got pneumonia when I was 27, really bad and couldn't smoke for like 4 weeks.  So I figured I would see how long I could go without smoking....that lasted 3 years.  I started again when my now ex husband and I started to have problems in our marriage 2 yrs ago.  I quit again last June so it has been almost a year.  I have snuck a few here and there from friends but each time it has made me feel dizzy and cough and sick feeling for a few hours afterward.  Every time I have quit I have just thrown them out and been really good about sticking to it.  But I always have that thought there and when I see someone smoking I feel like I need one.  I know someone who says that she was able to quit smoking by hypnosis, I am not sure if I believe it was the hypnosis or her own mind power.  Now she is trying to use it to lose weight.  Good luck with quitting.....

 ~elisha~ 

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Keem
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/23/2006 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks els,

it's really great to hear about people who can quit without any of the "stop smoking aids" that we hear so much about. congrats! my cd is gonna be mailed to me on monday, so we'll see how that goes. thanks for the encouragement :)

Akram
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   Posted 4/23/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Keeem, i smoked ssince i was 14, tried to quit a number of times the longest i lasted without smoking was around 1.5 years and i was heavily into sports back then which don't go well with smoking.

last time i tried to stop was last year but i only managed to stay 1 month without smoking ><

my advice if you want to stop, its not eazy but here are a few things i think will help:

1) no smoking in the house i mean not even others not just you. let them smoke outside
2) don't go to the smoking area in work, even if you wanted to carry a cup of coffe and chat a little, skip it
3) drink a lot of water when you get the urge to smoke.
4) have some peanuts or some sort of snack to help you in the first few weeks, after that its not neccessary

Thats what i can think about, probaly there a few more tips other can give ya good luck if you want to quit,
                                                     To be or not to Be


edf1956
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   Posted 4/24/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoked 1-2 packs for 30 years. I quit a 100 times probably. I tried nicotine gum, patches, hypnosis and god knows what else and nothing seemed to work. Three years ago I got a slight cold and decided to quit and haven't smoked since. I think when you're ready you're ready. You need to imagine yourself as a nonsmoker and make changes in you're life style that keep you busy with activities that don't allow you to smoke. I know, easier said then done. I guess it really takes a change in attitude. Just don't give up, eventually you'll be successful. Believe me, if I can quit anyone can....

jmjmon
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/26/2006 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
sup Keem,
I have been a smoker for 3 years and want to quit despratley, I have not kicked the habit yet. I have made progress though one thing. I recently started working out on a regular bases. After running about a half a mile i realized what smoking is doing to my asthma and body. I also find weight lifting to be a release not only for killing time and not smoking but for stress.
Those are just my opinions, and i am not saying to go out and run a marathon. I think any physical activity will help, if you are not currently doing so.

james73
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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I quit after probably 15 years ,all I did was take the birth of my daughter and said to myself she is more important than a cigarette....I will confess I do have a few cuban cigars when on vacation bt thats it

J


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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