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An_206776 posted:
I smoked for 40 years. I would get bronchitis about every two years or so. This last time back in January, it kicked me hard for a week. My last cig was Jan. 27th. My doctor had given me a prescription for Nicotrol. I only use it about 2-3 times a day. I have discovered that it wasn't so much the nicotine that I craved, but the hand to mouth thing. Sometimes I walk around the house with just the holder and "NO" cartridge inside. After seeing the ad on TV with that little old, skinny bald man in a wheelchair hooked up to oxygen and looking like death is on it's way at anytime, that did me in. I still have cravings and then I think of him. I have two packs of cigs in a cupboard that I go into several times a day. I left them there to prove a point to myself. I HAVE CONTROL, NOT THE CIGS.
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cathyanntoday responded:
  • Are you still not smoking? I have not smoked in 4 weeks today. 2 years ago I had double pnemonia. I was sick for about 2 months. Then in March of this year I got bronchitis. I decided it was time to quit. I still want a cigarette but it is getting easier to ignore the urge. I still have 3 cigarettes left. I carry them in my purse with my lighter. Because I know that I can have one anytime that I want but I know that if I smoke that cig then it just makes it that much harder. I also tell my self that I will not die without that cigarette. When I go out to eat I still sit in the smoking area because I still love the smell of cigarettes. I do not think any one can make someone else quit. I think that a person has to decide what is most important, to live without cigarettes or die with cigarettes. It is not a good thing to watch someone that cannot breathe easily. My sister in law , who is 4 years younger than me, smokes and then has to be on oxygen for about 20 minutes till she takes it off to smoke another one. Well anyway I hope you are still sticking with it.
 
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alizelologirl responded:
40 years is a long time to kick off. I am very happy you successfully quit especially since you still have cigs in your house. My dad use to smoke and when i was a kid i told myself i would never even touch a cig.. look at me now. ha ha. I think we all get use to taking the drags and then once we quit we still need the hand to the mouth thing. I haven't quit yet but i havent been smoking for even a year yet so im hoping it will be significantly easy. I am very happy to hear that someone who has smoked for so long got their life back. I am truely hoping to do just that. Congrats and best of luck!
 
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Just1Time responded:
well, i totally can feel the way you feel about the man in the wheelchair with oxygen, that stuff scares the s**t out of me too, but for me it really is the nicotine, and that dizzy rush I get after my first newport after an 8-9 hour sleep. I love the feeling, then when I don't have it I go crazy...I give you major props though because if I was quitting, my downfall would be to keep cigs in the house...i don't have the strength you have...KEEP IT UP because you have something real good going on, and I have yet to find my strength.


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