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    I used to be a 20-30 a day Marlboro Red smoker for about 20 years until I gave up 4 years ago and then return to my sporting ventures and never looked back since....well almost.

    I am watching the Blues Brother and Dan Aykroyd's character Elwood Blue has just lit up a cigarette, taken a deep drag and exhaled, after all these years and I still get cravings.....even though I will never smoke again.
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    Giving up is hard. Giving in is easy. I'm a smoker who stopped 8 years ago. I know that if I give in just once I'll be back to my three pack-a-day habit in no time flat. Hang in there, Jezza, you doing good!
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    Just received a piece of spam with the subject line: A healthier alternative to smoking

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    Hey Jezza,

    I quit my 2-pack-a-day habit on June 7, 1987 after 31 years. Cold Turkey, I might add. Being around those that still smoke is irritating at best. They reek with that odor. I keep thinking that that was me and how disgusting I was to others. Keeps me going. Keep up the good work.

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    The silliest thing was earlier in the year when I turned up for a 30 mile cross country run and we had to meet at a Cricket Club, we arrived early just as the caretaker was unlocking the doors. He was outside having a cigarette and we had to walk through hissmoke, even in my sports kit I had a craving!!!!!!! All I was saying to buddy throughout the run was "I could murder a Marlboro about now" it set him off too.

    It is totally irrational
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    Hi Jerry

    After many unsuccessful attempts to quit, in 1976 I gave up a 30 year addiction to tobacco. The one thought that sustained my determination and allowed this endeavour to succeed where many prior attempts had failed was the knowledge that although cravings would re-occur each one would last for a shorter time and with less intensity than the previous craving.

    I was astounded ten years later at my reaction to seeing a package of cigarettes on the corner of a colleague's desk; It only lasted for a moment, but Boy did I ever have the urge.

    Hang in there Mate.
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    It must be like an alcohol addiction - it never goes away! In 2008, I quit smoking (pack a day) after about 50 years of it. I quit in May and went cold turkey also, but... now the BAD news!

    In October I started having some health issues with atrial fibrillation giving me several scares and trips to the emergency room by ambulance. Before the year was out, I gave in to the (self imposed) "pressure" and reached for the weed. Been back smoking again ever since.

    I did so well for those several months that I AM GONNA do it again, hopefully by the end of THIS year. It's a really rough addiction to whip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigaldoc View Post
    I did so well for those several months that I AM GONNA do it again, hopefully by the end of THIS year. It's a really rough addiction to whip...
    Big Al, You did well to stop the first time and you will do even better the next (and final) time around. It is amazing how an occassion of stress can trigger the urge to pick it back up again. I have seen this happen to so many of my friends. The good news Big Al is they all ended up kicking the habit! My money is riding on you as well.

    My hat is off to all of you. I never got into smoking ( a funny story I will relate later) but I saw what my Mom went through after being a 30 year, 3 and 1/2 pack a day smoker. She also went cold turkey. Amazingly enough she became the most ardent anti-smoker I ever saw!
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    My side affect of quit smoking is that I have more money for my computer toys. Ever once in awhile I will have remind the wife, I could still be smoking, and she that I could NOT afford it and smiles . They are now nearly $6.00 a pack of 20.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigaldoc View Post
    I did so well for those several months that I AM GONNA do it again, hopefully by the end of THIS year. It's a really rough addiction to whip...
    Hang in there. I quit smoking in February 1999 when my son came back here to live and work in the same office. A couple of times in the early years when under significant stress here at the office I'd go out to the "smoker lounge" (caged in area outside breakroom) and linger a minute or two amongst the smokers for some second hand smoke. Once back at my desk the reek of smoke in my clothes and on my hands cured any craving I had going out there. Not the best solution I suppose. Then a few years back they passed a law in Washington where you had to be 25 feet from an entrance so the smokers now go out to the alley. I don't miss seeing them out there on break, like monkeys at the zoo.

    It's an awful addiction and, for me at least, the withdraw symptoms were worse then when I quit drinking in 1990. Took a few tries myself, but finally got it right. One attempt the patch worked pretty good until I coudn't afford them anymore. Another attempt meds helped with homicidal anger flair ups from the withdrawals. Do what you can. It's worth it, though in many more ways than one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezza View Post
    The silliest thing was earlier in the year when I turned up for a 30 mile cross country run and we had to meet at a Cricket Club, we arrived early just as the caretaker was unlocking the doors. He was outside having a cigarette and we had to walk through hissmoke, even in my sports kit I had a craving!!!!!!! All I was saying to buddy throughout the run was "I could murder a Marlboro about now" it set him off too.

    It is totally irrational
    What, pray tell, is "rational" about an addiction ???

    The very act of engaging in addictive behavior is irrational, since we know the result of the behavior, if we continue, will be addiction. But, we all know the human animal is nothing but irrational.

    Just so you don't think I'm preaching here... I smoked for 30 years, quit several times, and finally stopped 13 years ago. What I found is that if you are not quitting because YOU want to for yourself, you probably will not be successful in the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezza View Post
    Jezza, on 2009-12-01 20:11, said:
    I used to watch TV until I gave up about 8 years ago to return to reading books, and have never looked at one since ... well almost.
    They have "yard sales" here where you can buy a VCR tape of Caine/Connery "The Man Who Would Be King" for $1. I pop one in, rewind, press PLAY and after all these years I still end up watching "just one more scene", even 'though I have no idea where the rabbit ears are.
    Funnily enough the cable guy knocked on my door this afternoon asking about a digital box, or something. I have never subscribed to cable TV, so I don't know whether he has some sort of craving, a "fix" he needs to put in, or get in. "For a few dollars more". That's another story ....

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    When Christmas morning at 3AM eastern USA time gets here this year, it will have been 10 years since my last Vantage 100. I am so glad that I no longer smoke. Had it not been for the patch, I would probably still be puffing my way to poverty, considering their price these days. <grin>

    My suggestion? Go get the patch...or whatever works for you. Don't quit quitting. It's worth it. Good luck.

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    's funny - I kicked the habit about 10 years ago and now very rarely have the urge to light up. The odd thing is, however, a recurring dream I have in which I am offered a cigarette and always accept - I'm really enjoying it but then I wake up and I'm left with such a feeling of guilt. Funny how the mind works innit?
    Fortunately I haven't given up beer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ryder View Post
    ... but then I wake up and I'm left with such a feeling of guilt.
    I know how you feel.
    I gave up replying to messages in Scuttlebutt years ago, but I too have a recurring nightmare .....

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