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Old 11-11-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
William Tompkins
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Quit smoking challenge

Ok so I might be the only smoker in the CF forum. I have been at Cf for 6 weeks and my big downfall is smoking. Don't get me wrong I feel great, can finally run, but I know if I can remove those stupid cigs I will be that much better off. So I would like to know how many other cf's smoke or use tobacco products. I feel like the only one. I am ready just need some good ole competition. So if you are a smoker and you are ready to quit let me know. We can all set a quit date and then go from there.

I looked for the loser Emote, but couldn't find it.

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Old 11-11-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

This is a great idea. Good luck everyone. I smoked a couple years and quit. You can do it 99% mental in my opinion.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

I'm there with you- started shortly before going to Iraq, and was up to two packs a day (of Reds) before coming home. I started chewing over there as well. I am down to about 2 packs a month (just can't quite put that last nail in the coffin) and a tin every 3 days or so. Anyone have advice for getting over that last hump?
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:20 AM   #4
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Easy answer but hard solution. Make sure nothing that contains nicotine makes it into your mouth. The urges WILL subside given time.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:55 AM   #5
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

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I'm there with you- started shortly before going to Iraq, and was up to two packs a day (of Reds) before coming home. I started chewing over there as well. I am down to about 2 packs a month (just can't quite put that last nail in the coffin) and a tin every 3 days or so. Anyone have advice for getting over that last hump?
I think everyone's got their own personal solution for the smoking, but I can offer some advice on the dip. For me it was a matter of environment - I had gotten so accustomed to having a dip in while studying in college I couldn't sit at a desk without feeling the need for one. Same with being on a ship - when I'd be on watch I'd have one in pretty much the entire 5 hours or so I'd be in the pilothouse, especially with all the coffee I'd drink.

So, for me, it was a matter of changing my surroundings. When I left my last ship I left the dip behind as well - I just didn't have that much of an urge working in an office on a base. Try changing your routine and it might help you to not think about wanting it.

Hope this helps a little, and good luck!
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:10 AM   #6
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

I think it'd be easier to just quit. Just stop smoking. Don't buy them. Don't ask your friends for them. Just stop. The first week would undoubtedly suck ***, but after that you'll feel so much better. It'd be just like when you first start the zone .
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:49 AM   #7
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I think it'd be easier to just quit. Just stop smoking. Don't buy them. Don't ask your friends for them. Just stop. The first week would undoubtedly suck ***, but after that you'll feel so much better. It'd be just like when you first start the zone .
You been a smoker Chris? You make it sound very easy, I haven't smoked for 2 years. I went cold Turkey and I can safely say I was the most horrible person to be around during that time. I had to stop going to pubs with my friends, had to stop drinking coffee in the morning (I still believe that Coffee and a cigarette in the morning is the one of the greatest rituals ever created!) As for 1 week?????????????!!!!!!!! If you believe yourself to be rid of cravings after a week you are a better man than I, 2 years and I still sometimes yearn for my 'lucky and black' in the morning, I just tell myself that it 'aint worth it.

Guys, this is a worthwile cause! I wish you all the best and will definitely check back to see how it's going!
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:58 PM   #8
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I dip snuff like it is my job. I'm at about a can a day. I screwed away a 70 day quit about a month ago and can't build up enough nerve to try again. I was a miserable son of a ***** to be around for that 70 days. My wife damn near left me. So, the "one week" thing doesn't quite fit me.

Sure, the biological urges go away after a week or so, but it is like getting rid of your best friend. Smoking/dipping/whatever you do is a big part of your life. It makes you happy. You can always count on the cigarette/dip to make you feel better after any kind of crap you go through.

I think that maybe the only way to get through it is, like Bryan said, change your surroundings, tell yourself that you are being a miserable S.O.B. and try to change it.

And, as a former smoker (yep, done it all), Matthew is right. Morning coffee and a smoke might be the greatest thing in the world.

I'm all for setting a quit date and having you guys keep me accountable. We can post roll everyday to keep us honest. Thoughts?
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:08 PM   #9
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

After about 16 or so years of smoking cigarettes (at the end I was up to 2 packs per day), I quit in February 2000. Good luck to everyone!

PS: I still smoke about 3 or 4 cigars per year.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:12 PM   #10
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Re: Quit smoking challenge

Well, I don't smoke, nor have I, but I commend you guys for wanting to kick it!

My biggest thing was sugar. I've been off refined sugar for 3 months now. I've been off caffeine and diet energy drinks for almost 2 weeks now. THAT was harder for me than the sugar.
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