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I am glad to see that the percentage of smokers in the US is down.

Percentage of U.S. Smokers Hits All-Time Low - 24/7 Wall St.

 

 In China (where I live/teach) it seems smoking is ubiquitous.

Smoking in China - Wikipedia

 

 I never got into smoking. When I was quite young my father told me that "kissing a smoker is like licking a dirty ashtray." When I first heard that I gagged.

 

 For those who were smokers what technique did you use to quit?

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Faber said:

For those who were smokers what technique did you use to quit?

I was 11 and had a father that smoked at the time.  (He later quit.)  Friend had a pack so we went to a field and smoked half each.  I anticipated getting sick, but didn't.  I was my last cigarette.

Probably not severe enough to necessitate a 12 point program, but that's all I got.

 

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2 hours ago, Faber said:

 For those who were smokers what technique did you use to quit?

 

Cold turkey.....back in those days I am not sure even Nicorette gum existed.....hardest thing I have ever done.  Even 5 years later the idea of have a cigarette appealed to me.

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Weened off of them over a 2 month period with much prayer.  I was quitting for spiritual and health reasons both.  

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I smoked a pipe while in the Navy and for about three years after getting out. Our daughter was born 2 months early and stayed in the ICU for a while. The Doctor said no smoking any where he near her. I quit that very day and never smoked a pipe again. I smoked because I needine something to keep my hands doing something and at the time it looked cool  Noe I said it was so stupid and dangerous.

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I'm still struggling. Using Chantix now. Have gone 3 months with no nicotine only to relapse a week ago. Today I begin another treatment of Chantix. Chantix definitely takes away the actual nicotine withdraw but it's that habitual pattern of behavior when first waking up or after meals that's so difficult to deal with. I wake up and it's like I forget my car keys. I know I forgot something (nicotine) and have that feeling all day long.

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After meals do the dishes :classic_ohmy:

I quit June 1971. Cold turkey.. Asked my brother, What do you want for your birthday? His reply for you to quit smoking. 

A couple weeks later while playing pinochle .. Out of habit i picked John's cigarette out of the ash tray took a drag... coughed and sputtered yuk... that was the last .

 

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It's not easy.  I smoked for 20 years.  Another trick I learned was to eat carrots when a withdraw comes on.  It helps with the psychological withdraw of having a cigarette in your hand after dinner or on the way to work.  Whenever there is a withdraw I would eat carrots for about 3 - 5 minutes until it went away.  It really helped.  

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I smoked cigarettes for over 20 years.  Seeing my Father slowly die of emphysema was motivation enough for me to quit.

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