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Message 805763 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 6:08:03 UTC - in response to Message 805760.

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Welcome back to the boards! Your new kitty poem was a delightful read.
How have you been doing in your smoking cessation campaign the past 2 weeks?

Thanks!! Very glad to be able to share with all of you again......glad you liked the kitty poem.....those things get a tear or two out of me when I write them.

The smoking bit is still giving me a tough time....I make it a few days and then break down and buy another pack....still trying to work up the inner resolve to cut it off clean.
I have cut back dramatically, from about a pack or more a day to a pack or so a week, so I am happy with that much, and so is my wallet.......
I still am determined though to see it through.

Perhaps if you just cut back more and more over time it will be easier. Just slowly work your way down..... 1pack for two weeks, three weeks, etc. until your body doesn't feel that you need it.
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Message 805832 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 14:00:12 UTC - in response to Message 805765.

Perhaps if you just cut back more and more over time it will be easier. Just slowly work your way down..... 1pack for two weeks, three weeks, etc. until your body doesn't feel that you need it.

Thanks.....It's mostly a mind thing right now....the sheer force of habit rather than the actual addiction I think. Gotta continue to work on that part.

Good to hear you're still working at it. Even the improvement you mention is better for your health. Have you also stuck to the "not smoking around the kitties" so their health is better off too?

Well then, how about the other piece of the topic? Do you have any neat pictures to share from your hiatus?

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Message 805904 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 16:27:30 UTC

Keep at it Mark I know you can do it.:)
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Message 806424 - Posted: 9 Sep 2008, 6:02:09 UTC

Nicotine may enhance other experiences
MANHATTAN, Kan. (UPI) -- A Kansas State University researcher suggests that nicotine's power, or addictive quality, may be in how it enhances other experiences.

Study leader Matthew Palmatier said much previous research on nicotine addiction has looked at the drug itself rather than the other factors associated with nicotine's addiction.

"People have very regimented things they do when they smoke," Palmatier said in a statement. "People smoke in very specific places, often with a specific group of people. Maybe it's a reason why nicotine is so addictive -- if you get used to having that extra satisfaction from things you normally enjoy, not having nicotine could reduce the enjoyment in a given activity."

For a smoker who enjoys drinking coffee, the nicotine may make a cup of coffee more satisfying, Palmatier said.

"The big picture is trying to figure out why people smoke," Palmatier said. "There are a lot of health risks, and the majority of smokers already know what they are. They want to quit but can't. It's not because nicotine is a potent drug; it doesn't induce significant amounts of pleasure or euphoria. Yet, it's just as difficult if not more difficult to quit than other drugs."

The findings are published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Indirectly related scientific study on nicotine addiction:
Cortical Hypoexcitability in Chronic Smokers? A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study
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Message 812583 - Posted: 27 Sep 2008, 8:13:34 UTC


Mark, It has been 20 days since we checked in on 'ya.
How are you doing in the smoking cessation department?
How many death sticks per day or week are you down to now?
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Message 812665 - Posted: 27 Sep 2008, 16:16:47 UTC - in response to Message 812647.

... Still bent on making the total break....just gotta catch my mindset at the right moment...

Keep with it, it's character building! (And a lot less expensively smelly.)


Go for a week long walking holiday somewhere remote where there simply are no fags?...

Hang in there,

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Message 812688 - Posted: 27 Sep 2008, 18:05:56 UTC - in response to Message 765185.

OK......I have tried before.......but I am ready to quit.........

Anybody wanna give me some support???

I just took my last drag offa my last burner.....
Then I took a drag offa one I found behind the couch.......and believe me, I was searching for one.....

I'm gonna go to snooze with the kitties right now, and believe me, I am gonna have a Jones on for one when I get up.........

How 'bout some support?

Sorry for askin', but I am weak...........

Anybody gonnna join me?

I will if you will....


You gave your age in another post as 51. I'm 51, so (...carry the 4...annex a zero...shift to the left...) that makes us the same age. I tried smoking a few times, I thought I was going to die. I never tasted anything worse. I practically passed out with a single inhalation. I must have some built-in protection, so I never smoked. (However, we can talk about the ice cream and potato chips another time)
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This means I can't say I understand exactly what you are going through. I will say this: everyone I've known in my life who quit did it cold-turkey. The gradual quitters, occasional cheaters, return smokers, all failed.
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Two guys bet each other they could quit and hold out longer than the other guy. They were both gamblers, wanted to win, and were stubborn as anything. They both never touched a cigarette again, to this day so far (35 years) mostly because they would not admit to the other that they are the weaker one.
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One of my doctors told me how he quit. He said he told himself in no uncertain terms that he can never, ever, ever have even a single puff of anything ever again forever. It worked. He never smoked again (so far - 30 years).
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Two other guys - they just said, "I quit. No more." They both said they suffered for a few weeks, then were fine. One is 20 years smoke-free, the other about 6.

All of the people I know who successfully quit ignored all of the cessation programs, the patches, the gum, the mental techniques, the eating carrot sticks instead, etc. They just quit. Period.

I'm probably being somewhat harsh here, especially since I've never smoked and I don't understand it. Years ago, I was an athlete. An ultra-marathon cyclist. Whenever something came up that I really didn't want to do, like get up at 4:00 am to train on a freezing cold rainy morning, or climb another horribly steep mountain after already riding for 12 hours and 200 miles, I would quote the old Nike commercial to myself: "Just do it." And then I just did it. There was plenty of pain and excuses to stop and all that, but I just did it.

My dad smoked 2 packs a day from age 17 to age 43 when he died from lung cancer.

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Message 812709 - Posted: 27 Sep 2008, 19:53:16 UTC
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mmmhh... i would say its obvious why you cant feel for smoking...
Im sorry about your dad SJ.

But to quit smoking is not easy..for some few maybe, yes.. for the rest not.
And the Only thing i really want to say in here about smoking is; Those
who has Not started yet..... please dont...ever
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Message 812824 - Posted: 28 Sep 2008, 3:31:42 UTC
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Sorry folks, quitting cigarettes are easy... Heroine is much more difficult!!!

[edit] Just speaking from personal experience. [/edit]
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Message 812827 - Posted: 28 Sep 2008, 3:41:12 UTC - in response to Message 812824.
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Actually, it has been published in medical journals that, according to properly controlled testing, nicotine is the most addictive substance of all, even more addictive than opium or any of opium's derivatives. Now there are always variables among different people. Some people's bodies, because of their specific chemical balances, become less dependent on a substance than another person, and then the psychological addiction component can vary also.

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Message 812829 - Posted: 28 Sep 2008, 3:49:40 UTC - in response to Message 812709.

I will second that Moon.
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Message 815320 - Posted: 6 Oct 2008, 5:36:53 UTC

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It's 2 weeks since we last check in on 'ya.
Have you been a good kittyman and quit yet or are you still been smoking those cancer sticks?

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Message 815571 - Posted: 7 Oct 2008, 5:55:05 UTC - in response to Message 815560.

Mark,


It's 2 weeks since we last check in on 'ya.
Have you been a good kittyman and quit yet or are you still been smoking those cancer sticks?

I'm afraid the kittyman has been a bad boy........
But I'm starting to get really ticked at myself and getting ready to take another run at it......sorry I have let some of you down.......this shouldn't be so dang hard for an intelligent person to do..........

Mark, it isn't us you have let down it is yourself and the kitties who depend on you.
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Message 815600 - Posted: 7 Oct 2008, 10:44:40 UTC - in response to Message 815560.

... But I'm starting to get really ticked at myself and getting ready to take another run at it......sorry I have let some of you down.......this shouldn't be so dang hard for an intelligent person to do..........

Ooooer, the Humanity, and the spluttering kitties!

Perhaps this is an interesting article for the state of play over in this part of the world:

All puffed out?

"Obviously, I tried to stop. Often. Giving up is easy, I'd say: I've done it dozens of times. Eventually, I did. "


Good luck,
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