Speaking Of Smoking....
Posted 12 September 2009 - 10:30 AM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 01:06 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 02:00 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 02:58 PM
Best of luck and take care of yourself.
Posted 12 September 2009 - 03:38 PM
Scared the shit out of me.
So, that's it! After today, no more reading."
Posted 12 September 2009 - 03:47 PM
I've quit many times when it was either inconvenient or undesirable to smoke (SO's preference, non-smoking homes, etc.) and never had so much as a hint of a nicotine fit. I've let full packs of cigarettes go stale because I forgot I had them. I would never go out into the cold or rain just to smoke. Screw it, I can wait. Tobacco is for enjoying, not getting a fix. etc.
Then I learned that there is apparently a genetic factor which suppresses nicotine addiction in some people.
Wayek, I fully support you in your decision to quit. Clearly it's not in the best interest of your health to continue, and let's face it, tobacco is just a recreational pastime. Your quality of life will only profit from quitting.
Posted 12 September 2009 - 03:50 PM
Posted 12 September 2009 - 08:08 PM
Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:53 AM
I'll third what has been said about seeing a doctor (if you weren't exaggerating). A greyish/blackish phlegm jim every now and then is not abnormal as a smoker, but every 10-20 minutes sure is.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:24 AM
and like I HAVE to quit...absolutely HAVE to... I know people who have been smoking for 30-40+ years and their lungs are in better shape than mine...
hopefully I can stick with it this time
I'm going to be one of those people who get stage IV lung cancer at 33 if I don't and that really scares me
I watched this documentary called: Thanks Tobacco: you killed my mother, of this guy who filmed his mothers struggle with cancer from when she got diagnosed to 3 minutes after her death she was diagnosed in september and died in march
Posted 13 September 2009 - 03:14 PM
I've learned that some of these substances/actions are more or less binary for certain individuals. For my grandfather, that substance was alcohol. Some of us can drink in moderation (some even in excess) without letting it kill us. He could not. It did. Some of us can smoke in moderation (and some, excess) without it taking a toll on our health. The sooner one realizes he's NOT in that group, the longer he'll live. At least, that's how the theory goes.
I'm lucky to have that aforementioned genetic ability to avoid nicotine addiction; I've smoked 7 cigarettes and 2 cigars in 2009. Since I'm genetically pre-disposed to a whole bunch of other things that could kill me early, it's nice to have that one crossed off the list. It's good you're crossing it off yours.
-Overheard on Twitter
Posted 13 September 2009 - 08:43 PM
Our culture assumes that all adults more or less fall into one of three catagories:
1) People who have never smoked cigarettes or only tried it a couple times or less and didn't get hooked because they didn't like it.
2) People who smoke several cigarattes a day and get cranky when they are unable to.
3) People who used to be in catagory 2 who have successfully quit.
But how many people are "social smokers" who partake only on certain occasions?
As for myself, there was a brief time when I was much younger when I smoked daily. Later in my 20s I sometimes smoked while drinking, although like Gwydion I sometimes had cigarettes go stale on me because months might go by without the mood to smoke striking me.
Then several years ago I just decided they didn't do anything positive for me at all and I haven't smoked one since. (I'm talking about cigarattes only - cigars are another story.)
So is the occasional cigarette smoker common?
Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:46 PM
I am in favor of smoking salmon but be sure to fillet them first so the fins don't poke holes in the paper.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:07 PM
And that is only on very, very special occasions.
A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:25 AM
You will quit when you decide you want to quit or just before they start throwing dirt in your face.
Good luck on your choice. It has to be your choice.
There is quite a nice support group right here also but you've seen that.
Good luck and Cheers!
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.
Posted 15 September 2009 - 07:14 AM
Posted 21 September 2009 - 05:05 PM
I've had excess problems my whole life. When I smoked, I smoked a pack and a half to two packs a day. When I did drugs, I absolutely pounded in as much as I could get as often as possible. At one point I was 100 pounds overweight, because I would just eat and eat and eat. I still could stand to lose about 40 pounds, but six years ago I had to move to an all plant-based diet in order to not be dangerously overweight.
Strangely enough, the only major vice I never had a problem with was alcohol. I never really liked the taste of anything outside of a few wines, and never enjoyed being extremely drunk. Absinthe is really the only alcohol I enjoy drinking regularly, and I rarely go over the edge.
Wayek, I really hope you are able to quit and get the health care you need. One of the greatest blessings I found after I quit was that I could smell again. There were all sorts of olfactory nuances that I was simply unable to register when I smoked that suddenly came flooding back. It was really beautiful.
Edited by Muckaxe, 21 September 2009 - 05:08 PM.
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