Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Question of the Day

With E-cigarettes all the rage…

Were/are you a cigarette smoker?  If you were, how did you quit?

I was an occasional smoker years ago, but I was never hooked, and I just stopped.

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  1. I started for a college play (The Winslow Boy, the roll of Sir Robert Morton) in 1960. I quit a year and three months ago, courtesy of Chantix and those wonderful side effect dreams.

  2. I never had the urge to smoke during high school or college and occasionally tried, unsuccessfully, to get my dad to quit. My father died of lung cancer just before I graduated college. However, for some reason that currently escapes me, I took up the habit soon after my first wife left. Within a few months I realized I was hooked. I continued to buy smokes by the pack because buying them by the carton would prove that I was addicted. I was certainly in denial.

    I tell people that quitting smoking is easy. You do it every night. It is the not starting again the next morning part that is so hard. I quit for three months once and for six months some time later, but fell off the wagon. Finally, eight years after starting I managed to quit for good. That was July of 1992 and I remain smoke free.

    Every time I quit I did it cold turkey. I finally realized that certain situations were triggers (like bars) so I stayed away. I must also acknowledge that changes in laws & regulations also helped me. I smoked when I was in the Air Force and initially you could smoke at work and on the aircraft I flew. Then no smoking on the jet and then you could only smoke outside at work (now not at all on base). But then I got an assignment flying with the Saudi Air Force and those guys smoke like chimneys. I quit the final time while overseas but used the move back to the US and the change in venue and routine to cement my new behavior.

    Quitting smoking is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done for myself and I am very glad that I did.

  3. I got pneumonia and was really sick in the hospital for close to two weeks, When I went home the smell of cigarettes made me nauseous. It still does.

  4. *sigh* Yes, I smoke. It’s been 46 years since I started and now my lungs are showing signs of COPD. Simply cannot quit. Smoking is my only flaw (ha!).

  5. I smoked my first cig. at 19. I was never a big smoker, mostly at the bowling alley on Sat. night. I quit 3 times, 6yrs. each time and once 2 yrs. When I got divorced in ’84 I went from 0 to 3 packs a day in two weeks. In ’05 I had a stroke and 3 months later a heart attack and Peter Jennings died of lung cancer; so I thought I would try to quit again. So, on the Great American Smoke Out of Nov. 24, 2005 I quit cold turkey. I gained 40 lbs. which I am now trying to lose.

  6. I enthusiastically smoked for 16 years, and like my father and grandfather (who both died of lung-related disease) developed a hacking, wheezing cough early on. Thank heavens for a) non-smokers who smoke all your cigarettes when they’re drinking; b) having them do it when you’re out in the country and no convenience store; c) a friend with Nicorette who said, chew this, it’ll get you through; and d) the wit to realize that if I didn’t stop, I’d be dead way before my time. The next day, I picked up a box of Nicorette rather than a carton of smokes.

    I haven’t had a cigarette in 25 years, and am glad that it was the one bad habit I was able to conquer (were it so with french fries and Lifetime Movies).

  7. Started at 19 and quit when I was 25, which is more years ago than I care to admit. Since I never do anything the right way, clove-flavored gum was the crutch I used to get me through quitting.

  8. I was an asthmatic child, so I didn’t start smoking until my mid-20s, when I went to work in a newsroom. In those days everybody in the news business smoked like a chimney.

    45 years later, wracked with COPD, I quit, cold turkey. That was back in January and I have no desire to light up anymore.

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