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As for me, I'm quitting smoking. Any other New Year resolutions?

Mea culpa: For the past two years, I've been struggling with a nicotine addiction, something I recently shared with legalizeliberty via email.

I was a heavy-duty smoker starting in 1990, when I picked up the habit in Japan. I smoked for twelve years, until 2002, when I finally decided to put it away for good.

I was quit for six years, until August 2008, when I picked up the habit again at the RNC. Uggh. That was a very stressful period, and a lot of the people I was hanging out with were smoking. It was kind of a perfect storm, and I fell back into my old groove with ease and smoked for the several days in Minneapolis.

When I got back home, I quit...

But then, falling under the mistaken belief that I could smoke and quit at will, and seduced by the intoxicating pull of the nicotine hit, I began to cheat. At first it wasn't often -- usually only if I had a beer (or three), or felt overly stressed. I was smoking American Spirit Ultra Lights, which, if you're a hard core smoker, are a little like smoking tissue paper. They're like nothing. But after all my years of not smoking, they were plenty powerful enough for me.

{Intersting aside: Somewhere in the last two years, a law was changed, and cigarettes are now no longer classified as 'lights' or 'ultra lights.' Apparently the government doesn't want anyone to get the idea that certain types of cigs are more 'healthy' than others. So now the former American Spirit Ultra Lights (which used to come in a yellow box) are now simply "The Orange Box." The former Camel Lights (which I used to smoke) have become "Camel Blue." Weird.

Further, the old packaging used to display the amount of tar/nicotine contained in each cigarette. They don't do that anymore, so in fact consumers have less information than before the law was changed.}

Well, its a slippery slope, and before I knew it I was riding the dark spiral, which I've been riding for the last couple of years: Smoke for a week until I felt sick; chew nicotine gum until the box ran out; quit for as long as I could, then break down and buy a pack of smokes and start the cycle over again. Pathetic.

For a while I didn't think it was that big a deal, and for a while it wasn't. But you can only lie to yourself for so long. I realized it was getting to be a problem from the ridiculous lengths I was going through to hide my habit from my wife! (She has a very sensitive nose.) I started to feel how depressed cigarettes made me feel. It was powerful, terrible, and frankly scary. Scientists can argue about it, but I could feel the causality of it clearly.

And other things. I just kind of felt sick of myself for my lack of control. Increasingly, that feeling moved from the background to the foreground.

So, the long and short of it is, I made the decision to quit smoking. It is no small task, really, as it is an entire change of mindset. However, I had my last cigarette on 12/13/10 - the night of the Boston Tea Party. In fact, I gave my last cigarette to Bob Dwyer, who promptly ripped the filter off and stuck it in his mouth!

Adam Kokesh also shared something interesting at the BTP, about the 'legal drugs' which are allowed in this country: nicotine, caffeine & alcohol.

Nicotine is a drug of slavery. People who smoke are slaves to their habit (I certainly was). Caffeine keeps you working hard and productive. And alcohol - well, that is for helping you forget how much you're getting screwed by the government! It is quite a clever analysis. But the punchline was, "Enough talk about drugs; now I'd like to talk about marijuana." Ha ha ha.

Of course it is illegal, since it doesn't fit into the slave / work hard / obliterate your mind model.

legalizeliberty has also made the decision to quit drinking, something I encourage very much.

So if anyone has any resolutions they'd like to share, please share them here. I'm not moralizing here - just trying to encourage anyone to act on something (or begin to think about acting) if you want to make a change in your life. I'm confident that the DP community will wholeheartedly support anyone who wants to improve themselves and be the best that they can be.

Of course real change only comes from the inside. Changes in external behaviors are nearly impossible to force, but come easy once the decision is made inside, and relapse is difficult when a solid, powerful reason has been made and accepted as your new reality.

For me, I realized that I couldn't possibly hope to control anything greater if I couldn't control a simple nicotine urge, and I don't want that to be my life. I don't want the waste of money, of my health, and my self respect.

So be it resolved! That I will not smoke any (tobacco :) cigarettes, or use any nicotine products in the year of our Lord, two thousand ought and eleven!

17 days and counting so far. Please let us know if there are any changes you are contemplating as the new year rolls in.

Thoughts are things, and with our thoughts we can support each other, distance be damned!

Thank you all for your support!


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Cigs were the hardest thing I ever quit

tried everything- what worked was a drug called Champix. You take it for 12 weeks- but after 1 or 2 days of taking it you constantly feel like you just had a cigarette- and therefore no desire to smoke. Congrats Mr Nystrom! As for you, with 17 days under your belt you may never have to try Champix, but for the hardcore smoking DPers out there, you may want to ask your dr about it. I tried gum, patches, lozenges-you name it, Champix was the only thing that has worked for me. Its important to keep taking it for the full 12 weeks though. People stop smoking after 2 days and have NO desire to smoke- so they quit taking it- then 3 weeks later they light up. After 12 weeks the habit/behavior is well behind you and you have a much better chance of never smoking again.

Good resolution!

I suggest intense exercise whenever you are having anxiety problems or tension as a result of quitting. I haven't smoked very much, but I did develop a binge drinking problem last year and decided to nip it in the bud before it turned into something nastier.

It isn't always possible to go to the gym or for a jog, since most of us have very busy schedules, but I've found that weight training and running (or better yet swimming) go a long way in helping reduce the stress and tension that usually lead to craving a drink or a smoke. The harder you push yourself, the more it helps.

Try having some dumbbells around the house, and whenever you have a craving, just grab them and do some curls, pushups, etc. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous but it does help! Plus you will be in great shape after a few months :)

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"The sinews of war are infinite money" ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Mike, Been off the smokes for


Been off the smokes for years now. So my advice is good. Take it from me, it's what you don't do that counts.

Don't buy 'em.
Don't touch 'em.
Don't stick 'em in your mouth.

Three simple rules.

You can't lose.

Be well.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard


What worked for myself was honestly looking at two things:

1) My health suffered badly.

2) I was actually paying the fruits of my labour to cause this to happen to myself!

So then after a few years of quiting/starting again I finally quit for good...that was some 25 years ago and I feel so much better for doing it.

It is a titanic battle of you against...yourself.
YOU are the one lighting up and smoking, not the other way around. You are more in control of your free actions than the addiction lets on about.
It is only an addiction because you let it be one.

You can do it and only you know when that will be. :)

RON2012PAUL...The r3VOLution continues...
"I always win"
+GOLD and SILVER are money+

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#1. vs. #2. is a pretty tough pill to swallow. Once you get your head wrapped around that one, you don't want to touch them.

Titanic battle. I won it once, then let my guard down. Forgot how important it was; forgot how easy it is to fall off the wagon, and how difficult it is to get back on. I won't let it happen again, believe me.

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How much were cigarettes when you quit?

I just paid $7.20 for a pack.


When I was young clerk at my dad's store a pack of cigarettes was 75 cents. lol

We would get people call the store and ask if we had Prince Albert in a can and when we said yes, they would say you better let him out. lol

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The first time I quit

was when they crossed $5 per pack.

In my most recent go'round, I was paying $8.50. Imagine that.

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I'm an idiot

I could probably account for $2000 just in my back yard. Could you imagine just burning and tossing something else worth that much? At least the doobie makes you feel good. What do cigarettes even do? They taste all crappy and stink like nobody's business. But I suck down 40 a day like they're going out of style. I must adore paying taxes or stinking or both. I really need to stop.
You're making a wise decision.

Best of luck with your resolution, Michael!

Mine is this... to create a local publication with a few friends that will highlight artists who are not afraid to create art that exposes the truth. It will mean bucking the system and exposing the lies that are so heavily funded in the art world, but I am confident that it will succeed. This trend is already beginning with some young artists, and I can see it snowballing as the tired old system of fake "liberalism" in the arts is exposed for the sham it is and is replaced with a true appreciation for beauty and the promise of freedom based on the original seven liberal arts that form the Trivium method.

The publication will be molded along the lines of a weekly alternative news rag, though at first it will likely be monthly. It will also feature listings of upcoming events, as well as reviews of art exhibits, concerts, films, lots of political commentary, health news, economic analysis, etc. Once we have a winning formula we will open source it so that other cities can take the ball and run with it.

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Good luck Vince

Please share it with us when you're done.

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I only smoked for a few days

when I was 17...did not like it at all.

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Radioactive tobacco


This is what causes cancer. It comes from an artifical phosphate fertilizer that is used to grow all tobacco crops in the U.S.

Smoking wouldn't be near as bad for you if we just rolled up a tobacco leaf like the Indians did. What make modern cigs so dangerous is the chemical fertilizer used to grow the tobacco - calcium phophate - which startes the radioactive decay sequence when you light it up, starting with Polonium 210. Yes, there is more radioactivity per gram in a commerical cig than an A-Bomb! THAT'S what gives you tumors; the radioactivity, not the tar! Yet another dimension to the daily assault we're under....BTW, it's been a law since the 1950's I think, that all tobacco crops in the US must be grown with calcium phosphate. Gee, do you think they're purposely trying to kill us? Got to keep those respiratory therapists in business...

Here's how I did it

But you have to be mentally ready to take it on.......

1. Try smoking less ..when you feel the craving coming on, try to wait one more minute b4 firing up...think about something else, ANYTHING else except smoking.... then try to stretch that out another minute next time, and one more minute, and so on so it becomes more of a choice than a habit.

2 Try to not smoke the whole cigarette....try 1/2...eventually get it down to just a few puffs to ease the cravings.

3. Avoid foods that compliment cigarettes...spicy stuff, chocolate, coffee, alcohol (that also means avoiding bars and other people who smoke/drink for ahwile).

4. When eating, end a meal with something that makes tobacco taste bad, like dairy, fruit, potatoes..

5. Buy a different brand whenever you get a new pack. If you smoke menthol, get non-menthol or vice versa. If you don't like the way they taste, you'll smoke less.

6. Switch to natural cigarettes like American Spirits, or Nat Shermans, eventually switch to what I call "cigarellos"...thin vanilla cigars (some of these taste really good)....so you're not inhaling, but still getting some nicotine thru your gums to help ease the cravings.

7. Smoke something else as a substitute...use your imagination on that one.

Some say the patches and gum help, some say they don't.

Those are great suggestions!

Thanks. I'm almost ready to quit.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

I'm giving up......


Good one

Now I don't want to quit!

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

I will never touch one again.

If I touch any cigarette material from now on it will be one of those harmless electronic ones.

I put my morals in check this season.

I've recently

been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called lupus, and it's been getting me down. My New Year's resolution is to stop playing the victim and beat this thing!

Lupus Girl Goes RAW (she had the skin thing also)

"I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, for today is the first day of the rest of my lupus free life. Who would have thought that by healing my body I would find a new passion in my life in the process?"
~Lisa LaMendola

hint: search rawfood + cure + lupus

Raw Food Society of British Colombia
A Great Start for Beginners -
Why All Should Eat Only Raw Foods Always -Dr. Bernarr
Transitioning to a Healthy Raw Diet, the Easy Way -Doug Graham
The End of Cooking? -Lynda Strahl (www.veg-world.com)
The 21 Steps to Success -Robert Reid (1998)

Fasting, Sunshine, Pure Eating, & Love - Ray Kent

Detoxification - Ray Kent

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Raw food diets

have been very challenging for me to follow. I could experiment with putting more raw food into my diet, though. Maybe I could start by going back to sprouting. Love those fresh mung bean sprouts!


I am so sorry.......what are your symptoms so far?

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut


dermal, lesions on my face (that's what drove me to the dermatologist who made the diagnosis, but it's almost completely cleared up now), in my mouth (mostly healed now: I'd lost fifteen pounds because I couldn't eat, but now I can), on my hands (I can use them almost normally now), and on my back (itchy but not painful, but still wish they'd go away).

I'm fortunate in that I have the rare subcutaneous type of lupus instead of the more common systemic type, and there's no evidence (at least not yet) of internal organ involvement, so it's not potentially fatal, but it's bad enough. My skin is no big deal, but I'm fatigued and I have the rheumatoid symptoms: achy hands and joints.

It's not my intent to complain, but you asked, so I told you. And thanks for asking, sometimes venting is a great help. If you happen to be a religious type, please pray for me, if not, just send good thoughts and energy. Either way, know I will beat this. Happy New Year!

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I'm so sorry to hear this.

It is natural that you would fall into a depressed state over this.

I know that you don't want to complain, but I think it is important to get out the feelings of frustration - just get them out so they're not circulating inside of you.

I don't see this as complaining - you're just stating the facts of your condition, as well as the fact that you'll beat this. Determination, and a positive attitude is so important. For some reason, as I write this, the book 'A Course in Miracles' comes to mind.


I've never read the book myself, but in my other readings in healing / self help / spirituality / psychology I have seen it mentioned over and over again, so I thought I'd pass it along.

Best of luck and take care. I will be praying for you.

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I have

a copy of that book somewhere. I've recently moved, so I'll have to dig it out. Thanks for the suggestion, and your prayers.

Dr. Gerson was curing lupus back in the 1920s.

He cured Dr Albert Sweitzer's wife of lupus. Dr Sweitzer, Nobel Prize winner was cured of type II diabetes himself. He called Dr. Gerson a medical genius. His treatment has 50% cure rate for pancreatic cancer.

I started a weekly (not daily treatment including 5 pounds of raw carrots and an apple or two a day, no grain diet) for my "creeping crud". Detoxifying my 55 year old liver so it can do its cleanup jobs along with proper nutrition seems to be working.

So I bought their book. Amazing and simple plan: relieve nutritional deficiency and clear systemic toxicity to the body can heal itself. FWIW.

Creeping crud whatever its real name is a pain. I pray you'll find relief.

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Since medical "science" is limited, I will look for your book and give its contents a try. Thanks for your comment, and your prayers.

Here's a link to their site.


Your most welcome.

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Thanks for the links! I suspect I could use some lifestyle changes!