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MikeFWT210's Smoking Cessation Thread: Day 120 (Start: 1 January 2014)

Three Years Without A Cigarette! by Mr. Nystrom
For those considering quitting smoking by Mr. Nystrom
Smoking and Individual Liberty at The American Thinker
Quit Smoking Message Boards -- Joined, 31 Jan 14
A timeline of what to expect from your body, while quitting at WhyQuit.com
So quitting is getting easier? Don't EVER let your guard down! by QSMB member "Craig"

Have you quit recently or in the past? Please feel free to comment and share your experiences below!

April 30, 2014

I'm almost complete with my fourth month of not smoking. I have an admission though... A couple weekends ago, I went to a bbq at a friend's house. Had a few drinks. Went outside with my buddy who smokes, and I ended up having one myself. I'm extremely disappointed in myself that I let that happen, but it did. Perhaps it wasn't a bad thing after all. For weeks leading up to that weekend I've been craving like mad. After that night, I haven't had a single craving since. I am aware that I shouldn't get myself into a mindset that if my quit gets hard I should go ahead and feed the monkey. As much as that cigarrete has helped me in the following weeks, it's not something I need to be making a habit of.

Sorry for disappointing you, DP! Good news is, I didn't start up full time again, and as I said, all cravings have become non-existent. Hopefully it stays that way, but once a junkie always a junkie, lol.

April 10, 2014

100 DAYS!!! Can't believe I'm finally in the triple digits! Perhaps I'll celebrate with a cigarette today. I think I've earned it!

Kidding by the way!!! :) I'm still having subtle cravings here and there, but at this point, I would hate to start the ticker at day 1 again. I made it 100 days, why mess that up??

Thanks DP, for giving me a platform to track my progress. It's much appreciated!

March 29, 2014

Well I haven't updated this in a couple weeks. I went to my bookmarks earlier today to post last week's #Alt18 and noticed this was bumped yesterday. Thanks DFarrell for checking up, I'm still trucking along! I must admit that I too have been having some intense cravings lately. I think it's as Michael Nystrom mentioned in a comment below... I'm becoming more lax in my quit since so much time has passed. It's really wierd because a few weeks into my quit, cigarettes started to smell NASTY. 88 days in, and they are starting to smell good again!!!! I haven't given in to the cravings though. My girlfriend hasn't attempted quitting yet, and I'm still not putting the pressure on her to either, although she is getting closer mentally to trying. Granted she isn't smoking while we drive anymore, since I got the new car, lol.

Take care DP. I'll check in again soon!

March 11, 2014

It's day 70. I had a few paragraphs written here. Somehow my browser decided to go "Back" and I lost it all. Now I have no motivation to rewrite what I wrote. Perhaps I will later...


March 4, 2014

Day 63. Here we go! Month 3!


February 25, 2014

I had a craving a couple of days ago. I was at Walgreens picking up a couple things. When I got to the register, the cashier had to go ask his manager a question, leaving me for about 2-3 minutes to just stare at the vast wall o' cigarettes. I eyes fell on those neat little rows of "Camel Menthol Silvers" and I got a craving...

The cashier returned and rang me up and I quickly paid and moved on to my next objective... the ATM (which is right next to the register). Then, like some cruel joke from the Universe, the customer behind me orders 3 packs of "Camel Menthol Silvers" and my craving literally TRIPLED. I had to get out of there... I finished my business and left a trail of dust in the parking lot.

Today is day 56, cigarette-free. I was sure that I had moved beyond cravings, but I guess I was wrong. Once a junkie always a junkie, I suppose... I now realize that even though I'm almost 2 months without a cigarette, the monkey on my back can still rear it's ugly head and whisper in my ear. I'm proud to say that I didn't give in, and I'm still driving on.

Thanks DP and QSMB!


February 19, 2014

50 days!!!! Halfway to 100...


February 18, 2014

49 days. 7 weeks. Almost 2 months complete. I'm chubbier, but breathing better, hahahaha. Guess I'll just have to continue working out and eating better! Granted... I've been stuffing my face the last week or 2... Not good, but I've been hungry, lol! Why must I cook so damn good!?


February 14, 2014

So I guess it's true? You quit smoking, you gain weight. I've been eating better and working out more, but I have still managed to gain weight these last 45 days. I had height and weight taken at drill this past weekend, and I guess I am officially over 200 pounds. Haven't weighed that much since about 2010.


February 11, 2014

1 month, 11 Days. 42 total days. I had drill this past weekend.

January 11, 2014

Today turned out to be a tough day. I knew this weekend was going to be a challenge because for me, military duty and smoking go hand-in-hand. There's so much time to kill that I would smoke all the time during drill weekends.

I craved initially during the 1+ drive to Denver. Then craved all day while on duty. The worst, was the drive home! I could TOTALLY go for a cigarette, like right NOW, too. Glad to say I got through it though.

Here's something interesting. Yesterday, day 10, someone walked by me to put a cig in the butt can. I got a whiff of how we REALLY smelled. That kind of surprised me.

In 30 minutes 11 COMPLETE days will have finished, and the 12th shall begin.

Tomorrow is another drill day...

This time, drill was about 95% effortless. I say 95%, because there was a couple moments of me playing Squad Leader where I would have liked to get away for ANYTHING, cigarette included. I didn't let it get me down though. I've come too far to give up, so now I've endured a second drill weekend, smoke-free.

42 Days.... Can you believe it's been SIX WEEKS already!?

Thanks for checking in mdefarge :)


February 5, 2014

Day 36. This thread will still be "open", but I will be making less frequent updates than I did in January. The reason for this is that I am not having ANY difficulties anymore. I rarely have a craving and I highly doubt that I will pick up the habit again. It's only day 36 and I won't get ahead of myself, but I'm pretty confident. I may change the title of this thread daily to account for my time, but I may make posts (such as what you are reading now) like this on a weekly basis, and self-bumps won't be applied except for on a monthly basis. By all means, feel free to continue checking in on me, if it's been a while since I've updated.

Thanks for all the support I've been given so far these first 36 days, DP!


February 4, 2014

Day 35


January 31, 2014

Day 31. Found a forum frequented by other "quitters" at http://www.quitsmokingmessageboard.com/ and signed-up.

It's been a whole damn month and I am feeling great! I'm not really experiencing food tasting better yet (food always tastes good!), but I do notice that I'm using less salt. Cigarette smoke smells pretty awful. I'm breathing easier, and I'm not waking up in the morning hacking up a lung anymore.

Changing one aspect of my life has led me to change others as well. I'm working out again and eating MUCH better! I'm more active while at work, by not taking elevators etc. I haven't eradicated GMOs from my diet completely yet, but let's take one step at a time! I'm also considering dropping the wheat.

For the hell of it... I weighed myself a couple days ago at 196. Hopefully we'll be seeing that number go down, while my avoided cigarettes, saved money, and workout days go up!


January 30, 2014

Only a couple more days until January is an official smoke-free month!


January 29, 2014

Day 29 for me.

Have you quit smoking this year or in the past? Share your experiences and comment below!


January 28, 2014

Day 28. It's been four whole weeks since I've stopped smoking and I'm still going strong. I've even started working out again... although today will be only day 4 of the that, lol. I'm totally breathing a whole lot better now. I used to wake up every morning hacking up something for the first 10 minutes. I wake up now and my lungs are clear. Of course, it will take a long while before they completely clear out, if they ever do.

3 more days in January and I'll have been a month-long non-smoker. Feels pretty good! :)


January 25, 2014

25 days into my smoking cessation and I feel like I can do anything. I've been wanting to start working out again for the longest time. Either I forget, or I just feel lazy so I put it off for "tomorrow". I finally got my butt up and onto the treadmill yesterday, for what I'm hoping is Day 1 of a new routine; working out after work.

Another thing I'd like to change is my HORRIBLE HABIT of nail-biting. It's a little embarrassing to talk about, but I really have a problem with my fingers being in my mouth. I've been chewing on my fingers since I was a child... in fact, I was probably gumming my fingers as a baby. As a young child I saw my dad bite his nails, and the action imprinted in my psyche.

The hardest aspect of stopping the nail-biting, compared to smoking, is that this habit is subconscious. At least with smoking, I had to make a conscious effort not to put a cigarette in my mouth. I bite my nails without even realizing it. I've tried the "no-bite" polishes before, but they don't work.

Well... this one is going to be a little tougher, but I shall try...


January 24, 2014

Still going strong! Just haven't really updated this much, because there isn't much new going on.


January 21, 2014

3 weeks. 21 days. ~492 consecutive smoke-free hours.

Only one week to go until it's been ONE MONTH!!!!

Nothing really new to add to my situation other than I got drunk the other night (accidently, lol). Alcohol and drinking was a trigger, and I hardly even thought about smoking.

I still get cravings from time to time, but I really don't think about it much anymore. It's getting waaaay too easy now. Smokers stink to me now (although I'll make an exception for the beautiful girl I've been spending my time with lately. She's a smoker, but I don't hold that against her. She's waaaaay too awesome, cool, fun, funNY, and sexy for cigarettes to be a deal-breaker. Nothing official yet, but things are going good).


January 18, 2014

Ok, so I was moving boxes from my apartment to my car last night. My neighbors were outside smoking and I had to walk through them as I went back and forth...

Oh my god... If going back to ZERO days isn't motivation enough for me to stay away from cigarettes, the SMELL certainly IS.

It's Day 18.

Had I boughten packs on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, and 17th

= 9 packs of cigarettes

X ~5 FRNs/pack

=~45 FRNs saved, since I quit smoking. Silver Spot Price: 20.28


January 17, 2014

I may have to stop making daily updates to this thread. I'm running out of things to say.


January 16, 2014

So I guess I had a few things on my mind yesterday, but I'm feeling much better. I probably could have gone for a burn session, but I kept up the FORWARD™ progress. Today marks Day 16 of my cessation, 100% smoke-free.

Halfway through the month. Another half to go!


January 15, 2014

Day 15. Not much to say today.


January 14, 2014

Day 14. In 12 hours, I will have made it EXACTLY TWO WEEKS smoke-free!

So far, thanks to all who've stopped by and cheered me on. You all have definitely helped pushed me along this journey. I'm nowhere close to being DONE yet, but the progress I've made is outstanding.

I know I mentioned drill weekends in earlier posts, but I honestly didn't think that I could have made it those 2 days. I found myself counting the SECONDS this weekend.


January 13, 2014

It's day 13. I made it both days of drill without smoking a cigarette. If I can make it through drill, I can make it through anything. It's gotta be all downhill from here!

I am still starting to actually smell smokers. It's really surprising how much I didn't realize I stunk, lol.

Might update this later. Gonna start moving today.


January 11, 2014

Today turned out to be a tough day. I knew this weekend was going to be a challenge because for me, military duty and smoking go hand-in-hand. There's so much time to kill that I would smoke all the time during drill weekends.

I craved initially during the 1+ drive to Denver. Then craved all day while on duty. The worst, was the drive home! I could TOTALLY go for a cigarette, like right NOW, too. Glad to say I got through it though.

Here's something interesting. Yesterday, day 10, someone walked by me to put a cig in the butt can. I got a whiff of how we REALLY smelled. That kind of surprised me.

In 30 minutes 11 COMPLETE days will have finished, and the 12th shall begin.

Tomorrow is another drill day...


January 10, 2014

Day 10, ~228 hours.

The first few days I would have these thoughts to myself, "You can smoke one, who would know!?"

I would know, and I won't let that happen.

I don't think that thought crossed my mind at all yesterday. Improvement? We'll see :)


January 9, 2014

It's a little past 1000am here in Colorado. I'm a little late to update this, this morning, because I can't think of what to say...

I'm still having cravings. I'm still enduring 100% smoke-free. It's still hard, but I guess it's getting somewhat easier as time goes on.

It's Day 9. 7am this morning was ~204 hours.


January 8, 2014

Yesterday I went looking for a car up in Denver. The dealer ended up being a moron, because he spent way too much on 2 cars that were both listed by KBB as 5500. He wouldn't go below 8000.

Anyways, that kinda pissed me off yesterday. I had gotten my hopes up that one of those cars would have been mine. When it fell through, the jonesing I felt was INTENSE.

But I endured, and now we are on Day 8 (~180 hours), 100% smoke-free.

I made it about 2 or 3 weeks off cigarettes last year, before getting back onto the wagon. Although technically, I was still smoking probably 1 cig a day in that time-frame.

This time around, I've surpassed my previous smoke-free record from last year. I may have made it 2 or 3 weeks last year, but I wasn't 100% smoke/nicotine-free during that time.


January 7, 2014

At approximately 7pm tonight, I will have gone a complete WEEK 100% smoke-free. That will be 168 hours without a cigarette. Cold Turkey.

From July 2013, 1 week, 2 days in to quitting:
"I don't join them when they smoke, but I HAVE joined them a couple times. I'd say my "join a friend for a smoke" batting average is about .900 or better. Meaning, about 90% of the time my friends smoke, I don't. When I DO burn one, it's not because I'm craving. It's mostly because I'm bored."

This time around, on Day 7, my "not-smoking batting-average" is 1.000.

Let's have some fun...

I was averaging a pack every other day. If I were to have boughten packs on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th; At an average of 5 FRNs a pack, I have already saved 20 FRNs in the first week.

Current spot price for an ounce of silver bullion is: 19.94 FRNs.

I have saved up enough money, by quitting cigs, to afford a silver coin at Hallenbeck's.


January 4, 2014

As of last night around 7pm, I've reached the 72-hour milestone. Currently we're at about 84 hours smoke-free. If you're wondering, I'm not really tracking my progress by the hour, they're just estimates, lol. Today is day 4, and I think the next milestone to reach for is the 1 week mark.

The most difficult times for me, cravings-wise, is driving and post-meal times. Those were always my favorite cigs. Hanging in there though. Check back in later.

Reading over my past experience around this time, this is the time that I broke down and rewarded myself with... a cigarette. After 3 days of quitting last year, this is the time that I started to ease myself BACK ONTO THE WAGON. That won't happen this time. I'm 100% smoke-free for 86 hours now.

Just went on a break. I go upstairs to the smoking area and a friend of mine is out there. Let's call him Sgt. Turner. I mention how I quit, and he mentions how he got an e-cigarette and hasn't smoked real cig since. He offered me a taste. I said, "No, I'm trying to kick nicotine altogether. If I do that my progress would be shot." He asks, how long I've been without, to which I reply that I'm on day 4, approx. 88 hours. He pushes, "Nicotine is out after 72, you'll be alright." I said no. Even if it IS an e-cig, I didn't want to put myself through the "enjoyment" of a hit of nicotine.


January 3, 2014

Today is Day 3! As of 1103 MST, I'm at about 64 hours smoke-free. The cat is out of the bag here at work. In fact, co-workers are now betting on my failure. There's a little bit of douchebaggery going on here, HAHAHA, but it's all in good fun. They don't understand why I keep going out to the smoking area even while I'm quitting. They simply don't understand the whole "ride the wave, be aware of your cravings, what resists-persists" mindset that I am currently in.


January 2, 2014

Had some difficult moments yesterday! The drive home from work and post-dinner time had me jonesing like crazy. I didn't fight the feeling though. As MN has suggested, "ride it like a wave." No heavy cravings so far this morning.

As of 0745 MST, I've made it 36 hours, smoke-free.

So, I guess I may have been "showing" at work today. My boss said I seemed "on edge". Haha, I suppose I was a little at the time, but the feeling passed when I took a break and went outside. I think my uneasiness at the time was more indicative of being in a windowless office in a basement with more people in it than usual... I'm a bit of an introvert type. Of course, nicotine withdrawal probably contributed too.


January 1, 2014

Happy New Year's everyone! I smoked my last cig last night around 7pm, after dinner. Starting today, I AM A NON-SMOKER. This isn't a resolution either... I usually make resolutions for the new year like: lose weight, stop smoking, spend more time with people. They usually end in failure, which is why I have been telling myself for the last 2-3 weeks that my smoking cessation is NOT A RESOLUTION. It is simply the DATE that I shall become a NON-SMOKER.

My mornings are pretty routine; Wake up (smoke), Drive to work (smoke), 8/10/12 o'clock breaks (smoke), Drive home (smoke), etc etc.

So far I've missed my "good morning Camels" smoke, the drive to work smoke, and the 8 o'clock smoke break.

I'm going cold turkey. I'm not too stressed or worried or "jonesing" for a cig. The advice below has helped a bit, "Convince yourself that you are no longer a smoker." - davyC

It's a little after 1PM here in Colorado. We can add the 10 and 12 o'clock smoke breaks to the cigarettes I've missed today. I HAVE been going to the smoking area for my breaks, but I HAVE NOT BEEN partaking. Being around a smoker may be a bad idea at this time, but I stood strong and didn't bum one. I was out there as a NON-SMOKER, hanging with the smokers. It felt kinda good.

Right now, I am jonesing a little bit. It'll pass.


December 30, 2013

Smoked my last Am. Spirit. I won't be buying another pack to close out the year. I don't want to have any left over when the 1st arrives. Since it's technically not the 1st yet, I have decided to get an early start on my cessation. That being said, I will allow myself to bum a smoke off someone if I REALLY need it, but only until midnight 1/1/14.


December 28, 2013

Usually smoke "Camel Menthol Silvers". In preparation of my coming cessation, I bought a pack of "American Spirit Menthols". I doubt they actually ARE 100% additive free (still "FSC"), but I needed to break away from the Camels.


December 13, 2013

Congratulations to Michael Nystrom on his three years, and thanks for your recent thread: For those considering quitting smoking...

I had made it pretty close to the end of July 2013 before I got back onto the wagon. Some things went down with my former roommate/best friend that put a lot of stress on me. At this point, it's just an excuse, but I'm not done with my cessation. My new quit date is 1/1/2014 and I won't fail this time.

----Failed Attempt----

Anyone want to quit with me?

I think I enjoy smoking cigarettes ... or maybe it's the addiction that makes me "think" that I do. In either case, I feel like the time has come to call it quits. I've tried many times, but almost my entire circle of friends are smokers and I come from a smoking family. It's harder when you're around it all the time. I quit when I tried Chantix, but started back up after a few months. I've also quit for a couple of months by using the gum and another time cold-turkey. I'm going to try hypnosis this time. I just applied for a free screening, so it's still to be determined. I'm open to hypnosis so we'll see.

Anyways, this post isn't really for the DP, but more for myself to have a public record that will hold me accountable. My goal is the keep this updated with progress, which will hopefully motivate me to continue the effort.


June 4th, 2013

Decided it's time to quit. Applied for Hypnosis Pre-Screen.



Things fell through with the hypnotist. He's all like, "I can get you taken care of in a session and a half! I'll even give you 50% off per session!" Then he told me that sessions before discounts are 800 FRNs per. Sorry Mr. Hypnotist, I'd rather keep my money and quit on my own!


July 2, 2013

Decided that the pack that I had in my possession, will be "THE LAST PACK". Current smoking speed at 1 pack per 1.5 days or 1 cigarette every 1-2 hours. Roommate also decides on her last pack, but buys one more pack for "emergencies (lol)" and she wanted to try the new Newport Lights.


July 3, 2013

Smoked the last cigarette of "The Last Pack" around 0730 in the morning. Smoke-free until 7pm. After dinner I had one, then had another on the way to work at 9pm from the "community pack" of Newport Lights.


July 4, 2013

(I'm an Overnight Worker) Been smoke-free since 9pm last night. Not really craving, but I have one cig on me, just in case. My typical work night is from 930p-530a, with AT LEAST 3 smoke breaks around 1130, 0130, and 0330. Currently it's 0136 and I'm not worrying about it. I'm feeling just fine.

Smoked at 4am after eating a snack here at work. Smoked again at 7am when I got home from work. Slept, woke up at 1, and smoked at 230pm. Been smoke-free since then (about 8 hours ago). Brought ZERO cigarettes to work tonight.


July 5, 2013

The night is just getting started. Haven't had a cigarette since 230pm (10 hours ago), yesterday, but I'm feeling fine right now.

Going to bed soon. Smoke-free for 17 hours. Think about it every once in a while, but it's not bothering me. Feeling just fine.

Good morning world. Smoke-free for 25 hours.

Time for work. Smoke-free for 31 Hours.


July 6, 2013

Halfway through the work-shift. 35 hours down. Supervisor called in tonight, so I am filling in. Lots of stuff happening tonight (more than usual) and it's kind of stressing me out. Ugh.... I'll be fine...

36 Hours down. All discrepancies are taken care of now and the stress is gone. Cravings have subsided. Told you I'd be fine, lol :)

40 Hours. Drive home was a little difficult because the co-worker I carpool with was smoking in the car. You people who think cigarettes stink are crazy, because I think that crap smells delicious, lol. No big deal though. Got through it and it's all good. Time for bed soon.

Back to work. Luckily it's my "Friday". 56 hours down. I admit to having a little bit of a craving right now.


July 7, 2013

A little over half-way through the shift. 60 hours down. I figure I'll stop tracking hours once I get to 72... 12 more hours to go.

Good morning world. It's 230pm on Sunday. Officially 72 hours smoke-free. 3 days down.


July 9, 2013

My weekend is over, and I'm back to work. Today marks day 5 of my smoking cessation. My roommate couldn't hang with me, so she is back to smoking. I won't lie, I had a couple of cigs over the weekend, but for the most part, I'm still smoke-free. No one is perfect :-P. It's about 10 minutes to midnight, July 10, 2013.


July 10, 2013

Midnight at work. Today will be day 6. Cravings are gone for the most part. I would say that the physical addiction is gone. All that remains is the mental addiction, which will be harder to break. Gettin it done.


July 13, 2013

1 week and 2 days down. Not smoking is getting easier as the days pass. Beeman is right. The real test comes when you're around other smokers. I carpool with a smoker, who burns one during the drive, to and from work. My roommate is also a smoker, who burns about 1 cig every hour or two. Honesty is my policy here. I don't join them when they smoke, but I HAVE joined them a couple times. I'd say my "join a friend for a smoke" batting average is about .900 or better. Meaning, about 90% of the time my friends smoke, I don't. When I DO burn one, it's not because I'm craving. It's mostly because I'm bored. I do need to break the bored/smoking connection. Overall, my progress is coming along good, and I'm happy with it so far. My breathing is getting better and I'm feeling great.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump for Mike -

How are things going?

I'm coming up on three years, in a couple of days, on the 13th.

Hope everything has gone according to plan!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Thanks Michael for checking in!

Your posts this morning reminded me of mine, and I just realized you had given me a bump a few days ago. Thanks for checking in, but I failed in my previous attempt. My former roommate/best friend and I had a falling out, when he had some sort of mental breakdown and lost(stole?) about 1000 FRNs worth of my personal property, and the cleanup job I had to do in my house from his pseudo-hoarding. I'm still dealing with his aftermath to this day, by helping his ex-girlfriend (who also lives with me) with her child, babysitting and such.

I've set a new quit date for 1/1/2014, and this will be the last time I EVER have to set a quit date. I'm already cutting back in preparation for the new year. 2014: new year, new place to live, no more dealing with friends as roommates, and living MY OWN life without taking responsibility for other people's lives.

Congratulations on reaching your 3-year mark, Michael!

Here's to another 3 years. Cheers mate.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ok, good job

When I realized that my three year mark was coming up, I came looking to see how you were doing.

No worries. Those stressful events can do it to you. I was quit for 6-1/2 years, and then I met a stressful event called the RNC in 2008, and I was surrounded by a bunch of friends who were smokers to boot, and that's how I got started up again.

And like I said somewhere else, I probably tried quitting 20 times before I actually was able to finally do it. I don't think that is an exaggeration.

The important thing was that each time, I learned something. The very first time I tried to quit, after one week, I gave myself a 'reward' - a cigarette!!! Dumb idea. But I learned something.

With your last attempt, you were quit for a long time. That means you know you can do it. You also have a duration to aim for the next time - a new personal record. After you surpass that, each day will mark a new personal record, and that is something you don't want to throw away.

Congratulations on your choice to quit.

I know you can do it. Hell, if I can do it, I know anyone can.

Know that I'm out there pulling for you, praying for you.

Best wishes, and hey - do me a favor. Enjoy these last few weeks of smoking for me ;Q

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts
BMWJIM's picture

That is great Michael. Just

made 2 years on October 29th. I don't miss it at all.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

deacon's picture

you make it sound easy

i have tried to quit for quite some time
won't say for how long :)
keep up the great work,you might inspire me to try again

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Today is 1 week and 2 days


My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Good progress.

It's great to hear your breathing has improved. That would mean a lot to me.

Hang in there

The real test comes when you get around friends that still smoke.

Take it from someone that quit 30+ years ago, you can do it. I quit by smoking 2 cartons in a 4 days, no sleep and returning to work at 3 am to drive truck. I didn't even look at a cig for 3 days after that it was all down hill.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Today will be day 6

Midnight bump

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

60 Hour Bump

2 and 1/2 days. So close to getting these first 3 days over with!

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters


Breathe the free air again, my friend.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
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Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Linda Cross's picture

I smoked for over 45 years!

I quit Oct 13th 2011 at 6PM and not one cigarette since. I didn't have a "last" cigarette. I quit in the middle of a pack in the middle of a carton. I kept the carton in a drawer for a year or so and finally threw it away. What happened 10/13/11? I took my first drag on an electric cigarette and liked it, on my second drag I said to myself "I will never have to smoke another cigarette again", and I didn't.

Telling others, as you are doing, does help. I waited until Christmas that year and told my family and announced on Facebook "Merry Christmas, I have quit smoking!"

It wasn't easy. I still wanted a cigarette, but every time I did I would puff away on the Green Smoke cig., which was continuously at first. I was using cigs with nicotine, at first, and puffing all the time would give me too much nicotine, so I got some with no nicotine and only used the nicotine ones every 10 minutes.

There were 4 different levels of nicotine. I worked my way down. I don't recall how long, but it was over 6 months before I was nicotine free and over a year before I completely stopped wanting to puff on those cigarettes.

Non smokers can be so irritating. Even when I was vaping zero nicotine cigs, they would get after me and tell me I didn't need those. Ignore them, smoke all you want, zero nicotine electric cigs are harmless.

I'm not sure when it happened, but I gradually used the cig less and less until I wasn't using them at all. I would leave home and forget to take one with me. Now I don't use them at all because I don't want a cigarette. Oh, once in a while, like if I go fishing, or sitting on the beach watching the fireworks with the guy beside me smoking a cigarette, I think "sure would be nice to have a Green Smoke right now!" but I never have them with me, and the feeling passes.

E cigs cost about one third as much as smoking real cigs. You start saving money the first day. You rob the government of all those taxes they put on cigarettes. Big Pharma will also not want you to quit. They will try to get you to use their non working, harmful, stop smoking aides. Big tobacco doesn't want you to quit either. They have made it illegal for e cig companies to advertise as a stop smoking devise. I'm not affiliated with an e cig company, so I can tell you the truth!

I recommend Green Smoke brand for the best taste, the most natural looking and feeling smoke, and the easiest to use.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

Good job, Mike.

This may help:
NCI bacon.jpg

It sure does!

Bacon helps everything!

Thanks ducks :)

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Years ago

I wanted a stereo system I could not afford. So I calculated how much I spent on cigs a month. It was easy to determine how many smoke free months it would take to get what I wanted. The best part was after the stereo was paid off, I could move on to something else. At today's prices I figure I could buy 15 ounces of silver a month. Next question, do I want to quit drinking? Well maybe cut down by 50%, lol.

It's only been 36 hours...

Which is NOT very long... a day and a half...

But I'm still happy about my 36 hours, so... shameless self-bump.

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Way to go.

Hang in there.

Thanks farmer

Keeping track of the progress is helping a lot, lol. I was thinking of asking a co-worker for a smoke, but then I was like..."BUT THEN I'LL BE AT 0 HOURS AGAIN!!!!" Not today.... :)

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I haven't smoked since new years

I pride myself on my resolve. When I decide to do something I like to follow through.

That alone, however, is not enough to have made me quit smoking.
Rather, it was a realization I had the last day of last year, which consisted of two parts:
1. If you don't want to quit something, you can never truly quit it - you will instead be constantly combating your desires.
2. If you want to quit something but won't, it's a question of your resolve.

You either smoke because you want to or you don't because you don't.
Anything else and you have character flaws that you should seek to root out.

I truly analyzed the question that day like I hadn't before. I fleshed out all of the pros and cons in their order of relevance, and I made a decision. There's no need to revisit that decision because it's been made with a high level of confidence. If I can't even have resolve in my own decisions, they're not really worth anything. I have resolve in my political opinions, why not whether or not I smoke? I have resolve in my business affairs, why not whether or not I smoke? I have resolve in whom I love, why not whether or not I smoke? There's no reason. It's not because of chemicals, it's because of choices. Blaming chemicals is a crutch. It's also lazy. It's like saying, "Yeah I don't want to learn to walk, I'd rather crawl, because walking entails falling down a few times at first." Assuming that walking is the desirable and desired goal, then the temporary pain or discomfort caused by getting there is far superior to permanently remaining in a less desirable and desired situation.

A couple of things that are secret.

Smoking provides nutrition, but it's not balanced.

Smoke from plants contain the minerals the body needs. Lighting up vaporizes the minerals for inhalation.

The smoke also contains nicotine which is broken down by the liver with the help of copper into vitamin B3 and B6.

However, the sign that one's copper is being used up is greying hair, wrinkles, varicose veins and aneurysms in arteries and joint and tendon problems. Basically copper and Vitamin C are needed to keep the body's elastic materials, elastic.

Where will the 77 minerals, nicotine (B3,B6) come from?

Start taking the 90 essential nutrients then cigarettes have nothing your body needs that it can't safely get.

I did the 90 for 90 days, then I ran out of my pipe tobacco on Sunday two weeks ago.

I am no longer burdened by the tars damaging my lung tissue.

I think about the monkey, but the cravings aren't enough to make a trip to the tobacconist.

Only nutritionally deficient people have to smoke and drink. Properly nourished individuals are free to take it or leave it.

Fight the body, you lose. It's that simple

Free includes debt-free!


I been trying out different vapes. I still want one that's the size of a smoke and gives a good impact on the pump organ but I tried a couple here and there and I bet there's one out there for me.

I can see it working. I find the right one I'm gonna give it a try.

Again for the newb: tell me what's the size/shape of the cig and has a good impact, resistence to draw and I love watching something come out of my mouth. Natural ingredients or as close to as possible. Please tell me, help me sum it up.

I'd written the whole issue off but because of you guys....

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.


Finally updated

Went from quitting via hypnotism to cold turkey. Roommate decided to quit as well, so there are no full-time smokers in my house anymore. Got some support and we are on our way.

I'm quitting cold turkey. The plan is to just stop/cut back A LOT, until I'm finished for good.

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The answer is organic cigarettes, not "cold turkey" or fake nico

Nicotine is in all organic plants. What's not natural is smoking and burning processed additives; burning and inhaling 100 pesticides, and all around smoking preservatives. It's certainly not healthy to smoke anything per say; but to single out tobacco as the single "cancer causing" plant is completely misleading.

You'll notice less urges if you switch to organic cigarettes (American Spirit offers two varieties). This now becomes no different than how people marvel from "marijuana safety". As long as your nutritionally healthy; the cigarettes now are far less controlling and far more casual. Lifestyle.

You do know

that all cigarettes were "organically" grown when the Nazis found out they caused cancer, right? The additives didn't exist back then. Even RJReynolds still grew "organic" tobacco when the Surgeon General's warning was created. The additives really didn't start appearing until the 70s, and freebasing of nicotine and all the other nasty chemicals it requires wasn't introduced until the 90s.

Cigarettes are bad for you, hand-rolled organic or not. Cigarettes of olde were less bad for you, but still bad enough to derive a correlation between smoking and increased cancer rates.

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat

That's simply misleading

Smoking organic plant matter is indiscriminate on the particular plant you choose to burn up; so I believe you misunderstand my point. I am saying that the harm is significantly reduced in terms of addiction and developing fast acting cancer.

Smoking is not good for you; but organic tobacco is not cause (Smoke) and direct effect in getting cancer (instant cancer attack). Smoking depletes your body of key nutrients, such as Vitamin C, which therefore allows the carbon you inhale to oxidize inside your bloodstream. This therefore creates a slow growing cancer. Theoretically, nutritionally replenishing your body between organic cigarettes would thus prevent the oxidation process and prevent the carcinogens from having an effect. Thus in any effect, the harm reduction from education on WHAT cancer actually is

(hint: you cannot catch cancer. It is not a bacteria, or virus. it is therefore too vague to be a disease)

Pay attention, friend.

I'm about to save your life.


First off, congratulations on your decision to kick the death sticks, but there's no need to replace one dangerous chemical with another; Chantix is a Pfizer product, is linked to a myriad of horrible side-effects, and of all the people I know who have tried the product, all of them began smoking again after a three month period.

If you wanna quit, there's only ONE option. Electronic cigarettes. For the past year and a half, I've replaced smoking with cancer-free, carcinogen-free, 100% organic nicotine e-liquid, and my lungs have never felt better. If your affinity towards nicotine is completely nonexistent, it's easy enough to slowly scale down the nicotine content of your e-cig until you're weaned off. That being said, if you decide you still love the stuff but not the hacking, coughing, and potential health risks, you can vape with little to no health concerns for the rest of your life.

There are lots of options out there, and I've tried 'em all, but I highly recommend www.virginvapor.com as their products are all organic and reasonably priced. Pick yourself up an eGO TWIST battery and charger, a tank of your choosing, and a few flavors to get you started. I'm a big fan of the Best Damn Tobacco, as it replicates the taste of a hand-rolled cigarette quite accurately.

Quitting is a daunting task, but it's never been easier. Even if you don't decide to stick with it, at the very least, give it a shot. You won't regret it. E-cigs saved my lungs and possibly my life; it can do the same for you, I'm sure.

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat

Yep. Vapor Works. Read on...

I started smoking a pack a day at 17, in the Army.
I'm, uh...well...I'm well into my 50's...I hate saying that!
You do the math, that's a damn steady, long term habit.
Not an easy thing to conquer, and I have tried many times.

Picked up a nice Vape unit. Don't bother with the cheapies, drop the 40.00.
Got the Camel equivalent juice at 16MG nicotine.
I don't do the flavors because I want to be done with it all, so I get the crappy tobaccy flavor! I don't want to enjoy it.
Next week, I go down to 14MG nicotine. Nice. :-)
I can't say when, but eventually I will be done with it all!

This works. Really.
After more than a year I do not smoke cigarettes. I Vape.
Based on my juice use, I'm vaping less over time also.

Buy a good unit=Get a good hit=satisfaction=no smoking!
Juice is important! Some is Food Grade PG (propylene glycol), some is Food Grade VG (vegetable glycerin).
Most is a blend of the two. Pure PG is harsh, makes you want to buy cigarettes. Pure VG seems to only be available for certain flavors. I use a blend, it works perfect.

Good with coffee in the AM.
After food.
After doing the nasty.
With beer.
Your hair don't stink!
Your clothes don't stink!
You don't stink!
Start feeling better in days! And ya didn't even know you were feeling bad!
You can taste things...everything! Yummy things!
Your skin and face look better!
Your body and mind are on a rebound so you best drink a lot of water, now and forever.
You want to do the nasty more. And then curl up with your Vape and a good book.

You can Vape in your house,
You can Vape with your spouse,
You can Vape in a bar,
You can Vape in a car,
You can Vape wherever you are!

When your friends say, "We're going outside to have a smoke",
You can rightfully view them as the heathens they are!

I've tried "quitting" before. You know how that went.
Friend: Want a smoke?
Me: Nah, I'm quitting.
(That's the problem. If I'm in the act of quitting, I'm still a smoker.)

With vapor, it went like this...from day one.
Friend: Want a smoke?
Me: I don't smoke.

I bought this thing and i don't smoke. Instantly.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

My rig.
eGo C Upgrade 650mah (dual voltage) set at 3.7v. Stainless.
Vivi II 2.0ML top feed tank using 1.8ohm wicks.
Camel/Marlboro equivalent juice @16mg nicotine and falling.
Approx. one 10ml bottle of juice per week. About six $FRN'S.

I'd wish you luck, but you don't need luck. You need to Vape!

Exercise Liberty.

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Although I own both; I feel organic is far more effective

I've tried electronic cigarettes; and yes they are delicious. But the nicotine in the liquid is derived artificially and does a far less desirable smoking experience.

Organic will provide, I argue, the same benefits while providing the experience one does not have to lose.

Smoke is smoke.

Vapor is vapor. One is tar-ridden and carcinogenic, the other is not. The reason I recommend Virgin Vapors is because the nicotine in their e-liquid is actually extracted from organic tobacco, meaning no Chinese chemicals make their way into your lungs.

I get where you're coming from. I really do. If you don't plan on quitting, smoke American Spirits, or better yet, roll your own organic blend. I did that for a while, and it was better than the Marlboros that got me addicted in the first place. That being said, to argue that doing the former or latter is equivalent to electronic cigarettes is patently false. Smoke is MUCH worse for you than vapor, no matter what kind of plant matter it is that you're consuming. My newfound ability to breathe is all the proof of this I need.

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat