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Tring to cut down and stop smoking now.
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Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:46:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Allways said if I had a health problem due to smoking I would quit. Well with my blood presure being high for some reason it sounds like it might be the time to give it another try. Not quiting cold turkey but have cut them in haft in one day and not feeling any different yet. So that is haft way there. I even went 3 hours with out my first one in the morning and probley would have smoked 3-4 by then. Cut the coffie from 3 pots to one today also. I can see it will be interesting how it goes I haven't told the wife yet. Mark H.

Gary, Mt. Hermon    Posted 02-02-2004 at 05:46:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, on June 16, 1986 I had a full right side paralysis stroke. I made a full recovery in less than 7 days, thank God; but June 16 1986 was the last day I ever smoked. It's actually easy to quit cold turkey when you have a health problem and you know it comes from smoking. Just do it. You'll never regret it.

Gary    Posted 02-02-2004 at 05:59:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
and I forgot to mention, I was only 32 at the time....

Redneck    Posted 02-02-2004 at 01:43:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope you all the luck! A friend had to quit chewing too because of high BP. You have too much around there you want to do to kick out early.

Linda in UT    Posted 02-02-2004 at 00:35:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good for you, Mark. I think with your attitude you can do it. You'll definitely see a change in your blood pressure, and it will be a good one.

In case you're not already aware of it, keep in mind that any tobacco product, especially chew, will raise your blood pressure.

Best of luck to you!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-02-2004 at 00:35:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've started to quite smokin' this last summer past. Ain't easy, still reachen.
Started out with a Welbutrin prescription from famil Dr.. Supposed to be non habit forming. That's a joke. I kinda liked that stuff. Gave me an exceptional sense of well being. I could become addicted ti that. One `script was enough. It just ain't easy after almost 60yrs.
And that ain't the worst of it. Since, I cut time-wasting drinking, menipauses wife chasen, Last Summer's cigarettes, I can't seem to see where I left my darned cutting out doll sissors.

LH    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:43:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck on kicking the habit mark. I completely gave up cigarettes over a year ago, but I substituted with cigars and am working now on kicking them altogether

Salmoneye    Posted 02-02-2004 at 04:41:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am waiting for my one-year anniversary and then I am treating myself to a Macanudo Portofino...

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:56:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried chew once and allmost ended up on both! I can't do it that way. Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 02-01-2004 at 21:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
it's never easy - i quit while i was in my stroke rehab for a month but i'm back at it again. other day a doctor said some interesting things:
1) whatever patients claim they smoke, double it. 2) the fear if dying is an effective deterrent to remind us for about a month and
3) the joy of living lasts 3 so if you can re-train into really enjoying life yourself by that time --- i've been trying :)

my handiest number reminder is that we only get 3000-3000 weekends in a lifetime, so make the most of them.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:06:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
So true!!! Mark H.

toolman    Posted 02-01-2004 at 21:53:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
first time i quit was for three months , then started again, then just decided to quit again , was driving truck lots of night shifts from 8 pm to 8am, was used to smoking all night , sure missed them, got a box of maple buds candies stuck them on the dash munched on them all the time , but never smoked since about 23 years now, i tried cutting back on them quite a few times but never lasted finally just quit cold turkey, figgered i was tougher than the addicition and would get mad at muself if i found myself getting weak, good luck you can do it , you seem to have what it takes, oh and btw the wife will know pretty soon when patience wears thin lol.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
The wife will know soon belive me. I hope I can get a handle on the anger part fast!! Mark H.

Harrison    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:54:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hang in there.Do what works for you.It is hard,Dag on hard.I know.But many people have done it before and they ain't no better than you.Don't beat yourself up if you backslide just start quiting again sooner.Sometimes it takes awhile.But when you do get it whipped you won't ever regret it.

Texas Al    Posted 02-01-2004 at 21:16:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to tell you that it is next to impossible to quit smoking by "cutting back". You can't get over a drug addiction to heroine by cutting by on it. You have to stop, and then get over the withdrawal symptoms.

I quit almost 20 years ago, on my 30th birthday. Stopped completely, and chewed Nicorette gum for a few weeks before finally getting off of it. My wife quit and then started back, then quit again 4 or 5 years ago. She used the Nicotine patches, and they worked very well.

Waiting until smoking causes a health problem could be too late. Stop now. Many people have done it, and after you get over it, you look back and cannot imagine how you could ever have been a slave to tobacco. Easy for me to say now, hard for you to imagine. Good luck.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 21:54:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried the patch routine and felt like I just blew a bunch of money for nothing. I never felt any differents when I used them. That is why I figured the cold turkey was the best route. Just have to get over the habit part that seems like the part I had problems with. Needed something hanging from my lip or in my hands. Even if it was not lit it took care of that problem. I know it won't be easy I have tried many times for other people to make them happy, this time it is different it is for me and to help with solving a health problem befor it needs medication to resolve. Mark H.

Dieselrider    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:53:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh she's going to figure something is up for herself as you try to quit. Lol. I hope you can kick the habit for your sake and your families. I lost my dad to cancer but , even though I hate it most everyone in my wifes family smokes. Hang tough, Mark.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 20:10:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
We both quit to have a baby once but I started again and the wife stayed off them for over 2 years. I blew it by smoking in front of her. So now it is my turn to try again. Can't ask her to try to not fair. She will figure it out soon enought because we take smoke breaks together. Matk H.

ret    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:53:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know Willy, I did find that going cold turkey seems to be the best way to go. Used to live with a cigar in my mouth morning to night, 24 7. Put them down one day and have not smoked again. That was almost 18 years ago. Still have the desire, but never went backwards. Keep it up

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:59:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since I freight trained them I figured I would at least get them cut in haft befor I quit all together. The weaning way dose not work you seem to be waiting for the time it is OK to have another one prolonging the withdraw off them. Tried that several times. Mark H.

Farmallmaniac    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:50:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i guess my mom has started smoking now and is trying to hide it frm me. It kills me to see her do that. Is there a good way to talk to her about this?

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 20:03:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Flat out ask her why she is smoking. Tell her since you don't smoke you can't help but notice it. If she is just starting man what a dumb thing to do! After 35 + years it is a habit you get used to doing and more than just breaking the nicotine part. Mark H.

Grove r    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:20:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Way ta go Toolman, I quit over twenty some years ago...cold turkey....found the "reaching for them" part was the hardest to terminate. I think I am finally getting to the two boys, to quit....they are both on the "patch" right now....see how things go.... there are some pretty brutaly graphic notices on TV at the moment, hope they are watching them. Wishing you every success, Mark, you can do it! have a gooder, R.E.L.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 22:54:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like your Hip problem I just found my blood pressure is high 150/90 and I need to get it down. I do not want to go on meds to do it so I thought this would help. I can't afford to lose my CDL nor do I want to take meds to lower it if I don't have to. I will give it my best shot. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 02-01-2004 at 23:07:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
quittin smoking will help but i think exercise will help faster good walks etc.

Willy-N    Posted 02-01-2004 at 23:32:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya, I better get out and do something harder than working on projects and running the tractor to plow snow. During the winter my outside hard labor work just about comes to a halt. I have plenty of work up a sweat jobs during good weather to stay in shape. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 02-01-2004 at 23:41:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya i know what ya mean sure do look forward to some decent weather so i can get at some projects here, i like the walks though usually go at night after dark nice and peaceful , i haven,t been doin enough walkin the past while gonna have to try and get at it this spring again.

Aprille    Posted 02-08-2004 at 05:30:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I quit cold turkey...kinda..hehehe..January 1st..started one day on the patch til my son reminded me..nicely ..that I was still getting nicotine..well..the key here is that you kinda BLOCk that from your mind when quitting so I stayed up thinking about it for 3 HOURS that nite and prayed ALOT to God and told him it was too big and I couldn't handle it alone..since that next day I haven't had the urge to smoke..only gained 3 lbs total..felt like more but I think that had more to do with nerves than anything else..Good luck and IS true that it is harder to quit smoking than to stop using heroin (UGH..sp)..also..cutting back tends not to work..and another way to stop is to picture and ask yourself what you can do in the next 15 minutes rather than have a cigarette every time you get a craving..sounds silly but helped me alot!! Much huggs and good luck!

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