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    I need to quit as well.

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    It will be two years for me in August as a non smoker. This book it cold turkey was the only thing that would work
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    Had friends quit all sorts of ways: cold turkey when the reasons became important enough in their life (several other posters have mentioned things that changed their life), one used Chantix, a bunch used the e-cig vapor stuff. Got the solution with nicotine in it and then gradually lowered the nic content in the vapor until they didn't have a craving for it anymore. Some of my buds still "vape" but don't have any nicotine in it. Just need to oral fixation and they like the taste of what ever mixture they have. Still an expensive hobby though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosejacob6 View Post
    hello
    friend you know,as we all knows that smoking is injurious to health but we are not ready to accept it in right way, we continue to start taking it so i would like to tell you if you really want to quit smoking just quit it because today is the best day as we knows tomorrow never comes. I have a best alternative for it just try or opt electronic cigarettes.it helps you to quit your deadly habit.electronic cigarettes does not contain tobacco products like traditional cigarettes have. That is why it is good for your health.
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    Agreed, spam. I tried an e-cigarette, and all it did was make me want a real one that much more, but YMMV.

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    I am replying without ready the 6 pages. So I may be echoing other posts.

    First, I regret having ever hurt my body. I enjoyed it while doing it, but am working so hard now that I'm aging. I quit smoking around 24 years old. I'm now going on 60. And it was very difficult. But I worked in a hospital, and saw with my own eyes, the tracheotomies, and all of the rest. I had a good reason to quit.

    I used two basic techniques. One is still smoking though.

    I smoked small quantities of cannabis whenever I had the urge. You still get to smoke, but eventually quitting is easy.

    But the one that I found to truly work was a kind of postponement. If I had an urge to smoke, I would switch my brain around by telling myself that I'd have that cigarette in 5 minutes. I know it sounds stupid, but it did help.
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    Just keep making small strides and continue riding within your limits.

    I overcame congestive heart failure, from smoking and non-stop meth addiction. I went from being barely able to ride around the block twice...to doing 5-hour, 25 mile MTB epics, with 3,000ft of climbing.

    "The mind will quit.....well before the body does."
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    Here's some motivation- My grandfather, Rocco, smoked for about 60 years from about 1925 (when he got here from Italy) to his time in WWII where he went up to a 2 pack/day average until finally quitting in the late 1980's. Today, (July 13, 2013) we are celebrating his 98th birthday on Coronado island. He has no lasting issues that are attributed to smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyIaco290 View Post
    Here's some motivation- My grandfather, Rocco, smoked for about 60 years from about 1925 (when he got here from Italy) to his time in WWII where he went up to a 2 pack/day average until finally quitting in the late 1980's. Today, (July 13, 2013) we are celebrating his 98th birthday on Coronado island. He has no lasting issues that are attributed to smoking.
    Nice. Your uncle Rocco is obviously blessed with great genes. I've often heard if you can quit for longer than 8 years...the lungs almost entirely regenerate all lost/scarred tissue.
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    Choose a date within the next two weeks to quit. Don't wait for the "perfect" day – just pick a date and work with it. Put it in your calendar.

    If you'd like:

    List your reasons for quitting - health, family, money.
    Write down some new hobbies you can do instead of smoking – exercise, knitting, making model airplanes- something to keep your hands and mind busy.
    Speak with friends, family, and colleagues and ask for support. Tell them about your plan to quit, so it feels more real to you.
    Start making the changes to push smoking out of your everyday life - stop smoking in the house and in the car. Make your house and car smoke-free, so no one is allowed to smoke inside.

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    If I "wisely" invested every penny of what I spent on my 2-pack/day habit, for the past 25 years....I could easily be retired today, riding a top-of-the-line MTB.

    Tobacco is one of the hardest things in the world to quit - but it's so damn worth it.
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    Just checking in. 6.5 months and counting.

    It's kind of sad seeing the people standing in the smoking area over by the fence at work.

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    Its been almost two years for me. I smoked for 18 years and I feel like my lungs have completely healed. It really was all in my head. The book posted in this thread was the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nor-Cal-Mike View Post
    Patches / gums are a no go for me, to expensive.
    I hope you are already past the point of needing these but if you still do, do the math: the patch costs about the same as a pack-a-day habit.

    Having said that, I quit for 3+ months using the patch twice but neither time stuck. In January, I quit cold turkey and now I rarely ever have the urge to smoke any longer.

    Quitting smoking takes more than the will to quit. It takes commitment and a plan. It may sound corny but those guides that tell you to find shit to do instead of smoking are on to something. Stuff your mug with a donut if you need to or chew on a pencil when you crave. Better yet, do something healthy (e.g. go for a ride) instead. Think about when you normally crave (while driving, drinking, or after success/failure at work) and then pre-plan alternatives for those instances. Break bad habits by replacing them with better habits.

    Oh and some sort of detox program for your first week as a nonsmoker can't hurt either. Start with lots of water and garlic and take it from there.

    Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehninjo0 View Post
    I hope you are already past the point of needing these but if you still do, do the math: the patch costs about the same as a pack-a-day habit.

    Having said that, I quit for 3+ months using the patch twice but neither time stuck. In January, I quit cold turkey and now I rarely ever have the urge to smoke any longer.

    Quitting smoking takes more than the will to quit. It takes commitment and a plan. It may sound corny but those guides that tell you to find shit to do instead of smoking are on to something. Stuff your mug with a donut if you need to or chew on a pencil when you crave. Better yet, do something healthy (e.g. go for a ride) instead. Think about when you normally crave (while driving, drinking, or after success/failure at work) and then pre-plan alternatives for those instances. Break bad habits by replacing them with better habits.

    Oh and some sort of detox program for your first week as a nonsmoker can't hurt either. Start with lots of water and garlic and take it from there.

    Good luck!!
    Exactly. My "plan" to stay quit, was to ride a bike. Little did I know that smoking for 22 years non-stop, turned my fitness into mush. Riding a bike at first was actually HARDER than the act of quitting itself!

    If I had to do it all over again....I'd still buy another bike.
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    Congrats! I smoked for 20+ years a pack and a half a day. Ive been smoke free for 4 years now.

    Seeing as you have successfully stopped I'll skip the how to advice, and go straight to these warnings:

    • Each time you quit it's gets harder and harder to stop. You said "I'll never go back", GOOD, don't do it! You think that was hard? Next time will be much more difficult.
    • After a while (month, year or more) your brain may try to trick you into starting again, by trying to fool you into thinking you could be one of those annoying 'occasional smokers', or that it was not that hard to quit. Don't do it!

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    Quitting Smoking

    Hey guys just wanted to send out a quick thank you to everyone on this post/topic. And a very special thanks to who ever the hell 1st posted about Allen Carr's easy way to quit smoking book. I am 29years old. I have been a "full time" smoker since the age of 14. I quit two times in the past 4 years. Both times using Chantix. 1st time made it about 6 months and the last time I quit for about a year. Well getting back into mountain biking after 14years, I starting looking into quitting again..... Hopefully this time for good. So I spent the $150+ on my starter pack of Chantix and was waiting for the "right time" to start taking it. Fearing once again how it make me feel taking it and how it messed with my head it is still sitting in my med cabinet. About two weeks ago I was looking around on MTBR and saw a quitting smoking post. Shocked to see that on here I had to take a look. Well after reading through all the posts I went on to amazon the next day and ordered Allen Carr's book. I can not even tell you the last time I read a book. But it was $12.90. What did I have to loose. So after 3-4 days of reading after work, I finished the book on this past Monday Aug 5th at 9:45pm. At 9:46pm I became a non smoker again. And I must say it was very easy. There are a few times that can be rough for the first few days but I must say it is worth it. Anyway..... Sorry for the long story. Thanks again for everyone on this topic. If you are reading this, still smoking and want to quit . STOP reading this post and go buy the book already. You won't regret it. I am so looking forward to my first non smoker ride this weekend and hacking up all the shit from my lungs the entire time. Thanks again all.

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    That book changed my life. I read it two years ago and have been a non smoker for two years. I killed the monster.

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    I read only ONE CHAPTER of his book, inside a Barnes & Noble....and the rest is history. I have been stink-free, for 2802 DAYS now...
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    I gotta do this it is killing me and everything I love about mountain biking. Quit for 2 months earlier this year and then quit riding its time to stop the little monster

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    So almost a full month without smoking. I must say I feel great !!!! Sure there are a few times now and again I'm like "hey shouldn't I be smoking right now". Like after a meal. But for the most part I have no desire to light one up ever again. I'm around them everyday at work and it still does not make me want one. I know now that I'm not missing out on anything. After about 2weeks I was able to feel the difference on the trail, I have made a few climbs that I could not do before and I only have to rest for a few moments after. I'm very excited for more to come. Also for those of you out there that are worried about the weight gain. I have not gained a pound ( and I'm a 290# clyde that does not eat all that well) but now its time to loose some..... Now last but not least the most important gain of all so far. I have finally had the energy after a long day at work to run around the yard chasing after my 18 month old daughter. I will never trade that for cigarettes ever again. Thanks again everyone for all the kind words and most of all thanks for telling be about that amazing book!!!! I truly did learn the "easy way to quit smoking". Thank you Allen Carr !!

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    Congrats to all, this is one occasion that you can be proud of being a quitter.

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    Quitter myself...twice.

    First time after 6-7 years of pack a day smoking. Used patches, but they only help partially, when I had cravings red crunchy apples helped. I would go thru few kgs a day.

    Second time this was me being stupid so I started smoking again but quit a year after. This was pretty easy because I decided I'll quit during Ramadan and did so successfully.

    tldr. crunchy apples helped me during cravings.

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    Bought a Giant Talon 27.5 5 last Wednesday, and started back on the E-Cig same day. Haven't had a cig since, been riding ~15 road miles a night. Hitting some trails tomorrow, can't wait! Mind over matter. I will eventually quit the E-Cig as well. I'm sure the trails are going to be great motivation for lung capacity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by khemikale View Post
    Bought a Giant Talon 27.5 5 last Wednesday, and started back on the E-Cig same day. Haven't had a cig since, been riding ~15 road miles a night. Hitting some trails tomorrow, can't wait! Mind over matter. I will eventually quit the E-Cig as well. I'm sure the trails are going to be great motivation for lung capacity!
    That's awesome. You gotta make sure you handle first two weeks without cigarettes at all. First two weeks is when your body is getting used to no nicotine and tons of other chemicals.

    If you do smoke, you will delay this process by few more days if not a week. And it will not even worth it, it will be really disgusting, it will taste like the first cigarette you ever smoked, that taste after which you need a gallon of coke to make it disappear.

    Stay strong brother!



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    I smoked for 27yrs and tried everything...I'd hit three months and depression would hit me and I'd start again for relief. Eventually breathing problems hit and I had to quit. A co-worker had an ecig so I tried it. I stopped the day I started with the e-cig. I've not smoked in over three years now. I do still use the e-cig though but all my breathing issues are gone (I have data measured by a pulmonologist).

    A key with the e-cig is to use a high enough nicotine level and powerful enough battery to suit your own need depending on your level and type of addiction. A physical habit smoker can use the skinny cig shaped types and it will work. For heavily nicotine dependent like I was, a bigger battery type "mod" like my pro-vari and higher nicotine level like 24 or 36mg will get the job done.

    The bigger battery gives you all day time and also higher intensity vapor so the nicotine absorbs properly. That was the key for me.

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    I'll add that 18650 battery is the key. There are a ton of mods (the vaporizers) out there but the 18650 ones work best.

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    How are all you Quitters doing? Lets hear some continuing success stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    How are all you Quitters doing? Lets hear some continuing success stories.
    Going strong since January.

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    Hey Guys I just wanted to say thanks. Because of the recommendations on this thread I went and bought the Alan Carr book and I'm about half way through. As per the recommendations in the book I will continue to smoke until I finish the book but I will report back after. Once again Thanks this thread was the motivation I needed.

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    Quick update guys, I've been an ex smoker for 2 weeks. It was a damn sight easier than I thought it was going to be. I have had a few I want to stab everybody moments but not as many as I thought I would.
    Just need the shoulder to come good so I can get back on the bike and see the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m4rki View Post
    Quick update guys, I've been an ex smoker for 2 weeks. It was a damn sight easier than I thought it was going to be. I have had a few I want to stab everybody moments but not as many as I thought I would.
    Just need the shoulder to come good so I can get back on the bike and see the difference.
    That's awesome man. Congrats. I'm a little over two months smoke free after Allen Carr's book. It does get easier. There are still a few times a week I have a moment I think I should smoke, but then I remember I'm a non smoker. Other wise I'm around it everyday and does not bother me much at all. I feel bad for the smokers that still believe that It's way too hard to quit. If your ready to quit, this book will make it happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m4rki View Post
    Quick update guys, I've been an ex smoker for 2 weeks. It was a damn sight easier than I thought it was going to be. I have had a few I want to stab everybody moments but not as many as I thought I would.
    Just need the shoulder to come good so I can get back on the bike and see the difference.
    Riding will help get the tension out for sure. After about six months I noticed the biggest breathing and sense of smell improvements. I could notice someone smoking in a car in front of me way up the road...I never noticed things like that before.

    3.5yrs later I still want a smoke if drinking or if I over eat heh. Not sure that ever goes away.

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    Quitting Smoking

    Day 4 no smoking !! Going to reward myself with a ride tonight . 2nd ride in over 8 months.


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    In a couple weeks, it'll be three years smoke-free for me. I think I'll use that as justification for buying a new fork! Quit smoking soon after I started riding, my lungs just couldn't handle it. For anyone who's having trouble quitting, keep at it!

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    Good to hear success stories, keep it up. It's good to be a quitter.

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    The best thing about smoking cigarettes is the immediate boost in health and energy you feel when you finally quit. Nearing 50 I was feeling pretty worn, but 2 weeks after quitting I felt 20 years younger and had twice the energy. Non- smokers never get to experience that buzz!

    A year and a half later I still like the smell of them but never have even the slightest desire to light one of my own. I don't get sick nearly as often and generally feel a lot healthier but I've lost that initial power boost I felt when I first quit, so I'm considering taking up the habit again for about a year and then quitting to feel that rush once more.

    I'm kidding of course, congratulations to everyone who has dumped the nicotine monkey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmit450 View Post
    Day 4 no smoking !! Going to reward myself with a ride tonight . 2nd ride in over 8 months.


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    Nice work mate. It does get easier 3 weeks in and I don't even think about smoking much anymore. I cant recommend the book enough though.
    My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

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    I have been quit for over a year after 20 years of a about 7-8 smokes a day. I have always been active playing racquetball 3-4 days a week & never had any breathing issues & took up mountain biking 3 months ago, there are some days that I will have coughing spells for a couple of days, the trails I have around me have grinding uphills to get to the honey pot for the down hill fun. Just curious if anyone else has the coughing spells like I have? since it has started getting colder it seems to be getting worse, some days not as bad as others but when I ride with guys that want to talk & carry conversations while riding up hill it seems the coughing is worse. lol

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    Cheap smokes! Only $6 a pack where you live? Congrats on the milestone!

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    I quit smoking in '92. I wouldn't recommend the way I stopped. I was hit by a car working on a county road, compound femur fracture. After 12 days in the hospital, and a good supply of drugs, I decided to never start up again. It wasn't hard for me. I was so drugged up even food wasn't a concern. I was 27 and in great shape, minus the smoking. In 3 months I lost 35 lbs of muscle.

    Even after all these years of not smoking I still get an urge. It's not from the smell, or the normal triggers when you're in the throes of quitting, but it's the romantic foreplay of rolling a cigarette and the first drag. I guess it's the feeling of anticipation of the high nicotine used to give me. If I see someone rolling a cigarette I get a little nostalgic and for a second I'll go back to that place when I was addicted.

    Good to all that have quit.

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    Poe4soul, it might be a good idea to read Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking". I don't smoke, but after reading about the success people have had with it in this thread, brought a couple copies to give to people I care about.

    I skimmed thru it. It makes sense, and is a real eye-opener. He really goes into why people smoke, and explains how the perceived pleasures of smoking are really non-existent.

    He doesn't use scare-tactics, yet it made me glad to be a non-smoker. You may have the same experience with it :-).

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    Thanks for the reference. I haven't smoked in 20 years. It will never happen again. I'll put it on the list but it's a long list of books. Reading Eat to Live right now which is about 180* from a smokers lifestyle as you can get.

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    Just checking in again. 1 year and 1 day. Not even one smoke or chew. Thanks everybody!

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    I gave up last January, not as a resoluton, was on 14th - so coming up for a year. I had been a smoker for 25'ish years, with a 5 year quitting period in there somewhere.

    What actually did it for me this time, is that I was prepared for the cravings and how hard it was going to be. I didn't use any gum/patches or whatever, just stopped one Monday with a guy at work (who has since started again).

    So - part of my issue when I gave up previously was that I would actually stress out about being stuck somewhere, having a really bad day and wanting to smoke, but not being able to - so for the first 6 months this time, I carried a pack with 4 smokes and a lighter in it... sounds really odd, but I think it actually helped.

    Good luck to everyone else who's trying to quit smoking or anything else!!!

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    Really damn cool to read all of these success stories. I quit smoking about 5 years ago - time flies. Congrats to all of you on your journeys to a much healthier lifestyle.

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    I've been smoking since I was 14, now 34. Tried quitting several times with no success. Cold turkey, patches, cloves, tons of pot, and lastly e-cigs. I am now going on day 4 with no smoking, although I cheated and got a couple root canals so I slept through the first 24 hours (severe dental phobia so I was sedated and am still on heavy meds and in tons of pain, going back after the weekend to have them finish the job, they obviously missed a root or something in one of the teeth) and now take a couple puffs off the e-cig every couple hours to keep me on the wagon. My original plan was to buy a nice new acoustic guitar, and hit a bike park and rent a DH rig to see what all the fuss is about with the money I save, but now its all going to the $16k worth of dental work I need. Dunno how I'm gonna afford that though, the 2 root canals out of pocket wiped me out.
    Still, even after 3 days of laying in bed hurting, I can already breathe better and my sense of smell is increasing significantly, which worries me because I already had a pretty sensitive sniffer, I'm afraid I'll never get the house clean enough once I'm back on my feet.

    How does everyone deal with being around your old smoking buddies or going to a bar where everyone smokes? I am a musician so I can't just stop going to venues ya know?

    Good luck everyone!

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    It's always a fight and it only takes one to start everything all over and you have to start the suffering all over to quit again. 82 days for me so far


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    Just read "The easy way to quit smoking". I tend to agree with everything he said but one point. I don't think it is the nicotine that really is addictive, its some other chemicals/substances added to the tobacco. The e-cig or patch does not give the same satisfaction/buzz as a real cigarette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    and now take a couple puffs off the e-cig every couple hours to keep me on the wagon.
    Dump the e-cigs if at all possible, they'll just keep you strung out. Once you truly break the habit, zero nicotine or e-cigs for a couple of weeks, I doubt you'll have any trouble hanging out with smokers. 1 & 1/2 years since my last one and I still like the smell of them, but have no desire whatsoever to inhale one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    How does everyone deal with being around your old smoking buddies or going to a bar where everyone smokes? I am a musician so I can't just stop going to venues ya know?
    First off you REALLY gotta want to quit. I had a girlfriend who also smoked but I quit for a brief time, when I would kiss her it tasted horrible which opened my eyes, although I did start smoking again after a while. I then actually quit cold turkey because a new non smoking girlfriend at the time didn't smoke and I didn't want to put her through that horrible taste of cigarettes from my mouth.

    I also wanted to see how long I could go without a cigarette, 38 years now, and will never do it again, if I did I would have to go 38 years without having a cigarette. I hate the smell of it, dont like to be around it at all, and its a terrible addiction that will rob your money and your health as you get older. I have a 79 year old mother in law as a reference to that and continues to smoke even with all the health problems from it.

    I am sure the government likes taking your money from the taxes it generates and the health care system does to, smoking is BIG business. What a way to loose your money and your health! Do you want that for yourself? What do you really have if you don't have your health?

    I am also a musician and own my own live sound audio business working in bars all the time with people who drink and smoke. In 1 month it will be 9 years since I drank alcohol. I used the same method of cold turkey and see how long I could go without it. Though I would get a soda instead of alcohol to satisfy my need to go to the bar. It will soon be 8 years since I quit drinking soda. I now drink only water I take from home when I go to work, when I go out for dinner I have water (with lemon if they have it) when I am out, IT'S FREE, SAVES SO MUCH MONEY!

    One of the biggest things I see and have learned from drinking alcohol is that it wil make you do things you wouldnt normally do and that is what I tell people. if you want to quit smoking , DON'T DRINK as it will cloud your judgement and you will most likely smoke again.

    I look at all these people drinking and smoking and KNOW FOR SURE I am so much better off without it. I did chew tobacco for a few years but used the same cold turkey, see how long I can go without it method. It has worked for me.

    Now I am outside riding a bike everyday because I don't want to miss a day. A little reverse phycology. I do something everyday to better my life and heath, as opposed to not doing something everyday that would ruin my life and health. Some days I ride farther some days a very minimal ride but I can comfortably say I have ridden a bike, sometimes on the road for my commute, sometimes on my mountain bike in the woods, sometimes around the yard or to the mailbox only if my time is limited, but I still did it. Missed 1 day in 3 years and regretted doing that. I am in the best health I have been in my whole life!

    Allot of people do things because others do it, maybe they think they are cool, it helps them fit in. It takes a stonger person not to do something than it does to do let yourself be like everyone else. If you want to change your life and have better health good luck to you, I wish you the best, YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN DO THIS, REPEAT, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bizman View Post
    First off you REALLY gotta want to quit. I had a girlfriend who also smoked but I quit for a brief time, when I would kiss her it tasted horrible which opened my eyes, although I did start smoking again after a while. I then actually quit cold turkey because a new non smoking girlfriend at the time didn't smoke and I didn't want to put her through that horrible taste of cigarettes from my mouth.

    I also wanted to see how long I could go without a cigarette, 38 years now, and will never do it again, if I did I would have to go 38 years without having a cigarette. I hate the smell of it, dont like to be around it at all, and its a terrible addiction that will rob your money and your health as you get older. I have a 79 year old mother in law as a reference to that and continues to smoke even with all the health problems from it.

    I am sure the government likes taking your money from the taxes it generates and the health care system does to, smoking is BIG business. What a way to loose your money and your health! Do you want that for yourself? What do you really have if you don't have your health?

    I am also a musician and own my own live sound audio business working in bars all the time with people who drink and smoke. In 1 month it will be 9 years since I drank alcohol. I used the same method of cold turkey and see how long I could go without it. Though I would get a soda instead of alcohol to satisfy my need to go to the bar. It will soon be 8 years since I quit drinking soda. I now drink only water I take from home when I go to work, when I go out for dinner I have water (with lemon if they have it) when I am out, IT'S FREE, SAVES SO MUCH MONEY!

    One of the biggest things I see and have learned from drinking alcohol is that it wil make you do things you wouldnt normally do and that is what I tell people. if you want to quit smoking , DON'T DRINK as it will cloud your judgement and you will most likely smoke again.

    I look at all these people drinking and smoking and KNOW FOR SURE I am so much better off without it. I did chew tobacco for a few years but used the same cold turkey, see how long I can go without it method. It has worked for me.

    Now I am outside riding a bike everyday because I don't want to miss a day. A little reverse phycology. I do something everyday to better my life and heath, as opposed to not doing something everyday that would ruin my life and health. Some days I ride farther some days a very minimal ride but I can comfortably say I have ridden a bike, sometimes on the road for my commute, sometimes on my mountain bike in the woods, sometimes around the yard or to the mailbox only if my time is limited, but I still did it. Missed 1 day in 3 years and regretted doing that. I am in the best health I have been in my whole life!

    Allot of people do things because others do it, maybe they think they are cool, it helps them fit in. It takes a stonger person not to do something than it does to do let yourself be like everyone else. If you want to change your life and have better health good luck to you, I wish you the best, YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN DO THIS, REPEAT, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO!
    Great story thanks for sharing! I don't smoke but have enjoyed reading this thread and hearing all of the success stories. I am battling with something myself...noting like smoking.........it is late night snacking. I eat healthy all day long but at the end of the day I feel the need for junk! What you guys are going through inspires me to win my cheesy little battle

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    I did the same thing with chewing tobacco, used it for 32 years, and had "quit" once or twice during that time, but it was more of a I quit buying it, but could always find a buddy that had some. 2 years ago now, I woke up took chew, and said why? so I threw the can in the garbage spit it out, told my wife and kids that I was going to be an ass for a few days, and apologized in advance. I am now done, but I will admit that every once in awhile I will be doing something and it still triggers the thought of putting a chew in. It is a mental decision to not do it, and to not let it control you but to control your own future.

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    OK getting difficult here. I REALLY am restless and want to go for a ride/walk/ bout of sex, anything physical, but the botched root canal is keeping me in bed, even standing up or laying down causes an explosion of pain. Its times like this I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all the tvs in the house so I could play a video game or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    OK getting difficult here. I REALLY am restless and want to go for a ride/walk/ bout of sex, anything physical, but the botched root canal is keeping me in bed, even standing up or laying down causes an explosion of pain. Its times like this I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all the tvs in the house so I could play a video game or something.



    You can do this. Hang in there, hope you get that fixed soon.

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    You can do this. Hang in there, hope you get that fixed soon.
    Thanks for the well wishes and positive support!

    Going back to the dentist on Monday so they can go back in and finish the job, and if they can't get it right that time I'm having the damn thing yanked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    Thanks for the well wishes and positive support!

    Going back to the dentist on Monday so they can go back in and finish the job, and if they can't get it right that time I'm having the damn thing yanked.


    How you holding up? Still hangin in there I hope.

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    How you holding up? Still hangin in there I hope.
    Still hanging on, the severe nerve pain is diminishing on its own a bit, which is a good thing. Really in the thick of the poison detox though. Still on the wagon, thanks!

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    I was never a heavy smoker, but a smoker nonetheless. I woke up one day and said," I will never smoke another cigarette ever again." Its been 3 years now and I feel great! It was hard at first, especially when you drink and when you are around old smoking buddies, but now I very RARELY (if ever) crave a cigarette anymore.

    Cold turkey is definitely the way to go. Exceptions such as, "Just one cigarette in the morning", "Just one cigarette after a meal/sex", "I'll only smoke when I party/drink" are excuses that will simply keep you hooked. If you decide to quit, it should be for the rest of your life with no exceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    How does everyone deal with being around your old smoking buddies or going to a bar where everyone smokes? I am a musician so I can't just stop going to venues ya know?
    If your in a location where its prohibited to smoke indoors, don't join them outside.
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    I quit five and a half years ago on my thirtieth birthday. The motivation was that I wanted to be around to see my daughter turn thirty, guilt kept me off them and I now have two more kids.

    Cold turkey, no patches, no excuses. You have to WANT to quit or you'll never do it, it was my third attempt but the first time I had a tangible reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiplash4 View Post
    I was never a heavy smoker, but a smoker nonetheless. I woke up one day and said," I will never smoke another cigarette ever again." Its been 3 years now and I feel great! It was hard at first, especially when you drink and when you are around old smoking buddies, but now I very RARELY (if ever) crave a cigarette anymore.

    Cold turkey is definitely the way to go. Exceptions such as, "Just one cigarette in the morning", "Just one cigarette after a meal/sex", "I'll only smoke when I party/drink" are excuses that will simply keep you hooked. If you decide to quit, it should be for the rest of your life with no exceptions.
    Not sure I buy into this. I quit smoking 20 plus years ago. I can smoke a cigar or hand rolled without starting up again. Funny thing is they always sound better than they are. Maybe it's a personality thing but I don't buy into once an addict, always an addict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poe4soul View Post
    Not sure I buy into this. I quit smoking 20 plus years ago. I can smoke a cigar or hand rolled without starting up again. Funny thing is they always sound better than they are. Maybe it's a personality thing but I don't buy into once an addict, always an addict.
    I'd definitely say it's a personality thing. What works for some doesn't work for all. The main reason I say you should stop smoking for rest of your life is because it is considered one of the most unhealthy things you can do. It's a lifestyle thing - once you quit, it can help lead to a healthier lifestyle of eating better and exercising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poe4soul View Post
    Not sure I buy into this. I quit smoking 20 plus years ago. I can smoke a cigar or hand rolled without starting up again. Funny thing is they always sound better than they are. Maybe it's a personality thing but I don't buy into once an addict, always an addict.

    I'm glad that works for you and frankly I'm a little jealous because I have always romanticised the notion of being able to light up just every once in a while, on a special occasion or under the right circumstance. Unfortunately I don't have that ability. After years of going without I smoked a few while enjoying a bit too much tequila one night with some old friends and the next day I'm buying a pack. That was the start of another 7 years of being chained to tobacco. Somehow my system is wired wrong and I would say that yes, I am easily addicted to nicotine, and I'm not the only one.

    18 months without any now and I honestly don't miss them, but I don't take my newfound freedom for granted anymore.

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    I quit smoking a year and a half ago after smoking a pack and half a day for 9 years. I was a very strange and atypical case I think. I had started riding a few months before for health reasons, and I loved it so I did it more and more until one day I lit a cigarette and it just tasted terrible and made me feel sick. It was my normal brand, and everything. I put it out and thought nothing of it until a few days later when I realized I hadn't picked up the pack I had pulled it out of for 3 days. It sat there on my dresser for another month before I threw it away. I haven't had a cigarette since.

    I was making a lot of lifestyle changes then, adding exercise, quit drinking, eating better, cutting toxic relationships out of my life, and forming a new social group of people with healthier habits. It's a big change to try to beat an addiction, so use the momentum to change all the things in your life that suck, all the bad habits and you'll find the whole process easier. The more you do to make your body and mind feel healthier, the easier of a time you will have with staying away from the cancer sticks.
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    I quit smoking about 5 years after I started in high school. I am a surfer, and I was already noticing the harmful effects of five years of smoking about a pack a day. I had a bad wipeout and long hold down at Sunset Beach on Oahu. I thought I wasn't going to make it. Almost blacked out. I decided to quit.
    I took a class in "self hypnosis" and actually practiced the techniques religeously for three months, until I had totally changed my self-image to that of a non-smoker. I also used cinnamon toothpicks as a crutch, going thru the smoking motions with them, but inhaling fresh, clean air instead of tobacco smoke.
    I hate tobacco smoke, and try to not hang out with smokers. I quit going to bars and taverns, and decided that I wasn't going to listen to any more George Thorogood singing about "drinkin alone." No sixers in my fridge now. No hard liquor in the house. Not even a bottle of wine.

    I'm thinking about quitting drinking altogether, but I can still see myself caving in for a micro-brew with some friends at the beach. I gotta ditch that image!

    These days, I like a clear head and quick reflexes. I don't eat candy, bakery goods (except for organic whole grain bread), fast food, most processed foods, and quit going to fast food restaurants years ago. There is no sugar or junk food in my house. I even quit eating at the local deli, since the deli meats have preservatives in them.
    I'm going to start growing many of my own veggies again, too. I eat fish that I catch, and am in the process of sourcing some grass-fed beef, and hope to find a local source of grass-fed buffalo. Etc. Etc. (Its never too late to cleanup one's act!)

    Now I'm cutting back on the coffee, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlutonicPlague View Post
    Now I'm cutting back on the coffee, too.
    I just picked up a coffee habit! But I cut out soda and energy drinks, so it's a step in the right direction I suppose.
    Back on topic, 3 years and 3+ months since I quit smoking.

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    Sorry about straying off topic there. I just recently decided to (more or less) quit the alcohol. Mainly to save $$, since I'm now retired and living on a fixed income. With WA state retail tax, sixers of micro brew were running me about $9 on the average. That adds up over time.
    Many of the locals here buy their cigs and tobacco on the nearby Indian Rez.

    It was 1974 when I finally quit smoking tobacco. 40 years ago, now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poe4soul View Post
    Not sure I buy into this. I quit smoking 20 plus years ago. I can smoke a cigar or hand rolled without starting up again. Funny thing is they always sound better than they are. Maybe it's a personality thing but I don't buy into once an addict, always an addict.
    With the greatest respect, if you still smoke then you haven't quit? You're either a smoker or you're not. Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you've said?

    I wouldn't smoke a single cigarette or cigar for fear of getting started all over again. That's just me though. I didn't want to sort of stop, or cut down, I wanted to quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBNinja View Post
    With the greatest respect, if you still smoke then you haven't quit? You're either a smoker or you're not. Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you've said?

    I wouldn't smoke a single cigarette or cigar for fear of getting started all over again. That's just me though. I didn't want to sort of stop, or cut down, I wanted to quit.
    I don't smoke. I haven't had a smoke in over 2-3 years, unless you include canibus. I've probably only smoked 3 times in 22 years. But on a rare occasion, either at a social event, like playing golf in a charity event with friends, I'll partake in a cigar. On that golf event, I smoked part of one cigar, didn't find the attraction I used to, and didn't smoke again. Why? Because I'm no longer addicted to the drug.

    I get everyone is different. I'm sure some couldn't do that but I did. I didn't wake up jonesing for another smoke. It just didn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poe4soul View Post
    I don't smoke. I haven't had a smoke in over 2-3 years, unless you include canibus. I've probably only smoked 3 times in 22 years. But on a rare occasion, either at a social event, like playing golf in a charity event with friends, I'll partake in a cigar. On that golf event, I smoked part of one cigar, didn't find the attraction I used to, and didn't smoke again. Why? Because I'm no longer addicted to the drug.

    I get everyone is different. I'm sure some couldn't do that but I did. I didn't wake up jonesing for another smoke. It just didn't happen.
    Unfortunately your experience is not the norm for most truly addicted smokers (like me). Like PBNinja and other long term smokers, I could not have a single cig because it kicks the dependency into full gear immediately and I would be back to 20 a day. I quit several times for 1+year and fell back to the habit each time because I fooled myself into believing that I was totally over tobacco and could have 'just one'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taranis View Post
    Unfortunately your experience is not the norm for most truly addicted smokers (like me). Like PBNinja and other long term smokers, I could not have a single cig because it kicks the dependency into full gear immediately and I would be back to 20 a day. I quit several times for 1+year and fell back to the habit each time because I fooled myself into believing that I was totally over tobacco and could have 'just one'.
    I get it. On the contrary, one year is a pretty small amount of time in comparison to a "long term" smoker. I didn't have a smoke for 10 plus years when I tried one. I had only been smoking for about 10 years. I also knew there was no way in hell I was going to have two. I also get that we are all different. The true takeaway to the story, is without the addiction, cigarettes and cigars taste like shiat.

    One thing is for sure, quitting smoking now is easier than it was in the recent past. The times I struggled to quit, my crew would smoke in the truck on the way to the job site. In a truck for 30 minutes with 2nd hand smoke is pretty hard to take when you are in the throes of withdrawal. Even bars in Oregon are now smoke free. Back in the day, if you wanted to quit you had to change your whole life to avoid exposure for at least a month or two, maybe more depending.

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    I have been tobacco free for just over 4 months now.
    I have smoked longer than (I imagine) most MTBR forum members have been alive.
    As such, I didn't ride as much as I like and did have a 20-odd year spot where I did NO cycling of any kind. Since I have joined this forum I have been riding off-on. Last year I transferred and moved to a MUCH more bike friendly area and MUCH more happy about it.

    That said I have tried:
    Cold Turkey (lacked the willpower strength)
    Nicorette (did nothing to stop the craving)
    Lozenges (gave me the hic-ups)
    Patches (nothing to stop craving)
    Chantix (suffered from paranoia, anxiety, and the worst horrible nightmares imaginable)

    Then I tried e-cigs. No craving, cheaper than smoking and all the above products, can slowly break away from the habits associated with smoking. Started at 18mg nicotine (same as reg cig) and now down to 12-6mg (I mix the juice). I plan on being done completely by June. I breath easier, more energy. still get winded but I have noticed an improvement there. It worked for me, may not do so for you.
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    wanted to say last month I did drop to 6mg but cravings started. I immediately went to local vape shop and bought a 12mg juice, problem solved. The flavors are another reason why I am taking my time, I really like them.

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    Very cool Whaked. Good luck on your journey. Just think, once you kick it to the curb you will save about $1800/year, or more, if you were smoking one pack a day. After a year, go splurge on a new bike, a trip or something to celebrate.

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    Still no smokes for me since the new year. Everyone in the band still smokes, but it honestly doesn't bother me in the least. Smoke on their clothes and breath smells nasty, but when they are actually smoking it is very non-offensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    Still no smokes for me since the new year. Everyone in the band still smokes, but it honestly doesn't bother me in the least. Smoke on their clothes and breath smells nasty, but when they are actually smoking it is very non-offensive.
    I noticed that too. On poker nite duting breaks the cig smoke doesn't bother me. However when a coworker returns from smoke break he smells nasty.

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    Quitting Smoking

    I got on the e-cigs, and it worked great for about 6 months.....then all the guys at work would bum smokes on occasion started buying packs and taking it up full time now that I didn't have any, and of course, I slipped a bit. I'm back on the e-cigs now and determined to get in shape. The e-cigs work better if you can stay away from smokers for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatMc View Post
    I got on the e-cigs, and it worked great for about 6 months.....then all the guys at work would bum smokes on occasion started buying packs and taking it up full time now that I didn't have any, and of course, I slipped a bit. I'm back on the e-cigs now and determined to get in shape. The e-cigs work better if you can stay away from smokers for a while.
    Everything works better if you can stay away from smokers in general, IMO.

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    Wow didn't even know this thread was here great read this far. I've been up and down with fighting cigarettes for several months now. Problem I have is for some reason I turn into a prick without even realizing it after about 10-12 hrs of nothing. I have a wife and 2 boys, and my riding plus my health (well still good except lungs lacking obviously) as reasons to quit. But its a fight.

    Read earlier in this thread about a book, is it actually worth a crap? Still chewing through the thread, trying cold turkey again tomorrow. I know mindset isn't where it needs to be, will power lacking when stuck indoors all the time cause winter is extra harsh this year.

    Chantix not an option mind is not right as it is (childhood etc some things still come out of the dark in my head and mess with me once in a while). Possible side effects not worth risk.

    E cigs.do nothing, gum irritates throat, patches make me want to smoke more.

    So there's some background, need a way to help break the cycle of my attitude so I don't feel like crap and turn to a cig. Mainly a way to flush my body quickly so I can concentrate on the mental side of this.

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    I quit about 7years ago with the aid of Wellbutrin. This was the crazy pill version of a popular quit smoking drug at the time. Dr. Went this route to get it covered by insurance. Apparently quitting smoking is not covered but crazy is. Good stuff. I was able to quit and the family was able to tolerate me while doing so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tigris99 View Post
    So there's some background, need a way to help break the cycle of my attitude so I don't feel like crap and turn to a cig. Mainly a way to flush my body quickly so I can concentrate on the mental side of this.


    A week long solo backpack or mtb trip, sans tobacco, far enough into the sticks that hitting a Circle-K is not an option. You won't be a jerk to anyone but yourself and will emerge from the woods a clean, mean, fighting machine with no physical addiction. I did this many years ago and it worked perfectly, unfortunately I started smoking again 7 years later but thankfully now am off them again via cold turkey- almost 2 years now.

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    Read the book, The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Alan Carr, it really helps. Both myself and drummer have had success after reading that book. Its short too, takes about 2-3 hours and its done.

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    Actually the hardest bit of quitting for me was the lack of support or understanding from my wife. I hid the smoking from my parents, ridiculous at 30 years of age.

    Whenever my wife was having a monthly visit and the inevitable row would break out her attitude was it was all my fault and "go have a smoke and calm yourself down" was the ignorance I had to contend with. The irony of it was it made me all the more determined to prove the b*tch wrong so she was actually doing me a favour

    Good luck to all of you on the quitting path, it's definitely the right way to go. I was that guy who ran to the smoke hut in the p*ssing rain and freezing weather to get my fix, I enjoyed a smoke as much as anyone but I do NOT miss them in the slightest. I've put weight on and feel much better.

    As someone else mentioned too, you don't realise how much you stink until you quit and smell other people coming back from a smoke break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    Read the book, The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Alan Carr.
    I might still have that book somewhere, completely useless IMNSHO.
    "Just follow my steps and you will be smoke free in no time. Just listen to what Phyllis D of nowheresville, USA has to say,..." rinse repeat ad naseum. couldn't get past chapter 2 as I kept expecting him to start talking about the steps.

    Last night I woke up completely ****** at myself. I went to the quickie mart and bought a pack of smokes. So I headed downstairs cursing myself, enough to make a sailor blush, and that is really saying something 'cause I was a sailor. I was determined to crumble every stick and toss them in the fireplace. As I stood in my living room still grumbling and calling myself names searching for the offensive product when it hit me.

    It was all a dream.

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    Keep after guys, it does get easier, albeit slowly. Just reminder yourself why you are doing it.

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    Updates from the quitters??

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    Still using the e-cig, haven't had a real one since 12/31/13. I can go hours and hours without even thinking of the e-cig, it's really not the nicotine that gets you, its the other crap they put in there.

    Still don't feel much different than before when I smoked, but I did notice I was not gasping as hard after a long fast climb on the trail the other day. I'm also sleeping better (well, at least falling asleep easier, of course I also quit drinking caffeine all day, just some coffee in the AM and an occasional glass or tea or coke at dinner as a treat.

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    Resurrecting this thread.

    Trying to quit.
    Again.
    Just crossed the 24 hour mark earlier today. Grumpy as hell. Kinda want to bash my head into a wall. Longest I've gone without smoking in the past 18 years or so is three months when I tried to quit a couple years ago. Three months ain't shite to many people, but it was an accomplishment for me at the time. Before that, I had quit for a month at a time maybe 3 times. Getting back on the bike this spring after a long winter of inactivity made me realize how bad of shape my lungs are in. Going cold turkey. Might just go full-on straight-edge cuz drinking makes me want to smoke even worse.

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    Re: Quitting Smoking

    Time for my yearly check in. I haven't cheated once. I smoked for 19 years. Its been three years since I read Allen Carr's book http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/061548...;robot_redir=1.
    I'm in the best shape I've ever been in. I also started drinking green smoothies twice a day as well. Eating whole foods really does heal your body. I do know that if I ever smoked again that I would fall right into it again. Put them down and never look back.
    Cheers

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    Yeah I quit smoking 3 and half years ago and I am so glad I did. Cigarettes are terrible your basically paying to slowly kill yourself. Just think about all the money you spend in a year on cigs and how much bike stuff that money would get you.
    Hang in there for anyone trying to quit!

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    Checking in. I'd say im making slow progress but progress. Issues I end up with is trying to put my efforts into something else (bikes) and now lost that ability due to injury from work. Temporary issue but I got dumb and picked up a cigarette after not smoking much of anything for 2 weeks.

    So elbow getting better fast (now that im in control of "therapy" and found some natural things instead of pills) and instead of ending up with excuses im ordering this book I keep reading about here. Gotta kick these things and 2 packs cost more than the book so its worth a shot. Hopefully I have the same success as others. (crossing fingers a praying, damn things are the only thing in my life stronger than my mentality and will power)
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    Quote Originally Posted by M320 View Post
    Hey guys just wanted to send out a quick thank you to everyone on this post/topic. And a very special thanks to who ever the hell 1st posted about Allen Carr's easy way to quit smoking book. I am 29years old. I have been a "full time" smoker since the age of 14. I quit two times in the past 4 years. Both times using Chantix. 1st time made it about 6 months and the last time I quit for about a year. Well getting back into mountain biking after 14years, I starting looking into quitting again..... Hopefully this time for good. So I spent the $150+ on my starter pack of Chantix and was waiting for the "right time" to start taking it. Fearing once again how it make me feel taking it and how it messed with my head it is still sitting in my med cabinet. About two weeks ago I was looking around on MTBR and saw a quitting smoking post. Shocked to see that on here I had to take a look. Well after reading through all the posts I went on to amazon the next day and ordered Allen Carr's book. I can not even tell you the last time I read a book. But it was $12.90. What did I have to loose. So after 3-4 days of reading after work, I finished the book on this past Monday Aug 5th at 9:45pm. At 9:46pm I became a non smoker again. And I must say it was very easy. There are a few times that can be rough for the first few days but I must say it is worth it. Anyway..... Sorry for the long story. Thanks again for everyone on this topic. If you are reading this, still smoking and want to quit . STOP reading this post and go buy the book already. You won't regret it. I am so looking forward to my first non smoker ride this weekend and hacking up all the **** from my lungs the entire time. Thanks again all.
    Today marks one year of being smoke free and I feel great. Its crazy to see this post from a year ago already. Anyway.... anyone out there that wants to quit and is just not sure how... Start with the book. (Allen Carr Easy way to quit) the best $12.90 I ever spent and just saved myself at least $2000.00 over the past year. (I spent a lot of that on my bike ...lol) Best wishes and best of luck to everyone.

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    Smoked from age 18 > 46 and one day I decided to stop. I picked up an e-cig and used it for about two months and got tired of "the burn." Those things are horrible! When I needed to buy more cartridges I didn't and that was that. That was a year ago and I rarely miss it. I'm riding stronger than I have in 20+ years, climbing things that were a tough push not too long ago and just generally performing at a higher level in all athletic endeavors.

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    Try an e-cig. I picked mine up for £20.00 and refills are about £5 each. Each refill lasts me a good month as well.

    No tar on the lungs, and a saving.

    If I'm entirely honest.. I still smoke, but the ecigs seem to work wonders for a lot of my friends who switched to them then gradually weined themselves off it.

    -sc00t

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    Congrats to all who have quit. I just finished reading this whole thread. Smoked for 29 gears, up to 2 packs a day. Tried quitting many times in the past. Patches didn't work for me. Chantix was a bad time. Makes a mess of your thoughts.

    Bikes hardly ever were ridden. Felt like utter crap when I turned 43.

    Decided to just stop cold turkey this past May 31st. I did use a disposable ecig a few times the first few days to soften the transition. Stupid things made my throat hurt and gave me headaches. After taking it apart, I discovered what looked exactly like the smoker out of my Lionel train.

    48 hours into withdrawal was the worst. I was an absolute wreck and I will never smoke another bleeping cigarette again.

    100 days now without one. Starting riding again on July 4th and feeling better every week that goes by. Actually thinking about racing now. Bought a fat bike with the money I've saved and rode it 100 miles the first few days that I owned it.

    I don't want one. I don't need one. It's a craving. It's an urge. Simple as that.

    Drink lots of water.

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    +1 on congrats to the quitters. 100 days and 1 year are both huge milestones.

    I quit cold turkey April 1 this year and went through some pretty tough times. The best thing for quitting was riding. I feel so much better now than I did when I started riding again this spring.

    Not smoking made riding easier and riding made not smoking easier.

    Not that it was easy. It still isn't. But it's totally worth it. Get through those first couple hours, days, weeks and it's like a long ride; before you know it there are a bunch of miles behind you and you feel pretty good about getting through all that struggle.

    Personally, I think e-cigs are BS. Same with Chantix, patches, gum, lozenges... just gotta tough it out and find a healthy alternative/distraction. I had to quit drinking for the whole first 30 days cuz drinking and smoking were so connected for me. Now I'm pretty much over it. I can have a couple beers without feeling like I need to smoke and I feel better the next day without having smoked a bunch.

    Like others have said, you can save a lot of money by quitting. I might have to reward myself with a new bike.

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    Turned 49 this May and quit after 30 years of smoking, four months ago today. Bought my first bike since I was a kid and have a new obsession. I suck at it, but I love it. My first ride was a cpl miles around the sub and I though I was going to die. Now I'm riding 30 miles a couple of times a week on rails to trails type things and the local single tracks when it's not raining. The weather has sucked here this year leaving the single tracks too muddy to ride. I'm nervous about winter coming and what I'm going to do when I can't ride, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
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    Congratulations! I did the same 2 years ago after 18 years of smoking. I'm so happy I did it. I sorta wished I would have done it sooner, but better late than never.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to the snow so I can try out the fat bike on the groomed single track here in MN. Maybe you could find a place to rent a Fatty or if it fits your budget, one of your own, to ride this winter

    Again, congrats on taking that major first step, and I hope you stick with it. While it'll be difficult, the benefits far outweigh the costs (i.e. not having walking pneumonia twice a year, not getting a cold with an automatic free pass to the flu, etc breathing issues).



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