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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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    Quitting Smoking

    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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