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BS: No Smoking Update

nutty 27 Mar 01 - 04:49 PM
MMario 27 Mar 01 - 04:52 PM
Clinton Hammond 27 Mar 01 - 04:54 PM
CarolC 27 Mar 01 - 04:56 PM
GUEST,Paul Miller 27 Mar 01 - 04:59 PM
gnu 27 Mar 01 - 05:03 PM
Morticia 27 Mar 01 - 06:02 PM
Sorcha 27 Mar 01 - 06:09 PM
Hollowfox 27 Mar 01 - 06:13 PM
CamiSu 27 Mar 01 - 06:24 PM
Bert 27 Mar 01 - 06:48 PM
Hawker 27 Mar 01 - 06:58 PM
GUEST,kendall 27 Mar 01 - 07:07 PM
Allan C. 27 Mar 01 - 07:19 PM
Little Neophyte 27 Mar 01 - 08:46 PM
Bugsy 27 Mar 01 - 09:44 PM
Chip2447 28 Mar 01 - 02:01 AM
nutty 28 Mar 01 - 02:56 AM
nutty 28 Mar 01 - 02:58 AM
Dave the Gnome 28 Mar 01 - 03:07 AM
Bugsy 28 Mar 01 - 03:23 AM
Lanfranc 28 Mar 01 - 03:44 AM
Dunc 28 Mar 01 - 04:26 AM
Llanfair 28 Mar 01 - 05:16 AM
jeffp 28 Mar 01 - 09:53 AM
nutty 28 Mar 01 - 10:01 AM
jeffp 28 Mar 01 - 10:13 AM
katlaughing 28 Mar 01 - 10:22 AM
Bardford 28 Mar 01 - 10:28 AM
GUEST 28 Mar 01 - 11:06 AM
okthen 28 Mar 01 - 04:20 PM
Amergin 28 Mar 01 - 04:24 PM
jeffp 28 Mar 01 - 04:28 PM
JedMarum 28 Mar 01 - 05:13 PM
Terry K 29 Mar 01 - 01:14 AM
Ebbie 29 Mar 01 - 02:03 AM
Chip2447 29 Mar 01 - 03:31 AM
Midchuck 29 Mar 01 - 08:04 AM
Mrrzy 29 Mar 01 - 09:19 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 29 Mar 01 - 10:00 AM
okthen 07 Apr 01 - 07:48 PM
Amergin 07 Apr 01 - 08:11 PM
Ebbie 07 Apr 01 - 08:27 PM
Big Tim 08 Apr 01 - 11:30 AM
Naemanson 08 Apr 01 - 11:35 AM
nutty 08 Apr 01 - 11:54 AM
Uncle_DaveO 08 Apr 01 - 12:00 PM
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Subject: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 04:49 PM

I posted a thread on Dec13th to say that I was giving up smoking and was really overwhelmed by the response I got from Mudcatters

Your encouragement and good wishes was so important in getting me through the hard times and I am pleased to report that I AM STILL A NON SMOKER

No one is more surprised that me - I had tried everything in the past with no sucess

SO - many thanks to all of you - I wouldn't dare start again now {:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: MMario
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 04:52 PM

congrats!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 04:54 PM

Keep up the good work eh!

*This is a smoker being supportive of someone who makes a decision!*

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: CarolC
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 04:56 PM

Good for you nutty!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: GUEST,Paul Miller
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 04:59 PM

Congratulations! I smoked for almost thirty years, so I know first hand how hard it is. You'll find that every day is a little bit easier than the day before.

To all smokers: PLEASE do what ever you can to quit as soon as possible. It will be one of the best things you ever do. For yourself, and for the people that love you.

Paul Miller


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: gnu
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 05:03 PM

Bravo....cough....cough....cough....

gcoughnu


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Morticia
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:02 PM

well done....we're proud of you!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:09 PM

and just HOW did you do it this time, when you had not been able to before? (cough, cough, cough.....)I think I don't want to quit badly enough.....in spite of seeing both parents die of emphysema and lung cancer....


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Hollowfox
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:13 PM

Hooray!! I was wondering how you were getting on, thanks for letting us know.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: CamiSu
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:24 PM

Hooray for you!!!!!!!!!!

I watched my dad die of lung cancer and I cheer every single person who quits!

CamiSu


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Bert
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:48 PM

Great!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Hawker
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:58 PM

Well Done!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 07:07 PM

Live long, and prosper!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Allan C.
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 07:19 PM

Wonderful!!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 08:46 PM

Mazel Tov Nutty, this is very good news!

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Bugsy
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 09:44 PM

ONYA Nutty!!!!!

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Chip2447
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 02:01 AM

WTG...Nutty, I semi quit on december 8th, I've had 6 ultra lights since then. Down from a pack of full flavor "red 100's" a day to 6 ultras in almost four months. Congrats and keep it up.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 02:56 AM

Sorcha - there's a new drug on the market. In the UK it's called ZYBAN and it subdues the area of the brain that causes addiction

It hasn't made giving up totally pain free but has kept it at a level where I can cope

Although it would be easy to say yes to a cigarette , it's just as easy to say no


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 02:58 AM

I can now admit that I was smoking at least 40 cigarettes a day so the extra £200+ a month in my bank account is also a powerful reason to stay smoke free


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 03:07 AM

Well done, Nutty. Best thing for me after stopping (25 years down the line) was the ability to shrug off coughs and colds without them developing into a full blown 2 weeks off work chest infection. Sounds daft coz you need to be ill to experience it! You'll see what I mean though.

Hangovers don't seem half as bad either....;-)

Dav the Gnome, 7 years off the weed...


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Bugsy
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 03:23 AM

Someone once said to me, "You don't always feel better when you give up smoking, but you feel a damned sight bloody worse when you start again!

And take it from one who's given up several times, but this time for good - Ain't that the truth!

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Lanfranc
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 03:44 AM

Well done, Nutty, from another smoker who is supportive of those who give up.

I trust you will continue to feel sorry for those of us still addicted, and not become another intolerant ex-smoker.

Nowadays I only smoke 100pc tobacco cigars, on the basis that a chum of mine who worked in cancer research told me that there was a school of thought that considered that the additives in cigarettes and especially the paper used are more carcinogenic than the tobacco itself.

That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Dunc
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 04:26 AM

Well done - Well done - Well done!!
Welcome to the land of the non smelly and sensible.
I gave up on April Fool's Day 1984 and still think that it was the best thing I ever did.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Llanfair
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 05:16 AM

Well done, Nutty. nearly 4 months!!! the worst is behind you now.
Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: jeffp
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 09:53 AM

Congratulations, Nutty! The drug is called Zyban here in the US, too. I started taking it the Monday after St. Patricks Day and my wife and I have set a quit date of April 1. Success stories like yours are making me feel much better about the whole thing. Thanks so much.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:01 AM

jeffp -- If you have any questions or if you need any support please send a PM. or post a thread
The support I got was wonderful and helped so much


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: jeffp
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:13 AM

Thanks, nutty. I've also got some friends here who have quit by using the Zyban. It's going to seem weird after 30 years, though. We've got a bunch of craft-type things lined up to occupy our hands in the evenings. I'll probably be practicing a lot more, too.

BTW, one friend says his voice has gone up in pitch since he quit smoking. Perhaps I'll regain some notes at the top of my range.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:22 AM

Well done, nutty! Congratulations! Now, if my Rog would only do so.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Bardford
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:28 AM

Good on ya, Nutty! From experience, I know that the first few months are the most difficult. After that, you start noticing things- like "Hey, my lungs didn't fall out when I climbed the stairs." and " Yikes, those smokers smell bad."

Keep it up, this is a good gift you've given yourself.
Cheers, Bardford


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 11:06 AM

As quitting smoking is considered by some to be more difficult than kicking a heroin addiction, you can proudly say you have the will power to achieve whatever you set your mind to, even in the unfortunate event that you resume the habit (but have faith that you won't)...aside from all the health benefits, that's probably the most important lesson to be learned.

It's truly an accomplishment that you can be proud of. You learn so much about yourself when you surmount a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: okthen
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 04:20 PM

Inspired by Nutty's original post (dec.13) I resolved to quit on Jan. 1st. I had quit using patches a couple of years ago and thought "I can do this any old time" 2nd time around even with patches it wasn't so easy.

I started using zyban on 11th Jan, and stopped smoking on 16th Jan. I had a couple in the first week or two but it was hard work. I can't honestly remember the last ciggy I had, but took my last pill on Fri.9th March.

I am told that I'm really lucky my doctor believed in prescribing zyban, many in the UK think it's too expensive.

There was a thread recently about 2nd chances, this is mine, I don't think I'll get a third. jeffp good luck, make it work for you too, but you have to go halfway to help it.

I was really s p a c e d out during the course and could happily watch paint dry, or muse on the beauty of doorknobs, I haven't taken a pill for nearly 3 weeks, so it should be waring off soon shouldn't it (?)

Anyway, I'll be away with the fairies now,

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Amergin
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 04:24 PM

Well, I have finally decided to quit myself....as of yesterday.....so if I seem any crankier than usual, I have an excuse....


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: jeffp
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 04:28 PM

Sounds like we can get a Mudcat support group going. I am really committed to this. I want my voice back the way it used to be!

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 05:13 PM

Way to go! Best wishes for the next 25 years or so ... it gets easier after that! ;-)

I never smoked long, but since I quit so long ago, I cannot imagine taking it up again, ever. Don't kjnow what I saw in it in the first place!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Terry K
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 01:14 AM

Fantastic, nutty - I've been wanting to ask but didn't dare in case you'd weakened.

You should now start to lose the characteristic look of a smoker that shows in the complexion and the eyes - it's apparently just been discovered that there's some enzyme that causes it - so you can expect to start to look healthier.

Then you can start working on becoming a really intolerant ex-smoker ........... (smug grin)

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 02:03 AM

Nutty, congratulations! Brava!

One of the pivotal moments in my smoking life came when my sister told me that I had a "smoker's voice". For some reason that struck home to me. I didn't like that thought at all, mostly because I knew exactly what she meant.

In addition, since I quit, my vocal range, even though it is still not phenomenal by any means, has definitely broadened and every little bit helps.

The part that I will always regret is that I smoked all during the years my daughter lived at home, much as she hated the habit. I think it's true that you can quit only for yourself, not because someone else wants you to, but I do wish I had given her that gift.

I am thrilled for you, and for all you others who know that your day is coming...

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Chip2447
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 03:31 AM

once again to Nutty, and to all of the rest of us who have decided to give it up, WAY TO GO...KUDOS for all of us....


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 08:04 AM

Good News!

According to yesterday's paper, breast cancer is no longer the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

It has been overtaken by lung cancer!

You really have "come a long way, baby."

I realize that I am guilty of some fairly grim sarcasm here, but how could one respond to that news other than with grim sarcasm?

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 09:19 AM

Bully for you, nutty, and Amergin, you've made me very happy. Keep it up, both of you, and jeffp, and anyone else trying to stop!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 29 Mar 01 - 10:00 AM

Peter (Midchuck)'s post tallies with my own very unscientific obervation of the students at the colleges I've worked at over the last 30 years: the men seem to be smoking less and the women more.
I'm a non-smoker brought up in a smoking household and I congratulate anyone who's had the sense to give up. Herself gave up not long after we married and stopped getting winter bronchitis. My parents gave up on retirement. My father is still going strong 20 years on but my mother died of smoking related diseases and so did my father-in-law (he was a doctor and always said it was his own stupidity, he should have known better).
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: okthen
Date: 07 Apr 01 - 07:48 PM

So how's it going?

jeffp?

amergin?

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Amergin
Date: 07 Apr 01 - 08:11 PM

Well, I'm still quit and I plan on staying that way....


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Ebbie
Date: 07 Apr 01 - 08:27 PM

okthen, also see the thread, Congratulations, treaties. Looking good.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Big Tim
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 11:30 AM

Very well done, Nutty. having managed it myself, cold turk, I know how difficult it is. My wife and I both stopped 23 years ago and calculate that if we had invested the money in the stock market we would almost be millionaires by now!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Naemanson
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 11:35 AM

VERY well done! I was wondering.

Now if only I could quit eating and take up some brisk exercise!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 11:54 AM

That's the bit I've found difficult - the eating or overeating - particulariy as I'm diabetic

A temporary solution has been real fruit-juice ice lollies which helped with the craving as well . At first I bought them at the local supermarket but now I've made some room in the freezer and I'm making my own

The exercise problem was solved by taking on another dog(canine type). So now I have two terriers to keep me fit


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 12:00 PM

I quit smoking when I was 13. Took two puffs, and I quit!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Peg
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 08:40 PM

congratulations! Everyonein my family smokes except me and my brother; coincidentally he and I are the only ones without major auto-immune diseases or chronic health problems...

You should be very proud of yourself. I was not addictyed when I quit cigarettes, but I mught have become so if I had not stopped when I did. I have seen others unable to quit after trying seemingly everything. My mom tried the patch, some friends tried the Zyban thing, but in the ed I think they did not REALLY want to quit...

obviously, you did. Well done. Live long and large!


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: Bugsy
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 08:52 PM

I'm very pleased for you. It's very hard to give away something which has become such a major part of your life.

Mrs Bugsy has been on Zyban now for 10 days. It's her 2nd day without smoking but she says that the pills don't seem to make her feel any different. She's hanging out for a smoke!

Did you feel like this?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: No Smoking Update
From: nutty
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 09:50 PM

Yes - even with the pills its still HELL but the feelings went away quicker than before

The pills helped me to say no and mean it

Within 48hrs the nicotine has left the body - after that you are fighting the hand-to-mouth habit and the psychological need to reward yourself with a cigarette


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