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In 1962 I took a job overseas with the Dept of Defense and the price of cigarettes dropped for me from 35 cents a pack to 13 cents on the military base.. So, I figured I could smoke three times as many cigarettes and take advantage of the price.. Didn't make any sense to me either so I quit-- cold turkey..
I started smoking when I was 14. I'm 36 now I as like many other kids thought that was the "cool thing" to do. But I had watched and seen two family members who suffered with lung cancer and hard to breath. Like gasping for air like a fish out of water. I quit for my two amazing daughters and my niece. I can smell a mile away :) and food tastes amazing. I have done this on my own no meds no patches no gums nothing. I've been smoke free for 9 weeks.
I smoked for 40 years. I tried and tried to quit but nothing worked. I had pretty much resigned myself to being a smoker for the rest of my life and letting the chips fall where they may. I was checking out of the doctor's office after a checkup last year and at the last minute, I asked the doc to write me a prescription for Chantex, almost as an afterthought I had tried Chantex before and it worked until I ran out, then I would always go back to the cigarettes.
I got the prescription, took it up to Walgreen's, had it filled, picked it up, and proceeded to put it in the cupboard and continue to smoke. I would think about quitting, but always when I began to run short, I'd run for more cigarettes. This went on for about three months when one morning I woke up, and saw I only had two cigarettes left. Then the panic sent in, but for some reason this time I did not act on it. I smoked the last two cigarettes, and opened up my Chantex. The first few days were pretty rough, but I hung in there. And man did I have some crazy dreams, but I didn't smoke. A day became a week, became a month, became 6 months. I got to the point where I was afraid to smoke because I did not want to start all over again. This was hands down, the longest I had ever been voluntarily smoke free.
Bottom line, food doesn't taste any better, my sense of smell is the same. But I'm not wheezing any more and is it ever easier to breathe. Wow! My endurance is so much better. The other big difference is my wallet. I had a $300 a month habit. Bottom line, smoking is like any other vice. Not everyone loses weight the same way, not everyone can stop smoking. You can quit and it's never to late. Keep trying. Eventually, you might just find something that works. Never give up. If I can stop after 40 years, you can too.
I started smoking when I was a sophomore in high school. Back then it was the "cool thing" to do. I smoked for about 10 years and after I decided that smoking was not the "cool thing" for me anymore. It was an expensive habit and really provided nothing positive in my life.
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things one might go through; fortunately, there is help to cope with something that has been a daily visitor. I quit cold turkey and while I understand that doing this is VERY difficult for most people, it (luckily) wasn't that bad for me. I, of course, had the withdrawal symptoms, but I never reached the point to where I thought I was going to snap, or even felt like I HAD to smoke to relieve my stress, anxiety, anger, etc. For the vast majority that have tried to quit on your own, understand that it is well worth it to keep at it and try using one of the many resources available to help quit smoking, like the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW). Take it from me, your life will change.
I never liked the smell I carried around with me after smoking. I wouldn't smoke if I were around people who didn't; call it embarrassment, shame, or whatever, but everyone knows that smoking is not good for you. Now, after a few years of not smoking, my taste buds are back in full-swing, my body feels more energetic, and I don't have to worry about when I will be able to light up. I'm grateful that my decision to quit came earlier in my life than later. The sooner you quit, the easier it is for your body to recover from the harm all of the chemicals in cigarettes create. Also, the sooner you quit, the bigger your wallet becomes; so I guess you could call it a win/win! Take it from me, it's worth it to quit. Your life can only improve without the company of cigarettes.
I am 44 years old and have used dip for 20 plus years. I have loved it and hated it for the same amount of time. I have wasted much of my life worrying if dipping is going to cause cancer. One day after work in early April I saw the commercial with James Capps talking about the effects cancer has had on his life. That was it for me. Tobacco stops with me too Mr. Capps. Thank you for exposing yourself and touching my life.