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If you are like me addicted to nicotine-why can't we stop?I have tried to quit smoking,but it is sooo hard .I see people with cancer and still continue to smoke.When will we learn our lesson and how? (tried gum and nicotine patches but just didin't work for me) God bless us smokers!!No Pity!

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 7, 2005, 7:35 pm
Something we enjoy doing.
I have enphenzema, Been smokin over forty years.
Yep, I still smoke.
Comment by Rip Snorter - November 7, 2005, 7:45 pm
TenajComment by Tenaj - November 7, 2005, 8:57 pm
I used to go to Nicotine anonymous ( a 12 steps group) and they will give you a coin with how many hours (days) you have went without smoking. It was helpful.

Once I went 90 days and thought that I could just smoke one. You know the rest. It only takes 3 days for nicotine to get out of the body, the rest is a mind thing. I picked up a smoker's prayer at an AA meeting (just visiting) no problem there and it worked for me and I think I went 6 months then. You would say the prayer everytime you wanted to smoke. And the more you did that the stronger you will get. I can't find that prayer anywhere now.

But you are right. God bless each and every one of us.

konaneComment by konane - November 7, 2005, 9:02 pm
I quit 20 years ago by switching from menthol which I liked to non-menthol which I didn't like at all. Then I would taper off with fewer per day over about a month to where I would light one, have a couple of puffs the put it out. Then when I wanted to smoke again, would light the same nasty cigarette I'd put out in the equally nasty ash tray. Etc., tapering down on the nicotine addiction until I quit completely. However it took about 5 years before I quit wanting to put something in my mouth. No relapses to date.   It can be done if you take one step at a time and be kind to yourself!!
four4meComment by four4me - November 7, 2005, 11:35 pm
Ah my favorite subject. Every time I go to the doctors we go through the same old rigmarole. Stop smoking yet he says ... no says i.... cut back he says no says i....

The nicotine receptors in your brain need to be turned off and that isn't going to happen until a new drug hits the market soon maybe next year. This new medicine will block the nicotine receptors in your brain and make you think you have enough nicotine or not want any something to that affect.

Nicotine has been labeled more addictive than heroin. Once you body gets so used to a certain amount of it, it wants to keep smoking until it receives the same amount or more of it. Some people who try and quit by using different brands end up smoking more to get the same effect as they did with their usual brand.

Talk to you doctor ask him/her if he knows about the study for the new pill that blocks the receptors in your brain. I can't think of the name of the medicine right at the moment but when I do I'll send you a PM.
emilygComment by emilyg - November 7, 2005, 11:49 pm
i've tried gum, patches, hypnosis - still smoke - even after a bout with cancer.
Comment by Maryland - November 8, 2005, 4:04 am
Never smoked till I went to Viet Nam. The government use to give the little packs of cigarettes in your c rations. At first I traded them, them smoked them and you know the story from there. Did the same with my beer rations but never acquired a taste for beer thank god.
Comment by cowgirlpoet - November 8, 2005, 1:05 pm
You can quit smokin', but you're still gonna' die. Quit driving fast cars, but you're still gonna' die. Quit eatin' too much, but you're still gonna' die.

I say we only go around once, so go for the gusto!
Comment by Chewie - December 8, 2005, 3:22 pm
You can't quit what you enjoy - or if you don't want to quit. I smoked for 40+ and then had a heart attack with a quad-bypass. That broke the habit. Don't think anything less would have accomplished it.
Good luck.

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