1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

(OT) any ex smokers out there? How did you kick it?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by bfunk13, Sep 21, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    Almost three weeks now. Don't worry. The cravings will stop in a couple years. You will get used to them.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,665
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Keep up the good work Bfunk . . . one day when your kids are old enough to understand your sacrifice they will thank you.
  3. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,495
    And they will be a lot less frequent. Only hit in the odd moments, and they will be more of the nature of mutterings than cravings. I went for years without experiencing that, and out of the blue one day after ten years, there it was. It passed quickly. Maybe a last bit of nicotine or tar that was stashed somewhere in my cells and got tossed out in the spring cleaning. Who knows?

    What I did know was that if I indulged myself in a smoke, I'd have lost half the battle, and if I ever smoked another pack again, I'd be a smoker again. So all I had to do was not smoke that first one.

    For years I thought of myself not as an ex-smoker, but a smoker who had been abstaining for X years. I knew the addiction would never end for me. But for now the bear is sleeping, and maybe even at this point died in its sleep long ago. I never stopped having a healthy respect for the destructive power it had in my life.

    I think the three-week mark is an important one. It seems to get a little easier at that point. Celebrate it!
  4. piejam

    piejam Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    230
    Hey Bfunk,

    I'm still lurking around. You are in my thoughts, been busy with the contractors and stacking next years wood. So happy you are still smoke-free! Go Bfunk Go!
  5. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Gulp!
    A couple years? Kidding, yeah i can see that actually.
    I was talking with an older fellow i work with, he quit 20 some years ago and says he still thinks about it from time to time.
    Certain times when he would really like one, "if i was told tomorrow i had a month to live, i would go but a carton".

    I guess its just something you learn to live with.
  6. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    Yup. You will learn. I still think about it after 8+ years. I have sneaked a few in that time and they were always disgusting and made me sick, which is good. I know not to even bother now. I joke that I may start again if I'm still around at 80 or 90. Couldn't make things much worse to start at that age. Actually if they were not very unhealthy, expensive, socially unacceptable, and didn't make me smell nasty. I would probably still smoke. :lol:
    Keep up the good work there my friend.
  7. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,495
    Not me. You could not pay me enough to smoke a single cigarette. I'm too fond of breathing.

    However, it took me awhile to get to this point.

    A few years of the occasional crave is not much of a price to pay to spend your life with your amazing family. Looking at your two kids--your firstborn looks like a sweet, good person, and the younger one looks like mischief on a stick--I gotta say, I'd want to see how they turn out.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to do that couple of years right now. All you have to do is get through today. And sometimes it's just a matter of getting through the next twenty minutes. That was another trick I used: I'd tell myself if I still wanted a smoke that bad in another twenty minutes, I'd have it. And I never, ever, not once did. The craves are wave-shaped crescendos, and the good thing about wanting a cigarette really, really badly is that the wave is about to crest. Just sit back and observe it dispassionately sometime, and you will know your enemy much better for that.

    And then meditate a bit on the fact that cigarette manufacturers coldly and calculatedly made the decision to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to make them more addictive to ensure their profits would continue. Think about it: if your product kills a third to a half of the people who use it, you need to have a long-range plan in place to keep making money. That's worth pondering: do you really want to take enough money to send your kids to college and turn it over to people who don't mind if you die using their product, as long as they can find another dupe when you're gone? These are not people I would choose to subsidize.

    Keep your eyes on the prize. You're doing good.
  8. piejam

    piejam Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    230
    Hope all is well with you and the family...What's the latest stats?? I too still have cravings every once in a while. Just learned to live with it. The more I remain smoke-free, the fewer and further apart are the crave wave attacks. Amazing how long the detox portion of the process is..Are you taking the kids out on Halloween? Be prepared!
  9. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,892
    Loc:
    Beautiful British Columbia
    Great point Leopard, That's the way it is, and that's the way you have to use your head or you'll just be a disposable pawn of the cigarette companies.

    I never had much problems with cravings when I quit. Whenever I felt like smoking I use to think about a dirty ashtray. To this day I find the sight and smell of a dirty ashtray sitting in someone's livingroom disgusting. It's like sitting beside someone's unflushed toilet. Only difference is, a toilet is something we all need to use occasionally, smoking isn't. Which brings up another thing to consider, just how hard quiting smoking is really when compared to other problems people all over the world face on a daily basis. Especially when compared to say something as simple as over eating. With smoking you can eventually quit and put it out of your mind and out of your life forever, but with an over eating problem you still need to eat, so you constantly have to deal with the self control issue for the rest of your life. Really, if you think about it, smoking is one of the easier addictions to quit.
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    49,844
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Both of you bring up a good point. It helps to have a visual focal point of reprehension. The more vile, whether it be a disgusting ashtray, lung xray or tobacco company cynicism, the better. That helped me a lot.
  11. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    3,877
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Good job bfunk!

    I smoked for 10 years or so and quit cold turkey, I had one failed attempt that lasted six months. I've been quit since Feb. of 2007 now. I found it would never work until I really wanted to quit since I enjoyed it. When I quit I thought of myself as a lifetime smoker, when people asked if I quit I told them "no one likes a quiter, I'm just taking a break".
  12. piejam

    piejam Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    230
    Good Morning,

    Bfunk how are you? Didn't see an update so I hope you're on vacation or just too busy..Remember we are here for you!
  13. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Still smoke free!
    Been keeping busy and it is getting easier.
    Thanks for checking in on me.

    27 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 24 seconds smoke free.
    596 cigarettes not smoked.
    $163.35 and 4 days, 13 hours of your life saved.
  14. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,665
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Yeah, don't forget to keep us updated on your progress Bfunk . . . believe it or not . . . some of us truly are rooting for you and hoping you're able to kick the habit.
  15. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    27 days! That's nearly a month! You are probably through the hardest part now. Nice work.
  16. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,892
    Loc:
    Beautiful British Columbia
    That's Great!
    I wish there was something I could change in my life right now that would put and extra $163+ a month in my pocket, while at the same time improve my health and save 13 hours of my life.
    Most health improving things I try to do for myself either cost me money,,,, or take up my time, which I could be using on other things.
    I think you got a good thing going there Mr. Bfunk, keep up the good work.

    CL
  17. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,495
    This is very good news.
  18. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
    Messages:
    1,290
    Loc:
    Just South of Portland, OR
    You rock!

    Smelling stale smoke on other people was a huge realization for me too. I had no clue what I was putting other people through.
    I quit 10 years ago. (wow.) At this point, it's hard to believe it took me as long as it did. At some point, the occasional cravings are just gone. Within a few months, I could stand around with a bunch smokers and not want one. Now, I can't stand around with smokers without berating them in an annoying way.

    Beautiful family. They're worth it.
  19. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!
  20. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Was too busy living life to realize i have over a month now.
    Yeah!

    31 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds smoke free.
    697 cigarettes not smoked.
    $187.55 and 5 days, 7 hours of your life saved.


    Your quit date: 9/29/2011 6:00:00 AM
  21. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2010
    Messages:
    1,022
    Loc:
    Missouri Ozarks
    Wonderful. I know you can get through the next month. I am pulling for you.
  22. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    49,844
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    You rock man! Congratulations.
  23. lessoil

    lessoil Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    726
    Loc:
    Rumford, Maine
    I feel your pain!
    It took me 3 times before I finally quit. It has been 24 years now. Was 31 at the time and had smoked for 10 yrs. 1-1.5 packs/day.
    I quit when they were $.90/pack!!
    I quit without patches etc. Not sure if products like that were around.
    Anyway, my "crutch" was Trident gum!! I must have gone through a truckload of it.
    As I remember, after 3 months the urge to light up was on its' way out.

    Good Luck!!
  24. lessoil

    lessoil Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    726
    Loc:
    Rumford, Maine
    Missed your latest post!!
    Great job!!! :)
    Keep it up You can do it!!!!
  25. piejam

    piejam Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    230
    Looking good Bfunk..You're the man! Thanks for the update...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page