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        Gang:

        Well, I am over the hump, and it is time to make some changes around my house, as I am considering myself a non-smoker.

        I am left with many many lighters. My favorite one is from the Soaring Eagle Casino where I play often.  Zippo's were my favorite..So many, but what is their purpose now?

        I also have many beautiful ashtrays that have collected thru the years.  To me an ashtray has but one purpose, an ashtray. What can I possibly do with all them now?

        Time to wash the curtains in my office and see if all the nicotine will come out. I will likely pull threads out of the washer when it is done.

        How about the ashtray in the car. The one that I never emptied, and the butts just kept being shoved in, as they spilled to the floor.
        Do I use it for change now?



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        Does this mean now you will be the non smoker from hell at the casino? Just teasing ya...........im like the little tug boat here........i aint easy...sigh!

        Yes use them for change for all the money you will be saving and stock up on the bubbly!!!!

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        You know what Pam.. reading this post for some strange reason gave me tears to the eyes.. its like saying farewell to an old friend, but at the same time hello to a new one.. YOU
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        I promise I will never become the "Smoker from Hell."   They still smell heavenly to me when I am around others that light up.  Yet I know after this time if I smoked one I would likely turn green.

        I did a figure here at home.....I stopped completely smoking in mid December.  It is now MId January. We will just say 30 days for this example.  I have saved appx $350 already.  

        Alas, as alot of people report, they dont actually see the extra money all at once.  I know it is there, I just can't place it exactly where else it is going.

        Lips, if your still trying to quit, keep up the fight.  If a two pack a day Camel girl like me can quit, you can as well.  :)    Sending you best of luck, and support if I can help.

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        Imagin.ation wrote:

        You know what Pam.. reading this post for some strange reason gave me tears to the eyes.. its like saying farewell to an old friend, but at the same time hello to a new one.. YOU


        I take the humorus approach to alot of things Imagine, but you are right. These thing I speak of are very much a part of my life that I must now say goodbye to.  That lighter was always in my coat pocket, and if I couldn't smoke, I would open and shut that darn top on it so it made a clicking noise only I could hear.

        I got ashtrays from special places I went to, and it made me happy to see them out every day and brought back memories. 


        The cigarettes were the worst of course. I suppose it sounds silly to tell you all I carried an empty box of cigs around with my Zippo for a couple weeks after I quit.  I just had to feel that box, in my pocket, and that lighter. I would light that lighter, to smell the lighter fluid smell.
        Cigarettes were my best friend. I felt guilty to be leaving them behind after they had always been there for me.  Isn't that crazy? 

        Cigarettes and everything associated with them is a big part of a smokers life.  You have a tendency to feel a little lost without all of it.

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        Its not crazy at all because it is so much a part of your life. And like imagin says you are now a whole dif person because of it.

        Are you still taking chantex? Or is that just for a certain amount of time? Also do you find yourself eating more? I know when i quit before i gained weight. As soon as i started back up......the weight came right back off. So for me its the battle of 2 vices when i quit............sigh

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        lipstick_xoxos wrote:

        Its not crazy at all because it is so much a part of your life. And like imagin says you are now a whole dif person because of it.

        Are you still taking chantex? Or is that just for a certain amount of time? Also do you find yourself eating more? I know when i quit before i gained weight. As soon as i started back up......the weight came right back off. So for me its the battle of 2 vices when i quit............sigh

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        I am no longer taking Chantix. I quit it about two weeks ago.  Nothing major happened when I quit the drug, as I had been not smoking for sometime before that.

        Weight gain is always a problem when we quit smoking. I am happy to say I have not gained any weight thru this process, but it isn't without a struggle.  I chew alot of gum, and I watch myself carefully to avoid falling into that trap.  Boy, do I miss that cigarette after a meal though. That was one of my favorite times.

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          PMM,

          I'm so proud of you! I really DO want to quit. But I'm too stubborn to go on meds. I do have 2 boxes of the patch here at home from when my husband tried to quit.

          Another problem I have is I have to be the 'tough-girl' ya know," I can just quit if I want, I don't need any help." And the bigger problem is I'm afraid of failing. That's the God's honest truth.

          Weight gain isn't an issue for me- I'm a steady 97lbs- geez- I WISH I could gain weight. I want whiter teeth, a nicer smelling home/car, better lungs, younger-looking skin, and live to see my 6yr old daughter get married! I'm tired of feeling like the 'dirty smoker' at family events that has to go outside and get my fix. I am truly disgusted with myself. And do want to quit. Once and for all.

          Do you have any advice, other than Chantix to help me be more determined to quit? I know it must have been so hard for you, but you made it! And any guidance would surely be appreciated.
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          Acgofer:
              I smiled as I read your post. Not because you are struggling so, but because allll the reasons you've listed are so exactly what I was feeling right before I decided to quit.  I wanted that white smile, I wanted not to smell of smoke anymore.  I was tired of the Ball and Chain of smoking. Most of all, I knew I would die if I didnt quit.  I'm not saying everyone who is a smoker is going to die from it, but I certainly would of at 2 packs a day, for years and years more.  I wanted to live to see my Nephew Drake get married. Just as you have that desire to see your Daughter get married. 

          My friend: You have all the signs of a soon to be ex-smoker. That brings a smile to my face too. 

          I dug deeper within myself to quit smoking than I ever have for anything. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  I told myself I would win this battle. Each day I thanked God for another day without a cigarette, and prayer helped alot.

          Do not fear failure.  Do you know how many times I failed before this attempt?  Many many times. Yet this time was the charm.  I learned something each time I failed. Where and when I was weakest, what triggered me to start back up, and next time I was prepared better for those instances.  Failing taught me valuble things.


          And to end this little sermon, Let me tell you what you can look forward to when you quit.  I can smell the coffee in the morning now with a new appreciation. It smells like it never has before. It tastes that much better too.  I wake up each morning and I dont cough .  I have 100% more energy, and no longer ALWAYS need that nap. I don't get headaches like I used to.  My clothes no longer smell of smoke, and my home is fresh.  I went to the Dentist, and he cleaned my teeth and got off allll that nicotene crude that I know will never be back.  I don't have that smoke smell on my hands anymore.  I walk out of the house without anything but my bag. Empty of all cigarettes.  Yet, of all the things I just listed, the very best is knowing, I have won. A sense of accomplishment. Of Victory. Of knowing I have done what many have failed at.  It gives you a jump in your step each day I can't explain.

          And oh yes......I will see my Nephew get Married one day. 

          I hope this helps.......

          It is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but the rewards are the greatest you will ever know.

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          Hey Acgofer I quit in May 2009 and I did it with the gum Nicorett everytime I want a cig I would chew the gum and sometimes it did not work so I would light one up.  And at some point the cig just tasted really bad and I would throw it out. After about a week I kept chewing and not smoking but I had my pack of cigs in my purse.  I carried the pack I would say about 1 mth or 2 just so that I wont go into a panic knowing that I did not have the cig.  It really works till this day that cig taste like crap.  I am smoke free for 8 mths.  So you can do it just be strong and do it.

          Hats off to pmm2008 for not smoking great job

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            PMM: Thanks so much for the inspiration & tips! The drain of energy is constant for me. I am always tired, and do nothing but sit on this computer 1/2 the day! I'll get motivated by turning on some music, and do a load of aundry, vacuum, then say'oh I just need to sit down for a minute' I'll sit on the couch, light up, and not want to get back up again. I think you're right- I think the cigs really do take your energy away. And I'm tired of blowing ashes off my keyboard too!!!  >:( I just have to pick a day and say 'that's it-I am done'

            Hyefivess: I have tried the Nicorette before. I just really can't stand the taste of it,although it worked for my husband last time he tried to quit. Well, at least until he gave up too since I just kept on smoking. When you said about carrying a pack in your purse---it's funny because any time I make the smallest attempt to quit- I HAVE to have some cigs stashed away in the house- "in case of emergency". Just to know they were there IF I needed them. Unfortunately, I always used them as my crutch when a bad craving came on, or I got a little stressed. Pfft!


            I think it will be a great help if I pick a day, and do what PMM did- POST my effort here. This way, it's like saying it out loud, and I know a handful of you will keep tabs on me to see how I'm doing,and give me encouragement.


            I will be starting a new thread in regards to my attempt to quit smoking sometime today. I'll decide what I'm going to do in effort to be smoke-free, and a goal date of being completely smoke free. It seems it's been easier for others to wean off, rather than just stop completely all together. Besides, I have 1/2 a carton of Marlboro Lights 100's left in the house!
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            Hello Pam,
            I just wanted to congratulate you and tell you to hang tuff from someonw who smokes and have quit several times.  Tried everything including nicotine patches which all I thought about when I wore them was to roll it up and smoke it....lol  Way To Go Pam and lots of strength to you
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            Wow Pam!!
            So Proud of You!!!  I have seen you struggle back and forth for a long time..now you are doing it!!!!!  So great to hear!!  It took me so long, but I too won the battle.
            With the price of them now, I would rather use the money to gamble!! 
            Congrats my friend!!

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            Hey Pam~
            When you're around smokers, r u tempted at all?  U still like the smell of the smoke?  How 'bout when you're in a casino, surrounded by smokers?  Does it bother u?  Do u just wanna grab their cig & take a puff?
            I commend u..... and I am VERY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING talkin' 2 my doc about takin' Chantix.....
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              Pam,

              What can I say that's not already been said.  You have achieved such a great thing in such a short space of time.  It really is time to give yourself a huge pat on the back and say you're proud of your achievement; as you can see from all the posts, we are proud of you.

              As for the ashtrays - fill em up with the money you saved each day and the lighters, well you could start a zippo collection if you like them so much - or flog them as a job lot on ebay.

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