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    A question out of curiosity for smokers/ex-smokers

    Does smoking actually relieve stress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckythirteen View Post
    A question out of curiosity for smokers/ex-smokers

    Does smoking actually relieve stress?
    Yes, oh yes, oh god yes. I've been off the smokes for 14 1/5 months and I still miss it daily. Every time a client has a fit of hysteria about something, I want a smoke. Every time Mr. Rattus gets pissy about the computer, I want a smoke. Every time my bike gets a flat on the way home, I want a smoke. When I've had a really bad day, all I can think about is sitting on the back deck watching the boys at play and having a smoke.

    I am not a non-smoker, I am a smoker who no longer smokes.
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    I guess I will always consider myself a smoker...I'm just not smoking right now.
    I started smoking when i was 12 years old and thought I was so cool.By 15 I was allowed to smoke in the house as both my parents smoked.I am not proud to say that I smoked through both of my pregnancys and didnt stop smoking in the house till I was about 25.I quit a few times over the years but I never lasted that long and always gained weight.
    When I was 35 both my husband and I quit by using Zyban and I am now close to celebrating my 41st birthday.I gained alot of weight when I quit and am now just getting the weight off thanks to weight watchers. Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things I have ever done.Good luck to those trying to quit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckythirteen View Post
    A question out of curiosity for smokers/ex-smokers

    Does smoking actually relieve stress?
    I thought it did when I smoked, but after I got used to NOT reaching for the cigarettes every time I got nervous (and that took a couple of years!) I realized that having to find time to go out to smoke, stressing out whenever I was in a non-smoking building, having to run to the store because I'd run out of cigs, and so forth, I suddenly realized that smoking adds about as much stress as it relieves. I quit smoking over 10 years ago, and although the thought to smoke crosses my mind on a rare occasion, it's not because of stress, it's usually when there are several smokers around, outside where the smoke won't choke me, and beer is involved.
    Unlike some of the other posters, I absolutely do not consider myself a smoker anymore; I'm through with it.
    I have found the Truth and it doesn't make sense.

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    Anyone trying to quit or has successfully quit?

    hello anyone who reads this

    I got up too early and was reading posts from wayyyy back. It was funny to come across this one because it is almost 2 years ago to the day that I had quit. One of the probably about 5 serious attempts.

    I had a seriously scary lung cancer scare last year and it ended up not being cancer. It was still left that I had what the dr. calls "holes" on my lungs. Strange I know. Nodules I guess is the correct term. I decided when the dr. had the final results that I'd quit for good. The testing went on so long I can't even remember exactly when they started. I have it posted around here somewhere but, I'm too tired and gotta move it to get ready to go to work. ...I think the beginning of last year or something. She did a broncoscopy (that is how is sounds not how it's spelled) then I think I had about 5 or so different types of lung scans. By November of 2006 my pulmonary specialist finally said YOU are OK . She said we'd have to keep a check on my lungs and I should of course quit smoking (again)

    the longest I made it was 6 1/2 months straight about 6 years ago. Then a few more times for 3 to 4 months.

    I enjoyed smoking - I realize now I don't really enjoy it I just am so accustomed to using it for my relaxation tool that I just get so freaking dependent on them.

    I quit January 2007 on New Year's day with 2 women very close to me. We have all dealt differently with it. One is very bitchy most of the time and talks about smoking ALL the time. Her negativity became toxic to me and I'm not speaking to her right now (she's my cousin and I love her so I will eventually) At least she is still not smoking

    The other one is doing very well but, still using the nicorette gum. She is doing it though.

    I had 3 months and 20 days without a cig......and I smoked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I thought I'd just have a couple......then it was a couple more. (it was just this past weekend) Then I went Monday to yesterday with none and after work last night stopped and bought a pack and now I feel like I never quit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    stupid! holes in my lungs and I smoked after all that time!

    Well, I felt like ranting somewhere. My friends don't smoke (a couple might have ONE with a drink) for the most part I'm a lone smoker. I haven't told the two women I quit with (well not speaking to one) the other one is like my sister and I don't have the heart to tell her I smoked. I think her husband knows though because he said something to me. I think he's worried my smoking might make her weaker or something. My family doesn't know.
    My 2 closest girlfriends are good to me and will support me but, I feel like they are just thinking OH she failed again.

    I am going out to N.Y for a few days and bringing some nicorette gum because I'm staying with my daughter and her housemates and noooooooooo way can I let that kid know I started.

    Wow I really needed to rant because this is like a small book I've written and I type fast and just looked at the clock and have to leave for work!

    Just wanted to vent/rant and feeling so so sneaky and guilty. Maybe I needed to confess or something. I've been carrying perfume with me and an extra sweatshirt I put on when I smoke and then take it off.......

    I want to quit again but, then again I don't want to right now because I need a break before I start the entire mentally draining process over again.........
    I am going to be starting something brand new in my life the second week of May (was suppose to be the first) and I'm very stressed out about it so I'm thinking of seeing how it goes and making my date for the end of the summer (to quit again)

    Anyway, anyone that has been through this - I'd love to hear from you.

    There is an internet site too that I'm going to try to get back in the "quit mode".
    The Pats will be back next year. Watch out.....

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    Re: Any EX Smokers here?

    JamiLee - First of all, just because you had a lapse doesn't mean you failed. I think that was/is one of the most important things that I had/have to come to terms with in my efforts to quit.

    I have been smoking for the past 13 years, with several year(s)-long periods of non-smoking when I was pregnant and breast feeding both my daughters. I am ready to quit "for good", as I have been for about the past three years, but it's so... hard. It's just so hard. I have always liked smoking, as strange as that sounds. I realize it isn't the actual cigarette that I like, it's the ritual.

    I am 31 and very afraid of future health problems. I know I need to quit. None of my friends, family, or co-workers smoke, so there is no one in my life that actually understands the effort and will-power it takes to be successful at quitting. I am setting my birthday as my quit date - July 7 - actually, the day after, so I can enjoy one last day... And I am serious about it this time. I'm getting the patch, the gum, anything I can to help curb the nicotine withdrawal, and I plan on picking up some new hobby to keep my hands occupied - like knitting or crocheting or something like that that I can pick up/put down as the need arises.

    I've heard/read that it is better if you are in the mindset to quit for real, so if you are not, then I think setting a new date and getting yourself into the mode is a good idea. But until that date, maybe rather than just going back to your old smoking habits, you could limit yourself to a certain number of cigarettes per day? I know when I have tried that in the past, it worked to help me cut back from a pack and a half a day to less than a pack. In the morning, I'll put however many cigarettes I'm allowing myself into an empty pack then put the rest away. Then I try to watch my habits of when I want to smoke, and adjust accordingly. I often found myself lighting one after another in the evenings as I read or watched TV simply because my hands would feel empty... So limiting the number per day, plus the number per "situation" helped me greatly. If I had 15 cigarettes allowed for a day, then I knew I could smoke two in the morning, two at lunch, one on the drive home, three while I read the mail, planned dinner, etc... which left me seven for the evening. I usually smoke one after dinner, and one before bed, so that left me five at my descretion, and I often didn't smoke that many between dinner and bed.

    Right now I'm about a pack a day smoker, and I am going to try to cut to 15 from May 1 to June15, then from June 16-July8 go to 10 per day, which I hope can help not only with lowering my nicotine dependance, but also with the habit/ritual of it. It makes me more aware of what I'm doing, and that in itself helps me lessen the amount I smoke.

    Wanna set a date of July 8th with me? Or is that too soon for you? Think about it....
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    Re: Any EX Smokers here?

    You should talk to your doctors. There are a lot of medications out there that can really help you quit, if you really want to. My brother in law smoked for over 25 years, 2 packs a day, and quit with the help of medication.

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    Re: Any EX Smokers here?

    I used to smoke and enjoyed it. I tried to quit many times. What cured me? Getting pregnant with my son. I have 2 years now smoke free. I would never go back to smoking BUT I know how hard it is to quit. I would definately talk to your Doc. Let them give you suggestions, medication, whatever may ease the pain, etc.
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    Re: Any EX Smokers here?

    Good idea, but I asked about that last year, and they said the drugs were basically mild dose anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds geared toward taking the "edge" off. Does nothing for the addiction part of it, nor the routine/habit/empty hand issues. My doctor was very blunt with me about it, said that he'd prescribe it to me but that the pills alone would not in any way make me quit. They just might make it a little easier on my family and friends while I quit... so I don't bite their little heads off!

    Or did you know of something else that I am not aware of? Any suggestions or advise would be appreciated!

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    Re: Any EX Smokers here?

    The first time I made the serious attempt to quit smoking, I used Zyban, an antidepressant. It did not work for me at all - in fact, it just made me more agitated. It has taken me a couple of good hard efforts to quit absolutely, but I think I'm probably there now (no matter how much I want a cigarette some days). The final impetus for me was guilt, not my own health, not money. I felt guilty every time I looked at Mr. Rattus or my furry friends while I was smoking. I would think about their blameless lungs and how wrong it was of me to sully them. And every time I think about buying a pack of cigarettes (usually when I get a flat tire on my bike, which irks me to no end), I think about them, give myself a mental shake and put that thought right out of my mind. So actually, maybe love was the final impetus. Eh, love, guilt - potato, potahto.

    And oh yeah. Nicorettes have been of the most invaluable assistance.
    All I wanted was a 45, a stinking 45 - the record or the gun. I'd even settle for the damn malt liquor. - Al Bundy.

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