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    I caught the second episode of this show last night, and I liked it. I hope they all quit smoking, what an uplifting show it would turn out to be if they all succeded. I seriously doubt that Fran will quit, that girl is messed up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azsk8fan
    I thought I was going to really get into this show until I saw the previews of the upcoming shows - bringing a smoker to the house, sending them off to gamble - it saddens me to see the show take what should be a serious matter and turn it into a 'game' ...... if they really wanted to help these people quit they could just give them their 'assignments' to make the show interesting without setting them up for failure (bringing the smoker/gambling trip) I would think with 10 people quitting cold turkey there will be plenty of 'entertaining' footage amongst these people - the show need not try to 'spice it up' by trying to sabotage their efforts.......too bad - this could have been a good, entertaining show and helping people quit smoking and salvaging their health in the process - instead it's going to turn into just another lame attempt at getting people to fail.......
    I hate to disagree with ya on this one but I must. If you're going to quit smoking you're going to run into these situations in the outside world...might as well have them face it while they're in the house with support and motivation so that they'll be more used to them after the fact. That's been my downfall when I've tried to quit, as soon as I'm around a smoker I cave in, as soon as I go out to a bar setting (insert casino setting for the show) I cave in....those are trigger situations that I haven't learned to control yet. I personally believe that they are putting the new non-smokers into situations that they can learn from by doing this and hopefully it'll give them strength to maintain down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by libra1022
    I hate to disagree with ya on this one but I must. If you're going to quit smoking you're going to run into these situations in the outside world...might as well have them face it while they're in the house with support and motivation so that they'll be more used to them after the fact. That's been my downfall when I've tried to quit, as soon as I'm around a smoker I cave in, as soon as I go out to a bar setting (insert casino setting for the show) I cave in....those are trigger situations that I haven't learned to control yet. I personally believe that they are putting the new non-smokers into situations that they can learn from by doing this and hopefully it'll give them strength to maintain down the road.

    I did quit smoking but I had the support of people around me - I was living at home and my mom very graciously took to going outside for a smoke - believe me it helped me tremendously at the beginning - I think if she'd continued smoking inside the house I would have failed - just like going out to eat - people who smoked were willing to forego the after-dinner cig. until I had a firm grasp on 'being quit'....at that point the outside influences didn't bother me and people could continue on with their lives as they saw fit - I realize these housemates will encounter smokers and smoking 'situations' but having been there/done that I also realize it's best to avoid these situations at the very beginning - this show is definitely setting them up to fail. Just because they may not be able to handle living with a smoker now doesn't mean that eventually they COULD but at the very beginning - no - it's very hard - I also avoided places such as casino's (well actually Indian Bingo LOL) until I had a grasp - just as I stopped drinking (not like I'm a lush or anything). Once the 'being an ex-smoker' started to really 'take hold' I was then able to do Bingo, have a drink, etc. with no problem...... I just think there will be enough interesting 'footage' to use with just focusing on the participants, their assignments, and basically just their every-day ups/downs...... I just don't see where putting up these obstacles will help them but I wish them luck - maybe they will be stronger than I could have been at the time.

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    Major congrats on being able to quit azsk8! You definitely had a good support group around you! That's where I lack and something like this would do me good....I live alone and my cats don't complain either way, not to mention that my group of friends is about 50/50 on smokers/non. When I'm with my non smoker friends, it's no biggie, I can do without for pretty decent lengths of time, but once I get in the situational thing or around the smokers all bets are off.

    It seems like most of the poeple on the show do have a good support group at home, or heck, they wouldn't be there in the first place cause they were all nominated by a loved one.....but just to be with more people going thru the similar circumstances at the same time seems like it would be encouraging to me till they can get a good grasp on things.

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    Azsk8fan, you and I usually agree on things, but this time I have to disagree with you. I think being able to quit with others around you in the same boat, even with the way the show is laid out, would help a lot.

    I quit smoking entirely on my own many, many years ago and it was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done. One night I ran out of cigarettes in the middle of a terrible storm, and when I left my warm, dry home to go out into hell to buy some cigarettes, I realized that was it. No more. I quit smoking right then and there. All my friends, including my husband (at the time ) smoked, so I was definitely in it alone. Since everyone I knew smoked, I literally had to sit on my hands at parties. About one week after I quit, I found myself staring at my husband's cigarette pack when he was in the shower, wrestling with my convictions.....I could sneak outside and smoke one and no one would ever know. But I realized I would know, and so I won that battle. That's basically how I succeeded....I took each urge as one battle, and just tried to handle them one at a time. I would even wake up in the middle of the night because I would dream I was smoking, and they were like nightmares because I thought I had failed. I can be really stubborn, though, so I think that worked beautifully for me. Besides sitting on my hands , the other thing I did was put the money I norrmally spent on cigarettes in a jar, and would spend it on something (usually clothes) to reward myself. That helped a lot, too. It was great getting that monkey off my back.
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    I agree with azsk8fan, rosekid AND libra!

    I'm a smoker too. I think I need to be put in prison for a good year before I'll be able to quit. Yeah, I'm lame like that...no convictions at all.

    At first I thought (about the smokers coming in the house & the casino) that it was really crappy of the show to do that. But, as I was lighting up a cigarette, I thought.. "well, that's what'll happen in these people's 'real' lives".
    So, I started liking the idea.
    I just hope they can all do it!

    I can't remember names yet.. but the black girl and the white/model type guy.. I can't BELIEVE they were 'hooking' up so early!! They BOTH have a relationship already!!! Guess they don't care.
    Doesn't matter though, cause he doesn't like her anymore. Fickle smokers!!

    Dr. Will REALLY, REALLY bugs me. I'm really annoyed that they chose to have him as the doctor. He seems phony to me.. sorta like Doogie Houser MD.
    He is definitely the one thing that would have me NOT tune in to watch this show, but luckily I can endure him (if I HAVE to)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maveno
    Doesn't matter though, cause he doesn't like her anymore. Fickle smokers!!

    Dr. Will REALLY, REALLY bugs me. I'm really annoyed that they chose to have him as the doctor. He seems phony to me.. sorta like Doogie Houser MD.
    He is definitely the one thing that would have me NOT tune in to watch this show, but luckily I can endure him (if I HAVE to)!
    Maveno, you always make me laugh . The only reality show I've never gotten into was Big Brother, so I had no preconceived opinions of Dr. Will, and I had a hard time believing he was for real. Doogie Houser is the perfect description......I thought he was a terrible actor pretending to be a doctor. I couldn't believe he was for real.....honest.....I thought he was a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roseskid
    Azsk8fan, you and I usually agree on things, but this time I have to disagree with you. I think being able to quit with others around you in the same boat, even with the way the show is laid out, would help a lot.

    I quit smoking entirely on my own many, many years ago and it was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done. One night I ran out of cigarettes in the middle of a terrible storm, and when I left my warm, dry home to go out into hell to buy some cigarettes, I realized that was it. No more. I quit smoking right then and there. All my friends, including my husband (at the time ) smoked, so I was definitely in it alone. Since everyone I knew smoked, I literally had to sit on my hands at parties. About one week after I quit, I found myself staring at my husband's cigarette pack when he was in the shower, wrestling with my convictions.....I could sneak outside and smoke one and no one would ever know. But I realized I would know, and so I won that battle. That's basically how I succeeded....I took each urge as one battle, and just tried to handle them one at a time. I would even wake up in the middle of the night because I would dream I was smoking, and they were like nightmares because I thought I had failed. I can be really stubborn, though, so I think that worked beautifully for me. Besides sitting on my hands , the other thing I did was put the money I norrmally spent on cigarettes in a jar, and would spend it on something (usually clothes) to reward myself. That helped a lot, too. It was great getting that monkey off my back.

    Congrats to you for quitting! It's pretty crazy how our mind works sometimes. I think the participants having each other will actually be a great help but again, I'm not sure about introducing a smoker into the house right now - I understand the struggle you went through - even though my mom smoked outside for a couple weeks I always knew the cigs. were close at hand and I too, would think about sneaking one out of her pack.....thankfully I didn't but the temptation was so great and I do think that it would have been a bit easier on me if there hadn't been any around.... I guess everyone reacts differently to outside influences so this should prove very interesting for all concerned. I think that some may use the smoker to re-inforce their own resolve but I think others may succumb to the pressure.......I hope they all succeed but I have my doubts

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    Wow tonight's episode was really disturbing.... I don't even smoke & I know for sure that now after having seen that episode that never WILL..... It was horrible how they actually showed how they crack the ribs and pry the rib cage apart to get room to operate on the lungs and stuff.... geez that's pretty rought stuff.
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    Seems to be a bit of disscussion on bringing a smoker into the house. Yes all will face smokers in the real world, BUT they will not be blowing smoke in your face to get you to give in. Will be a real test. I think it would be a hoot if they just tossed her in the pool every time she lights up. Side note, I am not a smoker, but I do chew, or dip. That is I did till 3 days ago. I decided to go COLD TURKEY on Fri the 15th. This weekend there have been periods of "intense fellowship" around our house. I think I'm going to make it now, and I can relate to the folks on this show.

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