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  •  So glad to hear that you're doing so well! (7+ / 0-)

    It's a long, weird, sometimes bumpy road for quitters; no two quits are alike. Good to hear peoples' stories so folks know they're not alone, or that whatever oddball thing they're experiencing is something that others have gone through.

    "The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark. It scares you witless but in time you see things clear and stark." - Elvis Costello

    by Vacationland on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 12:46:44 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks! :) (8+ / 0-)

      I quit a few times before and returned to smoking, but this time I can't imagine ever smoking cigarettes again. And I smoked for the most part of 50 years.

      A few things that makes this quit easier: no one I know smokes anymore and I haven't smoked indoors for a few years. This time I used every aid: bupropion/Wellbutrin, a smoking cessation class, nicotine replacement, and a book that was recommended on GUS, "the Easy Way to Stop Smoking." The book really helps to change the focus from what is missing to what is gained by quitting. That was a huge help.

      All that doesn't mean that I don't ever feel like having a cigarette. Occasionally I do want a cigarette, but I don't have to have one.

      “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

      by SoCalSal on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 01:16:04 PM PDT

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      •  It sounds like you figured out what works for you! (3+ / 0-)
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        Wordsinthewind, nokkonwud, SoCalSal

        My Dad also smoked for 50+ years and he used everything in his arsenal too, including Wellbutrin, the patch, counseling, and books. He's been smoke free for the better part of the last decade and I am absolutely certain he's still alive right now only because he was able to quit.

        It's hard, sometimes really hard, but it's doable, and when you can shift your thinking toward the benefit of quitting (vs. feeling deprived) it gets much easier. :-)

        "The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark. It scares you witless but in time you see things clear and stark." - Elvis Costello

        by Vacationland on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:22:51 AM PDT

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        •  Good for your dad! (0+ / 0-)

          I'm guessing that you are very relieved and happy that he quit.

          Your comment reminded me of the single most important factor that got me to quit -- finding the compelling motive. Mine is to see my son and his family at their new home 5,500 miles away. That means I'm going to save money and be smoke free for long distance air travel and as a houseguest. Definitely worth it.

          “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

          by SoCalSal on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:29:53 AM PDT

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