Giving up smoking

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  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Are you an ex-smoker? Or perhaps you are currently a smoker. @Wandering Bob mentioned in another thread that he has just given up. What are your experiences of trying to give it up? What are the good things about stopping the habit? And do you have any tips or tricks?

    I used to smoke heavily but eventually managed to stop quite a few years ago by using a nicotine replacement system (this was before the days of vaping). It took me a year on nicotine replacement to finally stop but two benefits became very obvious: the nasty cough I had disappeared within a week and suddenly, food tasted much better!
     
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  2. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    I really should stop smoking. Doctors go ballistic. I think they get reimbursed by insurance companies for the repeated don't smoke or else speeches, as I saw "smoking cessation" on a claim reimbursement form. Just curious, what method specifically did you use to quit?
     
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  3. detroitdad

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    That is one of the few vices I never picked up. My oldest daughter is on her longest attempt at quitting smoking. She hasn't had a smoke in 5 weeks.
     
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  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    It was a system which doesn't exist any more - a plastic tube in a cigarette shape into which nicotine capsules were inserted. You sucked in as you would do on a cigarette and the air went through the capsule thereby releasing nicotine into the mouth, which was absorbed into the cheeks I believe. Its similar to 'vaping' which in the UK seems to be more popular than smoking these days.

    Do you have vaping in the USA?
     
  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    You are lucky never to have started. Good luck to your daughter!
     
  6. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

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    I didn't smoke but I used smokeless for years. I quite cold turkey when the price per can of Copenhagen went from a couple bucks per can to over $5.00 per can in 2009. Both of my brothers died of lung cancer from smoking.:mad:
    One quit 10 years before he died.:eek: I'm the only one in my (at the time) immediate family that didn't smoke tobacco. Now "herb" was a different story.
     
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  7. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Don't quite understand...

    Oh my gosh. That is really tough.
     
  8. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    Chewing tobacco.
     
  9. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    I tried e-cigarettes once, but I couldn't get any satisfaction. I've seen kids vaping, but I'm concerned about the apparatus exploding.
     
  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Ah - OK. I think that would not lead to lung cancer but possibly other things. Its a tough drug to give up, that is for sure.
     
  11. Karen W

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    Marijuana is legal. Go figure. :o_o:
     
  12. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Well, I've not heard of that happening (exploding). But it might just be worth risking it to give up. I would say that I can't believe I ever did it - but, in fact, I can. I rather enjoyed it and that is the problem.
     
  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Only in some places. Not in the UK.
     
  14. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    It's pretty scary. I've seen it on the news. If you have it in your pocket, your pocket can catch on fire, or it's exploded in some people's faces. too scary for me.
     
  15. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Now you mention it, I remember I have heard something. But I think that is sorted out now. Well, in the UK it is. More people vape than smoke here, it seems. What about nicotine chewing gum? Have you tried that? I am certain it doesn't explode. :) I used that once before and it was quite effective.
     
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