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    Unprecedented business decision by CVS
    Hundreds of millions in annual revenue sacrificed for communities long-term health

    Very respectful move!!

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    Been four days for me. was interested to read this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by impdaddy View Post
    Been four days for me. was interested to read this thread.
    stick with it. it gets easier. im going on my 9th week without one.

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    Just go one day at a time and you won't have a problem

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    You are great, guy. Come on! Smokeing is bad not only for others but for yourself. Hope there are less and less smoker.

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    Good for you! Allen Carr's book didn't help me back those days but I managed to quit because of the relationship I used to have. My partner couldn't stand smokers and I quit because I cared. I started again after the breakup and I can't find a motivation that would be strong enough for me to come through this hell again. I'm truly sick of smoking though but 2-3 hours without a cigarette feel torturous. I was thinking about e-cigs. Has anyone tried them?

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    Smoked for good 30 years and quit some months ago.

    First three days have been hell on earth, less mental but physical. Been a total wreck those first days, completely out of order, dizzy beeping on both ears, stumbling around like Ozzy Osbourne...

    But that was the best lesson, never wanted to feel like that again.

    Still got my last box of cigs in my pockets. Feeling "You could smoke again whenever you want" helped me better than throwing everything away and feeling like kind of "shackled to a radiator".

    But i think everyone will have to take his own way through that anyway.

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    Heard from a guy who sells e-cigs yesterday, he noted that most smokers who have smoked for years who "just try out" e-cigs will stop smoking within about a month.

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    Bump.
    Thanks for all the support from you guys I was able to stay quit and have just celebrated 1 full year of no smoking. It feels great! Thanks to everybody. Recently I have converted to a strictly vegetable juice and raw natural food diet and have cleared my psoriasis that has been stubborn for 25 years. It has gone from bad to gone in 2 months...What a blessing. Another very important thing is the fish oil supplement that I've been taking (Not the capsules...don't buy those). Its amazing and better than anything you could put in your body.

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    Congrats man and best of luck with the psoriasis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptechnician View Post
    Bump.
    Thanks for all the support from you guys I was able to stay quit and have just celebrated 1 full year of no smoking. It feels great! Thanks to everybody. Recently I have converted to a strictly vegetable juice and raw natural food diet and have cleared my psoriasis that has been stubborn for 25 years. It has gone from bad to gone in 2 months...What a blessing. Another very important thing is the fish oil supplement that I've been taking (Not the capsules...don't buy those). Its amazing and better than anything you could put in your body.
    There´s still one thing left, you´ll have to move to Vancouver.

    For a smoker one hell of a city, completely unimaginable in Europe, even smoke free appartment buildings.

    So many good and healthy guys around there, saw not too few almost falling flat on their noses because they were so busy punishing the smokers staring sinisterly at them that they had no eye for their way anymore.



    On the other side i´ve never seen more guys bumming for cigarettes than there.

    I remember arriving in Vancouver, Granville station straight from the airport, stepping out of the station, lighting a cig and the very first words i ever heard from a citizen of Vancouver were "Would you have a cigarette for me ?".



    You could not stand anywhere and smoke a cig without getting stared and / or bummed off, so the perfect spot to quit smoking and to stay smoke free.

    No offence

    Cheers

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    Oh my goodness...OP that is AWESOME!!! I started reading this thread and realized it was started last year. So I moved forward to see how the OP is doing today and I'm so happy to read he recently celebrated 1 year of not smoking. I've heard so many horror stories of people trying to quit regardless of the method and them failing so good job to you. I love hearing success stories. Thanks for sharing and keeping us updated on your success!

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    Interesting comments on the ecigs helping people to quit. I haven't drank alcohol for several years now and am pretty much ok with it but what I miss most is beer. I don't dare try a non-alcoholic beer though as I'm afraid it will just put the taste and sensation back in my mouth and make me want to start drinking again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geepondy View Post
    Interesting comments on the ecigs helping people to quit. I haven't drank alcohol for several years now and am pretty much ok with it but what I miss most is beer. I don't dare try a non-alcoholic beer though as I'm afraid it will just put the taste and sensation back in my mouth and make me want to start drinking again.
    I can relate to that; haven't drank alcohol for 20+ yrs now, I think it's over 20yrs for smokes too.. ..along w/ a few other things.!!
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    Wow, congratulations! I know how hard it is to change a behavior or get out of a rut, and it starts with a mindset. Thanks for the inspiration, you're clearly holding all the cards.

    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    So now the question is, what else can you do that everyone else has told you is just too hard and can't be done..
    I think what StarHalo said can apply to all of us in one way or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptechnician View Post
    Another very important thing is the fish oil supplement that I've been taking (Not the capsules...don't buy those). Its amazing and better than anything you could put in your body.
    Which brand do you recommend? And what else is there besides capsule?
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    I gave up in November 2012 after smoking for 42 years. I smoked a pipe for probably 30-35 years of that and calculated I was smoking the equivalent of around 60 a day. When I smoked cigarettes I was smoking 60 a day at 18.

    I was sort of 'incentivised' to stop after suddenly finding myself struggling to breathe following a bout of bronchitis and ending up in hospital. I've been diagnosed with emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as it's now known which is alleviated by inhalers.

    I'd already been thinking about trying e-cigs to help me stop but found it relatively easy and used nicotine patches for around 6 weeks to help. I'd lost my job a few years earlier due to ill health so it was probably easier to stop than it would have been had I still been working. I was still coughing up the 'sludge' until quite recently but it finally seems to have stopped and although my lungs have improved slightly I still need medication on a daily basis and poor air quality can set me back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptechnician View Post
    Bump.
    Thanks for all the support from you guys I was able to stay quit and have just celebrated 1 full year of no smoking. It feels great! Thanks to everybody. Recently I have converted to a strictly vegetable juice and raw natural food diet and have cleared my psoriasis that has been stubborn for 25 years. It has gone from bad to gone in 2 months...What a blessing. Another very important thing is the fish oil supplement that I've been taking (Not the capsules...don't buy those). Its amazing and better than anything you could put in your body.
    Well done raptechnician!
    Stay strong and keep up the good work.
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    Made it through day 298! Starting to feel better.
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    Hey, congratulations to you Big Elf! Making something positive out of a negative situation while you were unemployed was a good move!

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    This brand was like $25 for 250 ml.... it will certainly last me all month. I like getting the smaller bottle as opposed to the 500 ml one, so I can refresh my supply more frequently. I don't recommend the capsules because you don't get nearly as much fish oil as in the liquid form, and manufacturers have been known to use crappy quality oil in capsules. Mostly, though you get much more quantity in liquid form and can take a good dose thats actually going to do something. I take it before bed and it makes me feel amazing. It actually tastes good too...hard to believe. Carlson is another good brand.

    I also want to mention the collagen supplement that I've been taking that has helped my body and joints from aching alot, plus is beneficial for the skin, and helps my psoriasis by improving absorbtion in the ...large intestine I think.

    I should be buying in liquid form but it's alot harder to take than the fish oil.
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    Normally I'd not chime in as a non-smoker to this thread subject. I applaud those who are making the effort to change their lives. What prompted me to read some of this thread was my father who had been diagnosed with COPD. He'd not smoked and he was baffled why he had the COPD, emphysema diagnosis from his doc. We'd accompany him on these visits and the doc constantly asked him if he had smoked...no. When dad came to the point that he required oxygen and was unable to walk no more than 30' without becoming exhausted, he analyzed his past. In his early days working, his co-workers would light up from beginning till end of the shift. He told me the cleaning ladies would make several passes through the office to empty ash trays. He was surrounded for some 20 years until the office became smoke free. In addition as a young kid, his father would bring his buddies over for card games and they would smoke through the night while playing.

    When he was discharged from the hospital the medical supply sent over an oxygen concentrator. He's on it 24-7 and when I saw the utility bill from running it, it was shocking. The electricity bill had not been that high. It went from a mild $100 to $300/month. Combined with A/C, the utility bill took a bite into his fixed income. Dad's had a good life and luckily he didn't get cancer. The COPD is pretty nasty and one of the days he was with us running errands, he coughed up a chunk of mucous that was literally a solid sized golf ball. No sooner than he clears that another is developing. Sad to see.
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    Sadly, I started smoking again after quitting for a year. Emotional distress after my brother killed himself kicked me back into the habit. No excuse, but I saw people smoking and thought a cigarette would calm my nerves, worst decision I've ever made. Back up to a pack a day. I know I'm killing myself. Hope to come back here real soon posting on the length of time not smoking.

    Now here's my rant. Why are these cancer sticks still legal? How can any government allow people to slowly kill themselves. In my state, massachusetts, they keep upping the tax on cigarettes to offset the medical cost of caring for people with cancer due to smoking. Ban cigaretts nation wide and these costs will never come into effect!

    James
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    Big Elf, I hope your health continues to improve and at the very least, your disease stabilizes. My dad was diagnosed with emphysema in his early 60s but I'm sure he had the disease for quite some time before that. He choose to continue to smoke and it was a hellacious, spiraling journey of continued health depreciation for the last dozen years or so of his life. In that roughly time period, he went from a man that could perform hard, physical labor and even still beat me in a strength contest, to a point where he couldn't get out of a chair and walk to the kitchen without being severely out of breath. It was merciful that he died of a heart attack before we had to have him committed to probably a nursing home of some sort. Within the same time period, my mom also died of lung cancer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Elf View Post
    I gave up in November 2012 after smoking for 42 years. I smoked a pipe for probably 30-35 years of that and calculated I was smoking the equivalent of around 60 a day. When I smoked cigarettes I was smoking 60 a day at 18.

    I was sort of 'incentivised' to stop after suddenly finding myself struggling to breathe following a bout of bronchitis and ending up in hospital. I've been diagnosed with emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as it's now known which is alleviated by inhalers.

    I'd already been thinking about trying e-cigs to help me stop but found it relatively easy and used nicotine patches for around 6 weeks to help. I'd lost my job a few years earlier due to ill health so it was probably easier to stop than it would have been had I still been working. I was still coughing up the 'sludge' until quite recently but it finally seems to have stopped and although my lungs have improved slightly I still need medication on a daily basis and poor air quality can set me back.
    I live in a van down by the river

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    My idea would be to make them a controlled substance only available by prescription. If you are a diagnosed addict then you can still get your cigarette prescription filled but they would not be available to the general public. Maybe it would decrease the number of people choosing to start smoking cigarettes for the first time? I realize it's probably a naive thought. Are cigarettes actually banned in any countries with a larger population?

    Quote Originally Posted by LGT View Post

    Now here's my rant. Why are these cancer sticks still legal? How can any government allow people to slowly kill themselves. In my state, massachusetts, they keep upping the tax on cigarettes to offset the medical cost of caring for people with cancer due to smoking. Ban cigaretts nation wide and these costs will never come into effect!

    James
    I live in a van down by the river

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGT View Post
    ...

    Now here's my rant. Why are these cancer sticks still legal? How can any government allow people to slowly kill themselves. In my state, massachusetts, they keep upping the tax on cigarettes to offset the medical cost of caring for people with cancer due to smoking. Ban cigaretts nation wide and these costs will never come into effect!

    James
    I smoked for 30 years and knew well from the very beginning that this might/will cause cancer and many other health problems, even the worst imaginable stupid knows that, and i would never have had the idea blaming anyone else than me for smoking because i am the only one who is responsible for me to smoke or not.

    Your government is not even able to ban things that kill you fast, how / why should they ban cigs that kill you slowly ? Making good money with the tobacco tax and VAT by the way.

    Grab your own nose and don´t blame others or the government for your problems.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGT View Post
    In my state, massachusetts, they keep upping the tax on cigarettes to offset the medical cost of caring for people with cancer due to smoking. Ban cigaretts nation wide and these costs will never come into effect!

    James
    James,

    Reading your last sentence one should consider cocaine, heroin, cannabis, etc, etc, Ad Nauseum Ad Infinitum. History has proven making something illegal doesn't make it impossible, or even difficult, to obtain. Only more expensive.

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    The irony is that it was the cigarette and tobacco industry who lobbied hardest against marijuana becoming legal back in 1970 due to an impending threat in sales. Ironic, since cannabis has been revealing its effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of cancer whereas cigarettes prove just the opposite. Whether taxes are imposed to help offset costs or more stringent measures are enacted, marketing (in terms of association and education) tend to curb behavior more rapidly with more lasting results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by impdaddy View Post
    Been four days for me. was interested to read this thread.
    Top man just past the 3 year mark myself and i do so much more with the cash i do not spend on ciggies,buy watches and pens when i fancy a new one,bought a wheel for my ps a year ago not opened it yet,bought 3 guns in 2014 and still in the box,s and never touched,bought myself a nice 125cc Honda for messing with,all this because i gave up the cigs.

    It is not easy but once you past the first real hurdle of a week and then a month you have a real good chance of being a non smoker for ever,you soon realise that smokers stink and you keep away from them,i often refuse to be served in shops by smokers and embarrass them on purpose just because i can.
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    After 30 years of smoking and many failed attempts at going cold turkey 14 months ago I got a smoking councilor and went onto the nicotine lozenges they worked for me but it took another 12 months to quit the lozengers

    Now I am 2 months without Lozenges and 14 months without a cigarette

    As you get older it gets harder BUT you can do it if you rely want to !

    It dose not matter what way you go about it as what works for one my not work for the next person

    I take my hat off to anyone that tries to leave this evil habit behind

    If i can do it then so can you! its worth it in the end

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