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Old 04-30-2014, 03:26 AM   #1
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I smoked from about the age of 13 till I was 35. Then I quit, cold turkey, and never touched one again; not once.

I did love smoking. I can remember life as a teenager, smoking while fishing, smoking while playing Asteroids. A Marlboro hanging on the end of the foosball table, Toto on the radio. Such a great feeling. I miss it a lot.

I dream about smoking, even now, many years later. I know it's bad, really bad, and I'm grateful that I did stop it. When I wake up from the dreams, I'm regretful that I started up again; then I realize, when the fog of sleep dissipates, that it was a dream.

I think when I get old, I'll start again. Regardless of the nastiness of the thing, and the deleterious effect on health, it's part of my psyche. I'm happy that my kids, all college students at this moment, don't do it.

If you're a smoker, or if you quit, feel free to comment here. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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Old 04-30-2014, 03:35 AM   #2
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I quit last July. I'll be 56 this year. I started smoking at 16.

It doesn't bother me too much any more, but I know that one slip and I'll be back to a pack and a half a day over night...

Quitting this time was not that hard. I must have been ready...

Thanks for the opportunity, passed...

Fellow ex smoker...

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Old 04-30-2014, 03:36 AM   #3
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I started at 7 (yeah, ghetto as hell) and quit many times in my 20s and early 30s only to start up again.

I started vaping three years ago and now, I don't even want a real smoke anymore. I'd rather have my e-liquid.

I guess at some point I will start working on putting the vaporizer down too.

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Old 04-30-2014, 03:46 AM   #4
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I quit when it got too expensive. The price raise from $.35 to $.45 per pack. Fall of 1969. Never regretted giving it up. And in the long run - glad I never really started!!!

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I quit when it got too expensive. The price raise from $.35 to $.45 per pack. Fall of 1969. Never regretted giving it up. And in the long run - glad I never really started!!!
I remember watching the prices of a pack rise. I told my brother that if the price ever got to $1 pr pack I'd stop. Yea, right. We used to roll our own with a rolling machine and a can of Bugler. Now that was cheap.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:41 AM   #6
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I decided to quit when Michigan went no smoking in workplaces and in public. I started smoking at 16 and quit cold turkey I think I was 24. It was 3 or 4 years ago. I figured if I can't smoke at work or at he bar...why bother?

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I quit about 6 months or so again. I finally wanted it enough to quit. It feels good. Here in WA a pack cost about 8 bucks. I remember when it cost me 1.50 for a pack.

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I grew up in the 60's...... People all around me smoked. I never did. In those days they presumed the "right to smoke", and took offense if you asked them NOT to smoke in your car or your home. I literally lost "friends" over smoking, as it was one thing I would not tolerate in my personal space. I remember letting my girlfriend hold an "encounter group" with a bunch of women in my apartment once.......... One or more of them smoked, and I although I lived there for a couple of years afterward, I could smell it every time I walked in the door. I never made that mistake again! I've met many women I was strongly attracted to who smoked....... That first cigarette is the END.... period.
Times have changed....... No longer is it OK to sit down next to someone and light up, stick your cigarette in an ash tray and allow the smoke to drift into their face. I can't begin to count the number of times that has been done to me in the bar or elsewhere........ It was MY problem. If I didn't like it, I could go somewhere else!! As a result, my sympathy for smokers is virtually nil. I'm sorry for their habit..... for their addiction, so long as they don't make it MY problem! The BIG X is still there, and always will be........ My friends and girlfriends don't smoke...........any of them. That's not to say that I don't have friends who smoke, but none of them are close friends I spend time with. I'm shocked at how many younger adults do smoke.

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:58 AM   #9
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I am three weeks clean. I found e cigs the best for cravings. You don't get the craving for a e cig but they help when u want the real deal


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Started at 13, quit 9 months ago at 60. Sucking lozenges. It helps, but I really want a cigarette. I don't particularly feel better. Have gained weight. Not sure how long I can keep it up. Unexpectedly, I drink less beer now. Seems smoking and drinking feed on each other.
I miss it.

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