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Wed Aug 19, 2020, 11:38 AM

Libra trying to quit smoking

In the last lunar month of my 49th year.
Will be my 50th b day present to self.
Saturday is the day.

Any advice?

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Reply Libra trying to quit smoking (Original post)
Wawannabe Aug 2020 OP
Upthevibe Aug 2020 #1
lunatica Aug 2020 #2
dflprincess Aug 2020 #4
lunatica Aug 2020 #5
dflprincess Aug 2020 #6
japple Aug 2020 #3
uberblonde Aug 2020 #7

Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 12:28 PM

1. The last time I started smoking again (after many years of not smoking)..

was about ten years ago. It was kind a situational "fall off the wagon" time but I was hooked.

I started taking a prescription medication called Chantix. For me, it was amazing. I had insurance at the time so it was affordable. I don't know the cost now. The only side effect for me was really weird dreams but they were actually very interesting. I didn't consider that a negative side effect.

I don't know what others' experiences with this medication is but it worked wonders for me...

Good luck!

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 01:39 PM

2. I was in the double blind study for Chantix before it was named Chantix

It was around 1995. I know I had been given the real thing because it worked for me. At the time I was smoking two packs a day and had smoked for 30 years. I was completely addicted and couldnít imagine giving it up because no matter how hard I tried to quit before I just couldnít.

Long story short I was able to quit much more easily than I thought, and Iíve been a non smoker for 25 years. Iím more grateful than anyone can imagine that I quit. I always recommend Chantix when people want to really quit smoking.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:18 PM

4. Chantix was a magic bullet for me.

My only side effect was awful nausea but I kept telling myself chemo would be worse.

Like you, I was a 2 pack a day, 30 year smoker. I did keep smoking on the drug a bit longer than you're supposed to but I noticed the cigarettes were mainly buring up in the ashtray. One day I got up and decided if I was going to quit, it might as well be that day. Thirteen years on September 2!

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:03 PM

5. Congratulations!

Itís no small feat! Itís been 25 years for me. Iím proud to say Iím a non smoker.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:13 PM

6. And congratulatons to you!

It is nice not to be chained to them anymore.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 11:03 AM

3. Nicotine patches worked very well for me. Nicoderm CQ patches. I didn't have

withdrawal feelings at all. I put them on my thigh instead of my arm so they would be hidden when I wore scrubs to work. After a couple of weeks, I just cut the patches in half and finished up the rest of the box that way. Instead of fiddling with a cigarette, I would buff or file my nails, which helped. A friend put a skinny rubberband around her wrist and when she felt the urge to fiddle with something, she would (gently) snap the rubberband to remind herself why she was wearing it. It seemed kind of weird to me, but it worked for her.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 12:48 PM

7. You're still young enough....

That if you stop now, as you age, your skin will look much better.

I'm older, and when I'm with people my age, it's so easy to pick out the smokers -- they look sort of gray and heavily wrinkled. (Because smoking cuts down on the oxygen that gets to your skin).

As another Libra, I thought this might help. :>

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