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  1. I started my quit for all those sweet health perks, but honestly what you said (planning everything around smoking) carried me through. It’s great not having to worry about when/where I can smoke next
  2. I’ve never smoked in my own residence (except my parents). I remember as a pre-smoking teen helping dad clean the kitchen to prepare for painting. We used a common household cleaner called Spic-N-Span which worked great on the walls and cabinets. Had to change the water constantly as it would be black with a dozen rinses of the sponge. Use a nice big sponge when cleaning and then throw the spong away when your done Dad was under no illusion of what caused the yellowed walls but Mom kept trying to say it was the furnace that caused it, like we were burning coal or something.
  3. I started on/off smoking at 18 (post high school) and daily at 22 in college. So, like JB, my child years were pretty much behind me I was an avid cyclist. Still am but I use my exercise bike more than my real one. Waiting for warm weather to return. I also remember having more hair back then. Can I blame that on smoking too?
  4. Was traditional smoking ever a wedding thing? Answering my own question through the magic of the intertubes. A quick search on google for “smoking wedding photos” doesn’t turn up anything on the 1st page other than how to accommodate smokers or declare it completely non-smoking and using smoke bombs to provide colored smoke for some cool wedding photo effects (that is kinda cool)
  5. Always young, sexy people in those print ads. Almost never a middle-aged or elderly person, cause they would’ve looked like, well smokers who can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded
  6. Reminds me of the time that me and my father went on a two day canoeing/camping trip. Dad had plenty of cigarettes but didn’t get the chance to smoke very many. You see he had never been canoeing on a real river and he steered us right into a tree within five minutes of the start, overturning the canoe and the water ruined his open pack. And so the day went. Each time he opened a pack to have a smoke we would hit a rapid shortly after, turn over and have another wet, wasted pack. Halfway through the day all 3 packs he had brought were ruined. He bummed some from a buddy when we stopped for lunch and he put them in a ziplock bag to keep them dry. But comically, those were lost too, and soon he was offering $5 for a dry cigarette, $10 as the afternoon wore on. We finally made it to the campground and he was able to smoke (and dry out). I’ve got a great photo of him at the camp site sitting on a cooler, still wet, his head resting in his hands, looking exhausted The 2nd day, he put his cigarettes into a plastic jug and tied it to the canoe so it wouldn’t get lost if we turned over. When he had a moment to smoke, he would open the jug, take out one cigarette and carefully seal the jar back up before lighting up We did pretty good the 2nd day and only turned over once on a very fast rapid near a short waterfall. He still didn’t smoke very much though because floating down a river on a small narrow boat requires your constant attention and work We never went on another canoe trip. I always wondered if it was because he knew he wouldn’t be able to smoke as much or it was just too physically exhausting for him. Still, for me, very fond memories, as well as two days worth of great stories, we weren’t the only amateur river rafters/canoers there
  7. I found that the people around me were largely disinterested in my quit. Even my doctor (who had been telling me to quit) barely acknowledged it. Don’t expect daily applause from casual friends and coworkers, especially as time goes by. Find a family member or someone who has quit or is also trying to quit, they would provide that positive feedback for you. This forum is full of successful quitters who will tell you how awesome you (and us) are for quitting and maintaining the quit, but you will still have to do the hard work yourself, no one can do it for you. I mean, sure, non-smokers had encouraging words when I told them I was quitting, but they never circled back to ask how it was going. Non smokers think quitting is as easy as it would be to stop toasting your bagel in the morning. They have no idea the physiological and emotional roller coaster you’re on Current smokers had encouraging words up front, but will tend to avoid you after, neither encouraging or discouraging. I think it’s because they’re envious that you a) had the courage to quit and b) of your continued success. I’m ashamed to say that I was this was how I felt as a smoker when one of my smoking buddies quit. I felt validated when they relapsed and started smoking again. And sadly, some smokers will try to lure you back, because misery loves company. Best avoid those people entirely.
  8. I don't know about victimization. Anyone who started smoking after the surgeon generals first started warning the the public about the dangers of smoking in the mid 60's, knows that smoking was bad for your health. Now if you had started before then you would have a point. I know I started smoking and continued smoking knowing the danger and yet I did so anyway. The problem is you start with tobacco/cigarettes and then move on to other things, like soft drinks in NYC, or fast food, etc. They're all bad for you right? So we have to tax them into oblivion or outright ban them making everyone an instant criminal. If you want to sue or charge the tobacco companies (and many individuals and state governments have done just that) for criminally misleading the public about the addictive and destructive properties of nicotine/cigarettes , that is an action that goes to the heart of the matter. As for street narcotics like heroin or methamphetamine, those don't exactly come from legal sources do they? Again the logical action would be to find the source and stop the flow of the drugs.
  9. I don't think the solution is to make smokers into criminals. You will just repeat the prohibition era. (US) I would prefer that smoking just fade away on it's own through people quitting or not even starting. It was well on it's way until the e-cig/vape thing came along.
  10. Misery loves company. That's why he wanted you there.
  11. I’ve seen the type. Unlike a cigarette which eventually burns out so the smoker has a stopping point, a vape can be continuously “puffed” on, is not a fire hazard and can be kept in hand always at the ready. And since it’s not real smoke, I’d imagine you would have to work it pretty hard to get the equivalent of smoke inhalation Edit: I have read that vapes explode, or burst into flames, but that’s pretty rare compared to the hazard of a lit cigarette
  12. A new benefit I just realized today. My skin is not as dried out. I used to get those painful skin cracks on the tips of my fingers, especially in the winter months, but this morning I realized I hadn’t had one since I quit smoking
  13. Yes they are. Plus it's a long, multi-step process, Your regular dentist has to make molds of your teeth. Then dental surgery to remove the dead tooth or teeth (if you still have them) and put in the implant(s), then a 5-7 month wait while your bone and jaws heal. Then the posts are put on followed by your normal dentist to attach the bridge. If you can afford it though, it is definitely worth it.
  14. I have bad genetics, long term effects of chemotherapy AND smoking. I have had root canals, crowns, and eventually extractions. I have two implants on the lower left side that holds a three tooth bridge (a process that took 6 months but was worth it). I have a traditional bridge on the lower right side along with several crowns on the upper teeth. I think I have spent more money on my teeth over the years than my regular doctor. Model of what my implant/bridge looks like. Quick edit. When I was 18 and and just started chemo, my oncologist said I need to get to the dentist for a checkup and stay on top of any issues. My Mom thought dental care was the least of my problems and wanted to put it off. We then got a lecture on the effects of chemo and dental health, which could lead to complications during treatment.

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