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    Senior Member pancakefrompele's Avatar
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    I keep boomeranging! I tried Chantix and quit for a long time. I only smoke about 5-6 cigs a day now, but I'm so ready to be done with it. I heard that St. John's Wort can help with quitting smoking, so I started using that today. I'll let everyone know if it helps. Congratulations to all who have been able to kick the habit!

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    see a sea anemone devnull's Avatar
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    Good luck to both of you! Tell us how you're feeling as you go along... I posted in the old thread on @ almost every day for the first few weeks and it really helped.

    I had a smoking dream last night for the first time in months. In it, I was very aware of having quit and I was struggling between accepting a smoke at a bar or declining it. Suddenly several friends surrounded me and told me I couldn't risk "just one" and I finally gave it back unlit. Lulz. I honestly think it was because I'd had a few glasses of wine last night and was wishing I could be someone who could just smoke one every now and then because wow would it have felt good. I don't know that I'll ever be able to do that, though, and I never ever ever want to go through a quit again.

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    Will do!

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    I think I can somewhat safely say that I am actually at the point where I can have one every so often. I had one with this nice guy I met on vacation our last night in Costa Rica. He was there for the summer (is in college) and was by himself, so my hubs and I chatted with him and he had a pack of some weird brand of Camels I hadn't heard of. He offered and (after a few drinks) I took him up on it. I had it, it was fine, and I haven't really thought about it since. I had a cigarette with a friend about three weeks ago as well when I'd had a couple of drinks, but it gave me a nasty headache so the desire was gone by the next day. I can honestly say that when I am sober, I do not crave them at all. It's weird. I am super cautious of it though and i know I shouldn't smoke at all.

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    ^Kari, I was totally there! I was able to have one or two and not think about it again; however, my partner started buying cigarettes again, and you all probably know how that goes! I want to be there again although I think I might be better off like devnull and leaving them alone altogether!

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    The first time I quit, I didn't touch them for seven months. I was out of town one weekend, bummed one or two, then bought a pack and smoked the whole thing. Threw it away when I went home, and didn't want anymore. I began to look forward to trips out of town because I would smoke while out of state, then throw the pack away (even if it was half full) at the border and not have any more. I was more or less officially quit for nearly two years.

    That last time I went out of town, though - that's the one that got me. I thought about it on and off for weeks. I craved it. And finally one day, when I was going through a tremendously stressful moment, I caved. I smoked for seven and a half more years after that moment.

    For that reason, I will never be able to have just one or two ever, ever again. That and the fact that Chantix made everything smell super horrible to me. But even if I ever got past that aversion, I would just keep thinking about that slippery slope and I wouldn't be able to do it.

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pancakefrompele View Post
    ^Kari, I was totally there! I was able to have one or two and not think about it again; however, my partner started buying cigarettes again, and you all probably know how that goes! I want to be there again although I think I might be better off like devnull and leaving them alone altogether!
    ah, see, my husband doesn't smoke and most of my friends have quit. It makes it very helpful.

    One thing I have learned from this thread and observation is that every quit is different. I have a friend who was a holyshitchainsmoker for years, finally quit, and didn't even look at them for years. Now, she can have one or two with friends and not think about them. I have another friend who was a light smoker but one puff would send him off his quit for good. It all depends.

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    I hope you continue to manage it OK, Kari. You know this is how most relapses happen. That's all I'll say, though. Back to talking about quitting...

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    Oh, I know! I know I shouldn't do it at all and I'm not making a habit of it.

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    Congratulations to all who quit!

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    Ok, I finally made it over here. This new forum transition makes me emotional. Up until November 09, I used to smoke ciggies when I got emotional. But not anymore! Woo-hoo! Kari is here, right?
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    so what if i like pretty things Bryan Alan's Avatar
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    Silly me. Of course Kari is here.
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    About four months! And I actually feel great. This quit was way easier than the last one. I'm still looking forward with fear to the 10-11 months phase, which was the worst for me last time, especially since it'll be the holidays when I hit that point, but at the moment I'm doing and feeling great. The hacking cough I've had for years is finally clearing up too! I'm not sure if that's related to smoking or allergies, but it feels wonderful to be free of it.

    I also recently broke up with my smoker boyfriend, and somehow, the stress of that hasn't me me want to start up again. I wonder if in a way I was using his addiction to justify my own (even though I started before we met), since I haven't wanted a cigarette at all since the breakup. It would remind me of him and all the fights we had over it and I'm ready to keep turning over a new leaf. Staying quit it part of that.

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    I finished my last pack of cigarettes last night at the club. Today is day #1 of no smoking. I threw away my lighters.

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