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01/25/06 02:06 AM
Re: Smokers vs Non-Smokers new [re: Tristan]  

You will have the urge for several years. It happened to me. But giving up cigarettes now will improve your health over time. Expect to gain some weight, so you may want to eat foods that don't pack on the fat. You will need to keep your fingers occupied. Read a book, or play the piano. I quit after looking at the lungs of someone who died from lung cancer. The image is still there.

A Toe Nail

(cracked actor)
01/25/06 02:26 AM
Re: Smokers vs Non-Smokers new [re: Tristan]  

Be courageous, Tris, and stick with it. The hardest part is already behind you; if you decide to slack now, you'll just put the hardest part back in front of you again. And if you do end up in a situation where you let yourself slip, for fuck's sake, bum the cigarette. You'll find that it's actually gross, unfulfilling, and nowhere near as enjoyable as what you remember. The problem is, if you have a pack lying around, you'll be tempted to give it another shot, until you rebuild your addiction and it does become that satisfying.

Basically, if you were ever thinking about quitting, take this as your opportunity! It is much harder to quit from day 0 than it is from day 23. Smoking is not a worthwhile habit, in any fucking sense of the term.

And by the way, if it seems like I'm being pedagogical, keep in mind this is coming from a very involved smoker. But I've been struggling with the idea of quitting on and off for a few months now, and I can't tell you how much I'd give to be at Day 23 right now.

I must possess all, or I possess nothing.

(cracked actor)
01/25/06 05:27 AM
Re: Smokers vs Non-Smokers new [re: Tristan]  

In reply to:

I've been smoking for 35 years (guessing, give or take a year) and I am on day 23 without a cigarette. I didn't wake up one day and decide to quit. I was ill for the first 2 1/2 weeks of this year and didn't want to smoke. Now that I'm almost back to normal I'm having that smokers urge. You see, I like to smoke. Now that I've been off of them for 23 days, I know I should try for 24, 25 and so on. Don't really know what I'm trying to say here. Maybe I just need some encouragment.

Go Tristan! I wasn't a heavy smoker so I was ok after the first 2 weeks without smokes, though I found I was drinking a lot more coffee (still haven't managed to kick that one though). I wish my partner could give up just like that, but 40 years of addiction doesn't go away overnight.

After speedway season finishes at the end of April (he does tend to smoke more when he's on the infield, totally ingrained habit) we will be making a serious attempt to get his addiction under control. It is absolutely necessary that he quit, so he can go on the transplant list for a new kidney *fingers crossed*

The difference between pleasure and pain is perception

(crash course raver)
01/25/06 08:33 AM
Golden Virginia Years new [re: sonofsilence]  

I've had an on-off relationship with smoking for years.

Apart from the odd cigarette behind the proverbial bike shed at school, I didn't start smoking until I naturally gravitated towards the pub aged 17 or 18. Like so many, I began smoking because seemingly all of my friends and drinking acquaintances were doing so. In those early days, outside of the pub environment my smoking was near non-existent but, of course, it would increase significantly whenever alcohol was involved. In fact, I'm always slightly alarmed whenever I look at old photographs of myself taken in pubs and the like as the image is always the same: stupid shirt, red-eyed, arm draped around a mate and a ubiquitous snout perched in my mouth or held between fingers.

Fast forward to the birth of my children and I had the perfect motivation to quit, which I did for many years. In recent years, however, I'm afraid I've taken up smoking again. It's not ideal, of course, but I console myself with thge fact that I'm an extremely light smoker. It's purely habit: a complete non-smoker at home, just a few fags at work behind the adult workplace equivalent of the bike shed is generally my sum total.

Social situations continue to be problematical though. Although I'm not a naturally nervous person I do find that there are certain stressful occasions where the cigarette becomes a sort of social crutch to me. For example, this summer, I'm best man at a wedding and it's a given that I'll require the blue smoke of Golden Virginia coursing through my veins. The pub is another stumbling block. The only difference now is that I'm disciplined and tragically sensible enough to roll several fags ahead of the evening and just make do.

I would like to stop smoking, although it must be said, I do generally enjoy it. I guess what all this is pointing to, given that I too am a "social smoker", is that I'd welcome the government completely banning smoking in public. It would be the obvious antidote for me to giving up smoking. However, as I slide without too much of a struggle on my part towards a comfortable and sedate middle age there is a part of me that, in the face of a probable government ban on smoking, really likes the idea of being considered a social piriah, cigarette in mouth, sticking two fingers up at the frowning masses.

I think we all get that feeling “what can I do to help the human race” then you probably like me say fuck it theirs something on the TV - JamieSim

(legendary cowboy)
01/25/06 08:53 AM
Day 24... new [re: power2charm]  

In reply to:

DON'T SMOKE, Tristan. I know I owed you that Emmylou ceedee-aaarrr, and it was only out of a desire to design a kickass cd-r sticker and jewelcase insert that I got sidetracked. (This was for the At the Ryman record, 1992 - remember?) I'll send it to you now, but only if you DON'T SMOKE!

I had a feeling that's why you didn't send it. Look, I know I designed a kick-ass cover when I sent you that Chick's CD, but I wasn't expecting you to do the same. HA! Send me my Emmylou CD. I'll make us both a kick-ass cover. I'm not smoking!

And thank you for those words of encouragement, Atonalexpress, guiltpuppy (great post), and Bandit.
And Bandit, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your partner.

Day 25...

Sorry I missed your post yesterday, EuropeanCanon. It was a good read, and I can relate to some of it.

And how on earth did I forget to thank the person who has the powertocharm me with his words of encouragement.
And to those who PM'd me.


Edited by Tristan on 01/26/06 09:32 AM (server time).

(cracked actor)
01/26/06 01:42 PM
Shelle tries a lil reverse psychology new [re: Tristan]  

The longer you hold out, the sweeter that first cigarette will be when you finally do succumb, you weak lily-livered addict.

He'll have you wrestling midgets in border towns for ten percent of the net.

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