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so far i've chewed up a straw, had some candy, and plucked my eye brows. i'm only fourteen hours into quitting. help!

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Go Kadie Good girl.

1-Organize pictures!
2-Do a puzzle
3- read a book or the forum
4- rearrange your kitchen cabinets
5- write a letter to a friend
6- write some goals for yourself
7- save all the money you spend a week on cigarettes so you and I can go to england! LOL
8-make a piece of artwork for your living room that represents this goal in your life to leave cigarettes behind.. It could be a cool collage!
9- sing a song
10-design your self a new hair style

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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Go for a long walk. It's a question of refocussing your mind so that you don't think about it, as well as breaking the routine that evolves around smoking.

Did I miss the first part of the thread? What prompted you to quit in the first place? It is, I've found, good to remember very clearly why you gave up, and remember this if you feel yourself weakening.

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the whole story is in the diary. to make a long story short, i'm sick

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ok - up to speed now!


I'm sure you've seen this, but anyhow....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronchitis

"Treatment
In most cases, acute bronchitis is caused by viruses, not bacteria and it will go away on its own after a few days without antibiotics. To treat acute bronchitis that appears to be caused by a bacterial infection, or as a precaution, antibiotics may be given.[1]

To help the bronchial tree heal faster and not make bronchitis worse, smokers should cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, or quit altogether."

....so well done!

I gave up 2 years ago, and it's fine. Now I don't get that lung wheeze when I'm lying down, and absolutely have no desire to have another ever again!

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Here is something written by Hadrian.

Make a list of the reasons why you want to stop, and keep them with you. Look to them when tempted to smoke. Make a date for stopping, and stop entirely.  Trying to stop gradually in not likely to work. Research has revealed that if you smoke fewer cigarettes than usual, you are likely to inhale more of the smoke of each cigarette, and nicotine levels remain almost the same.  It is best to stop once and for all from a set date.

Inform everyone that you are giving up smoking. Burn all of your all bridges. Friends and family will give support and may help you too. If others smoke in the household or office this can make giving up more difficult then is has to be. If you can, try to get others around you who smoke to stop smoking at the same time. A real 'team' effort may be easier than going it alone.
Get rid of ashtrays, lighters, and all cigarettes. Get rid of anything that triggers smoking. Thatís why it is a good idea to keep a journal for a week or so leading up to giving up. It will revel the triggers in your dally life as well as the events and places that remind you to smoke. Note down what you are doing or had just done when you felt like smoking and anything else that might have triggered it too. With this information you will be able to avoid these triggers. 

Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms. When you stop smoking, you are probable going to get symptoms which may include: nausea (feeling sick), headaches, anxiety, irritability, craving, and just feeling awful. These symptoms are caused by the lack of nicotine that your body has been used to. They tend to peak after 12-24 hours, and then gradually ease over 2-4 weeks. If you are a coffee, Coke or red bull drinker you can really reduce your symptoms by cutting out caffeine from your diet for two or three week before you stop smoking. This is due to the fact the nicotine affect the bodies ability to deal with caffeine. 

Anticipate a cough. It is normal for a 'smokers cough' to get worse when you stop smoking (as the airways 'come back to life'). Many people say that this makes them feel worse for a while after stopping smoking and makes them tempted to restart smoking. Resist this temptation! The cough usually gradually eases.

Take one day at a time. Mark off each successful day on a calendar. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself that you don't want to start all over again.
Be positive. You can tell people that you don't smoke. You will smell better. After a few weeks you should feel better, taste your food more, and cough less. You will have more money. Perhaps put away the money you would have spent on cigarettes for treats

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Whilst your reading all of this ..why not have a cigarette to pass the time ?


Gosh I am totally audaciously impetuous today !!

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neil... that didn't help. paul, that is actually almost word for word what this book i have says... i just need something to keep my hands busy so i don't go crazy. i'm feeling a LITTLE cranky. and i'm pretty sure hadrian didn't write that. lol. unless he works for the jewish medical and research center or the ohio tobacco prevention foundation...

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It's hard, but you can do it, and I guarantee you'll feel so much better. 

Try to stay busy and when you feel the urge, which at this point I'm sure is continuous, remind yourself that you've come 14 hours and you don't want to start over....then 15 hours....then 16 hours...etc.
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twenty four hours and three minutes

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« Reply #10 on: 14/08/2007 17:12:47 »
YAYYYYY KADIE!  You've got 1 day under your belt...you can't give up now!
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« Reply #11 on: 14/08/2007 17:21:41 »
Whilst your reading all of this ..why not have a cigarette to pass the time ?


Gosh I am totally audaciously impetuous today !!



Yes that wouldn't help. Found that funny though. LoL.

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« Reply #12 on: 14/08/2007 17:22:20 »
Glad I could help !!
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« Reply #13 on: 14/08/2007 17:24:51 »
Most people I know have just given up there and then !!...although the 'cold turkey ' is not fun it passes !!....eat celery !!...and think of all the money you'll save !!

You might be surprised to know that cigs are taxed so much over here (UK) that a pack of twenty Marlboro Lights are about $12 !!
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« Reply #14 on: 14/08/2007 17:27:30 »
I could go for some cold turkey right now. I'm HUNGRY. LoL. Wow..I'm never going to smoke or drink.

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« Reply #15 on: 14/08/2007 17:29:05 »
I could go for some cold turkey right now. I'm HUNGRY. LoL. Wow..I'm never going to smoke or drink.

Good for ewe...I have never got into drinking alcohol...though I have been drunk a few times in the past !....but that was at partayyyyyys  *hic*...I just don't like it !!
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« Reply #16 on: 14/08/2007 17:29:38 »
I really pissed Kadie off didn't I ?
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« Reply #17 on: 14/08/2007 17:44:47 »
Most people I know have just given up there and then !!...although the 'cold turkey ' is not fun it passes !!....eat celery !!...and think of all the money you'll save !!

You might be surprised to know that cigs are taxed so much over here (UK) that a pack of twenty Marlboro Lights are about $12 !!

I know they are expensive here but I don't think quite that high, but I am not sure as I have never been a smoker..

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« Reply #18 on: 14/08/2007 17:45:33 »
I really pissed Kadie off didn't I ?

Yeah Just Kinda.

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« Reply #19 on: 14/08/2007 17:46:24 »
I could go for some cold turkey right now. I'm HUNGRY. LoL. Wow..I'm never going to smoke or drink.

Good for ewe...I have never got into drinking alcohol...though I have been drunk a few times in the past !....but that was at partayyyyyys  *hic*...I just don't like it !!

Me too. It is not fun not being in control of ones own body and actions!

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« Reply #20 on: 14/08/2007 17:47:46 »
I really pissed Kadie off didn't I ?

I hope not... I am sure she knew you were teasing Sir.

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« Reply #21 on: 14/08/2007 17:55:11 »
they are four oh eight a pack here

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« Reply #22 on: 14/08/2007 18:19:30 »
Put the money you would spend on smoking in the bank and buy you something pretty at the end of a year.  At a pack a day that'll be almost $1,500.00. 
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« Reply #23 on: 14/08/2007 18:24:41 »
Yeah I know! My dad he used to and quit before me for me. LoL. And my mom took the money he saved and bought him a VERY nice stero. After only 6 months of quitting.

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« Reply #24 on: 14/08/2007 18:30:04 »
That is very cool that he loved you all so much that he was able to think clearly and take care of himself so as you would have a healthy father who was concerned about you all being healthy also.. He is a good parent!

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« Reply #25 on: 14/08/2007 18:31:28 »
He is. LoL. And Mom is good too.

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« Reply #26 on: 14/08/2007 18:54:23 »
Play video games kadie! That's what i would do!
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« Reply #27 on: 14/08/2007 18:55:39 »
He is. LoL. And Mom is good too.

nice..



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« Reply #28 on: 14/08/2007 18:56:04 »
Good luck today Kadie I know you can do it!

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« Reply #29 on: 14/08/2007 20:05:33 »
I would have never guessed that Ben. Guess what I would do Ben..LoL

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« Reply #30 on: 14/08/2007 22:14:14 »
Im on my fith day, i had one yesterday and one today though but as i was on twenty five a day i think i'm doing well

Kadie have you tried the tablets called champix they really do work and have a sixty percent success rate 25% better than the next best which if remember correctly is the patches

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« Reply #31 on: 15/08/2007 03:18:15 »
i had one today. i was way to evil to be at work and i had one of the other girl's

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« Reply #32 on: 15/08/2007 03:30:11 »
i had one today. i was way to evil to be at work and i had one of the other girl's

Well don't give up.  It's just a minor set back. 

Michael, what are champix?  I've not heard of them.  Maybe they're called something else here.
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« Reply #33 on: 15/08/2007 13:55:36 »
Just stay strong Kadie!

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« Reply #34 on: 15/08/2007 14:22:30 »
I would have never guessed that Ben. Guess what I would do Ben..LoL

Video games?
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« Reply #35 on: 15/08/2007 14:23:32 »
Yeah Video Games.

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« Reply #36 on: 16/08/2007 15:29:16 »
Good Thoughts For you today Kadie.

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« Reply #37 on: 16/08/2007 16:07:49 »
Yeah Video Games.

Hm, i thought it would be piano. Guess i don't know you as well as i thought.
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« Reply #38 on: 16/08/2007 16:08:30 »
i don't know how to play the piano

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« Reply #39 on: 16/08/2007 16:11:22 »
Kraner will teach you.
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« Reply #40 on: 16/08/2007 21:18:56 »
i don't know how to play the piano

How sad. You have one?

Kraner will teach you.

Yep I can!