hey! I stop smoking!!!!
My cardiologist(a no nonsense, tell it to you straight doctor) put my stent in and told me you have to do three things. Watch what you eat, get exercise, and quit smoking. If you can only do one quit smoking as it is the worst of the three. If you can't quit smoking this is what will happen. He said keep smoking and the nicotine will go straight to the stent and start plugging it up and in six months you will come back and we will (here he smacked his hands together with a loud smack)crack you open and do a complete job. He gave me this speech 15 years ago and that was when I had my last smoke. I was a 2 pack a day man and carried a pack with me for over 2 months and then gave them away.
I had a good support group. a bunch of us played cards every day at the Moose Lodge and each guy would bring some kind of candy each day. One day I took tootsie pops and a guy and his wife came in and here we were, all us old timers sitting there playing cards and sucking on a tootsie pop. They sat at a table next to us and after about 15 minutes she said, I have to ask." Whats with the tootsie pops." I told her we all had quit smoking within the last 4 months and we got in the habit of doing this. She said I have been trying to quit for the last 6 months by cutting down and it is hard. I said try cold turkey and tossed her a tootsie pop. She came in 4 or 5 months later and tossed a bag of tootsie pops on the table and said everytime I wanted a cigarette I thought of you old duds and havent had one since that day. Thanks
Both my in laws said that I could not quit after smoking that long and they are never right so I had to prove them wrong.
Be the little train on the hill. I think I can, I think I can, I know I can
We all think about how hard it would be to quit, and it is, but after you get past the initial couple of days it gets easier and easier. The urges come less often, and they are much easier to get out of your mind. I can have a beer now and I don't even think about it anymore. Once in a great while I still get the urge, but it is really easy to ignore, just a quick passing thought.
BTW Poison, awesome job making through the day, the first day is super tough. It's all downhill from here.
Also like Bow Buckman's idea about switching brands (non-menthol to menthol).
Lastly, for all the folks who are struggling to quit, know that you can. Nubby, Bowbuckman, and myself did it. No reason you can't. You absolutely can! It will be hard, but you can. Just keep telling yourself that you can, and you will.