You Never Quit, You Just Stop  

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
12865 posts
8/24/2006 1:46 am

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8/27/2006 9:22 am

You Never Quit, You Just Stop

Sail is trying to quit smoking and is actually doing a pretty good job.

Two weeks ago he went from a pack of cigarettes a day down to 10. I am very proud of him considering he has smoked since his late teens.

Everytime when someone says "Are you quitting", Sail replies and says " You never quit, you just stop for intervals at a time."

I guess that is true. I just wish I could stop eating nachos and then I my hips may be a little thinner LOL!!

What have you tried to quit?
Have you been successful?
Or did you just stop for a certain amount of time?

Purry {=}


freetime648 53F

8/24/2006 2:00 am

Smoking! And well...I really suck at daddy used to always say.. "NEVER BE A QUITTER!" Maybe that is why I am having a hard time doing it......

xx FREETIME648 xx

rm_PurryKitty2 replies on 8/24/2006 3:19 am:
Bad girls dont listen to their parents

ShyntheCurious 55M/53F

8/24/2006 2:56 am

It's been 4 1/2 years for me. I quit cold turkey.
My Dr. sez you have to quit 4 times. Really quit. On the 4 time, you will succeed.
After 10 days the nicotine is out of your system and the physical addiction over and then after about a year, the mental addiction is over.

The hardest part is to break the habits that go with the habit.
Like a smoke after every meal. In the bathroom. With the first cup of coffee.

My trick for quitting was nuts. Cracking open nuts and eating them will give you all the sensations of smoking. Keeps your hands busy.
Plus it takes to long to eat very many, so you don't gain weight.

Shy on the other had is one of these people that can smoke or quit at the drop of a hat. She hasn't had one since before I quit.


rm_PurryKitty2 replies on 8/24/2006 3:18 am:
Sail is chewing the hell out of straws!

buzzdb 61M

8/24/2006 3:21 am

Twelve years, and don't let anyone tell you it is easy.
I never crave one anymore, even with a good cold beer or a cup of coffee but there was a time.

Hope Sail has all the strength he needs to stay with it. It is sure worth it.

One trick that I used was to carry toothpicks, When I would get nervous and wanting a cig. I would get one of my tooth picks and chew on it.

Best to you BP

herupakhered 42T
40 posts
8/24/2006 3:30 am

I've been trying to quit smoking for a couple of weeks now. I once quit for a few weeks maybe 8 years ago. I have to say that I personally never made a distinction between stopping and quitting, though I understand what you're on about.

None of my attempts to quit apart from that one about 8 years ago have lasted even 24 hours. I'm actually getting a bit desperate about figuring out how to quit anymore.

rm_honda_02 70M
50 posts
8/24/2006 9:17 am

I cannot quit at all. Have tried on several occassions without luck. Longest I have been without was 2wks. And that was several yrs. ago. For those who can I should tell you to stop as soon as you can. Have smoked 2 pks. a day for 40 yrs. and the result is that I now have Emphysema (no cure) along with C.O.P.D. Short for chronic obstructive pulmanary desease. I can not walk 100yrds without having to stop to catch my breadth. The simple act of breathing can just stop. The motion is there but the oxygen we need is not there. It is a horrible feeling, and can be terrifying. So--- If you can stop then do so. Don't put it off, start today, because tommorrow might not be there. Good luck to all.

timeforfun219 43M/43F  
2155 posts
8/24/2006 12:52 pm

I have so far only tried to quit twice. So only two more to go until I am actually successful. I think my main problem is that I am so bored at work that I have nothing else to do so I go out and smoke. I am willing to bet if my job was more exciting and kept me occupied for the entire day I would not have the need to go out and smoke.

If my boobs were bigger I'd be a BBW!

PrincessKarma 44F
6188 posts
8/24/2006 1:35 pm

Ciggies! I swear it's easier to leave off smoking weed than tobacco..... I finally managed to cut back from 1/2 a pack a day to 1 or 2, sometimes none for a few days. Other people smoking near me or having a drink makes me crave them all the more.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

spacecadet561 61M

8/24/2006 2:46 pm

Good luck to the man. My mother quit many times, only to go back due to stress. My father quit when he died. My maternal grandfather quit when he got too senile to remember it. My maternal grandmother eventually lost her taste for them. My mother's brother still burns a few a day despite a heart attack several years ago.

If he needs some incentive, just figure out how many sex toys he can buy you with what he'll save on not smoking.


Balibabe19 43F

8/24/2006 4:07 pm

Cold Turkey since I found out I was pregnant...that was over two years ago now...and I feel so much better for it!

fotoguru2 67M

8/24/2006 7:58 pm

There was a lady I worked with and we didn't get along. She bet me she could go longer than me without a nail. No way would I let her beat me and no way would she let me beat her. Neither of us smoked again and we became friends. That was 25 years ago.

catkit13 67F

8/24/2006 11:39 pm

sex, drugs and rock 'n roll - i gave up one, plus drinking - still smoking 40+ years later, and my body is showing the signs way too soon - i may only be 56, but i bet my insides are at least 30 years older . . . but i just can't (won't?) give up cigarettes
an addiction by any other name . . .

RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
8/25/2006 8:46 am

Firstly, your hips are perfect.

I stopped smoking tobacco last Thanksgiving. Underwent hypnosis. Worked great for me. One hint I learned. You don't try to QUIT smoking. You become a non-smoker. The brain is wired not to quit. It will automatically fight the idea of "quitting" anything. I simply became a non-smoker. And I smoked for 47 years. I don't want to be a smoker. my wife and friends all still smoke (yes, around me and in my car), and it doesn't bother me. Hope it helps. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

rm_Bladesong 41F
476 posts
8/25/2006 12:13 pm

I haven't tried to quit smoking but my husband has. He is still having problems with it. He goes back and forth on whether he is smoking or not.

As for me I am trying to quit pepsi's. I have atleast cut back my pepsi intake as sometimes I was up to 6 a day I am trying to drink more juices and water.

Sorry I haven't been around Purry. I should be around more now

~It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved!

Be Good to those around you!


sweetlovethe9 42M

8/26/2006 5:29 am

hmm..just keep something else or (things) in his mouth whenever he gets the urge to

That actually worked for some people I new back in Fl.

Crazy crap man..

But is better than over eating and gaining weight I

Hey hey..what can I say..


Catdoc2000 58M

8/26/2006 7:54 am

What is needed is a 12 step program for smoking. My dad was clean & sober for 25 yrs when he died with the help of AA but no matter how hard he tried he couldn't quit smoking

hereIam51757 57F
8001 posts
8/27/2006 10:24 am

July 1999, my husband was rushed to hospital and came home with an oxygen tank. He smoked 4 packs of Marlboro reds every day for 40 years and now had COPD. Well, needless to say, I quit too.

BUT ... February 2005, when he was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and I was told he had 6 months left to live, well, I did 2 things after the surgeon left me with that information. First, I called our Pastor. Second, I ran out for a pack of cigarettes. I don't think Ron ever knew that I started smoking again. And if he did, he was kind enough not to say anything.

Now, it is time for me to slow down and hopefully, prayerfully, thankfully, STOP QUIT again!


marriednhor002 50M/42F

8/27/2006 4:08 pm

I always joke and say quitting smoking is easy...i've done it hundreds of times.....quit for a year when i became pregnant with my daughter(who's now 13 and has no idea I still do).....have tried them all.....nicorette, patches, even zyban.......they worked for short periods(4 months being the longest on zyban)....but i always seem to slip up as soon as I go out somewhere for a few drinks and people are smoking around me.....then i try to convince myself that "i'll only smoke when i drink" but that always husband is a smoker as well and it only works when we quit together, of us always weakens and ends up cheating and encouraging the other to fall of the wagon too.....*sigh*...sometimes I wish I'd never started in the first place....
it always seems the best time to quit is......tomorrow...

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