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Getting off nicotine for good (for the good of my health)   Quit Support

Started 6/6/22 by FriendoBill; 3655 views.
candrew

From: candrew

Aug-3

JavaNY-

Hey, I was only kidding.  There is no such thing as a 0mg pouch.

A nicotine pouch is definitely a substitute for the nicotine found in cigarettes. It just doesn't require the combustion that a lit cig has. All the same stuff in a different form. 

I agree that the hand to mouth routine was important to me. But the real reason that I smoked was the power of nicotine addiction. Much like heroin. crack, meth or any other drug; the addict's insatiable appetite for nicotine dominates all rational logic. I remember one sub-zero night in Minnesota when I drove 30 miles in a snowstorm to get a pack of smokes. Crazy but true. 

Pouches are nicotine just like cigarettes, but they just don't have the perceived pleasure that a cigarette does. Plus, pouches don't contain most of the harmful ingredients found in cigs that cause cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other untold physical issues. Still pouches are not a totally safe way to get nicotine. The only safe thing to do is quit everything. 

I am still a serious nicotine addict and will be until I stop all nicotine use. By prolonging my addiction, I risk going back to full blown smoking. That is something that God knows I do not want. 

Hope this helps in your fight to freedom.

Good day,

Andrew

JavaNY

From: JavaNY

Aug-3

I had a friend that chewed tobacco. I tried it once. To me it was disgusting, from the taste to the process of spitting it out. 

Night all,

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-4

Oh, by the way, pouches are not chewed, they are placed between the gum and inner lip.

and provide the nicotine through the skin much like chewing tobacco.

Just thought I would clarify for you.

Good day ,

Andrew

JavaNY

From: JavaNY

Aug-5

Thanks. I went to a Yankee game 30-35 years ago and they had a promotion for Skoal. They handed out Skoal bandits to everyone. I tried it and thought it was awful.

I imagine they would not do that today.  Instead, they just promote casinos and gambling.

Regards,

Paul

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-5

Ha. you are right.

Any way they can squeeze a buck out of us.

Andrew

Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Aug-5

I love to see quitting as a day by day, moment by moment endeavour Andrew! That is a lot more doable for me than thinking the rest of my life. Thanks for that. And keep churning out your positivity! In time you CAN be off of the pouches. In time I CAN be off of the lozenges. Weaning works for me. I am still using 6 a day though I hope to go down to 5 then 4 then 3 etc. Is it weird that I would be happy as a lark if I continued on the lozenges but just at 1 or 2 a day? Because somehow I think I will always love them. And because if I didn't have them I might go back to cigarettes, which in the bigger picture, is worse.

Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Aug-5

Brilliant Paul. Just brilliant. This encourages me! I think I am destined to suck on nicotine lozenges for the rest of my life. But maybe I can find a mint that will satisfy me the same way. Now, will I miss the nicotine dissolving into my mouth? Or do I truly just like having a piece of candy on my mouth?

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-7

Hey FriendoBill-

Candrew here. I don't think I have seen you on Delphi for a while. Just wondering how you are doing. 

Things are good here. Going on month 4 without a hitch. Been keeping busy and staying out of trouble. Crave once in a while but nothing overwhelming. It has been extremely hot here in Central Florida, I think 95 today. I walk 3-4 miles with my walker each morning, then off to water aerobics for 45 minutes, water walking (if I feel like it) for 1/2 hour. Physical activity is new to me, I used to be a dedicated couch potato. I called it the "sit and smoke syndrome". No longer, activity is important to my program of staying smoke-free.  

Had a drink last week. Nothing serious, but of course it is playing with fire. I know what can happen if I become complacent. God knows, I don't want to go there. I get a little bored in the later evening after my wife goes to bed. Usually go to the pool (open until 11) and sit in the hot tube which relaxes me and minimizes any drink crave that I may have. Still not interested in having a Cigarette, really, I'm done with that routine.,.

How about you? Still sober I trust. How long? I had 5 years on 4/9/22 but as far as I am concerned, I am no longer a compulsive drinker. You know how AA'ers are about relapse. They want you to start it all over again. I disagree. 

Sitting here listening to Contemporary Jazz, drinking Perrier water and generally chilling out. Feel good about myself and the progress that I have made about smoking. It's great being free of the addiction to nicotine. 

Hope this post finds you well. I'm up on the site daily. Love to hear from you sometime.

Good day,

Andrew

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-7

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I am still using the pouches. I have become somewhat dependent on them. I seem to need them although I think I can eliminate them soon, (yea right, I need to make a date). Tomorow is another day. 

Andrew

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