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

Started Jun-6 by FriendoBill; 3641 views.
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

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-9

You are welcome Andrew. I wasn't trying to press you, but I think information is lacking on the dangers of Nicotine itself. I. am very happy you stopped smoking cigarettes that is way more dangerous!

Keep updating me! 

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-12

Hey X

Just checking in. How are you today?

I am well and still smoke-free. 12 weeks and going strong. It seems like longer than 3 months. Sometimes I get my dates mixed up, slight dementia. Pushing 70 yrs. I am feeling like a teenager in a senior's body. Lately my outlook on life has changed so much, I can't believe it. I enjoy things like never before. Quitting smoking is only a part of my newfound state but it has also helped me to view life in a new and exciting way. 

Yea, I am still sucking on those damn pouches. Along with my excessive caffeine consumption I sail through the days with energy and enthusiasm.  I love to spread my positive energy to family, friends and even people I meet along the way. What a difference compared to my "old self". 

I never thought I would ever quit smoking. I was doomed to be lifelong smoker or so I thought. That coupled with overcoming my demon alcohol, I now have a new perspective of my life to come. What a difference.

My message to those who are still suffering from the addiction, keep trying. It took me decades to figure it out. I have never been so confident as I am today. A day at a time I can see 2023 and beyond. Wow!

I really appreciate all of the feedback that I get daily from everyone on this site. You are a huge reason that I have been able to stay focused. I hope to never lose sight of the importance of others in my life. We will overcome. together. 

Danci'n through the day and night. 

Andrew

candrew

From: candrew

Aug-12

I posted this tonight and decided to replicate it to some of my forum friends.

Just checking in. How are you today?

I am well and still smoke-free. 12 weeks and going strong. It seems like longer than 3 months. Sometimes I get my dates mixed up, slight dementia. Pushing 70 yrs. I am feeling like a teenager in a senior's body. Lately my outlook on life has changed so much, I can't believe it. I enjoy things like never before. Quitting smoking is only a part of my newfound state but it has also helped me to view life in a new and exciting way. 

Yea, I am still sucking on those damn pouches. Along with my excessive caffeine consumption I sail through the days with energy and enthusiasm.  I love to spread my positive energy to family, friends and even people I meet along the way. What a difference compared to my "old self". 

I never thought I would ever quit smoking. I was doomed to be lifelong smoker or so I thought. That coupled with overcoming my demon alcohol, I now have a new perspective of my life to come. What a difference.

My message to those who are still suffering from the addiction, keep trying. It took me decades to figure it out. I have never been so confident as I am today. A day at a time I can see 2023 and beyond. Wow!

I really appreciate all of the feedback that I get daily from everyone on this site. You are a huge reason that I have been able to stay focused. I hope to never lose sight of the importance of others in my life. We will overcome. together. 

Danci'n through the day and night. 

Andrew

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