Re: a health dilemma.

From: Dave Sill (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 06:04:27 MST

animated silicon love doll <> wrote:
> i've been smoking off and on since i was about fifteen (four years,
> or so). about two thirds of that time i've smoked cloves. i want,
> and need, to quit.

Four years isn't that long.

> i don't have much faith in patches or gum;

Nor should you. Where you need faith is in yourself: your own
determination to quit permanently.

> if nicotine is more addictive than heroin, like they tell us,


> then a gradual decrease will probably not work.

Agreed. Just quit. Now and forever. Don't make lots of plans. Don't
overthink it. Just stop and don't start again. Stop being weak. It's
all mental.

Smoking is incredibly stupid and irrational. Any time the urge to
smoke strikes you, remember your reasons for quitting.

> i trust william burroughs on this one. but i've quit cold
> turkey at least two or three times, and i've always started up
> again. the best solution i can think of is to not leave utah;

The best solution is to simply stop smoking.

> since you can't buy cloves here and i really don't want to smoke
> regular cigarettes ever again.

Cloves schmoves. Just quit smoking *anything*, fer Pete's sake.

> just finish the two and a half packs i have left, make some big
> ceremony out of my last cigarette, and be done with it.

Once you've decided to quit, deciding to finish your remaining supply
is a display of weakness. Destroy it, don't smoke it. And forget the
ceremony: that's just glorifying a very bad habit: one you want to
forget, not make memorable.

> however, it's highly likely that i will be leaving
> this state; and every time i've started smoking again has been
> because i've gone to minneapolis (my dad lives there), where one can
> get cloves, and started again.

Don't blame your own weakness on the availability of cloves.

> if no one here has ever touched cigarettes, than this is probably
> the wrong place to be asking, but i doubt that,

Right, I quit after more than 15 years of pack-a-day smoking.

> and i'm not a part of any other community that is so concerned with
> health. so, does anyone have any sort of helpful advice or meme's
> for quitting and STAYING quit?

How to Quit Smoking:

  1) Don't smoke another cigarette, ever.

It's that simple. No, it's not easy, but it's not that hard either.
The first day will be the hardest, but each day it gets easier. Try
not to substitute eating or drinking for smoking: as always, you
should eat right, exercise, and drink in moderation. Reward yourself
by buying a book, going to a movie, or spending your savings on your
favorite hobby or a membership at a fitness club.

Be strong.


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