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February 15, 2008

How to Quit Smoking

Filed under: Cool other — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — skeptisys @ 1:44 pm

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About a year ago, I quit smoking, shocking all people that knew me. After many years, this was my first attempt at quitting, and it was successful. The reason I was successful was the technique I used to stop. I know smokers do not think that they can quit smoking for various reasons, and every one of those reasons applied to me. If you think you cannot successfully quit smoking, read on to see how I did it.

Here are some reasons people feel they cannot quit smoking, and how they applied to me.

1) I have smoked for too long to stop. I smoked for 20 years, most of my life, before I quit. 04.jpg

2) I smoke too much. When I quit smoking, I was smoking over 2.5 packs per day (over 50 cigarettes). My cigarette of choice was always a heavy (high tar/nicotine) one: Marlboro Reds, or Camels. I always smoked down to the end of the cigarette. Oh, I was the best smoker around! smoking.jpg

3) I need to smoke at certain times. I would smoke all the time. At the computer I would smoke. While driving, I would have a cigarette. After a meal, oh yes – that’s the best time. Oh, in the bathroom. I can’t sit on the toilet without a cigarette! I used to smoke all the time, inside and outside – in every room of the home.smoking_keyboard_01.jpg

4) I do not want to gain weight. Well, I have lost weight since I quit smoking. I was shocked to find I didn’t gain weight after quitting, since I relied on smoking to suppress my appetite.

5) I do not really want to quit, even though I should. Hey, I love to smoke. Smoking was a big part of my personality. I felt pride to be a smoker and would gladly have done commercials for cigarette companies. I just wanted to see if I could quit. flintstones4x4.jpg

6) I am genetically predisposed to smoking. My Dad smoked all his adult life.  We tried to keep the pets away from the habit.smoking_cat.jpg

7) Now is too stressful a time for me to quit. Nah, I quit during a very stressful time, including a family member death.

As you can see, I was the last smoker anyone expected to quit, yet I did. How did I do it? The technique was given to me by a friend, who successfully quit. Even though she did it, I was skeptical that the method would work for me.

Why do we smoke? Simple questionvet.jpg

Human are animals who respond to reenforcement. Smokers are conditioned to crave nicotine (the positive reenforcement – addictive agent) by self administrating nicotine during certain times (trigger). As an example. every time I stopped at a red light in my car – I lit a cigarette, which trained me to desire a cigarette the next time I stopped at a red light. To break this conditioning, the link to nicotine needs to be removed, according to this theory.

Initially, I did not believe this method would work. For 20 years I put a stick in my mouth, used my hands to manipulate the stick, and ran smoke through my skull. How could that oral and manual fixation be removed without replacement? I did not plan to replace the other forms of nicotine (patches or gum), nor did I plan to replace it with food or nicotineless sticks.

In order to get myself off of nicotine, I titrated (reduced nicotine incrementally) down, until I was smoking nicotine free cigarettes. Nicotine withdrawal can be very unpleasant, so these steps should be done slowly to minimize the withdrawal.

In general, that is the method for quitting smoking.   For more details, please email me at SkeptiSys@gmail.com

I would be happy to answer all questions to help you quit smoking.  We are all in this together.  cigarette-man.jpg

124 Comments »

  1. Well, congratulations are in order. Your chances of seeing the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history have already increased, and that’s only partially because of Johan.

    I quit about 10 years ago by focusing my anger on the companies profiting from my smoking habit, but I was only pack-a-day for 3-4 years & that’s when cigs cost $2 a pack. (They’re about $8 now in NYC).

    My wife’s addiction is stronger than ever after 20+ years though. She’s intrigued by your story, so look out for an e-mail.

    Comment by Allen Wigger — February 20, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

    • WTF is wrong with u people

      Comment by Anonymous — April 4, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  2. one year! well done!! keep it up…
    my e-mail is on it’s way… 🙂

    Comment by bbq8 — February 22, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  3. Thanks Allen. For health reasons, I also try to stay away from Ed Ott.
    Your way of quitting smoking is a great method. So much of the cigarette cost is in taxes, that you can also tell yourself that my cigarette money goes to killing Iraqi babies, and Iraqi baby kitties. Most of the taxes are state and local, but why quibble.

    I hope my experience can help your wife quit. If not, hey – I still have some nice ashtrays just going to waste…

    Comment by skeptisys — February 27, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  4. that pic with the baby ……, it’s scary knowing that someone can smoke that young

    Comment by lozer — May 4, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

    • wtf man its common now
      adays get used to it

      Comment by Anonymous — February 9, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  5. I agree Lozer, it’s a stunning sad photo. The dirty clothes and area, along with missing Mother. Too many children suffering in this world.

    Comment by skeptisys — May 5, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  6. PEOPLE WHO SMOKE ARE STUPID AND THEY NEED TO STOP SMOKING IS DANGEROUS AND WE NEED TO PUT OUT TOBACCOO COMPANIES

    STOP SMOKING

    Comment by Iyana — May 28, 2008 @ 8:20 am

    • dude you are te biggest fucking faggit. i have out of comtrol anger problems and have been on amny medication and it seems the only thing tht works to keep be calm from cracking someones head open is cigarets. so how about you have your hipppy bullshit somewhere els fucker

      Comment by Anonymous — May 18, 2010 @ 10:09 am

      • That Anonymous guy has been smoking so much that he can’t spell.

        Comment by Anonymous — June 13, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

      • if cigarets are the only thing that are keeping you from killing somebody you should be more worried about being put away for violence.
        I am not a tree hugger or someone who does yoga and eats south beach diets. but trying to remove unhealthy elements from society is not hippy,
        I believe that someone can smoke on their own private property if they want to, but not where others have to breath in the disgusting sickness that smokers exhale, it is not fair to them.
        maybe you should see someone who has had practice with dealing with the violently inclined, they might be able to help a ill person like you.
        oh and nobody is scared of you on this chatline “Anonymous” go to a Physiatrist, go back to school and get a life.

        Comment by Morgan McIntire — July 8, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

      • i know how you feel, im extremely depressed, and i get severe panic attacks, and my friends introduced me to smoking. ive been trying to quit, and it is hard, but dont blame it all on anger management. try to get yourself into a healthier habit, like chewing gum, and try to get out and experience new things. adrenaline rushes help too(:

        Comment by Anonymous — January 4, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

      • um if u have sevre chest ache anonymous that means there is a posibility u have heart disease and then have a heart attack and u know the rest…

        Comment by SOme1 :D — February 7, 2011 @ 11:36 am

  7. i am a smoker that lives on a farm.thats all i got. ya. thats right.

    Comment by Ishkanianwelshafloranshwelp — May 30, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  8. You have a tobacco farm? That used to be a fantasy of mine.

    Comment by skeptisys — May 30, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  9. i hate people who dont smoke

    Comment by bob — June 3, 2008 @ 6:22 am

    • And bob holds the world record for largest penis on his head. Congrats, bob!

      Comment by bobisafag — May 22, 2011 @ 7:46 am

  10. smoking is ridiculous but we fink the man in the suit is kwl =p

    Comment by cady — June 27, 2008 @ 3:55 am

  11. Ha yes, the man in the costume is cool. I wonder if he entertains at children’s parties.

    Comment by skeptisys — June 28, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    • Hahahaha, you somewhere they do.

      Comment by McShooboo — December 31, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  12. i tthnk smoking is a waste of money and the picture of the little kid smoking is scart, is it real! Also the one of the kitten smoking!

    Comment by lulu — August 18, 2008 @ 5:17 am

  13. skeptisys u should be ashamed!You should look at everyones side of story.How do u think the poor iraqies feel. It’s their oil!!But I would like to congratulate the person that created this website. Wll done for stopping.
    I believe we should stop smoking alltogether and stop the tobacco companies ruining everyone’s lives!!1

    Comment by zoroisback — August 18, 2008 @ 5:23 am

  14. dude smoking isn’t cool. it killed my best friends dad. and almost mine, 3 times. if you like smoking go ahead. have fun when your life decay’s by each cigarette you smoke. my dad has been smoking for 30+ years. the doctor told him if he doesn’t quit soon they will need to amputate his leg. don’t think just because you don’t smoke that your not affected. second hand smoking is just as bad. infact you’re even inhaling more chemicals then the original smoker. all the chemicals linger in the air hours after the cigarette is put out. anyone have any idea’s no how i can help my father quit? please. 😦

    Comment by mikey — August 20, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    • Tell your dad to put his dead butts into a bucket of water (about a pack of dead butts) and leave it outside for a few days. Then, tell him to go outside, take a deep breath of fresh air, then smell inside the bucket of butts and water. If he thinks it smells like shit, he will quit faster. If not, there’s no helping him.

      Comment by bobisafag — May 22, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  15. Thanks for all the comments, peeps.
    Lulu: the cat photo is definitely altered – I doubt a kitty could hold a cigarette like that. The small child could be real – I don’t know, but I hope he is ok. Anyone know who he is?
    welcome back, Zoro: No idea which Iraq post you think should shame me, but I do feel badly for all the Iraqi people killed over oil.
    Mikey: I wish you and your father the best. Fear for his health may compel him to quit, with your help. Sometimes pressure to stop has the opposite effect, as some people use smoking to cope with stress. If those people are pushed, the need to smoke increases. Look for specific smoking triggers (when he is upset, or after he eats, etc) then help him find a replacement mental distraction at those times. If he is convinced he needs to stop, there is hope he will.

    Comment by skeptisys — August 21, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  16. it’s not a pic skeptisys, it’s the thing you said about your money going towards killing iraqi babies! The kid in the photo who is smoking makes me want to cry! To think someone could start so early!! The gov should spent more money on trying to get people to quit. It causes polution, other people to get passive smoking e.t.c!

    Comment by zoroisback — August 26, 2008 @ 4:46 am

  17. today is my anniversary of quiting 2 yrs ago!!!!

    Comment by zoroisback — August 26, 2008 @ 4:47 am

  18. Congratulations on 2 years, Zoro!
    My point about Iraq was that American taxes are used to fund the Iraq ‘war’, so if one is convinced some of the money they spend on cigarettes goes to bomb Iraqi children, they are less likely to smoke. Added incentive, we want to do anything to help children (other than giving them sugar before bedtime).
    You are so right that the gov should spend their money to identify causes and prevent cancer and other debilitating diseases. In America, Ralph Nader is the only Presidential candidate I know that will significantly help in that area.

    Comment by skeptisys — August 26, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  19. smoking is badfor you but a good stress reliever im only 16 and im a full time smoker at school at home when im out and asbout even during sex sometimes, i love it but hate it at the sae time
    xo

    Comment by kayla — September 7, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  20. My guess is you can find better stress relievers than cigarettes, some suggestions:
    1. reading
    2. writing or other creative art (some believe true art can only come from suffering)
    3. train yourself to do something seemingly impossible to you (juggle kittens, ride a unicycle on your hands, fart the national anthem). Humans are capable of incredible acts with patient practice.
    4. yoga or other meditation.

    Good luck, and congrats for keeping perspective. When I was 16, the only people who considered me ‘only 16’ were over 30.

    Comment by skeptisys — September 14, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  21. fucking smokeing all it does is kill you

    but i still smoke to this day wondering why i ever thought it was cool or fun or whatever you get out of it…..i regret ever smoking one

    Comment by jezabell — September 24, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    • “fucking smokeing all it does is kill you”

      hahahahahahahaha real nice point you got there

      Fucking living, all it does is kill you. hahaha and BTW genius, it’s “smoking”

      Comment by TL — February 16, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    • I wish I had’nt ever smoked one either..but you can quit!!! I quit after 15 years just 2 weeks ago and I feel amazing!!! try nicotine gum, it really helps with the cravings!!!

      Comment by Anonymous — June 28, 2010 @ 10:44 am

  22. Ya know, I knew about all the cancer and other such problems that smoking causes. But before doing some more research today, I never even thought (or was told, for that matter) about smoking causing amputation..

    I’m 18, and I’ve been smoking since I was 13..I remember the first time I smoked a cig, it felt like my lungs were going to pop out of my chest. Now I wonder why I continued to do it. It was easy for me not to have cigs, untill my family found out I was smoking occasionally, then it just became an everyday thing, I didnt have to hide it, so I could do it all I wanted.

    Ciggarettes for me have been a huge stress reliever. But then again, they have played a huge part in causing me stress.

    It’s kinda funny, but after doing the reading that I have tonight..I’m finding myself in a place where I dont want a cigg. I do..but I’m like…afraid? to get one, lol.

    Congratz to you skeptisys =]

    Comment by MeganMania — September 24, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  23. i was a happy smoker.. i realy enjoyed it helped me during my footy matches. i have also took part in marathons and had a couple of smokes on my way round. sincei have quit i have put on 6 stone and now an alcoholic. keep smoking.

    Comment by kyle — September 25, 2008 @ 6:17 am

    • If you quit smoking then became an alcoholic that is completely and 100% your fault you could have found some other way to relieve your stress!!
      Cold Hard Facts are smoking kills your lungs, BRAIN, it can cause cancer and other non-smokers are breathing in all the icky second hand smoke you think we like it?!?!? To all you alcoholics out there get the strength to go an AA meeting do it for someone you care about maybe family maybe a friend maybe some person you like i don’t care just QUIT. Because drinking ruins your liver its like what smoke does to the lungs. Ok so to all you people who think its “COOL” to smoke to all you people who think it’ll make you fit in or look older it doesn’t. It makes you look like a joke. And hey if you smoke or drink and you quit imagine how much MONEY you could save in a year!!! Just Imagine it

      Comment by Nichole the 1 — January 13, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  24. Thanks Megan. You are right, the anxiety or stress you feel the cigarettes cause is from the physical need for nicotine. You feel relaxed when you smoke because you relieve that artificial need. If you can go a few days without smoking, it will be much easier to quit. I wish you good luck. Trust me, it will feel great to have the ability to resist something that you crave so strongly! Please let us know how it is going.

    Comment by skeptisys — September 27, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  25. i dont think hat one man should be smoking that much

    Comment by corey booth — September 30, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  26. thats discusting u twats u can doie of this dont u care abiut ur selfs

    Comment by Anonymous — October 5, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    • die? you mean that thing every human does

      Comment by TL — February 16, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  27. Kyle: I also was very active in sports when I was a smoker (mainly basketball). Since I quit, I do not cough and get dizzy anymore.
    Anonymous: I absolutely love the word twat, it sounds like a Shakespearean insult.

    Comment by skeptisys — October 7, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  28. Why smoke its not cool & you can kill yourself

    Comment by Amy — October 7, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  29. I’m 15 and just quit smoking, i miss smoking but it was fucking up my wrestling, my girl told me to stop, and i didnt like the idea i wasnt controlling my life.

    Comment by O'Connor — October 7, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  30. PLEASSE WILL EVERY SEND ME A FAG XXX

    Comment by *LOIS* — October 10, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  31. i hate smokiing i will never smoke

    ever

    Comment by yasmin — October 12, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  32. smoking is the shit i love to smoke i rather smoke then do anything else it is wonderful, fuck health and fuck the pussy who is quiting cause his girl friend told him to fuck all yall this website sucks cock and all yall pussies need to start smoking fuck yall !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Dalton Bennett 09 — October 13, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

  33. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30359831697

    Copy and paste the above url to a facebook support group for people wanting to quit smoking.

    Comment by melissa — October 24, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  34. Thank you, Melissa. Although I cannot recommend facebook due to their privacy concerns, your online support group looks helpful.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Facebook

    Comment by skeptisys — October 25, 2008 @ 9:28 am

  35. i hate peopl who smok!!!!!!!

    oooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkk

    Comment by me — October 28, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  36. STOP SMOKINH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 29, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  37. i really beileve that you posted this photos for your own pleasure and it REALLY offends me. I don’t think that it’s funny for a young child to be smoking.and as for the cat, that’s so fake. Cats don’t have disposable thumbs and they can’t hold a cigarette. for who ever posted that, you’re stupid.and that man(or women, couldn’t really tell) that was sick shit.I’ve never seen anything liek that. You are truley amazing. Congrats, you have made my top 100 sexiest people who do sey shit list. It must be great to be you.

    Comment by nikki — November 5, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

    • noone has DISPOSABLE thumbs you moron! They are OPPOSABLE…..if you’re going to try to sound smart, get your facts straight!

      Comment by Anonymous — August 29, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

  38. Dear Readers of SkeptiSys.

    I’ve been a daily visitor of Skeptisys blog and posted a few comments in support of Skeptisys’s creative writing that challenges conventional thinking under nickname ‘Nikki’.
    It appears another person used the same name as I’ve been using (Nikki) to post a silly comment shown above on 11/5/08 regarding ‘cat’s disposable thumbs’ and so on.
    To prevent confusion I am switching to a new nickname ‘Bishop Nikki’.
    I am confident the chances that someone else will use the same nickname to express one’s opinion are low. Thank you.

    Comment by Bishop Nikki — November 9, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  39. hi i love smoking.

    Comment by emily — November 15, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  40. stop somking

    Comment by Anonymous — November 21, 2008 @ 4:43 am

  41. i am a happy weed smoker

    Comment by ross — November 21, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  42. smoking roks my sokz off lol

    Comment by olivia — November 27, 2008 @ 4:05 am

  43. U STOLE MY PIC FROM MY HOL!!!
    THE BABY IS MIINE!!!
    HOW VERY DARE YOU! 😡

    Comment by kezhanjo — November 28, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  44. smoking is forn gay

    Comment by Anonymous — December 1, 2008 @ 4:56 am

  45. For all u smokers…
    GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you know… right next to the clues in aisle 9… i am 13 am i am completely agianst smoking

    Comment by Me — December 1, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

    • Dude, you’re 13. You’re only opposed to smoking because your mom told you it’s bad.

      Comment by Me — January 13, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  46. ur mom tits.

    Comment by zoby — December 5, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  47. arrgh all u gayz minnie nd maz r diikheadz

    Comment by zoby — December 5, 2008 @ 7:13 am

  48. U CRAKHEADSZZ ARE WASTEMANSZZZ NEED TO GET A LIFEE….DNT FNKKK UR BIG INDA GAME JUSS CUSZZ U SMOKEE…IT PROOOVESZZ UR MINGAF=HH…ANNN LOOK AT THE 100 YEAR OLD OLD BAG SMOKING…THINK SHESZ A BADMAN OR SUMMET HOPE SHEEE FUKIIN DIESSZZZZ….SMELLLY BIIITCHHH …SUKKK OWTTTT

    Comment by MINNI+MAZ.. — December 5, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  49. i think smokers should smoke their moms pussies

    Comment by jamshed — December 5, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  50. mariia smells and is alwayz horny

    Comment by Anonymous — December 5, 2008 @ 7:20 am

  51. yeah, im young and attractive, and i’m a smoker and i dont give a damn ahah.
    but i plan to quit after christmas, i just dont know how to do it.

    Comment by Hannah — December 7, 2008 @ 2:34 am

    • you can quit by imagining all of your teeth turning black and falling out..oh and those good looks of yours, you can kiss those goodbye if you keep smoking!!! and dont forget about the 4,000 cheicals in each cigarette, including…arsenic, cyanide, formaldehyde, cadmium, and the list goes on…I quit after 15 years…you can do it too!!!

      Comment by Anonymous — June 28, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    • Im 18, I’ve been smoking since I was 14, I though it was cool and everyone else did it. I was recently diagnosed with Respiratory Airway Disease. From smoking, i cant breathe very well, i have poor circulation, i cant keep up with family, friends because i dont have the breath or energy to do it.

      Yes, i have asthma also. If i were you i’d quit smoking before it gets worse. I never thought it could happen to me. My mom smoked for 40 years and now has problems. Ive been smoking for 4 years and it already effects me.

      There is other things to do then smoke. I wish i never started.

      Comment by Ambria — November 10, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

  52. Although I myself advise against smoking for the health benefit and cost saving reasons, just for the sake of argument: I would like to draw the attention of those readers who continue asking a smoker to ‘get a life’ to the fact President Obama, who lives rather fulfilling life and plays a very important part in the lives of all Americans as a President, is a smoker (see link to an article).
    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4B61GF20081207

    Comment by Bishop Nikki — December 8, 2008 @ 9:38 am

    • (reply to Bishop Nikki)
      Yes, you are so right, your excellence. Many people in high pressured jobs turn to smoking.
      Here is a photo of Obama puffing on a stiff fat one (if your eminence would please forgive the somewhat bawdy tone of the Black man sucking on the ‘White Man’s stick’).
      https://skeptisys.wordpress.com/2008/06/ (at the bottom)

      This is my first time using the new WordPress quick reply to comment -hopefully no errors will occur. As always, any complaints are to be sent to:

      Brandon T. SkeptiSys
      Dumpster behind the Safeway where the stale breads are dumped
      Spalding, Idaho 83551

      Comment by skeptisys — December 9, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  53. You are talk about how smoking kills you but no-one talks about drink. My friend dad smoked up to 2 packs of L&B every day but that isn’t what killed him. It was the drunken driver behind the wheel. I had to sit there at the funeral and a court supporting her through this. Im not saying don’t drink and i am not saying do smoke. The choice is up to you and you can decide what you want to do with your life. I smoke and i want to quit but i will do that in my own time.

    Comment by N — December 8, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  54. Wow – I just read all the comments and this is my immediate reaction.

    Bishop Nikki is a great name. You should start a band (B.N. & the Pawns?)and wear one of those pope-esque vertical hats and strut around on a checkerboard pattern. If you can’t play any instruments, well, that never stopped the majority of the pop chart dwellers, now did it?

    I still haven’t had a cig since the 20th century, my wife’e dipped to slightly less than a pack a day, my Dad’s still dead and my 2-year-old can say “cigarette”.

    Comment by urbanshocker — December 8, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

  55. (reply to UrbanShocker)
    Congrats on your continual success off the smokes. Sounds like you have a very smart kid! My Mom claims my first 3 syllable word was ‘swoboda’, but I think all kids say that.

    Comment by skeptisys — December 9, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  56. (Reply to ‘N’)
    Sorry about your friend’s loss. Auto accidents are tough to handle because of the suddenness of the loss. One moment you are purring next to your loved one, the next you are spilling scotch, listening to Tom Waits, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    Whatever you believe: “live fast – life is short” or “live carefully – life is short”, the short part remains the same.

    Comment by skeptisys — December 9, 2008 @ 11:11 am

  57. i love tpo smoke

    Comment by kfv — December 10, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  58. im wondering how did you get all these pictures and the one with the kid and milloins of ciggys in being used at once are sad

    Comment by lexi — December 15, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  59. these pictures are sad exept for the kitty thats funny ( =

    Comment by lexi — December 15, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  60. Each day, 3,000 kids become regular smokers, and one-third will eventually die from tobacco. Almost 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18. 35 percent of high school kids currently smoke cigarettes. 20 percent of high school boys currently use smokeless tobacco. 4.5 million children between ages 12 and 17 are currently tobacco users. 62 percent of 12 to 17 year old smokers said they buy their own cigarettes. Of those who had ever tried to purchase cigarettes, almost half were never asked to show proof of age. More than 5 million kids alive today under age 18 will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease unless current rates are reversed. During 1996, approximately 193,000 new cases of lung cancer will be reported in the United States; 112,200 in men and 81,700 in women; with a 5-year mortality rate of approximately 85%, more than 164,000 of these individuals will eventually die from the disease. The age-adjusted mortality rate from cancer has been steadily rising for the past 60 years. However, a majority of the overall increase has been due to a rise in lung cancer death rates. Age-adjusted death rates for most other types of cancer are leveling off, and in some cases, have been declining. Between 1950 and 1991, in fact, cancer mortality declined by 15% when lung cancer deaths were excluded. Among women, lung cancer death rates continue to increase and, in 1986, surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death. Women now have an incidence of lung cancer nearly identical to that of men 30 years ago. The rising lung cancer rate for women is expected to peak around 2010. The 1-year relative survival rate for lung cancer has risen from 32% in 1973 to 41% in the 1990’s. However, the combined 5-year relative survival rate for all lung cancer stages remains between 13 – 15%. Although the 5-year survival rate is 47% for cases detected when the disease is at an early, localized stage, only approximately 15% of malignant lesions are identified at this stage of the disease manifestation process. Tobacco use is responsible for more than 1 of every 6 deaths in the United States and is the most important single preventable cause of death and disease in our society. It is the major risk factor for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, cancer of the lung, larynx, pharynx, oral cavity, esophagus, pancreas and bladder, and other problems such as respiratory infections and stomach ulcers. Cigarette smoking accounts for 21% of all coronary heart disease deaths, 87% of lung cancer deaths, and 30% of all cancer deaths. Approximately 90% of lung cancer cases in men, and 80% in women (87% overall), are attributable to cigarette smoking. Lung cancer incidence risk is proportional to the amount smoked daily and the duration of time smoked. Smokers who consume more than two packs per day have lung cancer mortality rates 15 to 25 times greater than that of individuals who never smoked. Cessation of cigarette smoking results in a gradual decrease in lung cancer risk. After 10 to 20 years of cessation, lung cancer rates for former smokers approach the rates of life-long nonsmokers. Although cigarette smoking is the major determinant of lung cancer risk, exposure to radon decay products, asbestos, or ionizing radiation (X or gamma rays) can also increase lung cancer risk. The combination of cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure increases the risk of lung cancer 50-fold. Epidemiological studies have shown an increased risk of lung cancer in nonsmokers chronically exposed to tobacco smoke. Nonsmokers married to smokers have a 30% higher risk of lung cancer than nonsmokers married to nonsmokers. 86 percent of kids who smoke prefer Marlboro, Camel, or Newport ­ the three most heavily advertised brands. Only a third of adult smokers prefer these brands.

    Comment by Tyler — December 19, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

    • im 18, my sister pressured me to smoke when i was in the eighth grade. At 14 i was smoking a pack a day, by 17 was almost two packs a day and three packs if i drink. At 7 dollars a pack it gets pretty expensive…Now i have Respiratory Airway Disease and my smoking doesnt help, but its so hard to quit. My 8 year old niece came up to me and told me that she doesnt like to hear me trying to gasp for air everytime i laugh, get scared, shocked, and even eating causes problems. Im 5’9″ and 120 lbs with the pills im on and the constant problem of being able to eat when i can breathe cause me drop 10lbs it a week.

      everyday i wish i wouldve never started. I quit swimming cuz i couldnt breathe. If i never smoked i could: Ride bikes with my 8 and 10 year old niece and nephew, go on walks with the dog, finish my swim team season.

      One last thing: just wat my uncle said before he died from cigarettes. He said “Each day live to your fullest, after tommorrow yesterday is gone, why live your life so short when there is so much to live for.”

      Comment by Ambria — November 10, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  61. read it its good for you

    Comment by Tyler — December 19, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  62. its my final for Civics

    Comment by Tyler — December 19, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  63. PS Happy Holidays ( smokers get cancer for christmas so STOP SMOKIN)

    Comment by Tyler — December 19, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  64. Anyone her play Teen Second Life Im Walker Michalak

    Comment by Tyler — December 19, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  65. Thanks Tyler! Cancer rates have been rising despite the drop in smoking rates – so there are other major causes. In addition to quitting smoking, people need to petition the government for stronger regulations against corporate releases of toxins into the air, water, and food.
    Good luck on your civics final!

    Comment by skeptisys — December 20, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

  66. help me i need to stop smoking im 13 i steel fags off my mumm i cant help it. please help me

    Comment by Anonymous — January 6, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  67. help me, i smoke, only really light fags, but my mum dosent know and if she finds out she will kill me. she will kill me even more if she finds out that the only way i can smoke is by steeling her fags. help me to stop PLEASE p.s. im alot younger than you think i am

    Comment by emma — January 6, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  68. tyler can you please help to stop smoking i have read all the info you said but i need some tips on how to stop i have been trying for a year but its not working p.s. im only 13 HELP

    Comment by emma — January 6, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  69. I HATE ALL THE PPL WHO R SMOKING ON THIS PAGE ITS DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — January 21, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

  70. Comment on message from Anonymous (posted on 1/21/09): it’s not nice to hate grandmas and children just because they happened to smoke, not to mention cute fluffy smoking kittens. :o)

    Comment by Bishop Nikki — January 21, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  71. i smoke and i just started i wish i could find a store that wouldant ask for id man i buy every single one and i dont care what anyone else thinks so go &^(# yourselfs.

    Comment by jhkggf — January 25, 2009 @ 12:54 am

  72. omg i fink yurr all stupid i stated to smoke ever since my mam died and i was really stessed out so i had a fag and it makes me feel better when i am in school aswell and teachers stress me out i smoke weed aswell and if yu have a problem wiv that well fuk yuuu !! cus i enjoy it hahahahahahah 🙂 carry on smoking its gurdd for yasss :):) hahahahahahah fuuk yuuu !!!!!!!!! byeee x love alisha and becky 😄 x

    Comment by alisha x — February 2, 2009 @ 9:12 am

  73. are these people crazy

    Comment by steven rosario — February 17, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  74. Congratz skeptisys for quitting successfully 🙂

    Comment by cowlikesbeef — February 18, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  75. Reading these posts is as addictive as smoking. Some people have alot of issues. xxxxxx

    Comment by Smoker — March 18, 2009 @ 4:22 am

  76. i must confess… i was 12 when i started and now is only my 5th year without smoking i congragulate all of us quitters and also i would like to say yes smoking is disgusting because every fag you smke decreases your life by 8 seconds!

    Tips To Help You Stop Smoking:
    Write a list of the reasons why you want to stop, and keep them with you. Refer to them when tempted to light up. You may wish to read a separate leaflet in this series called ‘Smoking – The Facts’. This gives the reasons why smoking is so harmful and lists the benefits of stopping.

    Set a date for stopping, and stop completely. (Some people prefer the idea of cutting down gradually. However, research has shown that if you smoke less cigarettes than usual, you are likely to smoke more of each cigarette, and nicotine levels remain nearly the same. Therefore, it is usually best to stop once and for all from a set date.)

    Tell everyone that you are giving up smoking. Friends and family often give support and may help you. Smoking by others in the household makes giving up harder. If appropriate, try to get other household members who smoke, or friends who smoke, to stop smoking at the same time. A ‘team’ effort may be easier than going it alone.

    Get rid of ashtrays, lighters, and all cigarettes.

    Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms. When you stop smoking, you are likely to get symptoms which may include: nausea (feeling sick), headaches, anxiety, irritability, craving, and just feeling awful. These symptoms are caused by the lack of nicotine that your body has been used to. They tend to peak after 12-24 hours, and then gradually ease over 2-4 weeks.

    Anticipate a cough. It is normal for a ‘smokers cough’ to get worse when you stop smoking (as the airways ‘come back to life’). Many people say that this makes them feel worse for a while after stopping smoking and makes them tempted to restart smoking. Resist this temptation! The cough usually gradually eases.

    Be aware of situations in which you are most likely to want to smoke. In particular, drinking alcohol is often associated with failing in an attempt to stop smoking. You should consider not drinking much alcohol in the first few weeks after stopping smoking. Try changing your routine for the first few weeks. For example, don’t go to the pub for a while if that is a tempting place to smoke and drink alcohol. Also, if drinking tea and coffee are difficult times, try drinking mainly fruit juice and plenty of water instead.

    Take one day at a time. Mark off each successful day on a calendar. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself that you don’t want to start all over again.

    Be positive. You can tell people that you don’t smoke. You will smell better. After a few weeks you should feel better, taste your food more, and cough less. You will have more money. Perhaps put away the money you would have spent on cigarettes for treats.

    Food. Some people worry about gaining weight when they give up smoking as the appetite may improve. Anticipate an increase in appetite, and try not to increase fatty or sugary foods as snacks. Try sugar-free gum and fruit instead.

    Don’t despair if you fail. Examine the reasons why you felt it was more difficult at that particular time. It will make you stronger next time. On average, people who eventually stop smoking have made 3 or 4 previous attempts.

    Stop Smoking Clinics are available on the NHS. They have a good success in helping people to stop smoking. Your doctor may refer you to one if you are keen to stop smoking but are finding it difficult to do so.

    Comment by smoky — March 23, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

  77. i know this sounnds gay but smoking helps me to have sex it makes me horny and gives me a hardy

    Comment by cvxjhvfdfgdyh — March 23, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  78. hi

    Comment by Anonymous — January 9, 2010 @ 4:39 am

  79. Hi Guys!

    I just read all the comments and I have to say I do not like the fact that people judge so soon on people smoking. I mean I quit smoking through a pill called zyban,which is actually an anti-depressant but doctors give it to patients to quit smoking also. anyway it made me quit but I have not been smoking long,On another note….my aunt smoked when she was younger for a few years and she died of cancer when she was 41 but the doctor said it wasn’t from the cigarettes.you can get cancer from pollution and I do not mean ”second hand smoke” there are a ton of other ways to get cancer than just by smoking ok.so congrats to the people who did quit and are trying to but to the people who ”HATE SMOKERS” shut up and mind your own damn business because it is more than likely you guys are some coke heads that just feel bad about yourself. CONGRATS ON THE quit though guys! I believe in y’all!! Good Luck!!

    Comment by whatevs — February 14, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  80. cigarettes killed my father. and raped my mother. -BREAKING NEWS- Everyone dies, yes even you self-righteous non-smokers. I am a grown adult capable of making informed decisions. I know for fact that smoking is not healthy. Most of my lifestyle is not “healthy” and that’s fine with me; it’s my choice. Don’t you dare try to live my life for me, if you don’t like cigs thats cool, you dont have to. But don’t think for a second that you can make my choices for me. The fact that you don’t like it doesn’t have any bearing on whether smoking is right or wrong for me. I have every right to smoke. hate me

    Comment by TL — February 16, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  81. what’d be great is if i just didn’t smoke. not because it’s bad for you(really besides knowing that their are thousands of chemicals in a cigarette) but because I just simply don’t smoke

    Comment by AE — February 19, 2010 @ 7:02 am

  82. someone wrote “i would like to say yes smoking is disgusting because every fag you smke decreases your life by 8 seconds!

    i hate that shit. they are just fucking clones of the people who wrote that. DO YOU KNOW FOR A FACT EVERY FAG YOU SMOKE DECREASES YOUR LIFE BY 8 SECONDS?

    Comment by Anonymous — February 19, 2010 @ 7:05 am

  83. yo momma is so fat she rolled over 4 quarters and made a dollar, yo momma is so ugly she looked in the mirror and it could not show her reflection, yo momma is so poor she bags for money from the people who bag from money, all the jokes are about ever 1’s mom who goes on the website

    Comment by FAGGOT DIRTBAG — March 5, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  84. I totally agree with this, I believe smokers can choose different alternatives to suit their needs, like example chewing of gum or trying out electronic cigarettes to start kick the habit for beginners and hence reduce their addiction level. And yes i feel smokers should always have a cheerful attitude otherwise it would be disastrous. This tips are really great.Keep It Up =)

    Comment by brian fletcher — April 30, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

  85. Im 21 and have been smoking for 4 years now. I have a terrible time breathing cause im a pack a day smoker for most of those yeears it was reds ports camels latley its winstons. so im having a hard time breathing well when i do physical activities. and latly i vomit when i wake up. thats wierd. so could there be any long term damage of smoking for 4 years a pack a day? I mean im quitting right now im working on it but its so hard my mom smokes shes been a 30 year smoker. i keep sayiing lets quit but it never happens. well im gonna quit and maybe if i do she can too.but back to tha physical stuff can anyone tell me whats up? and also if i quit smoking cigs and continue marijuana will tha marijuana make me feel like i smoke cigs still?

    Comment by ryan — May 16, 2010 @ 10:25 am

  86. I just landed on this blog by fluke, I typed in ‘smoking’ and its really interesting reading. I’ve been a smoker for 20 years, I smoke everywhere too and can relate to SkeptiSys story about smoking everywhere and I love it. I know the damage it does to me every time I inhale a cigarette and I keep saying I want to give up.. In relation to smoking weed, it is a good substitute to mix weed with herbal cigarettes (nicotine free) or smoke it sraight if you can bear it. There are also prescription drugs available which trick the brain receptors into ‘Not craving nicotine’ which are taken over four weeks, with the nicotine craving becoming less apparent, these act as a neutraliser in the brain resisting nicotine. Side affects can increase depression, but in many cases these are typical withdrawal sypmtoms. But whilst I am typing this, I am about to light up a smoke right now. I have these tablets and I am afraid to take them,, hahaha
    In the meantime, it is ok to have the herbal ciggarettes to relieve that ‘hand to mouth’ motion, so phsychological! They have worked success for my cousin and neighbour, but whatever you do dont have nicotine replacement therapy whilst on them as you would not get rid of the craving!! There would be no point!

    But dont forget, there are heaps of different methods for everyone,, example for people who crave to smoke within 20 minutes of waking up could have a nicotine inhaler, or chew gum, wear a patch, etc etc, there are safer ways of inducing nicotine, imagine a bowl full of chocolates, ferrero rochers say,, injected with nicotine,, would you eat them? metaphorically speaking,, do not try this at home!

    I am phsycing myself up as I speak! Its been a pleasure reading everyone’s input, Thanks for the inspiration, and remember, smoking is harmful, but people who dont smoke die from cancer too,, be happy and dont stress!! The biggest killer! Good luck to you all whatever your dreams may desire.
    Len

    Comment by Len — June 16, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  87. I was a major alcoholic for years. I drank a bottle of whisky every night. They wanted to hospitalize me to ween me off so I wouldn’t have a seizure. I decided to quit one day, and did it during a very stressful point in my life, without any help. I did it using a method very, very similar to the one you mention: I dosed down until I was no longer chemically addicted, then started using zero calorie/zero sugar sodas as a replacement for the non-chemical fixation. It worked. You don’t need support groups or special equipment or anything — all you need is a desire to quit.

    Comment by Jack — June 24, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  88. i wont recommended people to smoke becuause my brother was killed by the cause of smoke and i only think and think about it that was all my faul and you should try that ever cuz i might be something bad after u try it and i knew it from the first time i try it and i felt guilty for doing that i bagg you to not do it please!!!!!!

    Comment by luis — June 29, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  89. PLESA LISTEN AND LEARN MY EXPERIENCED OF ME

    I wake up in the morning, see your not there.
    By 10am I feel sick, I need you my dear.
    Why can’t I have you all the time.
    I need you. It hurts me it makes me cry.
    I can’t handle the truth, reality and life.
    You are so good you make me feel unreal.
    I would rather be with you then anyone else.
    I can’t eat or sleep without you baby, you are my world.
    You drive me insane.
    All I want is your pleasure,
    but hunting for you is pain.
    What the heck am I going to gain.
    forgetful, always broke and looking dopey.
    who wants to be friends with a phony.
    I will pay you back, maybe next month.
    I do nothing until then but sit on my ass.
    While I constantly smoke my grass.
    24/7 its a full time job.
    Now I’m bored with life
    God why did you let me see.
    at such a young age, how good marijuana can really be.
    It has ruined me from time to time,
    I’m just hanging in there I will be just fine..
    Fighting fighting and more abuse.
    I’m lost in my own world and can’t anybody see.
    now nothing is making sense to me
    I don’t know who I am any more.
    I’ve lost the plot until the very end.
    I have no feelings my friend.
    I’m not a person nor human, male or female.
    I am a doped up scumbag and I can never change…..
    I HATE MYSELF FOR SMOKING POT AND TRYING TO BE COOL.
    IT HAS NOW ROBBED ME FROM MY LIFE.
    I HAVE NO INTERESTS OR EMOTIONS
    I JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE..

    Comment by luis — June 29, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  90. wow…

    Comment by Moni — July 2, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

  91. u r all stupid stupid people and you will die soon

    just remember that every ciggeratt u have u lose 7 mins of ur life so the girl up the verry top photo u r a pure NUTCASE

    Comment by gross — September 7, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

  92. We all know that all those who smoke are losers.If u want to relax have sex.

    Comment by CARLOS ESPINOZA — November 11, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  93. Kudos to you! When a smoker totally quits using cigarette, he has become a disciplined and real man. I salute those who have successfully get rid of smoking. I know it’s hard but you managed it. There are still a lot more to happen that will test your determination to quit it but you will have a lot of help on when you read the best way to quit smoking. I know you can do it and keep it up!

    Comment by Ben Adams — December 5, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  94. I pass my addiction becouse of chest pain… don’t wait people just quit smoking! you can do it… this should help everyone! i hope i realy hope 🙂

    Comment by Jony=) — December 28, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  95. i am 13 and have been smoking since i was 11 and i love it

    Comment by tinkierbell — February 19, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

  96. hey where cud i find the video of that guy smoking 1000 cigs at a time?

    Comment by seb — March 21, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    • Check out this guy, 154 cigarettes at once.

      Comment by skeptisys — March 21, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  97. Ive been smoking since I was 14, I didn’t start because i thought it was cool, who the fuck would do that? I just tried it and enjoyed the headrush it gave me. Then 1 a day became 2 a day then within a month or so I had all the gear and could roll. I am 18 this summer and plan to quit before im 18. I reckon I can. When you dont smoke for a good day or two you crave but you also notice how bad it smells and how rank it is. Although the fact I enjoy smoking pot cant be good either but its all about YING AND YANG, all about the balance, have a cig when your smashed with your mates? Have a zoot after a long productive week? Keep it chilled. Peace x

    Comment by Ed — March 24, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  98. i smoke but want to quit it isnt good for me i cant even go up a few steps without gettin out of breath n it aint cos im fat cos im only 9 stone at 16 xxxxxx

    Comment by becca chloe amiee sam — April 1, 2011 @ 5:50 am

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  100. This stuff makes me want to smoke.

    Comment by Red Paramount — June 25, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    • But I respect people who can quit their addictions so imma try making a smoke-free 24hours for you. (30cigarettes a day: red paramount, red marlboro, yellow camel.. the strongest cigarettes I could find in my country)

      Comment by Red Paramount — June 25, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

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    Comment by end smoking now — March 7, 2012 @ 5:06 am

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