Resolved to never light up again

Resolved to never light up again

There are 10 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 3, 2008, titled Resolved to never light up again. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

It's the time of year when people resolve to make changes in their lives. And we probably all know someone -- it might even be ourselves -- who vowed to quit smoking.

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#1 Jan 3, 2008
I quit smoking two years ago, Jan. 8th. I was a pack a day smoker for 26 years. If I can do it, so can everyone else! I tried to quit four times during my 26 years of smoking, the last time was cold turkey. I tried all the over-the-counter stuff and, quite frankly, it made it harder. Once you quit, nicotine addiction takes about two weeks to get over. The balance of "withdrawal" is all in the head.

Might I suggest, Alan Carr's book, "The Easy Way To Quit Smoking". Although I found this book long after I quit, it would have really helped me during the first 8-9 months, which was the hardest for me.

Get the book, make the commitment. All current smokers will be so much happier in 2008. Just think, you could enter 2009 and be saying what I'm saying "It's been one year. This New Years Eve is even more special!"
SmilingWithDisgu st

United States

#2 Jan 3, 2008
I smoked for 26 years also, started when I was 13. I haven't quit but I have stopped thanks to Chantix, and some will power. Yep, I tried to quit several times and even made it 3 months one time(cold turkey) but I would always fall back into the habit(the first one after a long respite is pure delight). I decided to give Chantix a try and so far it has worked. Lots of bad press out there for Chantix but I believe that if directions are followed then all will be well(I wasn't taking mine with food and boy was I sick until I followed directions). It's a great commercial also but folks need to remember that it is still a hard thing to do and that the finish line is when you die cause the urge will always be with you(it may diminish but it is always there and it only takes one oopsie). Lately I can feel my body distancing itself from the habit but the urge managment still requires effort. It's been almost three months now.
I enjoyed smoking so I am not promising that I won't go back but it is nice not having to pay out the a** for something that costs pennies to make. Yep I don't miss being treated like a second hand citizen, couldn't enjoy dining out or anything "out" out cause smokers are discriminated against these days, I guess the pendulum has swung but smokers have rights too.....separate but equal is my thinking, smokers served by smokers, smoking flights, smoking trains, smokers get service from smokers(e.g. AC, plumbing) non smokers have any idea how much money cigarettes brings into the government, the government really don't want you to quit. The other argument is once cigarettes are a dead issue what is next...looks like trans fats now then obesity...after that I guess it might be the color purple....or red, yeah red is sooo raunchy, no upstanding god fearing person would be seen in red....Vermont has it right....


#3 Jan 3, 2008
just candid


#4 Jan 3, 2008
More power to all you good people. I have a friend who quit cold turhey, she had smoked 18+ years and one day said no more. Said quiting was a "done deal" something she could not go back on, changed some of her friends, places she went and has been smoke free 3 years now. PS she saved her money and went to Europe this fall using money she saved by not smoking.
History Buff

Ashville, OH

#6 Jan 13, 2008
Bans, deceitful studies and propaganda:
'Root financing and planning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation'.

Free Enterprise, Free Choice & Signs are a WONDERFUL Invention. What a novel idea!

Save Your Rights, Freedom and Businesses before the next ban on 'THE AGENDA' starts!

Ever notice ALL no smoke bans are the SAME?
Big bucks organized them and passes out BONUS CHECKS!
What have your politicians arranged for?

What & who is behind the bans, along with WHY.
Take the leads and do your own HONEST research:

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#7 Jan 14, 2008
I have smoked for 20 years. Still smoking! Still will be smoking 20 years from now if I don't drop dead. The odds are in my favor, no matter what the scares are. I am pretty sure that I will be good to go.

On October 19th, 1781, General Cornwallis surrendered to a tobacco farmer, General George Washington, in Yorktown, Virginia, marking the end of the Revolutionary War. The United States had won her freedom.

On January 7th, 2008, Governor Timothy M. Kaine, serving under a flag which depicts the slaying of a tyrant with the slogan, "Sic Semper Tyrannis," decided that freedom does not belong in Virginia.

With callous disregard for the 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, Governor Kaine announced his plan to introduce a bill to the Virginia General Assembly to ban tobacco smoking in all restaurants and bars in the State of Virginia.

The 5th and 14th Amendments cover many rights, not the least of which are the rights to life, liberty and property. The 5th Amendment is clear in that private property can not be taken for public use without just compensation. The banning of smoking within restaurants and bars does just that. By making the claim that it is for the rights of the public, then the public use clause is invoked as the justification. The property itself is not taken, but the value of the property is. By banning smoking in these establishments, revenue for the owner goes down dramatically. This fact can not be disputed.

Will Governor Kaine provide the just compensation as the 5th Amendment of the Constitution demands? Will Governor Kaine provide subsidies for bar and restaurant owners?

The debate on smoking bans is not one about health, it is one about freedom, liberty, and the right to personal property ownership. It is also about the right for like minded individuals to peaceably assemble indoors to share common interests and activities. There are many choices of bars and restaurants in Virginia, both smoking and non-smoking. There is a place where everyone can be catered to. It is unfair to discriminate against one group of individuals based on the consumption of a legal product with a negative social stigma attached to it and leave them out in the cold when the owner of the property is not asking for this.

Yorktown, Virginia is where Freedom began. Is Richmond, Virginia where Freedom will end?

Help stop this ban and others!

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#8 Jan 14, 2008
just candid wrote:
More power to all you good people. I have a friend who quit cold turhey, she had smoked 18+ years and one day said no more. Said quiting was a "done deal" something she could not go back on, changed some of her friends, places she went and has been smoke free 3 years now. PS she saved her money and went to Europe this fall using money she saved by not smoking.
In the last 7 years I have been to Germany twice, Ukraine three times, Russia once, Denmark twice, Holland once, Sweden once, Australia twice, Hawaii 18 times and Bali Once. I keep on smoking. And yes, that was 18 times to Hawaii. That was a tough one to figure out. I think I got it right. When you get past 10 or so you lose count.

United States

#9 Jan 14, 2008
I have smoked, still smoke, and will continue smoking. I am so happy to have a brain and the ability to make my own decisions without big pharma who only wants to profit from smoking cessation products.

I can think and not fall for the lies and deceits being pushed on the public for profit.


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