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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:41 pm 
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I "learned" to smoke first small cigars, then cigarettes, at Great Lakes Naval Training Center on my way into the Navy. I had a division staff job while in boot camp and spent a lot of time with some other guys who all smoked.



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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:48 am 
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Well, I've never smoked. This isn't about me, it's about people I love. I've been in a battle with my wife to get her to quit. She is my 2nd. wife & she was widowed years ago. I have finally won, I think! I argued with my brother for years. You wouldn't believe the arguments he made that smoking was not so bad. I told him one time, "it is not that I care if you smoke, I just want you to live, smoking killed our father, grandfather, & uncle among others. What else do you need to know?". The doctor finally put the fear of Jesus in him & he quit about a year ago. I am no angel as I once drank too much. I could quit anytime I wanted, trouble is I never wanted too. It has been over three years since I quit & I no longer have any desire for the stuff. I fear much damage was already done to my brother's health but quitting smoking can never be a bad thing!


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:23 pm 
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Wow!, - what great stories, - thanks for all of them.

Free smokes in the service ? Wow! - I'da been all over THAT!. But I'm sure I was too young for that, plus I was never in the service. I was never in the service, but I wish I had been, but my parents had different idea for us kids.

Thanks again guys, - you guys are simply amazing !


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:49 am 
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Repub,
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Doctor Johnson again: "Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea."


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:14 am 
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eugene molloy wrote:
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Doctor Johnson again: "Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea."


Eugene


And, like smoking, best when considered from a distance of decades:)

Was it just me, or did the cigarettes that came with C-Rats really taste like the chiclets that were packaged with them?


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:47 pm 
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Even years after I quit there has always been the question of what and how much

damage have I done to myself.

Last July I started feeling poorly and went to a clinic.

They did an X-Ray and saw something on one of my lungs that sent me to a hospital

for more testing.

Oh crap!!!

The hospital did a Cat-Scan and several more tests.

Turns out it was Viral Pneumonia.

Nothing to fool around with but oh man was I relieved.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:05 am 
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Jas: whew ! dodged a bullet.

Eug: thanks man !


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:45 am 
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When I quit this spring after about 30 total years of smoking, my doctor told me I qualified for a lung cat scan, compliments of my health insurance. It was a tense wait between the scan and getting the results, but a great relief to hear the lungs appeared clean.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:07 pm 
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Humm, - wonder if I should do the same thing ?

I smoked 1.1 packs/day for 30 years (at least).

I did read somewhere that if you go 15 years w/o smoking, the effect (risk)?) on your body is like you've never-ever smoked.

I think I got that right.

Anyways, it's done, - 3 years coming up on April 6th.

I still think about it a bit from time to time.

( but I also think about those little bottles of chocolate milk at 7-11, and Circle-K too ).

Man, them's hard to resist. The upshot is, since I'm not going in there to buy smokes, I rarely go into those places anymore except when the pumps don't work, and you have to go inside to pay.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:39 pm 
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Congrats Steve! {hs#

I've smoked most of the 68 years I've been on this planet, well over 50. I started as a young kid. I did quit for about three years, but all it took for me to start again was to walk into a bar in NOLA when I was visiting.

A health scare last summer, and the real cause of that, finally gave me the impetus to stop, again. I'm only at twelve weeks this coming Friday with a long fight ahead.

Wish me luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:28 am 
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Holy Smokes (pun semi-intended), - some really REALLY good replies to my thread here, - I had no idea, seriously.

Somehow I don't feel so "all alone" here anymore, so thank you for that, each and every one of you for your posts (and the time to make them).

I just wish I can "un" remember, and un-learn the recent joy that I created when mixing those two flavors of Black Note's e-juice together in my Mistic e-cig cartomiser.

I call it my "accidental heroin creation". I'm wondering if I should have just did the whole course of systematic nicotine reduction instead of just cold turkey off of the Mistic e-cig 1.8 mg.

Black Note makes those e-juice flavors in 0% nicotine, and I kinda think (wish) I would have tried them before putting down the e-cig for good. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about that e-cig (and those Black Note e-juice flavors). It's tough.

I don't ever, ever see myself cheating, and/or going back to analogue (real cigarettes), as that phase in my life is gone for good. That much I know for sure. The Mistic e-cig with 50/50% Black Note 'Forte' and 'Legato' e-juice? Boy I dunno, - not sure that particular craving will ever go away.

Always remember sir that the magic concoction you describe is not your friend. It is your enemy and is trying to kill you. Keep up the fight. (last Marlborough Red 11/08/1972)


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:26 pm 
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Republican wrote:
Humm, - wonder if I should do the same thing ?

I smoked 1.1 packs/day for 30 years (at least).

I did read somewhere that if you go 15 years w/o smoking, the effect (risk)?) on your body is like you've never-ever smoked.



What I read on it was the damage you get is permanent.
As you smoke you rupture alveoli, and once an alveolus ruptures
in never heals, that is called emphysema.

Maybe the 15 years refers to when risk of lung cancer
becomes no more than average.

I quit over 50 years ago, and was diagnosed with lung
cancer about 2 weeks ago. The doctor thinks smoking
had nothing to do with it, because it was so long ago,
and also the kind of lung cancer I have is also the most
common form among non smokers.

My cancer appears to be very early stage and should be
able to knock it out pretty swiftly, they tell me. I had
no symptoms whatever, I was probably very lucky to
have found it out by accident that I have it. It showed
up on a scan I had to done to figure out my calcium
score, that is, to see how much calcium I was accumulating.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:04 pm 
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If your insurance company offers to pay for a scan, I think it would be crazy NOT to get it!

You can beat it, JoeCool! The early detection gives you a big advantage. All of us former smokers are behind you all the way!

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:25 pm 
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desmobob wrote:
If your insurance company offers to pay for a scan, I think it would be crazy NOT to get it!

You can beat it, JoeCool! The early detection gives you a big advantage. All of us former smokers are behind you all the way!

Actually the cost of the calcium score scan was only $60.
My insurance did not pay for it, but I knew they would
not. I think it was a bargain at only $60.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:38 pm 
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JoeCool wrote:
desmobob wrote:
If your insurance company offers to pay for a scan, I think it would be crazy NOT to get it!

You can beat it, JoeCool! The early detection gives you a big advantage. All of us former smokers are behind you all the way!

Actually the cost of the calcium score scan was only $60.
My insurance did not pay for it, but I knew they would
not. I think it was a bargain at only $60.


$60 does sound like a real bargain. I had a CT Scan. I really don't know, but I always thought it was an expensive test. I just did some quick searching....

The article I found says the price for the calcium scan that you had ranges from $50-$300, so you did get a good deal. The price for a lung CT scan ranges from $300-$2500. I'm glad my insurance company footed the bill!

I'm also glad that my doctor suggested it and told me my insurance company would cover it, otherwise, I would not have even looked into it.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:24 am 
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JoeCool wrote:

I quit over 50 years ago, and was diagnosed with lung
cancer about 2 weeks ago. The doctor thinks smoking
had nothing to do with it, because it was so long ago,
and also the kind of lung cancer I have is also the most
common form among non smokers.

My cancer appears to be very early stage and should be
able to knock it out pretty swiftly, they tell me. I had
no symptoms whatever, I was probably very lucky to
have found it out by accident that I have it. It showed
up on a scan I had done to figure out my calcium
score, that is, to see how much calcium I was accumulating.


So back in December I was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Lung spam recommended surgery, removing that lone
lung lobe that contained the tumor.

I had previously become aware of proton therapy
and thought I would try that instead. It is very
high tech. They strip the electron off of a hydrogen
atom, now they only have a proton, then they accelerate
the protons in a cyclotron up to very high speed, can
get them up to over a 100,000 miles per second . They
get them up to the speed they want, then they direct
them to the cancer site in your body. The protons blast
right through your body to the cancer sight and impact
the tumor and stop there, if they get the speed just right.

Treatment takes about 20 minutes, you don't feel a thing.
Depending on the cancer you get the number of treatments
they calculate you will need. A guy I talked to at the proton
center was getting 30 treatments for prostate cancer. That
takes 6 weeks, they do 5 per week, monday thru friday. A
woman finished up 40 treatments during one of my visits,
she had been doing them for 8 weeks. My doctor recommended
10 treatments for me, it took 2 weeks.

Finished my proton treatments today.
Now let time pass and see what results.
It is expected that I develop a cough
in about a month, as the cancer dies
and falls apart, and disappears leaving
just some scar tissue in the lobe where
it was located.

Will get an Xray in about a month to
confirm it is breaking up, then in
about 3 months, a pet scan to see
if any cancer is left.

I went to the proton therapy place in
Knoxville, TN, a really great place. It
is a 90 minute drive from my home.
https://provisionhealthcare.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:04 am 
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Best of luck Joe.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
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Good luck with it, Joe.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
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Who's recently quit smoking?

My neighbor across the street. He quit smoking when he died of lung cancer at 47.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's recenty quit smoking ?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:06 am 
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Not recently, but 19 years ago after being a heavy smoker for 30 years.

Had quit a few times before, but never had the mindset to last more than a couple months.

Can't relate to the e-cigarette thing, but nicotine patches were the only way I got through it. Recall they were offered in weak, mild and strong. Wore the weak version, cutting another in half and pasting it on when a hard craving hit. Took about five weeks, with the vow to never pick up another.

Very difficult thing to do, good luck with it.




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