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Old 22nd August 2019, 10:45   #1801
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I've quit smoking since a month now
On August 7th, I completed a year of kicking the butt. It feels like an eternity somehow! And I felt it to be nothing short of an achievement so I was happy to share it as a WhatsApp status so my relatives, friends, colleagues could take note. Some took note, others didn't care but I received a lot of messages. It definitely felt good. You know that mandatory no-smoking ad that plays before the movie at the theatre, my mum used to pinch me in angst if she was sitting besides me. Not anymore!

So health-wise, I'm on the path to recovery for all the damage done over the last 9 years. The face has brightened up a bit and the facial skin has tightened. Not to mention we are planning for a baby now so this was a crucial step. Financially, I've saved roughly about 60k INR (10 smokes a day, slightly more when partying and the weekends). That's not a small amount when you take all these years which will add up.

So for those who are on the fence, quit TODAY! Switch to gums if you want to and gradually quit the gums as well. As it is, our busy lifestyles these days are plagued with all sort of issues. Don't let smoking add to the misery.

Do I miss smoking? Honestly, I do sometimes. During the monsoons in a nice chilly weather, when I'm driving solo etc. But I don't get the craving.

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Old 22nd August 2019, 14:48   #1802
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Congratulations, Gannu First year of many!

For those who are not able to face Cold Turkey, there is nothing wrong with using an aid. In the end, patches worked for me.

Gum is closer to the smoking experience, as there is a nicotine peak when one chews. With patches, there is no peak, they just keep the nicotine level just enough to avoid craving. For me, they took away most of the pain of giving up.
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Congratulations Gannu
Look forward to keep hearing milestones on further anniversaries down the line.
I started off counting the money saved too, but now I don't know where all those supposed savings are. Better benefits become more visible soon

Best wishes for your plans.
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Another news on Vaping - "Just one vaping session damages blood vessels, even if it’s nicotine-free"
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A news report on a serious lung infection in the US caused by Vaping.
And more recently, a death too . Damn, I used to be a daily vaper. Happy to quit.

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Do I miss smoking? Honestly, I do sometimes. During the monsoons in a nice chilly weather, when I'm driving solo etc. But I don't get the craving.
There are some moments when a cigarette would be nice, but those feelings are too few & infrequent to bother paying any attention to.

By the way, I visited my alma mater and saw "proud to be smoke-free" signs all around the campus. How times have changed. When I was studying my MBA @ Bentley, they had dedicated smoking rooms!

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By the way, I visited my alma mater and saw "proud to be smoke-free" signs all around the campus. How times have changed. When I was studying my MBA @ Bentley, they had dedicated smoking rooms!

Did the university's name factor into your choice for pursuing MBA? I'm prepping too and would like to add it to my shortlist if it's worth the investment.

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Old 25th August 2019, 14:34   #1806
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This sudden incidence/attribution of serious illness and even death to vaping is quite strange. I wonder if it will be properly researched.

Vaping seems to me to be either too good to be true or too absurd to be reasonable, but I'm no scientist.

Generally, nature doesn't seem to give us stuff like this for free. Like... There are no completely risk-free chemical highs, or even serious pain killers. Of course, there's a scale of danger from slight to lethal.

I wonder if the vaping industry will be hit? Tobacco is entrenched, vaping is but young.
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Hello everyone, like everyone I tried to quit smoking a lot of times, hardly lasted for 24hours though.
This time it has been 3days and couple of hours I haven't smoked.
But since yesterday I am suffering from bad cold, headache and fever.
Is it something to worry about ?
I used to smoke 12-15 cigarettes a day and quit cold turkey.
Any tips would be appreciated, thanks in advance
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Hello everyone, like everyone I tried to quit smoking a lot of times, hardly lasted for 24hours though.
This time it has been 3days and couple of hours I haven't smoked.
But since yesterday I am suffering from bad cold, headache and fever.
Is it something to worry about ?
I used to smoke 12-15 cigarettes a day and quit cold turkey.
Any tips would be appreciated, thanks in advance
Congratulations, Rohit! Quitting an addiction cold turkey is a huge feat, but continuing with it is the biggest challenge. Those are common withdrawal symptoms that you're going through, so there's nothing to worry about. In a couple of days, you'll be absolutely fine. By now the nicotine has more or less left your blood completely, so you only have to make sure that you don't go back to the cancer stick. From now onwards, you'll feel fresh and you won't have the odour of cigarettes on yourself all the time anymore. It's a great feeling, trust me! All the best, and may your journey be successful!
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Congratulations, Rohit! Quitting an addiction cold turkey is a huge feat, but continuing with it is the biggest challenge. Those are common withdrawal symptoms that you're going through, so there's nothing to worry about. In a couple of days, you'll be absolutely fine. By now the nicotine has more or less left your blood completely, so you only have to make sure that you don't go back to the cancer stick. From now onwards, you'll feel fresh and you won't have the odour of cigarettes on yourself all the time anymore. It's a great feeling, trust me! All the best, and may your journey be successful!
Than you for your kind words sir. Never imagined quitting would be so difficult. Although I am mentally prepared, physically my body is not supporting. Never had such cold, fever in all these years and now suddenly after quitting facing all the trouble, hope it goes away soon.
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Well done for Quitting! The first few days are the worst, but you'll still have to work at it for some time, and make certain not to fall to any temptation for the rest of your life!

Your cold is probably coincidence. Remember you need to meet virus to get cold.

All the best for continuing the giving-up work.
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A big news on E-cigarettes - Banned in India

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/bu...h-4449681.html
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A big news on E-cigarettes - Banned in India

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/bu...h-4449681.html
Idiotic move from an illiterate subset of people.
In other news, gutkah and cigarettes, the healthier alternative to whey after gym continues to develop the country through its csr contributions to tax coffers.

As someone rightly said, the biggest achievement in this country still, is leaving it.
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Dear fellow BHPIANs. If it can be of any help to those who smoke, here goes the success story.
What started just before my end of college days as a casual trial stuck with me through all professional times for about 20 years! By then I had tried almost all kinds of smoke (except the narcotics). There were occasional bouts of sanity helping me quit the habit. Yet, my occupational conditions (remoteness, solitude & occupational hazards) ensured its continuity. Yet, I knew the blame goes to me.
One day, finally it struck me (motivated by an angel query). It just hits you, and it goes WHAM - straight out of your system. So did the habit of an occasional drink on the rocks. Been a year or more, the thought never even occurs to me!
I attribute it to the element of GRIT. The ability to eliminate things from your system ruthlessly. End of Matter.
Good Luck.
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Yes, it is necessary to be ruthless. Making up the mind finally, with no option to change.

Once people do that, the rest is inevitable, although not always easy

Congratulations on your achievement
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After several "attempts" which failed to last, this time I have managed to have smoked my last stick on 30th September (hopefully). Been 3 full days now and counting. I decided to quit cold turkey but I am sure staying motivated will be hard. Let me see how it goes.

Just one question though to successful quitters, how do you deal with not smoking during that occasional alcohol session with friends or at an office party/outing?
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