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January 23rd, 2013, 01:43
Originally Posted by BillSeurer View Post
I guess if it had been today and we had been in Florida I could have shot him.


I just have to say that was brilliant, Bill. Almost sig-worthy

Dart, old chap - I have no desire to argue with you. I like it much better when me and you are pals. I so like the caring and sharing that threads like this provide, it's ultimately the reason I make them.

I found an interesting article which i will post as a public service:

50 Creative Ways to Quit Smoking Once and for All

Health

Here are several healthy things you can do to stop smoking.

Have a heart attack: A smoking-induced heart attack might be just the ticket to finally scare you into quitting.
Get your teeth cleaned: Invest in a good cleaning so that you’ll be sorry to mess up your pearly whites with smoke.
Eat booster foods: Garlic and ginger are good for pulling smoking chemicals out of your body.
Brush your teeth when you want to smoke: Any time you have a craving, just brush your teeth or swish with mouthwash to enjoy a clean feeling instead of smoke.
Become pregnant: Once you are carrying an unborn child who depends on you for its health, you will feel too guilty to light up.
Take up mountain biking: There’s no way you can bike up a mountain as a smoker!

Support

These ideas may provide you with the support you need to kick the habit.

Start a Facebook group: John Mellencamp’s son started a Facebook group, and if it attracts enough people, his father will kick the habit.
Make it a family affair: Ask other smokers in your family to join you in quitting.
Make a bet: Bet one of your smoking friends that if one of you quits for a month, the other has to buy a steak dinner.
Pay a fine: Agree to quit smoking or pay a fine to a friend.
Wear a sign: Wear a sign that asks people not to sell or give you any cigarettes.
Start a blog: Be accountable by telling your quitting story.
Announce you’re quitting on social media: Tell your friends and family of your plans to quit so that they can support-and pester you-about it.

Treatments & Tools

Here are some ways to get help with your goal to quit smoking.

Laser: These lasers are said to produce a reaction like nicotine.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture may be able to help you quit.
Quitter: Use Quitter’s service to track how many cigarettes you smoke each day.
Keep a journal: Each time you get a craving, write about it in your journal to identify your craving triggers.

Sticky Situations

These situations will make it difficult to smoke and easier to quit.

Clean your house: Clean your house and make smoking off limits so you’ll be forced to smoke outside.
Get hired where you can’t smoke: Some workplaces have a strict no-smoking policy, so get hired and quit or get fired.
Go camping: Explore the great outdoors for a few days with your cigarettes purposefully left at home.
Hang out where smoking isn’t allowed: Go to churches, theaters, libraries, and museums.

Distractions & Replacements

Use these methods to run interference against smoking.

Sleep when your cravings are the worst: During bad withdrawl hours, just take a nap.
Chew Milkbones: One woman killed cravings by chewing on Milkbone dog biscuits.
Do something physically engaging: Bike, run or do something else you wouldn’t think to smoke while you’re doing it.
Play games instead: Instead of taking a cigarette break at work, play Solitaire.
Light something else: If you have to light up, do it to a candle or incense.
Take up a new hobby: Combat boredom or loneliness with something you can be passionate about.
Go nuts: Eat a few nuts in their shell when you want to smoke to occupy your hands and mouth.
Play the lottery: Instead of spending money on cigarettes, allow yourself to play the occasional lottery ticket without guilt.
Be more comfortable: If you smoke to feel more comfortable socially, try counseling, public speaking classes, or a makeover.

Psychological

These ideas will help get smoking out of your head.

Bury your cigarettes: Wrap your packs in a plastic bag and bury it in the backyard so you’ll have to dig them up each time you want a smoke.
Use creative visualization: Imagine cigarettes wearing boxing gloves and beating you up-and you should punch back.
Get hypnotized: Hypnosis can work for some smokers.

Motivation

Stay motivated to quit smoking with these ideas.

Visit lung cancer victims: Go to the hospital and sit down with patients who have smoke-induced lung cancer, and see what they have to say about smoking.
Spend the money elsewhere: Take the money you’d normally spend on cigarettes, and treat yourself to something fun instead.
Remember other difficult things you’ve conquered: Keep in mind challenges you’ve faced in the past to give yourself confidence.
Look at photos of lifelong smokers: Check out photographs of people who never stopped smoking to see how you’ll look if you don’t quit.
Plan treats: Along each milestone, have a reward prepared to give yourself in return for making it so far without a smoke.
Put your savings in a glass jar: Physically see how much you’re not spending on cigarettes.
Learn about smoking facts: Look up dismal facts about the disadvantages of smoking.
Imagine your children smoking: Each time you want to smoke, think about what your kids would look like smoking-because it’s likely that they will if they grow up with a smoking parent.
Plan a cruise: At the end of a period in which you haven’t smoked, have a reward set up like an Alaskan cruise or visit to an old friend who wants you to quit.

Gross & Painful

Definitely on the crazy end of the spectrum, these methods are gross, maybe even painful, but effective.

Drink baking soda: This woman mixed baking soda in water and it killed her desire to smoke.
Wear a rubber band: Snap a rubber band against your wrist when you want to smoke to associate it with unpleasantness.
Look at smoking disease photos: Check out photos of diseased lungs, mouths, and throats so they’ll be burned into your mind any time you want to smoke.
Keep just one: Hang onto a solitary cigarette and light it when you need a smoke, then extinguish it and save it for later.
Smell some wet cigarettes: Gather up some butts, put some water on them and sniff the mess to gross yourself out about smoking.
Fill a room with smoke: Close off windows and doors, then light a few cigarettes and let them burn to see how gross it is. Be careful to do this with supervision.
Check out YouTube: Watch anti-smoking videos of oral cancers, brains, and more.
Smoke yourself sick: Chain smoke until you’re just sick of it, crush your pack and don’t look back.












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