There is no better teacher than the voice of experience, and when it comes to quitting tobacco, members of our smoking cessation forum have valuable insights to share. An important resource for the new quitter, their stories are full of practical tips about what works when we quit smoking and the benefits we might expect to enjoy. If you are still smoking, the following personal accounts may help you find the motivation to start your own journey to freedom from nicotine addiction.
Fully 16 of the 26 years I spent staring down the length of a lit cigarette were unhappy smoker years. I was desperate to quit smoking -— I was desperate to smoke. I was sick to death of smoking —- I loved to smoke. I hated how I smelled —- I loved the smell of my smokes. I hated the burn holes, fears, sickness -— I loved the rituals. I hated being told I should quit -- I knew I should quit.
Most of all, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I hated feeling stupid. Bottom line. Something snapped. I took a long hard look at the cigarette and lighter and threw them across the room. Most smokers who have tried to stop know all too well that there is no such thing as just one when it comes to cigarettes.
We know because we've tested the theory, as Carlos shares in his story of where smoking just one took him. Thanks for sharing Carlos, and congratulations on all of that smoke-free time you're logging now.
I've said before that I think we become completely different people when we quit smoking. We have to learn to deal with our new emotions - ones that were suppressed or medicated before. It will take time to heal your body and mind from this addiction. It is important to spend some time every day reading and learning about nicotine addiction. Recovery from cigarettes takes work just like any other addiction. Everything you invest is returned to you.
At three years smoke-free, Dana's story is a great example of how old associations to smoke can pop up long after we quit. The thoughts are fleeting, and recognized for what they are, are actually an opportunity to take stock of just how far we've come and how much better life is without the smokescreen of addiction clouding it.
Well, of finally quitting. Like most smokers, I had tried to quit smoking many times and failed. But this quit attempt stuck, and I'd like to share the top 10 things that made this quit successful when the others failed. That would have been aboutand people smoked everywhere at that time. There were cigarette ads on TV, in magazines, and on billboards. Characters smoked on TV and in the movies.It appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
This article is scarier than any warning I have ever read. Dear Craig: I have obtained Joan Beck's permission to run it. I should tell you that cigarettes were a major factor in her husband's death. Here's the article:. The infamous toll is documented in a carefully researched new book published by the American Council on Science and Health. It is responsible for aboutdeaths every year. No system of a smoker's body is spared its harmful effects.
Smokers have twice the death rates from cancer as non-smokers, and almost one-third of all cancer deaths are caused by using tobacco.
Cigarettes are associated with cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, cervix, kidneys, bladder, colon and bone marrow as well as lungs. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have repeated heart attacks and are at higher risk for angina, aortic aneurysms and other cardiovascular diseases. Smoking cigarettes is one of two main risk factors for stroke. Smoking increases the risk of psoriasis. The risks of surgery are higher in smokers than non-smokers.
They require more anesthesia, are more likely to develop respiratory complications and are more apt to need extra oxygen.
Their wounds are slower to heal. Their fractures take longer to heal. And they are more likely to have back pain. They have more complications during pregnancy and at childbirth.
Their babies are at higher risk of being born premature and, on the average, weigh less than those of non-smoking mothers. A woman's smoking also increases the risk her baby will be stillborn or have a cleft palate. Risks are also higher for sudden infant death syndrome, infant allergies and unexplained mental retardation and behavioral problems.
The 20th Century will be remembered for the tobacco plague that has killed more than million people worldwide. Planning a wedding? What's right? What's wrong? BoxChicago, Ill.Petra Mayer. Who doesn't love a good scary story, something to send a chill across your skin in the middle of summer's heat — or really, any other time?
And this year, we're celebrating the th birthday of one of the most famous scary stories of all time: Frankenstein. A few months ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite horror novels and stories, and then we assembled an expert panel of judges to take your nominations and turn them into a final, curated list of spine-tingling favorites for all kinds of readers.
Want to scar your children for life? We can help. Want to dig into the dark, slimy roots of horror? We've got you covered. As with our other reader polls, this isn't meant to be a ranked or comprehensive list — there are a few horror books you won't see on it, despite their popularity — some didn't stand the test of time, some just didn't catch our readers' interest, and in some cases our judges would prefer you see the movie instead.
So no Jawssorry. And there are a few titles that aren't strictly horror, but at least have a toe in the dark water, or are commenting about horrific things, so our judges felt they deserved a place on the list. Readers did nominate them, but the judges felt uncomfortable debating the inclusion of their own work — so it's up to me to tell you to find and read their excellent books! I personally, as a gigantic horror wuss, owe a debt of gratitude to this year's judges, particularly Hendrix, for their help writing summaries for all the list entries.
I'd be hiding under the bed shuddering without their help. And a word about Stephen King: Out of almost nominations you sent in, of them were for the modern master of horror. That's a lot of Stephen King! In past years, we've resisted giving authors more than one slot on the list though we made an exception for Nora Roberts during the romance poll — and she's basically the Stephen King of romance.
In the end, we decided that since so much classic horror is in short story format, we would allow authors one novel and one short story if necessary. So screw your courage to the sticking point, and dive into this year's list!
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Here are some quick links to make it easier for you to navigate:. Mary Shelley's tragically misunderstood monster turns this year, and he is still lurching along, one of the most influential creations ever committed to the page.
While reviewers at the time condemned Shelley's "diseased and wandering imagination," her vision of human knowledge and technological advancement outstripping humanity's ability or inclination to use that knowledge responsibly still resonates today. OK, it wasn't the first vampire novel, but Bram Stoker's most famous work was certainly the first book to pull together all the qualities we now associate with vampires — except the sparkling: Transylvanian, aristocratic, dangerous to young women, so, basically Bela Lugosi who was actually Hungarian, but oh, that accent.
Much like its monstrous companion FrankensteinDracula wasn't initially regarded as a classic — but once the film adaptations began to appear, it quickly achieved legendary status. Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story is the ur-American horror tale. Published init's short and savage: A young husband travels through the dark woods and stumbles upon a satanic orgy.
Everyone he knows is there, including his lovely young wife.I laid on my roommate's bed, convinced I was salami, and waited for someone to come buy me. I ended up getting so high I cried hysterically for over an hour because I thought that my legs had turned into bacon and that I'd never be able to walk again.
The second time I went, my friends and I rented an Airbnb apartment. One morning, I slept in while my two friends went to the Van Gogh Museum. I ate a space cake while waiting for them to come back and got really high. I accidentally locked everyone out of the apartment while letting them into the building. We had to sit outside four hours before help came and I literally didn't give a shit because I was so high!
My friend gave me an edible Jolly Rancher Candy the night before, and I just put them in my purse. When I got to the airport I realized I still had them in my purse, and I was paranoid of drug sniffin' pups.
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So I ate them in line. One watermelon and one green apple. The nice gentleman asked me to remove my belt and shoes. I was just going with the motions and removed my shoes, unbuckled my pants and pulled them off.
I asked him what he wanted me to do with them, and he said, 'I want you to put them back on. But then he just winked at me and said, 'happens all the time, ma'am.
We were making a road trip from Tallahassee to New Orleans and decided to bake a batch of brownies for the ride. Mind you, we still hadn't even stepped foot on Bourbon Street and were already higher than bat shit. The last thing I remember is buying gumbo, throwing up outside of a strip club called 'Topless Bottomless' and wearing a novelty cowboy hat. The end. They were tiny so he gave us an extra and told us to split it if the others didn't kick in.
Instead, we split it immediately and 30 minutes later, while we were watching The Emperor's New GrooveI felt it kick in and immediately.
I honestly couldn't tell if I was awake or asleep and I started having a panic attack. Apparently I was walking around my boyfriend's room and crying for about three hours while he watched nervously. The brownies were stronger than I had anticipated, obviously, but then I found some Chipotle and calmed down.Log in Sign Up.
Explore New Story. Lit Live Webcams Straight Female. Fun for couples - cams online now! Story Tags Portal smoking. Active tags. Sort by:. Views Rating Favorite Newest. NEW 4. New Hope Ch. Gould gets revenge for Victoria. Coming Home, Coming Out Pt. Sara's backstory. The Tree Man saw me! Wife planned a visitor who caught me out as a sissy cuckold. Learning The Ropes Ch. Magic Markers Ch. Counceling A grief counceler leads widower to new discoveries.
Alex is College crossdress meets dream girl. Vagina Slimes A night of self enjoyment takes a life changing turn. Haley Cums Home Young lady discovers that she and Mom share a lot in common. The Smoke Break I grab the cigarettes, she grabs me. Burned by Smoke - Conclusion Father and daughter attempt to heal the family post divorce. Susie Q Ch. The New Matilde My path to becoming a tattooed, smoking girl in heels.Smoking-related diseases are snatching our beloved family members and friends away from us at an alarming rate.
According to the World Health Organization, 6 million adults adults around the world die from tobacco-related causes every year.
And byexperts caution we'll lose 8 million lives annually if we don't reduce our consumption. As smokers, we are masters of glossing over the scary statistics that follow smoking. But the reality is that if we don't find a way to quit, it will probably force us to someday in a way that is final, because smoking kills half of all long term smokers. Those are not good odds. While some of the smoking stories in this collection are sad and difficult to read, they are stark reminders of what comes with the "pleasure" of smoking.
Thanks to all who have shared their very personal and often painful stories here with us in the effort to help save lives Cheryl was diagnosed with stage IV small cell lung cancer in November of As devastating as this was, she managed to step outside of her own pain in order to share her very personal story with all of us here. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U. Cigarette smoke cause plaques to form in the arteries, which leads to atherosclerosis, otherwise known as hardening of the arteries.
At 49 young years of age, Dee was diagnosed with stage 1B non-small cell lung cancer. In her own words, she thought of herself as fit and invincible, but her story is proof that the smoking-related diseases are indiscriminate. Our Smoking Cessation forum member Ronnie developed Graves disease and learned that smokers suffer 4 times the risk of the disease as that of non-smokers.
Oral cancer is a disease that most smokers fear. Marlene shares her remarkable story of losing her voice and regaining it with the mission to teach school kids about the dangers of smoking. She helped more people quit smoking than we could ever begin to count. Christine lived with emphysema, and shares her story here. Diagnosed at the age of 33, she has since learned that cigarette smoking is a leading risk factor for DDD. While she may never know for sure if smoking was responsible for this health issue, it is very possible it was.
Paul had been smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day for approximately 30 years when at the young age of 43, he suffered a stroke that rendered him helpless for a number of months. Ex-Smoker Catherine shared her friend Jacki's quit story because she was unable to share it herself due to the smoking-related disease she suffers from.
If you're still smoking, use these stories to help you find the motivation to get started with smoking cessation. Pick a quit date and start researching about what to expect when you stop smoking.
Don't let junkie thinking convince you to put the date off - that is nicotine addiction talking. Hold firm and don't look back. You won't regret it.
So you're ready to finally quit smoking? Our free guide can help you get on the right track. Sign up and get yours today. More in Addiction. Graves Disease - Ronnie's Story Our Smoking Cessation forum member Ronnie developed Graves disease and learned that smokers suffer 4 times the risk of the disease as that of non-smokers. Oral Cancer - Marlene's Story Oral cancer is a disease that most smokers fear.People sitting in at smoking clinics are amazed at how resistant smokers are to giving up cigarettes.
Even smokers will sit and listen to horror stories of other participants in sheer disbelief. Some smokers have had multiple heart attacks, circulatory conditions resulting in amputations, cancers, emphysema and a host of other disabling and deadly diseases. How in the world could these people have continued smoking after all that?
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Some of these smokers are fully aware that smoking is crippling and killing them, but continue to smoke anyway. A legitimate question asked by any sane smoker or nonsmoker is, "why? The answer to such a complex issue is really quite simple. The smoker often has cigarettes so tied into his lifestyle that he feels when he gives up smoking he will give up all activities associated with cigarettes. Considering these activities include almost everything he does from the time he awakes to the time he goes to sleep, life seems like it will not be worth living as an ex-smoker.
The smoker is also afraid he will experience the painful withdrawal symptoms from not smoking as long as he deprives himself of cigarettes. Considering all this, quitting smoking creates a greater fear than dying from smoking. If the smoker were correct in all his assumptions of what life as an ex-smoker were like, then maybe it would not be worth it to quit.
But all these assumptions are wrong. There is life after smoking, and withdrawal does not last forever. Trying to convince the smoker of this, though, is quite an uphill battle.
These beliefs are deeply ingrained and are conditioned from the false positive effects experienced from cigarettes. The smoker often feels that he needs a cigarette in order to get out of bed in the morning.
Typically, when he awakes he feels a slight headache, tired, irritable, depressed and disoriented. He is under the belief that all people awake feeling this way. He is fortunate though, because he has a way to stop these horrible feelings. He smokes a cigarette or two. Then he begins waking up and feels human again.
Once he is awake, he feels he needs cigarettes to give him energy to make it through the day. When he is under stress and nervous, the cigarettes calm him down. Giving up this wonder drug seems ludicrous to him.
But if he quits smoking he will be pleasantly surprised to find out that he will feel better and be able to cope with life more efficiently than when he was a smoker. When he wakes up in the morning, he will feel tremendously better than when he awoke as a smoker. No longer will he drag out of bed feeling horrible. Now he will wake up feeling well rested and refreshed.
In general, he will be calmer than when he smoked.