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If anyone understands what you're saying about being addicted, it's me. I went for over 30 years believing I would never be able to quit. I smoked butts when I ran out. When I was young I even stold cigarettes. As an adult, I turned down career opportunities because of smoke-free environments. There were many people who looked at me like I was a complete idiot. They couldn't possibly understand how addicted I was. I used to quit a jobs after only one day, because I couldn't wait for a cigarette break. I would spend my lunch break chain smoking instead of eating. I never went to the movies, to non-smoking restaurants, to any events that didn't allow smoking. I moved to Los Angeles last year. Here, it's even banned in entire cities. Seriously, they have signs posted that state it's a non-smoking city. The beaches too are now non-smoking. There's no smoking inside ANY building. That means even the restaurants and bars. I was practically giving up my life for the priveledge of smoking. Moving here helped me to try to quit again for the hundredth time. This time it worked.

Think about this. The trend is now against smokers. More and more cities are banning it. In at least one state, they want to make it illegal to smoke in your own vehicle. It's going to get harder and harder for smokers.

[B][I]"Well I feel like I shouldnt quit becuse If I stop I think I would probaly get something to where ill be suffering till death anyway."[/I][/B]
Well, that makes about as much sense as shooting yourself in the foot.

[I][B]"Also I heard people that are addicted like me usaly get somthing quicker if they quit."[/B][/I]
False. Read this fact sheet on smoking. [url]http://familydoctor.org/274.xml[/url]

Within 12 hours after you have your last cigarette, your body will begin to heal itself.

[LIST]
20 minutes after quitting…
blood pressure and pulse rates drop to normal, and temperature to hands and feet return to normal.

8 hours after quitting…
carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal and oxygen level increases.

24 hours after quitting…
the chance of heart attack decreases.

2 weeks-3 months after quitting…
circulation improves and lung function increases up to 30%.

1-9 months after quitting…
coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease; cilia regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.

1 year after quitting…
The chance of having a heart attack is cut in half.

5 years after quitting…
stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.

10 years after quitting…
lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney. And pancreas decreases.

15 years after quitting…
coronary heart disease risk is that of a nonsmoker.[/LIST]

Even if you don't fee like you're ready to quit smoking, at least see your doctor to figure out why you're feeling so bad. You may have something that could be easily treated. Good luck.





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