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Re: Smoking ex-pats

Post by oakdale160 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:52 am

Several cities, I thinkSan Fran was the first banned it in or on any municipally owned land--So its not allowed in City Parks and actually on side-walks but that is not enforced anywhere that I am aware of

I hear that these bans and that fact that beer is so cheap in supermarkets has really contributed to so many pubs closing in the UK and Ireland..

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Re: Smoking ex-pats

Post by StevePIraq » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:49 pm

europtimiste wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:37 pm
StevePIraq wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:28 pm
In one of my local watering holes I notice that almost all Swiss smoke continually, and there are many of them. No consideration for anyone. It's a largish place but it does mean that I and other non smokers have to move or end up in a dispute.
Move or stay at home.
Not accepting smokers is non tolerance.
I and many other do not tolerate these people.
"Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right." Muhammad Ali

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Re: Smoking ex-pats

Post by huahin4ever » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:31 pm

egiljohann wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:33 am
I stopped smoking four years ago after been diagnosed with COPD, and I miss it most every day. When people around me are smoking I'm sitting sniffing and missing the good times I've had with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The beer is still there nowadays though!
:rasta: :cheers:
Get educated and get some knowledge. Maybe you will stop missing that cigarette:

www.whyquit.com

Advice from an ex-smoker that doesn't regret quitting one single second :D :D :D
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Re: Smoking ex-pats

Post by oakdale160 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:30 pm

Do you think that people smoke because they have no understanding of the risks, I dont think that lack of education is a factor. I knew a talented cancer surgeon who was a heavy smoker.

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Post by RCer » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:39 pm

Smoking is bad for you, without a doubt. When will I quit? Probably when it kills me. Do I enjoy it? Hell no.

But those that have to interact with me prefer I continue smoking than trying to deal with me when I've quit.

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Post by huahin4ever » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:30 pm

oakdale160 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:30 pm
Do you think that people smoke because they have no understanding of the risks, I dont think that lack of education is a factor. I knew a talented cancer surgeon who was a heavy smoker.
I didn't mean education in the traditional way, but a different way of thinking of smoking and nicotine addiction. That is what's so great about the resources available from the www.whyquit.com, and it is all for free. Quitting cold turkey is the most successful way by far to manage nicotine addiction. It helped me a lot when I quit because the site made me think of the addiction in ways I never did when smoking. Just to give one example. Many smokers, and myself included when I was smoking, used cigarettes as a stress reliever and when certain things went somewhat bad in my day to day life. This could be family problems and work related problems. In the material, books and videos from that site I learned that having that cigarette didn't make the problems go away. After the 5-10 minutes of smoking I still had to struggle with whatever my problems were, and i addition I had smoked which in itself is bad for you and your body adding that bad habit to my problems too. This is just one example. The resources are abundant on that web page for people considering quit smoking.

But ultimately each and everyone must have the attitude and willingness to try to quit, if not it will be impossible to quit.

NTAP, which is Joel Spitzer's slogan and means "Never take another puff".

Good luck with your smoking or quit whichever you chose.
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Re: Smoking ex-pats

Post by HHTel » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:09 pm

I accept that, in the main, smoking is going to affect your health. However, there are exceptions. My mother, who is 93 has smoked since she was 13. Some years ago, she was called for a chest x-ray and she was worried stiff at the possible outcome. After the doc reviewed her x-ray, he said that if she enjoys it then carry on, as normally it would have affected her already. Maybe the exceptions are hereditary. Because ..........

My last full medical was some months ago. When I sat with the doctor to review the results, she said "At least you're not a smoker!" (same remark for the last few years). I pointed out that I was but was not initially believed. I showed her the packet I was smoking along with a spare packet. She said that there is no sign of me being a smoker! I asked her why this is the case. Her response was "Nobody knows. Some people are not affected."
I'm probably going to die of some other incurable disease!

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Post by oakdale160 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:08 am

HH4ever--Ex smokers have told me that there is a "What shall I do with my hands "problem, perhaps smartphoneitis will help with that one.

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Post by huahin4ever » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:39 am

oakdale160 wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:08 am
HH4ever--Ex smokers have told me that there is a "What shall I do with my hands "problem, perhaps smartphoneitis will help with that one.
Was a bit strange in the beginning of the quit, but in my case I did it when travelling overseas going for work offshore (6 weeks away staying busy working and no access to alcohol). That helped me quite a bit. Now I'm used to it and as you mention sometimes fiddling too much with the phone or drinking more beer than what I did when I was smoking. But I never miss my smoking days. Life has become so much better after I quit (3 years now). Many also complain their weight increases when quit smoking, but that's only because we eat more, especially snacks. Luckily I keep it at bay exercising regularly. Just on a side note, according to Joel Spitzer's book "Never take another puff", the actual weight gain is approx.75 kg up from your current weight to outweigh the health benefits of quit smoking! That is a LOT!
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