Can’t find an actually discussion on the matter, happy to have it merged, purged.
So being 50 years of age, I grew up in the highly advertised/accepted cigarette age, family all smoked, quite a large family extended to both sides but not uncommon to have 30 + people at immediate family gatherings, with everyone smoking.
The 70’s were non air-conditioned cars with us crammed on journeys with the parents smashing darts, the Christmas table was a smoke fest, actually every interaction between two people resulted in cigarette smoking, Everyone smoked, if you didn’t you were kinda weird. Dad was a walking cigarette always had one going. Never forget in 83 when Mum had bought all new carpet through the house and here was dad just trolling it dropping ash, kills the silverfish he would say!!
Obviously growing through the teens in 80’s, I smoked, we had our secret dovin (Code for cigs) club The boys in the neighbourhood around 12-14 years of age, we would make our get togethers around smoking, at first I would never draw back, would do a half suck back, the guys got on to this and made me one of them and do it all the way back into the lungs. ■■■■ our school bus in high school would pull up with a side billboard picture of a girls leg with Peter Jackson 15’s tucked in there, the football still had the Winfield cup, Motor Racing was still Marlboro and the advertising, hey it was still cool.
so onto the 90’s I reach my 20’s and it is now time to seriously party, start getting into the weed scene and realised that this was better then cigarettes and alcohol for a few years until amphetamines, wow that ■■■■ makes you feel invincible, all of a sudden it’s like a bottle of Bourbon a Carton of beer, an 8 ball and 2 packs of smokes, yeah now we are smoking!! I had so no disregard we basically chain smoke, good memories not good though.
So moving through and Mum dying in 98 from heart disease at 52, really snapped me, Dad the big chain smoking machine he was 2 packs of Camel a day up to the day he died, he would smoke in bed, smoke on the toilet, smoke in every movement all night, all day was quite often he would catch the mattress on fire or even him self even back in80’s.
I went back home checked him out and found he had prostate cancer and cared for him to his death.
So when he passed away 10 years ago I became smoke free in the house, (trying to cut this short because I am waffling on) I stopped smoking in the car 20 years ago, all these triggers, stopped coffee as that was big in the 90’s coffee and cig.
I started hating myself every time I smoked I got busier and busier trying to burn the crave off, but still the mmm a cig, I gave up for 3 weeks, my skin was better but I was getting awful mouth ulcers, apparently an auto immune reaction from my body not fighting off the poison I was putting in, it started it’s own thing to fight.
So up to today I am at the dentist and he and she not liking the pockets in the gums, cigarettes are mentioned, yeah I only smoke about 6 a day!
no no you have to stop why are you doing this to yourself, the smoking is killing the blood vessels feeding your teeth and probably everything in your body.
So best remedies how to stop just go cold turkey?? I so love a Cig with a beer