So recently i have started smoking cigarettes again. I have also started chewing tobacco. I used to smoke a few years back when i was about 15, every once in awhile i would steal them from my mom or smoke with friends. I was able to quit just fine though. But recently i have been having cravings and now that im 18 i can buy all my own stuff. So i went out and bought some cig's and chewing tobacco.Last time i quit cold turkey and didnt feel addicted at all, but now ive been smoking for the past few days im starting to get alot more cravings. Ive only smokled like 3 or 4 cig's in the past few days but ive chewed a good amount of tobacco.For people here who have experience with smoking and chewing, how long did it take for you to become addicted? I feel like im starting to get there, as the cravings are getting worse. Ive heard it an take only a few days or just 1 cigarette, but id rather come here and ask people who have experience.
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I want to throw them out really bad, but it isnt so easy. I feel like i should flush them but i cant bring myself to do it. I just want to finish this pack, and finish the chewing and then stop.
How long did it take you to quit, and become addicted? How hard was it to quit?
Don't shun me for adding my little bit, since I"m not a smoker, but My father chain smoked for 40 years. Then one day suddenly couldn't breathe. He went to the hospital, and found out he had developed asthma and emphysema, and if he didn't quit, his lungs would shut down within 6 months.
He hasn't picked up a cigarette since then, and it was about 8 months ago.
He says he still feels like he needs one, but he emptied the house of them. He says it's gotten a little easier, and he hasn't felt this well in 10 years.
It all hit him at once, suddenly. He almost died. There wasn't a slow build up to that point, there wasn't any warning. Just one day, his lungs shrank to the point he couldn't breathe. His lungs will never strengthen past the point they are now, they won't heal any further. He'll never heal out of his asthma or emphysema. Some days, he's allergic to most anything in the air a little bit now. Some times, he'll spend 3 or 4 days where he can't move or breathe too hard, because it feels like he just can't get his breathe, with a sensation of drowning.
I suppose what I'm saying, from my second hand experience, it's extremely hard. I can't tell you how hard, and you don't want to hear me say it, some young punk who's never done it. But, stopping while you can, the benefits aren't deniable. Watching my father everyday go through this, always leaving the house wondering if something will happen, always a little paranoid about his wellbeing. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
I won't guilt trip you, but you owe it to yourself to quit, for sure. That's my spin. Take it or leave it.
I have heard that starting young and getting hooked makes it harder to stop later. I started smoking when I was about 25. I never got hooked. I could stop anytime I want and I have. I would smoke for a period and then stop for a long period. Do yourself a favor and stop now and avaoid starting of again.. Even 1 smoke can mess it up for you.
I threw it all away. Earlier my girlfriend and i were smoking and talking about how addicted we have become (we both have addiction genes from our families) and we were talking about how we would just smoke in moderation. And then out of no where i grabbed the cigarettes and shes like "What are you doing!!" and started freaking out. I stated running with them and she chased after me yelling and she said it again louder. I went to the bathroom put the pack under the faucet and turned it on and soaked the cigarettes. And she was like "OH MY GOD"Then a minute later she calmed down and was like "Im proud of you". She was upset i did it and so was i but it was for the best.We just got back from a walk and we were chewing tobacco (we still had a full pack of that) and she was telling me to dump it saying this was our last time. I started freaking out saying NO NO NO because i like the chew more. A we were walking i randomly opened the can and dumped it out and almost started crying afterwards. I started freaking out and wanted to buy more then i also calmed down and knew it was for the best. We are both having a hard time, we got addicted fast. We werent addicted like people that have been smoking for years but we were/are still addicted. But i threw it all out for the best.I dont know whats going to happen from here on but i will do my best to stop for good. I could easily buy more but i dont think i will. It will be hard but we can do it. We promised not to get addicted (this was a week agoish) and only to do it in moderation. We ended up fucking around with it and doing it all the time and we got addicted fast. We both have addiction problems in our families and we should have known better and now we are paying the price.But i was strong enough to let it all go and i plan on keeping it that way.Thnaks guys for your help and support, your stories helped me and i dont want to end up with an a oxygen tank keeping me alive later in my life, or cancer.
Well done!You are right about addiction genes. Some people get addicted to things much more easily than other people, and it does seem to be genetic. It seems to have to do with the dopamine receptors in teh pleasure centre of the brain.You've done very well indeed, doing something that was very difficult.