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Old 08-20-2019, 03:44 AM   #1
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Iíve quit smoking 4 times in my life for extended periods of time (1+ yrs)only to choose to pick it back up for different reasons. But this time something has seriously changed... I canít put them down! I canít go longer than 6 to 8 hours without one ( have to stay busy) before Iím ready to pick a fight with a grown man lol. I heard that to compete with the vapes and other new and popular methods the cigarette companies increased the nicotine levels in the cigarettes making them even more addictive 🤬😡😭maybe itís that or Iím just getting old and my will power is non existent. I have to figure something out 😞
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:21 AM   #2
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I have no words of wisdom for you, because I am hopelessly addicted as well. To be fair, I am an alcoholic so there is this irrational fear that if I stop smoking I will drink again. Someone here recommended a book and when I am done reading it I will update you on whether it was helpful. One of the biggest obstacles is I enjoy smoking. I am not one of those self loathing smokers that hate it. It is 100% my crutch and I do not know how to find something else that feels as good.
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Iíve quit smoking 4 times in my life for extended periods of time (1+ yrs)only to choose to pick it back up for different reasons. But this time something has seriously changed... I canít put them down! I canít go longer than 6 to 8 hours without one ( have to stay busy) before Iím ready to pick a fight with a grown man lol. I heard that to compete with the vapes and other new and popular methods the cigarette companies increased the nicotine levels in the cigarettes making them even more addictive 🤬😡😭maybe itís that or Iím just getting old and my will power is non existent. I have to figure something out 😞

Hey, remember there is a gene variant that predicts lifelong addiction to nicotine and there's also the matter of birth mothers smoking during pregnancy. Even though we quit smoking and we might be well off without them for several years, we might get a sudden urge to fiddle with a cigarette or draw in smoke. Addiction is a chronic disease, after all. I've been smoking myself for a good number of years and it's been very hard for me to put the pack down. I've been on and off smoking for months and then I've quit but would have several whiffs now and then, at a party, or out of town, cause of nerves. I've now been longest without smoking, perhaps six years, but the urge is coming back - I've been trying to resist it, but it feels nuts. It's like you've described it: What changed? I suggest reading medical journals and articles on smoking and smoking cessation and you're absolutely right, tobacco companies have indeed increased the level of nicotine over the years. That would explain why I was able to give up drinking at the drop of a hat and why I couldn't go on three hours without a cig.

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