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  1. nopartofme

    nopartofme Well-Known Member

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    When talking about the health consequences of snus versus other forms of tobacco I think it's important to specify Swedish snus, as in snus made in Sweden and not just "snus in the Swedish style".

    Those outside of the US may not know it but the snus that has recently come on the market in the US from Camel and Marlboro is not made with tobacco of the same quality and cure as that which Swedish snus is made from. They also contain less nicotine per pouch and are marketed as a smoking complement rather than replacement…
     
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  2. Ansel

    Ansel having a tolerance break.

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    The tobacco used will be air cured and not fire/flue cured and then it will be pasteurised. This helps bring down the level of TSNAs in the tobacco.
     
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  3. knowmad

    knowmad Well-Known Member

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    22 days cigarette free.

    It feels empowering.

    - face has more color
    - breathing is great
    - food tastes better
    - sense of smell is better
    - can smell how bad smokers smell
    - smell good
    - save money
    - no sneaking off during work
    - no slavery.





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    After 5-7 days smoking the ancient 'erb without tobacco, I noticed a change in my desire to get high.

    - I no longer smoke immediately upon waking. I am fulfilled without it.

    - I don't smoke on the job.

    - Upon returning home it doesn't matter if I take a shower, have dinner or walk the dog before smoking a bowl; that sense of urgency is GONE.

    MJ is no longer as much of a priority in my life.
     
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  4. Ansel

    Ansel having a tolerance break.

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    Amen to that - you get all these benefits with switching to snus too. But you feel happy and insouciant to other smokers something which you don't often have when you abstain completely.
     
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  5. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Wow......I NEVER heard that word "insouciant" before. Had to look it up. Thanks Ansel. Love learning new words.
     
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  6. knowmad

    knowmad Well-Known Member

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    Officially one month free of tobacco.

    The fights over and I've won. It's just maintenance and checking off milestones now.
     
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  7. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Gratz, but................the ONLY time that you can say that the fight is over and that you've won is when you're laying on your death bed at 85 years old and dying of something else other than lung cancer.
     
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  8. knowmad

    knowmad Well-Known Member

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    The fight is over... There's a message for all the smokers out there at home.

    At one month in I feel now as if I'd never smoked a cigarette. All the cue-induced craving that hung around a little longer(after dinner, coffee with friends.. etc) is gone.

    I don't drink alcohol and until I again choose to, smoking is a non-issue.

    I'm a non-smoker.
     
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  9. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    Good luck Knowmad . If you only smoked for a month your home free .
     
  10. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    And therein lies the problem.
     
  11. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    I Quit for four years after a little over fifteen years of smoking and it was easy until I got around people who smoked . Now I've been a smoker for 38 years with a four year break 23 years ago .

    Still it is much simpler now to stay away from smokers , Knowmad Hope you make it . smoking Is the most useless luxury I afford myself and I would quit again if I wasn't just sitting around on my ass just waiting for another day to pass . GO FOR IT , Stay Nicotine free and live well . :peace:
     
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  12. Ansel

    Ansel having a tolerance break.

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  13. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    All I'm saying, knowmad, is that while it's perfectly ok to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, don't get so cocky as to think the war is over. You won a battle, but once addicted to any substance, the war is never truly over, for it is just lurking around the corner just waiting to take advantage of some misplaced rationale.
     
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  14. Tweek

    Tweek Well-Known Member

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    We call him "Mr. Sunshine" around here.
     
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  15. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    ^^ :lmao:
     
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  16. VaporsVaporizer

    VaporsVaporizer On the Stoop

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    Exactly, i was smoke free for 4.5 years and relapsed in Jan. I thought was good to go after all that time :lol: but like i always said-i was one puff away from 2 packs a day and i was :| Smoked for 3 months :doh: now i'm on E-cigs-better but… Do not delude yourself into thinking that you're smoke free and do not take hits off your friends cigarettes in a moment of weakness.
     
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  17. decaptain

    decaptain Well-Known Member

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    still struggling. But i'm almost there. It's that monoxide fix i miss
     
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  18. IHaveTheVapors

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    Never seen/heard it put that way. Does carbon monoxide play a significant role in the cigarette high?

    In any case, stay strong.
     
  19. decaptain

    decaptain Well-Known Member

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    i'm not 100% sure it's that, but there is a difference between smoking and vaping, even at high temperatures. I've heard many people saying that the effets with the vape are somehow "cleaner", but it's difficult to point at what exatly it is.
     
  20. Ansel

    Ansel having a tolerance break.

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    in't it the maoi alkaloids... you know the whole tobacco alkaloids or WTAs?
     
  21. knowmad

    knowmad Well-Known Member

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    And so begins sober September.


    I'll most likely use this thread as a journal throughout initial withdrawal and re-adjusting.
     
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  22. VaporsVaporizer

    VaporsVaporizer On the Stoop

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    Try Quitnet.com
     
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  23. knowmad

    knowmad Well-Known Member

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    on day 5 of sobriety.


    - i've noticed my tolerance for so many things has gone WAY down.

    - i've lost the grey area in-between being really happy and really god damn angry.. explosive rage is never far away, so it seems.

    - i observed today some social anxiety/sweating that i hadn't experienced in a long time... a touch of depersonalization even.

    - negative hypothetical situations have arisen in my mind throughout the last few days; situations that for some bizarre reason, i entertain. most often these thoughts involve conflict and violence, of which i am the perpetrator (or vindicator, in my own mind at the time)




    i can only re-assure myself that this is a standard part of psychological withdrawal, as apposed to all of this being the new "sober me".

    there's a list of benefits i could rattle off, but its 3.16 in the morning and i feel they need more exploration than the negatives. ... soon again.



    time heals all things.
     
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  24. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    Knowmad that short fuse and anxious feeling will go away after a week or two . just don't kill anyone or take a drag and you'll do good .
     
  25. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Hang in there. I promise, it WILL get better.
     
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