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any cigarette smokers out there?

i used to be so much thinner when i smoked!! i often think about starting up again to help me lose weight...thoughts? maybe just a couple a day...

Wed. Jan 3, 11:09am

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OP, i can realate, i truly can. i only quit smoking b/c i was pregnant and did not want to hurt my baby... now i don't want to hurt my kid's lungs and i don't want to be sneaking butts... but on a cold winter's morning when my lungs ache, i am actually greatful that i no longer smoke. i think about picking up a nicorette habit tho, it would help take the edge off... don't do it, you've come so far!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 11:32 AM

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so then why do you still smoke if it's not worth it?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 1:01 PM

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Anyone who has ever been addicted to cigarettes knows the answer to that question. It makes you weak and dependant. It's kind of like being addicted to food. In the moment, you can't see the harm, only the good. And if you can see the harm, you don't care.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 2:32 PM

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Never have smoked

I am allergic, thank God, ( I mean that, I am not being casual with it) I am so very glad I never became addicted to it, because I do not know how I would be able to kick it, and it does just horrible things to your body.

Please do not start it up again, you can do it without it. I know you can.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 5:09 PM

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I just quit on the 1st. New Years resolution. I am barely making it. If I am successful this time, I would never ever start again because this agony is not worth it! Don't do it, it is just not worth it. I wish I had never started.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 7:07 PM

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I smoke and really don't know how to go about not I wish I could. I think I would take being overweight anyday over smoking I mean really they are both harmful to your health. Just be greatful you were strong enough to stop, Keep working at weightloss you can do it.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 8:16 PM

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op here

thanks for the encouragement, pt members!! it's been many years since i quit, but i usually say i've "stopped", rather than quit. i HOPE i quit, but i can never be sure. to say i've quit "for now" just doesn't sound right, so that's why i say "stopped" six years ago. i will stick to my guns and deal with adding to or changing my routine. i've heard so many times that one can work off extra weight over time, but even the fittest person cannot "work off" lung cancer....i've got to keep telling myself that. thanks again for the support!!!

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 9:58 AM

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I quit about a year ago and gained 30lbs.

Quitting really screwed up my metabolism. Smoking does burn calories and it kept me from snacking.

I battle weight now like I have never had to before.

Friday, January 05, 2007, 12:18 AM

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Smoking Cessation and Weight Gain

I'll admit I've never smoked, but here's a link I found trying to understand what happens to people when the quit (including weight gain). Maybe it will be have some helpful tips for others


Friday, January 05, 2007, 2:07 AM

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op here. i read recently that one reason people gain weight after stopping smoking is because their lungs are burning less energy. it takes a lot more energy for a smoker's lungs to work effeciently than for a non-smoker. so when you quit and your lungs get back to breathing normally, they are using less calories to do so.

Friday, January 05, 2007, 8:59 AM

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