Being tempted watching others smoke

CharmedDancer86
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

23 May 2005, 00:17 #41

This post helped save my quit when my smoking housemates moved in...(friends of my husbands...definitely not my choice)...and it was so hard watching them all...including my husband go outside with their cocktails (which I don't drink either)...and have their smokes. At first I was jealous with envy...not because of the smoking but because my choices were making me "Not part of the group"...the same feeling I had struggled with while I was smoking...only right then I felt like the table had been turned on me. That was originally in the fall when the weather was nice. I live in San Diego...The weather is actually rather nice all year...but it does tend to rain during the winter. And we had a very wet season this year!!!! So, as the rain began, I just sat back and realized that "No, I was not part of "that" group"...but nor did I want to be...for a multitude of reasons...first I dislike being around alcohol...second I dislike being around smoke...Third...I always hated having to stand out in the pouring rain to feed my addiction (even when I was an active addict).

So, Nope, I'm no longer part of "that" group...but who cares...I'm a member of the "Gold" club now...a group that I'm proud to belong to...and as long as I never take another puff...I'll never have to stand out in the rain feeding my addiction again.

And once again...Thank you for forever ruining smoking for me!!!! If the picture in this post don't do it...then nothing will!

Forever Grateful,

~Kerri
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Carinamarie2
Joined: 12 Jan 2009, 21:58

04 Jan 2006, 10:02 #42

My two best friends smoke. We have ben in the habit for the last five years of calling each other for smoke breaks. "Hey, wanna smoke a cigarette with me?," either of them would ask and I would say, "Sure." And then we'd smoke together. Last night, Brooke called me for a smoke break and my boyfriend thought it s was mean. She knows that I quit. But I explained to him that she doesn't even know what she's doing. She needed her fix, part of that habit was calling me and that's what she did. I still said, "Sure" but I just listened to her smoke.

Thanks for the graphic. It's great to see something that breaks niccotine addiction into simple brain mechanisms.
Carina
smoke-free for 1 week, 6 days, 23 hours, 1 minute
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SmokefreeJason
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 18:56

04 Jan 2006, 10:31 #43

But I explained to him that she doesn't even know what she's doing. She needed her fix, part of that habit was calling me and that's what she did. I still said, "Sure" but I just listened to her smoke.

Carina,

You did the right thing in my opinion.
I tend to keep to go outside and watch my coworker smoke.
It gives me a chance to watch that cigarette burn down, it gives me a chane to see how much fumes the smoker inhales and how little comes out of that greyish colored poison.
Usually the people I watch smoking ask me if it's hard for me to watch them smoke and my honest answer is yet after 4 weeks (not green...) "I still like the smell but I hate the stink..." That sometimes triggers laughter and sometimes a coughing attack on the smokers side. Really depends on the temperature if the coughing attack is taking over or not... LOL
All I'm saying is that I am still not bothered militantly to fight anybody who lights up around me, in fact I stay close by when I could walk away. Why??? Because it refreshes my mind to the big lies associated to the smell of cigarettes (Raisins & Marzipan when fresh in Packs) and the color of the smoke that just goes of the cigarette, and then greatly different the smell it has when it comes out of smokers lungs or sticks to somebodies cloths...

When the passive smoke is over, I walk away, knowing that these sticks will never get me back into their grip, and smokers tend to talk about non smoking while smoking... So I use this as a chance to tell people that even they can quit. My Coworker has started to ask questions

NTAP!
JJ
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

18 Jan 2006, 21:37 #44

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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

17 Jul 2007, 03:26 #46

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Sal GOLD.ffn
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25 Aug 2007, 06:00 #47

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PaulD51
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:41

11 Sep 2007, 04:11 #48

An excellent thread. I had recently been watching people who smoke and at times feeling jealous that they were smoking. Some honest reflection revealed I was engaging in junkie thinking. This thread, and I can't believe I haven't seen it before, has changed the way I now look at people who smoke. Thanks,

I'll be silver in 10 more days
Paul
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

08 Nov 2007, 21:48 #49

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