Not Much of a Smoker

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29 Nov 2006, 01:57 #31

Ahhh perfect timing. This string definitely needs a reference here!
50 smoking reduction & same death risks
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23 Dec 2006, 23:26 #32

If you like this post of Kay's then you may also want to read Today is Some Day, One Day, Tomorrow and Monday. Both of the essays are 'Kay Classics'.
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24 Dec 2006, 01:48 #33

I just wrote my first post on this site, and then read this which goes with what I was writing. This was great, thank you for re-posting.


Joined: 04 Apr 2005, 07:00

03 Jan 2007, 06:21 #34

Jason's diary entry (381) made me think of this. It is perhaps most disconcerting when we see someone relapse who has been nicotine free for an extended period of time. Denial is an insidious disease of the mind that allows us to justify our self destructive behavior without having to admit to it. "It is only a cigar, it is only once a week and it is not actually smoking because I am not inhaling."
Regardless of your delivery device, it is still nicotine addiction.


Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

30 Jan 2007, 03:18 #35

I see a new member who will relate to this.
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15 May 2007, 19:11 #36

"Afterward whenever I wanted to quit, I would marvel to my doctor, "How can it be so hard for me to quit? I barely smoke compared to most people I know!" She would say, "Someone who uses 5mg of heroin a day is just as much an addict as someone who uses 200mg a day."
Doesn't matter the degree - an Addict is an Addict is an Addict!
If you are not totally clean of nicotine then your addiction is in control & callling the shots.
You are not.
If you are totally clean then you ARE in control
& calling your own shots.
Naturally, nicotine free, the way you were meant to be. NTAP!

Joe J Free Gold - 854 days

Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:26

25 Oct 2007, 00:56 #37

Thanks Kay!
This definitely hit me because I didn't smoke a pack a day - maybe half or so? I don't know exactly. I was basically a closet smoker too, so no visible high horse, but I always believed I could just stop if I wanted to. But everytime I tried, it never worked. Until now.
- Garnet (8 days)

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11 Aug 2009, 09:20 #38


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12 Jul 2011, 01:17 #39

This post was highlighted on today's reading; it's a great post! Looks like it was written about 8 years ago and I'd be willing to bet the wonderful author of that post is still enjoying life free from the Not Much Of An Addiction. Lots of bells went off; I didn't smoke a lot either, or so I thought till I realized that the 20-pack I'd smoked that day was actually purchased around 10 am so I smoked a half-dozen from the previous pack before the new pack. So it wasn't 20, it was 26. Liar, liar. And then I wasn't a hard core smoker because I exercised every day, though of course, I was exercising a little less intensely because I was a bit off or tired, couldn't have been that the lack of oxygen from smoking 20, no wait, 26 cigaretttes was affecting me. The lies are incredible and one builds upon the other upon the other until finally a smoker has two choices: tear down the wall, or hide behind it for the rest of their life. That's it. The only two choices. If I had accepted the lie that I was Not Much of A Smoker, then I would not have decided to become Not Much of a Quitter. I have 40 days behind me. One day at a time, I hope to have 40 years behind me before my time here ends. Not Much of a Smoker was of Much Help today.  NTAP  -Sylvia the prucat, Proud to be green

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27 Nov 2014, 12:29 #40

Smokers smoking fewer cigarettes
harder, deeper and longer

While the below new study found that the average number of cigarettes smoked per day fell from 17.3 between 1998-1994 to 12.3 per day in 2012, it also found that the cotinine per cigarette smoked (a nicotine metabolite and marker) increased by 42 percent. 

Fewer places to smoke, with each cigarette more expensive, it may be decades before we know the long-term health consequences of assaulting lung and body tissues with more intense concentrations of the hundreds of toxins that accompany the nicotine needed to briefly satisfy the addict's wanting and urges for more.

Imagine entire days where you never once think about wanting to smoke, dip, chew or vape nicotine. Once ready to journey home, we invite you to, as it was built with you in mind. And there was always only one rule, that as REAL drug addicts in every sense (see ), when quitting there's no such thing as just one, or just once. As permanent as alcoholism, for us, one puff will always be too many, while thousands never enough!

Study Title: Variation in Nicotine Intake Among U.S. Cigarette Smokers During the Past 25 Years: Evidence From NHANES Surveys.

Journal: Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2014 Dec; Vol. 16(12), Pages 1620-1628

Authors: Jarvis MJ1, Giovino GA2, O'Connor RJ3, Kozlowski LT2, Bernert JT4.

Abstract [Study Summary]

OBJECTIVE: To estimate changes in nicotine intakes among U.S. cigarette smokers from 1988 to 2012 with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

METHODS: NHANES provides data on nationally representative samples of cigarette smokers from the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population. A total of 4,304 smokers aged 20 years and older were studied in NHANES III 1988-1994 and 7,095 were studied in the continuous NHANES 1999-2012. We examined serum cotinine concentrations, daily cigarette consumption, and estimated nicotine intake per cigarette, with adjustment for sex, age, racial/ethnic background, level of education, and body mass index.

RESULTS: There was little overall change in nicotine intake from smoking cigarettes either in the U.S. population as a whole or in major racial/ethnic subgroups during the 25-year period from 1988. Serum cotinine averaged 223.7ng/mL (95% confidence interval [CI] = 216.1-231.3) in 1988-1994, which was not significantly different from the adjusted mean of 219.2ng/mL (95% CI = 214.1-224.4) in 1999-2012. During the same period, average daily cigarette consumption declined substantially, from 17.3 (95% CI = 16.5-18.0) in 1988-1994 to 12.3 (95% CI = 11.0-13.6) by 2012. Cotinine per cigarette smoked increased by some 42% between 1988-1994 and 2011-2012, from a geometric mean of 12.4 (95% CI = 11.7-13.1) to 17.6 (95% CI = 16.1-19.2).

CONCLUSIONS: Reductions in cigarette smoking prevalence since the late 1980s, changes in cigarette product design, and the widespread introduction of smoke-free policies have not had a significant impact on nicotine intakes among U.S. smokers. Reductions in cigarette consumption have been offset by increased nicotine intake per cigarette smoked. 

PubMed Abstract Link:
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27 Nov 2014, 14:35 #41

Related videos:
Amount smoked
Quitting by gradual withdrawal
"How can I be addicted, I can go hours without smoking."
Are there social smokers?
"I don't need to smoke"

My 1990 article A safer way to smoke ties into John's post above. In order to increase profits, the tobacco industry used to find ways to get smokers to buy more and more of their products, but as more smoking restrictions came into play, they have had to adjust their strategies. Since smokers are finding themselves in greater time periods of not being able to smoke, the industry had to come up with ways to make life more tolerable for smokers facing such restrictions, otherwise their day to day suffering may inspire many smokers to just quit. So in a way they had to reverse their production and promotion techniques to come up with ways to minimize the day to day suffering of chronic withdrawal. Unfortunately, this is likely to allow many smokers to maintain their addiction and eventually much more serious suffering down the line from the host of smoking caused conditions that are likely to develop over the smokers life. 

Videos related to the issue of long-term suffering are:

For people who think quitting smoking is the hardest thing they have ever done.
Quitting smoking: A fate worse than death
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Joined: 20 Aug 2015, 00:08

20 Aug 2015, 19:28 #42

What a wonderful post. Really sums up my feelings today. This stood out for me:

"Someone who uses 5mg of heroine a day is just as much an addict as someone who uses 200mg a day."

Thanks for helping me get through this last hour. :)