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Old 11-08-18, 05:50 AM
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I smoked all through my teen years.(It was cool in the 60s) I quit at age 23. Took up cycling in my 30s.
Will turn 65 this weekend.
So thankful I found the power to quit when I did.
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Old 11-08-18, 12:59 PM
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I do remember that I was expecting to start feeling better immediately and it didn't happen. Especially while riding, and especially while climbing, I coughed up years' worth of crud. I suppose that without any new smoke and tar pushing it back down into my lungs, any exercise and heavy breathing helped my lungs expel what I'd been pumping into them for years. It took a month or two before I actually started feeling better, but it did happen
I can totally relate to that! The first month of not smoking was actually quite miserable, and it took some time to get all the crud out. I was 31 when I quit, but I'd been chain smoking unfiltered for a few years up to that point.
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I do smoke, have been doing it more or less regularly for 20 years. Never been a real hardcore smoker - during the years I smoked on a daily basis, I usually averaged 1/2 pack (10 cigs) for a day. For the last ~4 years I don't smoke on a daily basis anymore, just on social occasions when having a beer with friends. That happens quite a lot though, so it's safe to say I still smoke no less than a pack a week. I haven't yet noticed any significant impact on my health, although there was some improvement in endurance when I dropped the daily smoking, which also coincided with riding more (and it looked like it had more to do wit the latter than the former). I know I should quit for good, but haven't yet found the motivation to to do it.
I would have thought emphysema and COPD would be enough. But you do you.
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Old 11-08-18, 02:44 PM
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A former boss of mine was a regular toker. In the morning, at noon, and after work he smoked a joint. At age 35 he developed a hack. At age 50 he quit smoking dope because the hack was coming up every minute or two. To this day he has the hack, fortunately it occurs about twice an hour. For the rest of his days he will hack. Inhaling smoke into the lungs is not a good idea. Keep on quitting!
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Old 11-08-18, 03:35 PM
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Cigars and weed are two of life's excellent vices. Nothing like a tasty stogie with a nice NEIPA after a satisfying ride, hike, or day skiing in the back-country.
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Old 11-08-18, 05:34 PM
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"Cigars and weed are two of life's excellent vices."

Well, someone has to keep the specialists employed.
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Old 11-08-18, 06:11 PM
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Thank goodness I live in Southern California where I can ride all year, more or less. On the East Coast, when I would always stop cycling around October, I would start smoking again. Then I'd stop in spring, and start riding again. Kind of got tired of that cycle.
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Old 11-08-18, 09:11 PM
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Habaneros as well, although ghost peppers are even more wildly savory

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"Cigars and weed are two of life's excellent vices."

Well, someone has to keep the specialists employed.
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Old 11-08-18, 10:04 PM
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I smoked for about 12 years, aged 17-29. When I finally was able to quit (cold turkey, no aids) I felt miserable. Slept a lot for weeks. Felt like there was little reason to live! Yes, the addiction really does stuff to your brain.

Once I made it through the worst I decided I needed something else physical to do, so I took up martial arts. (I was already cycling)

That was almost 30 years ago. I shudder to think of what my cardio vascular health and cycling performance would be like now had I not quit... And all the money I would have wasted on smokes!

Occasionally, even after 30 years smoke free, I still fantasize about enjoying a cig, (unfiltered, Lucky Strike for me!) but then the reality of all the drawbacks quickly makes the fantasy disappear.
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Old 11-09-18, 10:46 PM
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When I was 41 a chest Xray told me I had a tumor in my lung. The tumor wasn`t the result of my heavy 2 packs + smoking a day but the surgery that followed was enough incentive to quit...Thirty-four years later and I have no desire to have a smoke.
Jesus! Good for you! it's the wake up call of all wake up calls! even if it wasn't smoking related, but nothing like coming face to face with your own mortality to force you into making other choices. Congrats!
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Old 11-09-18, 11:28 PM
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Inhaling smoke into the lungs is not a good idea. Keep on quitting!
That's the plan! Thanks! Yeah they're really not lying when they say it's not good for you. Smoke is smoke as far as your lungs are concerned.
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Old 11-10-18, 12:14 AM
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seem like they don't go together
You'd think...
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Old 11-10-18, 12:11 PM
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Jesus! Good for you! it's the wake up call of all wake up calls! even if it wasn't smoking related, but nothing like coming face to face with your own mortality to force you into making other choices. Congrats!
It is easier to talk about serious matters like this after many years have past but at that time seeing a chest x-ray like this is traumatic. We don`t think of the consequences of our bad habits until it actually happens...and then it is usually too late. We should do more to promote a non-smoking healthy living culture. Raising the price on cigarettes isn`t enough.
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I smoked for about 12 years, aged 17-29. When I finally was able to quit (cold turkey, no aids) I felt miserable. Slept a lot for weeks. Felt like there was little reason to live! Yes, the addiction really does stuff to your brain.

Once I made it through the worst I decided I needed something else physical to do, so I took up martial arts. (I was already cycling)

That was almost 30 years ago. I shudder to think of what my cardio vascular health and cycling performance would be like now had I not quit... And all the money I would have wasted on smokes!

Occasionally, even after 30 years smoke free, I still fantasize about enjoying a cig, (unfiltered, Lucky Strike for me!) but then the reality of all the drawbacks quickly makes the fantasy disappear.
Lucky Strikes were my favorite too...
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With the wildfires all around us in LA today, I could get the same effect by going out for a ride. Being a lifelong non-smoker, I think I'll pass. Good luck with quitting. We all have vices, but the dreaded tobacco is not one of mine.

Yesterday around noon. From Northridge, just below where the big natural gas leak was a few years ago. Less fire and wind today, but with the lack of wind, the smoke is spreading our way. Yuck. Last night we saw flames coming over to "our" side of the ridgeline.

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Thank goodness I live in Southern California where I can ride all year, more or less. On the East Coast, when I would always stop cycling around October, I would start smoking again. Then I'd stop in spring, and start riding again. Kind of got tired of that cycle.
My winter experience in New England is the opposite:
  • I ride just as much (studs and winter gear)
  • Smoke fewer cigars (too cold to sit outside for long)
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Old 11-10-18, 01:41 PM
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First Fire, then Mud.

Now that it's on fire in So Cal, & Nor Cal, again,

you don't even have to smoke anything, yourself..
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Always wondered who the first human was who thought "hey, let me put some smoke into my lungs and see what happens". That crap killed my grandad, a marine fighter pilot in WW2. He survived a day floating in the pacific with a gunshot wound after getting shot down, but the cigarettes got him. He would literally light one with the one he just finished.
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Always wondered who the first human was who thought "hey, let me put some smoke into my lungs and see what happens". That crap killed my grandad, a marine fighter pilot in WW2. He survived a day floating in the pacific with a gunshot wound after getting shot down, but the cigarettes got him. He would literally light one with the one he just finished.
There was a great Bob Newhart routine many years ago where he played Sir Walter Raleigh explaining to the Queen of England what a cool thing he found in the colonies. "Yeah, you take a bunch of old leaves, roll them up, light them on fire, put it in your mouth, and breathe in the smoke! Coolest thing ever. Hello, Queen ...uh Your Majesty?"
Not word for word, but you get the idea. You younger guys can Google it😄.
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I managed to quit smoking after 35 years (2 - 3 packs a day) almost 12 years ago.
I tried the gum and patches ... No good.
I finally quit by switching to Skoal Berry, Cherry, Peach, Apple, and Citrus.
After 6 or so years of Skoal, I quit that by vaping.

I've no desire to start smoking again.
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Smoking is the direct opposite of riding a bike, as it kills your body from the inside.
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Old 11-11-18, 04:47 AM
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Smoking is the direct opposite of riding a bike, as it kills your body from the inside.
What ... riding a bike kills it from the outside
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I thought this was a bicycle fan forum
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