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#1 sarahdennis

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:55 AM

I have been cig free for 5 days now! whoo hoo! Anyway, Im taking Chantix, and last night I took a puff off my friends electronic cigarette, and now am feeling like I cheated in some way? What does everyone else think? Am I now readdicted to nicotine? :|
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:03 AM

To me you're back to sq one cause you took a "hit" since that e cig most likely wasn't nic free was it. Please NOPE is the only way to be free.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:05 AM

I think it is. Not because it is an electronic cigarette, but because you are not using it as a quitting aid. You used it for the nicotine alone. To me that's similar to taking a puff on a real cigarette, although with less potential consequences considering that cigarettes are more addictive.

I would have replied the same if you chewed a piece of nicotine gum, while not using it as an aid.

So you cheated. If you are still quit, and continue to stay quit, then it's not the end of the world. I would only suggest not doing it again.

The consequences may be very different next time. The probability doesn't matter. Why risk any chance of ruining your quit?


Congrats on the 5 days though! That is something to be proud of. And that is something to protect. Why jeopardize it by taking such a silly risk?

P.S. I think it is a good sign that you are worried that it is cheating. That tells me that you know that it is. And I am happy to confirm it.
I missed the part about being re-addicted. No, such a tiny dose of nicotine will not bring you back to where you were when you quit. But by reintroducing nicotine in your system, you may have to deal with more intense cravings.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:12 AM

Agree with both green and quit... NOPE is the only way... Not One Puff Ever. Puffing and taking nicotine into your body equals a blown quit... But no I don't think you are addicted again. Dust yourself off and practice NOPE. post an SOS before you puff again.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

Did I miss the memo from Meg that says this is a cold turkey only site :?

How can the OP be back to square one or have blown a quit?

You had a puff of an e-cig - big deal. Only you know if you are addicted to nicotine again. Are you suddenly looking for more nicotine, are you suffering withdrawal symptoms? If not then you aren't addicted again! You haven't cheated either.

This isn't Why Quit so why are you all trying to make out like it is.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

You're gonna get opinions one way or another and that's what they are.

Opinions.

It is The Sarge's opinion that: Yes, Virginia, you have cheated.

The Sarge considers any nicotine intake a step right back to SquareOne™. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Reset the counter.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:06 AM

You really are one sanctimonious man :roll:

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:07 AM

Only you know if you are addicted to nicotine again.


One who has been addicted to a substance is always an addict.

Once addicted to nicotine, always addicted to nicotine.

The appropriate question is are you currently using or not.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:09 AM

Hi Sarah welcome to the board !

I agree with the other comments that it was a relapse !

Think about what happened and I am sure you will agree. You put nicotine in your body in a way that it was not Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

And then think REAL HARD about quitting smoking and what this new reality is about.

This new reality, when you go very DEEEEP into it, it is about 2 things:

1. You are a nicotine addict. You have a physical addiction to nicotine. You must accept this in the most deepest parts of Your Mind. Your Heart. Your Soul.

2. To quit and stay quitted today, tomorrow, and forever, you must commit to N.O.P.E.
(Not.One.Puff.Ever). You must commit to this in the most deepest parts of Your Mind. Your Heart. Your Soul.

This is your new reality.

It is very simple. Any body can understand it, but....many can not accept it and commit to it.

These people will relapse. Leave this board and continue to smoke. That happens frequently on this board.

And many will die horrible deaths.

The question for you now is:

Can you accept and commit to this new reality ? If you can, freedom and a beautiful new life will be yours.

If you can not, you will relapse again, leave this board, and very possibly die a early, horrible death.

Answer this question to yourself, not to me or this board.

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#10 karri1000

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

Sarge I went cold turkey. Like I said when did this become a cold turkey only forum.

So in your eyes anyone who uses NRT hasn't quit. Get over yourself!!!

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:14 AM

You really are one sanctimonious man :roll:

The Sarge calls 'em as he sees 'em.

As do you.

As do we all.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:15 AM

You really are one sanctimonious man :roll:


The Sarge is not sanctimonious. Get to know the nuances of people's characters before you jump in.

Somebody asked a question, the Sarge took the time to reply and help. You shouldn't get your knickers in a twist when people give answers you don't like :? .
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:17 AM

Like I said when did this become a cold turkey only forum.


If you'll calm down and check your reading comprehension, you'll see that The Sarge *explicitly* called this out as his opinion, and said nothing of the forum.

The Sarge said nothing on the policies of this forum.

Nothing.

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The Sarge traded smoking for running. PRs: 3:59:57(26.2) 1:44:10(13.1) 40:23(10k) 33:03(5-mile) 19:04 (5k) 11:59(2-mile) 5:34(1-mile)

 

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#14 karri1000

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

You really are one sanctimonious man :roll:


The Sarge is not sanctimonious. Get to know the nuances of people's characters before you jump in.

YOU asked a question, the Sarge to took time to reply. You shouldn't get your knickers in a twist if the answer does not suit you.


He is sanctimonious in my opinion and I have seen enough of his posts to feel that way. By the way - I do know people's characters on here that I post directly too.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

The Sarge is not sanctimonious.


Actually, he is ... most times.

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EDIT: The Sarge can admit his character flaws and has no problems airing his dirty laundry for all to see. The Sarge has nothing to hide. Nothing.

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#16 karri1000

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

Like I said when did this become a cold turkey only forum.


If you'll calm down and check your reading comprehension, you'll see that The Sarge *explicitly* called this out as his opinion, and said nothing of the forum.

The Sarge said nothing on the policies of this forum.

Nothing.

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I can't take anyone seriously that talks about them self in the third party. For all I know YOU may not have quit, only The Sarge :wink:

#17 Cristobal

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:23 AM

I support the opinion of The Sarge.

As usual he is right.

It certainly was a relapse, a violation of The Law of Addiction and N.O.P.E.

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#18 sarahdennis

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

well I was mostly curious actually, being on chantix it is said to block your nicotine sensors in your brain. The one puff did nothing for me and did not make me want more/less then normal. I wont be trying the ecig again, and don't actually want or miss cigarettes, I just miss the act of smoking. You know, habits. But it is getting easier and Im really positive about it. Thanks all for your input. But the more I think about it I feel as though Im still 5 days free of cigarettes and that is what matters to me. I really enjoy this board and feel it really helps keep me upbeat and positive so please don't condemn me for my reasoning on this. I know Ive quit for good, I know im an ex cigarette smoker so Ive decided not to let this deter me or see it as a "bad thing" and get me down. Im movin on up!
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:29 AM

Glad to hear that you're staying clean and smokefree. Keep your quit. It's worth it.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

Well OP, here is my take on this. You probably took the puff, to get some vicarious pleasure from doing it. So, in theory I guess it was cheating and in some people's minds a "slip". But, you mentioned you are on Champix (Canadian spelling of the brand). Depending on how many days you have been on it, you may have reached a stage where that little of nicotine would not throw you in withdrawal, as the Champix blocks the nicotinic-acetacholine receptors. But be careful with playing with nicotine. The true sign of it's addictive qualities, is how easy we can become addicted to it again. My advice, is to not tempt fate anymore and you will remain safe.

Edit: Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. I looked it up. I can't spell worth s***!

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