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Old Monday, October 29th, 2007, 11:41 PM
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Last time we were in Aruba was 2005 and I can't remember if smoking was allowed in restaurants or not? It is so funny that the only thing I can ever remember clearly is having a wonderful time in a beautiful place. Why would that be? hehehe
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We were last in Aruba last May and almost all of the restaurants we went to had some provision for smokers. Many allow smoking in their outdoor seating areas; El Gauco seats smokers upstairs; some others only allow smoking in their bar areas. The only restaurants we found that did not have any provision for smokers were at the Radisson. It's always a good idea to ask when you make your reservations but if you don't, the maitre d' will be glad to advise.
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i was curious about this myself. thanks for the info
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We just returned and just about everywhere we went allowed smoking while eating outside. The only place we weren't able to smoke was Champions at the Marriott. Not only were we not allowed to smoke, they didn't have any Amstel Bright, Corona, Miller Lite or Amstel Light, the Balashi was warm. So if you are a beer drinking smoker, you definitely don't want to go there!
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Smoking, argh, I hate it but can't quit but really want to! My goal next week is to smoke as normal on vacation but I always have to go about 8 hours without a ciggy on the return flight. 1 hour pre-boarding, 5 hour flight, 1 hour through customs, 1 hour to reach home.

I figure if I can go that long, I should just keep it going. Wish me luck!

My question is, since they removed the smoking lounge at the Airport in Aruba, can you still smoke at the bar? I need to prep myself and want to know when I will take my last puff for good (I hope!). I have this funny mental image of me outside airport in Aruba looking at the mountain puffing like a chimney knowing ...this is it! Oh, I sure hope so!

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A funny story about smoking in Aruba;
About 4 years ago my wife and I went to The Buccaneer and watched a woman eat her entire meal while smoking.
The sight of someone eating a salad between drags on a cigarette was one of those sights that I will not soon forget.
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For Cathy&Jim, smoking is not allowed in the bar nor anywhere else in the airport which only adds to the depressed feeling of leaving Aruba and the aggrevation of the departure process. Perhaps if we smokers band together and petition the airport authority for a smoking lounge they'll listen? Probably not.
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For Cathy&Jim, smoking is not allowed in the bar nor anywhere else in the airport which only adds to the depressed feeling of leaving Aruba and the aggrevation of the departure process. Perhaps if we smokers band together and petition the airport authority for a smoking lounge they'll listen? Probably not.
When did that change? Smoking was allowed at the bar in the airport when we went in March.

Cathy, I hear you - It's time for me to quit, but I don't think doing so on vacation is a good idea, or doing so right before I go on vacation. I too plan to kick the dirty, stupid habit when we return from Aruba next April. It shouldn't be difficult for me...my kids don't know I smoke, so smoking is very limited for me. I hate the smell, the cost, everything about it...but I like it socially.
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A funny story about smoking in Aruba;
About 4 years ago my wife and I went to The Buccaneer and watched a woman eat her entire meal while smoking.
The sight of someone eating a salad between drags on a cigarette was one of those sights that I will not soon forget.
Now maybe if I witnessed something like that, I'd quit on the spot. That is the most disgusting thing I've ever heard.
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We flew back to the States on June 2nd. At the airport we looked around the bar and didn't see anyone smoking nor were there any ashtrays. We asked the bartender if smoking was allowed and he said (quite emphatically) "NO". We sat quietly at the gate for the next 2 hours!!
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We flew back to the States on June 2nd. At the airport we looked around the bar and didn't see anyone smoking nor were there any ashtrays. We asked the bartender if smoking was allowed and he said (quite emphatically) "NO". We sat quietly at the gate for the next 2 hours!!
Well, that's not fun. They used to have a smoking room, then it was the bar, now it's a puff while outside when going from checking in to security and customs.
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Smoking, argh, I hate it but can't quit but really want to! My goal next week is to smoke as normal on vacation but I always have to go about 8 hours without a ciggy on the return flight. 1 hour pre-boarding, 5 hour flight, 1 hour through customs, 1 hour to reach home.

I figure if I can go that long, I should just keep it going. Wish me luck!

My question is, since they removed the smoking lounge at the Airport in Aruba, can you still smoke at the bar? I need to prep myself and want to know when I will take my last puff for good (I hope!). I have this funny mental image of me outside airport in Aruba looking at the mountain puffing like a chimney knowing ...this is it! Oh, I sure hope so!

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Good Luck!
I have been smoke free since 1977(30 years). I had an experience that caused me to want to quit.
I had been sick with an upper respiratory infection for 10 days. I had not smoked the whole 10 days. On the eleventh day, I got out of bed and was feeling a lot better. I sat down in front of the TV and saw my cigs there on the coffee table. I lit one up, took a couple of drags and then my broncial tubes collapsed. I almost died because I could not breathe. That was the last cigarette I ever smoked. Every time I wanted a cig(all the time for a while) I thought about not being able to breathe and what it would be like to have a disease that caused you to feel that way all the time. It worked for me.
Hopefuly, you will be able to stop as well. Again, GOOD LUCK!
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"The only place we weren't able to smoke was Champions at the Marriott."

I think the Marriott is completely smoke-free now. In fact, I think all the Marriotts are going smoke-free.
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"The only place we weren't able to smoke was Champions at the Marriott."

I think the Marriott is completely smoke-free now. In fact, I think all the Marriotts are going smoke-free.
True, all Marriott's are now smoke free. Marriott Stellaris on May 1 of this year. Though you can smoke in the Casino.
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We flew back to the States on June 2nd. At the airport we looked around the bar and didn't see anyone smoking nor were there any ashtrays. We asked the bartender if smoking was allowed and he said (quite emphatically) "NO". We sat quietly at the gate for the next 2 hours!!
In the 4x's I've been to Aruba this year, I have never seen smoking or ashtrays at the bar
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The little smoking room behind the perfume store is no more? I went in there once; it was impossible to even breathe the smoke was so thick!! lol I psyche myself both traveling days.... I know that I won't be smoking once I hit the airports!

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The little smoking room behind the perfume store is no more? I went in there once; it was impossible to even breathe the smoke was so thick!! lol I psyche myself both traveling days.... I know that I won't be smoking once I hit the airports!

Where was the perfume store.
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According to one of the few duty free stores open at the airport when we left Aruba last week, when the construction is complete there will be a smoking room in the duty free area.

As for the Mariott, I tried last year to buy some chewing gum. None in their stores & I got the impression they didn't (or couldn't) sell it.
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Where was the perfume store.
In the duty free area on the first floor right around the corner from where the tables and chairs are set up to sit and eat.
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In the duty free area on the first floor right around the corner from where the tables and chairs are set up to sit and eat.
The main floor is all different know. The whole 1st floor is renovated. When I left 3 weeks ago only 1 Duty-Free Shop was open. I'm sure in the 3 weeks ago that I left, that more are open. Sbarro's is now on the left side. The area is very modern looking - nice. I couldn't beleive how different the area was between when I was there in July and Sept.
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In the 4x's I've been to Aruba this year, I have never seen smoking or ashtrays at the bar
When we went and returned on April 1, 07, my friend and I saw someone smoking at the bar, which is why we went over. Then it was like the floodgates opened and everyone noticed and started to join us - so we smoked quick and got the hell out of there!
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The main floor is all different know. The whole 1st floor is renovated. When I left 3 weeks ago only 1 Duty-Free Shop was open. I'm sure in the 3 weeks ago that I left, that more are open. Sbarro's is now on the left side. The area is very modern looking - nice. I couldn't beleive how different the area was between when I was there in July and Sept.
I wish they'd put more shops on the second floor!! Once you get to your gate, there isn't much to do, and the shops upstairs are a bit yucky. Heaven forbid you're hungry or thirsty, you have to wait in line forever!! Has the second floor changed at all?
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I wish they'd put more shops on the second floor!! Once you get to your gate, there isn't much to do, and the shops upstairs are a bit yucky. Heaven forbid you're hungry or thirsty, you have to wait in line forever!! Has the second floor changed at all?
Yes, there is more food places on the 2nd floor. I usually get a tuna pita from the bar.
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when we were leaving aruba in september (15th?) both of the women's restrooms were loaded with smokers.

i had to pee so badly and could NOT get in to go.

and re: folks eating and smoking at the same time.................i too have seen it.
a forkful of food, a haul off of a butt, a forkful of food and a haul off a butt.
yuk yuk yuk

now a cigarette with a cup of starbucks.........................ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh to dream.
but since i am a sort of quitter..............(disclosure= i smoke in casinos,) i really do crave a nice cup of coffee and a cigarette.
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I do believe that as one enters a casino they are handed a lit cigarette. I remember back when I smoked I could go through a whole pack in one night of gambling, those 2 vices go hand in hand. Ugh - eating and smoking at the same time is HARDCORE
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Okay, this is thread is really motivating me! November 11th is the goal! Last day in Aruba, last ciggy in Aruba! Peer pressure has always worked with me LOL

ps) Note: I've never eaten a meal while smoking....that's just wrong, no? Hubby doesn't smoke so I respect that and we always have smoke free hotel room, I don't smoke in the car etc.

2 1/2 sleeps until Aruba....can't believe time change for flight day! Geesh, that is going to confuse me! 6:10 a.m. take-off but it's 7:10...Oh, hope limo remembers time change. I'm stressed, I need this vacation LOL
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murray and i smoked everywhere. although i must say we only smoked before and after food or in a really slow restaurant between courses. when we quit, we started saving that money each week and have taken vacations to england and africa along with other fun expenses without touching our normal budget. i can't imagine trying to pay for cigs now with the increase. it was about $24 a carton when we quit and in maryland it is around $40 now. with what we smoked that was a large chunk out of our paychecks.

cathy and jim, i hope we continue to motivate you on this thread. we wish you luck along with a great aruba vacation.

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Okay, this is thread is really motivating me! November 11th is the goal! Last day in Aruba, last ciggy in Aruba! Peer pressure has always worked with me LOL

ps) Note: I've never eaten a meal while smoking....that's just wrong, no? Hubby doesn't smoke so I respect that and we always have smoke free hotel room, I don't smoke in the car etc.

2 1/2 sleeps until Aruba....can't believe time change for flight day! Geesh, that is going to confuse me! 6:10 a.m. take-off but it's 7:10...Oh, hope limo remembers time change. I'm stressed, I need this vacation LOL
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Smoking, argh, I hate it but can't quit but really want to! My goal next week is to smoke as normal on vacation but I always have to go about 8 hours without a ciggy on the return flight. 1 hour pre-boarding, 5 hour flight, 1 hour through customs, 1 hour to reach home.

I figure if I can go that long, I should just keep it going. Wish me luck!

My question is, since they removed the smoking lounge at the Airport in Aruba, can you still smoke at the bar? I need to prep myself and want to know when I will take my last puff for good (I hope!). I have this funny mental image of me outside airport in Aruba looking at the mountain puffing like a chimney knowing ...this is it! Oh, I sure hope so!

Cathy
Go to London. No smoking allowed in any public space (including all bars and restaurants) so everyone stands out in the street to smoke. If you go in the middle of winter, you'll quit soon enough from the pneumonia you caught...
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At Dulles airport there are 2 smoking areas. I change planes in Miami where you have to go outside, should be time.

a few more wakeups..

I just put mylungs on hold till i hit Aruba Air!!!!
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when we were leaving aruba in september (15th?) both of the women's restrooms were loaded with smokers.

i had to pee so badly and could NOT get in to go.

and re: folks eating and smoking at the same time.................i too have seen it.
a forkful of food, a haul off of a butt, a forkful of food and a haul off a butt.
yuk yuk yuk

now a cigarette with a cup of starbucks.........................ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh to dream.
but since i am a sort of quitter..............(disclosure= i smoke in casinos,) i really do crave a nice cup of coffee and a cigarette.
Funny story - way back when I flew to Reno on a business trip. Didn't want anyone to know I smoked, and really hadn't been for a while but we had an awful flight there and I was a mess. It was also the first time traveling without my husband and son who was an infant at the time. I tried to sneak one in the bathroom at the airport and suddenly an alarm.....WARNING - SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN THE RESTROOM - PLEASE EXTINGUISH IMMEDIATELY". I nearly had a heart attack!

Oh Andrea, I am SO jealous of you only smoking in casinos. Some people can do that, and some can't.
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New York has been non smoking for years and I freeze my butt off every winter and I still haven't quit...so....Sandra....it doesn't work for everyone.
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New York has been non smoking for years and I freeze my butt off every winter and I still haven't quit...so....Sandra....it doesn't work for everyone.
I know....
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Hi Everyone! I was a hard core smoker for 28 years, I tried everything to quit. I mean everything. Patches, filters, gum, cold turkey, timing my cigs, counting my cigs, pills, you name it, I tried it. I have not picked up a cigarette in 5 years and I can easily sit at the bar and drink while all those around me are smoking like fiends. Doesn't bother me at all. Could care less. Doesn't bother me if someone smokes in my car, my house, etc. I'd rather not have the smell, but it dissipates pretty quick if you're not replenishing the smoke every 30 minutes! How did I do it? $120 at the hypnotist, and I was done. Very easy, very effective. Doesn't work for everyone, but it sure worked wonders for me! Moral of the story, just keep trying, you'll eventually find the thing that works for you.
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Hi Everyone! I was a hard core smoker for 28 years, I tried everything to quit. I mean everything. Patches, filters, gum, cold turkey, timing my cigs, counting my cigs, pills, you name it, I tried it. I have not picked up a cigarette in 5 years and I can easily sit at the bar and drink while all those around me are smoking like fiends. Doesn't bother me at all. Could care less. Doesn't bother me if someone smokes in my car, my house, etc. I'd rather not have the smell, but it dissipates pretty quick if you're not replenishing the smoke every 30 minutes! How did I do it? $120 at the hypnotist, and I was done. Very easy, very effective. Doesn't work for everyone, but it sure worked wonders for me! Moral of the story, just keep trying, you'll eventually find the thing that works for you.
I saw a hypnotist at the very beginning of my first pregnancy. I quit, 2 weeks later had a puff, and didn't pick one up again for 1 1/2 years. I don't know if it was the hypnotist that did it, or if it was the fact that I knew I couldn't smoke while pregnant. During my second pregnancy, I smoked a little here or there, quit, and then my dad died. Stupid excuse, I know, but it was never more than one on occasion.

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I think this anti smoking is getting way out of hand. I do believe that
smokers are really being targeted unfairly. I think you should be able to
light up anywhere and everywhere. If people who don't smoke don't like
it when someone lights up then they should move somewhere where
no one is smoking. Bring back smoking on planes, restaurants,malls,
churches, funeral parlors.......everwhere that non smokers don't like, I
think we should be allowed to light them up. Remember life is rigged,
no matter what you do your not going to make it out alive anyway.
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When I first read this, I thought it was meant to be humorous. But I guess not after reading most of the other comments in this thread.

Smoking is everyone's choice, but that doesn't mean smokers have the right to invade other peoples personal space with the smoke, smell, etc. Smokers probably don't realize as much as non-smokers, but being next to a smoker for even a few minutes will make you smell DISGUSTING!

Imagine a smell that you think is completely horrible. Now imagine having to eat a meal while you sit in a place that smells like that, or sleep in a place that smells like that.

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I think this anti smoking is getting way out of hand. I do believe that
smokers are really being targeted unfairly. I think you should be able to
light up anywhere and everywhere. If people who don't smoke don't like
it when someone lights up then they should move somewhere where
no one is smoking. Bring back smoking on planes, restaurants,malls,
churches, funeral parlors.......everwhere that non smokers don't like, I
think we should be allowed to light them up. Remember life is rigged,
no matter what you do your not going to make it out alive anyway.
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bt, i tend to be somewhere in between you and the other poster. i am an ex smoker who doesn't like cigarettes but believes that smokers do get a raw deal to some extent. that being said, i do believe that we all have to learn to give a little on the issue. some communities have decided to ban smoking on the streets and others who can't smoke in their own home or apartment due to complaints. smoking is not a good thing. we all know that but, our government does little to help the smoker, our insurance companies raise the prices for smokers but refuse to pay for most drugs that will help smokers quit, and i know that from first hand experience.

my personal opinion is if we don't want people smoking, create a law saying that says in X number of years smoking will be banned but until that point the us government will prove complete aid to help people quit. make the law 2-5 years in advance and give aid to all smokers. that means qualified mental help, medical help, drug help. stop the stupid ads for phony cures (i love the ear magnet) and really give people a chance.

until then, allow them to smoke in their own space, out side, and in small areas that are shut off but well ventilated in buildings.

we had a hospice nurse as a customer. she told me how the hospice would not allow these dying people to smoke saying it was bad for them. uhm, was it going to kill them? that is going to extremes just as for years some hospices didn't give specific drugs to dying patients because they are addictive.

ok, i have been longwinded enough.

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When I first read this, I thought it was meant to be humorous. But I guess not after reading most of the other comments in this thread.

Smoking is everyone's choice, but that doesn't mean smokers have the right to invade other peoples personal space with the smoke, smell, etc. Smokers probably don't realize as much as non-smokers, but being next to a smoker for even a few minutes will make you smell DISGUSTING!

Imagine a smell that you think is completely horrible. Now imagine having to eat a meal while you sit in a place that smells like that, or sleep in a place that smells like that.

IMHO
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I'm a smoker, and although I think this no smoking thing is getting out of hand, I'd never think of smoking when other people are eating or in a confined area where it would annoy other people. It's not a big deal to get up and go outside or to another area where the smoke isn't offensive to anyone. Quite honestly, when smoking was allowed on a plane, it was even hard for me to breathe.


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I think this anti smoking is getting way out of hand. I do believe that
smokers are really being targeted unfairly. I think you should be able to
light up anywhere and everywhere. If people who don't smoke don't like
it when someone lights up then they should move somewhere where
no one is smoking. Bring back smoking on planes, restaurants,malls,
churches, funeral parlors.......everwhere that non smokers don't like, I
think we should be allowed to light them up. Remember life is rigged,
no matter what you do your not going to make it out alive anyway.
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At Dulles airport there are 2 smoking areas. I change planes in Miami where you have to go outside, should be time.

a few more wakeups..

I just put mylungs on hold till i hit Aruba Air!!!!
We walked past a smoking room in the Miami airport this trip. It was next to the Admirals club between E and D.
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bt, i tend to be somewhere in between you and the other poster. i am an ex smoker who doesn't like cigarettes but believes that smokers do get a raw deal to some extent. that being said, i do believe that we all have to learn to give a little on the issue. some communities have decided to ban smoking on the streets and others who can't smoke in their own home or apartment due to complaints. smoking is not a good thing. we all know that but, our government does little to help the smoker, our insurance companies raise the prices for smokers but refuse to pay for most drugs that will help smokers quit, and i know that from first hand experience.

my personal opinion is if we don't want people smoking, create a law saying that says in X number of years smoking will be banned but until that point the us government will prove complete aid to help people quit. make the law 2-5 years in advance and give aid to all smokers. that means qualified mental help, medical help, drug help. stop the stupid ads for phony cures (i love the ear magnet) and really give people a chance.

until then, allow them to smoke in their own space, out side, and in small areas that are shut off but well ventilated in buildings.

we had a hospice nurse as a customer. she told me how the hospice would not allow these dying people to smoke saying it was bad for them. uhm, was it going to kill them? that is going to extremes just as for years some hospices didn't give specific drugs to dying patients because they are addictive.

ok, i have been longwinded enough.
Smoking will be hard to make illegal because the states get so much tax revenue from tobacco. About 50 cents a pack in Ok. Think about it. States could make selling anything adictive and dangerous, including tobacco, illegal if they want to. They dont want to. Too much money involved.
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well, we all agree on that. the taxes here are even higher and they are trying to raise them again. it is a sad thing, isn't it?

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Smoking will be hard to make illegal because the states get so much tax revenue from tobacco. About 50 cents a pack in Ok. Think about it. States could make selling anything adictive and dangerous, including tobacco, illegal if they want to. They dont want to. Too much money involved.
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By the way mt510, I'm not a smoker.
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My husband is a former HARD CORE three pack a day smoker and loved everything about smoking. He tried to give it up many times but loved it so much he always went back to it. On June 20, 2005, he gave it up, very suddenly and never had another cigarette. What happened to create this miracle? A heart attack at 55.

He has since had six angioplasties, stents in the heart, vascular surgery on a clogged carotid artery, cryosurgery on his left leg, a Gortex stent in his left leg and just recently (some of you may remember we had to cancel our October trip to Aruba) an arterial bypass using a vein from his leg. He is still recuperating two months later. Does he miss smoking? You betcha. Is he sorry he didn't quit sooner? You betcha.

For those of you trying to quit, please don't wait for a heart attack to make you finally quit.
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It has been almost a year since I quit. I only did it because I had a serious sinus infection.

While I dont feel any better from quitting, I hope I have lengthened my life a bit!
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Good for you!!! Whenever you quit is a good time.
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yay corrine!!! you didn't tell me that you quit. i am so proud of you! i know how hard it was. been there and done that.

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At the time, it sounded like a great plan to leave my ciggies behind in Aruba but the plan didn't work out so well. I think I'm going to try hypnosis. It worked for my friend so I'll give it a shot. I envy those, like my hubby, who have never smoked. Wish me luck!
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Thanks Sherry and Phoenix Girl. As I said, I dont feel any difference and only got fatter, but I hope to be around a while longer!

Cathy - It is the hardest thing to do! I have quit before and went back. This time it is for good though, the smell of smoke makes me sick, where before I loved the smell. Good luck to you!
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what surprised me was the number of hotels that are ALL non smoking.

Its a good thing to check out before booking as there were a few places i was looking at and found they were all non smoking rooms.
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Hi Cathy! Hypnosis is how I quit - it worked for me when nothing else would. However, it does not entirely make the urges go away, it just makes it easier to say "no, I'm not going to smoke any more". You still need will power, but before hypnosis it was impossible for me to turn away from the cigarette. You have to be ready, that is the key.
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