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Any former tobacco users??

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by JDean3204, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Vision1

    Vision1 New Member

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    Is it possible to land an airplane without a chew? Isn't it required?... Isn't it written somewhere in Part 91?

    Serious, though, try a product called "Grinds". It's a pouch type tobacco replacement. It's getting pretty popular. The makers were on Shark Tank some time back. Give it a shot. I combined that with the patch. Good luck.
     
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  2. JDean3204

    JDean3204 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone! It is somewhat comforting to know others have had the same battle with tobacco as well. I am giving it another shot starting tomorrow. I ran out of chew today and to be honest, I didn't even want to go and buy another can but I found one in my trip bag that was about 1/4 full. It is now gone, so hopefully this will be it for me. I wanted to wait until I'm done with IOE but I have read a few books this last week about kicking the habit and feel like I may have the tools necessary to make it happen. I will give milestone updates if I make it that far, I mean WHEN I make it that far!!

    Cheers
     
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  3. Cptnchia

    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    Good luck with quitting. I gave up the chew almost 25 years ago when my dentist pointed out the pre cancerous spots in my mouth and told me I'd have jaw cancer within two years if I didn't stop.

    Just please do your fellow pilots a favor. Until you do stop, please do not leave your spit cup/bottle in the cockpit when you leave. I know it sounds elementary to police up your area prior to leaving the plane, yet d-bags still manage to leave a warm mess for others to clean up. :confused:
     
  4. RORO

    RORO Well-Known Member

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    I saw Chantix is now approved for pilots after a 72 hour window and re-visit with your doctor. Has anyone gone through the process? A lot of my friends(non aviation) have had successful results with Chantix.

    Will power just isn't working for me anymore :(
     
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  5. AZflyboy

    AZflyboy Well-Known Member

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    have you guys heard of Zyn? They are nicotine pouches with only nicotine salt, no tobacco and no cancer causing chemicals. Lots of flavors too from mint to coffee/peppermint.
    Google Zyn NT (non tobacco) It's allover the west coast now and at a lot of gas stations. Has helped a lot getting away from tobacco and quitting in general.
     
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  6. JDean3204

    JDean3204 Well-Known Member

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    6 days in! Still think about it after every meal and when I wake up. Chewing nicorette very conservatively, trying to ween down to three pieces a day by next week.
     
  7. SKYROCK

    SKYROCK Frank Poole - Astronaut

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    Chantix works for a awful lot of people. Pity the rehab fought me during my window of opportunity but this was the joint where they send all the tobacco executives. You want a gateway drug? Cigarettes, that's your gateway drug. Grandma always lit Marlboro 100's and let them burn down in the ashtray. She only took a few puffs. Smoked her whole life and died of a staff infection in the hospital. Crazy this life. She was the secretary to the base commander at Pope. I'd imagine cigarette smoke was rather thick in military offices back in the day. My Aunt was also a Virginia Slims model in New York. She did billboards with long slender cigarettes. She wasn't a smoker. Didn't help to have these role models I must say. At the end of the day, its a choice though.

    I still struggle. When I want to light up though, forcing yourself to buy 2mg lozenges at Walmart instead of smoke is a good thing. I don't have the answer, but I get 10 or 12 days with nothing feel great and then I buy one off someone for a quarter. Its like chasing your tail round and round again. I'm known to buy the cheapest pack I can find, smoke a few, and douse the rest. its getting better though. If I don't do this now, its going to give me cancer, bad breath, brown teeth, COPD. Its pretty clear to me. Now or never.

    Its even harder to do when you are depressed.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Smoking gives you cancer. It says so right on the box.
     
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  8. BigZ

    BigZ Well-Known Member

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    Anything but the cigarettes when you feel the urge.
    I've been smoking a pipe since 2015, to me cigarettes smell like crap now (after about 20 years of smoking them up with the average of pack and a half a day).
    Nevertheless, not too long ago I got busy with the 135 stuff and forgot to reorder my pipe tobacco like I normally do, so the tracking said there'll be a couple of days between running out and the package arriving. No biggie, picked up a pack of Camel Crush I used to smoke to fill in the gap.
    Observation 1 - cigarettes taste like crap and the yuckiness lingers forever.
    Observation 2 - I'm happily indulging in my pipe smoking again, but I see the damn cigarettes in my dreams and first few days driving by the gas stations I had to make a point to drive by and not buy any.
    Buy a corncob pipe and a pouch of tobacco for the days you feel like you have to smoke but don't touch the cigarettes. Whatever is in them is far more addictive than tobacco
     

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