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independentbystander 1 point ago +1 / -0

I was doing 2+ pots of coffee a day for decades, and chain-smoking cigarettes whenever possible, even while eating.

Now I'm on the "heart healthy" diet, which is the opposite of the "sanity-safe" diet. 2 cups of coffee maximum, crushing withdrawal headache 24-7 for about a year now. I'm not sure how much worse that would be without any caffeine at all, but I'm not going to do any experimenting with that.

I've been on The Patch trying to quit smoking (again) but I always go back to it when I get to the last round of low-dose patch. At my level of nicotine addiction, the strong patch barely keeps me from lighting up, the "stage 2" has my wife ready to move out, the "stage 3" may as well be a band-aid so I light up again. My doctor says he had patients who use the strongest patch daily for years, in his opinion it's not good but is better for you than smoking. I fear that's as far as I will ever get, unless staying on The Patch long-term might adjust me to a normal level of addiction where I could step down gradually.

>On the bright side, I haven't gone back to drinking yet because putting a hangover on top of that caffeine-withdrawal headache is unthinkable.

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FireannDireach 2 points ago +2 / -0

Have you considered vaping? It worked for me, 30+ years two pack a day Camel lights here.

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Dman82 1 point ago +1 / -0

I smoke 2 packs of Marlborough reds a day. do you feel better since starting vapeing? I mean can you tell a difference? Do you save money or is it more or about the same? Isn't it suppose to be bad for you also? Sorry for the interrogation LOL but I have been thinking about trying vapeing.

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Dimensia89 1 point ago +1 / -0

Been vaping for 4 years, with less nicotine (by choice). I won't go back, my lungs feel do much better since my smoker's cough left. What I did was half my cigarette intake, then mixed in vaping in order to get used to it. Fondant I went from one cigarette at night before I have them up entirely. But you have to have the motivation. My motivation was watching my father have to be put on oxygen for the rest of his life due to COPD...