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mcosta91


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I can definitely agree that as s smoker there are disadvantages. When I do long climbs and take cigarette break in between, once i finish, i feel horrible, not good. We all climb for our own reasons, but the reason that everyone shares is that we all enjoy climbing. After reading this thread, its actually motivated me to really try and quit smoking in order to better myself


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mcosta91 wrote:
I can definitely agree that as s smoker there are disadvantages. When I do long climbs and take cigarette break in between, once i finish, i feel horrible, not good. We all climb for our own reasons, but the reason that everyone shares is that we all enjoy climbing. After reading this thread, its actually motivated me to really try and quit smoking in order to better myself

Good luck dude, and i sincerely mean that. I just fell off the wagon because 1. i'm weak, and 2. i'm an idiot. I like having a cig in between pitches on longer routes so much that i broke down and decided i'd "only smoke then." one month later i'm still smokin, and every time i buy a pack it's "my last one." God damnit i suck.


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caughtinside wrote:
granite_grrl wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
Dip wrote:
ceebo wrote:
Carbon monoxide replacing oxygen and the body needing more time to repair as a result of the damage brought on by smoking are the only 2 effects i know of that have direct implications to climbing ability.

Anybody know some more?.

Im trying to quit smoking (almost a week), saving money.. living longer and ofc being able to climb longer and/or harder are all huge helping factors in motivation.

I quit smoking yummy delicious cigarettes roughly three months ago, and i have not noticed anything different whatsoever, except the annoying feeling that something is missing from in between climbs.

Zis iz why zee French invented zee grigri:
so you can smoke zee cigarette and belay!

I totally climbed with an Itallian dude like that. Though "belaying' was maybe a little generous in terms of what he was doing with the grigri.

Europeans can do two things without dying that Americans cant: smoke their asses off and belay no-handed.

Interesting!


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smoke weed. Cool


rferguson61


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First...dont smoke weed...its just as bad if not worse for you (medical journals outlining the effects i read in school)

Second...you dont suck. Its tough man. I cant tell you how many times i quit. One of my buddies who also smokes made an eye opening point that once you start you never really quit. Even if you do youll be at a party or out with friends or one of your triggers (mine is seeing someone else smoke even on tv) will get the better of you and youll have "just one" and then 3 months later its your "last pack"

I cant really speak to how it effects you for climbing as i when i used to climb i was to young to smoke. But i am a kayaker and what really made me finally truly quit (as best a smoker can...in 9 months i have fallen off the wagon twice and surprisingly only had one cig each time) was the first time i rolled my kayak over in a rapid and i thought i was in serious trouble...not from the water but from not being able to breath because of my lungs inability to function. In any sport it makes it very difficult. I (sadly) didnt care about all the science and what "could" happen when i was smoking. It was when something did happen that it quite literally scared me straight.

Quitting isnt easy...its not the addiction...that starts to dissipate in three days or so. The hard one is the habits you form...like you said...something to do in between legs. Its either overcoming these habits until they are no longer habits via will power or doing something else in these times to forget these habits and create new ones.

I wish the best of luck to you.


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One of my mates quit recently, and he said the same, it's breaking the habit, rather than the addiction.

He traded off smoking for riding bikes more. It was a double whammy of fitness improvment, and now he looks back at his time smoking and can't figure out why he ever did it.


rferguson61


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mikebee wrote:
One of my mates quit recently, and he said the same, it's breaking the habit, rather than the addiction.

He traded off smoking for riding bikes more. It was a double whammy of fitness improvment, and now he looks back at his time smoking and can't figure out why he ever did it.

Im the same way. I have no idea why i ever did it. I remember the way i felt when i smoked and i dont see the apeal anymore. I stopped smoking and started working out once i got my lung capacity back. Best idea i ever had. Shortly after i stopped...some agency started running an ad campaign about the SERIOUS effects of smoking...that is what really helped me. They show one where they squeeze the plaque from a heavy smokers (which i was) aorta...it was eye opening and disgusting. Effective.


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rferguson61 wrote:
mikebee wrote:
One of my mates quit recently, and he said the same, it's breaking the habit, rather than the addiction.

He traded off smoking for riding bikes more. It was a double whammy of fitness improvment, and now he looks back at his time smoking and can't figure out why he ever did it.

Im the same way. I have no idea why i ever did it. I remember the way i felt when i smoked and i dont see the apeal anymore. I stopped smoking and started working out once i got my lung capacity back. Best idea i ever had. Shortly after i stopped...some agency started running an ad campaign about the SERIOUS effects of smoking...that is what really helped me. They show one where they squeeze the plaque from a heavy smokers (which i was) aorta...it was eye opening and disgusting. Effective.

Yeah i've been looking at the billboards a lot lately too, and they are quite effective. I also saw one of those filters that's supposed to eliminate 90% of the tar that goes into your lungs, and the tar buildup in it after just one cigartette is disgusting. That being said, i'm stil on my "last pack."

As to the weed thing, i'd have to disagree that it's just as bad for you. All debateable medical research aside, at least it makes you feel good, and after suckin back a doob i don't feel like i need another one 20 minutes later.


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Dip wrote:
rferguson61 wrote:
mikebee wrote:
One of my mates quit recently, and he said the same, it's breaking the habit, rather than the addiction.

He traded off smoking for riding bikes more. It was a double whammy of fitness improvment, and now he looks back at his time smoking and can't figure out why he ever did it.

Im the same way. I have no idea why i ever did it. I remember the way i felt when i smoked and i dont see the apeal anymore. I stopped smoking and started working out once i got my lung capacity back. Best idea i ever had. Shortly after i stopped...some agency started running an ad campaign about the SERIOUS effects of smoking...that is what really helped me. They show one where they squeeze the plaque from a heavy smokers (which i was) aorta...it was eye opening and disgusting. Effective.

Yeah i've been looking at the billboards a lot lately too, and they are quite effective. I also saw one of those filters that's supposed to eliminate 90% of the tar that goes into your lungs, and the tar buildup in it after just one cigartette is disgusting. That being said, i'm stil on my "last pack."

As to the weed thing, i'd have to disagree that it's just as bad for you. All debateable medical research aside, at least it makes you feel good, and after suckin back a doob i don't feel like i need another one 20 minutes later.

The happy side of weed is bob marley, lets heal the world. The bad side is stabbing a man dead becuase you thought he thought he didnt think you knew. Knew what? Crazy. That you were rediculessly parinoid Unsure. He was right.


jamesnater


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I quit smoking the day I went completely broke, no money, no food, no nothing. Had to dirtbag it for a while, and food was way more important than anything else.

Coincidentally, I started climbing around the same time. I think quitting smoking cigarettes REALLY helped, financially, and physically.

Quitting along with doing something new that requires a lifestyle change really helps. If you're used to the same old same old, and cigarettes were a part of that, it's gonna be really hard to let go.

Also, I think weed is good for you. There's nothing wrong with smoking weed, if anything it makes climbing way more interesting and fun, as with everything else, lol.

But for health reasons, I don't smoke weed...





















































....I vaporiiiize Wink


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I recall hearing about how heroin addicted soldiers in Vietnam were able to quit very easily upon going home because all of the things that allowed and caused their addiction went away.

I quit smoking at around the same time I stopped talking to the ex-girlfriend who got me smoking in the first place. I stopped hanging out with my smoker friends, and started climbing again.

In other words, quitting smoking was part of turning my life around, not the pinnacle of it. Seeing smoking in that light, its much, MUCH easier to simply quit, since its not the hardest thing you're trying to do at that moment.


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Every now and then I read something on rc.com that leaves me puzzled in an amusing way. This is one of them.

rferguson61 wrote:
The hard one is the habits you form...like you said...something to do in between legs. .


Cheers,
rob.calm

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