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Quitting Device

Can't smoke when you want.
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For people such as me in the process of quitting smoking, I think a small, nearly indestructable device that holds your smokes would help.

At specfic intervals, the machine will beep, the solonid will fire. and a single smoke will be presented.

The time will be set initially by pressing it every time you usually have a smoke for a few days. It then gives you smokes at this interval.

The interval is gradually decreased over a period of a few weeks, down to nearly nothing.

As a precautionary measure, there could be a single 'emergency smoke' a day you could request, in case you wreck your allowed one, or need one really bad (your gf just dumped your smoking ass), or just want to give one to someone.

This with good old fashioned will power could help. There was a device like this before, but it only told you when you could smoke. Much easier to cheat.

Giblet, Jan 08 2005

Key Safe http://www.improvem...&macs=macs=IFROGT01
Has the nearly indestructible contruction needed for this idea. [Mustardface, Jan 08 2005]

We need an ad campaign to counter this amazing piece of advertising for cigarettes. https://www.youtube...watch?v=nLXoZ69ce-I
[doctorremulac3, Sep 21 2022]

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       I voted "for". I suggest the title of your idea include "smoke" or something.
Mustardface, Jan 08 2005
  

       Thanks. Takes a while to get the feel of the postings here :)   

       I'm learning....
Giblet, Jan 08 2005
  

       Me too!
Mustardface, Jan 08 2005
  

       Nice.   

       How about the same technology as a revolver but the triggering mechanism is internal? It wouldn't have to be nearly as robust as a pistol that handles actual exploding gunpowder, but a similar system should work.
Giblet, Jan 08 2005
  

       Now this, which relies on a voluntary handicap, is good. +
bristolz, Jan 08 2005
  

       But if it actually looked like a revolver, it would have the benefit of reminding the smoker that he or she is killing him or herself.   

       Giving new meaning to "smoking gun".
Mustardface, Jan 08 2005
  

       Here's your seed money: Present this idea to one of those companies that manufactures time clocks, thereupon giving you a bunch of angles to cover.
reensure, Jan 08 2005
  

       Did that twenty-five years ago. Like the current smoking computers, I just analyzed my habit's non-smoking intervals and increased them until there was a @three day interval. There should always be an emergency white thing available in the quitting system. You congratulate yourself many times a day for meeting your time interval and maybe more importantly you are building up a resistance to caving in because you knew all along you could have just grabbed one. It's a total winning feeling.
mensmaximus, Jan 08 2005
  

       cool -- can you put chocolate in this device?
not_only_but_also, Jan 10 2005
  

       Ah, if it had chocolate in, I'd want an assault-rifle design, rather than a revolver. Higher rate of fire, etc.
david_scothern, Jan 10 2005
  

       How the hell do you refill it?
pooduck, Jan 10 2005
  

       When it's empty, through the magic of miniaturized transistors, sensors, and solonoids, the device opens, ready to receive the fresh pack of smokes.   

       You lock them all away, and it continues on with it's program.
Giblet, Jan 15 2005
  

       As I was looking through my ideas I came across my quitting device, and am just now enjoying the fact that without this device, I have not enjoyed a single cigarrette since I quit while on a vacation to the Domincan Rep. This was on April 20th at 4:20am, 2006. I never looked back, except for a brief cigar smoking stint, but that has also been snuffed out.   

       Just sayin.
Giblet, Mar 20 2008
  

       (high five!)
phoenix, Mar 20 2008
  

       I'm coming back to this post to say, I have not had a cigarette since 2006 now.
Giblet, Sep 21 2022
  

       So, in a recursive way, the idea is the idea, and it works perfectly?
pocmloc, Sep 21 2022
  

       Well done on staying alive by not committing slow suicide. [Giblet], consider returning with a non-smoking update sooner than 2036 (your previous 14 year interval). We have experienced an alarming rate of attrition here at the HB, and we need all upbeat resilient hands on deck.
Sgt Teacup, Sep 21 2022
  

       //upbeat//   

       What's wrong with a big pile of pessimistic realism eh?
Voice, Sep 21 2022
  

       Good for you G, know how hard that challenge is.   

       Wonder if a good anti smoking campaign for youth would simply be "F*ck Cigarettes"? Yea, it's rude and crude but it gets your attention. Show a young guy trying to impress a chick by lighting a cigarette and have her cough, obviously lose all interest and get up and walk away. That would effectively counter the greatest cigarette ad in history. (link)   

       There was what I thought was a very useless campaign against drugs proposed by Nancy Reagan many decades ago, the "Just say no" campaign. I always thought it should have been "Just say no thank you.". Seriously, your choice is between taking drugs and being a jerk? Anyway we see how well that worked.
doctorremulac3, Sep 21 2022
  

       //upbeat// //pessimistic realism// Why not both?!
Sgt Teacup, Sep 21 2022
  

       Upbeat pessimistic realism.   

       Hey, I like that! I REALLY like that! Like "Shut up and take my money!" like that!   

       Upbeat pessimistic realism. Count me in. Seriously.
doctorremulac3, Sep 21 2022
  

       It's so good, I'll take 20!
mylodon, Sep 24 2022
  

       This Quitting Device is a great success; it hasn't smoked for weeks.
pertinax, Sep 24 2022
  
      
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