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#1 Prinny

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:06 AM

So 21 days without a ciggie but if asked I would still say I was a smoker. At what stage did you say you were a non smoker?
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:15 AM

You need to think of yourself as a non smoker. I'm only seven days in and I'm a non smoker. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you've been successful in your quit or you will never know! You are a non smoker so celebrate it!
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:43 AM

Well done with your quit Prinny. 21 days is a great milestone to achieve.

To me you are a non smoker already. You have been through those gruelling days and emerged as a winner. Do not let it relapse ever again

Good luck and well done
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

After I had my last cigarette, sounds a bit rash but that's how I always saw it.
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:26 PM

Mind over matter. 

 

The sooner you see yourself as a nonsmoker the easier for you. 

 

One day, let´s hope sooner rather than later, somebody will offer you a cigarette, or ask you for a light, or offer "smoking or non-smoking" and you´ll have the chance to proclaim to the world you are a non-smoker... and it feesl GRRRRREAT!

 

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:52 PM

I have been around smokers and I haven't got the desire anymore to get a sneaky puff or two in. It's not until you quit that you realise just how much it sticks. I can smell a ciggie several car lengths away and I feel sick.
But if I was an alcoholic and hadn't had a drink for years I would still be an alcoholic, yet smoking 20 cigs a day for 20 years I can say I am a non smoker? Doesn't feel right.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:53 PM

You have a nicotine addiction, but you are a non-smoker now.

 

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:57 PM

Now! As soon as you quit :) Its a great way to remain smoke free if you consider yourself a non smoker.. it feels GOOD saying it too!!!!!! Use it to keep you focused and on your quit journey... high 5 to your 21 days..... NOPE { Not One Puff Ever} AGAIN!!


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:02 PM

I agree... the very first day of your quit, you were a nonsmoker!!!

 

Enjoy it!  Congratulations on 3 weeks!!


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

Yup, the moment you put out that last cigarette is the moment you became a non smoker.  :) Congrats!!


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 12:06 AM

Yes you are a non smoker once you quit but when it comes to your medical history always be honest and tell them how long you smoked and the date you quit.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:27 PM

So 21 days without a ciggie but if asked I would still say I was a smoker. At what stage did you say you were a non smoker?

 

I started on day 2....LOL

 

Because THAT'S when I knew I'd never smoke again.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:49 PM

Congrats on 21 days, you are definitely a non smoker

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:09 PM

As far as the insurance companies are concerned???

 

IMMEDIATELY

 

In fact - I am going with immediately for my answer to everything.

 

I am a non-smoker.

 

No more holes in expensive shirts and coats

 

No more having MY kids stink at school

 

No more spending $200 a month

 

No. God. Damn. More.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:11 PM

Yes you are a non smoker once you quit but when it comes to your medical history always be honest and tell them how long you smoked and the date you quit.

 

Yeah, yeah. I am ALL for honesty, but once it is out of your system, it ain't their bidness anymore. I stll have a few months to go on that...


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:39 PM

Yeah, yeah. I am ALL for honesty, but once it is out of your system, it ain't their bidness anymore. I stll have a few months to go on that...

It ain't a matter of being their bidness, pardner, it's letting them know your history so you can get the best healthcare.


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:45 AM

It ain't a matter of being their bidness, pardner, it's letting them know your history so you can get the best healthcare.

 

yawn...

 

I am talking about insurance and you are talking about docs


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 12:32 PM

So 21 days without a ciggie but if asked I would still say I was a smoker. At what stage did you say you were a non smoker?

 

I rarely get asked flat-out if I'm a smoker, so I didn't have to really think about this.  Just the occasional request to bum a lighter or something.  But, I think somewhere around six months my typical response changed from "sorry, dude, I've quit smoking" to "sorry, dude, I don't smoke."  Sounds like a long time, I know, but for me it was less about the number of days/months I'd been quit and more about how I was feeling on a day-to-day basis.  Somewhere around six months, I realized I wasn't thinking about trying to quit smoking every hour of the day.  When I stopped hyper-focusing on NOT having a cigarette, I started FEELING like a non-smoker. 


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:53 PM

In Australia we don't have to worry about insurance, we get free healthcare to everyone.

I have had a few people ask if I smoke recently and I said I have quit so I guess in a way I am still taking it one day at a time.
Day 35 now!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:39 AM

Hi Prinny, I am from Australia too :)
Today is my first day of quitting so I definitely can't wear the badge of non-smoker yet!
35 days is great GO YOU!!!
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