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#1 giveintowin

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:34 AM

I am wondering how long people here smoked for. I smoked for 30 years and get nervous about this catching up with me with something like COPD, lung cancer etc. My last x-ray showed some signs of emphysema. I didn't follow it up to see how bad it was because my breathing seemed ok.  It's funny how I foolish now feel about smoking for so long since I quit. It's almost like that 30 years flew by. I meant to quit sooner but I just stopped a number of times and started again.

 

This is truly a silly addiction. I heard Alan Carr say that no-one makes a conscious decision to be a smoker. It just happens from having the first one or two and then people get hooked. But they never actually decided ever to be a lifelong smoker or a long term smoker. :-(


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#2 EileenC

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:40 AM

38 years for me.  I started when I was 16 because it was cool.  Cigarettes were 60 cents a pack.  I always tried to ignore the cost, so can't give you a definite price, but they are over $8.50 a pack here in NJ now.


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#3 Phoebe77

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:40 AM

I smoked for about 30 years too.

 

I'm under no illusion that I won't become ill or die from a smoking related disease, but if I do, I'm so happy I can hold my head high and say I am a non smoker with a 3 year quit behind me.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:44 AM

About 35 here and I agree with phoebe.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:48 AM

Dear Gives,

38 yr smoker here.

I wonder about all those things you mention too. I also wonder if the strength of the cig (nicotine) allows far more damage to your health, more so than 'years'.

So, here goes:

I smoked for 38 yrs, low nicotine cigs, 1-1/2 packs/day for first 25 yrs. 2-3 packs per day for last 13 yrs. smoking outdoors mostly.

At 17 when I first started smoking, I did not decide to be a life long smoker. Nicotine addiction decided it for me.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:54 AM

30 years for me as well, of 3 packs a day, never a day off.

Like Phoebe said just above, I too, have no illusions to escape without somehow paying for that abuse.

But today isn't that day.

I am enjoying being free from this nonsense and glad to have quit by choice rather than puffing all the way to my death.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:03 AM

Marcus, good one. You should be quoted on your wise words.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:04 AM

"I am enjoying being free from this nonsense and glad to have quit by choice rather than puffing all the way to my death." Marcus, 4/15/2017.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:21 AM

34 years straight. Have had two low dose CT scans in past two years. FIrst one showed a very small nodule and second one showed no increase in size of nodule. Just came back from doctor. He wants me to schedule a third CT scan within a few months to keep an eye on this. He and therefore I are not too concerned. I highly recommend a low dose CT scan for anyone who was a long term smoker. Peace of mind is well worth it.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:00 AM

I started when I was 12 (cigarettes were 25 cents a pack)

Smoked for 46 years

Pretty young quit at this point - trying to keep my head together, but, the nicodemon has been especially loud the last couple of days - handing me excuses left & right.

 

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:06 AM

7 years. Started when I was 17, quit at 24.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:08 AM

30 years for me also. seems like 30 is the magic number....? I guess it take some time for all of us to wise up.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:44 AM

30 stupid, what was I thinking, dumbass years PLUS...

It's a slow suicide, which by the way, you probably are not wanting...but...that is the way it's heading if smoking is your thing.

Thank goodness I am free of this awful and slow suffocating addiction.

And that's a big WOOF from Ralph..my sweet furry mate who had to put up with it too...
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:36 AM

38 years for me , ended up on 40+ a day . Not good
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:55 AM

Started smoking when I was 16. Smoked until I was 34.

 

That's 18 years. Wow, and I originally had been saying it was 16 years! Clearly math is not my strong point. LOL


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:08 AM

21 years    + 3 years break + 5 years     = 26 years

92.500 cigs + 0 cigs        + 22.500 cigs = 115.000 cigs

 

moral of my story: NOPE or I pay dearly.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:57 AM

15 years out of 31..:/

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:19 AM

I was a smoker for about 35 years.  Biggest regret of my life that I ever even started, but back in the 70's it was still considered cool to be a smoker.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:55 AM

42 years. Jeesh.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:01 PM

43.  Like beazel, I remember going into the diner on the south side of Chicago and putting my quarter in for a pack of stale Marlboros.  Smoking was part of my naive identity.  My wife and I also quit in '02.  I can't even tell you the regret I have felt for thinking I could have just one and then back to a pack within a month on so many occasions.  I could just cry.  Not to mention the money spent.  We can't change the past.  Live life to the fullest as long as you are able.  I think we owe that to those who can't.  Peace.


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