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#41 johnny5

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:23 PM

About 20 years.

 

I started smoking around age 18 or 19 in college.  I quit soon after my 39th birthday. 

 

I had a number of short quits (the longest one being 44 days) over my past few years as a smoker.  Finding this site and reading Allen Carr's book gave me the knowledge, strength and support to finally quit for good (something I didn't think I could do, even during those short quits I just mentioned)


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#42 mei

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:47 PM

             40 years @ 30 to 35 a day = 450,000 smoked. shame on me. Thank You QSMB!!


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#43 Jryan19982

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:48 PM

16 ish years of varying degrees of 2 smokes a day to a pack a day.  My guess is that I averaged about 1/2 a pack a day for 16 years.    


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I GOT THIS

One puff and I'm back where I started. Where I started was desperately wishing to be where I am right now.

1.  If you feel like smoking today, just make it through today and see how you feel tomorrow.  

2.  If tomorrow comes and you still feel like smoking, go back to #1.  

Just make it through one more day!

Any day you wake up and are alive and kicking is better than the alternative.  Do you want to speed up that process by smoking?  Not me.   

 

 

 


#44 Nina the Quitter

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:16 PM

45 years at a pack a day.


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#45 green meenie

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:45 AM

Too long :(


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#46 Lone Goose

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 08:45 AM

Way Waaaaaaaay to long :sad:


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:33 AM

42 years

42 years is a long time

42 bloody long years

42 years is a lifetime for some

42 years of willingly killing myself slowly

42 years when I should have been smelling of Chanel No 5

42 years of wasting time, money, freedom and self worth

Now aged almost 59 and wondering when my time will be up

42 bloody wasted years...

I am ashamed


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

G'day
40 sumthing years.
Wasted. Don't know.
Feel guilty sometimes.. could have I spent my " money,my energy, my time. Was it wasted?
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#49 MInnMuldoon

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:50 PM

Another long timer here.. about 37 years. Wish it weren't so, but happy to be quit now. The years add up fast, especially when one's head is in the sand.
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#50 Wayne045

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 03:18 PM

33 years.

 

Started in 82 and it was very hit or miss, maybe 8-10 cigarettes per week but not daily.   Became a daily smoker while in college at 21.    Smoked 5-6 cigarettes per day for about 12 years, which gradually increased to around 10-12 cigarettes per day until I quit a year and a half ago.   I guess not a heavy smoker but still a long-time one which I regret.    Happy to be free of it.


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#51 brand.new.ela

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 05:27 PM

Started when I was 17 because the cool kids smoked and I wanted to belong. Quit at 35. More than half life as a smoker, the whole adulthood. Sad.
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#52 Whispers

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 09:27 PM

close to 20 years(18), im with that group that i wont be shocked if something happens down the rd.


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Posted 25 December 2017 - 10:40 PM

I am 78 yrs old.

I have smoked since I was a child.  

 

I quit cold turkey April 2nd 2017.

 

 I am now a long distance walker, feel like I'm a teenager, and am managing my diet, to where i even feel healthy.

 

You will get no sympathy from me.



#54 giveintowin

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 11:07 PM

I am 78 yrs old.
I have smoked since I was a child.

I quit cold turkey April 2nd 2017.

I am now a long distance walker, feel like I'm a teenager, and am managing my diet, to where i even feel healthy.

You will get no sympathy from me.


You really have been lucky with your health. No one asked for sympathy. Best to you.
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Quit date Thursday 24th October. 2017, 10.10am AEDT.

 

It is a relief to not be killing myself slowly. Every day I don't smoke I am getting stronger.


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:27 AM

Ten years at half to 3/4 pack a day. Quit 2years ago at age 31. So proud and so glad I quit. Nope is the only way. You just have to focus on not smoking this minute, this hour, this day. It's that simple. It's not easy but it's just that simple.
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#56 Jillar

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:30 AM

Congratulations on two years quit lovenlife :)
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#57 Lovenlife

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 02:39 AM

Congratulations on two years quit lovenlife :)



Thanks Jillar! I appreciate you
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#58 barry

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 03:05 AM

roughly 40 years, off and on...


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 07:28 AM

More than 40 years. I had my fist cigarette when I was 8 years old. I was the youngest in a group of about 8 lads at that time , of which the oldest was about 14. I suppose they wanted me to smoke so I did not tell on them and of course I wanted to be one of the lads.

 

I was buying them regularly  from about 12 years old  and by the time I was working , ( 16 years old ) I was on about 30 a day , which I continued with until a couple of years ago when I switched to E cigs in the day and a cigar in the evening.

 

I finally quit nicotine on the 17th of November ( last month ).

Cant say Im finding it easy but when I quit I never thought I'd see out the 1st weekend let alone 39 days


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 05:25 AM

More than 40 years. I had my fist cigarette when I was 8 years old. I was the youngest in a group of about 8 lads at that time , of which the oldest was about 14. I suppose they wanted me to smoke so I did not tell on them and of course I wanted to be one of the lads.
 
I was buying them regularly  from about 12 years old  and by the time I was working , ( 16 years old ) I was on about 30 a day , which I continued with until a couple of years ago when I switched to E cigs in the day and a cigar in the evening.
 
I finally quit nicotine on the 17th of November ( last month ).
Cant say Im finding it easy but when I quit I never thought I'd see out the 1st weekend let alone 39 days


Welcome siaz and congratulations on 39 days smoke free :) Why don't you take a minute and post an introduction? We have a bunch of great members who would love to say hi :)
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Things began to get better when I realized I would remain quit even if things never got any better.

Christian99 16 Years Quit

We say here that it is better to be a nonsmoker with the occasional desire to smoke than a smoker with the constant desire to quit. Marciem
Being successful doesn't mean that you'll never GET to smoke again. It means that you'll never HAVE to smoke again.





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