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Old 09-30-17, 01:01 AM
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540 clean days!

I quit smoking cold-turkey on April 8th, 2016 after 21 years of smoking two packs a day on average, and have been completely clean ever since.

Now, if I'm counting calendar months, I shouldn't be celebrating until October 8th, but hey - 540 days technically is 18 months!

Looking back, the health, quality of life, and money I wasted in two decades is staggering. I just hope that by posting about this I'd inspire someone else to quit.
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Old 09-30-17, 01:16 AM
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Very well done! Keep it up and enjoy the healthier life and more disposable cash to spend.
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Old 09-30-17, 06:35 AM
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Congrats! You story sounds like mine except it's been about 20 years since I quit. It's one nasty habit and I'm so glad to have it behind me.
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Old 09-30-17, 06:58 AM
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15 years for me . I definitely do not feel I am depriving myself of an indulgence . I feel sorry for people I see smoking tobacco the same as I do for any other drug addict .++
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Old 09-30-17, 07:12 AM
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Congratulations! Keep the streak going.
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Old 09-30-17, 07:28 AM
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Old 09-30-17, 07:35 AM
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Do you feel that your previous smoking was due to stress? Did you eliminate stress of some sort from your life?
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Old 09-30-17, 08:53 AM
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Excellent!
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Old 09-30-17, 09:01 AM
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Outstanding !!!!

Likewise to all other former smokers. Good for y'all.
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Old 09-30-17, 09:25 AM
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Awesome job! It was 10 years in July for me.
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Congrats, keep up the good work
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Old 09-30-17, 10:05 AM
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Outstanding! My wife quit 8 years ago after almost 30 years of smoking. She wishes she had done it sooner, but to anyone now smoking, always better late than never.
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Old 09-30-17, 12:51 PM
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Do you feel that your previous smoking was due to stress? Did you eliminate stress of some sort from your life?
You know, now that the question has been asked - it's all a myth. A lie. As a matter of fact, if anything, Being a Smoker added a whole lot more stress to my life than it (allegedly) took away. And I, like most people, failed to grasp the true cost of my actions. And none of it is even remotely defensible, to say the least.

For one, I lament the whole days that I would waste store-hopping to find my favorite brand when the local distributor would decide to control the supply for some reason. And when I did finally find a store that had my brand, I would spend hundreds - in a couple of instances, thousands - to buy their entire stock "so as not to run out too soon." That's a whole lot of time and money I could've put to much better use.

For another, being a smoker turned me from a popular, widely respected person into the biggest jerk in the office. By insisting on smoking where smoking was prohibited "because it helped me do my job," as I falsely used to claim, I made a lot of good people feel bad. I was my own failure to reason with "myself that let my addiction overrule my judgement and sense of compassion and empathy, I became "That Guy." To this day, I still wonder how I managed to get away with acting like a complete jerk for all these years without getting my ass fired!

And last, but by no means least, I deeply regret the fact that by smoking at home, I forced my beloved wife to become a second-hand smoker for all these years - even during the years that she was ill. For that, I cannot apologize to her enough. She's about as well now as anyone with previously serious spinal issues could possibly be, and not only do I owe it to her to clean up, but staying clean is the absolute minimum I could do to provide her the healthy, loving, welcoming home that she deserves.

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Old 09-30-17, 07:57 PM
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Wow that's a powerful statement! Congrats! For me I'll crave one but always feel cruddy after!
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Old 10-01-17, 04:16 AM
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cigs killed my mom congrats dude
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Old 10-01-17, 07:12 AM
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Cigs killed my dad. Grats, @sjanzeir

I smoked for 15 years and quit cold turkey in 1991. Best thing I ever did for myself and my family. Its amazing to step back and look at the US Government sometimes and how they chase the money. Big Tobacco kills people and buys their way out of it.
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Old 10-01-17, 01:19 PM
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Good job!! And may you have continued improved health!
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Old 10-02-17, 07:44 AM
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Old 10-02-17, 11:27 AM
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Wow, congrats and thanks for sharing your self-reflection.

I'm grateful that is one demon I've never dabbled with; your experience will help keep that true.
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Dad had a heart attack in his early 40s, requiring triple bypass surgery. Doc said, quit smoking, quit drinking, and lose weight. He only did one of those, but apparently the right one.

I watched ex-no.2's mom go out with COPD/emphysema due to smoking, hooked up her last years to either an oxygen bottle or a concentrator machine. No thanks.

I am 892 days sober -- quit alcohol and weed over two years ago.
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Old 10-04-17, 09:26 AM
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It is stunning what we can do once we decide to do it(or in this case not do it).
Congrats!
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WTG!

I'm coming up on 5yrs, but still think about it now and then

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Old 10-04-17, 08:25 PM
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Congrats. Don't look back. There's really nothing worse than smoking for your health. I lost my mother to lung cancer and it was a slow painful death.
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I quit a little over 30 years ago. Took me a few tries but I finally made it stick. I started running to reinforce not smoking one of the best things I ever did. I can't believe how expensive cigarettes are now. When I quit you could get a carton of butts for what you pay for a pack now.
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18 calendar months today!

On the evening of April 8th, 2016, I smoked the 20th cigarette out of the second pack for that day, before I suddenly decided to quit cold-turkey.

A combination of the spring flu and a mild case of food poisoning I happened to have been suffering that week helped the gauntlet to finally drop. The fact that I didn't feel up to getting my ass over to the store to buy a new pack probably helped, too.For once, laziness proved to be a good thing!

I hope to stay clean this time around (I lasted a good four years the first time I quit in November 1999.)

A few weeks ago, though, I happened upon a fresh pack while I was cleaning out the center console bin in my car. It was one of those panic-mode, "in case I ran out" stashes, which must have been in there for years! (The last time I cleaned out my car was in March 2014, IIRC.)

The temptation, I must admit, was very strong, but I knew right there and then that the decision I make at that moment of time might end up defining the rest of my life - and if I relapsed now, the next time I quit may well be on doctor's orders. Just too much was at stake, I thought, especially now that I'm well into the second half of my life - or probably even the final third. I quickly realized that I'd rather die having fallen off of a bike than of a failed lung.
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