I made it I am now officially an ex smoker - yippee!!

@sharra1 (6342)
Australia
November 9, 2008 5:19am CST
I say officially because my Doctor told me that you have to have given up for 3 months before you are considered an ex smoker. Anything less than that and you might start again. Well I hit my 3 months last night and I am very happy about it. I had my health scare 3 months ago and it made me stop and now I am never starting again. I suppose I am lucky that I got early warning signs. What about you? Do you smoke?
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@murderistic (2279)
• United States
14 Nov 08
Congrats girl!!! I quit smoking when I got married over a year ago... not entirely, I have had a few slip ups... but I'm at the point where I really have no desire to smoke. Of course, now I have the problem of being addicted to Diet Pepsi... I didn't even know that was possible.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
Thanks. I still get the odd twinge and think about it but that is all. Most of the time I am fine. I think it is worst when my stress or pain levels are high but the hardest thing was stopping myself snacking instead of a smoke. I gained 6 kilos and it is hard to lose. I can understand being addicted to diet pepsi but at least it is diet so it cannot put on weight. I have a thing about nuts and peanut butter and I have to resist that as well.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
16 Nov 08
Yes I found the habit much harder to break than the nicotine addiction. I was over the addiction the first week but the habit, especially of smoking after meals or at the computer were much harder to break. I think I have them under control now but I still get an odd twinge at the computer when I think about it but that is as far as it gets. I will never start again because I have had my health warning and I am not going to waste it.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I'm not a smoker but I say kudos to you! I also say that your own desire to quit is the only thing that gets you there, lots of well meaning people can give their two cents for YEARS but someone will only make a decision if they really want to quit a bad habit lol. I had a health scare a couple of years ago which prompted me to become a regular at the gym. I sometimes have people wonder WHY because they think I don't need to lose any weight, which is true. I think what these folks are forgetting is that some people exercise out of a desire to be healthy and ward off things that can happen as you get older, not just weight loss.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
Thank you. You are correct that in the end it is just will power. There are lots of aids on the market that can help people cut down but they are not good at helping stop for good. My partner tried them and he has cut down but not quit. I just stopped when faced with the health issue. I had been meaning to quit for a while and I had cut back but I needed something to give me that extra incentive to just stop altogether. Now I am glad. I will not start ever again.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Well I am glad because you'll be healthier and live longer, and that should always happen to people as enjoyable as you. Lung diseases, caused by smoking or not tend to be terrible and painful and I don't think any of them at the bad end are curable, are they?
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
14 Nov 08
No they are not curable. Diseases like emphysema are very nasty but many people do not realise they have them until it is too late.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Great job! Did you take anything to help you or did you just quit? I am a smoker, started as a kids about 12 or so and quite when I was 18 then started back up when I was about 25. I really want to quit but, I really like my family too much and if I quit I will probably kill them within the first 24 hours
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@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
9 Nov 08
i am smoker and i have tried to quit smoking several times but i failed to do so. I really appreciate you for quiting smoking and live a healthy life instead of the life which gives you nothing in the end except problems. I really want to know how did you go about it. Did you leave smoking at once or did you decrease it day by day at finally left it completely. PLease share your views so that it can help me as well to leave smoking
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@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 08
ahaan.. but i guess it would have been a difficult thing to do. I smoke around 15 a day usually but sometimes it goes to even 25. The thing is that i am living a student life abroad without my parents or anyone. When i was at home i dont use to smoke because my parents dint knew that i smoke. But here there is no one who can stop me or whom i am scared of to smoke in front of. I am trying to decrease it, and i hope i will end up smoking sooon...
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
14 Nov 08
The only way to give up smoking is to want to. It is will power in the end. You are young and see no ill effects yet but you are doing harm. I started smoking when I was about 20 and I gave it up in my mid twenties because I got sick and they started banning smoking in the work place. I smoked the whole time I was a student. I quit for 20 odd years and then got involved with smokers again and started again. By now I was late 40's and 4 years later I start to get sick. Bronchitis. My doctor says give up or it will get worse and turn into the killer emphysema. I gave up. I will not start again. That gave me the will power I needed to quit. You see it as a fun thing to do and you do not notice any health problems at your age so you have no reason to quit. Your choice. I put my health first in the end and yes I still have thoughts about lighting up but I will not do it.
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@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
14 Nov 08
Well thanks for your advice, i will try quiting it as soon as I can. Because you know that obiviously in this age we dont think much about the after effects of smoking but later it causes alot of problems. I think i have to deeply think over to leave smoking and i hope that i will be able to do that. thanks once again. take care! happy mylottting
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Nov 08
Congratulations Sharra. That's fantastic news although I understand that the Treasury will be writing to ask you if you are sure, due to the amount of tax that he has suddenly stopped collecting from all those ciggies that you used to buy. You might single handedly be sending Australia into an economic decline! LOL. I used to smoke but for me it was a sporting ultimatum that made me stop. I was a keen oarsman and my coach gave me and another guy a telling off. We could quit and stay in the team, or continue and leave the team immediately. We both quit on the spot. That was 30 years ago and I've not had one since. I didn't stay in the team for that long afterwards either. But that's because I move jobs and relocated.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
9 Nov 08
Ha they will get no tax out of me any more. I am fairly proud of myself though and I keep encouraging my partner to quit as well. I know it is much harder for him as he has tried so many things to quit and has not managed it yet. For me it was health and faced with the risks that were absolute, no you might get emphysema but you will get it, then I had to make a choice and I was fairly ill with the bronchitis I did not want to get the really bad one.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Nov 08
Well I am pleased that you have massively reduced that risk. Well done. You should be VERY proud of yourself.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
18 Nov 08
There's something that didn't go up in smoke. Thank you for the BR Sharra. X
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• Australia
9 Nov 08
And she's truly been good about it, I mean I hardly ever catch her trying to suck up my second hand smoke, and I know I can trust her if I leave a half-smoked ciggie in the car ashtray while I slip into the library. And before anybody jumps on me for making it hard for her, I am trying to join her, but there's a bit of a difference for a lifetime smoker who smoked 50 - 60 a day for 40 years. I am down to about 13 a day, and maintaining, which by my standards is almost not smoking. But I'm proud of her, she's done brilliantly. Lash
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Aha... a connection? In my own opinion, everybody has their own will power. You cannot cause someone to make anything hard for you, so people who gripe about being tempted just don't have much will power lol. My MIL smokes and she complained about people telling her to quit. Now I didn't allow her to smoke around my baby but I DID tell her it was her decision whether she wanted to quit or not, and it wasn't my job to say anything nor really anybody else's. I am sure she is still smoking but it's up to her, know what I mean? She never told me she wanted to quit, just that other people had told her she should .
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
14 Nov 08
Yes mommyboo a connection. Grandpa_lash is the light of my life. There are many times when I think his love and sense of humour has saved me from going under when everything seems to be falling apart.
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@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
wow... that's a great and very hard job you did... to quit smoking... i'm so happy for you... i dont smoke coz whenever i smell smoke it seems that i cant breath coz i've an asthma...
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
Ah my nephew had asthma but that does not stop him smoking. He is very silly. I gave up to protect my lungs because I could not breathe properly.
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@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
i've known people who have asthma and yet they still smoke... but it so good that you were able to quit...
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@dodo19 (34311)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Nov 08
Congratulations! I'm glad for you that you've made it three months without a smoke. Luckily for me, I didn't start smoking, and I'm not too interested in starting.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
Thanks. Not starting is the best thing you can do. When you are young you do not get the bad effects but once you hit 40's, 50's then your body is not able to cope so well. I will never smoke again as the risk to my lungs is now too high.
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@dodo19 (34311)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
15 Nov 08
I wish you all the best with that. I hope you succeed.
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@rsa101 (16726)
• Quezon City, Philippines
9 Nov 08
I am glad that you finally realized to love yourself more than a habit that will finally ead you to something bad for your health. I hope many more like you will follow your decision to quit smoking because I have seen many cases already that it is too late for them to really change their lives after having been a victim of this habit.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
9 Nov 08
Well it was a health decision I faced. I either quit or risked emphysema and I did not want to get that deadly disease.
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@rsa101 (16726)
• Quezon City, Philippines
9 Nov 08
That si really not too late of a decision. Many refused to accept that and end up having the disease for life. Another thing you should be thinking about is Lung cancer which is increasingly going higher in number if cases worldwide. This can be a a very traitorous disease because it sometimes pop out of nowhere.
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@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
20 Dec 08
THat is quite an achievement/ Smoking is dangerous for heath and you have done well in quitting it.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
20 Dec 08
I am feeling quite good about it. I have quit for nearly 5 months now but I still get the desire every now and then. It is getting easier but the habit is the hardest thing to break. I still have not managed to get my partner to quit but his smoking has dropped very low now.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
15 Dec 08
Omedetou gozaimasu (Congratulations in Japanese). I am happy for you. Smoking is bad for health and it's good to quit it. I hope my brother can quit it soon too.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
15 Dec 08
Thank you. I have managed 4 months now and it is getting easier. I only have bad thoughts now when my pain levels are a bit high. However, I will never go back to it because I value my health too much and I have had my health warning.
• India
24 Nov 08
Congratulations, Sharra! I have never smoked, and I don't smoke now, and I will never ever smoke. LOL!! Cheers and happy mylotting
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
25 Nov 08
Thanks. It is heading on to 4 months now and yes I still count the time although I do not give in to the impulses. Mine was more habit that addition but I was addicted to the habit.
@angelamp (241)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
congratulations! i quit 4 years ago. i was a heavy smoker in college. i had to quit because it did me no good. keep it up and good luck! :D
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
19 Nov 08
Thanks a lot. I was not a heavy smoker but I had a real problem with habit that was very hard to break. I still think of them but I am being very good.
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Congratulations Sharra!!! That's a great discipline to your self... Keep it up.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
19 Nov 08
Thank you I am working very hard on it and I while I still have pangs I am not going back ever. I know in time I will not even think about it.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
16 Nov 08
Congratulations that is excellent. I gave up in 2003 and lasted for 3 years before I started again. I still had the cravings three years on, not often but they would come and I gave in and I restarted in 2006 so I have been smoking again for 2 years now. I have decided though that tomorrow I am going to quit again, lets hope I can do it for good this time.
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@parvezjs (422)
• India
10 Nov 08
Congrats on quitting smoking. I was a smoker too for 14 years and I know how difficult it is to come over this habit. Al least it was difficlt for me. its been 5 months now that I have left smoking. I has tried many times to quit but couldnt manage to. However 5 months ago my wife got pregnent and I read somewhere that smoking parents are injurious to child's health. I decided to quit and I have not smoked ever since.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
10 Nov 08
Thank you. I am trying very hard to never smoke again. I have learned my lesson and I know it is bad for me. The trouble is I liked smoking, so it was very hard to give up something I liked. However I am staying true to this because my health was at risk.
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• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Wow, congratulations! That was really a big challenge that you have to go through. Stay healthy!
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
15 Nov 08
Yes it was and still is a big challenge but it gets easier every day. The longer I am off them the easier it gets.
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@despompa (472)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
wow!!!! that's great. quitting smoking is kinda difficult i think,, because it needs a lot of courage to stand firm on your decision to quit for good. it also need a lot of determination to persuade yourself to quit while you still can. keep it up sharra!!!!
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
Thank you. It does take a lot of determination and a lot of will power but I think I am through the worst of it now and I will never go back.
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@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
10 Nov 08
wow that's something you need to celebrate ! not all people can have that determination.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
14 Nov 08
Good point. My partner is trying to give up but it is hard. In the end it comes down to will power to hang on until you can get over both the nicotine addiction and the habit addiction.
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@android (895)
9 Nov 08
Congratulations on giving up, that's great news and is certainly a big acheivement and one to be proud of. I recently split up with my partner and gave up smoking after I moved out. We've got back together now though and I'm sad to say that I actually started smoking again, which I'm not too happy about at the moment. I do think that I will be able to give up again soon though. I also don't think it's anywhere near as difficult as people make out.
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