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Hi folks. I'm back in your hands. I stupidly deleted my account by accident but icanquit have unblocked it for me. Now 2 years and 6 days quit and the support here in the early days was fantastic. Very rarely think of a cigarette and the freedom is the best prize. Great to be back. Dobbin.
Hi Lia. Just to let you know your 2 year smoke free birthday has not gone unnoticed. Congratulations on a massive milestone. I am sure others will agree that you have been a fantastic support to many of us. As you know I am a hundred days behind you. You have always been there with frequent cajoling and wish to thank you. Well done. Dobbin
Despite criticism of smokers for damaging their health and throwing thousands down the drain non smokers have no idea how intensely difficult it is to quit. When I first realised I really wanted to quit it was in the 1980s and the real misery of smoking started. Having already been smoking for almost 20 years you would have thought enough was enough. No. It took another 25 years before I finally ...
Just checking in. Still here and going strong. 619 days. Thanks all.
Reached 600 days cigarette free and so grateful the habit is so far behind me. The rewards are countless but being free from the oppression of cigarettes takes first place. I knew I was "owned" by Nick O'Teen for years but always said " one day I will quit ". After 53 years smoking and aged 67 I finally quit and hopefully have gained a few more years of life. Thanks Icanquit and fellow quitter...
For all newbies. Go through the pain it will not kill you. Not perhaps what you really want to hear but never the less true. Currently 588 days 20 months away from my last cigarette and it only seems like yesterday since I quit. The first few days were bad. The first month was finger nail biting. I was irritable and not good company for what seemed years but in reality was a few months. Yes it d...
Just checking in. Just to say still amazed and grateful. 566 days quit. Thanks
Hi Folks. Just looked at my days away from cigarettes page and its 555. There used to be a cigarette called State Express 555 I believe. ( just saying ).
I was remembering the times I told those little white lies.
To my wife " I have really cut down.
To the doctor. " I rarely smoke "
On the form. Tick / no
To my boss " just popping out to the shop "
To myself " I will quit next ...
It is exactly 18 months since my last cigarette and the cravings are gone. The whole journey has been a roller coaster ride but the rewards keep coming. The first few months were horrendous and it seemed the cravings would never go. But this time I was determined to quit ( cold turkey ). So many upsides to quitting. No downsides now the cravings have gone. Not fooling myself though and fully aw...
Nearly 18 months quit and feeling really grateful. Worth the pain and anxst of the first few months. Thanks to all those who helped me through the worst. And thanks to this forum. Cravings completely gone. New Gibson 335 guitar. Thousands saved. New self esteem. Clothes don't need washing so much. Cough gone. Blood pressure normal. 100% good doctors report after check up. Who wouldn't quit
17 months since I last smoked on September 7 th 2015 and going really ok.
Can't pretend that the first few weeks were easy because they were almost unbearable but just bearable. Having smoked for 53 years it was always going to be difficult but I knew it would not kill me.
I never denied that I really wanted a cigarette but that I needed to quit more.
My wife had recently gone through a tr...
503 days since my last cigarette and still can't believe after 53 years smoking I have finally quit ( just for today as they say ). My youngest son who is 40 has quit recently as he is so impressed.
Great to see so many quitters on here going the long haul. Jenno Lia Cranky Johnny and quite a few more. Great site and great quitters. All have been so helpful.
Whatever issues are ongoing in my daily life it is so so so important to remember the gift of freedom by quitting smoking. Daily visits here to see how others are doing is essential and a great reminder that smoking was bondage in numerous negative ways.
493 days quit today and rarely have any cravings. The cravings that do manifest are really just thoughts with no real power and easy to dismis...
Having spoken over the years to smokers that have started again after long quits there seems to be two triggers. One is a traumatic event and the other is " it was offered so I took it "
For me it seems that I will always have the propensity to nicotine addiction but one day at a time I am not indulging. This seems to work. I also make sure I stay close here on icanquit even though I may not con...
482 days nicotine days free today 1st Jan 2017 and still cannot quite believe it. Thanks all my mates on here and icanquit for a brilliant web page. Happy and smoke free 2017 to all.
Hi Folks. Just to wish all fellow quitters a very happy Christmas and a Nicotine free New Year.
470 days cigarette free today. I was just thinking that I haven't thought of the cigarette subject at all today ( yesterday ) until I am writing this in bed ( 00.20 in the UK ).
What a wonderful Christmas present to be crave free. Thank you icanquit and all my friends and fellow quitters. Dobbin
Waste of thousands
Can't taste food
Worry to family
Lack of energy
Poor sleep patterns
Rotten brown teeth
Risk of accident in car
Risk of ...
Today I am 457 days away from my last cigarette and feel so grateful. When I quit at 67 after 53 years abusing myself with poisons I sort of knew this time I meant business.
My wife had had a triple heart bypass and detested everything about smoking.
In 2008 I had three heart stents put in and still carried on.
I always knew that cigarettes were self destructing but rationalized it in the m...
445 days quit and feel totally free from nicotine. I am fully aware that one cigarette will put me back to where I started particularly after reading the post about going back to smoking after ten years.
I remember the early weeks of giving up where the obsession was almost unbearable. Couldn't think of anything else for weeks and weeks.
I rarely think even objectively about cigarettes now ...
I am still amazed after 437 days that I finally quit smoking.
I was on a coach yesterday to London and when we returned the driver came along the coach to count us. When he passed us the couple behind commented on the fact that he stank of cigarette smoke. Just one reason I am glad I quit after 53 years of being a slave to nicotine.
When I think back to the early weeks of quitting all I reme...
Just logging in to be grateful.
I am still so thankful that the cravings have mainly disappeared. The worst cigarette for me was the first one in the morning. For years I knew that as soon as I smoked it I would feel s•••t. It is this cigarette that I am so glad I don't have to have. Yes of course it is all of them but the first one of the day was my catalyst to quit so really I should be gr...
Reading some posts from those struggling here reminds me of my own struggles early doors.
I know I ate bags and bags of toffee eclairs and really strong sweet coffee. It was like wanting something to get into my brain and scratch it. Toffees and coffee seemed to help as did taking really deep breaths when the cravings were full on.
I had warned my wife that I may be edgy for a while and surpr...
I am now 14 months away from my last cigarette and consider myself an extremely luck person notwithstanding the gargantuan effort it took to get here.
Started smoking when I was 14 in 1962. My friend and I bought a packet. After my first few drags I was violently sick. However , not to be beaten , I tried again and succeeded.
Started on 5 a day. Then 10. 20. 30. 40.
Reckon I smoked $250000 ...
Having just been reading some posts it seems one of the best rewards of quitting is the encouragement given here by fellow posters
It is without doubt only another smoker who understands the marathon effort it takes to quit and my journey has been sprinkled with warm and knowing cajoling from fellow quitters at all stages.
When we encourage each other it has such a beneficial effect and I don'...
Having given up smoking now for 411 days I can vouch that it has been an extremely difficult but rewarding journey.
In 2008 I had three heart stents from narrowed arteries. I carried on smoking despite telling my wife and 2 sons that I would never smoke again.
Am I a liar. No. The addiction to nicotine was that strong that I never ever prepared myself for such a battle. I had previously made ...
Having reached 408 days smoke free I sometimes look back at my journey and realise what a big deal it has been.
I remember times that every fibre of my being craved for a cigarette and also went through periods of depression and a sort of mourning.
I don't think though that I was ever really tempted to have a cigarette and soon realised that this time after 53 years smoking that I really mean...
I found icanquit after a few months quit as I was struggling and feeling alone with the journey.
I have had 405 days away from smoking and looking back there were posters here who really gave that much needed support.
It's strange as I do not know these posters but look forward to seeing their icons and fictitious names and the bond that has grown as fellow quitters.
There are those that ap...
When I first quit I ate hundreds of toffee eclairs and drank hundreds of cups of really strong coffee. I put on a stone and a half in weight but was determined to stay quit of smoking. I was irritable , moody , sad , depressed , and really couldn't see an end to the misery. Where I was consuming so much sweet stuff I got gum desease and lost two teeth.
I got there in the end though. The withdr...
Now almost 400 days quit and sometimes have to remind myself I used to be a smoker. The early months were absolutely hell but I was determined to escape the clutches of my demon.
Have to regularly thank icanquit for this service as I smoked for 53 years almost non stop. Thanks also for those that I journeyed with. Without you encouragement I may have given up the quest.
Going out for a C...
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