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After 53 years I took my last puff. Still got the selfie. Reason : self disgust and my family. Joined this help forum a few months later. Thank God I did. Went cold Turkey and drank voluminous amounts of really strong sweet coffee. After 3 months the real pangs went. After 6 months was totally free. $55000 saved. New extension on house. New Gibson 335 guitar. Self respect back. Still aliv...
I am 2000 days nicotine free $50000 better off. Most of all I am still alive. I gave up using this forum after smoking for 53 years up to 30 a day aged 67. I am still 100 days behind Lia my quit buddy. Was it easy ? No. Was it worth it Yes . Can anyone do it ? If the really really want to. Am I safe now ? No , one ciggy will put me back like snakes and ladders. When was the last time I reall...
I am 4 days away from being 5 years nicoteen free and very much alive and kicking Yeah. Thanks Icanquit for getting me off to a great start. If Lia is around sorry I missed your 5 year date. 100 days ahead of me and a great quit buddy. Advice. The pain and torture does not last and eventually you will notice that days have passed and you haven't even thought about cigarettes. Did it cold turkey w...
Hi folks. Thought I would pop in to see who is about and share a bit. Thanks to this site I am 1743 days nicotine free. 4.77 years and still I cannot believe I have managed to kick the s**t out of Me Nick OTeen. I remember well the first few weeks quitting after 53 years of smoking. Fortunately this time I knew I would succeed. I told myself that I needed a deep down commitment and to suffer what...
Just thought I would pop in having now quit for 4 years 2 months. This forum was a life saver for me as I had tried quitting so many times in the past. Smoked for 53 years and was gripped with the addiction. Hated myself for smoking. Always felt tired. Smelled of smoke. Coughing at night constantly. Fear of illness. Knew I was wasting money.
I went cold turkey and held on for grim death.
Hi. Just popped in to share that I will be 4 years smoke free in a few hours. I remember the seemingly unending cravings I had when I first quit and the help I gained from this forum. People I didn’t know giving support and suggestions made my quit journey possible. I have saved $36000 and possibly my life. I was 67 when I quit and after around 53 years of smoking I finally had enough. For me it ...
Hi. 3.66 years quit. 1337 days that is and saved $34000 dollars and most of all probably my life. Great thanks to “ icanquit” and all my quit buddies over the years. I pop in from time to time just to remind myself how lucky I am. My list of positives grows each day. Thank You.
Just on 3 1/2 years quit and still can’t quite believe I did it after 53 years of self and family abuse.
Yes the early months were difficult but once my mind engaged in quitting 100% then things got easier.
There are numerous ways of quitting but I took a selfie of myself smoking my last cigarette and went totally cold turkey. Still got that selfie as a reminder.
Benefits as below
Just over 3 years 4 months quit and still marveling that it has been possible to quit after 53 years of total nicotine poison addiction.
First cigarette I had with my mate at 14 made me violently sick. But I persisted with the second one and achieved a lifelong habit which cost me 3 heart stents about £200000 and a lifetime of addiction misery generally.
Thanks Icanquit and all my peers on th...
1200 days quit today and looking back at how lucky I am and catching up with some fellow quitters. Good to see that quite a few have stayed quit. I will be eternally grateful to this site and those mentors who helped me when I first joined. Probably saved in excess of $15000 through quitting and my improved health but most of all my sense of self worth whenever remember the great achievement of...
Grit your teeth and go through the pain. That’s what I decided to do three years ago. I joined this forum a few months later and really glad I did. As with all of us I soon picked up some quit buddies and I will always be eternally grateful to them. I realise that one puff will put me back in the road to destruction so I often visit here and check out the recent posts. Thanks icanquit.
1045 days free of nicotine and rarely think of cigarettes other than those poor people having to sneak out for a “ fix “. After 53 years of smoking I finally quit. For me I was just sick of the whole habit. I had half tried to quit a few times but this time I knew enough was enough. I took a selfie of me smoking my last cigarette , took a deep breath , and made a decision to face whatever came at...
This was my unwritten bucket list
Green and yellow teeth
Throwing money away
Coughing up green or yellow sputum
Shortening of life
Yellow hands and hair
Shortness of breath
Not being able to taste effectively
Brown walls and ceilings
1000 days quit today and appreciate all the help reaching this milestone. My mother passed two weeks ago and I was screaming for a cigarette. Thanks to all the help I have had here over the last 2.7 years I was able to resist until the temptation passed. Thanks Icanquit and all those who shared my journey in the early days. Dobbin.
969 days from my last cigarette and it still amazes me that I rarely think of a cigarette let alone desire one. For those that have just started just hang on because the rewards are fantastic.
I have a cold at the moment and I was remembering those dreadful bouts of bronchitis caused from smoking. Hot and cold sweats. Rasping coughs. Bringing up foul green stuff. Coughing all night trying to br...
Just over 2 and a half years quit and have been reading some stories here. I remembered the first weeks quit with all the pain and angst. My wife had recently had a triple heart bypass and was in recovery at aged 65 and I knew that the cigarettes must go. I had been smoking for 53 years and was overwhelmed with self disgust over the nicotine habit. This site was a life saver and I stayed close an...
900 days without a cigarette Still can’t believe that I am no longer “owned” by the demon. Lia goes one better with a 1000 days clean. Well done Lia and keep that 100 days gap between us. Thanks icanquit for all the help here. Great forum.
I have come to realize that staying quit and not having that obsession with ciggies is not a “non event “ if that makes sense. It is fantastic to see those quitters here that are staying the course but those that have disappeared I often wonder about. It may be they are fed up with posting but it could also mean they have given in to the “ monkey on the shoulder “. After 53 years smoking and 895...
876 days quit and had a weird dream. Dreamed I was playing at Glastonbury and on the way got stuck in a cafe waiting for other band members to turn up. In frustration someone offered me a cigarette which I took and lit up. Thought I better share this as who knows what deep subconscious thoughts lurk in us.
844 days quit so far and consider myself really lucky to have survived this far without a cigarette. Having tried to quit a few times in the past the difference this time was to crush any thought that one puff or one cigarette would be ok. I took a photo selfie 🤳 of my last smoke and kept it. It is so true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The first few weeks quit were not very p...
When the initial angry 😤 cravings die down after a period of time then the odd thoughts creep in unexpectedly. I needed to train my mind to quickly change the subject in my head by reading a magazine 📚or anything to distract me. I found that dwelling on the cigarette thoughts was an unhelpful 👎 strategy. 814 days now an very very occasionally the unexpected thought still pops in.
799 days smoke free and still cant believe I’ve quit after 53 years contaminating my lungs and poisoning my blood.
I used to be a 30 a day smoker and really had given up giving up. Then my wife had to have a triple heart bypass. The guilt of smoking was so bad I finally quit.
It took a seismic change of attitude that worked eventually. I believe that my long relationship with nicotine was al...
After 53 years of smoking I finally decided to quit. No nicotine now for 775 days and reading some stories from those just quit I can empathise. I knew deep down at aged 67 that this could be my last opportunity to quit but the initial cravings seemed unbearable. I drank copious amounts of strong sweet coffee ☕️ and ate chocolate eclairs to ease the pain. This worked for me as I went cold turkey...
762 days nicotine free and am still surprised that miracles can really happen. For 53 years apart from the odd sick day I smoked incessantly. For the last 30 years of the 53 years I hated myself for smoking and really was so badly addicted. Now I am free I still find it so exciting. Every time I'm at an event or out for dinner I watch the poor smokers who need their fix. Feeling so grateful.
I believe it was Paul McCartney who said oxygen is the greatest drug and he is right. Almost 25 months off nicotine now and it is a glorious sunny day here in Kent England. The fresh cold air is luxurious. I will never forget the punishment I used to inflict on myself when , on similar past days , I would breath the same air in the mornings then contaminate my body and brain with vile cigarette ...
Hi. Saving my money for 5 new teeth and whitening for the remaining. One of the benefits of quitting. Lost two teeth eating chocolate elcairs when I first quit. The remaining teeth are tainted yellow and brown and I will have them whitened. My wife has endorsed my decision. When will the quitting benefits end. ??
Just woke up from a smoking dream. Went into a shop and ordered 10. Didn't have enough money then asked if I could drop the money in later. He said no then went to ask his wife if this was ok. I then found out that I had the extra money but he wouldn't give the cigarettes to me. He went to get his adult son who told me I should not be smoking and told me to leave the shop. Dream interpreters ple...
I have a friend who's wife has chronic CPD and relies on oxygen. She cannot walk and used a mobility scooter. During her waking hours she cannot last half hour without a cigarette and because of the smoke filled House he has had to leave her. Up to recently he bought her cigarettes for her but now she has them delivered. He is really saddened but didn't want to die from her nicotine himself.
Quick precis' of my journey so far ( for what it's worth ). Started smoking at 14 after being violently sick with the first one. Smoked for 53 years or so and in that time all I lasted was about three weeks quit. Ended up with three stents and regular bouts of bronchitis plus spending around £200000 in today's money. Benefits. None other than quelling the addiction at thirty cigarettes a day.
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 ...
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