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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Perseverance "

    Posted in Quit experiences 4 Feb 2020
    11 Comments

    Hi everyone i started on this site nearly 4 yrs back and i haven't looked back. I pop in now and again to offer my support to people starting the long road to quitting smoking. I had classmates named Dobbin, Lea, Steve and other great people with whom i shared advice and support. Really as i approach 4yrs quit i do not think of cigarettes . Furthermore due to increase in costs i would not e...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Power of Mindfulness"

    Posted in Staying quit 9 Nov 2019
    3 Comments

    Hi people just checking in to offer my support to newbies and ongoing quitters. I been quit 3and1/2 years now and absolutely thrilled that i quit. Thank God i breathe better and able to walk up hills not like before i quit. To add to this cigarettes in my part of the world are heavily taxed e.g. 50 gms tobacco now $95. Absolutely disgraceful and i could never afford to pay such a price. I feel ...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Social Visit "

    Posted in Quit experiences 17 May 2019
    8 Comments

    Hi everyone i have been an active member of this site for just under 3yrs now...the time i have been quit. I chatted with some realistic members over time such names as Dobbin, Lia, Steve just to name some. From my understanding they all went on to become non smokers. For all the people in progress of quitting i can only advise you to stay with it. Hard i kid you not but does get easier with dete...

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    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Homely Visit"

    Posted in Quit experiences 3 May 2018
    15 Comments

    Hi everyone, thus site has been a home to me for almost 2yrs when i decided to quit. I still check the site from time to time and do not see many recognisable names from my early days, although i feel sure that they have not regressed. The whole situation is that when one is out of the woods from smoking the thought of cigarettes disappears and one may not even have the thought any longer to visi...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "UNMINDFUL"

    Posted in Quit experiences 12 Apr 2018
    6 Comments

    Hi everyone been a while since I last posted. Been quit now 636 days and shared early days on this site with names such as Lia,Dobbin,Wendy and a host of other great people. I have a high regard for these people and the inspirations they all provided to me and many others in times of need. I honestly don't post as often these days is simply because i do not think about smoking. I have changed my...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Time Flies"

    Posted in Quit experiences 23 Dec 2017
    14 Comments

    Hi everyone.....17mths quit for me now after 52yrs smoking. Special thanks to some of my friends on this site for each inspiring and offering advice when needed most...namely Lia, Dobbin, Stevo and Red. All the newbies out there....stick to your quit journeys.....as it does get better in time. All the best to everyone. Cheers.

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "No more ducking outs and disappearances"

    Posted in Quit experiences 3 Nov 2017
    6 Comments

    Hi everyone, been a while since i last posted. I am now on 16 mths without smokes and can certainly relate that cravings and habits disappear. No more ducking outs for smokes, leaving friends at dinner tables while out having a smoke,looking anxiously at places where i could smoke etc. People new to this site please believe me it does get easier and easier if one is serious about quitting.Money i...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Costs up again

    Posted in Reasons to quit 2 Sep 2017
    13 Comments

    Well, it is the 1st of September and cigarette tax is up again in Sydney by 13% making a pack of 30 costing $35.20 a packet. What a disgraceful greedy Govt. However it is a good deterrent to not go back if you are quit like me. Anyway, i do not think i could afford to smoke at this cost. Would mean spending $175 per week at the rate Steve and i used to smoke. So, yes people think about it and d...

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    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "My FIRST Year"

    Posted in Quit experiences 16 Jul 2017
    5 Comments

    Hello everyone, today is officially 12mths quit for me. Ready reckoner shows i have saved just over $11000 dollars......all the more reason to persist with quitting. I feel better than when i smoked but it is a very long and hard road and one must stay on track, as one slip up and you are gone. Urges have basically disappeared but still get the odd temptation. However the urge lasts only for 1 mi...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "No Lighter"

    Posted in Quit experiences 10 Jun 2017
    5 Comments

    Hi everyone, the other day was out shopping. The back stairway entrance to the shops is a meeting point for smokers......smoking illegal by the way in that area. Noticed a fellow rolling his own and was the only one there at the time. As he frisked through his pockets he looked at me and asked if i had a light. The joy i had from saying "sorry i don't smoke" was unreal.I do not judge people who s...

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