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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
    Stories

    "Perseverance "

    Posted in Quit experiences 4 Feb 2020
    12 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
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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
    38
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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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  • Johnnie
    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
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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
    38
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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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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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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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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Nearing first year"

    Posted in Quit experiences 21 May 2017
    12 Comments

    Hi all just on 310 days today and indicator shows a $9000 saving. Just incredible that one can waste so much money and "what for"? Cravings and urges have really diminished and breathing thank God much better....no more wheezing. Yes the habit lingers on but so what.?..try to keep busy. This is definitely a very hard journey but when i take in the posts from some of the long term quitters e.g. D...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "HauntingHabit"

    Posted in Staying quit 11 Apr 2017
    7 Comments

    Just on 9mths. quit. Cravings have virtually subsided. Problem is the dreaded habit left behind after 52yrs of puffing. Rather funny actually, my hand reaches into my pocket at times unknowingly for a pack. Other times i head outside during tv adds before remembering i am quit. Strange part is i do not have the craving whilst these issues are taking place. Like to hear from long term quitters whe...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Time to Reflect"

    Posted in Reasons to quit 19 Mar 2017
    7 Comments

    Hi all, we seasoned ex smokers(quitters) may sometime or the other say to ourselves"after all the time we spent smoking.....is it worthed to stop?" Well i myself smoked for 50 yrs as did older folks on this site such as Lia, Dobbin and Red etc. I thought hard and discussed this issue with professional people and i came to the conclusion of the following. (1) At my age i can continue to smoke and ...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "48" HOURS

    Posted in Quit experiences 6 Mar 2017
    1 Comment

    Hi everyone, hope you all on track. Had a weekend of horror cravings. Similar to the type i had at around the 3 mth mark when the cravings came out of nowhere. I am approaching 8mths and the sudden urge lasted for the whole weekend on and off every 2hrs or so.However, with some help of nrt i stuck it out. I think the nicodemon gave it one last hard shot, but i was'nt going to put 8mths hard work ...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Still on track"

    Posted in Quit experiences 25 Feb 2017
    10 Comments

    Hi people , been a while since i posted . Hope everyone coping as good as they can. Today it is 222 days for me. I can honestly say the urges are very rare and pass within 5 mins. Watching people smoke does not bother me, however my old habits with smokes very hard to break. Still have the odd quarter lozenge from time to time but that is better than poison going into your system. I do feel bette...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Cravings Subsiding"

    Posted in Quit experiences 1 Jan 2017
    4 Comments

    New year's eve at my local club a real tester. Wandered into smoking area where smokers were happily puffing,borrowing smokes from one another etc and sending smoke signals galore especially on this particular eve. Joyful times was also when i would enjoy smoking more than rather a stressful situation. After 6 mths quit i had to enter the "lion den" to see what effects it brought on me. Well,...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Smoke Free"

    Posted in Hints and tips 25 Dec 2016
    1 Comment

    Hi to all my fellow quitters. Have a Merry and smoke free xmas.Cheers.

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "What a waste"

    Posted in Reasons to quit 21 Dec 2016
    1 Comment

    Hi everyone, the other day i went over a mate's place to help him out with some building work. This person been a friend for at least 30yrs and is a smoker. I had to put up all day with the horrible stench each time he lit up and even when i moved a fair distance away it was still such an annoying smell. Went into kitchen for drink of water and noticed on cupboard a 5 pack Champion Ruby tobacco. ...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Watching and Wondering"

    Posted in Quit experiences 8 Dec 2016
    5 Comments

    Hi all hope everyone doing well. Just to mention that when i visit the local shopping centre i ponder my eyes in a stairway exit where i once went for a smoke break whilst waiting for the wife. The area is highlighted with "no smoking signs" but smokers are oblivious to them. Young people still loiter in the area and have smokes but looking back now i say how "silly" i once was. Not only to menti...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "UNBURNT MONEY"

    Posted in Reasons to quit 26 Nov 2016
    4 Comments

    Hi everyone just on 132 days quit and the ready reckoner shows i have saved $4250.It is unbelievable how much you save and have money to spend on your needs. In itself this is a very good reason to quit and remain quit. However it is not about the money it is about our health and the goodness to live our lives as comfortable healthwise as possible. We do not need to fill our lungs with tar. Pleas...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Mind Blogging"

    Posted in Hints and tips 16 Nov 2016
    3 Comments

    What has happened to site....everything written in asian form? I can quit committee please explain.

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "ATTACK OUT OF NOWHERE"

    Posted in Quit experiences 13 Nov 2016
    7 Comments

    Hi everyone, 117 days or say 4 months today. As i said previously my cravings have diminished greatly. However, yesterday went out to club with wife and unknowingly kept gazing out at smokers section . All of a sudden i had a brain lapse...boy the urges and cravings that hit me were so intense that i said to the wife we better leave. She said no, you have come this far now you can...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Information regarding choking feeling"

    Posted in Quit experiences 7 Nov 2016
    2 Comments

    Hi , everyone and especially Lia who tried to assist in the problem i posted headed " looking for advice" After speaking with doctor it turned out my problem was an allergy to certain smells especially pollen which is rife at this time of the year in my part of the world. He assured me that was not related to my smoking days but did tell me that your sense of smell does improve when you quit, so...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Looking for Advice"

    Posted in Hints and tips 6 Nov 2016
    2 Comments

    This write up is aimed at people on this site who have been qiut for over a year or so. People i can recall who post quite frequently are Dobbin and Lia. I want to ask if both of you in your quit journey experienced a form of sensation at times like breathing talcum powder and makes it difficult to take air in. I am on 107 days and been told by ex smokers that it is a form of mucus expelling t...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Century One"

    Posted in Quit experiences 28 Oct 2016
    11 Comments

    Hi all, today i have achieved 103 days quit after 50 yrs smoking. Feeling better and cravings only come around mildly at this point of time. Thoughts sometimes bring on urges but all in all you develop new habits to counteract the ones you fulfilled while smoking and learn to go about your normal routine without the cigarette. I assure you it is "not" easy but given the fact you start to feel be...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Taken for granted

    Posted in Quit experiences 18 Oct 2016
    3 Comments

    Hi all , moving towards the century (100days) by end of the week. Amazing , how much we take for granted. Saw specialist for 3 mths review on lung test after quitting smoking. Was told thank God that i had improved in features of taking air in and expelling in a given amount. There were technical terms for this but i am not a doctor. Point i am trying to make is that once we feel better our thoug...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Watch and Learn"

    Posted in Hints and tips 11 Oct 2016
    4 Comments

    Hello friends, as you all know or will eventually know the first weeks of quitting is difficult. I am 92 days now and can say that i am in a little comfort zone. What i have done when a huge urge hits especially when i am home is to go and gargle some mouthwash for 20 seconds. Then rinse out with luke warm water. "Yuk" the urge will disappear you won't feel like smoking. Also, sometimes i look cl...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
    38
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    "Real Acid Test"

    Posted in Quit experiences 5 Oct 2016
    2 Comments

    Just 3days short of 3 months quit. Had a real test today.....Was...at airport for 2 hours waiting to pick up grandaughter due to amendment of unexpected time of arrival by airline. By this time other planes had landed and the flock of people was unbelievable. My urges for smoking were working overtime. To top it off we then endured bumper to bumper traffic for our 6 kilometre journey home which ...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Still on Track"

    Posted in Quit experiences 29 Sep 2016
    2 Comments

    Hi everyone, was out walking with my wife yesterday morning by the side of Botany Bay. This is one of our favourite walking areas and was such a beautiful day. The sun was shining, other people were walking, the planes were taking off and landing, fishermen were out on the boats....what i am saying is all was exactly as the last time me and the wife were at that place since i quit smoking. It the...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Going Forward"

    Posted in Quit experiences 16 Sep 2016
    4 Comments

    Hi all, checking in again. Approaching 63 days on Sunday. Can tell you from my experiences that if you perservere from the devils in the first weeks it does get easier. I am now walking up hills a lot better with no butterflies and churning in my stomach. Weazing during sleep has gone and yes all in all no matter your age you do improve your well being by not smoking. My tip ....try hard now....d...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Sheer Belief"

    Posted in Staying quit 9 Sep 2016
    3 Comments

    Hi everyone, checking in once more. Will be 8 weeks tomorrow. Rather a very stressful week if i can put it that way. Car broke down 15ks from my home, needed towing. Then to top it off a family member needed to be hospitalised. However not serious thank goodness. The point is when you are subjected to this type of consistent stress it really puts the test on you when you have been a smoker. Howev...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Big Gamble

    Posted in Quit experiences 2 Sep 2016
    12 Comments

    Hi all, 47 days now and holding on. Put myself to the test the other day at local club. Entered area designed only for smokers. Stood near a group of 4 guys happily chatting away and drawing on their smokes. To my amazement, i was there for about 10 minutes and felt no urge to smoke, actually i neede to get iut if there quick cayse the actual smell was starting to give me a tight uncomfortable th...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "OPEN TALK"

    Posted in Quit experiences 29 Aug 2016
    2 Comments

    Well, 6 weeks down and moving towards 7. Walking 3 times per week for at least half hour really helps when you quitting. I find i get little puffed out but much more stamina than when i smoked. The walk includes a 250mtres fair incline which makes you work a touch harder, but it is all for the best. What i find good too is talking to non smoker friends as the encouragement and enlightment that i...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    "Salty Rinse"

    Posted in Hints and tips 25 Aug 2016
    3 Comments

    Approaching 6 weeks and happy with myself. Naturally nrt helps with cravings , however i find the habit hard to break. Now starting to cough more often as i presume the cleansing begins. Sometimes coughing is so intense it is actually painful in chest. What i have found to be helpful in case someone else going through the coughing stage is the fillowing...place a teaspoon full of salt into a glas...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Adjusting

    Posted in Quit experiences 18 Aug 2016
    4 Comments

    After 5 weeks not only my family are surprised , but most of all myself that so far there has been no turning back. Not much problems with cravings and have been around smokers and not received any demanding urges. However i refrain from these situations having regard to passive smoking. My problem i find is the habit because i still have the same daily routine where and when i smoked although i...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Realisation

    Posted in Quit experiences 12 Aug 2016
    7 Comments

    26 days today and going great guns. Not much cravens either and do not last long in any case. When i see someone smoking i do not envy or condemn the individual , my thoughts are that one day he or she will realise what cigarettes do after years of smoking .....whether 5 or 30 a day....the same as i have now realised. I thought it was fun at the time i was 16...but believe me ...not fun after 50...

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Keep Going

    Posted in Hints and tips 10 Aug 2016
    2 Comments

    24 days without the devils. Feeling much better especially walking up hills. Cravens disappearing ...only problem is the hard formed habit. Need to do the things i have always done without cigarette in hand. When you have smoked for years it is then you realise the damage caused. We can live without smoking.....come on people keep fighting... in time we will win and feel proud of our achievement....

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  • Johnnie
    South Eastern Sydney
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    Johnnie

    Posted in Quit experiences 3 Aug 2016
    4 Comments

    17 days of non smoking. First week i pulled hair out of my head but with nrt it helps. Now cravens very minimal and i control the dosage of nrt not my brain. I have had 50yrs smoking and never tried quitting but after tests the copd alarm bells were ringing and it is not fun to smoke now. Starting to feel some changes for the better already and walking for half hr 3 times per week helps. Lets kee...

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