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"No Lighter"

Posted in Quit experiences 10 Jun 2017

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 smoke but had i not been "quit" would have been there puffing away as well. Stay quit and try hard as it is worthed. Cheers.

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  • Bradj62, Hunter New England June 11, 2017 | 14:21
    Great story mate, enjoyed reading that 😊
  • Red-67 June 11, 2017 | 3:12
    Hey Johnnie :)
    Yes, it is funny. I still go out on the porch, to have my after dinner bourbon, then sometimes I turn back, because I don't have to go out any more :) That was probably the strangest, or hardest trigger to get past. I always had to have a smoke with a drink :) Because of the mindset I created, to help me quit, I can't help but judge smokers.. Just in my own head, all I see is that foolish slave, that I used to be. It is so hard to even imagine, that we could be so blind for so long. Now we can look back and really see it ..
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney June 10, 2017 | 20:12
    Hi Lia, yes you are so right. However i feel comfortable around smokers honestly, there is no urge. My biggest problem has always been and still is "the habit"....very hard to shrug off.After almost 1 yr i still seek the smokes habitually but with no urge. Strange, i know but that is me.My wife sometimes still asks "where you off to?" as i am about to step outside. I then realise i do not smoke anymore. Does that make sense? Anyway a habit is better than a practice. Cheers.
  • Lia June 10, 2017 | 19:26
    Hi Johnnie. A good reminder for all of us. Being with other smokers can be a deadly trap or simply a reminder of where we were and no longer want to be. You have truly seen the light. Not the lighter...
  • Flora June 10, 2017 | 19:07
    Well done Johnnie. I completely understand how you feel. I often see people who have to go outside (or somewhere) to smoke and I think ' that used to be me' and I'm soooooooooooo glad and relieved that it's in my past.
    It sure is worth it, we are free , we are champions.
    Cheers :D

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