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Jobanje
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25/01/2018
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Five years free!

Posted in Quit experiences 25 Jan 2018
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I smoked for 28 years and tried to quit many times by many methods including patches, nicotine sprays, cold turkey. I never lasted longer than six weeks. Finally I decided to think about the 10-15 cigarettes i was having daily and pick out the four I most enjoyed. These were the three daily meals and a bedtime cigarette. I cut down to these four. In between I would have cravings of course but I would say to myself 'if you still REALLY want one 20 minutes from now, you can have one' but I would always have found a distraction by then or the craving passed. After a few months I cut down to three per day (I ditched the lunch time cigarette), same '20 minute' rule. Three months later I was down to two per day, morning and evening. Finally got down to just the one before bedtime. I spent several months at each 'stage'. The night I realised that I was worrying more about contracting a smoking related illness than I was enjoying the cigarette and was still worrying half an hour later, that was the night I threw the packet in the bin and never went back. 6th December 2012. If I can do it, anyone can. I love that I don't smell of it, I'm not wasting money (lots of travel since then!) and I have a much better chance of not dying before my time.

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  • LaniG, Illawarra Shoalhaven January 29, 2018 | 10:07
    Well done!!
  • Green1977 February 06, 2018 | 15:05
    I love this story, if you can quit after 28 years then I can after 4 years!!!
  • Chris Jeon, Western Sydney February 07, 2018 | 13:59
    good job thanks for share ur story
  • PringyUK February 08, 2018 | 20:35
    Amazing achievement! I’m starting today on the Quick Mist spray, after 10 years of smoking it’s time to quit.

    I want to be completely smoke-free by my 30th birthday in September
  • KortneAltinga February 12, 2018 | 17:47
    I have had emphysema for about five years. I was on oxygen during the day but not at night. I could go about two hours without the oxygen, and then I need it. I had a converter in the house and oxygen tanks for when I go shopping, etc. I am 64 years old and in relatively good health. The doctor said it was caused by a combination of smoking, dust here in Vegas, and 30 years of smog in California. I believed I will always need the oxygen to breathe. I quit smoking 15 years ago. But the damage has been done. January 2017 my pulmonologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Green House Herbal Clinic natural organic Emphysema Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this Emphysema Herbal formula treatment. The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website w ww . greenhouseherbalclinic .com I have had great improvement with my over all respiration with this product and i breath very much easier, i can never be thankful enough to nature
  • jojo77, Southern NSW February 15, 2018 | 23:32
    By the time I decided to quit I was smoking around 30 per day . I thought I had done the damage so why bother but I was not going to let it beat me..so here I am after 24 years of smoking I have finally kicked the habit...
  • Samcave, Western Sydney March 19, 2018 | 6:53
    This is a method i think ill use thanks to you. Very inspiring.

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