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One year, and the rest of my life, SMOKE FREE :)

Posted in Quit experiences 17 Feb 2018

One year ago today, I had my last cigarette. I was a blind,stupid, slave to smoking for 45 years. I have had the last pack I bought, unopened, all this time.. I had planned to cremate it today, so it went on the burn pile. Just out of curiosity, I lit one, and had a few puffs.. At this point, I can't imagine, how I let that thing run my life for so long, except, that SMOKING MAKES YOU STUPID :)

My advise, for anyone,, Let yourself really see how foolish, and useless, smoking is. See that you are, or were, a slave to a tube of tobacco ! Make that smoke something you absolutely do NOT WANT, ever !

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  • colloquial February 17, 2018 | 6:54
    Congratulations Red,how did those few puffs go,I reckon you were brave to do that,anyway It sounds like you are still strong and focused,thanks for your inspiring story.
  • Flamenco February 17, 2018 | 7:11
    Well done Red!! Congrats!! It must be great, How do you feel looking back, remembering the first weeks, does it look like 1 year or longer? I am 3 1/2 months and I fell I havent smoked in 3 years! Out of curiosity you took some puffs, but remmember the Law of Addiction. Thanks for all your stories and support.
  • Flamenco February 17, 2018 | 7:17
    Well done Red!! Congrats!! It must be great, How do you feel looking back, remembering the first weeks, does it look like 1 year or longer? I am 3 1/2 months and I fell I havent smoked in 3 years! Out of curiosity you took some puffs, but remmember the Law of Addiction. Thanks for all your stories and support.
  • Red-67 February 17, 2018 | 8:53
    Sure, there was a, somewhat, pleasant memory, but it was mostly a reminder of how long I waited to get off them.. I really don't think nicotine falls under that kind of addiction.. Once we let go of the habit, and chose to become a non smoker, it gets much easier.. I knew, a year ago, when I put out that last one, that I'd never be that slave again.. It can work for you too. It is really a mind game.. Yes, miserable weeks of withdrawal, but, we don't have to struggle with craving..
  • Lia February 17, 2018 | 17:13
    Congratulations Red-67. You are very "brave" to stick it up to the "nicodemon" by having a few puffs. Glad you were able to see what that ugly craving really is. Doubt if I would be game to do what you did. You probably beat it because you were not actually rewarding yourself. Look forward to more success stories you post.
  • Dobbin February 17, 2018 | 19:53
    Well done Red. No mean feat to beat the demon for a year as we all know. I took a photograph of myself taking my last cigarette and look at in now and again. It reminds me of how “****” I felt when lighting that first one in the morning.
  • Safe2017 February 22, 2018 | 3:24
    Congrats Red, A great accomplishment. You are a brave man taking those few puffs. Congrats and stay strong
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 22, 2018 | 8:26
    Morn red67. It's funny u should say that about the cutting down. I'm just about ready 2 start work & I only took 3 cigs with me & left the rest at home. Once upon a time that was not achievable.i know I'm still smoking but cut down dramatically already. Baby steps! 4 me that's a big deal so I'm trying really hard. 1 day at a time as they say.
  • LizRokka, Northern Sydney February 22, 2018 | 18:49
    What strategies did you use ? I am using saying no to myself and trying to focus on what I am going to have for tea, going to the gym, group tennis..keeping busy....
  • Safe2017 February 22, 2018 | 19:41
    One week from today it'll be 11 months smoke free for me. I hear you when you say "think like a non smoker" but as they say "once bitten twice shy". Thus I think I'll just stay smoke free with no puffs whatsoever to tempt myself. On the other hand, I just spent 10 hours in a car with a smoker who had to stop for a smoke every hour or so. For a number of reasons 2017 was a challenging year for us and becoming an ex smoker was my major accomplishment. Looking forward to many more smokeless years ahead. Keep posting. Cheers and all the best!!!
  • Red-67 February 23, 2018 | 5:37
    Liz, What helped me most, was just finally realizing that I was a slave. I built on that thought process, and seeing just how stupid it was, until I couldn't stand them. As I cut down, over a short time, I made it something I just did not want.. 3 miserable weeks of physical, withdrawal, but I've never really craved, or wanted another one.. You can do this :)
  • LizaRokka, Northern Sydney March 24, 2018 | 14:07
    Thanks so much
  • ronryan65, Western NSW May 03, 2018 | 23:44
    Well Done Red, Im right behind you with 230 Days and never felt better. Your a better Man than I for thumbing up the Nico Monster but in your own words, Smoking Makes You Stupid.
  • Safe2017 June 24, 2018 | 12:07
    Red, you are absolutely right. There is no upside to smoking but I realized it only after my urges, physical and mental, subsided to the point where I just don’t care having a smoke even in my head. You are a few months ahead of me so I am keeping up with you. Cheers.
  • Puffer August 25, 2018 | 12:07
    Hi Red how are you going? It has been a while since I have seen you on here. Hope all is well and you are saving heaps and heaps of money!
  • Happiness November 21, 2018 | 3:55
    Congrats on your success Red.

    I saw your advise to Klara and reconfirmed it for her. Your view on my thoughts would be appreciated. I quit cold turkey by common sense. Actually i quit by I never thought i could quit.. used a ginger and turmeric lung cleanse... later found out it helps reduce cravings, as well as nassea so my withdrawal from nicotine was pretty easy. Just decided to put off the morning cigarette, smoked 3. then 5 then a nicotine rush... that day only 3... Quit the next day. I am a Happy Non-Smoker and thank Allan Carr's book for reinforcement.... I am still reading it. Do you think Klara's problem is the Fear of Relapse, no closure? She seems a likely candidate to be the happy non-smoker. I am assuming you read the book?

    Brave of you to take a chance on a cigarette after 1 year. I swish it in my mouth to remind me how vile it is. So Happy to be a Non-Smoker! N>O>P>E
  • Ros, Western NSW November 21, 2018 | 8:28
    Well done on conquering 1 year your almost at 2 years now since this post November 16th was 4 years for me stay strong 💪
  • Pegster February 05, 2019 | 2:44
    Hey Red! You are one of my heroes to get me through this! I am now smoke free for 1 year and still going! Thank you so much for everything! Keep speaking out and helping others. It works!
  • Red-67 February 06, 2019 | 6:13
    Thank you :)
    I don't do much here now, Poke in a comment, when I think it may help..
    I do plan to do a 2 year post, around Feb, 15th :)
  • Margierolfe June 03, 2019 | 3:30
    Congrats on your success, Good for you!

    Your words mean a lot to me and your no nonsense way about you really hits home. You made me realize that even tho I know I can quit smoking I’m not sure I want to yet and it sounds like that’s the key to quitting successfully and staying smoke free. I realize that they’re filthy things and so unhealthy though, I do know that, that’s why I quit . But I e slipped up already and it’s only been 4 days :( so I’m going to read Allen Carr’s book again and hopefully that will do the trick.

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