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Posted in Reasons to quit 21 Jun 2019

Every story I have read has had a reason for quitting besides money but if I'm being brutally honest, its the only reason I am quitting.

My father smoked for 70 plus years and passed from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, and yet, nope, still smoked myself.

My kids asked me to quit, nope, still smoked.

New laws came into effect but they didn't affect me anyway as I always smoked away from the crowd and never ever in a car or the house.

Today is my 2nd day of quitting after smoking for 30 years and I have to admit that I miss it terribly, I really enjoyed smoking. Call me arrogant or whatever, but this is me being honest. Yes it stunk (and to me that was the only problem I had with it) but they are just too expensive now.

Had my first night last night of not sleeping and weird stomach pains and then today no energy what so ever.

I am determined to keep going, and yes I do see the health benefits down the track, but to start me off I just needed to be brutally honest with myself and everyone else.

Any tips or ideas of what is coming next would be greatly received and good luck to everyone doing the same.

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  • Happiness June 21, 2019 | 17:18
    Hi Bintsock. So you like brutal honestly. Quitting smoking can be easy as you make it. Nothing and Nobody can make you quit smoking. Only you can find what motivates you. So money is your motivation. Reward yourself with monetary things as a reward every week with your savings, splurge on something you wouldn't normally and save your money for a high ticket item or a trip.
    Read other posts , surf the web and research nicotine . Finding other reasons as well to escape from smoking will help to retrain the mind and keep cravings at bay.

    Every day gets easier but right now it sounds like you are going through the mourning process. Understand that it was not your friend, nor did it do anything for you ever. Once you understand all of this, you can let go and move forward....and it will be much easier to do so.

    All the best to you in your journey to freedom.
  • PV June 21, 2019 | 17:35
    In terms of benefits I can say the improvement in my sense of smell genuinely shocked me. I was picking up the scent of flowers in gardens and nature in general without realizing I wasnt before.
  • Nuts June 21, 2019 | 22:21
    Hi Bintsock. Welcome and congrats on 2 days smoke free. It really doesnt matter why you are quitting , whether its for money reasons or health or any other reason, You will not regret it. You say that you miss smoking but believe me when i tell you that after a while you wont miss it at all. You will wonder why you didnt quit before. Smoking is a habit as well as an addiction. You have to break the habit, and then it becomes so much easier. I also smoked for 30 years and my father died of lung cancer and i gave up partly due to money, but mostly i felt really guilty watching my daughters smoke . I have saved over $3'600 in almost 6 months. Do it for yourself and the ones you love. Believe in yourself and stay strong. Cigarettes are not you friend
  • Safe2017 June 22, 2019 | 3:18
    A very valid reason to quit. Among many reasons such as health, stink, being a bad example to my kids and being a prisoner to the addiction, Money was undoubtedly a major reason. So here my two cents worth. We were all brainwashed into believing that we enjoyed smoking while getting addicted to a nasty habit/addiction. In reality we all smoked just to feel normal. Non smokers feel just fine not smoking whereas smokers need that nicotine fix so that they can feel just like non smokers do, that is to feel normal. Just about now you probably know how it feels to feel abnormal. The good news is that the longer you stay away from cigs the easier it gets and finally one day you will ask yourself Why Did I Smoke to Begin With? However, in the meantime your body will have withdrawals and your brain will try to reason with you that just one puff will do no harm. That’s the the biggest mistake one can make because after one puff there will be many more until you are a full fledged smoker again. This bit is from personal experience. Walk, chew gum do something physical and soon you won’t need these nasty cancer sticks. Good luck.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast June 22, 2019 | 9:36
    Thanks for letting us into your life and reasons Binstock. I have had a few attempts but this time I hope it will be the last. I Smoked over 40 years on and off. My reasons were the same as yours to lower my expenses this worked really well for me too. The only trap I didn't understand was the bad person called Nicotine which kept me on the roundabout. I justified myself and my reasons by buying an occasional pac and felt as if I could take it or leave it but eventually it took me up again because I fed this person called Nicotine. Read as many stories as you can as you progress they all have some message to give you.
  • Robn June 22, 2019 | 11:04
    Hi Binstock, you are doing is a mind game. I was a smoker for nearly 50 years, I thought I really enjoyed it too.
    That of course was a lie....if we truly enjoyed it why would we ever think about smokers we have often thought of quitting over the years. We smoke because we give in to the nico is a cycle that keeps us on the treadmill. You are now breaking that cycle...think like a non smoker and learn to hate those filthy cigs that have kept you a slave. Stay strong and remember sooner or later you would have to quit anyway....either due to poor health or because they have taken your life. Now you have made the choice on your are in control...go you!
  • Pearly19 June 23, 2019 | 22:23
    Thanks for everything you have all written here , its helping me fight cravings
  • Bintsock, Western NSW June 24, 2019 | 12:02
    Thank you so much everyone for your words. currently day 5 as an ex smoker and apart from the cravings amd being exhausted all the time, i.se3m to be doing okay.
  • TheOldPhart July 13, 2019 | 22:43
    Rather than put yourself down, remember this quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

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