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Better QUIT now than after a Stroke/Heart attack

Posted in Reasons to quit 29 May 2020

My friends ( 3 of them in past 5 months) ...all from my age group of 45 to 50...suffered heart attacks. All 3 of them had started smoking with me on same day in 1994 along with 4 more guys ( at graduation party we decided to try it just for sake of trying). We all smoked since 1994. We all tried to quit unsucessfully.

First guy (Vinod) suffered heart attack in March. Passed away.

This made us all tense as doctor said smoking was major contributing factor in his death.

On 02 May 2020, Jay suffered an attack and within hours his attck in Dubai...Shakil suffered a heart attack in Australia. Both survived and both quit since then ( forced to quit by what happened is more precise description). I quit next day because i did not want to utter the words "I was forced to quit after an attack". Thats all just like that cold turkey

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  • softly40, Mid North Coast May 30, 2020 | 9:02
    Not a good way to learn Munaf812, So sorry for your friends passing, Fear is a strong motivator, but let me say we all need to remain so thankful that we can quit in the main by training our minds to enjoy the process, rather than overthinking the negatives that you might think are associated with quitting, please read about the Nicotine drug which hauls us back into its clutches at every opportunity.

    Its time to lighten your load deep breath the fresh air, and enjoy the small things in life. Reading material can include The Easy way to stop smoking by Alan Carr, and a video which I found of benefit to me for understanding our own emotional journey called "How to grow to be a happy non-smoker presented by Nasia Davos TECxUniversityofPiraeus" We might as well be happy that we have chosen this path which gives us the Freedom we can embrace rather than suffer the consequences in all aspects, be it money health, or lack of knowledge. Keep in touch
  • Happiness May 29, 2020 | 23:33
    Welcome Munad812 . I am sorry to hear of your loss . In Canada we also have warning and gross pictures of tar coated lungs, but that doesn't stop us from smoking. We all tried to quit only to discover we were addicted. Then we resigned ourselves to being smokers.
    I am glad you found us to help keep your quit. Having reassurances and group affirmation for a quit really does help. We understand because we have all been there. Learning the truth about cigarettes and how we brainwashed or let ourselves be brainwashed into believing that they helped us concentrate, gave us confidence and reduced anxiety among many misconceptions.
    Learning the truth is what will help to set you free and to keep you free without cravings in the future. Changing how we feel about smoking is key. Choosing to live your life as a non-smokers is easier to accept than having to. Find the WANT to do this because really there is no reason to smoke. Reward yourself with a great decision. You will wonder why you didn't do this long ago........ enjoy your freedom and path to better health.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW May 29, 2020 | 22:36
    well done for Quitting the smokes because you want to and not FORCED to !

    Stay free!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW May 29, 2020 | 22:28
    In Australia sometimes they have a precautionary statement on cigarette packets.


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