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When is the right time to Quit Smoking?

Posted in Reasons to quit 31 Jan 2021

Hi people!

I've never seen a year so devastating in our country with severe drought, bushfires and flooding rains and when covid -19 hit my town closed down on march 17, we thought that was almost the end of the world as we knew it. We had an immediate lock-down. Fortunately, our local council got businesses re-opening in a few days and i kept employed right through the pandemic. I live well outside of major cities which were in long lock-downs to curb possible covid infections. Although, the pandemic affected us all.

I had my last smoke about 6 weeks before the lock-down and am so glad i Quit in February 2020.

I'm not saying Quitting smoking is easy or hard. Although i am glad I Quit the smokes before we found out about the pandemic!


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  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW February 10, 2021 | 21:49
    Hi to all following this story. And congratulations for sticking with me, because, I would have thought this story was over too!

    Below is a link to one old song I always liked by R.E.M.

    I'll get another story happening when I reach $10,000 saved, my next milestone after passing one full year a few days ago!
    And I feel fine!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW February 03, 2021 | 5:57
    Hi Nuts.
    Thank you for your support and encouragement. I'm doing well now. A year for me this weekend, Yippee!
    I look back at my failed Quit attempt's in 2018 and 2019, not so much of regret now. I'd prefer to view them as false starts and preparation for the Last Quit. I believe its "mind over matter".

    Thank you again buddy xo
  • Nuts February 01, 2021 | 20:02
    Hi Puff. 2020 was certainly a year to remember. It tested us all in different ways and i think it made us stronger. You changed your life for the better Puff. You quit smoking while the world was going crazy around you in many ways. To quit when you did showed incredible strength, and i am super proud of you. Well done mate. I wish you the very best that life can give you. 💞
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW February 01, 2021 | 7:50
    Yes. Thank you heaps Happiness,
    I think that I'm recovering from the mild COPD I developed from years of 30 to 40 of them a day. And my wasteline has ballooned almost out of control! To top that off My blood pressure sometimes gets around 185/99 thankfully the morning medication stabilizes it well for most of the day.

    The plusses far out-weigh those negatives and your very perceptive as my yearly milestone is this coming weekend. I'm not there yet and I still say to myself..

    I Dont Smoke, NO MATTER WHAT!!!
  • Happiness February 01, 2021 | 7:15
    You are fast closing in on your first year smoke free PuffNoMore. Congratulations! I can't even blame the shock of it for my stroke, as It was over a year ago now. I was so thankful to be able to say that I no longer smoked when Doctors asked. I often wonder how much of a difference being quit for a year made. Our bodies make so many wonderful changes when we quit. Our blood pressure drops, our celia are better able to clean our lungs, and our confidence grows! Many of us spend the money saved on better nutrition and have taken our health to heart. We haven't given up on ourselves and find ways to amend for what we allowed the addiction to do to us., our families, and our lives.
    Now I exercise and have lost over 30 lbs. Covid slowed the world down while I caught up I joke. I have learned so much in the past year. Hopefully some good comes from those ordeals we have to survive. Those who met with hard times and quit smoking because of that may look back on 2020 as a blessing in disquise. Perhaps not going into work made picking a quitting date easier. While some doors close, others open. New opportunities present themselves, and as non -smoker we have gained the confidence to grasp them and change with the times.

    Positive thinking is what will propel us forward. We can do what we put our minds and efforts into!

  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW February 01, 2021 | 0:12
    Thank you softly 40.
    It sometimes surprises me how some heavy smokers can overcome half a lifetime of drudgery of being chained to the smoke's too.

    It's amazing what we humans can achieve if we put our mind's to it!

    I think we are a hopeful bunch and when we combine that with a willingness to believe in ourselves, the job of Quitting the smokes becomes that little bit easier especially as the days go by!

    Thank you for your morning pep talk. I appreciate it and I would think many others would too.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast January 31, 2021 | 8:26
    Hi again, Puffnomore, yes what a year it has been a long drought, then the bushfires very close to me, and then flooding with Covid chucked into the mix.

    Some people have come on board to quit smoking at these times, and I have wondered if our natural resiliance we have comes to the fore at these times, to save ourselves and others from harm.

    I believe you are 12months smoke free, and loving it. So well done to you Puff No More and stay strong and happy for another 12months.

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