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Posted in Hints and tips 27 Jul 2015

It is probably usual for a person who is just starting to stop smoking to cry out, 'Woe is me! Poor me! I am such a poor thing, because I cannot smoke.' I think it might be a good idea to reverse this idea. Just are doing something so fantastic; you are beating an addiction. You are becoming healthier, stronger, richer. You can go to the cinema without craving a cigarette for two or more hours, you can go on an international flight without having to put on a nicotine patch. You can change flights without having to go to one of those terrible smoke-holes that are provided at airports. (The last time I did that, I almost fainted, because I smoked too quickly...I felt like a beggar, falling over and puffing, people looked at me as if I were drunk...I felt utterly ashamed.) I don't think we need to pity ourselves....we need to start feeling happy and unfettered.

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  • Tee Em, Murrumbidgee July 27, 2015 | 13:01
    I have been through every one of those situations. Yes the freedom of NOT smoking sure does have its benefits. I am just starting to feel happier and already unfettered. Well done for the positive thinking.
  • Lindavan, Western Sydney July 27, 2015 | 13:22
    How long have you stopped Tee Em?
  • Nannette, Hunter New England July 27, 2015 | 17:50
    Hi Lindavan you are so right the process should be viewed as one opportunity to make changes to your life. Nannette
  • Lia July 27, 2015 | 22:49
    Hi Lindavan, can identify with all you say. Am going OS next week for nearly 7 weeks and will be able to avoid all those oh so familiar situations where one needs to succumb to nicotine dependence. Can still recall reeling after leaving the smoking cubicle at various airports. Dubai springs to mind... Will look forward to spending some of the $'s saved from the ashtray in the duty free shops. Will be able to relax and sit somewhere and watch the world go by without worrying about when or where the next nicotine fix will come from... Thanks to you and others who constantly remind me why I am choosing not to smoke.

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