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14 months

Posted in Quit experiences 30 Oct 2016

I am now 14 months away from my last cigarette and consider myself an extremely luck person notwithstanding the gargantuan effort it took to get here.

Started smoking when I was 14 in 1962. My friend and I bought a packet. After my first few drags I was violently sick. However , not to be beaten , I tried again and succeeded.

Started on 5 a day. Then 10. 20. 30. 40.

Reckon I smoked $250000 plus of cigarettes over 53 years

After having 3 Heart stents in 2008 still carried on smoking.

Finally after my wife had a triple heart bypass and begged me to stop smoking I gave up.

Just want to say thank you to icanquit and the regular posters and encouragers.

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  • AllyV October 30, 2016 | 22:31
    Well done Dobbin. What a fantastic effort. Keep writing on here as it's an inspiration to the rest of us.
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney October 30, 2016 | 22:54
    Gargantuan effort is the phrase. Sometimes the days fly by and sometimes the minutes are agonizing, I'm glad it is in that order. Well done and thanks for keeping on coming back.
  • debbieuk October 31, 2016 | 0:15
    Well done Dobbin. what a success. You inspire me and many others on this site.
  • Steve01 October 31, 2016 | 0:16
    I can relate to that starting smoking account Dobbin. Did the same thing at the same age. Our bodies reacted violently tho this dangerous foreign substance we were inflicting on ourselves as a warning. Yet to fit in, be a grown up we continued trying to like it until we'd mastered the draw back and could blow smoke ring.
    How stupid we were and entrapped we became paying good money to suffocate ourselves. Just craziness
  • Lizzie 1, Western NSW October 31, 2016 | 8:08
    Well done , what a great achievement as we all know how easily we could return to the dreaded dragon!! Just one day after the other huh :-)
  • Iwillbeatit, Western NSW October 31, 2016 | 11:10
    Well done Dobbin
  • storm, Murrumbidgee October 31, 2016 | 20:32
    Well done Dobbin, you are so inspiring
  • bikram November 06, 2016 | 21:13
    well done Sir

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