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Apr 15 10 10:23 AM
Apr 15 10 10:27 AM
If you say it often enough you really start to believe it. But would life be different if you smoked again? You bet it would. From the moment you awake to the time you go to sleep, life would never again be the same.
Once again you have to smoke as soon as you wake up just to have the strength and energy to drag yourself out of bed. You cough up some of that phlegm in your lungs and get a drink of water for that horribly dry throat. You have a lousy taste in your mouth and a slight headache. But none of this concerns you since you feel this way every morning. Funny though, if you think back to your ex-smoking days, you used to wake up feeling clean, healthy and refreshed.
You start to dress and get ready for work. Fifteen minutes go by so you smoke a cigarette or two. At breakfast the food sure tastes bland. Better add some salt and pepper to those eggs. Coffee sure seems weak today, no smell or taste to it. Better brew it longer next time. When you were an ex-smoker things smelled and tasted so good.
You realize you had better start moving faster since you are already behind schedule. Where does the time go? When you were not smoking you seemed to have so much more time in the morning. Better hurry or you will be late for work again.
The inside windshield sure seems dirty. It is kind of surprising since you just cleaned it three weeks ago. Better try to scrape that brown film off over the weekend. No wonder the kids are always complaining about the smell in the car. Remember when you were an ex-smoker and you cleaned your inside windshield about every six months.
You just hate driving during rush hours. Its forty-five minutes of pure frustration. Three or four cigarettes between home and work. But it sure is better than taking that train where you can't smoke at all. Near the end of these trips you sit with an unlit cigarette hanging out of your mouth, a lighter in your hand. When the train finally stops you push your way out to light the cigarette as fast as you can. When you were an ex-smoker and you drove or took the train you didn't even think of a cigarette.
You are really late now. You run half a block from the parking lot to your office. You start wheezing and coughing. You can't catch your breath and your heart feels like it is going to explode out of your chest. Funny, when you were an ex-smoker a little run like that wouldn't even make you perspire.
At work the phone just doesn't stop ringing. You almost don't have time to smoke. But you know you will make time to smoke at least three an hour. In fact, with that hour-long staff meeting where you are not allowed to smoke coming up, you had better smoke a few extra. You don't want another episode like last week where the boss asked you some difficult questions and all you could think about was when could you get a cigarette. Sure was simpler when you were an ex-smoker.
Rush hour going home is just as bad as going to work. You should stop and get cigarettes, you might not have enough to get through until tomorrow. Another couple of dollars down the drain.
Well, you are finally home. You had better smoke while getting ready for dinner since your kids won't let you smoke at the table. Another half a pack or so before going to bed. You sure are tired. I bet you feel like you smoked too much today. As you doze off your last thought for the day is, "Boy, do I miss not smoking." Consider what life was really like as a smoker. Remember all this and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
My Cigarette, My Friend
How do you feel about a friend who has to go everywhere with you? Not only does he tag along all the time, but since he is so offensive and vulgar, you become unwelcome when with him. He has a peculiar odor that sticks to you wherever you go. Others think both of you stink.
He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump. Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the store and pick him up. You would give your spouse hell if he or she did that to you all the time, but you can't argue with your friend. Sometimes, when you are out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand in the lobby with him and miss important scenes. Since he calls all the shots in your life, you go.
Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either. Instead of politely telling you that you have lousy taste, he burns little holes in these items so you will want to throw them out. Sometimes, he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally, he gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.
He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack of property destruction costly, but you must pay to keep him with you. In fact, he will cost you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you can count on one thing, he will never pay you a penny in return.
Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having lots of fun doing them. But your friend won't let you. He doesn't believe in physical activity. In his opinion, you are too old to have that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and makes it difficult for you to breathe. Now you don't want to go off and play with other people when you can't breathe, do you?
Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really repulsed by the thought of you living a long and productive life. So every chance he gets he makes you sick. He helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by running out in the middle of the lousy weather to pick him up at the store. He is more creative than that. He carries thousands of poisons with him which he constantly blows in your face. When you inhale some of them, they wipe out cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these diseases.
But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He especially likes diseases that slowly cripple you - like emphysema. He considers this disease great. Once he gets you to have this, you will give up all your other friends, family, career goals, activities - everything. You will just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is while you desperately gasp for air.
But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no longer wishes to have your company. Instead of letting you go your separate ways, he decides to kill you. He has a wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him. In fact, he has been plotting your death since the day you met him. He picked all the top killers in society and did everything in his power to ensure you would get one of them. He overworked your heart and lungs. He clogged up the arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body. In case you were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing agents. He knew he would get you sooner or later.
Well, this is the story of your "friend," your cigarette. No real friend would do all this to you. Cigarettes are the worst possible enemies you ever had. They are expensive, addictive, socially unacceptable, and deadly. Consider all this and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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Apr 15 10 10:33 AM
"You don't have the
option of one, and if you try to test the theory,
you are going to find yourself
a smoker again."
Apr 15 10 10:35 AM
Tim -Congratulations on Green! That is Your first month wasn't an easy one, but you persevered and made it one whole month nicotine free. That is definitely something to be proud of! You have the knowledge, support and desire for continued success in this journey. Keep reading and keep building on those positive thoughts! There is only one rule - no nicotine today.NancyI have been quit for 2 Months, 1 Week, and 3 Days. I have saved $211.53 by not smoking 694 cigarettes.
Apr 15 10 12:15 PM
I've been reading your posts since you started......and saw what a hard time you were having.....but you did it!! Congrats on one month without cigarettes......I know how hard it is and I keep reading here to get support. I've recommended this site to a number of other people and hope that they get it too.keep posting and telling us how you are doing......Good for you.....be proud of your efforts and NTAP....KathleenKathleen - Free and Healing for One Month, Fifteen Days and 15 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 9 Hours, by avoiding the use of 690 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $276.59.
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I Believe that quitting smoking is the single most
important thing a person can do for their overall health and to improve their
odds against the 4 greatest killers; heart disease, cancer, stroke, and COPD.
I Believe everyone has the ability to quit smoking as
long as they want to quit more than they want to smoke.
I Believe a positive mental attitude ( I CAN) and
determination (I WILL) are the 2 most important characteristics to quit smoking
I Believe you must have a Whatever It Takes/No Matter
What mentality to be successful
I Believe you need a little courage. I Believe courage
is not the absence of fear, but rather gutting it out and doing the thing you
I Believe you dont have to quit for forever, you just
have to quit for today. I also Believe that if you can quit for just 1 day,
then you can quit for forever.
I Believe that Triumph is just Try with a little Umph
I Believe that nowhere else will you receive the
education, motivation and support that you receive right here ,however
I Believe that the best helping hand available is
at the end of your own arm.
I Believe your success is up to you.
Congratulations again, be proud of your efforts & never forget the benefits that you have (re) gained ( see your list to me) since stopping.
Donna , quit date 16th March 2010.
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AWESOME DUDE!! See you at DOUBLE GREEN!
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Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
Apr 22 10 3:54 AM
Hi Tim congratulations on your GREEN MILESTONEYour doing great ,keep reading KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!Well Done!"See You At Double Green!!!I have been quit for 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 hours, 53 minutes and 33 seconds (355 days). I have saved $4,873.00 by not smoking 10,678 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 6 Days, 1 hour and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/05/2009 5:00 PM
I'M A PROUD"SIX YEARS FREE"FREEDOMWHYQUITQUITTER! "QUIT NICOTINE USE ON THE 1st of MAY 2009 " Best Wishes Dan . LOVE YOUR MIND , BODY AND SOUL ...... " NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF "
Apr 22 10 6:50 AM
Congratulations Tim on your first full month of freedom and healing!You did all the lifting and the glory is 100% yours!!!Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,John (Gold x10)
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Apr 23 10 1:18 PM
Tim,I share your fascination with watching other people smoke too. On prior quits, I was more of what people call a "reformed smoker," and was quite uppity about it. This time, I have more empathy than anything. That's an improvement, because I am in a friendlier place with smokers than I ever was before. I can't help but feel proud of myself, but I have learned that all it takes is one puff and that could be me. One fun thing I did that you may enjoy was, I Googled the smoking commercials from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's. You are a bit younger than I am, but some you will remember just as well. I had totally forgotten, on a conscious level, that the cartoon featuring the stone-age family in Bedrock advertised a specific brand (lol, I struggled with that one, Admin). I lived it. I watched it every day. It was embedded in my subconscious, but until I went back and watched the commercials, I had totally forgotten about it. In my case, commercials were allowed from before I was born until I graduated from high school. So I was bombarded with the propaganda. It's a miracle any of us in that age bracket escaped the deadly cigarette. Anyway, Google "cigarette commercials." It is a lot of fun to watch them. Be sure and watch the one that was filmed in 1949 featuring the doctor and his favorite brand.
WOW I have just watched a heap of smoking ads from the 1940's - the 80's and i could not believe what i was watching, talk about glorifying the cigarette. Oh and the doctor smoking the camel ad ( What a joke ). All i can say is I will "Never Take Another Puff !Thanks for telling us FREETOBEMEI have been quit for 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds (357 days). I have saved $4,892.05 by not smoking 10,720 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 6 Days, 5 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/05/2009 5:00 PM
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