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Jan 11 11 12:12 PM
I stopped smoking on Sun, 24 Oct 2010 1200 PM Atlantic Time It has been 2 months, 2 weeks, 4 days plus a couple of minutes , I have saved $ 773.79 by choosing not to smoke 2369 cigarettes and more importantly, I saved 2 weeks, 4 days 2 hours 29 minutes of my life!
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Thanks Lucie , Terri, John , Joel and all the others friends to many to mention. Proudly and on a Monday who would have thought it. Never again will I say "Oh God it's Monday" because this Monday I am bronze. Juan Carlos - Free and Healing for Three Months and 56 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 9 Days and 14 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2761 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $904.94.
Jan 24 11 1:59 PM
"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."
Jan 25 11 6:36 AM
Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
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Good for you Juan Carlos! You have such a great spirit. So glad to be on this great quit journey with you. People here are so brave and I am glad that we have all broken free of something that will make us more healthy - so people like you who are so awesome will live in the world longer!! Thank you for your words and your inspiration. I am looking forward to being bronze like you!Lisafree and healing and happy since 1-1-11 when I quit smoking those terrible cigarettes that made me feel so, SO bad.
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Jul 31 12 6:15 PM
"Most people in a war zone start smoking again."
It really is amazing how many soldiers from WWI and WWII eventually died from smoking, actually multiples of how many were killed in action. Just to get an idea of the magnitude of the devastation from smoking, this year more Americans will die from smoking, than all American soldiers killed in action in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Wars, combined. Every year, more Americans die from smoking than the combined soldiers killed in battle deaths of the 24 years of the 20th Century. Unbelievable.
Smoking really became popular after the distribution to soldiers in WWI then WWII. Soldiers were really the first groups to smoke in large numbers, and were the first group to really start experiencing smoking related effects. Many of the early studies linking smoking to diseases were performed on Vets for they were the first group to be showing significant rates of diseases that prior to their generation were rare or virtually unheard of.
Lung cancer, the first linked to smoking was a rare disease at the turn of the century, now, the #1 cancer death of all sites. Other diseases like heart disease, which were always around, went up significantly in the smoking population.
Being that it is Memorial Day, a day we honor the memory of those who fought so valiantly to protect our freedom, I don't mean to minimize the their efforts by comparing the losses of battle with the losses from smoking. But I just think that the losses from their services were not just experienced at the time of their service. That in fact, many of these young men would never have taken up smoking if not in the situation they found themselves in decades ago. These early smoking experiences addicted them, sentencing them to years and decades of continued smoking. And many of them ended up losing their final battle to diseases caused by their addiction to nicotine. The costs of wars from decades ago are probably still felt daily today by premature loss of family members, but usually go unrecognized.
Hopefully we will never forget the efforts of our soldiers, and the many sacrifices they made to make our world better. And hopefully the lessons we learned from their experiences may help prevent our future generations from making some of the same mistakes leading to such loss. Some lessons are hard for any one person to make a difference alone, governments and whole societies must learn to avoid repetition of events. But one lesson is within every individual realm of control.
We learned from these soldiers the danger of smoking. We learned the addictive nature of what they thought was a harmless product when they first used it. But we also are learning today that many of these soldiers became ex-smokers and are to this day or were to the day they died. Many were victorious over this last vestige of their war. You can be too, to maintain final victory over nicotine, never take another puff!
Jul 31 12 6:19 PM
"I dont write a lot but reading is always a help"
No need to apologize
I often see where a longer term member comes in to make a new post and starts out by apologizing for not having posted in a long time. Actually, the vast majority of our successful quitters don't post all that often. If every memner who doesn't post too often were all of a sudden to drop on in and apologize the board would be totally flooded. We'd look like one big sorry board.
We often see where a person is celebrating turning silver or gold or off multiple years who drop in and say, "I don't post much anymore but I still drop by and read regularly. Spending time reading is probably more likely to help a person secure his or her quit than posting. When it comes down to it, our real wish is for each individual here is to keep his or her own quit secure.
All members should always know that while their posts are appreciated they are not mandated. We don't want anyone ever feeling a sense of guilt for using our site. If you are coming here to read to secure your own quit you are making us all happy, even if we never hear about it.
Now there are people who are long-term quitters who are in fact frequent posters. We really appreciate all of the work and help of these people who do stick around. You can tell from the posts of these people that they are well beyond the point of feeling insecure about their own quits. They know not to get complacent and they do want to help. If a person has the time and desire to be there for others they are great assets to our board. But for people whose time might be limited, we want them to put their time into securing their own quits more than trying to secure others.
There is one thing that makes our goal a little different than many Internet based sites. We don't want people to sacrifice time from other areas of their lives and getting hooked on the board. (See Crutches to Quit Smoking and Freedom - your journey to comfort - a highly focused forum ) In the beginning few days this is common, where new members really do spend an inordinate amount of time reading and learning and trying to strengthen their resolve. This is during the time period when many people do find their lives centered around not smoking. Over time though, life should not need to be centered around not smoking, it should be centered around living your life. Being really successful means that you have developed the ability of being with family, friends, doing your job, and meeting your normal day to day demands without constantly thinking about smoking or about quitting.
Over the long-term not smoking should still be looked at as a big deal and a major accomplishment but you shouldn't have to spend more than a few minutes on any given day reminding yourself of this fact. (see "I am not going to smoke today!" and Take it one day at a time . We don't want new members or people first looking at our site who are just considering quitting to think that quitting smoking is going to be a major time commitment or something that is going to consume the rest of their lives. Quitting smoking is going to buy you lots of time and allow you the ability to live your life to the fullest.
We know not everyone has time to stop by and write everyday. Some people don't have time to write every week or even every month. But do try to find the time to stop by and read every once in a while. Taking a few minutes to read can help to secure your quit. Securing your quit can help to buy you years and maybe even decades of extra time of a healthier and higher quality life. Make a point of stopping by every now and then to to read and strengthen your commitment and resolve to never take another puff!
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