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Wellll...after 37 years of smoking,I've kicked it for a month and a half! Never thought I'd make it through the first week! Tough at times but actually not all that bad.....I was even nice to Dougie on the phone!!!biggrin  Something I never thought I could do. My Dad quit at 70 after smoking since 15. My whole family smoked..mom quit first(30 years) then sis(20 years) dad at 70 (hes now 77). Looks like I'll have more toy money!biggrin



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More power to you Jim! I like hearing these stories!

I quit smoking at 17, and quit smoking other stuff at 19.



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Congratulations! More money for cars and parts!


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Excellent news Jim.

Our neighbour couple both quit after much encouragement from me and have been clean now for about a year and a half. Interesting thing is both of them work in hospitals, so it's not like they don't know the effects of tobacco on our bodies. 

You will  not regret this. I know lots of quitters and nobody has ever said to me "I wish I had never quit smoking"!



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Awesome Jim, I'm glad to hear it!

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Great news Jim! Stick with it, not an easy road but well worth it. My little brother put them down oh about 5 years ago, best decision he ever made he says.

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Not a small milestone... a huge one!  Congrats!

I've never been a smoker, but my Dad was a 3 pack a day guy back in the 1970s and 1980s (which is why I vowed to never smoke the stuff).  His addiction was so strong he tried to quit numerous times, but was never able to do it until my Mom contracted lung cancer (she wasn't a smoker, but we felt it was due to second hand smoke from my Dad).  Even after she died he still struggled with it, alternating back and forth between quitting and smoking again.  He eventually died due to complications associated with an aortic aneurysm bypass (after which his legs were amputated below the knees) - the doctors all felt that his cardiovascular problems were all related to his smoking.

I see coworkers all the time, quitting, then starting again, and quitting again.  My neighbor is out on her deck constantly smoking, rain or shine, snow, high winds... doesn't matter - I swear she is there more often than she is inside - and she has a terrible cough that rattles right down through her lungs - yet she continues to smoke.

...So I have an understanding on how bad the addiction can be, and know what an accomplishment it is for you to have made the decision to quit and have kept strong to it.  Keep up the good work!



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100% best move you'll ever make Jim. Congrats, keep on to of it. Do whatever you need to make it stick.

I quit 25 years ago, although never a big smoker, my dad really was. Probably 2 packs a day from the sixties until he quit around 2000. Died young at 73, of...you guessed it...lung cancer.

My father was known as such a big smoker, they actually gave him his steel desk ashtray when he retired from Dofasco! But when he quit, he was always telling me about how much free money he now had! He'd buy cool things from time to time with all that new found pocket money. He could not believe how much it amounted to. You will too.



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congrats Jim I have been in recovery from one of my many addictions for over 7 yrs, STOPPED smoking for 3 months and thought I had it licked..nope had a bad day the world was picking on me and found myself thinking I needed to win at something..tossed up the idea of going back to my past addiction or smoking...smoking won out...thats a REALLY good but bad thing ..would LIKE to stop and quit this time but dont WANT to just yet haha...congrats and keep strong nothing is that important and it really is one day at a time good luck !! I surely could not afford working or having the cars I have had 7 yrs ago..money though !! never enough !!

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Congrats ! Awesome, you'll feel better and much better, I quit all that bad stuff 20 years ago ... only bad habit I've got left is I drink too much coffee !



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Congrats. You already know how much will power it's going to take to continue on your journey so face it head on.

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Well good for you Jim. Just for a fun motivation create a special smoking bank account and put in a weekly amount youd normally spend. Would be interesting to see how much is there in 6 months. Stay strong buddy. My dad quit cold turkey and never looked back.

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Maybe I should start smoking, quit, put the money in a bank account and then I'd finally have enough to spend on old cars...

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The other day I had an uber rider. we drove past the store where my dad bought his cigs. He worked at TTC in the garage cleaning the busses on the midnight shift. My dad collected all of the pop bottles he could find and would use that money to buy his cigs. I explained to the rider that my dad paid 28 cents for a pack of Daily Mail. The rider told me she paid about $17.00 a pack My mother had asthma real bad and she finally told him to go outside and smoke. He was 89 when he passed As a teenager I smoked "Op's" Other peoples... but did have a fondness for Old Port Cigars.. a teenage fad.  Never developed into a habit seeing how my mothers breathing was such a struggle for her.

Stick with YOUR decision and remain a quitter.



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Thanks for all the votes of confidence!! Worst part is reaching in my pocket for my lighter!!!!!! Went to light the torch..nothing, went to heat some shrink tube...nothing!! Maybe I'll just pack around a lighter.hmm No bank fund Jerel...... paying for property and machines.smile Funny...after 37 years,it hasn't bothered me that much? Wife still smokes and so do guys I work with and customers.  Maybe It's just my time.... Will look back at this thread a year from now and see how I've done! All your input helps keep me motivated!! Thanks!



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4SPEED427 wrote:

Maybe I should start smoking, quit, put the money in a bank account and then I'd finally have enough to spend on old cars...


 Go for the gusto.....pac of smokes a day and a case of beer too!! Once you quit you could pay to restore a car in 6 months. Oh ya ...walk to work (save fuel) cook on an open fire (save hydro) use an outhouse(save water) you just got a resto in 3 months!!biggrin



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1 love reading these stories. I was lucky and never started in the first place but doubled up on the other bad habit 



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My hardest hurdle was when the beers came out. The two just always seemed to go hand in hand. 

My quitting story;

I'd been married for all of a year, and my new wife put up with the occasional smoking. I'd come home from nights and have a cig while reading the paper. She'd stuff a towel under the bedroom door. Said she didn't mind at all. Ok.

Sometime later, we'd made plans to visit her sister and family in Yellowknife, this during the winter. While there after the first hour, I'd gotten up to put on my jacket to go outside for a smoke, and this family all insisted I smoke inside, I mean really insisted, rushing to bring me an ashtray. This while two of them suffered from pretty severe asthma at the time. I still went outside, no way would I do this in that house. I asked my wife to come out with me. When she came out, I basically broke down and became emotional to her at the thought this family would accept my disgusting habit so easily. I told her that was it, busted up the pack, chucked the lighter and I've never had one since.

It took the unconditional acceptance of this by family to make me realize how much I was loved. Much more than this habit had a hold of me.



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Great story Mark. I never had an inkling to smoke. Both my parents were heavy smokers and both died at age 60 of lung cancer. Mom's spread to her brain and she had a large tumor on the back of her head. It was very painful for her. As a kid I would get bad bronchitis every winter. Little did anyone know at that time it was from all the second hand smoke in the house. Being winter there were no windows opened to clear it out. Same in the car too.






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My hardest hurdle was when the beers came out. The two just always seemed to go hand in hand. 

My quitting story;

I'd been married for all of a year, and my new wife put up with the occasional smoking. I'd come home from nights and have a cig while reading the paper. She'd stuff a towel under the bedroom door. Said she didn't mind at all. Ok.

Sometime later, we'd made plans to visit her sister and family in Yellowknife, this during the winter. While there after the first hour, I'd gotten up to put on my jacket to go outside for a smoke, and this family all insisted I smoke inside, I mean really insisted, rushing to bring me an ashtray. This while two of them suffered from pretty severe asthma at the time. I still went outside, no way would I do this in that house. I asked my wife to come out with me. When she came out, I basically broke down and became emotional to her at the thought this family would accept my disgusting habit so easily. I told her that was it, busted up the pack, chucked the lighter and I've never had one since.

It took the unconditional acceptance of this by family to make me realize how much I was loved. Much more than this habit had a hold of me.


 Great story and a great motivator for you! Guess we all know when the time is right...have tried many times before!! The beers with the boys don't bother me that much for some reason?  How long did you smoke for? and do you still get the craving once in a while? I get a couple a day..but wait 5 min and they pass. Still one of the toughest things I've had to do/overcome.....



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Keep at it Jim, you will do this.

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