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Samui Bodoh

Four months smoke free!!!

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Hi Everyone

 

There seems to be little interest in the 'stop smoking' forum, so I thought I'd start a new thread to see if anyone wants to talk about it.

 

I was a smoker for about 35 years (Bloody hell!)

 

I quit September 17th 2017, the day before the new tax increases were supposed to arrive in Thailand. Ironically, it seems that my old brand's price didn't go up; thank God I didn't know that at the time.

 

How have I done it? I am using will power and that is all. Please don't misunderstand me, if people are using gum, patches, hypnosis, whatever, more power to you. The important point in all this is the stopping; it doesn't matter how...

 

What are the benefits/downsides?

 

The benefits for me are a massively increased sense of taste and smell. Honestly, it is the sense of taste that has been the real shocker; I was a smoker for around 35 years, so I never really tasted Thai food for all the time that I have spent in the country; now I have. And it is delicious! There other big benefit is that I cycle almost every day for about 20 Kms, and now I feel much better doing it. I am getting more oxygen into my lungs (already!) and I am not getting that burning sensation when I am panting/out of breath.

 

There are no downsides.

 

If there are any smokers out there who are thinking of quitting, do it. If I can do it after 35 years, then you can as well. It is difficult, but well, well, worth it.

 

Good luck!

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Good going and thanks for posting! It has been 34 years ago that I quit and I still describe it as the single best thing I have ever done for myself. I too did it on willpower but also on a "buddy system" My mother was my buddy and she succeeded too after 40 years of smoking. It was not easy but it is very freeing. If you are reading this and thinking about it...DO IT!

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Good to quit smoking and embrace a healthier life style.. never too old for that. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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Well done so far!

I remember getting a 3-4 months in, and waking up from a dream in a panic! I dreamt that I was smoking a cigarette, before realising that I had quit. 

It happened again a few weeks later, but this time I realised I was dreaming, so I continued to smoke this particular cigarette and really, really enjoyed it, despite watching the filter start to shrivel up and go black. After that I never dreamt or thought about smoking again. That was 18 years ago.

 

Good luck anyway.

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30yrs ago was a heavy smoker dr told me to give it up 

gave up and became a sex addict

30yrs on the lungs ok but other parts of body worn out 

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Good work,keep at it,just think of the money you are

going to save,and improvement to your health,

 

I was lucky i never started,when I was 15 my father 

said I will give you a 1000 pounds if you don't smoke

till you are 21, and I did and never started,and he never

gave me the 1000 quid,but said you are going to save

more than that by no smoking.he died with Cancer.

 

regards worgeordie

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2 hours ago, captnhoy said:

Good going and thanks for posting! It has been 34 years ago that I quit and I still describe it as the single best thing I have ever done for myself. I too did it on willpower but also on a "buddy system" My mother was my buddy and she succeeded too after 40 years of smoking. It was not easy but it is very freeing. If you are reading this and thinking about it...DO IT!

Yes well done! 

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Well done, keep up the good work, I stopped at the end of February last year, I used patches for only 1 month and here I am nearly a year later, I did put on a shed load of weight which I must try and get rid of this year :smile: 

 

I still feel tempted, especially when socialising with friends who smoke but I try to ignore it.

 

One word of warning though, I have previously given up for 3 years, 5 years, 18 months :smile: I think that the saying "A change is a good as a rest" is pretty apt, I mean, give your body a break for a year or 2 and it's as though you never smoked.

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My last one was July 4. Don't even miss it. Also not bringing any booze into the house. Strictly drinking when out with a meal. Also got back into the gym today. I'm on a roll!  Mmmmm I could go for a toasted roll with sausage and peppers and melted mozzarella. 

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Over the next couple of years, the OP's lung capacity will probably increase from 3-4 litres to 5-6 litres. Over 10 years, his risk of lung cancer will decline to approach that of a non-smoker.

The toxins in the body will take about 6 months to clear, so he is well on the way. Keep it going.

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22 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Over the next couple of years, the OP's lung capacity will probably increase from 3-4 litres to 5-6 litres. Over 10 years, his risk of lung cancer will decline to approach that of a non-smoker.

The toxins in the body will take about 6 months to clear, so he is well on the way. Keep it going.

It depends whether he is sucking in good quality air or the polluted city air. However quitting the cigarettes is a good thing. 

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Hi All

 

Wah! You are all very kind to give messages of support; it is greatly appreciated! Honestly, I never expected much of a response; I assumed that there were one or two people out there who were struggling with a New Year Resolution. That's all.

 

Worgeordie. That is good advice re: the money saved; for the first two weeks I kept a jar on my desk, and every day put in what I would have spent on ciggies. I was too lazy to get to the bank one day and used it, but at eye level on the wall I keep a running, daily total of how much money I would have spent. 

 

Opalred: Er... Ahem... if you stop touching it for a while, the redness will go away. :cheesy::cheesy::cheesy: 

(Er... Sorry...)

 

Golden Triangle: You are correct that quitting is sometimes temporary. However, this is the longest that I have gone since my teens, so... no matter what I am ahead of the game. And I am adamantly determined to stay off the damn things!

 

Csabo: I quit drinking a few years back or this would be much more difficult.

 

Lacessit and Aussieroaming: Already feel the lungs improving on my morning ride, and breathing that pure Koh Samui sea breeze.

 

Thanks again everyone!

 

And if there is someone out there reading this wondering if you can quit, you can. It is not easy, but VERY well worth it.

 

Cheers

 

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4 hours ago, opalred said:

30yrs ago was a heavy smoker dr told me to give it up 

gave up and became a sex addict

30yrs on the lungs ok but other parts of body worn out 

maybe use lube

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Make it forty years and we can talk.  Nasty, and legal, addictive carcinogenic substance. 
All government support it's sale an use.  Hypocrites all.  And the difference between cartels, mafias, and governments is???  If the government says addiction is Ok, then it's -- Ok!
BTW, forty year from the time you quit, you'll still have 'urges', you simply don't act on them.  Best of luck.  And don't ever act on your urges. 

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