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Samui Bodoh

Eleven months smoke free!

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Hi All

 

Yes, I have just hit 11 months of not smoking and yes, I am a very happy and proud man.

 

I was a heavy smoker for 35 years or so and never really tried to quit as I always thought that I was unable to do so.

 

I was wrong.

 

I am 100% certain that there are people reading this who are thinking "hmm... I should quit...", I know because 11 months ago I was one of you. Yes, you should stop, and if I can do it, so can you. There are few things more irritating than reformed smokers (or drinkers, or weight-loss, or whatever), so i'll simply leave it at that. There is no good reason to smoke; it is time to quit.

 

How are all my fellow quitters doing? Any news? Tips? Shared experiences that might assist others? Techniques?

 

Inquiring minds want to know!

 

Breathe well, my friends!

 

 

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4 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Well done!

And 365 x 145 = baht 52,925  per year saved.

 

 

 

 

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Congrats ! 
It took me a couple of tries before I was able to finally quit for good and I am so glad I did (and wish I'd done it sooner of course).

 

I too smoked fairly heavily for about 35 years, to the point where every time I took a drag on a cigarette I was getting a hacking cough. Even after my dad died of lung cancer (back in 2010) I didn't quit. (Well, didn't try to quit again I suppose would be more accurate.)
 

It's been a bit over 6 years now and I have no desire to start up again. Even if I go to a bar where other people are smoking, the smell in the air (and the smell of their breath) is enough to turn me off. I think back about when I used to smoke and realize that I stunk like that as well.


I did put on some weight after I quit, mostly because I was doing the "candy replacement" thing and reaching for a lollipop or some Licorice All-sorts where I used to always be reaching for another cigarette. The good news is, it was easier to wean off of the candy than it was the cigarettes.

Every so often I think about why I quit and about how much better I feel now and how much better I smell (my breath, my clothes and my house). The improvement in my health is the main thing that motivates me to stay "clean". I never used the "look how much money you are saving" idea because I was making enough and working in a place where smokes were cheap so the cost wasn't a factor.

But I recall that within a couple weeks of quitting, there were some people I was working with that you didn't want to stand close to because they reeked of smoke. Never used to notice it before, mostly because I probably smelled just as bad. But after just a couple weeks there was a noticeable difference.

I also noticed that it only took a couple weeks before my breathing seemed to be getting better and I wasn't getting that same hacking cough anymore.

I'm not sure how much effect it really has had, but in the last 6 years I think I've only had 2 colds and they only lasted a couple of days at most. In fact, I'm having a hard time remembering the last time I had a cold but it had to have been back in 2013 or maybe 2014.

 

So the next time you are around anyone who is smoking, or has just finished one, and notice the smell, keep in mind that you used to smell just like that. And so did everything around you (clothes, curtains, car, etc, etc.) 
Also keep in mind that you are probably breathing easier now and not having as many coughing fits (or none at all).

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Good on you mate.It has been 51 years for me now and I hope that you will surpass that. and live beyond my years (born in  1938 and still going strong).

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Smoked at least one large pack a day (25 cigarettes)... more if out drinking beer and playing shuffleboard at the bars with my friends..  at least forty years smoking..    Haven't had a cigarette now for more than ten years.... 

    I found the first three weeks was the toughest.... then it got easier as time went on. I never get the urge anymore. 

    I found it easier to quit a year long cocaine addiction. ..    Nicotine for me was much more addictive.  Hardest thing for me to quit. 

     I used the patch for a couple of weeks and then quit using it.  Carried a smooth piece of flint stone to rub with my fingers to give my fingers something to do.  Went into my bathroom... looked at myself in the mirror.. pointed my finger at myself and gave myself a lecture and said "You are not a smoker anymore.  You will NEVER smoke again."  And I made myself believe it.  

  My smoker's cough disappeared..... and even in my sixties I can jog a couple of blocks now without getting out of breath..   Oh yes.... I used to get bad bronchitis once or twice a year... and it would hang on for a couple of months. That can lead to emphysema I think.    

   Well... ever since I quit...  no more bronchitis....  I love it.  Your lungs CAN AND WILL  heal over time.  

                But you have to quit while the damage is only temporary.... before you do permanent damage that can't heal.  I think once you have emphysema.... damage is permanent...  I might be mistaken. 

   More than ten years now....  no smoking...   

  Only thing now I do now...... I drink the odd beer or rye and ginger....  (or SangSom and coke 55555 ?

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I quit smoking 16 years ago. You must tell yourself that the cigarette companies put additives in the tobacco to keep you addicted. And if you continue to smoke, you will for sure die a painful death. I stopped and never thought about it again.

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3 minutes ago, soistalker said:

I quit smoking 16 years ago. You must tell yourself that the cigarette companies put additives in the tobacco to keep you addicted. And if you continue to smoke, you will for sure die a painful death. I stopped and never thought about it again.

    Nicotine itself is one of the most addictive substances there is...    Please list the addictive substances that they add to it to make it more addictive..  

 

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Congratulations!

 

7 months for meand NO cravings.

 

Felt like cigar a couple of times but that led to my slip after 3 years.

 

All the best!

 

 

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1 hour ago, Kerryd said:

In fact, I'm having a hard time remembering the last time I had a cold but it had to have been back in 2013 or maybe 2014.

I stopped in 2000 on the spot where I was standing on the balcony of my unit/condo, when my daughter opened the sliding door, (me on the phone had about 4 cigs), never smoked near my kid, and she said with a cross face; daddy !!! stop smoking or you WILL DIE, she was 3 at the time, now 21 so its about 18 years ago.

 

I will give this advice to all who have smoked for a while and are over 40, while we all feel better, the damage is there, not wanting to sound negative, but get a check up on your cholesterol levels.

 

I started going to a gym soon after for few years, cardio and weight work outs, starting looking good too, then I met this beautiful Thai filly, now my wife of 11 years, and on the "4th" of the golf course "so to speak", I suffered a heart attack at age 47, "4th" in one day, the last time I did that I was 24, half that age, and was lucky to do 2 at 47, moving right along, I overexerted myself, and am here to tell the tale ?

 

I would suggest for ALL to speak to your doctor about taking an aspirin a day, preferably a coated one so that it is mild on your stomach, this is to thin your blood so that a clot doesn't form and lodge in one of your narrowed arteries, yes your arteries would have allowed the tar or whatever else you want to call it, to stick there, it doesn't stop there.

 

You MUST also get you annual flu shot, regardless if you are in Thailand or not, I skipped mine back in Australia last year because my doctor said I wouldn't need it in Thailand as the weather is warm, WRONG advice doc.

 

The Influenza Vaccination and Pneumococcal Vaccination will assist because if you get a bad flu which turns into Chronic Bronchitis it's not pleasant as it is worse for you if you were a smoker, I just went through something similar, thought it was the end for me, although I am over it now and better after 2 months of experiencing shortness of breath, we still haven't nailed the cause, i.e. what it was, Chronic Bronchitis or COPD ?, but I see the chest specialist again on Monday for a lung test, that said COPD, I don't believe goes away, whereas Chronic Bronchitis does and comes back after a year or two, so please start researching because no one tells you these things, and exercise (cardio), as this assist the lungs, and eat well as it does help your immune system build up a resistance.

 

Back on the treadmill as of yesterday and feel better for it after a two month absence.

 

Enough said, enjoy the free air, avoid smokers like a plague and LIVE what time we you have left on this planet, smoke free, and do try to avoid the 4th ? as we aren't as young as we think we are.

 

Edit: Also if you do go on Aspirin try to avoid cutting yourself as you may bleed to death ?

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Well done, OP. The poisons are completely out of your system. Your lung function will recover to normal over the next couple of years. Stay with it.

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9 minutes ago, Colabamumbai said:

Heroin addiction is easier to stop than tobacco.

Indeed, the only thing harder is methadone, and benzodiazepines like valium.

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4 minutes ago, Neeranam said:

Indeed, the only thing harder is methadone, and benzodiazepines like valium.

  I quit benzos also... cold turkey.... went through hell...   They are much more dangerous than many people realize...  

 

If absolutely needed.... no one should take them for much longer than a week.... and in low dose only..    the risks are just too great..... and very dangerous...

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