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Good on you SB. Well done! I've now been smoke free now for 9 months also. Was nowhere near as hard as I thought giving up, being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer certainly helped my decision, am feeling as good as ever. I have no desire to ever smoke again. :thumbsup:

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Like  many things  in life  PEER  PRESSURE  is  the main cause, I resisted  all  peer  pressure for alcohol and tobacco and ended  up  not being  in with the "in" crowd as a  youngster.

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Congratulations, OP. I gave up smoking in 1983, using isolation on a remote outback property. I would have had to drive 100 km to buy more cigarettes once my supply was exhausted.

You may not be aware you are in the phase where your lung function is improving the longer you abstain. My lung capacity when I gave up smoking was 3.5 litres. After 5 years, I had got it back to 6.

Also, after ten years, your risk of lung cancer falls back to that of a non-smoker. Smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.

In these days of coronavirus, reduced lung capacity is not a good thing to have.

Keep up the good work.

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14 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

You must be feeling a lot healthier now,good on you,I never

started,could not be bothered to carry cigarettes ,lighter around

with me,and my father promised me,£1000 if I did not smoke

till I reached 21, which was an incentive,so when I reach 21,

he did not give me the 1000 quid, but said you will have saved

that much by not smoking.

regards Worgeordie

Brilliant, love your old man 🙂

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1 hour ago, Samui Bodoh said:

You/everyone knows the medical reasons to quit, so I won't bother;

Nice write up.

 

I am into my 2nd decade of not smoking, have seen a few friends pass, and a family member pass from smoking.

 

Having smoked for around 25 solid years, pack a day, it wasn't till 7 years after that I had a heart attack at age 47, so you can imagine the narrowing of the arteries from the cigarettes smoked over the years.

 

I ate healthy and exercised when I stopped, that said, we don't see the damage we do to our internals by the cigarette smoke we inhale.

 

Glad I stopped, glad I made it through my heart attack and am glad I care enough for myself to want to keep breathing to live another day, week, month, year, decade/s without another cigarette in my life.

 

Keep it up, you have broken the addiction, now just keep living a healthy life to get the maximum out of it. 

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Stopped my 60 a day habit on 10th October 1972, when I was 25. Not smoked tobacco since!

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For some reason I don't find it addictive.....I can smoke for a couple of months then kind of forget to?......might not smoke for a couple of years then take it up again for a couple of weeks or a month or two then jack it in again.

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1 hour ago, Poet said:


The same goes for anyone living living in Chiang Mai or elsewhere in the north of Thailand during the first half of the year.

I run a couple of 3000 baht air purifiers in my apartment non-stop. Worst was 45 PMI when the outside air was 500. Can't do much about going shopping, a PM 2.5 mask is about all I can do.

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2 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

a PM 2.5 mask is about all I can do.


Yup, it's a desperate situation.

Don't forget that the highest exposure on the bad days is when you are in an air-conditioned car.

 

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2 minutes ago, Poet said:


Yup, it's a desperate situation.

Don't forget that the highest exposure on the bad days is when you are in an air-conditioned car.

 

I take comfort from the fact the bigwigs that come up from Bangkok, for the sake of appearing as if they are doing something, travel in convoys that way.

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4 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Good on you SB. Well done! I've now been smoke free now for 9 months also. Was nowhere near as hard as I thought giving up, being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer certainly helped my decision, am feeling as good as ever. I have no desire to ever smoke again. :thumbsup:

@PatOngo I wish I knew what to say. One of my oldest friends is just beginning Chemo for stage 4 lung cancer, and her prognosis isn't good. I sit down in front of my computer to write, but not much gets typed.

 

I wish you all the happiness that you can find; it isn't much, but it is the best that I can do.

 

Actually, I do know what to say; Cigarettes are <deleted> evil!

 

@worgeordie I think I would like your Dad, and he gave you much, much more than a thousand quid's worth of education.

 

@Lacessit Thanks for the info re: lung capacity. As I noted above, I cycle every morning and can feel the difference. I would have guessed that I had doubled my oxygen intake since I quit, and it is good to hear general confirmation.

 

PS. Sadly, back in the day, I would have driven that 100 KMs to get smokes.

 

As I said, cigarettes are <deleted> evil.

 

@sungod: +1

 

@4MyEgo: +1

 

@stouricks Thanks for your comment. Your specific wording that you haven't smoked tobacco since 10th October 1972 is... er... ahem... thought-provoking. Perhaps some other stuff went up in smoke? :cheesy::cheesy:

 

Thanks for the comments. Off to the beach to enjoy that clean ocean air!

 

Have a good day all

 

 

 

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Lack of Coffee; nicotine I can quit, but don't get between me and the coffee pot
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