i wish to pass on my up most apologies,

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to all you non smokers through out the country for the years i was smoking. i am a non smoker now for three years and have been stuck at home for last two weeks, went back to work today and i am the only non smoker out of a group of 5 and have never noticed how much the stink untill today. every time someone lit one up where ever they were and we work out side, so my apologies .
Pete
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:51

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:51
I accept your appologies, Pete. You must really notice the difference as a non smoker now....
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:53

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 18:53
Well done mate........It is probably the single most disgusting habit one can do. Another ex smoker here.
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Reply By: FZJ 80 - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:07

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:07
Good on you mate. Keep you health and your money.
Never turn back

Greg
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:11

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:11
Well put Pete.... I too was a smoker for too many years of my life..... and when I finally kicked 'em, I tried my best to not be an "Ex-Smoker"..... i.e someone who gives smokers a hard time....... but as the years go by now, my dislike of the smell of cigarettes is growing, and although I don't "Preach" about it too people (as everyone has a right to smoke or not smoke).... as I get older it's getting harderto maintain hat philosophy.

Cheers

Brian

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Reply By: russ36 - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:16

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:16
give those five smokers at work heaps of encouragment, if they dont like it, its still the best thing you could ever do 4 them
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:22

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:22
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Reply By: Exploder - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:21

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:21
Congratulations on the 3rd year smoke free.

I have a few mates who are smokers, 2 of em have quit, One of em I was working with at the time, and just decided one morning at 6am he was going to give quitting a go, walked into work and throe a full carton of smokes on the table and 2 packets of rollie tobacco and told the other smokers to dig in, he was like ther GOD for the next month LOL.

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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:29

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:29
You are doing well! Cograts.

I have up 32 years ago after doing me lungs some damage. Damage is still there today.

I make no apologies for telling smokers that I dislike their habit. If they don't like it they can lump it. I cannot stand the smell of tobacco smoke.
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:55

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 19:55
Yeh i am 2 years off them and yes the smell of smokers (not so much the smokes) really bothers me now.

I was a diehard, never ever gonna give them up, but a little heart attack was a good incentive, luckily no damage just a warning shot.

So I am now a non-smoker and like another poster here I have tried not to be a typical ex-smoker, but I can now, like you, appreciate how much we used to stink. When I am in close proximity to someone who has just put a smoke out I just want to gag....
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:03

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:03
keepkampen

I will hold my breath

I had my last cigarette on Sunday night, went cold turkey, Monday lasted until around 5.00pm and started feeling sick, when I got home I got Robyn to go and get some Nicabate CQ lozenges (taste like chit) but work

Day 2 better, writing post so still alive

Ive got 4 weeks Then my pommy worker comes back from leave (watching soccer) and he smokes so hopefully after then only 1 out of 11 people will smoke at work

Have been smoking for 29-30 years I'm 44 yr old started work at 15

Richard
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Follow Up By: keepkampen - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:32

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:32
congratulations Richard, you have taken the first step keep at it and you feel better all the time. i to smoked for about 38 years and a packet of rols would last me one and half days when i quit, that was the 50g packs. and i don't miss them. and thanks everyone for all the replies. have a good night.
Pete
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 23:22

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 23:22
Congratulations Pete and stick with it. Well done - what a wise decision, backed up with the will and strength to do it.

Stick with it Richard. My late father-in-law had been a heavy smoker for around 60 years when he stopped cold turkey, telling no-one - he did it all by himself.
What did it for father-in-law was the $$s - one day when he got the grocery bill he noticed that cigarettes cost him more than food. Never smoked again. It took him 2 weeks to get over the worst, then he was fine. Like Pete and others here, he then hated the being in a room with smokers and realised how he had been to others. He then went on to live a healthy life to age 88.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 00:46

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 00:46
Motherhen

someone said to me today " look at all the money you will save "

I said I wont save it, Robyn brought the smokes with the food shopping she will save the money..... LOL

My old man died two years ago Dec. he was still smoking, had a Heart attack at 46 died at 76 He told me he just like it.

I'm just sick of it.

But so far it's hard, not the body the brain.

I will cope (I hope)

Richard
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Reply By: Jimbo - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:39

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 21:39
I've been of the rotten things COMPLETELY for nine months and will remain so. I do notice the smell, but it's not like someone has dog bleep on their shoe. It's not like some dirty bastard with BO or foul breath.

Smokers have rights, and as a non smoker I respect those rights. They should have an opportunity to attend to their addiction in dedicated areas. It's a foul drug that is hard to kick.

There are far worse people on this earth than smokers.
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:01

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:01
I'm now at 7 months no smokes and Steve is at 9 weeks, and would have to say that the smell is awful, the smell that comes over from someone smoking doesn't worry me at all, sometime I like it. But the smell when you're standing in line somewhere and the person in front is obviously either a heavy smoker or just had one is awful.

I couldn't stand the smell on Steve when he was still smoking and now he can see what I mean!

Last week I went out nightclubing and in the morning the smell on my clothes and hair was absolutely purtrid!

Glad to be free of it and supportive of those who haven't gotten to the stage where they want to give up, it's a personal thing you have to be ready to do, I tried every fortnight for years and then finally the day came where I'd had enough.

Problem is we've picked the wrong drug to be addicted to, Where's our free patches, Plus the fact that we support the govt financially so well, if they were serious they would just outlaw it. Could you imagine if I stole ciggarettes and tried to use my drug addiction in court, would they send me to rehab, I think not!! I know - get off the soapbox

Anyway enough rambling, and congratulations!!! I look forward to being able to say 3 years!

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:15

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:15
There are two types of smoker; the serious ones (that includes me) and the casual ones.

I stopped smoking 20 years ago after 19 years smoking (and have not had one since) but I still enjoy the smell of a cigarette and could smoke another one right now - I have battled this for 20 years and have no sympathy for all those "holier than thou" ex smokers or "never smokers" who pontificate on this issue - it's harder to come off nicotine than heroin for us addicts so try not to be too superior, please, people.

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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:28

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:28
How true Mike,

I'll always be a smoker, just one who isn't smoking today (just like an alcoholic, I won't have one today).

The pontificators are pathetic. They have no understanding.

I recall a friend we used to have years ago. She was as fat as a pig, and worse still her eight year old daughter was morbidly obese. She had the temerity to judge us for smoking. She was killing her little girl and found solace in the fact that she didn't smoke.

I suppose you can justify anything.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 00:57

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 00:57
Mike

I know I'm only two days in but I understand where you are coming from. no doubt I will always be a smoker just not smoking as Jimbo says.

I have enjoyed smoking since I was 13 or less YOA but at the moment it's starting to hurt me.

But you can't help bad luck. The good thing is that I'm proving that I can still drink....LOL

Richard
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 08:12

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 08:12
at the club, i sit wanting, sipping an ale or two (not giving that up) wishing i could join the others in a cigar....oh what bliss......but i know better...after 8 yrs 11months I aint going to weaken
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:53

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:53
Stick with it Richard - after all, what is the alternative...?

I rate stopping smoking as one of the two most difficult things I have done in my life but probably the most, personally, valuable thing. I _hated_ being a slave to cigarettes, having to go out to buy some at 10pm in case I ran out before morning etc.

When I stopped my (ex) wife was still smoking and in a way this helped because it meant I always had access to cigarettes if I wanted one, I felt it was always my choice. Rather like a guy I knew who bought his last pack of cigarettes and put them on the mantelpiece unopened - he knew one was there if he chose to smoke it.

Two things:
If you weaken and have one don't see it as a total failure - just keep going and don't have another one, eventually the desire will diminish and become _much_ more controllable.

If you go back to smoking properly you're going to have to come back on to this forum and admit it to the world and you won't want to do that :)

All power to you - it's hard but I have no doubt you can get there.

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Follow Up By: Groove - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:08

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:08
Not the same thing Richard
Passive smoking is harmful to bystanders and smokers stink. As far as I'm aware being obese doesnt harm bystanders (unless they you get sat on I guess)
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:15

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:15
>Passive smoking is harmful to bystanders

So I expect you'll be selling your 4WD and travelling everywhere by bike very soon?
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Follow Up By: Groove - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:37

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:37
Well I wouldnt classify driving a car and smoking as the same thing.
Driving for me is a necessary evil, smoking is not necessary
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:38

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:38
>Well I wouldnt classify driving a car and smoking as the same thing.

I'm sure you wouldn't; otherwise you'd have to acknowledge your car exhaust is also... what was your phrase... "harmful to bystanders".

And we won't even start on the discussion of how much damage you're affluent Western lifestyle is doing to other people on the planet - but I guess you _really need_ all that pollution causing stuff, don't you?

I am reminded of glass houses and stones.

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:13

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:13
Can't help yourself can you Mike..... LOL.....
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:20

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:20
Everyone should have a hobby Brian: mine is giving you opportunities to feel superior.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:22

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:22
LOL....... very clever Mike!
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Follow Up By: Groove - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:23

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:23
Are you for real, you are seriously equating my supposed "affluent western lifestyle" with smoking, get over yourself.

No One can deny that their very existence on this planet will in some way contribute to some form of pollution, however to say that this is any way the same as smoking?

And regarding my "affluent western lifestyle", as least most western countries are attempting to reduce pollution, in most developing countries pollution goes unchecked.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:28

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:28
Oh he's for real allright Groove....... Mike is very real!!! LOL......
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:22

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 19:22
Take a walk Groove, and make it a long one.

Preferably off a short pier LOL.

You're as boring as bat bleep .
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Follow Up By: Groove - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 22:47

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 22:47
take a walk off a pier, how old are you? 6 no strike that I would expect a bit more intelligence from a 6 year old.
And sorry to bore you so, perhaps you would more entertained by the usual drivel about waecos and engels
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 08:24

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 08:24
Groove,

You have to understand there are only two types of people on this forum.

1. Those that think you are a goose.

2. Those that know you are a goose.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 08:28

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 08:28
Jeeeez Jimbo...... that's a bit harsh innit???????
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:57

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:57
Brian, we all know Jimbo is talking bat bleep but Jeez aint it funny watching people making a goose of themselves. Let em go.

My advise, chill out and enjoy life.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:12

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:12
LOL... Ray..... that's for sure!!!!

My comment wasn't meant to be hard.... kinda bemused!!

LOL.....
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:27

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:27
I do like to encourage a little lively debate from time to time.

It's more fun than arguing about fridges.

Now I'm agreeing with Groove, well sort of LOL.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:38

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 22:38
I had the occasional packet years ago of mini cigars too or some pipe baccy in a meerscham. I didn't miss it and find the smells are not to my liking today apart from the occasional whiff of pipe smoke. Seldom get that now of course.

When I was in hospital back in 1983 getting some kidney work done I was intrigued by an attractive young woman who checked herself out after three days of no smokes. She was in the process of losing control of her legs from the constricted circulatory system - smoking. I wonder what happened to her but never fret about her choice. It was her choice of course, but in her early 30s :-( It is even more interesting that some highly developed European countries have not made the effort to help people stop their citizens getting to the same health penalties and continute to pay their health costs

I do look at people occasionally that have smoked and the skin wrinkling is often very apparent. Not that I have pure, clear skin. Sun penalties for me from outside work and the bald pate.

Pete, good on you, keep to it, you can only be better for it.
Cheers,
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 03:00

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 03:00
Another Ex addict here. Gave them up about 6 years ago.

One other advantage not mentioned yet is that the taste buds recover and that bottle of Red tastes even better than before.

I agree, the effort to give smoking away is considerable but the benefits of doing so are also considerable.

I won the fight by using the Nicobate patches.

I don't preach to others about the habit. I don't even mind the smell of tobacco while it's being burnt, in most situations. (dining areas excluded)
BUT, above all else, the residual smell of tobacco smoke, left on the clothes and breath of those who do smoke is definitely Anti-Social.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 06:56

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 06:56
Good work, Pete. Keep it up and you'll win in a number of avenues. Know the feeling about smoking workmates, we have 7 young people here, with one exception, they all smoke. I give them heaps, from time to time.

Anyone who gives up needs all the support they can get, hard work. Smelly clothes are a pain, one of the most sickly parts of the smoking trip.

Pet hate is the smokers who light up just before they are to get into a vehicle, use a spray or two of Auto Kologne to equalize the equation.

Good luck,

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Reply By: Steve63 - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 09:39
Hi keepkampen,
Keep up the good work. My wife was a dedicated smoker for over twenty years. She had tried to give up and failed several times so I have some idea how difficult this is to do as she normally achieves anything she sets her mind too. When she gave up, a smoke was always a temptation. Then a friend recommended the book “Easy way to stop smoking” by Allen Carr. Allen Carr was a 100 a day smoker and the book describes how he gave up cold turkey, no patches no nothing. Viv read this book a few times and just stopped. After a few days no more cravings and she says she has not felt like a smoke since even after a few drinks. It has been 9 1/2 months now. From my point of view it was the most painless transition ever, normally I would be heading for cover. It does not use scare tactics or any form of intimidation. For anyone finding it difficult this book is worth a go.

Steve
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Reply By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:02

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:02
A Tip?...maybe.....i smoked the pipe for the last few yrs of smoking and on the day I quit I had enough to fill it that morning...had a few cups of coffee and by mid morning I was on the way to being an ex-smoker.............

From what I hear and compare to cigarette smokers, it didnt seem that hard to give up...may be it was the lesser added chemicals????

but I still long for one now n again
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:04

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:04
Ex addict .. gave up 20 odd years ago took up beer instead LOL ........ I have a few smokers around me and I just ask politely if they could smoke elsewhere and they do.

NO one smokes in my car and I prefer they don't around where I camp. All i can say is well done and keep off them you will be better for it :)

Brian
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:33

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 10:33
Thought the sky was clearer today!!!!!

Well done. I only smoked for 2 weeks at school & couldn't get it passed my throght.
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Reply By: Alan H - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:48
Well done keepkampen. Keep it up and try not even to think about the horrible things.
I gave up after around 15 years of very heavy smoking and it was the hardest thing I've ever done but that was 30 years ago now with none of the modern aids to assist.
I should never ever have taken it up after watching my father dying of foul diseases, coughing his guts up, sitting in chest hospitals and with the rest of the patients going outside for a fag "'cos it helped them to clear their chests"!!!!

And they'd light up, have a deep puff and then clamp the oxy back on their faces!

I had chest probs. some years ago and it's still the same, wards clogged with smokers and they all go outside at the end of the corridor for a quick puff every 20 minutes or so.
As the Doctor said to me after I put on a bit of weight following giving up "Better to be a bit fat than a smoker, you won't smell as bad or die as horribly".
I went into a local pub a couple of days ago and the non smoking bar was locked, I asked the beer puller if she was going to open it and she said "NO" so I walked out and went where I could have a beer without being choked by smoke.
Strangely I'm nearly always on my own in the "No Smoking" bar but that doesn't bother me.
Good luck.
Alan.

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Reply By: Member - Paul J (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:23

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 14:23
I gave up about 3.5 years ago, this time around I do not miss it, like others, I hate the smell on someone who has just finished having a smoke, and has come back inside to the office etc, it makes you want to throw up.
Ive put on a bit of weight, but I definately breath better, and my beer tastes great, and my wallet is a lot thicker, though my Wife thins it out a bit.

To those that HAVE given up the habbit, and got over nicotine addiction, good on ya and well done, to those that ARE giving up, good luck, be strong, because it aint easy.
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Reply By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:10

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:10
I am a smoker.

Have been for some 30 years now.

I stopped a few years ago simply because I was aware of the cost and what i would save if I didnt smoke.

It was easy to give up........went cold turkey and never hade a problem but then i am strong willed.

However I turned into a monster who had a short temper and was not a very pleasnt person to be arround. I had no idea that it was the non smoking that caused the problem untill I happenned to have a few at christmas time and within a week I was feeling like my old self again.

It was my doctor who put two and two together and so now I am a happy smoker although still wishing it didnt cost so damn much.

I have a suspicsion that a lot of the worlds anger is thanks to the bloody do gooders who are putting pressure on smokers to quit.

You may not like me as a smoker buy I can assure you its a damn site better than me as a non smoker.

And dont look at me as a second class citizen simply because i smoke..........I can guarantee that you are not so god damned perfect yourself............but you wont hear me complaining about you.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:00

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:00
Wow interesting way of thinking. You would rather die young and not have a temper than watch your kids grow old with their kids. Each to their own.
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Follow Up By: ImEasy - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:43

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:43
Mazdan,

Read your last paragraph, you are contradicting yourself, and the world is not against you because you smoke, its completely up to you if you want to smoke.

As Brew said above, you have an interesting way of thinking.
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:47

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:47
I don't know how old you are now Mazdan, but my old man died when he was 52............ after 12 years of struggling to breath, coughing his guts up and constantly in and out of hospital.
Wasn't pleasant for my mother or us kids and I still took it up. What an idiot I was.

I nagged the wife and until she gave up but I walked around in fear of my life (well nearly anyway!) until the bad temper passed.

Do you really want your quality of life ruined by smoking?

Do you really want your kids to be without a father at an early age?

My Dad died when I was 15 and if I hadn't had a decent employer during my apprenticeship (which I didn't appreciate at the time) I would have got into all sorts of trouble.
Put up with being bad tempered, anyone who has packed it in will forgive you and you'll be better for it eventually. And richer. Spend more on beer
Good luck to you ............. and the wife and kids!
Alan.
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Follow Up By: Mazdan - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 17:13

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 17:13
Appreciate your thoughts one and all however I know what i was like and I didnt like it one bit.

We all have to die one way or another.............such is life.

I rarely drink and have seen far worse problems from those who drink than those who smoke. Thats not to say I have a problem with drinkers........I dont.

I do have extreme respect for the rights of non smokers and have an extreme dislike of anyone who dares to smoke while I am eating.

But i also expect that my own rights will be respected as well.........the right to choose and currently the do gooders are taking that away.

It is the do gooders that I have a major problem with, not just in relation to smoking but also in regards to knocking my bullbar and closing down many tracks.

There is a such thing as a happy medium but unfortunately the do gooders have crossed that line............its time for people to stand up and be counted.

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Follow Up By: Alan H - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:24

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 10:24
You're right Mazdan. Too many people these days feel they have a right to dictate to others what they do and where they do it although I like the seperation of smokers and non smokers. Smokers can still drink with their mates if they like and that's as it should be.
Problem is the minorities seem to have more influence over the pollies and can get them to push through ever more restrictions on the rest of us such as where we drive or fish and don't even mention shooting as that's obviously evil and should be totally banned!
Come the revolution we'll fix things up OK.
Happy smoking if you want, happy 4 wheel driving and shooting as well, hopefully without the interference of those who think they know whats best for everyone else.
Alan.
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Reply By: Greg1952 - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:48

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 15:48
Congrats to anyone who has been able to give them away. It's just a matter of the right motivation. I tried several times. You know the old story, I'll only smoke ultra milds, then smoke twice as many! Or I'll only smoke when I'm drinking...almost turned into an alcoholic!!

Then my little girl, who was 4 at the time, asked me to stop because she didn't want me to die. Never had another smoke, and that was 7 years ago.

Didn't use any patches or anything, I figured that the only way to stop smoking was to STOP SMOKING.

Strangely the smell doesn't bother me, and walking past a group of students lighting up is quite pleasant.

Now if I could only shake these extra KILOS!!

Greg
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Reply By: Dirty Smitty - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:28

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:28
Hell, I am blown away by all these new facts about smoking. I thought it was good for you, I mean don't the butts have vitamin "C" in them? No, Butt seriously I am on my third week of kicking the habit for about the tenth time after smoking for approximately 19 years. Can I have a medal/pat on the back too. And I do feel for those poor pedestrians too, sucking in all that green house gas producing exhaust smoke. Bring on alternate fuels Johnny.
Regards to you all.
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Reply By: keepkampen - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:53

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:53
thanks everyone, some great success storys , congratulations to each and every one of you.
Pete
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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 05:49

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 05:49
I would give up for a few years then pick it up for 6 months or so then give up again for a few years.
I did pick it back up again on Boxing Day last year when we went to my Uncles for a bbq, I really want to put it down again but my head is not quite there yet.
My head just works itself to the place of 'I don't want a smoke anymore' and I can put it down no problems, no cravings no nothing just stop. (until a few years later when I might be somewhere and have a social smoke and that starts me off again)
But my head is working to it again to put it down, I'll go without where need be, I won't put buying smokes over food or whatever. But it is just getting my head to that point again to completely let it go.
But I am working on it!
Jo

I too when I stop notice just how strong the smell is, especially normal smokes! (am a menthol smoker) the minute you have put it down yourself you really notice and it certainly makes you understand a non smokers perspective and you keep your distance.)
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Reply By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 01:30

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 01:30
Giving it up ................. piece of cake, did it around 87,652 time myself !

BUT.....
True Story here ..... I did gave it up about '86, after starting in '57 when I joined the Navy .............. after all, all the other wanna-be sailors were doing it !!
I went "cold turkey for a hot chick" ....on account she made the "like kissing an ashtray" comment.
She came and went, iffen you'll pardon the expression and in '91 my true love [and now my wife!] flew down from Cairns to join me in Adelaide, hopped off the plane at 2 pm, leapt into my [then] Nissan Urvan and after exchanging 'pleasantries' we visited a few mutual friends in Adelaide and departed 4 hours later for the drive to Cairns. Yes ... a committed woman !

Or so I thought ..........

Because she knew that I had stopped smoking the devil's weed, she also had [voluntarily] decided to stop smoking the moment she stepped off the plane! However to my surprise, I spied a CARTON of fags in her bag ...............
adroit questioning elicited the fact that she meant to buy just one PACKET for the flight down to Adelaide but "forgot and inadvertantly bought a CARTON !"
Yeah, right ............

Being a caring and understanding partner I agreed that this was an understandable error and that no further action would be taken.
Yeah, right ............

Before we left Adelaide we had visited some of her friends, one of whom insisted on feeding us, to fortify us for the long trip back to Cairns.

To cut a long story short .............. that 'dodgy vindaloo' and some find Adelaide Reds reacted somewhat vigorously on me the next morning, neccessitating an emergency stop in the middle of nowhere. Thusly I scrambled frantically into the bushes with my trusty shovel ...... AND surreptitiously grabbed the afore-mentioned carton of fags.

An appropriately deep hole was dug, the carton of fags was deposited first then another more urgent deposit was made and both were then committed to Mother Earth ...... returned to the Urvan and set off again.

Then came the tricky bit ......... after my confession, it took about 2000 kms to finally get her agreement that 'it really was for the best' and that she would thank me in the end, if you'll pardon the expression.

Due to the extreme nature of the dodgy vindaloo it was mutually agreed that the carton was considered "irretrievable !!!"

Me and the Beagle had really indepth conversations for those 2000 kms !!!!

To her credit, SHMBO has not touched the evil weed to this day ...... that's willpower, hey ! And she even laughs about this story today, too.....

And, yep .. it is true.

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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:49

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:49
Oh pedro that is just nasty!!!!!!!!!!

Damn good..... but nasty!!!!!

Cheers
Jo
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