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  • Not a puff of tar in over a month.

    We are both doing well with the smokes. With all that's going on in the World I figured that the stress we are all fighting we might as well give it a shot. Did use Nicorette gum and spray for those urges for a while but down to zero now.. I haven't been on my forums for a few weeks. My habit was to fire up the laptop and fire up a smoke at the same time. I found I was reaching for a smash of tar as soon as I was opening my sites. Changing habits is key I think. My wife is doing well too. My truck and her car don't smell like an old time saloon anymore. We live 20 minutes from to First Nations reservations. And the one has the largest cigarette manufacturing facilities in Canada. When the pandemic struck us all the factory closed. I went to buy 2 packs at our local in and out stores. I had not boaught a pack of smokes outside the rez for well over 15 years. 2 packs of 25 cigarettes was $38.00 CDN. Time to quit, that is simply ridiculous. I was up to a pack and a half or more a day. Our budget does not support a $14,000.00 a year, or more, smoking habit. That's a nice chunk of change for a nice new boat in the driveway! My chest id clear, my teeth are white again and my skin colour has improved. I can smell things again, that's not always a good thing. Tich says she is feeling great, she has always looked fabulous but more importantly she has better self esteem knowing she is giving it her best. She is working every day at her pharmacy. She is the lady at the front entrance keeping track of the 15 shoppers only allowed in at a time. I am so proud of her and her staff.

    If anyone really wants to chuck the smokes this is a good time to do it, if you really want to quit. One day at a time.
    Last edited by Old Ironmaker; May 12th, 2020, 01:17 AM.
    Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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    Good for you, Johnny! I quit a pack a day habit about 25 years ago, and I have never since regretted quitting. One of the best decisions I ever made, for the reasons you listed. (Our smokes were not so expensive 25 years ago; the current prices, especially in your part of the world, are crazy!)

    Good luck and I hope we're soon hearing about your 6-month anniversary of being a non-smoker!

    Jim
    Location: West Central Illinois, USA 1997 Larson 186 SEi Bowrider I/O Mercruiser 350 #0F747565 Mag Alpha One Gen II #1A270120 Transom and Deck Restoration Project on my '97 Larson Bowrider

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    • #3
      Good on you Old ironmaker. I know from others that quitting and staying tobacco free is one of the toughest things you can do. My mother and my sister both smokers died from lung cancer and my sister from emphysema. I for what ever reason never smoked. I hope you and your wife stay the course and have a long happy life.

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=JASinIL2006;n10863233(Our smokes were not so expensive 25 years ago; the current prices, especially in your part of the world, are crazy!)

        Good luck and I hope we're soon hearing about your 6-month anniversary of being a non-smoker!

        Jim[/QUOTE]

        How in Hell do you think our Gov gets the money for this " Free " health care? I think it is something like 40% of our entire tax revenues go towards health care in Canada.

        Thanks for the encouragement. Not until opening this thread had I even thought about cigarettes today.

        Johnny D

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        • #5
          Congrats on giving it a go on quitting! My. Wife quit 1 year ago and I gave up cigars at the same time ..
          Its tough , but you can do it ..
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          • #6
            Awesome!!! I'll be 3 years clean 10/18, after 1.5 packs a day for 28 ish yrs, was approx the 12th time I tried, cold turkey works, saved a ton of $, after 3 mos saved enough for a new 9mm and 20 ga at a GREAT pawn shop here , it'll keep getting easier!
            Heinz

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            • #7
              I hope we can keep it up. We have to if only because of the ridiculous price they want for a pack of smokes. I am motivated as much or more about the almighty dollar than anything else. At least I admit it.

              I crunched some numbers today. We can trade my truck in on a 2021 Camaro rag top when they come out next year. And trade in Ticha's car on a 2021 Chevy Colorado to tow the boat. Put the truck away in November and use the Camaro. She will be retired then. If the weather is bad we put a pot of coffee on every few hours and snuggle around the fire watching old movies, in Florida. Or Texas Heinz. Maybe back to Mesa Arizona. Perfect for my bones. Just too far when Tich was working.
              Last edited by Old Ironmaker; May 13th, 2020, 11:10 PM.
              Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post
                I hope we can keep it up. We have to if only because of the ridiculous price they want for a pack of smokes. I am motivated as much or more about the almighty dollar than anything else. At least I admit it.

                I crunched some numbers today. We can trade my truck in on a 2021 Camaro rag top when they come out next year. And trade in Ticha's car on a 2021 Chevy Colorado to tow the boat. Put the truck away in November and use the Camaro. She will be retired then. If the weather is bad we put a pot of coffee on every few hours and snuggle around the fire watching old movies, in Florida. Or Texas Heinz. Maybe back to Mesa Arizona. Perfect for my bones. Just too far when Tich was working.
                amazing what you can do for yourself when you drop that nasty habit! Minimum $3000 a year saved here , We love it here, looking for more land, prices improving
                Heinz

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                • #9
                  Over 6 years here

                  Keep up the great work!!
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                  • #10
                    Still going well for me. My wife however is struggling this time and she usually can quit without the pain. If it weren't for me smoking when she has quit she wouldn't be smoking. I thought it would be easier since I am not smoking in front of her. I think the real test for me will be in public if this social distancing thing is ever lifted. Seeing and smelling someone smoking in front of me might be tough to take. One day at a time. I figure I have already saved $760.00 in smokes already. New big screen combo for the boat or a new electric troller? Decisions, decisions.
                    Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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                    • #11
                      To the OP, great to hear that you have managed to Abstain, keep it up.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jimmbo View Post
                        To the OP, great to hear that you have managed to Abstain, keep it up.
                        Thanks jimmbo. It is encouraging to get posts like yours, thanks again.
                        Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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                        • #13
                          I found its what's between your ears, that was the hardest issue to control, I still get an occasional itch/knee jerk reaction, then I just quickly rethink how far Ive come, what I've saved - go buy something nice, remote control 4x4 truck, guns, happy stuff , and youre still saving money
                          Heinz

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ezbtr View Post
                            I found its what's between your ears, that was the hardest issue to control, I still get an occasional itch/knee jerk reaction, then I just quickly rethink how far Ive come, what I've saved - go buy something nice, remote control 4x4 truck, guns, happy stuff , and youre still saving money
                            I hear you load and clear Heinz. The chemicals are out of your system long before one still has cravings. Once a day I find myself reaching for a cancer stick. A few weeks ago it was often. My habit was 1st thing in AM even before I had a cup of java. Right after a meal and right after I did a chore and I would fire up a smoke as a reward. When I have considered cheating I think about how far we have come as you pointed out. How nice it is to get into my wife's car our my pick up and see a clean interior, no ashes everywhere, overflowing ash tray, nicotine stained windows and the stink. It took me about 6 hours to really detail the interior of my truck. I'm talking a $350.00 interior detail complete with carpet and seat shampoo down to the toothbrush with Spray-9 then Armor-All in all the nooks and crannies. (What is a nook and a cranny? Need to Google those things.) All that work only to go back to square 1,no way. Then there is the improvement physically. My wet cough is gone, it hurt to cough before I quit and that worried me. Pain in a lung is not good to say the least. My teeth are white, I thought they were OK before now I realize how bad they really were. I have a journal I write in when it is smoke time occasionally. I didn't use it this past week. Writing about it here helps too. I know I'm just babbling but babbling has to be better than emphysema any day. Kind of like an AA meeting without the cigarette breaks.

                            I went and bought a new Natural Gas BBQ this afternoon with some of the coin I have saved from not buying smokes. That feels good not wondering how a purchase that big will effect our budget. Saving in gas by not going anywhere and cheap gas helps too. Gas went up by 12 cents a liter this week. About 48 cents a US gallon. 3.78 liters per U.S. gallon.
                            Last edited by Old Ironmaker; May 22nd, 2020, 06:56 PM.
                            Experience is a lifetime of mistakes, wisdom is not making them again.

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                              Good on ya' Old Ironmaker :

                              Dad died this past December ultimately of cancer. He had beaten the actual cancer between 2008 and 2012, but the aftershock of the treatments (MDS / pre-leukemia) came on scene in 2019 and took him Home by the end of the year. The cause unquestionably was smoking a pipe for nearly 45 years. He quit cold turkey the day they told him he had cancer. And even 10 years later would occasionally say, "this time of day is still really hard. I wanna' go grab a pipe."

                              Keep babbling, detailing your truck and cooking on the BBQ - whatever you need - and keep off those cigs. You got lots more to do on this globe and don't wanna' leave too early.

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