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Old Feb 13 2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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And I continue to be a contented non-smoker

Yes, five years ago today I stopped smoking after over 20 years as a 20+ a day addict . Inspired both by Hans (who quit a few weeks before me ) and the prospect of a visit to Dragonhold with him and Cheryl (I was terrified that I'd miss something interesting while standing outside for a dose of my chosen "poison" ) I stopped. Just like that No problems, no questions, no second thoughts (other than "can it really be this simple?" )

Actually, I should put in a plug here for Allen Carr and his "Easy Way to Stop Smoking". I'd "tried" several times before, but having read his book I just knew that I no longer had any desire to smoke And in the five years since then I've never for one moment regretted my decision or felt deprived

So tonight I want to invite you all to join me in celebrating - five years of freedom from the weed that was poisoning me with my full permission and active connivance . Now that's got to be worth a glass of good red Benden or two
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Old Feb 13 2007, 04:46 PM   #2
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If there were ever a reason for some fine Brenden then this must be it!!

So here is some..... Enjoy !

Congratulations on 5 years!
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Old Feb 13 2007, 04:49 PM   #3
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Old Feb 13 2007, 05:38 PM   #4
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Congratualtions Anneli!!

My Grandmother quit for smiliars though she quit so she could see us grandkids more often and several other people I know have quit after many years in similar situations!!

Congratulations again!!!
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-Applauds- Congrats...^^

Now...all I have to do is show my father this thread to prove that it can be done...-Plots-
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Congratulations from me too
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Congrats, Anneli: as one ex-smoker, I am happy to see others quit as well.
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congrats to Anneli and myself

Wow, five years already... and like Anneli I thought "it can't be this simple, can it?" and like Anneli I never felt deprived or left out, I just felt proud to have licked the nasty, unhealthy habit and I am also proud that I haven't (like Anneli, though she didn't remark on it) become one of those "bitter non-smoker rabid anti smoke persons"

The "trick" is to really believe you gave up something bad, not to keep on thinking you gave up something nice because it was bad for you
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Old Feb 14 2007, 07:25 AM   #14
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Congrats to Anneli and Hans (and Ghyle too!)! I can hardly belive it's been five years already!

*more edible confetti for everyone!*
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Old Feb 15 2007, 04:13 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone

To my surprise - as I said and Hans confirmed - the main "difficulty" was realising that stopping wasn't actually difficult at all *chuckles* Once we really made a genuine, whole-hearted decision to stop (not a kind of "oh I guess I should stop because it's bad for me and my xx is nagging me and it's costing me a fortune but it's my only vice and I'll be deprived and miserable if I stop ) then, with the help of Allen Carr's book, it was amazingly, joyfully easy He died recently - ironically of lung cancer - but I owe him a lot and the price of the book was an investment that I'd urge any would-be non-smoker to make
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Some people in Ireland said it was all the passive smoking from his 1 day stop smoking courses, where he encouraged people to keep on smoking for the day that caused his lung cancer. But I don't know if I believe that.

Since Ireland became a non smoking working place about 2/3 years ago the two full time, "I will never quit" smokers in our building went on one of those one day courses. And neither have smoked a day since which is just fabalous. I love a smoke free workplace.
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I used patches, and it was so easy for me to make the transition from smoker to non-smoker. And I am glad that I did, too, much glad.

Like you, Hans, I am not one of those rabid anti-smokers, and I am happy being me and being smoke-free.
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