i felt bad for a smoker and felt good about me

today in work we had a meeting about taking excessive breaks and things..anyway one women said that she needed a break at least every 2 hours....so the supervisor told her to quit smoking or deal with it until break time..so the smoker said that quitting is easier said then done. the supervisor said that she quit 10 years ago and that it can be done and that is just mind over matter..its all in your mind...if you really want to quit than you can!! the smoker than had nothing more to say and looked down at the ground....i just listened. i didnt say a word...i felt bad for the smoker for still being locked in the chains of smoking!! but i felt so happy for myself for breaking free. we should all be very proud of ourselves...we deserve it...we must STAY stong in mind and we can do it!! as much as i want a cig sometimes i DONT want it more..so therefore i dont do it!!

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  • I do love those times where you're not so much smug as you are relieved to not be having to explain yourself and that... mainly it's nice when I don't have to justify slowly killing myself to MYSELF tho :)

    good way to start the day!

  • I never agreed with that even when I did smoke. I dont think its fair at all that smokers get to have more breaks at work than non smokers. I used to work in a bar when I didnt smoke and the smokers were allowed a cig break while I had to keep working. Totally unfair.

  • Gotta laugh here cos it is soooooooooooooooo nice not being that other person of whom still does. I think that is one of the other main reasons i stopped because i felt odd, like an outcast when i had to puff away yet no one else did. I hated it too having to stop to get my fix but luckily enough as we all now know it can be done, its only hard and this is my opinion only when we choose to make it harder. We can all do it if we want it enough.

    A friend of mine went to see a Hypnotherapist last August and it did not work in all honesty, now to me that means she really wants to stop yet when i spoke to her the other day she said she actually enjoyed smoking and was not going to give it up yet. Now we all know smoking is not an enjoyment its a necessity. I gave her my copy of the Allen Carr Easyway book and i dont know if she has read it or ever will read it but it backed up how i felt trapped by those white cancer sticks. I wont ever talk down to her or any smoker to be honest as it has to be that persons own choice to stop or not. We cant dictate to others on there bad habits its not fair and as we all know ex-smokers are the worse for lecturing. I will only give adivce when asked and i wont lie either. I do know how difficult it can be to start with but with the knowledge and support that this place for one gives then the stopping can be made a tad easier.

    Anyhow, i for one am glad i am no longer relient on those things and i am looking forward to the rest of my life as a Non-smoker not an Ex-smoker.

    This is only my opinion and i wish everyone luck with there quit. It can be done and as for that poor person at work then we all have to chuckle in a way because not long ago that would have been us.

  • I never agreed with that even when I did smoke. I dont think its fair at all that smokers get to have more breaks at work than non smokers. I used to work in a bar when I didnt smoke and the smokers were allowed a cig break while I had to keep working. Totally unfair.

    Oh and i agree here too. I worked in a shop and was not allowed to have a cig on my 4 hour shift when i worked there but i helped out recently and the 2 new people there go out for cig breaks which to me is totally wrong. You should get a break when its your turn and not before. We know we can all wait for a cig, when in the shop i worked 4 hrs solid and not smoked and then waited till i got home so made it 4 1/2 hours since my last one before i lit up so it can be done and should be the same for everyone regardless. Just my opinion again too.

  • It can be done and as for that poor person at work then we all have to chuckle in a way because not long ago that would have been us.

    Too true Jo as we can forget that all too easily so sometimes it's good to be reminded of our roots, so to speak :rolleyes:

  • i was at my workplace the other day [its a supermarket so get my discount] and saw all the collegues huddle in the smoking shelter out the back of the shop shivering and cold and i had this real smug feeling come over me that i wont be doing that wen i return to work i will be sat in the lovely warm canteen, it was a good feeling.

    i did feel real sorry for them its like they havent seen the light and are trapped in that 'justifying every cigarette' phase just like i used to and they cant see it like i can now, i see it for wat it really is but i didnt then and neither do they, poor things

    i have to say this i know i am on the patches which still makes me a nicotine addict to a degree but i cant do it without them yet wen i am stronger which i am getting there i know i will be free of these too

  • its funny how when i first quit i was envious of them cuz i felt that i still wanted to be them "smoking and enjoying" but now after 27 days of being quit i now feel sorry for them...i always hope that one day they will see the light and take their lives back into their control!!

  • its funny how when i first quit i was envious of them cuz i felt that i still wanted to be them "smoking and enjoying" but now after 27 days of being quit i now feel sorry for them...i always hope that one day they will see the light and take their lives back into their control!!

    What are the smoking laws like in America? Are they as strict as in the UK?

  • i dont know what the laws are in the uk about smoking..but they are pretty strict here...have to be a certain distance away from the building and such

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