Almost 1 week

I hope Canadians are welcome here. :)

I stumbled accross this site a couple of days ago and have found a ton of useful tips and encouraging words.

I have been "clean" for 160 hours and feel that this may be "it".

I was a late bloomer. Never smoked in High School. I didn't start until I was 19 and working on a survey crew. Out of town all week, work all day, sit in the bar all night. Everyone I worked with smoked and although I don't vividly remember my first smoke, I imagine someone offered and I accepted. Not wanting to be "bumming" all the time, I do remember buying my first pack....from a machine.....anyone remember cigarette machines??

Long story short, 33 years later, and I have tried quitting a few times, but never more than a few days. My son who quit 6 or 8 months ago lent me his Alan Carr book. I don't mean to advertise for him (I'm sure he's rich enough by now), but it really helped me undo the brainwashing. I used to think I'd never be able to quit something I really enjoyed. Now I realize, I NEVER "enjoyed" smoking. I enjoyed the relief from the withdrawal I'd been suffering since the last cigarette.

Anyways, I am so glad to be here.

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  • Hi Gerry

    Nothing wrong with Canadians - you gave us Alanis Morrisette :D

    Huge well done for your first week - I think a major turning point is when you realise how long you hadn't been enjoying smoking!

    I do remember cigarette machines - don't know about there but we always got short changed by about 4 ciggies here so only ever used them if I was desperate (and when I was underage :o)

    Stay strong :)

  • Thank You, Ma'am.;)

  • Well done, a week is an excellent achievement. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  • Welcome Gerry! Lovely to have a Cannuck on board! You can post whilst we sleep, give us something to read in the morning. top!

    Very well done on your first 160 hours, fantastic! Lots of other people on here are big Alan Carr supporters too.

    Good luck, keep going and do keep posting!

    karri: you little flirt!!!

  • You SAY you're from Canada....prove it - say something Canadian...;)

    Well done on your quit...glad AC worked for you, keep it up:)

  • I think we are welcome Gerry no one said anything to me. I didn't get a welcome like you though. I'm in the Toronto area also someone here from Vancouver but I don't hold that against them. Good luck with your quit and keep your stick on the ice.

  • Hi Gerry

    Nothing wrong with Canadians - you gave us Alanis Morrisette :D

    Huge well done for your first week - I think a major turning point is when you realise how long you hadn't been enjoying smoking!

    I do remember cigarette machines - don't know about there but we always got short changed by about 4 ciggies here so only ever used them if I was desperate (and when I was underage :o)

    Stay strong :)

    Yes but they also gave us Celine Dion!! :eek:

  • Thats brilliant gerry,

    well done on your quit, mine is a week tomorrow...not far behind you.

    you sound really positive and focused so thats great.

    (but michael buble is the best !!..:) lol.) I was born in winnipeg but came back to england when i was 2. so missed out growing up over there have lots of family all over but hate flying, wont get on a plane for longer than 3 hours. so miss out on lots of free holidays:(.thats another story.

    stay strong

    ali :D

  • Hey, I love the Canucks! Gave us some of the best music, literature and theatre I've ever come across :D

    Well done on getting this far. Stay strong. Keep going!

    Helen

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