I've had this debate before, and I'm not looking to start a flame war by any means. Just wondered how folks think about this.
I believe that because I was a smoker, I've become an ex-smoker. And, I further believe I can never become a non-smoker, because I define that as someone who has never smoked.
I'd rather be a non-smoker, but it's a little late for that now, isn't it?
Besides, calling myself an ex-smoker reminds me (because of the ex) that I'm an addict, and if I have just one cigarette, I'll have a few thousands. I just figured out today that when I picked up that one cigarette about six years ago, it was the beginning of a journey that cost me $10,000, and I consumed 43,800 cigarettes.
Which is why I can't have just one.
Anyway, do you guys see a difference between the terms ex-smoker and non-smoker, or is it largely semantic and I'm splitting hairs?