I'm curious about how people think about this - when you stop smoking, do you see yourself as an EX smoker or a NON smoker or something else?
I don't think there's one right answer, and I'm not going to try to persuade someone to think differently, but for me, the answer is that I'm actually STILL a smoker, who is choosing not to smoke, and planning on not smoking for the rest of my life.
That makes me pretty close to being an EX smoker, but I don't think I'll be one of those until the day comes when I'm pushing up daisies. There's always the possibility I'll pick up "just one" again and I know where that leads. To me, the term EX means it's iron-clad guaranteed that I will never smoke again.
And I don't think I'm a NON smoker, even though I'm not smoking. I think the only people who are NON smokers are those who have never smoked at all.
At the end of the day, this is probably all semantics, but as I said, I'm curious what others think of these terms.