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18 months and (not) counting

It's now 18 months since Christmas Eve 2012, the day I smoked my last cigarette. I always said that I wasn't interested in counting off the days, and that's still true - I'm still only one cigarette away from a relapse, just as I was one week or even one day into my quit, and just as I will be in another year or another ten years.

Elapsed time matters far less than the state of mind. Do I miss it? You must be kidding, I miss it like a hole in the head:rolleyes::rolleyes:

If you're a newbie reading this then be in no doubt that the long term benefits of quitting outweigh the short term discomfort of quitting - tenfold, or even a hundredfold. Life on the other side really is that much better.

If you invest the time in understanding your addiction, and make the commitment to overcome it, then it will very probably be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. It can be as easy, or as hard, as you want to make it.

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What a brilliant post, very inspiring:):)

Thank you love these updates from long term quitters, Keeps me strong



Gosh, I only realised when you said that you quit on Chistmas Eve Egg. That must have been hard, though I suppose you could say you couldn't wish for a better gift from Santa :D

18 months is fantastic and your post is (as all your posts are) inspiring. :)


Well done Egg; I agree, after a while, elapsed time becomes irrelevant. It becomes the norm, smoking becomes something we used to do, when we think about it at all.

I don't miss it, haven't done for a long time.

Thanks for continuing to post, great positivity ;)


Well done Egg, you too Teffers and I agree with AngryBear. I'm in the same boat - unless a doc proves to me that the end is categorically nigh and imminent, I'm not smoking again, that's old hat. The idea of becoming a fully paid up member of the smoking brigade again is still frightening but thankfully I know that I'll never do that as long as I don't light one and inhale, simple as that really. Still fancy it sometimes but it's fleeting and I no longer hold my breath as I'm passing people smoking :eek:

Great stuff, nice to see the posts guys :)


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