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Vix1976Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:07 PM
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Thanks for reposting this. So nice to hear some of the stories from the people who have inspired and keep inspiring me each day!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 58
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 870
Amount Saved: $626.40
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 9 Mins: 11 Seconds: 20

TreepeoNov 09, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
Posts: 768
Joined: Dec 27, 2016 (2:00 AM)
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi Emily,
 
Thanks for bringing this back.  It is extremely important to pause every once in a while and remember why we wanted to quit in the first place.
 
Looking at my stats, I see that I would have smoked a minimum of 7,900 cigarettes if I hadn't quit when I did.  That just blows my mind.  We just don't think about the numbers when we smoke.
 
I am so glad that I kicked this rotten addiction to the curb! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 316
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,900
Amount Saved: $948.00
Life Gained:
Days: 43 Hrs: 12 Mins: 24 Seconds: 47

Emily, Quit CoachNov 09, 2017 @ 7:16 PM
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Joined: Jun 18, 2015 (1:33 PM)
Hi everyone,

I was just looking through old posts and came across this supportive and helpful conversation. I thought that 3 months later it might be nice to bring it back to read through the reasons for quitting smoking and have that reminder again.

My motivation was my health and I can happily say that I haven't had bronchitis once since quitting.

Have a great evening,
Emily   

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

TreepeoAug 12, 2017 @ 5:02 PM
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Country: Canada
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Wow Mud Man, I haven't thought of that for years.  But you are right.  That's what we used to say.  The day a pack costs a buck, we quit.  What a joke.  Who knew how addicted we had become?
 
For many years, I got cheap cigs from the reserves, but before that, I was paying full price from stores.  And I did not buy by the pack.  I always bought cartons, because God forbid I should ever even be close to running out of smokes.  I'm telling you, I was a real smoking addict.  Thank goodness we made the decision to change our lives and live smoke free.
 
Riley, too bad COPD is irreversible.  I think I have it too.  But oh well.  It is what it is.  We are doing the best that we can, and quitting IS the best thing we could ever do for ourselves.  If we hadn't quit when we did, who knows if we would have even been around to talk to each other.
 
And telestratblues, congrats to you for your hard work and commitment.  You will be hitting 100 days before you know it.  So start thinking about how you will treat yourself.  You deserve the best!  And I am so happy for you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 226
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,650
Amount Saved: $678.00
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 5 Mins: 31 Seconds: 4

RileyAug 12, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
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Age: 79
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Retired
Hobbies: Reading,knitting and playing with my cats.
What a lot of super posts and all of them have some part of what my motivation was to start and still is coming up to nearly a year.  Mud Man how true what you said I remember doing just that when it got to $2 then 3 and 5and up it went but still bought. What a complete waste of money and how great it is to look at the amount saved and know it is in my bank account not the corner store. It was the thing to do back then and we had no idea how hard it would be to quit or how much damage we were doing. I now am living with COPD and had already quit when I was diagnosed with it so hopefully no more damage is being done but it is irreversible so that is now my life.
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/30/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 347
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,246
Amount Saved: $3,279.15
Life Gained:
Days: 45 Hrs: 8 Mins: 54 Seconds: 49

One day at a time

Mud ManAug 12, 2017 @ 6:36 AM
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Joined: Dec 01, 2011 (4:32 PM)

Age: 57
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Retired from CN Rail
Hobbies: Riding My Harley
My motivation is I'm trying to undo what 44 Years of smoking has done to me. I am also motivated by the fact that I hopefully got away with smoking that long without serious damage being done to my system. I have had some issues with my heart so it was probably due to my years of smoking. However, "Knock On Wood", I'm Still Alive to talk about it.
 
I don't know how anyone can afford to smoke these days. When my smoking career started they were 65 cents for a large pack and 55 cents for a small. I also remember everyone saying that when cigarettes get to be a dollar a pack, "I Quit".
 
Yeah Right!  
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/9/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 642
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 19,260
Amount Saved: $10,015.20
Life Gained:
Days: 119 Hrs: 16 Mins: 5 Seconds: 33

Your Friendly Neighborhood MUD MAN

telestratbluesAug 12, 2017 @ 6:35 AM
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Age: 36
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Painter (houses not art)
Hobbies: Mahjongg, puzzles
I have to agree with Treepeo. I do believe that I will be addicted to tobacco but every day without a smoke is a reward. I am closing in on 100 days. I am still amazed at how much money I have saved to this point. I will reward myself with something nice once I hit 100 days.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 5/10/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 94
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,880
Amount Saved: $1,145.86
Life Gained:
Days: 13 Hrs: 0 Mins: 54 Seconds: 56

TreepeoAug 11, 2017 @ 11:29 PM
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Country: Canada
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Hi tinkerbelle2,
 
I agree with you on all counts, and thank you for being so honest and forthright in your response to the question of your major motivations for quitting.  It is abundantly clear to me that your #1 reason for quitting is your daughters.
 
Let me tell you something.  I am the youngest of 11 kids.  My whole family smoked.  I'm sure my mother smoked through her pregnancies.  That's just the way it was.  All of their friends smoked.  Everyone smoked, doctors, nurses, pharmacists (my Dad was a pharmacist|), movie stars, you name it, they smoked.  That is how I grew up.  It was "cool" to smoke when I was a teen, but that is not why I started smoking.  I started smoking  because I could not stand living in a house full of smoke.  My eyes burned, it was hard to breathe, I hated it.  But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  That is what I did. In those days, you didn't ever speak back to your elders.  You didn't rock the boat.  You did what you were told, and towed the line, so to speak.
 
Fast forward to me in my 50's.  Wow, what have I done?  My life is a mess because I have wrecked my lungs and my body because I continued to smoke. I am an outcast, because the tide has turned, and now only dinosaurs like me smoke. I feel like an idiot, I don't like it, I have nieces and nephews (heck, let's be honest, I have great nieces and nephews)  that I want to set a good example for, and I feel like a total failure.  What to do?
 
Enter SHO.  Let's get serious.  And let's quit.  And let's help each other get through the horrors of this addiction.  And here we are. 
 
Tinkerbelle2, I applaud you for facing your demons head on and trying to deal with them.  We all make mistakes, lots of them, and being human, we will continue to do so. The important thing is to try to address our mistakes and make things better for the future.  You have your priorities straight.  Your daughters are the most important people in your life.  If you stay smoke free, chances are so will they.  All you can do is try to set the best example you can.  The rest is up to them.  But if they never start to smoke, that will be a really good thing.
 
I hope that's the way it turns out.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 226
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,650
Amount Saved: $678.00
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 3 Mins: 6 Seconds: 12

tinkerbelle2Aug 11, 2017 @ 12:58 PM
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Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Teacher's assistant
Hobbies: writing, being in nature
There seems to be a very common thread here where health is the most important reason to quit and I also keep motivated for health reasons. I have lost to many people to cancer or illness caused by smoking to no longer have my head buried in the sand and say it would not happen to me. I know that people who never smoked can get cancer but we all know smoking is a large contributor to cancer deaths so why take the chance.
 
 Money saved is also a factor as I have saved so much by not smoking. You do not always look at the money as we tend to say well it is only $10/day but when you look at the big picture and see what you spend that is incredible.
 
 My finally reason is I have two wonderful teenage girls. How could I tell them not to smoke as they watch me run outside to light one up right after I have talked to them. I also spent so many years not part of their lives because of abusing alcohol and drugs that now that I am clean I am making up for lost time and have built a real life with them in it. I want to be part of their lives, see them go to university, get married and have grandchildren so anything I can do extend the odds of that happening such as quitting smoking I will do.

Don't let life hold you down

SarahAug 10, 2017 @ 8:21 PM
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Insurance Broker
Hobbies: Reading, Walking my Suzie, Non Smoker
Hi Every One  my Motivation is my Health & Freedom

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/5/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 67
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,675
Amount Saved: $804.00
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 1 Mins: 11 Seconds: 51

Every Day Smoke Free is a Celebration !!

wimporswimAug 10, 2017 @ 4:32 PM
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Age: 63
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
It probably all boils down to health for me also. Lots to live for!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 219
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,570
Amount Saved: $2,680.56
Life Gained:
Days: 44 Hrs: 6 Mins: 10 Seconds: 54

JeyanAug 10, 2017 @ 1:38 PM
Posts: 511
Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
health is my motivator as well.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 298
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,980
Amount Saved: $1,788.00
Life Gained:
Days: 43 Hrs: 21 Mins: 9 Seconds: 59

manderson4Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:25 AM
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Joined: Sep 29, 2016 (10:42 AM)
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Cycling, Computers
My Motivation or reasons is primarily my health.  So that I can be around for my little brother and my niece and nephew.  But the new found energy and not hacking and coughing is also a bonus.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 116
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,700
Amount Saved: $6,379.71
Life Gained:
Days: 18 Hrs: 23 Mins: 56 Seconds: 53

One Down One to Go

TreepeoAug 09, 2017 @ 10:22 PM
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Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi Valerie,
 
My top motivators are:
 
1.  breathing easier;
2.  the freedom that comes from not being addicted any more; and
3.  not reeking of smoke.
 
I am happy to say that I am reaping the benefits of all three!  Yippee! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 224
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,600
Amount Saved: $672.00
Life Gained:
Days: 30 Hrs: 20 Mins: 20 Seconds: 31

Valerie, Quit CoachAug 09, 2017 @ 3:26 PM
Posts: 49
Joined: Jun 07, 2017 (7:51 PM)

Hi everyone!

Just wondering what are your top 3 (or less) things that keeps you motivated throughout your smoke-free journey? The same answer may come up more than once, and that is fine.

Short and long term projects, would be mine.

Kindly,

Valerie 

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team