Apr 9 2020
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13 days smokefree

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Feeling really good. I have recently started using lozenges.. one pack a day.

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Mar 26 2020
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Help with Info Please

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Hi people,
Im having difficulty obtaining prices of cigarettes per pack between 1980 - 2019
If you know the prices that you were paying for a certain year I'd really like to know, I need it for my book.
I do have some years but theres a lot missing and Aunty Google isn't telling me the answers.
I know the info from 2010 - today will be written in these blogs somewhere too but trying to find it isn't so easy. ( what am i doing wrong 😂 )

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Jan 30 2020
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Starting today

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Started smoking at 13, almost two decades of a pointless, filthy, money pit of a habit. Really noticed the effects as of late, singing used to be effortless and now I struggle to stay in key. I was asked to sing my brother and fiancee down the aisle, so I'm going to use this an added incentive to finally quit! Looking forward to being Auahi kore. Really appreciate your tautoko.

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Jan 30 2020
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Self pressure makes me smoke more

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The thought of quitting, and knowing I need to quit for so many reasons is making me want to smoke more! It’s like I’m so disappointed in myself that when I have the ‘I need to quit smoking’ battle in my head, I go light a smoke.

I sit there, I think about people who have achieved goals and I think to myself, I can’t even achieve 1 goal - quitting smoking. Right there is when the disappointment sinks in, and I have a smoke. I think about the mother I could be without smoking and I wonder who I even am without smoking. Sounds crazy?! There are people who wake up one day and just quit. Then here’s me.

I think about loved ones I have lost with cancer battles who were young, healthy, smoke and alcohol free and I wonder what’s the point? My grandmother died of lung cancer and never touched a cigarette or alcohol in her life. She’s just 1 of 3 people I know. But I know smoking is wrong! And I need to stop, and it’s horrible expensive and could kill me. Although it may not cause ME cancer it does affect many things e.g my teeth, my heart yet I still battle with myself everyday.

I getting tired of nagging myself and I am getting tired of the anxious person I am in general without a cigarette. I want to achieve smoking and I want to achieve a goal for once.



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Jan 27 2020
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Quitting is a MUST this time

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Hi all, here I am again trying to quit AGAIN. I am determined this time as I am pregnant (early stages) with my second child and I feel so guilty every time I light a cigarette! I know it’s wrong, and it’s harmful, and I feel very selfish but I am finding it hard to quit. I smoked with my first pregnancy but cut down, and still I feel bad for that. I don’t want to be the mother of 2 who is a smoker and my kids will be watching me. No judgement please. I’d appreciate words of motivation! Also I’m scared of going back to smoking once baby is born (due to stress of 2 kids) and I really really hope I am strong enough for the sake of my children to not let smoking over take me! Thank you.

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Jan 7 2020
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Quitting again

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I feel like I have tried to quit many times but it is getting to the point where I can't do anything with my kids anymore. I tried keeping up with them over the holidays and after only about 1 minute of doing little exercise I was exhausted. Also the price going up again was another incentive. I need to find someone who is also quitting to help me out, most of my friends still smoke so I can't look to them for support.

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Oct 2 2019
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WOW

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Its been 1 month free from smoking, free from the bondage smoking had over me, planning my next ciggi, where I would sit, would I drink coffee or tea, should I have my ciggi before my meal or after, or perhaps both. Should I have one as Im driving up the road to my destination, 5-10 mins away, and one when I get there, and another on the way back. I have that phone call to make so another coffee, my favorite seat and ciggi made that conversation even better. So much planning went in to my next cigarette.

Not only the planning, but my cigarettes were my best friend ever, they were with me on my happiest days, saddest days, angry moments, stressful moments, bored moments, my friend comforted me in some of my biggest life moments, I knew there would come a day where I had to say goodbye to who I thought was my friend, that was a month ago now, and I'm glad.

At first I missed my friend, it felt as if there was a little bit of grief and loss, that was ok, I knew I could work through that, after all, my friend was not all that good for me. With my friend came frequent headaches, coughing spasms, panic if my friend was not close by, plus my friend was expensive, I would get sick in winter, and more often than not, we were isolated because no one wanted to be around us, we would have to sneak around in social gatherings to catch up, we smelt and at times were frowned upon. My friend took my money, made me sick, and at times isolated me, "SOME FRIEND" but we stuck together no mater what.

1 month ago I made the decision that I needed better friends in my life, ones that cared about me, I read good books, I walk without losing my breath, I eat healthier foods, I treat myself to something nice, I feel empowered mentally, my skin is grateful, I feel happier, and I don't smell yucky.

I still miss my old friend at times, but never want to be involved again. This is just an analogy of my thoughts on smoking, I hope you are all doing well in Blog land, thankyou for sharing your positives, thoughts, tips etc that have encouraged me and continue to encourage me on my journey. Ill be forever grateful.

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Sep 1 2019
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Smoking to Vaping Journey

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Smokefree days: 42
Total savings: $1,344

Kia Ora,

I use to have 15-20 smokes a day. A lot of friends had made the switch to vaping (mainly to the small one available at BP or Z that rhymes with MALT, with 4% nico). After a few weeks of making the plan to quit one Monday I bought a pack and the vape. I gave myself a week grace period where I could only have that one pack and I could use the vape.

One week later I ran out of smokes and I made the full time switch to vaping. I’m happy to say that I’m 6 weeks in since I quit and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to make the change.

My next goal is to change full time to the 0% nico, which I am doing at the moment :)

By all means, please try and quit without the need to switch to vaping, but I hope my experience helps in some way to others considering the switch or going through a similar journey :)

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Aug 25 2019
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69 days smokefree

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Hey again guys, just wanted to share my excitement from last week of being over 2 months off the smokes! For those just starting out, I want to say that it absolutely gets easier. In the first couple of weeks I was a right cow to everyone, constantly wanting smokes, and begrudging seeing a group smoking on my breaks at work. I can now say that I’m confident that I’ll be off them for good. I even managed to be in a car with someone smoking and didn’t want one. I’m really glad I made the choice to quit 😊

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Jul 2 2019
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Quitline

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Yup, back on the banter Again
Why do we keep going in & out of service? It seems a small window of opportunity, NEC minute-puff, gone! Can't log in-to the point where You don't want to shut the window...in case...
May I offer 1 extra thing, that I noticed? This time, positive! I have an extra 'badge' completed!!
Even at this stage, of my Quit, that's a Thrill, so Thank You 🤗
One question-there is 1 badge left for me to collect. Can You please tell me what is for&how do I get it?
Thank You

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