G1nny asked a really good question on when/if she can call herself a non smoker.

Here is my point of view.

A smoker can be compared to an alcoholic.
A recovering alcoholic will always be an alcoholic. He/she is only one drink away from relapsing. Some of you will say "I can have one cigarette and it doesn't mean I'll become a full time smoker". That is true, so why is one of Quitline's mantras NOPE?
Also, consider this. Compare these two.
(1) A person who has never smoked
(2) A person who hasn't smoked for 5 years and calls himself a non smoker.
If both had one cigarette each who has the highest risk of continuing smoking?

For the above reasons I will always say I'm an EX smoker unless God forbid I start smoking again.

Have a great day my "quit family"☺☺☺☺☺☺

Please login or register to leave a comment on this post.

Comments

  • avatar-icon
    clarence the cat said:
    28 December 2014

    Well said Axl. So very true.

  • avatar-icon
    sunray said:
    28 December 2014

    You make a very good point there Axl, but even with the first person it just could be one cigarette to many. Have a super smokefree dayto Axl. For ex smokers we are rocking! ☺ ⭐

  • avatar-icon
    Pop's said:
    28 December 2014

    Good Morning Axl.

    I gave up smoking for 12 years, 17 many years ago.

    I had one "innocent smoke".. Very disappointed with my self,. At the time thought, "what's one smoke", but the next day, the craving were back. I had poked the addiction into awareness. It was waiting, i thought it was dead, but it was only sleeping. It wanted to be back into my life & hit me with everything it could.

    After 12 years & one smoke it was like i had never given up. So to get some relief from the cravings i bought a packet. "I can handle this" i thought, but i had 2 smokes that day, 3 the next & then 15 years of full time smoking. Finally, 790 days ago, i gave uo again.

    I have absolutely no illusions, I am a ex smoker. A ex smoker just one smoke away from being a smoker again.

    Belated Birthday wishes to you & compliments of the Season.

  • avatar-icon
    flower said:
    28 December 2014

    pop's so true I think of myselff as a ex smoker.one puff away from full time smoker.

  • avatar-icon
    Nana22 said:
    28 December 2014

    Hey Axl. Doesn't really worry me one way or tother. I have used both non-smoker and ex-smoker. I do use ex-smoker though for medical stuff, just so they have a clear picture. I know i will forever be a smoker in recovery - same as alcoholic. Have a great day mate.

  • avatar-icon
    Julia C said:
    28 December 2014

    I agree with pops about being a clean addict and only a couple of microns from once again relapsing.

    On the other hand, I think being a non-smoker is a functional thing while being an ex-smoker is what you are and you can be both at the same time while also being a tobacco addict, a sober driver and a brain surgeon.

  • avatar-icon
    Pop's said:
    28 December 2014

    The way i see it is this.

    If you said you were a non-smoker, it could indicate that the person was a lifetime non smoker, whereas ex smoker leaves no doubt.

  • avatar-icon
    Julia C said:
    28 December 2014

    Not terribly sure I agree with Pop's later comment. Imagine if instead of talking about smoking status you were talking about religious preference?

    "If you said you were a christian, it could indicate that the person was a lifetime christian, whereas ex athiest leaves no doubt." (Modulo other faiths an athiest could have adopted)

    I know the analogy isn't ideal ...

  • avatar-icon
    nuks said:
    28 December 2014

    I don't smoke. No names simple truth

  • avatar-icon
    fagoff said:
    28 December 2014

    I concur with axl and pops view.There is something psychologicaly and biologically different between an Addict and someone who is not an addict. The addiction goes into remission eventually once we put down the drug,( nicotine) however if we pick up again ( just one) it sets off the addiction all over again cravings both physical and psychological. Hence just one cigarette is always going to be one too many .A non addict can take it or leave it .Though there is strong evidence to show that continued regular tobacco use often develops into full on addiction. this is somewhat different from say alcohol use.Its much easier these days to be a non smoker.Try being a non drinker as well I sometimes still get almost interrogated about why don't I drink ?.I am also a non drinker and an ex drinker. (-:

  • avatar-icon
    fagoff said:
    28 December 2014

    I had to comment Bruce ,According to the biblical definition of a Christian ,no one is born a Christian it has to be a choice made by the person themselves ,hence anyone who says they are one ,was once a non Christian or even an atheist/agnostic .This is a significant difference to most other types of religion. Its obvious there isn't much worth watching on tv tonite. (-: me included.