By AXLG1nny 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"☺☺☺☺☺☺