Jane(*), a colleague of ours from Brisbane was in town today and we went for lunch as a group. We were meeting at the front door to work's building. I arrived there with Mary, the person at the next desk to me & went to go outside. Mary asked if I was going out for a smoke & I said "No", just going out.

After lunch when we came back three of us got into the lift and for some reason Mary asked why I hadn't had a smoke. Jane piped up "He's given up smoking" which led to a funny exchange

Mary: Have you given up?
Me: Yes.
Mary: Why did you lie when I asked if you were having a cigarette before?
Me: I didn't lie. You asked if I was having one and I said "No". Then I didn't have one.
Mary: When did you give up?
Me(**): Two weeks ago
Mary: No, when did you give up?
Me: Two weeks ago.
((Awkward Silence))
Me: When did you last see me have a smoke?
Mary (To Jane): How did you know he gave up?
Jane: He doesn't smell of smoke any more.


OK, work guessed before Wifi Wifey. Always a possibility as there are 4 of them & only one of her, but I wasn't expecting someone I only see every few months to be the one to work it out. I've asked the people in the lift not to mention it to the others.


(*) All names (Except mine) changed to protect the guilty
(**) OK, I exagerated slightly here, it won't be two weeks until late tomorrow night

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    aimee7 said:
    18 September 2014

    Well it must be nice to know you don't smell of smoke anymore lol. I enjoy your detailed blogs with changed names and everything. I still can't believe the wife hasn't noticed yet, she must notice soon. No one really knew I smoked, so apart from my partner, mum and kids there's no one to tell. My dad didn't even know I smoked lol.

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    Thanks aimee



    How did you hide the smoking from your partner & kids?



    "Well it must be nice to know you don't smell of smoke anymore"



    That does surprise me a little as my rain jacket should & I was wearing it.



    Note to self, must throw it through the washing machine. Preferably after taking it off.

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    Nana22 said:
    18 September 2014

    Haha, i so would have loved to see that exchange, but you told it so well, i almost could. Great going on 13 days Bruce. I almost feel sorry for your your wife when she twigs. LOL

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    aimee7 said:
    18 September 2014

    No they knew and a few of my close friends but mostly I hid my smoking, because I didn't want people to know I smoked. So it's so much better not having to worry about smelling like smoke anymore. Haha yes time to wash the jacket I think. Congrats on two weeks (**)

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    Thanks Nana,



    "I almost feel sorry for your your wife when she twigs"



    I do feel sorry for her. I was hoping for a day or two pressure free, tops. Now it's gone on for nearly two weeks and I'm quite worried that she'll feel hurt when she discovers I didn't share for so long.

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    Nana22 said:
    18 September 2014

    Oooh then i'll feel sorry for both of you. Have just seen your comment on my blog, thank you. I could have stayed on the stronger patches for another 4 weeks, but decided to go the next size down and top up with lozenges if i need. Didn't start on the biggest ones that were suggested either and whenever the dose drops i expect to maybe have to dig deep for a while to adjust but i'm feeling much better now so it really is a step closer to being nicotine free.

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    Thanks Nana22



    "it really is a step closer to being nicotine free."



    Yes, and that's what it's all about. Previously I found using NRT a bit of a non-starter for me. One of the reason I chose Champix is because it blocks the nicotine in the brain so I could work on both parts of the addiction at the same time. Even with the nicotine blocked out it's tough.

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    AXL said:
    18 September 2014

    Love your blogs Bruce.

    You certainly have a way with words

    2 weeks tomorrow, well done mate!

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    Nana22 said:
    18 September 2014

    I had thought about champix or zyban but Dr. vetoed it because of other issues.

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    @Axl231261 Thank you, I try. I've done a little stand-up in the past. I think I'm getting some good material from this process.



    @Nana22 Mine probably should have vetoed it for me as well. Luckily *The Voices* tipped me off to lie about the chest pains and dizziness :)

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    Mumsy59 said:
    18 September 2014

    A lot of people didn't know I smoked, only the family really. I didn't smoke at work or out socially if with non smokers. So it kinda takes away from my pride when I tell people I haven't smoked for ...........days and they say 'oh didn't know you smoked' Flattened. Well done Bruce keep it up

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    sunray said:
    18 September 2014

    Congratulations Bruce you are doing awesome..I still can't believe your wife has not noticed. ⭐

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    Nana22 said:
    18 September 2014

    LOL You are a very brave man.

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    Tarns49 said:
    18 September 2014

    Maybe your wife already has noticed and is giving you some space, knowing you'll share when ready. My husband says nothing which suits me, he quit 15 years ago.

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    If you mean the stand-up Nana, not brave enough to do it regularily. I want to go back but it's scary.

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    Luvalaugh said:
    18 September 2014

    Well done Bruce on yr near 2 weeks. Not been on here for a week or so, but really enjoyed reading your blog, awesome. Can't believe your wife not noticed. Believe with Tarns that she has noticed but, giving you space, or just waiting for you to mention it.

    My other half, had told other people I quit but hasn't spoke to me about it!! He still smokes, hmmm, but, I not ready to discuss with him anyway, so suits me. I'm doing it for me, not him or anyone else, so keep it up yr doing great .

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    Julia C said:
    18 September 2014

    @Tarns49 & Luvalaugh. I'm pretty sure she hasn't noticed, she keeps asking me if I want to have a cigarette at various points.

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    Calmwaters said:
    19 September 2014

    Funny blog! Congrats on your (now) 2 weeks!!

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    Sexymwahz said:
    19 September 2014

    Love your blog and congratulations on your 2 weeks of smoke freedom.. Just curious Bruce with this amount of success it would be ideal to reward yourself. What kind of treat will you be giving yourself today?

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    Julia C said:
    19 September 2014

    "What kind of treat will you be giving yourself today"



    After due consideration, I think having a smoke-free day will be reward enough.

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    fagoff said:
    19 September 2014

    great blog m8.my wife couldn't not notice as ive stopped pausing on add breaks to go outside for a unowot.though I still do occasionally for a few puffs on ecig she doesn't like me using it inside.Isnt it so good to not have too be a sly smoker anymore.lots of people didn't know I smoked,so don't notice I now don't.

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    Elevtheria said:
    19 September 2014

    Hey Bruce :) Well done on the 2 weeks (a few hours early hehehe)! Funny story.... would have imagined that the people around you would notice that you don't smell of smoke anymore, especially your wife...unless you covered the smoke smell up before (well, tried to as we all know we can't really cover it up 100%). As for the wife being upset because you didn't tell her earlier.... I think she should be very proud of yourself...at the end of the day - you can call it a draw... you didn't say, she didn't notice :)