Until last week I regarded vaping as a tool to help smokers quit.
Then I met a young person (say mid-late 20's) who was vaping. Assuming he was on a quit journey I asked how long had he been smoking and was the vaping helping with his quit.
To my astonishment he told me he had never smoked tobacco.
He was vaping because he'd suffered a lot of stress lately and it was trendy to vape these days.
I am now wondering if we are simply replacing one harmful habit with another.
I appreciate the way it has helped so many smokers to become SMOKEFREE, but to Vape because it's Trendy?
Smokefree days: 3,287
Total savings: $46,018
9 years ago today I kicked the Nicodemon out of my life.
He still hovers around occasionally but I'm certain he will never be part of me again.
I was wedded to cigarettes. I would go absolutely NOWHERE without them (yes even to the toilet) My family new that if my smokes and matches were in sight I would not be far away.
What a journey. I used to feel as if I was attempting the impossible. I envied all the bloggers who could say they were SMOKEFREE for a month, (at first even a fortnight) but it happened for me too.
I remember the adrenaline rush when I suddenly realised that I had gotten through an entire day without thinking of my cigarettes. That moment was sheer bliss.
If you're just starting out, don't give up at your first setback. Mark the occasion as a learning experience and press on.
Have a wonderful SMOKEFREE day everyone and no matter what stage of the journey you're on, it really does get easier as time goes by.
I have turned a page in my COPD Journey
After an early morning ride to hospital by ambulance, and a week of assessment, I am home again with the need to have Oxygen at night, and sometimes during the day.
I thought I would dread the day, but to be honest I feel better than I have for quite some time. I was constantly fighting to move around previously and life wasn't very comfortable. At last I can move again. It has to be good.
I noticed a change in the hospital too. People have realised how difficult it is to quit smoking and treat those who had just begun their quit journey with much more respect and compassion.
It is almost 9 years since I quit in 2010, and I am so glad I put my fears of failure aside and gave it a go.
Come on all you people who are still thinking you can't quit. Shake off your most stubborn streak, use NRT if you would like to and go for it.
Drugs alone will not turn off your desire to smoke. They help, but the drive to quit is in our hearts. Give it a go.
Life is so good for me now that I am SMOKEFREE.
I recommend it to everyone.
I used to hate SMOKEFREE day because I was a smoker and I felt so ashamed.
I finally kicked the habit almost 9 years ago and I am so happy that I joined Quitline for support at the time.
I used to look at all the amazing stats and drool and tell myself I would never be SMOKEFREE for so long, but all you Newbies I have done it and if I can, so can you.
It is lovely to see the blogs coming to life again. I am sure the anonymity is part of the success.
Keep up the good work everyone. It is heartwarming to see so many of the members from a long time ago dropping in to give their support.
If you're starting out today, it's a scary thought, but you can do it.
Remember Not One Puff Ever (NOPE) and One Day At A Time (ODAAT)
Make NOPE your mantra and go for it.
Smokefree days: 3,033
Total savings: $42,462
Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas and an amazing 2019 to one and all.
It is so encouraging to see more people coming back to the blogs.
They are such a help in so many ways. To read them and realise that each of us has problems but they can be solved by sharing with others.
Hope the holiday season is a safe and happy one and above all else SMOKEFREE.
I know your upgrade some months ago was necessary as your membership had grown and technology advances so quickly, but please be aware that this site is SO NOT user friendly since then.
Each time I try to join in I have to login fully. I am asked if I would like my password remembered and I agree to this only to find that next time I try to login I am faced with the whole rigmarole again. This is not so bad, but then the wait time is so long. Many of us don't have time to sit waiting to be sure our comment has been accepted. Commenting on a blog is so slow and cumbersome I hardly bother these days and that's a shame, because I know from experience that replies to blogs and words of encouragement are so important (especially for Newbies).
I have watched this happy little band of supporters dwindling away and all I feel is sadness because it can be so helpful to so many who want to become SMOKEFREE.
Please do something before it is too late.
The SMOKEFREE battle is being won and I know Quitline can take a huge bow for their input into the success so far.
Lets keep it that way.
Smokefree days: 2,923
Total savings: $40,922
8 years yesterday.
I typed a big long blog late last nite but sadly the system went to sleep and logged me out before I had finished. Today I will simply say I never thought I could, but I have achieved a goal beyond my wildest dreams. If I can do it, (I was once a very heavy smoker, chained to my ciggy packet, addict) anyone can. Quitline and all the people here are so supportive and encouraging, I cannot praise you all enough. Looking forward to announcing my 9 year achievement this time next year.
Have a wonderful SMOKEFREE Fathers Day
Smokefree days: 2,915
Total savings: $40,810
In keeping with Nanaturtle, I have expressed my savings using the cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes today.