Today is exactly 8 years since I became a non smoker. At $7 a pack and a pack a day that's $20,000+ I have not blown on smoke and instead blown on things I enjoy like bonsai trees, fish and fishing lol. Wonder if I'll get a thank you card from my lungs in he mail today lol. Honestly though I had tried to quit 100's of times before, not sure what made me actually make my mind up to finally do it 8 years ago like I did, but I laid them down and never touched them again thankfully.
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8 years smoke free
Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:11 PM
I can't remember. I quit sometime near you, Steve. I think a bit before. Been so long since I even wanted one, I just don't remember.
Wife smokes, and it doesn't bother me at all.
I didn't quit for health reasons ... but when they went over $4.00 a pack. "Too rich for my blood." Unlike most people ... I've noticed no improvement in my "quality of life" since quitting. But, as you say ... I've saved a ton of money.
Unlike you, I DIDN'T spend it on a mud truck I can't fit into !!!
PS ... Congratulations on 8 years !!!
Barbed hooks rule!
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Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:21 PM
The health benefits have been really noticeable for me. The last year of my smoking I had started coughing really bad, especially when I would lay down at night. And just walking any long distance use to wear me out and have me breathing hard. Since I quit I can't remember the last time I had a cough, and I am never out of breath walking / biking these days. I'm amazed at how much they cost these days as well. I was paying around $6 a pack when I quit, but now I see the ones I use to smoke (Newport 100's) are $7 and even $8 at some places. Just crazy.
Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:28 PM
True. Although it's been a while, I remember carrying an arm load of firewood into the cabin and had to sit and catch my breath. Never happened to me before and that's not good for someone in their mid-twenties. They were a lot cheaper then, that's for sure.
Posted 19 April 2019 - 09:15 PM
Posted 20 April 2019 - 01:41 AM
19 yrs for me. Heck, quittin is easy, I must have accomplished 20-30 times before finally quitting for good 19 yrs ago. Never looked back and have no desire for tobacco, except for me it was pipes/tobacco and not cigarettes.
Sometimes I need expert advice which is why I talk to myself.
Posted 20 April 2019 - 07:48 AM
Wow Dave. How long did you smoke? I STARTED smoking around 1970 and quit 2 years ago next month. When I started a pouch of tobacco c/w papers cost 50 cents. When I quit the same brand pouch was $ 27.00 and I needed one for every day. (In Canada, liquor and tobacco taxes are very high, but heart attacks are free) I was so pleased when the coughing very quickly stopped but disappointed by the general loss of energy. I now enjoy a good cigar once and awhile without inhaling and today is 4/20. (Yes I do inhale)