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Well, I've been threatening for years, but I'm finally done. It's been seven weeks since I've had a cigarette and I feel like a totally new person. Lungs clear, sinuses clear, taste buds... tasting more, sense of smell becoming sharper every day. I actually can't even stand the smell of a cigarette now. Just truly got tired of being a slave to it and put it down. I'm vaping as a crutch, but I've weaned the nicotine level down to zero already so that part is at least out of the way. Just wanted to share my triumph real quick. It needed to be done, I'm just glad that certain things led to it happening and I found the strength to stand behind my decision like I did. Thanks for listening to the rant.
Carry on, and see y'all in Kerville

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CONGRATULATIONS !! Karen and I quit 7 yrs ago. I didn't have much choice either. Glad to hear you're doing well. I still sometimes think one would be good but I've been down that road before lol. Keep it up and don't look back.
 

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Congrats form another ex-smoker! 8 years for me now and bought myself my first new Harley as my reward when I decided to quit. Best thing I ever did for myself and my family.

Now if I could just give up the drinking, nah :p
 

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Keep up the good work!
It gets easier as time goes on, you need to quit the vaping too it could cause a relapse. 1/2 of the smoking habit is doing something with your hands and vaping is still keeping that part of the habit going.
I was a slave to nicotine (2 to 3 packs a day) and quit 11 1/2 years ago cold turkey and it is the best thing I ever did.
 

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Congrats! That counts as a life accomplishment.
 

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glad you kicked it once in a while you will still get the urge to have one you have to have will power I quit in 1983 2 packs a day did it cold turkey best thing I ever did
 

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Good for you!! Keep it up...been 8 1/2 years for me. Went cold turkey.. got through it and haven't looked back since...best decision I made...yeah I get an urge once in a blue moon, but it quickly disappears.
 

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Congrats on stopping. I quit 24 years ago. Cold turkey. Never missed it. You can do it. But I do chew a lot of gum since then. Lol
 

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April 1st was 5 years for me. It's a tough go, there are days when I could start up again. Mentally I miss it and could start again, physically I know better.
 

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Congrats on giving up the smokes. I was a two to three pack a day smoker. Gave it up cold turkey 16 years ago. It was one of the hardest thing I ever had to do. Congrats again.
 

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That's awesome!!! Question for all that have quit.......besides will power and the desire to quit, what were some of the most effective things you guys used to help kick the habit?
 

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Congratulations, I quite 12 years ago, it gets even easier, food taste better. Now i can't stand to be in a smoked filled room any more. It's crazy, I used to enjoy smoking. Good luck
 

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Keep up the good work! Its the best thing you will ever do for yourself and the hardest habit to break. I've been smoke-free since November 29th 1998.

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Facts about quiting smoking :) Keep it up and get rid of the vapor....

Within ...
20 minutes Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

8 hours Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.

12 hours Your blood oxygen level has increased to normal. Carbon monoxide levels have dropped to normal.

24 hours Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

48 hours Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability will have peaked.

72 hours Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine. Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day have peaked for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and your lung's functional abilities are starting to increase.

5 - 8 days The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.

10 days 10 days - The "average" ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.
10 days to 2 weeks Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.
2 to 4 weeks Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.

21 days The number of acetylcholine receptors, which were up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence in the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, basal ganglia, thalamus, brain stem, and cerebellum regions of the brain, have now substantially down-regulated, and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers (2007 study).
2 weeks to 3 months Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

3 weeks to 3 months Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared. If not, get seen by a doctor, and sooner if at all concerned, as a chronic cough can be a sign of lung cancer.

8 weeks Insulin resistance in smokers has normalized despite average weight gain of 2.7 kg

1 to 9 months Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath has decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs, thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

1 year Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

5 years Your risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage has declined to 59% of your risk while still smoking (2012 study). If a female ex-smoker, your risk of developing diabetes is now that of a non-smoker (2001 study).

5 to 15 years Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.
10 years Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker (2005 study). Risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day). Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and pancreas have declined. Risk of developing diabetes for both men and women is now similar to that of a never-smoker (2001 study).

13 years The average smoker who is able to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker (1998 study). But by year 13 after quitting, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study).

15 years Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked. Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study - but note 2nd pancreatic study making identical finding at 20 years).
20 years
 
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