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LuckySo-n-So
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Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Today is March 8. Today marks 9 Years since I quit smoking. Sure, I've gained 50 or 60 pounds, but this is also what quitting smoking has allowed me to do:
1.) I've saved almost $41,000 (I was a heavy smoker) that I would have spent on smoking 140,000 cigarettes.
2.) It has allowed me to go on four "Vacations of a Lifetime" to the following cities: Italy--Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Ferrara, Verona; Germany--Munich, Dachau; Prague, Czech Republic; Bratislava, Solovakia; Budpest, Hungary; Vienna & Salzburg, Austria; and Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Dubbo, Carinda, Newcastle, and The Hunter Valley (Australia).
3.) My travels have introduced me to some great cultures and experiences. I got to see "The Birth of Venus" with my own eyes; I stood where Charlemagne is said to have been crowned Holy Roman Emperor; I was General Maximus Decimus Meridius, if but only for a moment; I saw-a da freakin-a Pope-a in person; Walked in Hitler's footsteps; and I hung around with Kangaroos, Wallabies, and a Wombat with a lousy disposition; I got to ring in the new year in Sydney Harbour, watch cricket, rugby, and Aussie football matches, and walk in the footsteps of David Bowie. I Just spent a week sharing the culture and food of South Louisiana with “The Four Aussies” I have met on my travels, including 4 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.( Even going to my first Endymion Ball). I got to drink some great beer and great wine and eat some great food all over the world.
4.) My travels have introduced me to some amazing people with whom I am still in contact, and who I consider to be friends, some of whom I now consider to be family.
5.) I was able to purchase my first home because I'm not squandering $600 a month on cigarettes.

There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the FREAKING MONEY YOU SAVE has got to be near the top.

Here's to 9 more years smoke free. And five after that...

TL;DR: Quit Smoking, Save Money.


castorinho
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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Sure, I've gained 50 or 60 pounds,
so you just transferred your addiction to food


Bama and Beer
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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gained 50 or 60 pounds,
damn son. But congrats on stopping the cigs


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Mor Miles
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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so you just transferred your addiction to food


Food gets a lot more appealing when you can actually taste it.


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GeauxxxTigers23
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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2.) It has allowed me to go on four "Vacations of a Lifetime" to the following cities: Italy--Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Ferrara, Verona; Germany--Munich, Dachau; Prague, Czech Republic; Bratislava, Solovakia; Budpest, Hungary; Vienna & Salzburg, Austria; and Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Dubbo, Carinda, Newcastle, and The Hunter Valley (Australia).
Meh. I’ll skip all that and enjoy a smoke with my morning coffee and just go to EPCOT


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tketaco
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Bought my House with a VA Home Loan, from my service while I was smoking.


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TDsngumbo
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Congratulations! You also smell better now.
This post was edited on 3/8 at 7:16 am


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AUCE05
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Congrats man. Smoking is the worst thing you can do to your health. Just cut carbs and your weight will stabilize. This move will pay dividends later in life. CPD is a bitch.


Sidicous
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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1.) I've saved almost $41,000
This is the reason I quit years ago too.

Anyone who despises the wealth transfer taxes, the abuse of taxpayer money propping up BS, should immediately quit smoking. A pack really costs pennies to produce, even with inflation and labor increases, a pack should be about 25-35 cents each.

The weight gain is all on the individual too. I'm within 5 pounds of my HS graduation in 1982 and I was lean (also smoked 1.5 packs a day then too).


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djangochained
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Congrats man


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Ganoosh
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
I'm guessing your cold turkey was awful?


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Nutriaitch
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
i’m just over the 2 month mark. myself.

not always easy, but i’m still holding on.


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TheHarahanian
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago

Coming up on 7 years in June.


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CoachChappy
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Congrats baw

quote:

Sure, I've gained 50 or 60 pounds


Come see us on the health and fitness board
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DeafJam73
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
You can lose the 50-60 pounds. However, you can’t “lose” lung cancer. Good job man. Now start exercising and eating right to lose those pounds.


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TDsngumbo
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
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CPD is a bitch.

Do you mean COPD? I watched two grandparents die of that and it looks like a terrible way to die.


TOSOV
Member since Jan 2016
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Congrats man.

Did you set the money aside each day to see it build up? Just seems like a good way to visually see the savings.
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Areddishfish
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
You forgot to mention the most important part: you saved your lungs!


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DevilDagNS
Member since Dec 2017
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re: Quit Smoking 9 Years Ago
Been 11 years for me. Getting out of the military helped alot. Agree about the weight gain. The other major thing I noticed is I hardly ever get colds, flu or sinus infections. When I was a smoker my best days felt like I had a perpetual low grade cold or sinus infection.

Also, the smell. The smell on clothes, jackets, etc. Now the small if cigarette smoke make me feel sick.


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BestBanker
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