How long before you're considered a non-smoker?

  • mcwclewis

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    Sep 01, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I smoked for 10 years. My brother got me started when I was a youngin' and going through highschool and a lot of college it was extremely difficult to even imagine quitting.

    Anyways I went running over the summer and realized how bad of an effect it was having on me and decided to finally start trying some quitting methods. Nothing really worked for a while but I started taking Chantix and slowly lost cravings for cigarettes..

    So I am officially on one week without smoking... icon_biggrin.gif

    But when can you actually call yourself a nonsmoker?
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    mcwclewis saidI smoked for 10 years. My brother got me started when I was a youngin' and going through highschool and a lot of college it was extremely difficult to even imagine quitting.

    Anyways I went running over the summer and realized how bad of an effect it was having on me and decided to finally start trying some quitting methods. Nothing really worked for a while but I started taking Chantix and slowly lost cravings for cigarettes..

    So I am officially on one week without smoking... icon_biggrin.gif

    But when can you actually call yourself a nonsmoker?


    Today!

    All we have is today...so if you don't smoke TODAY, you're a non-smoker!

    Congratulations...I'm a former three-pack-a-day smoker, and I haven't touched tobacco in any form in 19 years!

    Make sure you reward yourself from time to time...buy little treats for yourself with the money you used to spend on smokes.

    Celebrate!
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    I'd say you can safely consider yourself a non-smoker when you know that you won't go back in a week or two or even a couple months. It's all a decision. It's probably good to call yourself a nonsmoker because then your verbal decision will keep reacting in a positive way.
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:21 PM GMT
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  • rnch

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    atta boy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    mcwclewis saidBut when can you actually call yourself a nonsmoker?
    Between cigarettes.
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidI'd say you can safely consider yourself a non-smoker when you know that you won't go back in a week or two or even a couple months. It's all a decision. It's probably good to call yourself a nonsmoker because then your verbal decision will keep reacting in a positive way.
    So like if I call myself a hot muscle stud, that verbal decision will keep reacting in a positive way? icon_razz.gif
  • rnch

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:46 PM GMT
    one of the few...discussions...my bf and I have is his about his almost pack-a-day cig addiction.

    how an otherwise intelligent man could avoid cigs in his teens, twenties, and thirties..and then START SMOKING IN HIS FORTIES is wayyyyy beyond my comprehension! icon_rolleyes.gif

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  • rnch

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    and to think i've always said i would NEVER date a smoker icon_exclaim.gif

    the things you do when you are in love..... icon_confused.gif
  • Midas426

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    rnch saidone of the few...discussions...my bf and I have is his about his almost pack-a-day cig addiction.

    how an otherwise intelligent man could avoid cigs in his teens, twenties, and thirties..and then START SMOKING IN HIS FORTIES is wayyyyy beyond my comprehension! icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Is your bf stressed? I know stress can play a role in turning folks to various vices like smoking, drinking, in search for some relief. I hope I don't ever take the smoking route myself....my job has been killing me for the last few months though. icon_sad.gif

    Oh yeah...congrats to the OP on becoming a non-smoker.
  • rnch

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    Sep 01, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Midas426 said..... Is your bf stressed? I know stress can play a role in turning folks to various vices like smoking, drinking, in search for some relief. I hope I don't ever take the smoking route myself...[/quote]

    he sez that the stress of returing to college to earn his RN and doing shift work at his EMS job "forced" him to start smoking to cope; even if he didn't smoke 90% of his EMS partners smoke and he was inhaling their second hand smoke inside the ambulance. sounds like a gigantic mass of self rationalization to me. icon_rolleyes.gif

    but that was 4 years ago! college is done, RN earned, but the habit/addiction returns.

    he will never quit. i can see the expression on his face when he lights up and sucks one down. he simply enjoys it too much. icon_cry.gif

    if there is any one item that hammers a wedge into our relationship; it WILL be his GOD DAMN nicotene addiction icon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 01, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    Medically, smoking is still counted against you as a CAD health risk if you've smoked within the past 6 months.
  • Midas426

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    Sep 01, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    rnch said[quote][cite]Midas426 said..... Is your bf stressed? I know stress can play a role in turning folks to various vices like smoking, drinking, in search for some relief. I hope I don't ever take the smoking route myself...


    he sez that the stress of returing to college to earn his RN and doing shift work at his EMS job "forced" him to start smoking to cope; even if he didn't smoke 90% of his EMS partners smoke and he was inhaling their second hand smoke inside the ambulance. sounds like a gigantic mass of self rationalization to me. icon_rolleyes.gif

    but that was 4 years ago! college is done, RN earned, but the habit/addiction returns.

    he will never quit. i can see the expression on his face when he lights up and sucks one down. he simply enjoys it too much. icon_cry.gif

    if there is any one item that hammers a wedge into our relationship; it WILL be his GOD DAMN nicotene addiction icon_exclaim.gif[/quote] Sigh...sorry to hear that. I guess the "addiction" part is now in play...even though the trigger is gone, now he has to let go of the coping mechanism he used to get through the previous trigger. Easier said than done.

    I commend you for sticking by him....I can't even imagine how tough that must be. Love is a crazy thing.
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    Sep 01, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidMedically, smoking is still counted against you as a CAD health risk if you've smoked within the past 6 months.


    For life insurance it varies between 12 months and 5 years.

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    Sep 01, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    bigtallman said
    Ciarsolo saidMedically, smoking is still counted against you as a CAD health risk if you've smoked within the past 6 months.


    For life insurance it varies between 12 months and 5 years.



    Yeah the 6 month mark is just the standard for health appraisal in a fitness or personal training context.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 01, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    I was really going to say what the others above had pointed out. Its really an insurance definition. Several years and each company has their own interpretation. "A week" wouldn't get you far in their eyes, but congrats for the effort and the progress.
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    Sep 01, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    mcwclewis said...

    But when can you actually call yourself a nonsmoker?


    The moment you put down your last one was when you owned the statement:
    "I am a non-smoker".

    Now just keep owning it one day at a time. Don't focus on it. Now focus on other things in life that you want to improve.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 01, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    You will ALWAYS be a "smoker," in the same way that alcoholics will always be alcoholics (or recovering alcoholics). You've just chosen to not feed your addiction. Congratulations.
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    Sep 01, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    I would say you're a non-smoker everyday you dont smoke
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    Sep 01, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    Until your next cigarette.
  • mcwclewis

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    Sep 01, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    Thanks for the encouragement, those that gave it.

    I was curious both about opinions and about the legal claim, and both got answered icon_smile.gif



    Webster666 saidYou will ALWAYS be a "smoker," in the same way that alcoholics will always be alcoholics (or recovering alcoholics). You've just chosen to not feed your addiction. Congratulations.




    I'm not sure I understand the logic behind this.
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    Sep 01, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    mcwclewis said



    Webster666 saidYou will ALWAYS be a "smoker," in the same way that alcoholics will always be alcoholics (or recovering alcoholics). You've just chosen to not feed your addiction. Congratulations.




    I'm not sure I understand the logic behind this.


    It's like breaking a leg. At some point the bone heals and it's not broken anymore. An addiction is like a broken bone that, although you can be careful to keep out of harm's way and get its normal functioning back, never actually mends.
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    Sep 02, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
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  • SoDakGuy

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    Sep 02, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    Well, my Momma always said that a guy who smokes is a guy who pokes. icon_twisted.gif

    So poke on, Poker!