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Smoke-free Four Years

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Next year I will stop counting. For now I am very happy to report my progress.

emoticon ---1,427 days with NO SMOKING
emoticon---28,540 cigarettes NOT smoked
emoticon---$11,185.60 Money NOT spent

I wish I had put the daily addiction money on a big jar, but we spend what we have and so I have no pot of gold. emoticon

Lots of rewards made a difference for me. Most of them were electronic and for the 4-year gift, I think I may upgrade my iPod. Mine is 3 years old and since I love it and use it constantly, it would be neat to have the current model. I have a lot of Amazon credits I can use and if I trade in my old one, I can get a nifty little gift card.

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40_4ME4FAMILY 4/10/2013 11:02PM

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CAMSEDGE 3/20/2013 12:29PM

    and...the reward of better health is just priceless...Congratulations

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MCJULIEO 3/20/2013 11:50AM

    FANTASTIC! Way to go!

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BELLAMEMAW 3/20/2013 5:53AM

    This is so wonderful! I quite smoking years ago and have never regretted it. Only positive things come from quitting. Congratulations; well done! Pat

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_UMAMI_ 3/19/2013 8:41PM

    Cigarettes kill your sense of smell and taste and make you SMELL BAD.

Now you are Sense-SATIONAL!
(cue XTC's "Senses Working Overtime")

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JANEDOE12345 3/19/2013 8:17PM

    Attn: Scooter:

The cost of cig's changed in four years, starting at $6.80. I stopped factoring in the rising cost at $8.00 a pack. I did have a three day slip but I just skipped counting those days. I am not so cruel as to have made myself start over.

The whole spreadsheet is very conservative since I always smoked at least a pack a day and never admitted to anyone (including myself) that I actually smoked a pack and a half a day. I KNOW the cost could easily be 50% higher.

As far as the math goes --- hey, Excel is much smarter than me. I could have made errors in designing my spreadsheet. Not sure but one thing is for sure: It represents one WHALE of a lot of money.

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SCOOTER4263 3/19/2013 7:19PM

    Less than a pack a day? Or do you just live in a state with a realistic taxation rate?

Congratulations are in order, though - it's a difficult thing to do, and you not only did it, you maintained it. Good work!

(i realize I could probably work out the arithmetic, here, bu I seem to have maxed out at 12,000 divided by 4...)

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MNNICE 3/19/2013 6:52PM

    Congratulations! It's been 14 years for me, but I still count and I still am so thankful that I finally got the strength to quit!

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TLG71567 3/19/2013 6:11PM

    Congratulations. I know it is hard to quit. My husband did it 8 years ago, but started up again 5 years ago. Now he's been having a heck of a time trying to quit again.
Don't ever start up again. I guess it's harder to stop the second time.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/19/2013 5:53PM

    YAY!!!! How awesome for you!! It's tough to quit!!!! Celebrate!

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SUZYMOBILE 3/19/2013 5:47PM

    Major congrats!! This is the best thing you could possibly do for your health, but you know that.

(If it were me, I'd be superstitiously afraid to stop counting, though.)

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