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Three Years Without A Cigarette!

My quit date: 12/13/2010.

Here we are three years later, without a single cigarette. Woo-hoo!

Considering smokes were $8 per pack when I quit, and I was back to smoking a pack a day, that is $8 x 3 x 365 = $8,760 that I saved! Not to mention I'm healthier, have more energy and better control over my life generally. It is the greatest all around bargain, ever. All upside, no downside.

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Having quit about a million times prior to that last time, I have some words of encouragement and advice for anyone considering quitting. This is a problem of mind over matter, and cold turkey is a pretty difficult road to take. You have years of habits built up that have to be unlearned and wound down. While it is not exactly easy, if I can do it, you can do it, too! Even if you tried and failed before, that doesn’t matter. You can do it this time.

This is step one. You have to believe that you can.

For some other strategies & encouragement, I put together another thread for those considering quitting...

Good luck, and please keep me posted.

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Congratulations Michael! 420

Congratulations Michael!


The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

I quit smoking cigs too

Congratulations Micheal. cancer sticks are really just that. nothing rewarding, just plain addiction. Iv even turned down a girl this weekend because she light one up and the smell was just rancid. I really dont know why kids my age think its still cool. E-cigs are becoming more and more popular tho so maybe real cigs will die along with the USD.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

I'll drink


I'm proud of you.

It's been 7 years for me... still want one once in a while, even after all this time. It passes, no matter how strong the craving IME. I smoked for 34 years!

I quit Dec 27th 2010. The day

I quit Dec 27th 2010. The day my father was diagnosed with lung cancer.
So far, I didn't have to be a slave for $8,619.75 (one pack a day in MA) just to kill myself faster.
I quit cold turkey with a little help from an e-cig for the first month or so.
NEVER going back. I totally despise them and just the smell disgusts me now.

Good luck Michael.

But do you still smoke in your dreams?

It took me a long time to stop smoking in my dreams after I quit. Two-three years I think. Ten years later it pops up every now and then (one-two times a year)

The body is looking for nutrition, brain is helping satisfy.

Cigarette smoke contains plant minerals, 60 are required or diseases occur.

The liver uses copper to breaks nicotine into vitamin B3 niacin and B6. Take 100mg of Niacin for a clean buzz. Better yet, increase supplementation of all B vitamins.

Your brain can go back to better dreams.

Copper deficiency causes aneurysms, varicose, veins, joint failure, ptosis, wrinkles and gray hair.

I supplement with copper and selenium. Copper is turning my hair darker and selenium fights cancer. Known about mice since 1912. New studies say it works in humans as a preventative.

Free includes debt-free!

A great accomplishment...

that shit is legalized poison and cancer.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

from what iv'e been reading.....

It's easier to quit smoking than it is to quit The Daily Paul. :)

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

metalhed19's picture

Good job :)

Good job :)

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"


This was posted on Lew Rockwell's site today.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I don't know why Lew Rockwell would take a 10 year old article

And publish it on my quit date. He must be jealous, lol.

The Peter Brimelow article originally appeared in Forbes on July 4, 1994. Earlier today, it could be found here:

Now the site appears to be down.

Thank You for Smoking
By Peter Brimelow on July 4, 1994 at 1:19pm

At the bottom of the article from Vdare, it notes that the article was originally published in Forbes on July 4, 1994.

A critique of this article can be found here:

Anyway, it is dumb and misleading to publish a ten year old article with today's date and try to pass it off as current.

Me too , 3 years.

But my wife is still hooked.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Linda Cross's picture

My quit date was 10/13/2011 at 6PM

and NOT ONE cigarette since I had my first E Cigarette.(brand "Green Smoke") No nicotine after about 8 months of tapering off and I lost interest in smoking the E Cigs about a year ago due to lack of desire to smoke. I was a pack a day, or more, smoker for almost 40 years. I only tried to quit a couple times because I liked smoking and I hate failure.


If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.


Woohoo! Glad to hear it. I've got some catching up to do. Only 7 months for me, but I've learned to get past the urge, which is coming with less frequency each month.

Wow! Great to hear this Michael. I've never been a smoker...

...but my mother smoked like a chimney since I was a baby and I hated it with a purple passion.

To this day I can't stand the smell (I'm 56 now) but I understand how addicting it can be.

So I applaud your efforts at quitting and am happy knowing you'll not only be around a lot longer, but you'll be a lot healthier too.

My poor aunt (who smoked for 30 years but had quit 20 years ago) just died, but the last 10 to 15 years of her life were so bad due to having ruined her lungs with cigarettes, that it was hardly worth living.

She was on oxygen 24/7 and could hardly walk across a room.

So keep on quitting...We need good people like you to live long, healthy lives!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

So much great advice on this thread

Today is my 50th birthday. I have to quit for good, better sooner than later. Cold turkey scares me tho. My husband and I have quit so many times over the years. He just re-quit two weeks ago, he's been on a business trip and coming home tonight. I have to hide all my cigs, ashtrays, lighters, etc. That'll be a good start for me to wean again.

Congratulations Michael on 3 years. Well cone.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Happy Happy Happiest Birthday to you

I quit 33 years ago and it is

I quit 33 years ago and it is the best thing I have ever done. It took me three tries. The first time I quit for one year, then my (former) husband started up again, so I started again. Only this time, I smoked these things called Now, that had really low nicotine. I smoked for about 6 months, then quit again for 6 months, then started again for 6 months, then finally quit for good. It was like weaning myself off the nicotine. Each time I quit the addiction was weaker and it was easier to do it.

What really kept me going is that each time I started again I experienced heart palpitations, so I knew it was affecting me physically. It really is worth it!! I am in excellent health and my lungs are great. I am hiking and doing yoga and all kinds of physical things that at this point I probably would not be able to do if I had kept smoking. Oh, I was a pack a day smoker.


I am 3 years and two months myself. You say cold turkey is hard but the fact is that the ninety percent of all "successful" quits are cold turkey.

When you get tired of spending all that money. When you get tired of hacking and coughing. When you get tired of being winded or gasping for air after exertion. When you get tired of thinking of the tobacco companies getting rich off of your declining health. When you get tired of feeling chained to a pack of cigarettes.

Quit. Knowledge is power.

When quitting cold turkey, for the first three days, you will have about six intense physical cravings a day that will last for NO MORE THAN 3 minutes each. (you can time them if you don't believe me) Anyone should be able to handle a mere 18 minutes of discomfort a day.

After that it is all mental cravings usually brought on by smoking triggers. (times or events that you associate with smoking) At this point it is simply a matter of identifying the trigger of your craving so that your brain doesn't crave during those activities anymore. After 34 years I associated smoking with every aspect of life so it took me a whole year worth of experiences to out all of my triggers. And try not to dwell on the thought of smoking.

The number one way to stay quit is to learn the laws of addiction and never take another puff. Educate yourself.

<(((((((((((((((#~ ~~. Puff, puff, pass. Aaaaaaaahhhhh!

Congratulations Micheal!
The turning point for me was when I stopped telling others and myself, "No thanks, I'm quitting".
And starting saying, "No thanks, I don't smoke".

It's not so much "smoking" that I don't like,
It's smoking tobacco I don't like so much!

Remember: Don't bogart. :-)

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Math is off??

You said you were smoking 1 pack a day,,yet you took the price per pack and multiplied it by 3!

Michael Nystrom's picture

3 years

That is what the 3 stands for.

depends where you are and what your brand is...

I live in the midwest and smoked Camels for years ($4.50 per pack here) then switched to "organic cigarettes" - American Spirits ($6 per pack here). My neighbor smokes something called Echo? which is only $2 per pack here...

A buddy in NYC pays $11 a pack for Marlboros there.

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?

I went about the same length of time

Then 4 months ago I broke and had one while I was drinking with a friend. I haven't had another one since though.

Good man yourself, Michael.

And take a lesson from my experience. It's just as easy to get right back up on the wagon as it is to fall off.


Oh the irony...

I'm smoking a cigarette while readin your post about not smoking cigarettes. I don't even like them. I just do it because we still can. Liberty!

Michael Nystrom's picture

That is the dumbest reason in the world to do anything

Not even because "I" can, but because "we" can.

You can also waste your life while yelling "Liberty!" but that doesn't mean you should.

Anyway, I don't know if you're joking or what. And I don't mean to be harsh if you are. But a good question to always ask yourself is: " achieve what?"

So you can smoke, only because "we" can... But to achieve what?

Sarcasm Script

Yea it was a joke. I smoke because addicted, and I'm addicted because I smoke. It's a vicious cycle, Michael. Congrats on your anniversary. Didn't mean to detract from the conversation.

Linda Cross's picture

I totally understand, I've thought that too.

More Libertarians still smoke than any other group I know of. Could have something to do with the desire to be free and not have others dictate what you do. Hanging out with a circle of smokers....there is a comradeship not present around the water cooler. Smokers bond with each other and strangers who are smoking with you are more likely to start up a conversation.

On the other hand, there are 3 groups who want you to keep smoking, and all three are enemies of Liberty. ONE Big tobacco TWO: Big Pharm THREE The Government (think taxes)

With those three WANTING you to smoke, well, it's another good reason to quit.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

May 17 2013

About 6 months here.