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It was Memorial Day weekend in 2001 when I last quit smoking cigarettes. It's been twelve years now, which is ten years longer than the previous time I quit smoking cigarettes.

I have memories that along the line I've lapsed into smoking the occasional pack of cigarettes and then have stopped again, but those memories are actually from dreams. I don't remember the dreams themselves, but I do remember vivid smoking dreams from the first time I quit. Apparently my smoking dreams are still vivid enough to plant false memories. Which is strange, because I never feel a conscious craving anymore and in fact can barely remember what it was like to be an addict. The return of the repressed?

Well, twelve years. Here's to twelve more.

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voidampersand
May. 27th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Something good that happened in 2001.
randy_byers
May. 27th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's true that events later in the year tend to overshadow this particular bit of personal history.
mszappata
May. 27th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I gave it up nine years ago, although since then I've smoked occasionally, about twice a year or so:-) What seems especially disgusting now is the smell of cigarette smoke:-(((
randy_byers
May. 27th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Same for me. It's part of what makes it so hard to recall what it was like to be smoking all the time.
mszappata
May. 27th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
And my immediate question to self is: What was the use, if any at all?
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holyoutlaw
May. 27th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And I hope here's to considerably more than 12 more. ;>
scarlettina
May. 27th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Truly, that's an accomplishment. Here's to many more years of good health.
don_fitch
May. 27th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
May it be at least another twelve years before you're even tempted to Revert.

For me, it's been one year, four months, three weeks, four days, six hours, fourteen minutes, and twenty-seven seconds (give or take a few weeks) -- not that it's a Big Deal, or anything....

randy_byers
May. 27th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know you smoked, Don! About two months after I quit in 2001, I saw a nurse about something else and mentioned in passing that I was still jonesing.She said that when she quit she told herself she could start up again when she turned 73. I thought that was brilliant. Only 21 years to go ...
grytpype_thynne
May. 29th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
I gave up shortly after my daughter was born. She brought a chest infection home from nursery which hit me hard and it went through various forms of bronchitis for about three weeks of non stop coughing and spluttering during which I could not smoke. At the end I wasn't a smoker.

Still like the gum, mind, but actual cigarettes give me no joy at all.
randy_byers
May. 30th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's what children do to you! They make you give up your bad habits.
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