Wonniebad
Wonniebad

September 14th, 2004, 11:15 pm #31

I remember my first relapse very well. I was about 15 years old, already smoking a pack a day and having a fight with my mother made me decide to "quit again another time". Not only did I continue to smoke, I gradually smoked more and many more every year...

That cost me the fine amount of 53,781.27 euro's . (I found a site with the cigarette prices in the last three decades that proved me helpful). If cigarettes had cost back then what they cost today I would have spent more than 90,000 euro's. I'm not sure I want to think about that!

But shouldn't we think about the 15-year old that may relapse today for much the same of a non-reason and has to pay today's prices? I haven't quit for very long but I'm increasingly perplexed that it is allowed that so many of our youngsters are lured into addiction every day. I am walking around and start to notice just how many people smoke and wonder how that can be allowed, so many people being crippled and killed and not a voice raised? I am slowly realising how great the impact my smoking has been on my self-esteem and face in disbelief I have never been my true self since the age of 10. And it cost me *how much?* to be a junkie for the best part of my life?

Vonnebeest - Quit for 1 month and 13 days
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johnnynonic
johnnynonic

April 24th, 2005, 1:17 am #32

I wanted to quit when our first child was born, but failed, I never smoked in the house after that, but...

I could have been quit for 16 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 hours and 7 minutes (6,166 days). I could have saved $26,917.15 by not ingesting 110,998 nicotine delivery devices. I could have saved 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 hours and 50 minutes of my life. If My Quit Date had been: 6/4/1988 11:00 PM

Had I never taken that first puff some 32 Years ago, I could have saved $51,138.55 and not ingested 210,880 nicotine delivery devices (thats somewhere around 2,108,800 puffs, talk about conditioning).

JohnnyNoNic
I have been quit for 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 hours and 41 minutes (27 days). I have saved $120.33 by not ingesting 496 nicotine delivery devices. I have saved 1 Day, 17 hours and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 3/26/2005 11:00 PM and
I am Free...
I WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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mohammed moid
mohammed moid

June 13th, 2005, 12:31 am #33

I lost a 2 year quit in 1997 and never tried again till this one in 2005. Could have saved close to $7K+ if I had not taken that one puff (actually started with chewing but I didnt realize it at that time). but thats past...i've already saved $500 in the last 4 months. Moid Smoke free for Four months, three days, 3 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds. 1477 cigarettes not smoked, saving $531.90. Life saved: 5 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes.
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

June 13th, 2005, 1:12 am #34

Could have saved close to $7K+ if I had not taken that one puff (actually started with chewing but I didnt realize it at that time). but thats past...i've already saved $500 in the last 4 months.

Hello Mohammed,

You very well may have saved far more than $500 this past four months. You may have just saved your life.

Linda
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RickD
RickD

June 13th, 2005, 5:36 am #35

Rick
Free for 11567 days. Working on day 11568

I've not smoked 427965 death sticks, and saved $271,558.43.
I've saved 1485 days, 23 hours and 46 minutes of my life.



Smokes were lot cheaper back then so the money saved would change
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Andy (Silver)
Andy (Silver)

June 13th, 2005, 8:44 pm #36

My first relapse was the classic story of rationalization. I was out of town with some buddies. After a few drinks a cigarette couldn't hurt right? Wrong! the first one I practically spat out. It was disgusting. After only six months of not smoking I had forgotten how bad they tasted. Uggh. But, give me another. And another. And another. By the third one I could easily smoke the whole cigarette and the six months that I had already invested just flew by. $10,220 just flew out of my pocket over the next 8 years and who knows how much life I took off choking down those 58,400 cigarettes. There is only way to guarantee success and it is to never take another puff. Take your quit seriously and guard it with your life.

Andy
Smoke free for 2 years 6 mos. and 11 days.
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amicalm Gold
amicalm Gold

September 18th, 2005, 8:41 pm #37

I haven't seen this thread before. Yikes.
My first quit was in college. I suppose that I had already smoked 6 or 7 years.
I would have not smoked 146,000 cigarettes. And saved at least $47,000.
WOW!!!!

tanya
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FoolishWorkinj
FoolishWorkinj

March 19th, 2006, 6:49 am #38

My first quit was in 1985 and lasted 8 weeks, until I had "just one puff." My current quit has last 9 weeks, and I will never take another puff.

I've saved almost $600 and have NOT smoked over 2,000 cigarettes. What a shock that number is!
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marie1968
marie1968

March 29th, 2006, 4:09 am #39

I don't know about my first relapse, had too many to recall. But I can calculate the costs of my last (and final) relapse. I had quit for amost 4 years....smoked for 8 months and it cost me......

-my dignity (for knowing after that first nasty one that I was in trouble)
that one ended up being over 5,000 cigarettes in 8 months
Spent about $875.00 on over 240 packs ONE = ALL - ALWAYS!

my circulation decreased
my heart/chest pain increased
my breath stunk, i stunk
my daughter started smoking (arrggghh)
fear of the unknown damage

WE CAN NEVER HAVE JUST ONE - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!

Marie 1month 3wks 6days 22hrs over 1,230 not smoked
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Miguel HW 22
Miguel HW 22

August 12th, 2006, 11:00 pm #40

Had my 1st attempt at the age of 18 and got smoke free for 3 months.

Miguel - Free and Healing for Five Years, Three Months, Twenty Two Days, 4 Hours and 58 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 134 Days and 17 Hours, by avoiding the use of 38804 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me 5.784,55 €.

Geeezzz NTAP
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

October 11th, 2006, 10:08 am #41

Interesting I've never replied to this one. I guess I know how frustrating and embarassing the numbers will be. You see, I quit for one week while away at summer basketball camp in the summer of 1972. I'd smoked fairly regularly from age 8 in 1964 until that time. Already I was a seasoned nicotine addict at age 16. I'd smoked tobacco for half of my life at that time. That would include Boy Scout summer camp (quite a few of us smoked as did most of the staff). Same goes for family vacations (my parents both were smokers, as were most of my aunt & uncle pairs whom we tended to visit on vacation).

So in the week in 1972 that Hurricane Agnes hit the East Coast I stopped smoking. My buddy JT and I both quit, more out of necessity than choice.
My lungs healed rapidly. I could run for hours. I remember easily running up a steep hill that had been a struggle to walk earlier in the year. An then I took -just one from my buddy John. How could just one hurt?

Here's what that ONE cost in Today's U.S. Dollars, (disregarding the effects of simple interest and compounding):
34 years, 3 months, 23 days, 1 hour, 56 minutes and 50 seconds Ago (12533 days).
Would have Not needed, wanted or missed 250,662 deadly dose delivery devices, and retained $87,667.72.
Could have spent free 870 days, 8 hours and 28 minutes doing anything other than smoking tobacco cigarettes.


My life surely would have been very different. My children would have been attending college for free.

If you are now free stay free by NTAP. If you are not yet free, there is no better time than now to get started by making a personal commitment to never take another puff and take back control of you life.

JoeJ - 21 months actually free of nicotine and grateful for finally finding freedom.
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smsh28
smsh28

October 11th, 2006, 11:52 am #42

I don't remember when my first quit attempt was. I do remember the first quit that lasted more than half a day. It was in 1993. I quit for 5 months. It's really quite shocking I lasted that long considering the fact that I was bitter that my husband didn't quit with me the entire 5 months.

The longest quit...the one before this one was about 4 years. I quit right before I got pregnant and stayed quit until my son was around 3 1/2.

A year later I'm on my last quit...26 days in.

If I had realized the importance of NTAP back in 1993 I seriously doubt I would now be in the midst of waiting to find out if the prolonged cough my 4 1/2 year old has is the onset of asthma. (can't even begin to tell you how horrified this thought makes me.) There is no amount of money or life saved that could compare to that, but I also would have saved $7,834.14 and 244 days of my life by not smoking 70313 death sticks.

And I was conservative on that estimate.


What the heck, Joel??? Sadist!!

This is a horrible exercise. What was I thinking participating in it???



On the bright side I have been Free and Healing for Twenty Six Days, 16 Hours and 50 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 2 Days and 18 Hours, by avoiding the use of 801 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $116.28.

Oh, and I totally, really, completely, utterly get it now. NTAP. ONE = ALL. It's drug addiction and I am an addict.

Sonya
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Joel
Joel

November 18th, 2006, 9:29 pm #43

I saw earlier in the week where we had a few new members talk about how they had past quits that were lost. I think a good exercise for them and all of our members would be to think back to the first time they tried to quit and relapsed, and now calculate how long ago that was and to now estimate how many cigarettes were consumed since then and approiximately how much money they have spent on those cigarettes. It will be a real eye opener and clearly show the economic impact of them having not known the importance of sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.

Joel
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MichQuit122GOLDin08
MichQuit122GOLDin08

January 30th, 2007, 7:45 pm #44

I quit smoking the first time when I was pregnant with my son. (thank GOODNESS I did that...WHAT was I thinking starting up again after he was born after 9/10 months???DUH!) Anyway, as I was figuring this out..I went 365 X 13 (years) and ended up with 4745 ..I said to myself...I wouldn't have smoked 4745 cigarettes?Then I realized..no WAIT...that's only the amount of DAYS...I can multiply that times 20 for a pack a day... I could NOT belive it...I still can't. My numbers are...94,900 cigarettes I could NOT have smoked and could have saved $18, 031 by today's prices. WOW. M.

I have been quit for 1 Week, 22 hours, 59 minutes and 49 seconds (7 days). I have saved $30.62 by not smoking 159 cigarettes. I have saved 13 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/22/2007 6:45 AM
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System Pilot
System Pilot

January 31st, 2007, 1:05 am #45

I quit smoking for 22 months when I relapsed. I smoked another 4 years and 7 months before I quit again. using an average cost of 28 dollars a carton smoking 25 cigarettes a day for (an estimated) 1,675 days I figure I threw away $5,862.50. That's a good bit of money...
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johnnynonic
johnnynonic

September 24th, 2008, 10:00 am #46

I wanted to quit when our first child was born, but failed, I never smoked in the house after that, but...

I could have been quit for 20 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks (7,415 days). I could have saved $32,370.64 by not ingesting 133,487 nicotine delivery devices. I could have saved 1 Year, 3 Months, 6 Days of my life. If My Quit Date had been then

Had I never taken that first puff some 35 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks Years ago, I could have saved $56,592.04 and not ingested 233,369 nicotine delivery devices (thats somewhere around 2,333,690 puffs, talk about conditioning).

JohnnyNoNic
I have been quit for 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks (1,276 days). I have saved $5,573.90 by not ingesting 22,985 nicotine delivery devices. I have saved 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days of my life and....
I am Free...
I WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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Theresa10458.ffn
Theresa10458.ffn

September 24th, 2008, 10:25 am #47

If I had stopped at age 28 and stayed quit - I would have have not smoked more than 365,000 nicotine death sticks and I would have saved more than $118,625. I am 54 now and have attempted to quit over 8 times.
Theresa - Free and Healing for Three Months, Eight Days, 1 Hour and 52 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 10 Days and 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3002 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,055.16.
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Theresa10458.ffn
Theresa10458.ffn

September 24th, 2008, 11:10 am #48

The facts are astounding. The visualization is even more so.
I know this is my last quit. I thank Freedom and WhyQuit and Joel for giving me this gift.
Theresa
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Jazzlady4
Jazzlady4

September 24th, 2008, 10:46 pm #49

Wow! I quit in 1976 for a short time, but was soon inhaling the deadly fumes for another 11,130 days. I wasted 1,652 days of my life. I consumed an additional 222,600 cigarettes before I said "enough". That is probably over $40,000 spent on cigarettes. For the good news.... I quit 747 days ago, and no more of my life or money is being wasted on cigarettes. I am "FREE" and will NTAP.
Jazzlady - Free and Healing for Two Years, Sixteen Days, 11 Hours and 48 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 51 Days and 21 Hours, by avoiding the use of 14950 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,721.39.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

October 17th, 2008, 9:26 pm #50

'Lost' a quit. Don't think so. Just as we don't 'give up' smoking we actually get rid of it, I firmly believe nobody ever 'loses' a quit - they choose to throw it away by ingesting nicotine in Just one little puff.
No matter what, don't discard your true freedom from nicotine - never take another puff.
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msanders
msanders

February 23rd, 2011, 6:51 pm #51

What a telling thread.

I started smoking everyday when I was almost 19. Within a few months after starting, I quit. I quit for 6 months, so my first quit was longer than my whole smoking career at that point.

Then I had a cigarette, because I thought the addiction was over.

That one cigarette turned into another 15 1/2 years of smoking.
That's 5,657 days spent smoking, every.... single..... day.
At a pack a day average, that was another 113,150 cigarettes.
At say, $2.50 a pack over those 15 1/2 years (this is a tough estimate) that's about $14,142.50 I spent for the pleasure of poisoning myself.
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