The cost of my first relapse (Have a calculator handy)

JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

11 Oct 2006, 10:08 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

11 Oct 2006, 11:52 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

18 Nov 2006, 21:29 #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
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 01:29

30 Jan 2007, 19:45 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

31 Jan 2007, 01:05 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:58

24 Sep 2008, 10:00 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Sep 2008, 10:25 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Sep 2008, 11:10 #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
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:04

24 Sep 2008, 22:46 #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
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

17 Oct 2008, 21:26 #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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