50 days #smokefree

Parked at the traffic lights today, I watched a woman having one of those ‘i can’t believe i’m smoking this i don’t really enjoy it’ smoke breaks. If you smoke – you know what I mean. She was huddled under an awning in the wind and rain and while taking a drag would look at the ciggie like she wanted to stomp on it. Kept checking how much of it she needed to smoke before it was finished – and when there was still at least a third left, butted it out in disgust. I wanted to jump out of my car and give her a big hug! Because remembering the number of times I had inhaled a ciggie in exactly the same way – made me really happy to be a ‘smoker who is choosing not to smoke right now’.

And it makes me even prouder to announce that I am now 50 days smoke-free!

It has not been an easy ride. My daughter recently returned from a couple of months in Italy and while tidying her room found my ‘secret stash’ of half a dozen Winfield Golds. (Due to the mood of the household my husband and I spent more nights sleeping separately than together, and up until Lucinda came home her bedroom was practically mine.)

How I wanted to shove them in my mouth at once and light them all. Give myself a big hit. I resisted – but have stashed them somewhere else in the house just in case I decide I want to smoke them after all. Strange what makes this quitting journey easier – but I liken needing them in the house to needing the ability to make a conscious choice to smoke or not to smoke. And it’s working so far…

In other breaking news – my husband has quit! Patches for one day and now all on his own. It has been over a week and I am very proud of him. That reminds me, I should probably tell him so when I cuddle him in bed tonight. 🙂

Strangely I find myself wishing to celebrate this achievement with a glass of bubbly and a fag. It is one hell of an addiction! I

I would love to hear from others who have quit smoking since the introduction of the Smoke Free at Deakin initiative. Please get in touch and share your stories.



Quotes of the week #smokefree


“I was very surprised when last I bought a packet of cigarettes and had to request a refund as I read a warning that told me “smoking can cause fatal lung cancer”.”
Robert Clark

“I don’t want to quit smoking. I am convinced that if I quit smoking, the world would go to hell.”

Marjane Satrapi

Smoking maps in your city?

Would you walk a different way if you knew where all the smokers were?

In new research from the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, the visibility of smoking in city streets has for the first time anywhere been mapped.



Quotes of the week – *Warning* contains coarse language


Smoking calms me down. It’s enjoyable. I don’t want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life.

David Hockney 

“You smoke?”
“Smoke? Do I look like a fucking idiot?”
Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon