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Hi Niko22,


I am sorry to read you have been so worried. I want you to rest assured that people who stop smoking by 35 lower their chances of an early death to the same level as someone who has never smoked.  


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Mar 13, 2018 (01:56 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hello,
I'm really awful at introducing myself as I am a very shy person. I'm 30 year old male named Niko who has been fairly smoke free for the past 5 or 6 years. I am here today because I never want to slip again, but also because I am terrified of what I did to my body as a young 20 year old college student.
 
I started smoking at the age of 19 in 2007 and smoked until very regularly until March of 2010. After that point I could go months without a smoke, maybe have 1 every four months or so, with an occasional party night were i would have 3-4. However, after about 3 years of that, I stopped smoking all together and went 3 full years without having a smoke. I slipped up last year in November while partying in Japan where I lived for 6 months. During my time in Japan, I think I had a total of 6 smokes. After coming home I went another 6 months or so without it, slipped up at a party and had 1. I then slipped up while drunk at a party in November and had another 1. Lastly I slipped up on March 9, you guessed it, while drunk. This slip was a bit different for some reason, it made me paranoid beyond comprehension. I have not been sleeping well, for the past 3 days because I am constantly thinking about my health and how I hate myself for what I've done. I'm worried to the point of almost constant nausea. I'm terrified that I have condemded myself to an early grave because I was a stupid young adult. I am here to vow to never slip again, but I'm scared its too late. 
Sorry for the long intro, but I really needed to get that off my chest. It actually did help a little.  

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