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Old 03-11-2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

I asked myself the other day whether I was a "non smoker" at nearly 11 weeks quit or merely an "ex smoker". I don't smoke, but the general subject still dominates my thoughts more than I would like. Are all you quitters "non" or "ex"?

 
Old 03-11-2007, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

Truebrit - I think you are technically "both" a non-smoker and an ex-smoker. Not sure where the question would ever come up except on a health insurance or doctor's form. You can check - non-smoker now, but it doesn't change the fact that you WERE a smoker at some point in your life.

So, I will be referred to as a "non-smoker" from hereon out - but I guess I will always be an ex-smoker. Or is it like a recovering alcoholic, you are always an alcoholic, just not one that drinks anymore? Hmmm - this is an interesting subject.....

I have been an ex-smoking, non-smoker for 2 weeks, 1 day, 19 hours, 1 minute, 47 seconds

 
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:40 PM   #3
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

I guess I would have to call myself an ex-smoker.

I fill out a medical questioner the other day & it ask if I was a
(). non-smoker
(). Ex-smoker
(). Smoker

 
Old 03-11-2007, 08:52 PM   #4
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

True Brit,
How do you think of these things?
Very interesting!! I guess it depends on who is doing the asking.
Like skimmer said about the recovering alcoholics, I suppose we could be considered recovering smokers!!
So non smoker, ex-smoker, recovering smoker....to me all means the same thing.

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Old 03-12-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

Hi TrueBrit,

Not sure if this helps, but here at the hospital where I work, this is the description we provide when filling out a medical record.

An Ex-Smoker is some one who previously smoked but had since quit. A Non-Smoker is a person who has never smoked before.

The reason this distinction is made is because an EX-Smoker still has the addiction even though it is now under control, whereas the NON-Smoker does not have the addiction.

So I guess this "technically" makes you an Ex-Smoker.

Hope this helps...

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Old 03-12-2007, 03:06 PM   #6
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

Hi All
This question was more humerous than serious and the reason I asked was because my husband said, much like you folks, that I was an ex smoker because I have smoked. Well, we were in a coffee shop in our local town and after we sat down I said to him "Oh dear! I won't be able to sit here" and when he asked why I showed him the sign placed on the table that said "reserved for Non Smokers". Sorry about the English humour!!

 
Old 03-12-2007, 03:11 PM   #7
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

As long as you don't smoke - you say non I say ex - What matters is you don't smoke! I would say after a period of time (TBD) you no longer have the addiction. Most questionnaires give two choices:smoker or non-smoker. I love checking off NON-SMOKER.

 
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

Good one TrueBrit... LOL

I had not thought of it that way.

Oh well, what's in a name...

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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

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Hi All
Well, we were in a coffee shop in our local town and after we sat down I said to him "Oh dear! I won't be able to sit here" and when he asked why I showed him the sign placed on the table that said "reserved for Non Smokers". Sorry about the English humour!!
Sounds about like something I would say to my husband if he had pointed that out to me!! So I suppose "English humor" and Mississippi humor are closely related!!

Memaw

 
Old 03-13-2007, 05:25 AM   #10
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

Quote:
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Hi All
This question was more humerous than serious and the reason I asked was because my husband said, much like you folks, that I was an ex smoker because I have smoked. Well, we were in a coffee shop in our local town and after we sat down I said to him "Oh dear! I won't be able to sit here" and when he asked why I showed him the sign placed on the table that said "reserved for Non Smokers". Sorry about the English humour!!
I love it. Thanks for the laugh.

 
Old 03-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #11
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Re: Non Smoker or Ex Smoker?

I have the theory... Once a smoker, always a smoker. I'm just choosing not to have any.

Soooo.... non-smoker fits better than ex-smoker.

Stacia

 
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