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23Dec2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Christmas Greetings

I couldn't resist the urge to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and express my wish that 2017 will be a good year for all.
Today I have been smokefree for 6 years,3 months and 22 days after being a smoker for 49 years 11 months. I never thought being SMOKEFREE was for me, but here I am loving the experience.
Enjoy the holiday season and remember NOPE and ODAAT.

Profile image AXL23 December, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours Clarence the Cat.

Profile image AXL23 December, 2016

Also, Thank you so much for your support. After 6+ years smokefree and you're still supporting people. Legend!๐Ÿ˜†

Profile image Nana2223 December, 2016

You have a wonderful Christmas and a brilliant 2017 too Clarence.
More than 6 years smokefree is such an awesome achievement! You are a Quit Hero and i love that you still continue to encourage and inspire us.
Love & hugs xoxo

Profile image Jilly B23 December, 2016

Merry Christmas CTC :) Have a fantabulous 2017 xx

Profile image Marni23 December, 2016

Merry Christmas to you too clarence - I've always seen you as an inspiration and remember SMOKEFREE as your trademark :)) Here's to a fun, happy 2017 for us all x

Profile image Bub4423 December, 2016

Merry Christmas thankyou for your inspiration and on going support

Profile image Sammyy23 December, 2016

Amazing 6 years is just fantastic well done. Have a lovely christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

Profile image smokefreemep24 December, 2016

Omgosh.. 6 years plus is AMAZING!!
Thank you very much for the inspiration and support you bring here. You have been super supportive to me this year CTC in my really down and hard times, you have been my bright star on a dark parth (im not comparing myself to the 3 wise men or anything lol) you really have been a positive, endless guide and would just like to thank you. I hope you have a wonderful chrustmas Clarence and a blessed new year filled with lifes best. Take care, sending you lots of love xx๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Profile image smokefreemep24 December, 2016


Profile image nanaturtle24 December, 2016

Thank you Clarence ๐Ÿ˜ƒ for showing Me the way. You have been my constant & I feel the Pride ๐ŸŒŸ Happy Smokefree Christmas ๐ŸŽ… to You& Yours - hey, Stay Quitsafe this Season lol!! Cheers ๐Ÿป

Profile image Kathry26 December, 2016

Best wishes Clarence

Profile image Joybelle29 December, 2016

Christmas has come and gone, but happy new year Clarence and to all you lovely people on your quit trip. all the best for 2017

Profile image Rob2401 January, 2017

Well done Clarence & seasons greetings, Just over 4 yrs smoke free for me after smoking for 36 years, Me too loving the experience - Cheers

Profile image rainbowfish5 January, 2017

You are wonderful Clarence! Wishing you an amazing smokefree 2017๐Ÿ’– x

1Sep2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

I made it

Smokefree days: 2192 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 21920
Total savings: $12,056.00

I am feeling very proud. 6 years ago today I began my quit journey and I am so proud to say I have made it. It hasnโ€™t been an easy journey and when I began I was very envious of those who reached their first breathday. I honestly didnโ€™t think I would be strong enough to get that far.
I still get strong urges that I need a smoke, but they are easily pushed to the side nowadays. Fortunately it doesnโ€™t happen often but the four Dโ€™s really do work and I still call them up if I need them.
I was considering my stats and thinking of all the advantages I have gained in six years. Because the price of a packet of smokes was only $11 six years ago, my total savings donโ€™t look great but I know I am able to afford so many things that my smoking used to stop me from having.
I know becoming SMOKEFREE has slowed the progression of my COPD. That is a big plus.
I realize now that I smoked to give me confidence. I didnโ€™t need to. I only needed to recover my self-esteem, which had lain hidden for so many years.
I figure that the number of cigarettes not smoked works out to 1096 packets of ciggies. Imagine those in a heap in your living room. Not to mention the amount of tar and gunk my lungs have been spared.
Life is good.
Thank you Quitline and the many friends on this blog who have supported me. I wouldnโ€™t attempt to name you all, there are so many, but I treasure your support and encouragement.
Newbies, believe in yourself, be strong and focused and you will achieve your SMOKEFREE goal. If you slip up you havenโ€™t failed, you have learnt from the experience and are now able to try again with renewed vigour.

Enjoy the rest of your SMOKEFREE day.

Profile image PokuruGirl1 September, 2016

Well done C the C. Someone bought a packet of 25s in front of me at the supermarket, and the checkout girl said "that will be $27.90". I just about fell over backwards! Congrats on six years of freedom. Well earned and well deserved.

Profile image PSPSP1 September, 2016

Congratulations seems an inadequate response to your mighty achievement Clarence. It would imply there was an element of luck about it.

There was nothing lucky in you getting to 6 years. You have achieved that by strength of will and recovery of your self confidence and self esteem.

So while saying congratulations may appear inadequate I am going to say it anyway-congratulations. Fully deserved and what a fantastic blog to read.

Profile image clarence the cat1 September, 2016

Thanks PokuruGirl. Golly as much as that these days. That would buy many little goodies or food. Thanks for the info.

Profile image PSPSP1 September, 2016

PS from PSPSP. PG and I are not writing in tandem. She is working on the other side of town. It speaks volumes about you Clarence that we both had the same thoughts about your 6 years at about the same time!

Profile image yas011 September, 2016

Hi Clarence.
Well done amazing stuff.
You have always been a huge supporter on here.
Thank you for you courage, positive stories and comments.
Well done xx

Profile image Saffron1 September, 2016

Dear Clarence - you were one of my favourite supporters when I first joined this site and it gives me great pleasure to join in the celebration of your admirable achievement. This quitting business isn't easy, but your success has been such an inspiration to me. Thank you. I hope your 6th Breathday holds many treats and treasures. Enjoy celebrating โ˜บxโ™ฅxโ˜บ

Profile image Blondene1 September, 2016

Thanks for sharing such inspirational numbers keeps it real way to go Clarence you're amazing ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ช

Profile image Nana221 September, 2016

I was so eager not to miss this, that i got ahead of myself and posted yesterday on your blog by mistake!
Today Clarence i send you massive congratulations on your 6th Breathday! What an amazing achievement. It is people like you who give me hope and strength to believe that one day i can do it too.
I hope you're having a wonderful day - 6 years smokefree is a lot of determination, hard work, and absolute stickability.
Thank you so much for all your support Clarence.
You are a Quit Hero!
Lots of love & Hugs to you on this very special day! (((Clarence))) xx

Profile image Hollie1 September, 2016

Gosh a well earned celebration coming up. Congratulations.

I notice in your blog that you said you "treasure your support and encouragement". I think it fair to say that the boot should be on the other foot and we all treasure your support and encouragement.

Freedom is wonderful.

Have a great day.

Profile image Pop's1 September, 2016

Absolutely brilliant Clarence. One of my early Heros & 4 years later, you still are. Thank you for being you.

Profile image sunray1 September, 2016

Happy 6th breathday Clarence the cat. Awesome stats, congratulations. โญ

Profile image smokefreemep1 September, 2016

CTC... ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• OMGosh.. a huge congratulations on your 6 year achievement! Im so happy for you, im very inspired by you, im so proud of you. You are AMAZING. Sending you lots of love xx๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

Profile image Shewa1 September, 2016

Congratulations. That's awesome. And thankyou for your encouragement to me ;-)

Profile image Murphy50001 September, 2016

WOW that's just so cool, you should be so proud. Thanks for the encouragement for a 53 day newbie ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ awesome effort and huge congrats ๐Ÿ˜„

Profile image Gavin1 September, 2016


Profile image changing281 September, 2016

woohoo happy 6th breathday, congrats for keeping to the path. inspire me and others to aspire to achieve same goal

thank you

Profile image M-dog1 September, 2016

Glad I picked up on this one C. Well done, and thank you for all your help over the years!

Profile image smokefreemep1 September, 2016

:) so proud of you.

Profile image Felix2 September, 2016

Congratulations CTC ..... sorry missed the actual day, I had to blog when I saw this, you have always givien me a positive blog and been ther in the background, that's a lot of money AND smokes whew! .... For one cat to another "Meow" purrrrr ....

Profile image kezz2 September, 2016

Belated congratulations Clarence. You are truly inspirational. I hope you had a brill celebration. You deserve to be proud. Here's to the next 6 years & beyond. Cheers

Profile image nanaturtle3 September, 2016

A Quit hero to me too. Thank you Clarence the Cat, you allow me to loiter, cos You do too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Forever Stay Strong ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿป

Profile image Brian Wang4 September, 2016

Amazing !

Profile image Kathry7 September, 2016

Congratulations - well done Clarence. Best wishes.

Profile image heironymus7 October, 2016

I just LOVE that you still blog, and you still comment. You are so special and such a kind soul. You were always there for me, especially in my early days when I fell over and over again. I am forever grateful to you and your love and support. (Belated) CONGRATULATIONS dear lady on your SIXTH anniversary of smokeFREEDOM. You are a true inspiration and a strength for so many. Much love to you, H โค ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’–

Profile image tina272 November, 2016

Sooooo proud of you ๐Ÿ˜˜

Profile image Jilly B11 November, 2016

Only a couple of months late to Congrats you!..... Bloody well done! You have been ahuge support to others over the years. I haven't forgotten x

Profile image rainbowfish11 December, 2016

Six years and counting Clarence - congratulations!!
I too love that you're still here, supporting others as you did to me. With that support, they're already one step ahead!
Merry Christmas to you lovely and wishing you an amazing 2017 full of love, fun & happiness xx

Profile image Nana2220 December, 2016

Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas Clarence and all the very best for a Happy New Year.
Love & hugs xoxo

31May2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 2099 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 2099 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 20990
Total savings: $11,550.00

I would never have guessed 6 years ago that I would be putting up stats on a quitline blog. I was still a smoker and although I knew I had to
quit I was too afraid to try, in case I failed. But
my deteriorating health and a huge fright I gave
my family made me rethink, throw caution to
the wind and give it a go. I became
SMOKEFREE on 1st September 2010 and I
haven't regretted the decision once. Sure it
was difficult at first, but I know my life has
improved so much since then. Thank you
Quitline for your encouragement and support
and most of all thank you to everyone on the
blog. You were there with support when I
needed it most. If you are sitting on the edge of the pool, afraid to take the plunge, I say to you "just do it" You will be so pleased you did. Have a wonderful day.

Profile image robbie31 May, 2016

this is amazing well done !!!!!

Profile image smokefreemep31 May, 2016

Morning CTC, your are amazing.. much admiration xx ๐Ÿ’–

Profile image Nana2231 May, 2016

I feel quite emotional reading your blog Clarence. Also very appreciative that you still take the time to lend your support here. Thank you.
Congratulations on your epic stats.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image Julia C31 May, 2016

Overcoming fear and every excuse the addiction threw up to stay quit for so long. You are totally a winner.

Profile image Lwray31 May, 2016

Wahoo! Nearly 6 years. That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your amazing stats ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Profile image Bub4431 May, 2016


Profile image Saffron31 May, 2016

You're such an inspiration, dear clarence.
Thank you for your support and your comment to me.
To be nearly 6 years smokefree is fantastically awesome โ˜บโ™ฅโ˜บ

Profile image clarebear31 May, 2016

Love hearing from you.

Profile image cryuff31 May, 2016

So cool Clarence. Thank you for kind words of support in my early days. They've helped me achieve a life of true freedom.

Profile image Julz198131 May, 2016

Great to see you! You were such a big part of my journey - a true inspiration from the start - thank you x

Profile image Thyme4me31 May, 2016

Thank you CTC you are a legend ..what an inspiring post

Profile image nanaturtle31 May, 2016

Hero Legend Supporter ๐Ÿ˜Š
Sincerely - Thank you

Profile image Kathry1 June, 2016

Awesome stats Clarence. Well done and thanks for all your support.

Profile image heironymus11 June, 2016

Totes amazeballs!!! You are so special to me Clarence and I can not thank you enough for the YEARS of support you have given me. You were among the first to comment and support me when I first joined here 5 years ago and I LOVE that you are still here, checking in and continuing to inspire us. Thank you. Love you. H โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

Profile image Nana2222 June, 2016

Thanks for your lovely words Clarence. If i'm able to encourage others now....it is because i had a great example set by people such as your lovely self.
Your amazing support is always very much appreciated.
I hope you're keeping well, and keeping warm during these colder days.
Lots of love & hugs
(((Clarence))) xx

Profile image smokefreemep17 July, 2016

(((CTC))) ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ž

Profile image Saffron14 August, 2016

Dear Clarence โ™ฅ Your comment means the world to me, thank you.
You have a big smokefree Breathday coming up soon. I hope you have a treat in store and that you'll share your stats so we can celebrate with you :))
Love & hugs xox

Profile image Nana2231 August, 2016

Don't know if you intend to post Clarence.....and i really didn't want to let today pass without wishing you a massive congratulations on your 6th Breathday! That is such an impressive accomplishment - and one i still can hardly imagine. Thanks to people like you i know if i keep going i can achieve that too in the future.
Thank you so much for your wonderful support Clarence, and i hope you've had an awesome day!
You are a Quit Hero!!
Lots of love & hugs. (((Clarence))) xx

22Feb2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 2000 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 2000 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 20000
Total savings: $11,000.00

I am loving my numbers today. They are amazing. I never thought I could be SMOKEFREE, I was so chained to the habit. Welcome all the newbies and Hello to so many dear friends I have made through this page. Stay strong. Being SMOKEFREE is so worth It

Profile image Ehsan848322 February, 2016

Awesome figure.. I cant believe it. i am on 43rd days. Cant wait to reach that terrible 2000 days landmark but long way to go. Congrats. This is the most extraordinary achievement i have ever seen.

Profile image GaGa. 6822 February, 2016

Brilliant stats - I can see why you are loving what you have achieved. Congrats :)

Profile image nanaturtle22 February, 2016

WOW ... HUGE Ups to You Clarence!!! When we begin this journey we only think today, maybe 2mro. Well-you now have 1999 yesterdays & forevermore tomorrows!! Congratulations & Thank you for your support โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… Inspiring& Awesome

Profile image Shewa22 February, 2016

Fabulous!! Congratulations and thank you for your on going encouragement to all. ;-)

Profile image PSPSP22 February, 2016

What can I say Clarence? Your stats speak for themselves.

Congratulations doesn't really cut it-that suggests an element of luck whereas in fact getting to 2000 days is because of your perseverance and determination. Thanks for sharing.

Profile image Julia C22 February, 2016

Well done you.

Profile image cjtwo22 February, 2016

Inspirational. Well done on 2000 days

Profile image PokuruGirl22 February, 2016

Gah! I'll never catch up. Oh well, you can just continue to lead the way CtheC. Well done on a massive achievement!

Profile image Pop's22 February, 2016

Clarence. You were such a inspiration to me when i signed on here which now seems a lifetime ago. But what you & the Family have done is given me a extended lifelime.. Goodness knows where i would be today if it was not for the Blogs.

2 "Oldies." you & me. are.
I am older than you, Your stats are older than mine.You lead & i follow.

You did damn good Clarence.

Profile image DragonLips22 February, 2016

Oh Wow, Clarence! Glad I logged in by chance today and saw your awesome stats! Congratulations on your grand effort. Just fabulous xxx You set a brilliant example.

Profile image cath5722 February, 2016

Yep you did this .Cheers.

Profile image Hollie22 February, 2016

What fantastic stats. You will be extremely proud of your determination to remain smokefree and have freedom and more $$$

Profile image Arria22 February, 2016

simply awesome... people like you are my inspiration.

Profile image Bub4422 February, 2016

exceptional stats from a fantastic lady congratulations

Profile image Mr Lefty .22 February, 2016

Top Notch Clarence , 2000 days nicotine free , is just fantastic . a good example to the rest of us , Cheers , M .

Profile image Nana2222 February, 2016

I love your numbers too Clarence! They are outstanding!.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support to us....and for lighting the path ahead for us to follow.
Hope you've had an awesome smokefree day.
Love & hugs to you. xx

Profile image smokefreemep23 February, 2016

Well done CTC.. those stats are amazing! Fantastic! Im really impressed...

Profile image Saffron23 February, 2016

What a wonderful sight those stats are, Clarence. A fantastic achievement and something to be very proud of! Thank you for being a great inspiration to me. xox

Profile image Thunderbirds are go23 February, 2016

This is just so friggin' awesome!

Profile image jenstar23 February, 2016

Congrats Clarence what an awesome milestone!! Total inspiration :)

Profile image Kathry24 February, 2016

Well done Clarence and all the best.

Profile image Ladylene24 February, 2016

Woohoo Clarence .. well done you .. 2000 days! You have been a winner and held all the power for 2000 days. What can I say but 'awesome' ... you are an inspiration :)

Profile image tuivale1 April, 2016

Here I am...so sorry I'm late and hope you get to see this. Wonderful stats and a hero of mine.Thank you for doing it : ))

Profile image Nana2221 April, 2016

Thank you for your lovely words on my last post Clarence. I do love seeing your comments and the encouragement you give to so many.
Hope you are happy and well.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image nanaturtle12 May, 2016

Good Morning Clarence - just thought I'd pop in, in reply to a question from you regarding my health. Somedays are 2front, 1back. Autoimmune will be Mine forever(lucky me๐Ÿ˜”)
Every day needs to be faced with positivity and determination, not unlike Quitting. Just permanent now. Thank you for caring here for so long Clarence, I think you may be my influence in this also. Boy-what a ride it's been, eh?!! Look after Yourself ๐Ÿ˜ƒ See you in the Blogs ๐Ÿ‘Œxo

24Dec2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Smokefree days 1940 days Cigarettes NOT smoked 19400 Money saved $10,670.00

Taking the plunge to become SMOKEFREE is a terrifying step. But taking it is something I will never regret doing.
When a pack of 20 cigarettes went up to $4 (somewhere in the mid 1980โ€™s) I vowed to quit when they reached $5 a pack. It took me until a pack was $11 to gather enough courage to try. By then I had been chained to cigarettes for 49 years and my health was truly suffering. I took the plunge and I am so glad I did.
That was a little over 5 years ago and I feel so much better for becoming SMOKEFREE. My health has improved, my bank balance is healthier and I have found self confidence that I didnโ€™t realize I had. Best of all I now have many friends through this blog.
There is no secret recipe to success on the quit journey. It is a personal thing that each of us must follow. Some go โ€œcold turkeyโ€ others use patches or gum. Whatever works for you is the one to use.
There is no shame in failing the first time round. If the going gets tough, the support from everyone here is the best. Becoming SMOKEFREE is like learning to ride a bicycle. It may take many falls and despair often hovers overhead, but if you keep getting back up and trying again you will succeed and then it becomes second nature.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy SMOKEFREE 2016.

Profile image M-dog24 December, 2015


Well done Clarence, and thanks. You are a legend.

Profile image Emmy girl24 December, 2015

Amazing! Thanks for leading the way and giving hope to people like me! Merry Christmas!!

Profile image Nana2224 December, 2015

A fabulous blog Clarence. It is reading blogs like this that give us the motivation and inspiration to try.
Thank you so much for your support. Congratulations on your epic stats and a very Merry Xmas to you.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image Mr Lefty .24 December, 2015

Hey Clarence , Its been a pleasure to meet You . Your post says it all, those early days , the giving up thing seemed way too hard .
It took just a healthy dollop of determination , and when the time is right ,the time is right .
Yours & the support on this site has been outstanding ,Thank You .
Merry Christmas ,Mxx

Profile image nanaturtle24 December, 2015

Phenominal-clarence& every word is dead True. I too did the $5 give up thing-didn't happen. And it wasn't even the money thing either. Each to his own why&how.
Just 'do it' Absolutely No regrets& like the others- Thank you. You seriously helped me in my early days& now We pay it Forward
Total Legend
Best wishes to You&yours for a Safe& Happy Christmas Clarence xo
Looking forward to continuing my support here on Quitline in 2016
Smokefreedom Rocks!!!

Profile image Ladylene25 December, 2015

I cant find a word big enough ... So 'amazing' will just have to do i guess๐Ÿ˜€ So inspiring Clarence and I sure can relate to this post. I had great intentions for years too that never eventuated. Oh the money i wasted! It was my health that finally pushed me into quitting. It was worth it!!!!! merry Christmas to you Clarence xxx

Profile image Bub4425 December, 2015

Wonderful blog from a wonderful lady merry xmas.xx

Profile image Kathry25 December, 2015

Merry christmas Clarence and a wonderful blog! All the best to you and your family.

Profile image SuzyQ02 January, 2016

Hi Clarence. A friend of mine has just started talking to me about stopping their smoking. He asked how I did it.... well 3 years ago I stopped smoking and it was you and many others through this page that encouraged and motivated me. Your name especially sticks in my mind. You always said the right thing at the right time. I love my smoke-free life.

So thank you. Thank you for what you do. I thank you, my husband thanks you and my girls only know a smoke-free mummy, they thank you.

Profile image cath5714 February, 2016

Hi I read your blogging, its true I will always be a non smoker or smoker, no in between

1Sep2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

5 Years and going strong

Smokefree days: 1826 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18260
Total savings: $10,043.00
Five years ago today I made a major decision. I decided to break up my 49-year relationship with Nicodemon as he was slowly ruining my life. My health had begun to deteriorate, my friends were beginning to shun me, and I wasnโ€™t welcome in school grounds or public places. We couldnโ€™t sit through a film together, relax indoors after a meal, travel in a car and we certainly could not be around children together. By holding onto my relationship I was becoming a social outcast. I was feeling very sad. My dilemma was how do I abandon such an old friend? To do it gradually would have caused so much pain to me and I am sure I would have softened and let the relationship grow even stronger.
One morning I decided today is the day! I am walking away from the relationship and I swear never to return. I was terrified but I knew it was the right thing to do. I just hoped I was strong enough to see it through. I was so afraid I would fail. I told no-one of my plan - just did it!
The first week was hard. I missed my friend very much. I fidgeted, cried, ate snacks, drank gallons of water, had the tidiest house in my street, and a weed free garden. I was desperate to stay busy and not think about the friend I had so โ€œcruellyโ€ abandoned. I joined Quitline and made so many friends. The support I received was amazing. Gradually I became accustomed to being alone and started to see many benefits from the break I had made. My clothes and hair smelled nice and clean, I could go where I wanted without feeling I had to accommodate my wayward friend by excusing myself to spend time with him. My bank balance began to grow, my health improved, and I could cuddle my grandchildren without offending their delicate noses. I realized that life was sweet.
Five years on Nicodemon is a distant memory. Occasionally he pops into my mind, but I quickly shove him aside.
On the first day of my SMOKEFREE life I couldnโ€™t imagine that I could remain so for 5 years. It seemed too ambitious. But I made it and I am so proud that I have done so.
To anyone considering making the break, give it a try. You wonโ€™t know what you can achieve until you do. There are so many ways to make the break and Quitline's support is outstanding.

Profile image Nana221 September, 2015

Massive congratulations to you Clarence on 5 years smokefree. You are definitely another of my Quit Heros,and thank you so much for your support, and this wonderful, inspirational blog.

Profile image Quitline1 September, 2015

Hi Clarence the Cat

Congratulations on making it to 5 years smokefree, way to go!

It's really nice to hear you are experiencing the benefits of being smokefree like; not smelling of smoke, being able to be close to your grandchildren, having more money and having your health improve. Thanks for taking the time to share your success.

Well done and best of luck for the future.

Kind regards
Quitline Online Advisor

Profile image Calmwaters1 September, 2015

Happy 5th Breathe Day Clarenence the Cat!!! Gosh what an amazing and inspiring blog to read. You have my vote for Blog of the year!! So very very happy for you :)

Profile image Singing Lady1 September, 2015

W.O.W. how inspirational....congratulations on 5 years of being smokefree !

Profile image Trekker1 September, 2015

Be proud Clarence. you are an inspiration. I remember well the support you gave on this site. Huge achievement!!!

Profile image Sharyn1 September, 2015


Helps to read such inspiring and spirited blogs, gives me strength to keep on plodding on.

Well done to you.

Profile image Sexymwahz1 September, 2015

Congratulations on your inspiring journey of 5 years and thank you for your wonderful support that you have offered over my smokefree journey.. Yes you are definately one of a kind Clarence the Cat and ii admire your wise words of truthful wisdom.. ~mw(",)h~

Profile image Trese1 September, 2015

WOW 5 years?!? That is fantastic. You are truly amazing and inspirational. 1 Sep is a special day for both you and I. I can't imagine that far ahead just yet but I'm working on it. :-) A very big congratulations to you.

Profile image PokuruGirl1 September, 2015

Hi Clarence. Huge congratulations on 5 years of freedom. You were one of the people who "led the way" when I first joined this site. Seeing such a long-term smoker quitting and quitting successfully seemed to make it more achievable for us to do the same, and we thank you for your valued support.

I hope you are celebrating your continued success with a little special summin' summin' - you've earned it - and keep pushing that demon back every time he shows his snout. He's a tricksy blighter but not unbeatable (as you've shown).

Profile image jenstar1 September, 2015

Congratulations Clarence! What a fantastic acheivement. I remember you being on the boards when i first tried to quit back in 2011 - well done to you, am very happy for you :)

Profile image Bub441 September, 2015


Profile image flower1 September, 2015

omg way to go

Profile image aroha1 September, 2015

Thanks for sharing, very inspiring and a big congratulations on 5 years that is amazing.

Profile image nanaturtle1 September, 2015

I think the new term for it is "Paying it Forward"? I may be wrong, I believe you would be the longer, most constant supporter here on the Quitline blogs&many of us Thank you for that early encouragement&support. Allowing us to believe a Quit is achievable-that is what we need in our early days when Nothing else exists!
I will never be able to catch U up, Clarence (unless Nicodemon has his way Lol!!) but with 4years under my belt in January, Im gonna damn well try. We dont need praise for our efforts-daily, we live the dream! Enjoy&know we are paving the way for the next generations- Awesome :-)

Profile image Blondene1 September, 2015

I can relate with everything you've just said. Wow massive congratulations you must feel so free now and you're an inspiration to myself and others well done!โ˜บโ˜บ

Profile image Mr Lefty .1 September, 2015

Wow . Congratulations Clarence .
Now that Is Inspirational .

Profile image Hollie1 September, 2015

Clarence the Cat, Happy 5th Breath Day. Congratulations. You were an inspiration to me when I started on my journey some 960 plus days ago.

Freedom is wonderful even though the "break-up" is not easy.

Hope you having some wonderful treat today.

Take care.

Profile image Thunderbirds are go1 September, 2015

Happy 5th Breathday clarence the cat. What an amazing achievement and no wonder you feel so proud. We are all proud of you too and thank you for the insightful blog. I think many of us were scared when we first quit especially after smoking for so long (43 for me) but following people like you made all the difference. Life IS sweet.
Hope you are planning a massive celebration! After all, you so deserve it :))

Profile image SusyQ1 September, 2015

Nice one Clarence the cat! You have been someone who has been solid and inspiring in my quit! Thanks to you and a huge well done!

Profile image Kathry1 September, 2015

Well done Clarence ... Happy 5 years celebration. Thanks for all you have done and all the best.

Profile image Kevz11 September, 2015

Well done also from me, you are an inspiration. Your comments on other blogs are always encouraging, supportive and appreciated

Profile image Ladylene3 September, 2015

Wow Clarence ... Those might just be the biggest stats I have seen. I'm so incredibly impressed ... Goodness I hope you gave yourself the best ever reward!

Profile image Julz19813 September, 2015

Love this. Congratulations you!

Profile image aimee73 September, 2015

What a fine effort! Amazing. Well done

Profile image tuivale9 September, 2015

Well done and well said.You are one of my early heros.Thank you for your comments.

Profile image Ady18 September, 2015

Hi Clarence, Congrats on 5yrs matey, That is incredible isnt it.
Im sorry i missed your special day, I even miss my own too.
From here on staying quit is just too easy i think, Its great that you share your thoughts & experiences with everyone thru quitline, im sure it helps many ppl.
Keep up the good work Clarence.
Will call in for coffee again on my way thru, & Bobbie said Yes lets do a bakery trip again, lol (that was Yummy wasnt it)
You sure are an Inspiration to many Clarence.

Profile image Joybelle19 September, 2015

Hi there Clarence, well done I think of you heaps. sorry I missed your breath day.
Have recently moved to another smaller house, it has keep me really busy which is a good thing. all the best cheers

Profile image Darja22 November, 2015

You are awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ Always there to help others even after you left smoking way behind. A real inspiration! ๐Ÿ˜€

6Aug2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1800 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1800 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18000
Total savings: $9,900.00

I love my numbers today.
In 25 days I will be 5 years SMOKEFREE. I can't believe I have done this.

Profile image smokefreemep6 August, 2015

Hi Clarence the cat. Wow!!! Im so so very impressed!!! Im just blown away by your stats. Thank you for sharing.. nearly 5 years omgosh amazing!!

Profile image sunray6 August, 2015

Wow!! Such awesome stats Clarence, we are all a lot stronger than we think. Congratulations on the success of your journey. Very inspiring. I hope you treat yourself for being super cool & smokefree...well done. โ˜บโญ

Profile image Bub446 August, 2015

Thankyou for sharing

Profile image Elevtheria6 August, 2015

Clarence... what can I say..... you're an inspiration :) xxx

Profile image flower6 August, 2015

you are one amazing strong person.

Profile image Brian Wang6 August, 2015

What an amazing number! 1800 days ! almost 5 year ! Well done !
Do you know that? You have commented on my very first blog in early 2011 when I was on my first attempt. If I did not fail my first attempt, I could have been smokefree for almost 5 years as well! Good on you ! admire you a lot ! ๏Š

Profile image Nana226 August, 2015

Morning Clarence. I'm so happy to see you post your stats! 1800 days!! I can still only imagine that. What a totally bindblowing achievement! You must be so very proud.
Thank you so much for the support you have given me over my time here. I hope you know how much i appreciate it.
You are an absolute quit hero! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.
Have a lovely day!
Love & Hugs (((Clarence))) xx

Profile image jordy916 August, 2015

WOW what amazing numbers. Im in such awe :-O!

Profile image nanaturtle6 August, 2015

BOOM! You have inspired many on this site Clarence-me included. Thank you. You deserve every accolade you receive today, continuing to support&inspire. From us all here a HUGE Thank You. (((Clarence the cat))) xo :))

Profile image DragonLips6 August, 2015

What wonderful stats you have clarence the cat! You are quite the inspiration. Well done xx

Profile image M-dog6 August, 2015

Awesome stats Clarence. You have been here since my very first attempt through this site, and you are still here now = amazing supportive person. Respect from me to you.

Profile image Hollie6 August, 2015

OMG nearly 5 years, so what are we doing to celebrate.

Absolutely amazing, well done you.

Take care. xxx

Profile image aufgehalten rauchen6 August, 2015

Well done, I'm coming up to 4 years next month as well. Don't miss it one bit

Profile image Felix6 August, 2015

wow !! ... a day for the big stats ... whewww ... very inspiring .... purr to another purr :)

Profile image Saffron6 August, 2015

What wonderful numbers, Clarence โ˜บ How clever of you โ˜บ
Many congratulations - and I hope you're having fun planning how to celebrate your 5 years of smokefreeness. Love & hugs to you xโ™ฅoโ™ฅx

Profile image Arria6 August, 2015

Great numbers, great inspiration, congratulations :)

Profile image Mr Lefty .6 August, 2015

Thanks Clarence , This is positive motivation .

Profile image Kathry8 August, 2015

Fantastic numbers Clarence. Thanks for all your positive words too. All the best.

Profile image Ladylene10 August, 2015

Wow Clarence .. Almost five years .. thats amazing! Awesome job .. I love when people post huge numbers like this .. its really encouraging to see that people quit and never go back ...

Profile image Nana2227 August, 2015

Thanks for the lovely words you left on my blog Clarence. Your support means a lot. I will get better....and i will be back.
Hope you are keeping well and enjoying the early spring weather.

24Dec2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1575 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1575 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15750
Total savings: $8,668.00

Seasons Greeting to you all. It has been such a busy year on this page. So many newbies and
all doing so well. The task ahead looks so
formidable when you are at day one, but
determination and keeping your eye on your
goal is a winner. NOPE, the four D's and ODAAT really do work. Wishing you all a Happy and prosperous SMOKEFREE 2015.

Profile image sunray24 December, 2014

Wonderful, brilliant inspiring stats Clarence the cat. Merry Christmas to you. โ™ฅxx. โญ

Profile image Nifty Fifty24 December, 2014

Wow Clarence, great stats ! I remember you spurring me on back in 2011, shame I didnt last the distance like you have . This time Im rocking it though :)
Have a happy Xmas and New year

Hugs Nifty x

Profile image Elevtheria24 December, 2014

Wow! Your stats are just totally amazing! Wish you a merry Christmas :) xxx

Profile image Nana2224 December, 2014

You are an absolute Quit Hero to me Clarence. Congratulations on over 4 years smokefree. Very inspiring and encouraging. Merry Christmas to you Clarence and a safe and Happy New Year.

Profile image AXL24 December, 2014

WOW. I don't know what else to say but WOW. Stunning statsโ˜บ

Profile image aimee724 December, 2014

I'm with Axl WOW! Merry Xmas to you and your family :)

Profile image Julia C24 December, 2014

Wonderful stats clarenceTC. Thank you for being one of the very few long-ago-quit that actually come here offering support to the more recently-smoke-free and not just 6 monthly visits to display stats. Merry xmas to you and yours

Profile image Calmwaters25 December, 2014

Merry Christmas ClarenceTC!

Profile image Saffron26 December, 2014

Love and best wishes, dear clarence. โ™ฅxxxโ˜บxxxโ™ฅ

Profile image Kathry27 December, 2014

Hi Clarence, great to hear from you. Merry Christmas and happy new year. All the best.

Profile image Darja27 December, 2014

So awesome you still pop into see everyone and show us your awesome stats that help us believe we can do it to!! Thanks :-)

Profile image Worker27 December, 2014

Hi Clarence,, Hi Saffron, Hi Elevetheria - hope you all had an awesome day. So awesome to see you all.

Profile image maggie1 January, 2015

Hi Clarence great stats Happy New Year !!!!!

Profile image NZMum2Two20 January, 2015

Wow, you have always been an inspiration to my quitting! Keep up the great work!

Profile image franfree21 January, 2015

Wow you are awesome

Profile image Saffron1 February, 2015

Lovely of you to comment, clarence, thank you โ˜บ
Funny man, he was! Sad too, really.
Yes, let's celebrate stubbornness!
Take care of your lovely self please โ™ฅ

Profile image sunray28 February, 2015

Sunny hugs to you (((((((clarence the cat)))))))) I hope you feel brighter soon xx. โญ

Profile image Nana2219 March, 2015

Thank you so much Clarence for your support. It really does make a difference when the chips are down. I hope you are well, and again thank you so much. I wouldn't still be going without support from people like you. Take care.

Profile image nanaturtle31 March, 2015

Hey Clarence-wanted to sat Thank you for your early days support-you know crutches&all that. Hope you arr enjoying your smokefree year-Cheers :-)

Profile image Saffron11 May, 2015

Thank you, clarence the cat โ˜บโ™ฅ
You've been such a great example and inspiration to me all along.
Take care of your lovely self xox

Profile image Nickers7626 June, 2015

Thank you for your comments CTC :-) your stats always inspire and keep me going, the goals are endless now :-) xx

21Nov2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1542 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1542 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15420
Total savings: $8,481.00

Profile image Darren21 November, 2014

That's impressive!

Profile image Nana2221 November, 2014

Congratulations on your very inspiring stats Clarence. Thank you for posting them.

Profile image Marni21 November, 2014

Absolutely brilliant clarence! Great to see you posting. You were such an inspiration to me in the early days - now look at you - over 4 years - huge congratulations x

Profile image josienz195821 November, 2014

Great to see it CAN be done -thanks Clarence and congrats

Profile image Saffron21 November, 2014

Yay!! SO awesome, dear clarence the cat! Many congratulations โ˜บxxโ™ฅโ™ฅxxโ˜บ

Profile image Thunderbirds are go21 November, 2014

Love seeing stats like this. Congratulations clarence the cat :)

Profile image Nickers7621 November, 2014

WOW! This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!!!! This is super inspirational :-)

Profile image Yorkshire Lass21 November, 2014

Super stats Clarence the Cat. Very inspirational, and proof to us all that this monster can be beaten. Thankyou so very much for all the support you give to me also. It is so very much appreciated. Enjoy your weekend.xxx

Profile image DragonLips21 November, 2014

What fantastic stats. Congratulations :)

Profile image Cheekyhua21 November, 2014

There is hope for me.. I have less than 10% of your stats... how inspiring :)

Profile image Janet G21 November, 2014

Awesomeness!!! And just think what the savings are at today's prices for smokes!
Congratulations :)

Profile image Nifty Fifty21 November, 2014

Wow congrats Clarence :) You were one of my mentors back in 2011, sorry I let you down sweetie, but im at 138 days now and this is the real deal .
have a great weekend

hugs xx

Profile image sunray21 November, 2014

Wow Clarence the cat inspiring stats congratulations and well done! โญ

Profile image Ladylene21 November, 2014

Wow Clarence the Cat .. those are some wicked as stats! Congrats :)

Profile image nel22 November, 2014

Hi Clarence well done those stats are wicked!!!

Profile image hippychik8722 November, 2014

Wow what an inspiration! can't wait to get into quadruple digits.. well done!

Profile image Kathry27 November, 2014

Hi Clarence, great to hear from you. Congratulations on your wonderful achievements and all the best.

21Nov2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

I wouldn't have believed it

A comment by Darren about second hand smoke on Elevtheria's post inspired me to write this blog.
I have been SMOKEFREE for almost 4 years and 3 months. I have COPD and physical exertion is quite difficult for me.
I have a boarder who smokes and because I didn't want to be a hard nosed "reformed smoker" I let him continue to smoke in some areas of the house when I quit. Recently he has decided to become SMOKEFREE and although it is only 8 weeks for him, the difference in the atmosphere inside the house and my ability to breathe is UNBELIEVABLE. I used to think the talk about second hand smoke was overdone, but I know now how true it is.
It is so encouraging to see how well everyone is doing. Keep up the good work. NOPE is definitely the word.

Profile image Darren21 November, 2014

I'm glad you get to live in a totally smokefree environment now, it really sucks living with smokers when you don't smoke.

Profile image Nana2221 November, 2014

I'm so pleased that you too are reaping rewards from your boarder quitting. Take care, and thank you so much for your comment on my blog. It is much appreciated.

Profile image josienz195821 November, 2014

Awesome - shame about the copd though - at least NOW you can make your home a smoke free environment - people wo smoke can go outdoors - your health is way too important to play russian roulette with.

Profile image Saffron21 November, 2014

Dear clarence, I commented on your brilliant stats on the post above before I saw this blog! How wonderful that your flatmate quitting has made such a difference to your breathing โ˜บ Congratulations to him on his 8 weeks! Take care of your lovely self please โ™ฅ

Profile image Thunderbirds are go21 November, 2014

I found your blog and Darren's comment quite shocking. Thanks for sharing because I didn't realize just how bad it could be. Like you, I thought it was overdone. Very happy to hear you now have a smokefree home Clarence and are able to breathe easier. x

Profile image Nickers7621 November, 2014

Wow good stuff! I am so pleased that house is now smokefree for you and so glad to hear that you are now able to breathe easier :-)

Profile image Maanu21 November, 2014

I'm sorry to hear you have contracted such a nasty illness. Like they say "there but for the grace of god go I" I'm very lucky to have gotten away with heavy smoking for 35 years and not caught any nasty diseases. It's great that you have stopped smoking and will now have q smoke-free home. I hope your health continues to improve