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Old 12-30-2006, 07:22 AM   #113
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I am proud that I haven't smoked for 106 weeks and two days.

When you have been a non-smoker for 2 years, BlueCross BlueShield is supposed to reclassify you as a nonsmoker and reduce your premiums. In my case the reduction would be $100/month.

So I wrote them a letter requesting a premium reduction. They wrote back, informing me that I would not be reclassified. Their 'records' show I have not been a nonsmoker for two years.

First, I have no idea what records they have showing I did not quit smoking. Second, I am offended that they are calling me a fraud and a liar.

I sent another letter last week. I expect a response after the first of the year.

In the meantime, I am considering what approach to use if they continue to refuse my reduction in premium. Any suggestions?

Thanks again Richard for being the impetus. I was thinking about you last week and wondering why we don't see your name as often as we used to.
Mark - Send them a link to the forums, here is the post that clearly shows the date you quit. http://www.airforums.com/forum...48-post42.html
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:32 AM   #114
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:50 AM   #115
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I'm next

Day 1...13 hours 49 minutes

Not that I'm counting or anything.
Hey,it's a start.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:48 PM   #116
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Keep it up streamer23. I quit for the millionth time 1-1-07. I've been filling the void here now for the past couple of days.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:54 PM   #117
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Keep it up streamer23. I quit for the millionth time 1-1-07. I've been filling the void here now for the past couple of days.
Thanks.I've quit a couple of times in the past.This time will be different and the difference being I really want to quit this time.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:56 PM   #118
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Mark - Send them a link to the forums, here is the post that clearly shows the date you quit. http://www.airforums.com/forum...48-post42.html
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Sad to report that a second letter was necessary. Glad to report that it worked, and I am now paying the reduced premium.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #119
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To Richard T, Markdoanne and all the others here who have struggled with this and won, CONGRATULATIONS!!

I opened the first non-smoking bar in Canada, in downtown Toronto, over ten years ago.

SMOKELESS JOE is still there, next to the CN Tower, still going strong with itís oysters and 275 different beers even now when virtually every bar in Canada has been made SMOKE FREE by Provincial legislation.

One of the biggest changes Iíve seen during my lifetime is this world wide SEA CHANGE in the public attitude toward smoking.

It happened because we finally learned how dangerous smoking is.

Uwe and Swammy are using the subterfuge that the cigarette industry once tried to use: this is a Freedom of Choice issue.

It isnít. Itís a PUBLIC HEALTH and SAFETY issue. You no longer have the right to pollute the air we all breathe.

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Day 1...13 hours 49 minutes

Not that I'm counting or anything.
Hey,it's a start.

Great!! You are on your way now! Things you might try: Throw away the ashtrays. Institute a no smoking home. Drink lots of water and keep your mouth feeling fresh - gum, mints, extra brushing and as mentioned earlier, hubby used Atomic Fireballs (hot cinnamon jaw breakers) - anything that might trick those taste buds. Walking or any exercise. Avoid situations where smoking is a huge temptation until you have control. Spend time in places that don't allow smoking.

Stay Strong

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #121
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Great!! You are on your way now! Things you might try: Throw away the ashtrays. Institute a no smoking home. Drink lots of water and keep your mouth feeling fresh - gum, mints, extra brushing and as mentioned earlier, hubby used Atomic Fireballs (hot cinnamon jaw breakers) - anything that might trick those taste buds. Walking or any exercise. Avoid situations where smoking is a huge temptation until you have control. Spend time in places that don't allow smoking.

Stay Strong

suz - 14 yrs now

The ashtrays are gone already.I've never smoked in the house or car.I'm drinking lots of water,chewing the gum.Just got back from a walk.It will be easy to spend time in places that don't allow smoking because....none do.

All the advice you've given me is good advice and thanks for taking the time.

Congrats suz on YOUR 14 yrs.That's a great accomplishment.
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Good Job!! Hang in there

Quit January 1st 2004, hardest thing I've had to do, mentally anyways. It does get easier with time. I know it was probably a full year before the cravings went away for me. As time passes the cravings get farther and farther apart. If you don't succeed try and try again that is the key. Once you do really quit you will realize how nasty they really are.
Most smokers die from a smoking related illness eventually so get healthy, if not for yourself do it for your kids, grandkids, family etc.
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I'm on day 11. So far doin o.k.
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Day 11 here, too! Ya wanna hold hands?
How are we going to be at the next rally after an adult beverage or two?
By now we're probably past the physical addiction.
It's all mental at this point I figure.
Trying to lose some weight too.
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Day 11 here, too! Ya wanna hold hands?
How are we going to be at the next rally after an adult beverage or two?
By now we're probably past the physical addiction.
It's all mental at this point I figure.
Trying to lose some weight too.
I had to stop drinking as you know a cocktail makes a smoke appear in your hand.
I may allow myself a cigar at the next rally while I'm sippin.

Stay strong. I'm pulling for you.
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