29 Nov 2017
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I like your analogy, "I miss it like an abusive friend". That is so right on.
I think we will always be tempted from time to time. That is the nature of this addiction. It stubbornly refuses to let go completely. We have to be prepared to remind ourselves of N.O.P.E., Not One Puff Ever, whenever that happens. We worked really hard to quit, and we have to fight hard to stay quit. But like you said, it is all worth it in the end. Beyond all the health benefits and smelling so much better, we now have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, without letting cigarettes dictate our every move. I truly love that kind of freedom, which I missed out on for most of my life.
Like you, I found this site very helpful in my quit. That's why I mention it to others if I know they are interested in quitting. The more support someone has, the easier it is for them to quit.
Congrats on staying quit for who knows how long, and to a lifetime of years to come!