29 Nov 2017
14 Jul 2019
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It is great that you are going to try again, and that you said that this is it. What you have to do now is really commit. That is, when you are tempted, remember why you want to quit, and mentally tell yourself that you will not give in no matter what.
I started my quit while on vacation. I went back to work Day 5 of my quit. I remember staring at my purse and being tempted to put my cigarettes in my purse before leaving for work, just in case. I don't know how long I stood there warring with myself, but it was a while. Ultimately, I said to myself, "What are you doing? You wanted to change your life by quitting smoking, it's already Day 5, don't let this addiction ruin everything for you." And I went to work without bringing any smokes. That was 2.6 years ago and I have been a non-smoker ever since.
Which quit attempt is the one that will work? It is the one where you put your foot down. You prepare yourself for battle, understand that you are going to go through some rough times, and recognize that it will all be worth it. That you are worth it.
There is no magic involved. NRTs can help, but ultimately the choice is yours. Live by N.O.P.E., Not One Puff Ever. It may be difficult to turn down a cigarette, but it is much easier to turn down one puff. And if you never have another puff, you will reach your goal of being smoke free.
You can do this, Franny. This is your time to shine. Kick this addiction to the curb. You will be much better off without it.