29 Nov 2017
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Yes, we have to learn how to handle various moments in our lives without smoking. Most of us smoked for so long that we associate smoking with just about everything, and that is difficult to change. But you will find that the longer you do not smoke, the more time you will have to experience different situations without smoking.
For example, instead of lighting up when you want a break, maybe you can just enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Or if you're stressed, you may count to 10 and do some deep breathing to calm yourself down, or think of something funny to make yourself laugh it off. However you choose to handle each situation, you will gradually come to associate different memories and events with being a non-smoker.
You know, Franny, I more and more aware of how many people nowadays don't smoke. I mean, I notice it on elevators, on streetcars and subways, in grocery stores. If someone smokes, I can smell them, and it is rare that I encounter smokers these days in my day-to-day life. So I am really grateful that I gave it up, because I no longer feel like such an outcast. Quitting really has changed my life.
Hang in there, it's worth it. Keep the quit!