06 Feb 2020
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I think that all of us have tried to quit over and over, with no success. I was like that, too, until I found this site. I read the information here and did the questionnaires, etc. I smoked for over 43 years and I had no idea how to go about quitting, but I learned a great deal here. What I found most helpful was to distract myself when I got cravings. I would go for a walk, read a book, or play a computer game. Anything to keep my mind off of it. And I drank a lot of water to help remove the toxins from my body. I changed my routine a bit, and I posted here often. It was really hard, don't get me wrong, but I managed to do it. I quit four years ago and I never went back. I live by NOPE (Not One Puff Ever). If you never take another puff, you will be a non-smoker forever.
You said you are feeling the effects of smoking now. I get it. I became increasingly worried, because I could hardly make it up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath. And every morning I had the most horrible breath, because of all the poisons in my body. Now, all of that has changed, and I am no longer a slave to this addiction.
Try to develop a plan and stick to it. Write a list of all the reasons why you want to quit and read it often. Be prepared to suffer a bit, and reward yourself for good behaviour. You CAN quit, fedup, and you deserve to live a smoke free life. Believe in yourself and go for it! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.