06 Feb 2020
20 Nov 2020
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I am coming up on 4 years smoke free near the end of this year! I can hardly believe it. During that time, I would have smoked around 36,000 cigarettes. Isn't that disgusting?
It has been wonderful not to have to stand out in the freezing cold days of winter any more. No more slinking around trying to find a spot to smoke. No more having to leave a function to go have a fix. No more stinky clothes and breath, and no more yellow fingers.
I am so glad I was able to break free from this horrible addiction. And I am proud of every single person who takes the plunge and gives quitting a try. I used to ask myself how some of my friends managed to quit. I realized that there is no magic involved. It takes courage, commitment, and sheer grit, but the end results are definitely worth it.
For those of you just starting out, try not to be discouraged. Moment by moment, day by day, your time as a non-smoker will build up. And before you know it, weeks will have gone by, then months, then years. And you will feel a real sense of accomplishment and pride.
To those of you who have successfully quit, congratulations! And keep living with N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever). That way, you will remain a non-smoker forever!