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As Mark Twain said "Giving up smoking is easy...I've done it hundreds of times". I did too but only 3 times seriously, up to 2 years". The first time I stayed smoke free for about 2 years until the day I told myself "what would one cig do? I can prove it" and after just one cig I kept on puffing for the next 10 years non stop". I am a tobacco addict and somewhere in my brain there is a little part that will not let me stop even after one puff. The second time I stopped for about 7 months until I decided that one cig will not do me no harm. Guess again, 10 more years kept smoking. This is my last attempt but this time I am going to employ NOPE concept - Not One Puff Ever. I suffered too much during the first 3 months after quitting to go through this excessive will power bender again. Everyone has different symptoms but mine included strong withdrawal pains Including constipation, irritation and sometimes skin itching. Another problem is that I really enjoyed smoking, especially after a few drinks.
Somehow I managed not to light up so far. Chewing gum helps but my spouse says I chew too loudly. So my reply to her is either I chew loudly or smoke quietly. She chooses the first one. People who still smoke don't turn me off but I am glad that I don't have their smell anymore. Morning cig cough is gone. My weight didn't go up too much and with some excercise I think i can get down to my pre-quit days. Food tasted so much better right after I quit but now it tastes normal again. Fortunately I didn't need to quit for health reasons but I knew that one day it would become an issue because after a long walk I would be a bit short of breath. In the end I feel good not smoking and wish you all the best of luck in this difficult endeavor. Stay strong and wish me the same cause sometimes, just for a nano second, I really want to have just one puff.
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