I have been quite now just over 13 months. It is much easier now and I continue to say that it gets around 3-4% easier with each month that passes. Thats approximately 1% a week of the cravings decreasing in frequency and severity.
I have a friend that had been quit over 5 years. She had an extremely stressful and traumatic event occur. She told me that she had a plan in place in case something with such extremes were to happen. She had planned to start using a nicotine free vape. Basically to get the sensation of inhaling and exhaling (similar to using a straw cut in half). She used this as a crutch for 2 weeks and said it definitely was the reason she did not start smoking again. I asked if it was hard to give up and she said no, she just stopped when she was able to cope with the traumatic event. At this point in my quit, it is 100% a mental battle. Having this armour available and knowing that I have a plan in place in case something terrible happens, helps me mentally to know that I am prepared. I remember at this time last year, I was looking forward to getting to 3 months / 100 days. Now I am looking forward to getting to 2! Amazing, and so worth it. Many list improved health and money saved as top benefits. These are important to me, but I would rank self empowerment above all else. Knowing I can beat the nicodemon, means I can handle any situation thrown at me.
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