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I am currently 42 days smoke free after smoking almost a pack a day for ten years. The week leading up to my quit date (March 1st) I made an attempt to cut down my cigarettes to less than 10 a day. This drove me nuts and made me nervous about actually quitting.
February 29th I smoked an entire pack and worried about quitting cold turkey the next day. March 1st was difficult and I constantly thought about where all my spare packets of cigarettes were. I threw them all out to avoid the temptation.
In the late afternoon, in the middle of an argument, craving set in and my mind wandered, thinking about leaving the situation, buying cigarettes and giving into the craving. I stopped and took a moment and decided that no matter what I did, I'd consider myself successful as long as I never bought another packet of cigarettes again.
Since then I've had my cravings, but I no longer fantasize about smoking. Instead I understand that they will pass within minutes and I'll go back to normal again.
I'm confident that no matter what happens and whether or not I have a slip up and smoke a cigarette, it's unlikely that I'll become a smoker again.
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