5 Year Member
I smoked for 26 years, until 1992 when I came down with the worst case of the flu I have ever had. I was sick for 3 days and didn’t smoke the whole time. Once I started feeling better I was heading out to the back patio to have a smoke and my youngest daughter said “You are already 3 days in – why don’t you just quit?” I couldn’t argue with her logic so I took the only pack of Old Golds I had left in the house, crushed them and tossed them in the trash. Have not smoked since.Quitting is highly personal. What works for one may not work for another. I was both an addict and habit smoker. When I quit, my body tingled for almost a month. I tried many things; and in the end found out "want to" and determination were the key. Other things can help, but there will be weak moments when the only thing between you and your nicotine is desire to quit. Those moments can last up to two years; just become much less frequent. Respect to those that have quit and good luck to everyone trying to quit; it truly is the hardest thing I have ever accomplished.
Cigarettes smelled good to me for about a year, and I really missed the cigarette after a meal – but I held out. Today they hold no appeal to me, thank goodness.