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After the Quit - The Ongoing Process   Quit Stories and Journals

Started 8/29/15 by Terry (abquitsmking); 33832 views.
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From: Douglas8845


Hello fellow quitters,

In 49 days, on July 23, 2022, I will complete my tenth year as a nonsmoker.  I smoked for 36 years, everyday,  28 Marlboro 100's red.

Since quitting I:
Didn't smoke 100,884 cigarettes
Saved $31,677.77
Increased my life expectancy by two years.

Was it hard? The first year was tough.  Being my year of firsts, (first phone call, first coffee, first beer, etc) was pretty tough.  But each time I overcame a first I grew a tiny bit stronger.

I was so happy on my first anniversary, proud of my accomplishment.  My wife and kids were happy and disbelieving, afraid I would relapse.  But I didn't. I won't.

What was fundamental to my quit?  The following:
This group
Allen Carr's "The EasyWay to Quit Smoking"
4 first weeks with the 21 mg patch (I only used it for 28 days)
My quit counter,  that I consulted several times each day.

I never think about smoking, it hasn't been a part of my life for a very long time, I never wish I could have "just one".

Set yourself a date within the next seven days.  On the chosen day take the step and never look back.  Don't wait for perfect day, it probably won't come.

Wishing everyone here success on this journey.