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    The Last Time I Quit
    jmosb posted:
    I actually quite smoking for 6 months. I felt as if an old friend had died. I have smoked a pack a day for about 40 years. They are one of the few things in my life that have been a constant. I have reached a point now, where I don't want to do it anymore. I still enjoy cigarettes, but I hate the smell, having to go outside, or feel like I'm an outcast. I'm about to try again. I would greatly appreciate all the support and help I can get.
    carpentercamper responded:
    I did it one hour at a time. When I got an urge, took a deep breath, a sip of ice water, put it out of my mind. If I could just hold out this hour, we will see how it goes. Been over 2 years now. I too enjoyed smoking so much, family hated it, smelly, and going outside was about the worst of it. Do it, do it, I am so glad I did and no longer tied to that leash.
    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi jmosb,

    Craving and withdrawal symptoms are completely normal when smokers quit. However, there is more than just a physical dependence on cigarettes, but there is also an emotional one. It is completely normal for you to feel like a "close friend" has died....but this friend isn't actually a friend. This friend is actually an enemy who has been trying to hurt you all of these years. Would you still be friends with a person like that? Probably not.

    I'm glad to see that you are finally putting your health first. I can't stress this enough...You are doing the right thing for your health!

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