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Real-life quitters below share their stories about how they successfully quit smoking. We hope their experiences will help you on your quit journey.

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Almost a year.......
Hi everyone......Just want to share my story. This Jan 21/2018 will be a year since I quit. No relapses, but still have the cravings...
Almost a year.......
Hi everyone......Just want to share my story. This Jan 21/2018 will be a year since I quit. No relapses, but still have the cravings occasionally. I lost my two best friends, one to cancer 2 years ago and one just 2 weeks ago to C.O.P.D. When I got sick last year and was outside freezing in the winter, with a cold, trying to smoke. It was finally enough, I was having trouble laying down and not wheezing, without having a cold... and here I was battling the weather my health and my sanity to have a couple of drags. And my dear friend I just lost, who could barely get air in was smoking too.......and I thought "NO way, I'm not doing this anymore" She sounded so terrible, I didn't want that to be me in the future. It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but with the nicorette inhaler I was able to get through the worst of it and now it's going to be a year soon. I can breathe!!! No more wheezing, or coughing like I used to. I can inhale deep , big breaths now. That was the first and most noticable payoff from quitting. I'm still getting used to calling myself a non-smoker , but I like the sound of it. I also thank the BC gov. for offering the cessation program, without the free product , I don't know it I would have made it. I never, ever thought I would or could quit, and I have , so don't give up, just keep on trying.
Submitted by Pa-Nic