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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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Nicotine addiction as "bonding"
Oh! How I have tried to quit smoking. I have set my quit date 3 times. When I got the e-mail saying I had been smoke-free for 3 weeks,...
Nicotine addiction as "bonding"
Oh! How I have tried to quit smoking. I have set my quit date 3 times. When I got the e-mail saying I had been smoke-free for 3 weeks, I got really depressed. But I am determined and tomorrow is the day. I want to wake up and not have to make coffee, then go outside to the balcony and "bond" with a cigarette. It has become a ritual I enjoy so much, to relax, take a few moments to myself, be outside. But recently an addictions doctor wrote that addiction is not so much a chemical imbalance as it is a relationship of bonding with the addictive substance. We have friends who smoke, we go to places where we can smoke ( fewer and fewer there are), and we see fun or freedom in a cigarette. But I have started going to the gym and making lists of things I would like to buy if I wasn't buying cigarettes, so I am seriously hoping to "break the bond" cigarettes have on me, and say good-bye tomorrow to that smoking habit.
Submitted by Evan123