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smoke free for ever
I used to steal smokes to my parents when I was 6 years old. My buddy and I would smoke them in our fort, pretty sure we did not inhale....
I used to steal smokes to my parents when I was 6 years old. My buddy and I would smoke them in our fort, pretty sure we did not inhale. Started smoking in grade 9 , 14 years old. I remember us saying we would quit if smoke ever got to a dollar a pack. I think we were paying about 75 cents a pack then. Smoked for 25 years and quit on new years eve 2000. My wife had quit a couple years earlier, we had tried many times to quit over the years and never succeeded. I had tied using the patch and ended up going cold turkey when I was finally successful . Both of my parents passed away to cancer in 2009 , they had smoked their whole lives. My wife of 30 years was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. She passed away in 2011. My girlfriend is a smoker and I started to light her smokes for her just so I could get in a puff. Didn't take long before I was asking for a puff. And not much longer before I was fully addicted again. I have tried to quit many times over the last few years. I did not want my kids to know that I had started smoking , they had a real hard time loosing their mom to cancer. My boss did not know I smoked. I hid to smoke , didn' t want people to know I was a smoker. I was ashamed of my addiction. I looked at it as a weakness. I tried using the gum, patches, mister and vapour unit. I was not able to quit using any of those methods. I finally quit on nov 10 of this past year cold turkey. it has been tough but so worth it. thanks to everyone on this site for their support and encouragement. thank you
Submitted by paddleboy
I am hopeful.
I quit on January 1st, 2018. Four days so far. The patch and gum help. Keeping busy cleaning house.