Does an ex-smoker ever stop desiring the occasional cigarette?
Do you know an ex smoker who does not still yearn for a cigarette from time to time?
Do you know how a successful ex smoker has managed to stick to the goal [of no smoking] ?
It took me years to finally quit smoking. And yes, I did crave cigarettes for years afterward. But I have finally reached the point where I do not crave them at all now.
I would say that it took about five years of non-smoking before I got to that point.
You have to stay away from smokers. Every time they light up, it will trigger a reflex desire to smoke.
But do stick with it. I promise, it gets easier and easier.
Same here, Austinstar. Tried and failed many times, yet now, I am free of them. That is the way I see it. I see that you too have made it past the point of being 'hooked'. Well done.
I appreciate both of you. It seems both of you are much bold and determined.
I smoked for well over thirty years. I quit September 18, 2012. I was stupid not to have done it years ago. I still get a craving now and then, but it last mere minutes and I am stronger than that urge. I will not pick up this ugly habit again.
Another brave lady who beat the demon smokes. You did it before I did. Frankly I do not have dates but I am glad I do not have to find space in my bag for the bulky pack etc. . .Well done Diana. You too are in the club of the Free.
My apologies to Venkatachari M. I called you Diana, and that was because I had just typed an answer to her. Hope you were not upset over it. I tend to make these errors.
Thank you Austinastar. That makes two of us- at least- who have won the contest. I am so happy to know that I am no longer required to ensure I have enough ciggies and to carry a packet of same, and a working lighter. Free of all that. Free of the frustration when I cannot light up. Do you feel that way too?
Diana L Pierce: Believe me, you will forget about it. I cannot even remember the date, or even the year now.
I think it is a matter of what you tell yourself about it. What I told myself was "I may or may not make it. No matter, I shall try. If I don't get there, I shall try again, and again, until I WIN." That is how I saw it. A fight to the death beatween me and the cigarette. I won. Ha!Ha!! He laughs best who laughs last!!
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