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Michelle from NJ (US)
January 08, 2012 19:07 PM
I just quit smoking on January 03, 2012 this was not a New Year's resolution it was just time I finally gave it up. I think after I calculated how much money I was spending on cigarettes, I now understand why I was always broke. I was spending $8.38 for a pack of cigarettes on a daily basis and when I figured the cost per month...then the cost per year...I just finally decided to give it up. I realized I could spend $234.64/month on new clothes or maybe a vacation down the road...or for anything I wanted to buy. I am not going to say I feel Great or alot better...but, I know I did the best thing for my health.
Michelle from NJ (US)
January 08, 2012 19:05 PM
I just quit smoking on January 03, 2012 this was not a New Year's resolution it was just time I finally gave it up. I think after I calculated how much money I was spending on cigarettes, I now understand why I was always broke. I was spending $8.38 for a pack of cigarettes on a daily basis and when I figured the cost per month...then the cost per year...I just finally decided to give it up. I realized I could spend $234.64/month on new clothes or maybe a vacation down the road...or for anything I wanted to buy. I am not going to say I feel Great or alot better...but, I know I did the best thing for my health.
antoinette bender (US)
December 28, 2011 09:18 AM
hello my name is antoinette i started smoking 30 years ago...i'm so proud to be a non smoker im less than 1 week of my 1 year anniversary of no cigarettes..i tried all the gadgets, they didnt work for me. 1 year prior to quitting my step dad died a horrible death he had lung cancer and brain cancer..and one night after he passed i had a dream that i was smoking and he was in my dream asking why i was still smoking,he led me to the very room in hospice where he died and i saw him gasping for air..needless to say i awoke and couldnt catch my breath it was a horrible feeling..well i havent touched a smoke since..so if your reading this you just have to quit cold..the cravings and crankyness will pass..good luck
Julia from IN (US)
December 22, 2011 11:08 AM
I found that, for me, quitting a little bit at a time was best. After deciding to quit, when I'd wake up in the mornings, about 6:AM, I fought not to reach for that first cigarette, before my feet hit the floor. Instead, I committed not to smoke until 9:00 AM. After a few days, it wasn't so hard to wait. Next, I pushed it to 11:00 AM before that first one of the day. A few days later, it was 1:00 PM, and so on until it was 11:00 PM before I smoked my first cigarette of the day, and the day was over without me having a cigarette. Sure, it took some time, but it's been worth every minute. I smoked after 11:00 PM for about a week before I realized I didn't need to smoke. And with the help of a nagging, precious little grand daughter who spends most nights with me, I was able to just put the posion-sticks down. One thing for sure is that you can't quit quitting! Good luck.
Lynn from FL (US)
December 22, 2011 10:50 AM
My quit date was November 16, 2011; that is also the day that I had a heart attack. At age 49, I still thought I could get away with it; after all, I exercise, I eat right (most of the time), and I had dropped 50 pounds about eight years ago. It's now been about five weeks, and I must say, I haven't felt this good in a long time. It's amazing what four stents and no smoking can do for you. I will never put another cigarette in my mouth - my mind is made up. If anyone is reading this and thinking of quitting, please, take it to heart; it can happen to you. I can't believe I almost died and that's what it took to quit. I hope this is helpful.
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