Smoking: Time to Stop?
I have smoked since I was 16, and I am now 44, so I have been smoking for, oh, gosh, letâ€™s see: 28 years. Thatâ€™s a lot of cigarettes. And a whole hell of a lot of money! I quit once, for 8 months. I occupied my time, as much as possible, with running. I missed a cigarette everyday, especially during those specific cigarette times in the day: with coffee, after eating, in the carâ€¦you knowâ€¦
And, then I failed. I went back to smoking. That was 12 years ago, and I now find that I want to stop, again. But this time, I want to really stop, and stop permanently. I donâ€™t know if I will, but I need to try. I donâ€™t know how I will do it, so I need a plan.
November is the Great American Smoke Out. So, November is when I am going to try again to stop. Since that is only two weeks away, I need to come up with a plan (and smoke as many as I can before then!!!). To be honest, I wonâ€™t even try until after the election. Giving up nicotine for me will not be possible until after this election is over: too much pressure.
But it will be over on November 4th â€“ or the morning of November 5th. And thatâ€™s when I will start. I mean stop.
Since it is the Great American Smoke Out, I would like to hear from any of you â€“ other Great Americans â€“ about what you are planning to do in order to try and stop.
- Why are you planning to stop?
- Have you tried before?
- Did it work?
- Why did it/did it not work?
I could use the input, and I am pretty sure that a whole lot of readers could, as well.
So, smoke if yaâ€™ gotâ€™em, then let me know what you are going to do to stop. Thanks, everybody!
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