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    I have not responded to this thread because I do not wish to offend anyone.

    I used to smoke. I started smoking around 14 and quit at 30.

    I tried to quite 2-3 times and did not succeed.

    I was working Telecom at the time and spending large amounts of time in motels. I had a lot of time to think.

    I came up with this and it worked for me.

    I decided that since smoking was something that required quite a few physical actions by me, it should not be so hard to just not do those actions.

    I made a list of the physical actions that I was required to complete in order to smoke a cigarette.

    1) Buy a pack of cigarettes
    2) Open pack of cigarettes
    3) Pull cigarette out and put it in your mouth
    4) Find cigarette lighter
    5) Light cigarette
    6) Smoke cigarette in shame

    Now I am not going to be saying that I did not complete the first 3 or 4 steps a few times in the first week because I would be telling a lie.

    But, because I am a stubborn SOB, the above worked for me.

    I kept saying to myself, they do not light themselves, they do not light themselves.

    What I found out was that the physical withdrawal does not last very long, perhaps a week or so for me. It was the mental withdrawal that lasted for so long.

    Going back to the stubborn thing, I fought a few battles in my head those first months.

    I could be in a convenience store months after stopping, see the cigarettes, and the little voice in my head would say, "Hey, you know you want one."

    I ignored that little voiced SOB!

    Good luck with quitting, all of you that are trying.

    Stop trying and do it.

    They do not light themselves.
    "We the people, are the rightful masters of both the Congress, and the Courts. Not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who have perverted it." ~ Abraham Lincoln

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    Another thought that really got to me about my smoking habit. Not only was I forking out thousands of dollars over the years smoking and (throwing sin taxes into a black hole) but I was also likely going to have to throw thousands of dollars more in an attempt to cure myself of decades of stupidity.
    I really liked smoking. That thought fades as time moves on.

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