Just received an email from Mark saying that I had 4000 days without a cigarette. I've long ago reached the point where I've made the complete shift to being a nonsmoker. I didn't escape unscathed -- I do have COPD. But I've managed to improve my health significantly over the years. Next month will be 11 years without nicotine. I'm maintaining a 100-pound weight loss (yes, one does eventually stop eating after quitting!) My husband has also maintained his quit, just a month behind me. I leave my blog up on this site in case any new people find it useful. All I can say is quitting is one of the best decisions I ever made. A few days' discomfort was definitely worth a new leaso in life.