1 year and 1 month

Blog Post created by picaroon_corsair on Nov 27, 2013

Quit on Oct. 23, 2012, 400 days, used lozenges until end of April 2013.

It's much easier now, even the slightest temptation is met with "NOPE" Not One Puff Ever.

I live in Maryland, Cigarettes are not allowed in any indoor public places, the only time I encounter cigarettes now are when I pass someone who is standing outside a restaurtant or a place of work. They don't bother me at all and I don't give it a second thought. The only place I have a real problem is at my friends home, they have a covered porch, where everyone gathers to play cards, listen to music, play music on Acoustic guitars, drink beer, eat chocolate and smoke cigarettes. Sounds like fun doesn't it, well it is, except for the cigarettes. On any given Friday night there will be 5 to 10 people and just under half of them smoke. I had to take a leave of absense at first, but I'm now back to going about once every two weeks. I don't even notice the smoking anymore, except the next day when my clothes smell. I never realized how bad of a smell it is, to a person that does not smoke, it's digusting. I don't know how my wife put up with it for so long, God Bless her and me for her sticking it out and finally putting her foot down.

My advice....observation....for what it's worth, if you can get over the hump, decide to do it for yourself, the desire never fully leaves you, but it only bothers you for a moment. You take a deep breathe and move on, you know your doing the right thing because you've never taken such a deep breathe like that in a long time.
It gets easier, there is a feeling like something is missing sometimes, but hey, that's why you smoked anyway, to fill that void, you'll find other ways, I wish you well.