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I'm a newcomer to this board; been hanging around mostly "Living Below Your Means" for a couple of years. "Quitting Smoking" caught my eye, and specifically your post today....thought you might be interested in my version of "IT CAN BE DONE".

Having smoked (at least pack-a-day since age 18)for T-O-O L-O-N-G, in Jan., 1974 I ran out of cigs one morning while sitting at my office desk. Figured I'd send my trusty assistant down for a pack when she came in an hour later. I'd thought of quitting (tried unsuccessfully a few times), but never quite made it beyond a few weeks.

Got busy working, and suddenly realized that an hour had passed without one of those cancer stix - and decided I'd try again to quit (Hour-at-a-time).

Long story capsulized, I was age 48 at the time, and though I walked the walls for several months (my BW even wanted me to go back to smoking, as I was destroying her), it worked and I've not had a smoke since then. To this day, I still dream of smoking, but honestly I HAVE kicked the habit...the desire to smoke is LONG GONE!

I've been in the life insurance business since 1959 (retired from my formal job in 1988). I turned 75 last July, so (tho' I'm fighting lots of other physical stuff) I know that I've beat the projected actuarial age at which I should have left this "Veil of Fun"! Did quitting smoking help? I'm sure of it!!

Sure hope this helps you (et al).



P.S. That BW that I mentioned quit the same way (cold gobbler) a few years later, and hasn't had the desire since.
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