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take up another activity which you couldn't do, if you smoked

I started running at about the three month mark. Keeping the daily commitment does give you a reason not to smoke. I also remember the cough I used to have at the end of runs. So smoking actually takes away the pleasure from this new activity.

We're all very different and our activities vary but give it some thought

I know not everyone gets the same enjoyment out of exercise. But walking leisurely, especially with someone else who doesn't smoke, provides a great, low-physical-stress, release. And the benefits of an after dinner walk, helping digestion, fresh air, spiritual renewal -- are a lot more than simply replacing the urge to smoke.

putting money and effort into this activity will not keep me from smoking but it will get me to think long and hard before I pick up the next smoke.

My money this year's going to a race in the DC area. Not that I have a chance in Hades of placing, but it's a nice little mini-vacation with the spouse also.

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