I am 33 years old and 8 days into my FINAL fight with the addictive beast nicotine. I am ashamed to admit that I have been smoking on and off since I was 15 years old, laterly smoking on average 15 cigarettes a day which has been costing me a small financial fortune not to mention the risks to my health and that of my family. I have stopped smoking twice in the past, and on each occasion started smoking after a year of nicotine freedom thanks to my husband having left cigarettes lying around coupled with the thought in my head saying 'just one won't hurt'. But yes it did, and sure enough before I knew it I was back to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. This last year of smoking has been one of lying to myself and others as I would hide the fact that I was a smoker from friends and family members. I could feel myself slipping lower and lower, and knew that I had to do something to liberate myself. . . . So yes, 8 days in I am feeling somewhat liberated.
Despite feeling liberated I have 2 major regrets in life:
1) Having ever started smoking in the first place (oh the benefits of hindsight)
2) Having relapsed twice - if only I had followed and stuck to the rule of Not One Puff Ever
The good news is that I am now 8 days into my fight against nicotine and my husband and several of my colleagues have decided to join and support me by quitting nicotine too. I am taking a day at a time and look forward to my future as a recovering nicotine addict.