This will be my lord knows how many attempt to quit. However this is the first time I know I will be successful because of the education on this site. I have used NRTs in the past and had a successful quit last about 18 months once. I am now 37 and I started when I was 13. I "quit" in 2000 but was full blown again by 2002. During that time period I would have an occasional drag or have an occasional cigarette, until I let the excuses pile up and then I was a true, blue, smoker again. I feel that my smoking had a big contribution to destroying my marriage, because I would lie about and hide the fact that I was smoking. I have used all the excuses about not quitting or using NRTs (Nicorette I would use for some lengths of time when i didn't want to smoke) and I now accept that I am a nicotine addict. I am a big fan of Freedom's zero tolerance policy. I know it is an effective method, because I have been in the Navy for the past 19 yrs and we have the same regarding drug use, if you pop positive, you get put out, plain and simple. I have always wished the Navy would do the same with smoking, in fact when i joined in 1993, all I heard about was the Navy being smoke free by 2000. Well, it didn't happen!
Non-smoking is a journey, not a destination and I know I will never take another puff, because of the education Freedom has given me and I am making other lifestyle changes because I am on a mission to live healthy! It's great to be here and just to let all know, I probably won't post a lot, but I will be here monitoring and learning and remaining a non-addict.
Since 16 May 2012: 12 days smoke free, 181 cigarettes down, $57.29 and 18 hrs 6 min, saved!