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Hi all, my name is Pat. Though I've been hanging around the WhyQuit boards for a while I'd never noticed this thread.
Anyway, here's my sad story.
I started smoking when I was 19 years old. Since I'm over 60 that qualified me as a forty year+ addict. During that
time I'd tried to quit untold number of times. Sometimes I'd start the quits with drugs like Wellbutrin, other times with NRT gum or
patches and a few other times just trying it "cold turkey". I used to kid people that the nicotine patches were the worst way to quit
because they were so hard to light. In actual fact I was never even able to quit cigarettes for more than a week using any technique other than
the "cold turkey" method. Every quit attempt eventually failed. I'd have "just one" cigarette and would
be back to two packs a day within twenty four hours.
I December last year I told my wife I'd like to try one more time to quit. She has been very supportive. My parish
is trying to build a new church building and I thought that I could reach my financial pledge by giving up smoking and actually come out ahead.
After working the numbers on paper it's true, we will come out ahead. The actual reason I wanted to quit was not for my sweet wife, not for
our wonderful kids or grandkids, not for the church or the money and not because I had a heart attack two years ago (though those are all worthwhile
incentives) but because of my incessant cough, because of my shortness of breath and because I was so disgusted with my inability to walk away from a habit
that I knew was killing me. To help me, this time I did some research on the Web and was just plain lucky to have stumbled across
Everything I read on the site rang true. I learned that I didn't just have a bad habit but that it was an addiction.
I learned how that addiction worked and more importantly, why my quit attempts had failed. They failed because I simply took another
puff. I found out why my previous attempts using some type of nicotine replacement therapy were doomed, because all I was doing was prolonging
the withdrawal period till I just caved in and started smoking again. The symptoms of withdrawal and their duration I read about on the web
site were also right on the money.
I started this by calling "my sad story". Because I've been armed now with accurate information on the nature of this
addiction and the support I've received from everyone (newbies and especially oldbies) on this site I fully intend to make it a happy ending by Never
Taking Another Puff. I hope this inspires just one more person to take the same small steps that I have. As long as you have a
breath left in your body you can quit no matter how long you've smoked.
Pat (free now one month, 18 days and ten hours)
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