I started to smoke at thirteen to be 'cool' and by the age of twenty-six I had wheezing cough, a thirty a day habit and a nagging feeling that I would never see life as a non-smoker. I had long since stopped thinking they were cool. In fact I hated the way they made me feel and look but I simply couldn't stop.

When I made attempts to stop using willpower I would only manage a matter of hours before I was lighting one. Again, that sinking feeling of 'I will never be able to stop, this will probably kill me' would come over me and I'd decide now wasn't the time for me to stop. Maybe another day.

It is almost eleven years now since I finally stopped smoking and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. I feel younger now than I did in my twenties. I have energy, I don't stink of stale smoke, my skin is clear, I don't spend money on something that is hurting me and I am no longer controlled by a stick of dried leaves and poisons wrapped in paper.

It took a big change in my thinking and a fresh look at my smoking habit to break free from it. I had to learn to put aside that 'I will always be a smoker' frame of mind and learn how to embrace life without them. It gives me incredible joy to see others make those changes and break free.

I never tire of talking about smoking and the things we can do to banish it from our lives. If you have any questions as a smoker who wants to stop you are always welcome to contact me if you wish to.

Smoking doesn't have to be a life sentence.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Take care of yourselves, folks.

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