You will know you have quit smoking
when you no longer think about quitting smoking.
February 7, 2001
I Can't Quit
It was tough, but...
February 7, 2001
7 Keys To Quitting
Some things to make it easier
April 19, 1988
Dear Non-Smoking Al
Straight from the past...
...and from the heart
—a letter from Smoking Al
I quit smoking in May of 1998.
It would be more correct to say that I had my last cigarette in May of 1998, because I am still quitting smoking.
I began this process years before I finally laid my pack down for good, and today there are still times when I have to tell myself, "No!" when the old habit tries to wheedle its way back into my life.
This was by far the most difficult thing I have ever done, but in return it has been one of the most rewarding! If you think that you cannot quit, you are wrong. You can. It may be very difficult, but that is a very different thing from being impossible. Remember that please, as you go through your own quit.
I have put a few things here that I think will be helpful to you when you decide to quit. It is not exhaustive, and it is not completed. There will always be more to add. It has been nearly 13 years since I last smoked and there are things I am still learning about myself and the cigarette addiction I still battle. I am winning today, and I intend to go on winning, but I never assume I will win. I still fight for my life against this enemy!
Don't rush. If Ben Franklin could apply his wisdom to any two topics, he would say that "Haste Makes Waste" in smoking cessation, and weight loss, as much as in any other. Take your time and do it right. If you do, you will be rewarded!