I started smoking when I was approximately 16. I thought it was a “big deal”. I continued to be a smoker for 32 years, even after my family members had quit. I was not about to let them tell me what to do. When my last child was in high school and I was constantly short of breath, I realized I needed to think about some changes. No one, absolutely no one, tried to talk me into quitting, they let me figure it out for myself. I had heard of group hypnosis to quit and that looked like an easy way to go. By then I was mentally ready to quit. I walked into that big room a smoker (2 to 2 1/2 packs a day) and when I walked out I was a non-smoker. You have to ready to quit. I was. It was one of the easiest things I have done for myself. However, the habits we match to the smoking were harder to cure ie: reaching for a cigarette when on the phone, the after dinner smoke etc. I was lucky and did not suffer the nicotine withdrawals as many do. I’ve been a non-smoker for 25 years and have never regretted the decision I made.
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