When I see that we have a bunch of people all celebrating a one year anniversary at the same time I sometimes start to think that we did a good job a year ago. But then I quickly come back to my senses and realize that we didn't do a good job one year ago--"they" did. "They" being the group of individual's who quit smoking.
I don't feel that this can be said enough, that each and every individual here is responsible for his or her own quit. We have a disclaimer up in a few places that we refuse to take the blame if any person relapses. A person relapses because he or she took a puff. In all fairness then, we cannot take the credit for all of our successful quitters either. Each and every individual who makes an entire year smoke free did so because he or she stuck to his or her initial commitment to himself or herself to never take another puff! We don't have the ability to enforce that a person stays quit. All we have is the ability to disseminate the information a person needs to understand what he or she must do to stay off of smoking.
As I said many times above, one year milestones are great, as are any milestones, but what is better than making a month, or three months or a year or even a decade is making it through today! Stay focused on today for today is always going to be the most important day of your quit, no matter if it is your first day, 30th day, 90th day, 365th day or thousandth day.
No matter how long a quit has lasted, each day it is essential that you make it through that day to stay smoke free. I have known many people who had years and even decades under their belts smoke free, let their guard down once, and now have years and decades of smoking under their belts again. Those years that were smoke free are now distant memories and are viewed as really quite meaningless to them now.
One puff can take years of hard work and thousands of victories and negate the whole effort. Don't waste this effort, for losing the quit is paramount to losing your Freedom, your health and over time, likely losing your life. To keep all of the perks and benefits that go along with being smoke free requires always remembering that no matter how long you are off--to stay off still requires remembering to never take another puff!