Wow, did I need this string RIGHT NOW! It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful and blessed I am to have access to such support.
Joel, thank you for bringing this one up. I just got off the phone with an old friend, who now lives in another city. She started smoking again after a 15 year quit. She was on top of the world, life was going great, and she was so happy....for a moment, it sounded good to me.
So, I will keep this close to my heart, I will remember "Quitting smoking is only the first step in smoking cessation. If you wish to make the attempt a permanent solution to your smoking addiction, stop cold turkey and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!"
"While many people get excited about thinking of quitting or trying to quit it should be noted that these two states in themselves will not save lung tissue, your health or likely your life. Some smokers spend years and decades thinking about quitting or failing at quitting. When a person cuts himself or herself back to one a day in the intent to control the addiction, he or she is still no closer to quitting than the day he or she started the process. He or she is still in the grip of an active nicotine addiction and physiological need. Admitting the addiction and treating the addiction requires a 100% commitment to never put nicotine into one's body again. So don't be excited about having attempted to quit--be excited, be overjoyed, be proud and be happy that you have quit--and to keep all of the real psychological, social, economic and most important of all physical benefits, stay excited by the fact that you are totally committed to never take another puff!