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  •  A friend of mine, (11+ / 0-)

    actually sort of a professional mentor and colleague, spent 10 whole years, between his decision to quit, and his ultimate, successful quit (he hasn't smoked now in at least 20 years). This is an intelligent man of strong will and character. Quitting smoking took him 10 whole years, from the point he first made up his mind to do so.

    It's a serious habit. Depending on how addicted you are, quitting may take years, and several tries.

    There's that quitting story, and then there's this contrasting one, also from my circle of contacts. A man I know used to be a heavy smoker. He tried everything under the sun, for years, to quit. He failed again and again. Finally, he heard his HMO was offering a free workshop for members on "how to quit smoking." He attended. He said, "Most of their suggestions for quitting smoking were really stupid." But he tried one of them, and he was finally successful.

    I believe the timing of this friend's successful quit, had less to do with the actual methods he used to get him through the withdrawal period, and more to do with his inner state of readiness. Earlier, he tried repeatedly to quit, but he just wasn't ready. Finally, in his 60s, he successfully quit smoking, because he was at last ready to do so.

    So, even if it's hard, even if you backslide, don't ever give up.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:08:20 PM PST

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