Whoopi's smoking vow gets quitters talkingPosted on Nov 2nd 2007 8:00AM by Jacki Donaldson
Reader Janet says: I kicked a 14-year smoking habit by picking up a new habit -- a boyfriend who eventually became my husband. He didn't care if I smoked but I did. I quit for good one month before our wedding and we have been married 11 years next week! If I had a cigarette now I am sure I would vomit -- and that is enough of a deterrent for me! I highly recommend slowly phasing out an old habit with a healthful, positive new one.
Reader Mary says: I smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day. I thought about quitting for years. Until one evening while I was driving home, I decided to try not to light up until I got home, then I decided to wait until I got ready for bed, then I decided to wait until morning.....etc etc etc....I lived like that for a couple of days and haven't had a cigarette since. All you have to do is put them down and the rest will take care of itself....
And another reader says: My doctor asked me if I wanted to quit smoking. I said yes. He said I will start you on Chantix and you will continue to smoke for 8 days; then you will stop. That's exactly what happened. I smoked for 43 years! I have not smoked or even slipped for 5 and a half months. Vivid, weird dreams would be the only side effect I noticed. The money not spent buying cigarettes more than paid for the monthly Chantix prescription. It works!!
Yes, smoking is a problem -- an epidemic really -- and it's critical that smokers wishing to live long, healthy lives find a way to kick the habit. I say we keep encouraging this group, but I also think we ought to pay some attention to those who, after a lot of hard work, have become non-smokers. We might just learn a lot from them.
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