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It's not the nicotine that's addictive, it's the fact that smoking punctuates your life. !'ll just finish this task, then I'll have a smoke then I'll start that task" or the infamous come home from work and sit down with a coffee and a smoke - that kind of thing. Smokers are creatures of habit, you arrange your life around them. I'm five months off them now and I PROMISE any smokers considering stopping smoking that the cravings DO go away. I barely miss them now but it's taken me maybe 30 attempts to finally get to the attempt that stuck! I completely understand how difficult it is - it takes masses of will-power and means a major lifestyle change which is a very daunting thing for anybody.

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Ugh, I'm on my first day of quitting. I've noticed that I've got all these smoker's instincts. Checking my pockets for them. Making sure I have a lighter when I go out. Warning people who forget to take their smokes with them etc. The hardest part is going to be the social aspect. I like to keep up with 'the smoker's club' whenever I hang with friends. A select few of us all go out to have a smoke and chat. It's kind of a way of bonding exclusively almost. I'm gonna miss knowing all the goss but I have to be strong to preserve my singing voice for when I'm performing.

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It's been 10 years since I smoked and I'll never do it again. I quit by tapering off. It's a drug and you have to ween your body off of it. I first cut the amount I smoked in half for a week. Then I just kept cutting that amount in half until it got to where I smoked one cigarette over the course of several days. Then I felt really dumb standing there taking one puff and putting it out. I mean there was no point anymore and I had lost the urge just to even hold one. Quitting cold turkey is never a good idea. Your body will just crave more.

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There's no laws about excessive smoking, maybe?

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Smoking is hard to kick because the negative consequences aren't immediately apparent. One can smoke like a chimney and still function. Smoke a pack a day, and you don't die. The health effects are gradual, like the frog in boiling water.

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I stopped smoking and never have had one since, Same with booze. It's a matter of wanting to.

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Me too. It is only hard at first, the cravings do diminish over time and there is a corresponding improvement to your general sense of well-being. I will never regret giving it up. At age 20 I smoked about 20 a day, more if it was a long day. I have heard people say that nicotine is more addictive than heroin. This could be true. I quit cold turkey. Maybe there is an easier way but it is too easy to just keep putting it off.

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