It's been said that quitting smoking is harder than quitting alcohol, cocaine, and other addictions. As a recovered alcoholic and a former smoker, I can tell you from first-hand experience that this was true (at least for me). It was much harder for me to quit smoking than it was for me to quit drinking.
Once I admitted I was powerless... Read more
If you’ve recently become a quitter - as in quitting smoking - then you are probably feeling some of the challenges of staying quit. As one wise humorist once quipped, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times” (Mark Twain).When I was struggling to quit (over a... Read more
When we first decide to quit smoking, we are usually excited about the prospect and thinking about all the ways our lives will be better without cigarettes. We may tell our friends and family about our new resolution and bask in their encouragement.After getting through the first few rough days, we find that life can place many obstacles in our... Read more
The Great American Smokeout was started by the American Cancer Society in 1977. It is held on the third Thursday in November each year. This year, the big day falls on November 19th.The challenge is for smokers to quit for 24 hours. The hope is that if you can make it without a cigarette for 24 hours, then maybe you can make it for another 24... Read more
I was a smoker for over 25 years. I smoked about a pack a day and maybe inhaled another pack when I went out drinking. I started smoking when I was 15 years old. I first tried to quit when I was 18.
About 13 years ago, a series of events occurred that finally forced me to face my growing problem with another addiction: alcohol. I also... Read more