Staying smokefree

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If you lapse and smoke one cigarette it’s not the end of the world and that does not make you a smoker again.

Learn from your mistakes and try even harder not to smoke the next cigarette.
Keep looking at your special piece of paper (why you quit, what you’ve gone through to quit and the good things about being a non-smoker).
Half of all people who have ever smoked have quit. Anyone can do it. What matters is how committed you are to quitting and how much you believe in yourself.

"By deciding to stop smoking you are making the best decision of your life and you will feel wonderful. It is the most positive action you can take. I smoked my last cigarette 22 years ago and I remember thinking that this was the best day of my life and that I had managed to conquer the worst thing in my life" 

Richard Wilson ('One Foot In The Grave')

Best of luck. And remember, quitting is not easy and most people make at least 3 attempts to quit before they quit for good. Research has shown that each time you attempt to quit you learn more about your triggers and weak spots and you gain strength for the next time.

A TOP TIP: if you find that you experience an almost irresistible urge to have a cigarette, IF YOU CAN HOLD OUT FOR FIVE MINUTES THE URGE WILL PASS. This little tip works, not quite sure how, but it does. In fact, it’s probably one of the best kept secrets of quitting. Try it and, if it works, tell someone else about it.

A parting shot for when you say good-bye to cigarettes…

You must remember this,

   Humphrey Bogart looking gorgeous!               

Humphrey Bogart

Actor, smoker

Died age 57, cancer of the oesophagus

(Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon)




A kiss is just a kiss.
A sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply,
As time goes by.
And when two lovers woo,
They still say I love you.
On this you can rely,
No matter what the future brings,
As time goes by.
It’s still the same old story,
A fight for love and glory,
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers,
As time goes by.

(Casablanca 1942)



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