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I just did some toting up here: Am 31 days smokefree; saved $139.50 so far & DIDN'T smoke 930 cigarettes!! I am 62 yrs. old, smoked 1 1/2 pks/day for over 40 yrs. & lost both parents to effects of smoking: one to emphysema & one to lung cancer. I quit cold turkey on Apr. 27th. My secret(s)? Tons of water, deep breathing if the urge hits.
I've attempted quitting many times over the yrs., everything except hypnosis. Welbutrin worked the best for me--in '91 was on 75 mg., twice a day & stayed smokefree for 7 mos. A few yrs. ago I tried Zyban--150 mg., once daily. After 2 days I thought my heart was going to leap out of my chest. Quit that real quick!! As a smoker I suffered from shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, allergies, sinusitis & bad sinus infections on a regular basis, no energy & knew before long I'd probably be pulling an oxygen bottle behind me. Believe this or not: In one month my cough/bronchitis is gone, my nose doesn't run, my lungs feel the best they've EVER felt & my energy is renewed! I had to put my trust in something other than what was killing me. I chose to turn the whole mess over to God. So he's doing for me what I couldn't do for myself. As long as I don't smoke I'll reap the rewards--for me it's that simple. I know what awaits me if I pick up that first cigarette. I want to stay smokefree for myself, my husband, my kids & my grandkids. We're all worth it. We can be smokefree if we want it badly enough; if we're willing to do whatever it takes. My prayers & encouragement to all who are eliminating this killer from their lives! Don't give up!

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