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How I Quit: Laura P.

Age: 66, from Jefferson Parish

After smoking for 51 years and being lucky enough to have had no ill affects whatsoever, I realized 2 things; that the older I got I might not be so lucky and that after waiting many, many years for the “right time” I realized that there would never be a “right time” and I just had to try. It’s been really, really hard and I think I will have to monitor myself for the rest of my life, but I have been smoke-free since 8/15/2013 and I haven’t relapsed even once…I know how dangerous it would be to “just have one.” My older sister has to use oxygen and is in a nursing home and I did not want to end up like that. I have a strong mental addiction along with the physical one, but I am doing it one day at a time. When I get an urge, I walk as much as I can ( I am disabled), I play with my dogs, I clean, I talk to myself (pep talks) in the mirror, I do relaxation breathing and I have read 9 novels. I may have to be 81 before I lose a lot of the dangers to my heart etc but at least I may now live to 81!

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