I have been stopped for a whole year - 7,288 times I have not poisoned myself and £1,749.12 of my money has not gone to tobacco companies and our governmental drug barons.
When I first stopped I used to read the posts from 6 months and a year because that is where I heard it said it could be done, but it did feel like it was so far away, how would I get there, even a month felt so long. As time went on the months seemed to pass a lot quicker.
The posts around the same time as me were good too because those people were having the same or similar symptoms and thoughts as me, that made me feel I was not alone. I also read loads on the websites because that was what was suggested, if you like I did as I was told for once and little by little I began to have long times when I did not think about them.
I knew encouraging others was a good way to help myself, as we suggest ideas to others these become a part of us as well, the more often something is heard the more it becomes real. So even if it was hard sometimes I would do my best to help a little and encourage my friends here to keep going and follow in the footsteps of those ahead of us as the WhyQuit story says.
My husband still smokes so I remember them more when he is at home but it does not make me want to smoke, in fact the stink when he comes inside from smoking is so bad I wonder how I could have smelt like that and not known.
I hate seeing the horrible things by the road side there seems to be so many these days, can't be a law about dropping them up here.
Most of all I want to thank all the people here for sharing their stories and helping me, I know without all of you I would not be celebrating today, you are all very special.