I think I just found my second role model:
After reading that, it really insiped me. Good old Larry! He quit at a similar age to me and smoked for a similar time to me. From what I've read, he was also a heavy smoker. And he's a great 80-year-old anti-smoking advocate!
I just soooo wish that there were other great examples like this. The internet is full of examples of people who have died (often very young) from smoking, but none of people who smoked a long time, quit, and went on to live to a ripe old age. Does anyone know of any? If so, please post them here-- it'll certainly help with motivation.
Of course, my first role model will always be my dad: he quit cold turkey around 30 years ago!