And as the 'Match Of The Day' theme tune starts this evening - it will be exactly a year since I stubbed out my last roll-up.
It hasn't been an easy journey to becoming smoke free - but the rewards of quitting have made it all worthwhile.
I don't have a guaranteed method to pass on to others. The only advice I can give is to not give up on giving up.
During the 50+ years that I smoked - I tried many times to quit. But not smoking made me feel that I wasn't the real me.
A year ago - I thought I'd put quitting to the test and see if I can still be me without lighting up.
And I can. And I did. And I'm still me...... but WITHOUT the wheezing, without the nicotine stained fingers, without the burn holes in my shirts and jumpers, without the grey complexion, without dull eyes, without breathlessness when I walk, without the panic of running out of tobacco and/or papers.
But WITH - extra cash in my pocket and genuinely feeling more relaxed.
In the early days of quitting - I looked at this forum daily - sometimes hourly.
It helped to realise that others understood what I was going through.
I commend to new - or would-be quitters - to take the N.O.P.E vow - "Not One Puff Ever".
And shortly - I shall watch 'Match Of The Day' - without a thought for cigarettes.
Thank you to those of you (past and present) on this forum who have been supportive of me without knowing you were.
And all good wishes to those who are trying to give up the fags.
I did it.
You CAN do it.