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25. Don't ever tell anyone you are quitting.
If anyone asks, tell them you have cut back. Don't tell them you have cut back to one or two a year.
If you end up having a cigerette, it is allowed under your strict quota and does not mean you have failed.

All the times I tried to quit, I found the people who "policed" my relapses caused me to be defiant and want to smoke even more. I think it has been nearly ten years since my last cig, but I have not quit, I have just cut back. I am still a smoker, I have been for the past thirty years. I don't care for one right now, thank you.

I also bought a white couch and wouldn't smoke in the same room with it. Then I got a new car and wouldn't smoke in it. I guess I made up the rules as I went along and didn't let someone else tell me what I had to do.
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  - The nicotine inhaler and Welbutrin for approximately 5 months  Ms. Clio   Aug-08-05 12:40 PM   #101 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-08-05 12:46 PM   #102 
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  - play the guitar....  one_true_leroy   Aug-08-05 01:32 PM   #111 
  - before you actually quit  Scout   Aug-08-05 05:13 PM   #114 
  - An herbal cessation program that worked miraculously for me  Eloriel   Aug-08-05 06:29 PM   #115 
  - Yes, KO said get cancer, then you'll have cancer and have to quit at the  lonestarnot   Aug-08-05 11:34 PM   #117 
  - Cold Turkey and a COMMITMENT to never smoke a single cig. again. Ever. NT  Baconfoot   Aug-08-05 11:40 PM   #119 
  - I did cold turkey for 3 days, then the gum for about 2 weeks until I  BlueStateBlue   Aug-08-05 11:46 PM   #120 
  - Cold turkey here.  Oerdin   Aug-08-05 11:53 PM   #123 
  - Let the meaning, tune & the words of "I"m Free" by the Who go through you  duhneece   Aug-09-05 12:01 AM   #124 
  - I quit buying them thirty + years ago. I just stayed busy, and...  BikeWriter   Aug-09-05 02:14 AM   #126 
  - It is easy to quit smoking, I have quit a thousand times  mrdmk   Aug-09-05 02:34 AM   #127 
  - I used the patch  w8liftinglady   Aug-09-05 02:04 PM   #130 
  - Took me half the years I smoked to quit.  CWebster   Aug-09-05 02:10 PM   #131 
  - Long post on how I quit, almost effortlessly, with the patch.  laureloak   Aug-09-05 02:42 PM   #133 
 

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