In a month’s time, I will have reached the crucial landmark – five years without smoking a cigarette.

My thoughts on stopping and staying stopped are the same as always.

First, having “just one cigarette” almost always (eventually) results in the person taking up smoking again.

Second, avoiding tobacco takes priority over any methods or props used to help a person quit – in other words, if an ex-smoker feels they need a nicotine replacement product, they should use the product.

Third, walk away from temptation when it gets too strong.

Just a few of my thoughts.

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