Smoking cessation can seem like an elusive goal, but plenty of people have been able to quit and become comfortable ex-smokers who never miss their old smoking habit. As smokers, this is what we all dream of achieving. We hope that we'll be able to say goodbye to nicotine addiction and never look back.
The quit stories featured here were selected with the new quitter in mind. They are full of tips and inspirational accounts from people like you and me about of what life is like after quitting.
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By the time most of us find our way to a successful quit program, we've spent years dragging the ball and chain of nicotine addiction around behind us. Once we quit smoking, the word freedom takes on a depth of meaning it never had before.
Take a look at what About.com Smoking Cessation Forum members have to say about the freedom they've found since quitting tobacco.
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Once you've quit smoking, it's a boost to celebrate your progress as you reach significant milestones. Use the milestone certificate galleries here at About.com Smoking Cessation to commemorate your quit date, one or two year anniversary of the day you quit smoking.
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According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, emphysema affects over 2 million Americans, the majority of whom are 50 years old and over.
Former Guide to About.com Smoking Cessation, Christine Rowley suffered from emphysema and wrote this poignant account of what it is like to live with this disease:
Emphysema is a slow killer, progressing gradually over a period of many years. The damage done to the lungs with emphysema is irreversible, but if a person stops smoking early on in the disease, it may be possible to arrest further development and improve one's quality of life.
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