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.
Follow the instructions on the certificate page of your choice, and we'll mail you a customized .jpg image with your name and quit date - all free.
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:
- Why You Don't Want Emphysema -- Christine's Story
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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It is never too late to quit smoking.
If you've smoked for a long time and worry that quitting won't make any difference for you, think again. The physical benefits begin within just 20 minutes, and continue on for years.
Quitting tobacco is a smart and loving choice for yourself, regardless of how long you've smoked.
After You Quit Smoking:
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A smoker for 50 years, About.com Smoking Cessation support forum member Walt was kind enough to share the story of how heart disease crept into his life and how it fueled his motivation to quit smoking.
Sadly, Walt eventually lost his battle with heart disease, but may well have prolonged his life by quitting when he did. Read his story and let it help you put smoking behind you sooner rather than later.
Smoking-Related Disease Personal Accounts:
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Physically, our bodies are reacting to the absence of the chemicals in the cigarettes we used to smoke. Emotionally, we are beginning the work of letting go ... and facing down the associations we've built up with smoking over the years.
Thankfully, the discomforts are all temporary. With some education and support, we all have what it takes to leave tobacco behind permanently.
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When we quit smoking, our minds begin rationalizing almost immediately why we should have waited to quit....or why we should buy a pack and start again tomorrow....or why we should have just one cigarette. This is called junkie thinking, or rationalizing smoking. It is something that virtually all ex-smokers experience early on in smoking cessation, because it is a side effect of nicotine addiction.
Let's take a look at some of the more common excuses our minds conjure up and what we can do to overcome this phase of quitting tobacco so that we can move on to the freedom from addiction we're all looking for.
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All forms of tobacco have risks associated with them, and cigars are no different. Don't be fooled. There is no such thing as a risk-free tobacco product!
About.com Smoking Cessation forum member Dee (Mc_Dee) shares how she built her smoke-free home during her journey to four years smoke-free.
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- Taking Back Control - Kevin's Story
- Don't Believe the Hype - Angela's Story
- Flying High at 5 Years Free - Sally's story
Early cessation is a mine field of cravings and triggers to smoke. It can seem like they hit us at every turn, and the voice in the back of our minds works overtime to convince us it would be alright to smoke just one or just for tonight.
Navigating it successfully is a challenge for every newly quit ex-smoker. Regardless of how much we may want to quit, those first few weeks are intense.
You can tip the scales in your favor with some preparation. Learn what to expect from nicotine withdrawal and arm yourself with these four critical tools to manage the ups and downs. You can overcome the early obstacles and move on with confidence in the direction of the long-term freedom you're after.
- Nicotine Withdrawal -- Reader's Tips
There is nothing better for a person's motivation than hearing from those who have been there and done that. When it comes to breaking the addiction to nicotine, this holds doubly true.
Here are About.com Smoking Cessation we have a feature that allows all of you to share your experiences and advice about the journey quitting tobacco takes us on.
Hundreds of folks have weighed in on the questions below. Read their perspectives and please dd your insights too, if you're so inclined.
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