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Quit Smoking Success Stories

People who have successfully quit tell their stories, including the ups and downs of the journey. We hope their experiences will help you on your quit journey.

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46 Days without a smoke
The week of Sept. 19: Sitting at my computer, smoking a cigarette, I reach up to a shelf and instantly feel a tightness in my left...
The week of Sept. 19: Sitting at my computer, smoking a cigarette, I reach up to a shelf and instantly feel a tightness in my left side of my chest. I go take an aspirin and it subsides. Sept. 20: I'm at my laptop, smoking a cigarette and feel a tightness in the left side of my chest. I go take an aspirin, but this time it doesn't go away. I feel it wrap around to the upper left part of my back. I can't breathe properly and the pain is getting worse. I wake my husband, we rush to the hospital. They kept me over night. I had 4 blood clots in my left lung. The next day, while I'm waiting for my prescriptions I all of a sudden say out loud, "Fk this shit, I quit!" I looked at the pharmacist and said, "I think I just quit smoking. Now what? I have been smoke free for 46 days and yesterday was my worst day since I quit. I live a half a block from the hotel where they sell cigarettes. I did not leave my house for two reasons; 1) I didn't want to buy any, it would have been too easy and 2) If somebody would have looked at me the wrong way I would have been facing assault charges. Today I'm feeling more in control again.
Submitted by Shelley6
Quitting during COVID
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