06 Feb 2020
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I reconnected with someone I hadn't talked to for years the other day. She told me she had quit smoking for 10 years. Shortly after the pandemic started, she decided to give in and have a cigarette. Well, you guessed it, she has now smoked for over a year. She is back to her old ways, smoking when she is happy, when she is sad, when she wants to take a break - well, you get the picture. This nasty habit has gripped her with full force once again.
I am relaying this story as a reminder that none of us can afford to get complacent with our quits. You just never know when temptation will raise its ugly head, and you have to be prepared. Keep the mantra NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) close to your heart. If you never take that first puff, you will remain a non-smoker forever. And keep coming here for some much needed support. We are all stronger together.