Today is National Kick Butts Day, where they urge you to using tobacco for one day. The goal is that if you can make it one day without cigarettes, you know you can do it. I smoked my last cigarette 16 months ago, and it wasn't any tricks or patches, or gum that got me to quit. I've tried that before. This time I had the key.
I smoked my first cigarette in 2002. We were drinking at a college party and I thought, "What the heck, I'll try a smoke." One thing lead to another, and like it does for so many people, I was hooked within a few weeks. At my worst, I was smoking a pack and a half a day.