After 28 yrs of smoking, I quit for good on April 19, 2006. I had made several attempts over the years, but always went back. Two weeks after I quit, my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain. He had been a lifelong smoker, and it held its grip on him until the very end. I was determined not to start up and used the ASHLine to help me stay focused.
The first 6 months were the toughest, but it got easier as time went by. Dale, my ASH "counselor" made periodic calls to offer suggestions and support to help me through the first few rough months, and their line was always open to call. The most important thing for me was not to succumb to the "I can just have one" mindset. I knew from prior attempts at quitting, that was my downfall. There are a lot of mental head games that you play with yourself to rationalize your addiction, and you have to learn to recognize when you are doing it.
I noticed SIGNIFICANT health changes after about the first 6 months. I wasn't experiencing the reoccuring sinus infections and bronchitis that I had problems with over the past few years, not to mention several bouts with pneumonia. I should also mention that there is more money in my pocket now too. I'm coming up on 4 years in April, and your program played a great part in my success. I'm so happy I quit! It was the best thing that I have ever done for myself. THANK YOU!