Hi, new to the site and just found this thread and have to comment.
My name is Tracy and I am 28. Started smoking when I was 17, not because of peer pressure but because of a need for the nicotine. I know it sounds crazy but I was craving it before I even started. I would be around a smoker and attempting to inhale their smoke! It's weird but that's the way it was. I got up to at least a pack a day with no intentions of quitting. Then I met this really wonderful guy and BAM, quit cold turkey. Dated him for about a year and things went south. Back to smoking again. Fast forward years and meet another non-smoker. Quit again cold turkey. Dumps me, back to smoking.
Fast forward to 22 and dating a smoker. Find out a baby is on the way and BAM, cigarettes make me throw up. Figure this time is it because I don't ever want to smoke around my child. But boyfriend can't/doesn't quit and I pick it back up, smoking outside or away from baby.
Fast forward to three weeks ago. Boyfriend is now my husband and I have been begging him to quit so I can. There is just no way I can say no and sit there and watch him smoke and be okay with it. He has no desire to quit. Then he feels a lump in his throat and freaks. (a guy he works with has throat cancer and that's how it started for him) He tells me this is finally it and he is ready to give it up. YAHOOO! I just quit right then and there, throw away my pack and I am done. He is doing the more gradual thing and is down to 5 a day from 2 packs. I do get an urge now and then but I have picked up another kind of smoking...
I smoke candy cigarettes!!! Picked up a case at the local flea market and go thru a couple packs a day. Gotta say I feel better and am very proud of myself.
So to all those out there getting ready to quit or just thinking about it - GOOD LUCK!!! I hope you make it!