I started smoking as a young teenager growing up in a home for disadvantaged girls. At the time, it was the coolest thing that I did. Years later, I moved in with my dad- who allowed me to smoke as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted. I was a real smoker by my senior year in high school.
Even though I ran track in college (and was pretty good), I always knew I could do so much better if I could 'kick the habit'. I finally did on Christmas day of this year - it hasn't been a week yet, but I feel better.
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Medication helps - You can do it yourself if you stay strong.