18 Years Since I Quit Smoking

Note: I’m updating this post to show that it has been 18 years now since I quit smoking.


Yesterday, January 8, 2011 was the 10th anniversary of my quitting smoking. I can’t believe it has been that long.

I wrote a blog post about how I quit two years ago. You can read it here: How to quit smoking today.

I was basically a “cigarette holder” for 30 years. I existed to hold a lit cigarette between my fingers. Today, when I tell smokers the story of my quitting, I describe myself as a degenerate smoker. I was addicted to cigarettes. I smoked whenever and wherever I could. I smoked all the time.

My wife Mary Lynn’s two year quit date is February 1, 2011. We will celebrate Ground Hog day and her quitting anniversary!

If I can quit, you can quit. Good luck.

5 Responses to “18 Years Since I Quit Smoking”

  1. Andy Doonan says:


    I don’t understand why so many people still smoke. Even at $9.50 a pack, the store I work at sells a lot of them.

  2. John Tedder says:

    It’s a horrible addiction Andy.

  3. David says:

    congratulations you’se two!

  4. Charlie says:

    Congrates John and Mary Lynn.
    Stay strong.

  5. Dave Blankenship says:

    Outstanding accomplishment John. Congratulations to both you and Mary Lynn. Understand addiction, mind’s been food and continuous work on not misusing food.

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