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    Posted November 13, 2013 by
    Belvidere, Vermont
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    The last cigarette

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    I Quit on Valentine's Day 1985


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     thepizzaman told me, 'I was so happy that I was able to throw my cigarettes in the barrel after smoking my last one. My life has changed dramatically since I stopped smoking. I feel great about myself for this great accomplishment. I can breathe a lot better. I can do a lot more things easier now like playing sports and hiking. When I was smoking and played sports my chest felt like it was going to cave in and it was hard to breathe. Now I don’t get that bad feeling because I don’t smoke anymore. Needless to say, I have a lot more money in my pocket than I would if I had to pay the high price of what cigarettes cost.'
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    I started smoking cigarettes when I was 13 years old. I remember my older brother once caught me smoking. He warned me not to be smoking. He was a smoker but told me he wish he never started smoking because now he is addicted and can't stop smoking. I was a teenager and I didn't listen to my big brother. I went on to smoke for 20 years. I tried to stop smoking numerous times in those 20 years but never could kick that bad habit.
    Then on Valentine's Day in 1985 I decided to quit. I took my pack of cigarettes and threw them in the barrel. I picked this day because I knew if I succeeded I would always be able to remember the day i stopped smoking. I consider this one of the biggest accomplishments in my life. There is a good chance that I would not be here writing this story if I had continued to smoke cigarettes.
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