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Husband and I both quit smoking on same day

Posted By: no name on 2006-01-02
In Reply to: My husband and I both quit on the same day. - 11 weeks quit

We tried separately in the past alone and he quit for 6 months and then went back to smoking. I even smoked with the patch on and almost had a heart attack, not a good thing at all. We both want to quit and we hope that we will be able to do this. I think I have some patches left in a drawer around the house and they worked for my husband. I have been smoking for 40 years and he the same amount of time. I will go to the Stop Smoking Center. We figure we could save ourselves 70.00 a week or more but not smoking and that is one of the reasons to stop. Thanks for your encouraging words. You and your husband should be proud, my doctor told me it is like kicking a cocaine habit, which is sooo addictive and I agree. I smoke most believe it or not at my desk. My husband is going to repaint my office and put up wallpaper, one wall is yellow from the smoke, grosses me out and my kids. Thanks again.

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When it comes to something like that, that I usually take care of but for whatever reason I can't, I will tell my husband exactly what to do, but when he comes back - to use your case as a "for instance" - I will ask him, "Did the doctor look at his foot?" 

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That is not all that long ago really, to go from electric typewriters to smoking being practically outlawed...

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