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Mark's new start

Every day now, Mark has a thought that stops him from smoking. And that's love for his family.

It has been 9 days since my last cigarette after having smoked regularly for the past 22 years.

I have only tried to quit once before, lasting almost 5 weeks before caving in. This time I believe I will succeed! The reason? I cannot stop thinking about my 2 beautiful young boys (20 months and 5 months). The fear of not being around for them due to my habit has been overwhelming, and at the same time, a useful tool in helping me to quit.

The cravings have been very hard to deal with during the past week, but I am expecting them to ease as time goes by. My reasons for quitting however will remain strong.

I also draw on the influence of my father, who gave up smoking many years ago and always reminds me that it gets easier and feels better with each passing day. He was the same age as I am now when he quit, and I would love to be in his position in years to come enjoying the company of my grandchildren.

Every day now, I look at my own children, thinking how much I love them and how much I would HATE IT if smoking were to end our relationship prematurely. I am confident that this is the beginning of a wonderful new period of my life.

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