Today is November 16th the day of the Great American Smokeout. This is the day where people are encouraged to quit smoking, and as someone who has smoked for the majority of my life and have quit a couple of times, I'm here to say it's much easier said than done. I've done a couple blogs already about quitting smoking and they are available for you to read below.

The company that owns WAAL, Townsquare Media, started an initiative within the company to encourage people that smoke to quit smoking, or at least cut back on smoking, a month before the Great American Smokeout. At that point, I had been smoking maybe a pack of cigarettes every two or three days, nowhere near what I used to smoke years ago, but decided it was time to quit again. The incentive from the company was just the push I needed. I have been smoke-free for about a month now. Our company sent me a box of chocolates and balloons today to congratulate me on my success.

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Will I ever smoke again? Probably. From time to time. Maybe once or twice a year if I'm out drinking or something and I have a big craving or something. But for now, being smoke-free, I do feel much better. As I've said before I have quit a couple of times in the past for years at a time. Do I miss it? Hell yeah! I wish there were no bad effects from smoking.

If you are trying to quit I wish you well. I know how hard it can be. But if you really want to quit, you can. A side note for people who don't smoke. Don't beat people up too much over smoking. You might think that badgering them might make them want to quit, but in reality, the only way they're going to quit is if they really want to quit.