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November 21, 2013

A Good Day to Be a Quitter

Annual Great American Smokeout aims to get smokers to kick the habit for good

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Adams said her action made her she felt humiliated at the time, but she said it did the trick. Through the grace of God and a simple water bottle she began to substitute for her cigarette, she said she was able to quit cold turkey.

Adams admits it wasn’t easy, saying there were times she cried.

“I don’t know if the bottle provided the hand-lip coordination or if the water was filling me up, but I have not had a cigarette since then,” Adams said. “I called to the name of Jesus and he answered.”

Adams also says she has not put on one pound since quitting. Quitting smoking also gave her the courage to give up caffeinated beverages at the same time. She admits to falling off the wagon with coffee, but insists that she drinks only decaf or a split to cut down the caffeine.

“I look back and think to myself, ‘How could something that small have so much power in my life?’” Adams said. “I’m to the point where even secondhand smoke will give me a headache after a few minutes. I wonder what the regular smoke had been doing to my body all those years.”

Bill Mallory said he needed some incentive to quit smoking ... and got it in a most unlikely place.

“I quit smoking in 1991 after TXU offered all of us smokers incentives to quit smoking,” Mallory, who was a mechanic for the company, said. “We were given the option of using hypnosis or a patch, which you needed a prescription for back then.”

He said by the second week on the patch it got easier and said all cravings for a cigarette after 33 years went away after about six months.

“If you’re going to do it, you have to make the effort,” Mallory said. “You have to get rid of all the ashtrays and other things that remind you of smoking as well.”

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