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What is your quit smoking mantra?

Some people who quit smoking find that repeating or meditating on a 'mantra' or inspirational phrase is helpful in times of weakness. Here is a small list of mantras that have been gleaned from AS3. A new quitter or even an older quitter who's feeling weak may find something helpful in the collection.

The craving WILL pass... whether you smoke or not.

It's not easy, but it's worth it.

This too shall pass.

I don't smoke, because I don't smoke.

I'm a puff away from a pack a day.

One Day at a Time (ODAT).

Every cigarette is hurting you.

If they can do it, I can do it.

A cigarette is like a potato chip - I can never have just one.

Smoking is NOT an option.

One is too many; One Hundred isn't enough.

Be strong. Don't smoke. Not even one. Especially not one.

Smoking is not an option.

I will feel like a failure if I bust this quit.

Act like it's a matter of life and death. Because in the end it is.

The pain is temporary - The gain is permanent.

Hang tough, don't puff.

This next contribution to AS3 is my favorite, although it IS a little difficult to memorize and repeat!

Smoke a cigarette? Are you out of your mind? I've been clean for 2 and a half years and more, now. With any sort of luck and strength, I'll never put another one of those fucking things in my mouth.

Those things made me incredibly sick! They actually killed my mother! They're just foul, disgusting substitutes for dealing with the vagaries of real life! You can't really be serious!? Smoke a cigarette? I'd rather drink my own urine!

Get the hell away from me with that thing; it stinks!