Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey Can Be Done

I don’t know if any of you have ever tried quitting something, but it can be one of the hardest things you’ve ever tried.

I remember when I was a kid I had to give up something for Lent, but not forever.

So many things are so addictive that it really takes willpower – unless you’re my dad.

When I was back in Cincy last weekend, my sister showed me this pack of cigarettes my dad had saved. If you look closely at the photo you can see the last smoke in the package as well as the date, June 18, 1957. He just woke up that day and decided that was it, stop cold turkey.

Carton of Winston cigarettes with one cigarette left from 1957

Credit: Paul Mushaben, Townsquare Media

I guess I understand where my Wilson “Paul, you’re not normal” thing comes from…

People really struggle with things like smoking and drinking, their weight, gambling, drugs, etc. Now you can add vaping, and what about addictions to cell phones and other games? People have addictions to shopping, to hoarding, all kinds of things, some worse than others.

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I was lucky not to have to overcome any of those things, but many say the best way is how my dad did it, just cold turkey. If you make up your mind or are scared, some do.

The bad part is that many don’t and will struggle with it all their lives. Some of the addictions are more difficult than others and people need help to wean themselves off them, many of which are available.

One of my addictions that I guess I can’t break is saving stuff. I’ll save the stupid stuff but at least I can blame genetics on that…

See you tomorrow at 5am

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