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I picked up my first cigarette in college.  My roommate smoked and asked me to join her for a Virginia Slim and a study break.  It didn't take long for cigarettes to accompany me to the coffee house or to bars/late night partys with alcohol and drug were served.  Soon, I developed a pack a day habit, although I rationalized that my ciggies were ultra lights.

I can't count how many times I tried to quit.  Each time I did, I lasted a few hours before a cigarette was back in my hand.  I purchased my  cigarettes from the drive through Farm store and every time I passed one, the cigarettes called me by name. "Pssst, Cate, come buy a pack. What's one more day going to matter?"

After a decade of smoking, I was choking and hacking.  I smelled, my car smelled, my clothes smelled and my breath smelled.  I couldnt leave the house without my ciggies in my purse.  I lied to dates so I wouldn't be a turn off.  I lied to my customers so I wouldnt be a fraud (hard to sell healthcare and smoke!)

A guy I was dating in recovery said to me, "It's me or the cigarettes."  My lust for him was greater than my desire to smoke so I decided to give quitting another try.  I used breathsavers to address my nicotine cravings.  I popped one in my mouth every time I wanted a smoke.  I jogged with frequency and used the 12 steps to address my obsession.

If the steps could remove my drug and alcohol dependency, they would work for my nicotine problem.  Even when the guy dumped me, I didn't return to smoking.  The obsession was finally removed. Instead of looking for something else to distract me from my issues, I worked on my insides and the compulsion left for good.



P.S. Millions of people struggle with addiction to cigarettes. Visit the discussion page , read about cigarette addiction and share your story.

Cate Stevens. Founder of, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.

Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.

As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.

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