It's officially been more than a month since I've taken even a drag of a cigarette and after making it through the worst parts of quitting, I'm feeling better than I have in years.

If you listened to the Morning Show or followed any of my quitting smoking journal here then you may be aware that after smoking on and off (more on than off) for 13 years, I finally kicked cigarettes permanently to the curb about a month ago.

For much of my smoking years, I was a pack-a-day smoker and quitting for good seemed like an impossibility. Months before my quit date, I began working with my doctor on a quit plan and had weaned myself significantly down. While I was well under half-a-pack when the big day arrived, giving up what I had wrongly considered to be one of my best friends and necessary crutches for good still wasn't necessarily an easy task, but it absolutely wasn't an impossible one.

In terms of quitting and sticking to it, I worked with the folks at A Smoke-Free Paso del Norte initiative to set and stick to my quit date, and this resource is available to you, as well. Even if you haven't weaned yourself down like I did, I'm a firm believer (after many failed attempts at quitting in the past) that cold turkey really is the best method because it gets you through the worst of it as quickly as possible, like tearing off a Band-Aid. Visit them online to set your own quit date and join me as a non-smoker.