Point of Beginning

Breaking the habit: Land surveyor chronicles path to smoke-freedom

January 26, 2009
Land surveyor Tom Liuzzo tells how he quit a 13-year habit of smoking up to 100 cigarettes a day.


By Lorin McLain, The Daily Courier
Sunday, January 25, 2009
 
It was 6 a.m., Aug. 11, 1994, and in his first waking moments, Tom Liuzzo reached for an unopened pack of smokes, the first of five he normally would burn through by the end of the day.
 
But this day started a new chapter of his life, for the better.
 
Instead of lighting up, Liuzzo opened the pack, and one by one, broke each cigarette and threw them in the trash.

Liuzzo, 41, has chronicled the road he followed in his self-published book, "One Last Cigarette," detailing the path of his breaking a 13-year habit he started at the age of 14, and grew to a daily regimen of 100 cigarettes, seven minutes each, totaling to seven hours of smoke in his lungs.
 
"For the amount I was smoking, it was pretty brutal," he said.
 
Liuzzo, a land surveyor who lives in Prescott Valley, said to quit at the height of his habit at the age of 27, he fought two to four weeks of nicotine cravings, which he originally assumed would be the greatest challenge.