Thank you for not smoking.

I smoke.

I’ve been a smoker on and off for about 15 years.  I have quit a few times for months a time, but each time something happened and I ended up once again with a cigarette in my hand.

As you might expect, I get lectured a lot.  People seem to have a hard time registering that someone who strives to have a life as healthy and clean as humanly possible could possibly be a smoker.  I have thought about it myself and the truth is that some things in life simply don’t make sense.

For the past couple of days I’ve been thinking that maybe I should quit smoking again and for good this time.  It seems like for the first time in a long time, all the reasons that made it difficult for me to quit smoking and stick with it are no longer there so I should take advantage of this opportunity.

I read somewhere that it takes about 3 weeks to kick a physical dependence and then the rest of your life to deal with the psychological aspect of it…

The longest journey starts with a single step.

Wish me luck.

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9 Responses to Thank you for not smoking.

  1. Quitting is tough. My boyfriend tries and tries and fails every time. But it is not impossible: my dad quit cold turkey.
    One can’t dispute that it is unhealthy, but I try to stay away from offering unwanted lectures.
    It’s good that you’re trying again: best of luck to you.

    • Annush! says:

      I know that it can be done…my parents, my brother, and my boyfriend all quit cold-turkey (not at the same time) and have all been successful at it. I think it will just be a matter of persistence. I need to come up with a good strategy to distract me when the cravings strike. Thanks for the good wishes 😀

  2. The Smile Scavenger says:

    I do wish you luck!

    Just think of it this way: all those times that you tried to quit before were a few days/weeks/months of your life that were smoke-free, which is better than nothing!

  3. Good luck! I quit smoking about three years ago, mainly due to health reasons. I’d develop respiratory issues every December and finally got tired of being on an inhaler for 1-2 months out of the year. I didn’t quit because I wanted to stop smoking, rather I had to quit to get healthy and not harm myself prematurely. I can tell you this though, there’s nothing like walking up stairs and not being winded from cigarette smoke. I did take a smoking cessation class and then just decided that longevity was more important than anything else in the long run and that was my motivation. To be honest though, I still want to smoke when I have a cocktail, which isn’t too often and I psychologically, I think about firing up every time I stressed or when I finished a really good meal.

    Good luck with your journey; only you will know when its time and only you will experience what the journey holds. As with any addiction, find your motivation and then take it one day at a time. I’m now trying to lose 120 lbs so that’s a whole new journey to break addictions and change mindsets.

    • Annush! says:

      Wow! That was such an inspiring story! I hope that I will be able to do it. I am thinking that I should take advantage of my time in hibernation and just get it done. Like you said, one day at a time!

      I wish you luck on your weight loss journey. I look forward to reading updates 🙂

  4. Cookie Monster says:

    I smoke rope every now and then. #buttercup ………..I see no need to quit…..O_0 I’m told erbs’ s are good for you….. so—– I would us that as an alternate …… Justsayin … Puff- Puff- Pass #Rockon

  5. I’ve heard your story so many times. It’s a bad habit, a vice, its smoking. It’s something we live with and it’s something thats very difficult to drop. Serious question: Have you looked at e-cigarettes as an option, they are viable options. Most contain only 4 ingredients, non are carcinogens. It contains no tobacco. It’s quite possibly the greatest invention for the smoking masses. Consider it. I recommend Social Smoking ECigarettes, but try whichever works for you. I’d love to hear if it worked for you.

    • Annush! says:

      Hi Paul…I have no interest whatsoever in trying e-cigarettes or any other kind of cigarette. I am not gonna replace an addiction with another. Thanks though!

  6. yalandarose says:

    just remember that you are a lot bigger than that tiny cigarette so don’t let something so small ruin your health and possibly your life

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