My life as a smoker
I tried my first cigarette at age 14, but it was not until I was in college that smoking became a frequent activity. I was a pack and a half user per day. It came to a point that if I had no money, I would search the house for coins so that I could buy a pack of cigarettes.
My wife and children also were affected by my habit. They always had respiratory ailments, and we were in and out of the hospital often. I would not smoke in the living room or bedroom, but did smoke in the bathroom or outside of the house.
Why and how I quit smoking
I subscribed to the "smoking cessation" group four years ago and it helped me a lot. Even though I was not actively involved with the discussions, it helped me prepare for the QUIT. Now, I am 40 and struggling to quit "cold turkey". The last three years have been on and off for me. Currently I am two weeks quit, and this time I feel comfortable with it.
I think about my children when I am at the point of buying a nicotine pack. I do not want them to pick up the habit from me. They say 90 percent of the time that the children of smoking parents will also pick up the habit. I guess I got it from my Dad, who is now in his 30th year of not smoking. But I do not hold him responsible for my smoking, it was my responsibility.
I can free myself of nicotine addiction with the help of my family and friends. I hope that what I have done for almost 30 years to my body will not be that bad, because I am feeling some of the effects of smoking. Things like high blood pressure, stones, poor circulation, poor digestive system, etc. I hope it can be reversed over time by not smoking at all.
- If you are thinking of starting smoking, STOP! Make a U-TURN! If you start this, it is very hard to break free.
- Quit for yourself and your family. I have young children, and I always think, "who will take care of them if something happens to me?"
- Exercise, eat right, and change your lifestyle.
- CHANGE is hard...but it will be hardest for the ones you will leave behind if a smoking-related disease catches up with you before you can quit.
Terry Martin, Smoking Cessation Guide, says:Maki is right - the discomforts of nicotine withdrawal pale in comparison to the potential for one day receiving the news that you have become terminally ill because of smoking.
If you're still smoking, use the information above to help you set the foundation of a quit program that will bring you the long-term freedom from nicotine addiction you're looking for.