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Readers Respond: The Blessings of Smoking Cessation - What We're Grateful For

Responses: 22


Updated November 07, 2010

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker~

Most of us take stock of the blessings in our lives every so often, and for those who quit smoking, that awareness is often profound. Breaking the cycle of addiction brings a heightened appreciation of all that we hold dear and adds depth and meaning to our lives.

What are you grateful for?

Use this form to share the blessings that smoking cessation has brought into your life.

So Many Things to Be Grateful For

My motivation for not smoking is my family. I am so grateful to them for their support and encouragement. This is day 4 for me and I am using the patch. It's hour by hour right now and I think of having a smoke quite a bit during the day, but that urge does goes away. For the first time in my life I AM PROUD OF ME!! Not one puff ever again is how I am going to stay a non smoker. Thank you to everyone for their wisdom and helpful hints! I'm done spending $7.50 every two days for 1 pack of cigarettes that do nothing but ruin my health. I am going to be in control for the first time in 37 years! I'm taking my health, money and life back. My husband is quit with me, thankfully. Good luck to all of you, we CAN all do this!

This Forum

I am so glad that I found this forum. I now understand things a lot more than last time I tried to quit. Thanks to all, I am now on my 20th day. Good luck to all.
—Guest diane jeavons

Money, Dogs, Scent

I am grateful for all the money I have saved. I am grateful that my little dog who was always sneezing and wheezing and no longer does so. I am grateful for all the beautiful (sometimes not so beautiful) scents in the air, especially after it rains.
—Guest squeela112

I Am Grateful For So Many Things...

I am so grateful for my family. I am glad that smoking no longer controls my life. I am grateful for all the time I have gained by choosing not to smoke. I am grateful for giving my 2 boys a healthier environment to grow up in. I am so glad everyone here at this forum is so nice and helpful. I could not have done it without all of you! I will be grateful, for the rest of my life, that I was able to beat the addiction.

Support From This Site

Reading this site has kept me focused. I go back and read what others have gone through and I feel so blessed to have been able to quit the most controlling vise in my life. Your words from all who have written has made a real difference to me. I thought I was the only one going through the mental anguish of quitting. I could not quit thinking of smoking . Not one minute of a day could I get relief from it. Then my doctor put me on anti-depressants and I didn't understand that either. Now I know that all that is normal when you quit for some people. Now 4 months later, I go all day without thinking of cigarettes. Some days I cry for joy because I have quit and can't believe it. I am encouraged by this site and look forward to posting at my 1 yr. quit date. Please keep trying . You won't feel this way forever. It will pass, I promise.

Grateful for New Healthy Choices

Today is my last day as a smoker. I am thankful for the courage to say once and for all that I will now on be a healthier, happier, and stronger human being. I am thankful to have found this forum and to have friends and family that support this endeavor. I am thankful for the confidence within me that says this time is the last time. This time is for the rest of my life. I have always been envious of nonsmokers. There is no doubt that the journey of becoming one will bring an abundance of enduring gratitude.
—Guest Jamie Risbourg


I'm greatful for the strength I have found in myself to go smoke free. I'm greatful for my children and the pride I see in their faces when I don't light up. Being able to hang with them and not ruin their health by smoking around them. I'm greatful for being a better me!

An Inspiration to Others

I'm such a faulted creature! I have failed at so many things in the past. Yet, I don't think I feel more accomplished, and more purposeful, than when smokers ask me, with that wistful tone, "How long since you quit? How did you do it?" A scant month ago, those words were spoken by my ex-husband, who was flabbergasted when I reminded him that I had been quit for almost four years (come January). He was finally, after 25 years, facing his own addiction to smokeless tobacco. It was awesome to hear him say, "I never thought you could quit. Maybe I can, too."

No More Guilt

I no longer fear that constant exposure to my second-hand smoke might cause my loved ones to develop lung cancer or another smoking-related disease, when they don't even smoke. How could I ever have put them in harm's way like that for so long? I'm so thankful that I no longer have to isolate myself outside at family gatherings just so I could indulge in such a nasty habit. I'm very thankful for this amazing forum and for the greater power that somehow guided me to this place at just the right time. I wake up each and every day thankful for my new, smoke-free life and I enjoy feeling the love and the pride I see in my loved ones eyes when they look at me now. I'm also thankful that my grandson will never know me as a smoker. Life is good indeed these days!

I am Grateful for Smoking Cessation

I am so happy that I don't have to stay awake at night wishing I did not smoke anymore. I am happy thinking I will have more years with my two grandchildren.

Freedom From the Addiction Cycle

I'm grateful to be "out of the loop" of addiction, as I no longer have to worry all the time whether there will be smoking allowed wherever I go or whether I would be stuck without nicotine for an extended period of time. I'm also glad that I don't have to worry each and every day whether I need to re-stock my cigarette supply and whether or not I had enough for the next day. Also grateful for the money I am saving, and grateful my grandchildren won't see me smoking and think of me as the "stinky" grandma. Also grateful I am no longer subjecting my pets to my secondhand smoke. Glad that my house/car/clothes/hair no longer smell of old stale smoke. Glad not to have to go out in the snow/ice/rain to feed my addiction. Most importantly I'm grateful for the wonderful friendships made on this site! Without my buddies, I'd probably still be smoking.

Grateful for my Life

I am grateful for each and every brand new day free from the addiction that held me prisoner for 37 years. Quitting smoking has strengthened my confidence and self-esteem; I am healthier in mind, body and soul. I have been carried, lifted up, loved, supported and I thank my God for His many blessings.

No More Fear

I'm grateful that I don't have to have that internal mind struggle anymore, knowing I should quit, but not being able to...sitting around denying the fact that you are killing yourself, but feeling totally trapped at the same time, and can't do anything about it. Now that I am quit, those fears are gone, grateful to be out of the trap.

Grateful for Every Breath

I feel more gratitude than I could have ever imagined I would when I quit smoking almost 9 years ago. I'm grateful for the senses of freedom and empowerment. I'm that quitting has led to addressing other areas of my life that needed attention, both physically and emotionally. I'm grateful that the young people in my life know a healthier and happier smoke-free me...one that is setting a better example for them. My nephew is 10 years old today, and he doesn't remember ever seeing me smoke. That's gratitude, and I am so full of it, I can't seem to stop typing. Most immediately, I am very grateful that the cold I caught walking almost 5 (!) miles in the damp, windy weather yesterday will likely stay in my head and not become the bronchitis that it surely would have become if I were still smoking. Lastly, I am, and always will be, grateful for this site. Lived are being saved here because of the educational content and community support. Many, many thanks! Mic

Improved Health

I am grateful the oxygen level in my blood is back to normal and that my over all health has improved one-hundred percent-plus. I am more spiritual and have a deeper appreciation for all life. There are many things I am grateful for since I quit smoking. I could write a book about "Gratitude is my Attitude." ..... Dar.

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