While the list of physical benefits is long, there is an equally important list of psychological gains we'll enjoy once we quit smoking as well...things like improved self-esteem and less tension in our lives.
Simply put, smoking cessation, when truly embraced, cannot help but change us for the better. It touches every facet of our lives in positive ways.
What do you like best about not smoking? Add your list of benefits here.
- Granted, it has only been 51 days since I quit, but I feel like a champ. I shouldn't keep patting myself on the back though as it was truly Jesus who ripped the addiction from me & I owe Him all the accolades. After being a smoker for 24 of my 38 yrs, & attempting to quit numerous times prior, this time was different. God gave me a zeal to get it done this time with minimal cravings. -It was truly a blessing from Him as if He had not intervened & helped (and continuously helps) to keep the cravings at bay, by introducing numerous other positive, transference outlets for me to engage in other than smoking, I would have caved in that first weekend. God is good! -John 15:15; Mark 16:16
- —Guest Straub22
A week SMOKE FREE
- I have been a smoker for eleven years of my life. I havent really thought about quitting until now when my chest started aching and my breathing felt like it was getting more shallow by the day. Its been a week and i can feel the benefits already. I can breathe better and i can lie on my back at night without feeling like my lungs were heavy. My house smells fresher and my clothes and hair smells good. Im proud of.myself and everyone ob thia site should be proud of themselves as well i want to live a long and healthy life and see my two year old son graduate college. Im excited about this journey. And i havent had any cravings since i quit because i have been telling myself smoking is for losers. And now that i can smell what other people smelled on me i never wanr to go back to being the stinky girl.
- —Guest Shelly
- This is such an inspiring site! I'm on Day 5 of being smoke free after over 15 years of smoking! I feel AMAZING. I've tried quitting before, but always was drawn back in by some silly problem, fleeting stress or social situation. But the failed attempts are part of the process, so don't give up if you've tried and failed before. I've been in some stressful "trigger" situations over the past few days, but I tell myself that having a smoke won't help the situation. I'm on Zyban and am using an e-cigarette--both have been super helpful. Already I feel more energetic, have better breathing and just feel so much better in general. I do have cravings and when they hit, I empower myself with sites like this. I actually find it a lot easier than I'd thought! Certainly easier than going to the store in a blizzard to buy smokes, feeling that surge of panic when finding I'd forgotten my smokes, or knowing that I'd have to be in an airplane for many hours with no silly smoke. Life has changed :)
- —Guest groovisthecat
Two weeks and not looking back
- When I get stressed first thought is a cigarette. Then I stop and think oh yeah I quit. Lol. I do miss it. But I would rather be healthy and live for my little boy and husband.
- —Guest Andreana
1 month 1week 6days
- I started smoking when I was 10 years old , I know that's horrible but it's true I also chewed tobacco when I couldn't smoke,anyways Ill be 30 in a month and let me tell you I have quit smoking problem a million times since I was 15 and used every method there was ,the patch ,pills,gum,everything , don't get me wrong all of those worked until it was time to quit them as well, you can't use patches forever , so last year I quit cold turkey ,only lasted 2months but realized that cold turkey is the best and only way for me to do it, If I'm Gonna quit then by god I'm Gonna quit, I smoked my last one January 2nd 14 and I feel I'm finally ready to be done with those nasty things forever. Ppl don't give up and yes cravings will come and go forever but fighting them off is what's will push you forward and be rewarding, it does get easier . Lie to yourself if you have to.
- —Guest Johnny
35.5 hours no cig
- I have tried quitting so many times in the past. I am 34 & have been smoking since I was 15. This is the longest I have gone in years without a cig. I'll admit, it has been hard/harder at different times of the day. But I have made it this far...I truly believe it is mostly because I have it made up in my mind I am truly ready this time & I HAVE THE POWER it takes to just say NO to my inner devil voice making excuses of why just 1 cigarette would be ok. But when I get the urge for a cigarette, I remind myself of how ALL the long term benefits TOTALLY outweigh the instant gratification of smoking "just 1" cigarette. Best of luck to all who have quit for good or finally made up their minds, enough is enough & they are ready to change their thinking & daily routines to quit smoking for good! God bless!
No More Embarrassment
- Well i was smoking from the age 16 and i am now 53 and have not had or wanted a cig for a month now:). No one can tell you to give up you have to want to and get your mind around it. I am going cold turkey it's been ok but my immune system is trying to fight all the toxins in my system so I've had a couple of colds, coughs and sore throats which i never seemed to get when smoking but its all good. I'm not saving the money i would have spent on cigs but at least i don't need to feel embarrassed when parting with my hard earned cash on something that was slowly killing me.
- —Guest joymabel
18 days without smoking
- Hi, It is my 18th day without smoking. The feeling is great and there is no craving compelling enough. I am confident and happy that I have won the war against nicotine. Literature available online on quit smoking has been of tremendous help. Apart from that a particular realization is my singular motivation. I want to elaborate what that is: Why do smokers think quitting is impossible or hard? As a proud former smoker, I think the answer to this question is: the thought of needing to live a life without a cigarette. Smokers wishing to quit tend to image the whole life ahead of them without smoking at a time when the craving is immense. I used to think: How can I keep resisting such a compelling craving perpetually. I failed to realize that the craving is not perpetual. No sooner I realized that avoiding few cravings every time they come, the strength of the craving diminishes. And when I decided to deal with the cravings in a day by day basis, the whole exercise became really easy. Al
Free at last!!
- Smoked for 40 yrs!! I tell myself I DO NOT SMOKE! (It works!). To keep my hands busy I brought some kids colouring books. Joined the gym and live that fact that I no longer stink like an ashtray !!!! I did it by reading Alan Carr The easy way to stop smoking. 1 month now!!
- —Guest Ute Gallagher
I'm a Non Smoker - 5 weeks
- I love that I and my house no longer smell like an ashtray. I love noticing that smokers smell like an ashtray. I breathe better and I am not focused on cigarettes, smoking areas or enough cash to buy the cigarettes.
- —Guest GeeGee
Tired of Quitting
- I have seriously stopped cigs over 100 times. What the heck am I waiting for to say goodbye to an addiction that only harms me? I feel like an abused spouse who won't leave their partner. I just went 5 days without nicotine and somehow the monster talked me into buying a pack on my lunch break. Not a single puff made my day better, made me happier, or gave me peace. It's insane that the cigs create the very tension that they temporarily relieve. Every puff is a guaranteed craving later on. I destroyed the pack and trying again. I will succeed this time. Had to get this off my chest, thanks for listening.
- —Guest Freddie
Smartest Decision I Ever Made
- Growing up, smoking was common in my family. I started at 16, about 1 a day. By the time I graduated high school I was at a pack a day, and I kept that up until the day after my 31st birthday. I've been smoke free since - it's now been five weeks. I've tried to quit before - this time I went cold turkey. The "Junkie" mentality still confronts me with cravings at various times. But before this quit, I had realized that addiction is largely psychological. The chemical dependency is no joke, but our own ideas of who we are, how we see ourselves, along with our routines, ceremonies and lack of faith in ourselves, can keep us slaves to addiction for the rest of our lives - if we let it. It's been 39 days since I quit, and it's the best thing I've ever done for myself. I've saved $200 in that time, my teeth are whiter, my skin is healthier, my lungs feel great. Congratulations to those who've quit, and good luck to those of you about to begin. A whole new life awaits.
- —Guest Brian F
It's All in the Mind
- Breaking away from chains of smoking begins by planting a seed of thought that you will quit. Justifying every cigarette you smoke takes you deeper into the quicksand. Accept the problem tell your mind you are in a big trouble. If smokers could see what impact cigarettes have on our organs inside of us they would quit right away. If you want to quit keep telling yourself you will and you will find yourself tricking your own self. I always wondered whether I needed will power whether I needed a substitute to quit I realised I cant trade an addiction for another I decided I need to quit the whole shebang. I trained my mind I got into sports and chewing gum. From a pack a day I came to 3 slowly and gradually. From 3 I went to zero despite meeting up with people who'd jokingly offer you a smoke all the time I have been smoke free since 3 months. The best thing to do is to hide the fact you quit and tell new people you never smoked. I'm 25 smoked for 6 years.
- —Guest draper
No Longer Enslaved!
- The best part of not smoking for me is being free of the need to poison myself every hour on the hour, being able to go anywhere and be with anyone and not worry about when will I get my next fix and how I'll sneak it in. Being able to breathe is top priority of course too!! Not only do others respect me more for having quit, but my self-esteem has soared! I am so grateful for this forum in helping me achieve this dream, as it has finally come true!
- The best part about not smoking I can breathe without feeling my heart is going to jump out. I sleep better and I feel good. A journey But I'm willing to hang in there . 12 days smoke-free.