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Readers Respond: What Do You Like Best About Not Smoking?

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Updated December 24, 2013

Most of us think about the positive health effects we'll benefit from when we quit smoking. Better breathing; less risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer; improved circulation.

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.

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5 months smoke free

It feels GREAT to be a non smoker, after 32 years a smoker.
—Guest Debby

free at last

I can't believe it I have been a smoker since I was 24 and I am now 60. I hate to think what I have done to my body but I am now 15 days as a non smoker. I feel and look great cough has gone and my new partner who does not smoke loves it. I will never have to sneak around again behind my coworkers backs, my grandchildren and my friends FREEDOM at last thanks for everyone's posts it helps immensely. good luck to all
—Guest glen

When God Says So

I've been smoking for at least 20 yrs. I will be 40 in September. I just didn't want to be smoking when I turned 40. I got hypnotherapy on July 5,2014 and I haven't smoked since. It was the best pre birthday gift I could have given myself. I still get cravings but breathing and meditation help a lot. First and foremost you have to make it up in your mind that you want to quit and let God do the rest. I'm a month and 2 days a nonsmoker. To God be the glory!
—bhuley

One Year Smoke free

Finally I can say I am a non smoker!!! 25 to 30 a day habit for 35 years. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life...but the best thing I could do to give me life :) No more wheezing or coughing. I can now smell. life has never been so good. old saying...if I can do it anyone can.
—Guest MEB

Quit for Good - One Month Now...!!!

I quit smoking cold turkey on 26th Jun. I was reading a book about quitting and could not believe that I read 65 pages in one sitting which has never happened in my life. It gave me a reason to believe that I wanted to quit. I calculated the annual spend on cigarettes apart from the medical costs associated with it and it came to a sum of US$750 annually. I quit and donated US$500 to a charity and also decided to do the same every year. This donation has made my resolve much more and I feel guilty to go back to Cigarettes. To be honest i was smoking for 20 years and quit once for a 14 months in between. This quit has been the best and I get dreams where I smoke and have seen me feeling so guilty of having smoked. This has made my resolve much more. Am very confident of staying quit this time and I feel much better and willing to start helping others to also quit thereby making it easier for me too.
—Guest NS

Eight days in and counting

I'm on day 8 and wondering when I'll stop counting the days. I'm happy that I got this far but to be honest, it still feels strange to me sometimes. I smoked for so many years and I still miss it sometimes, BUT not as bad as I thought either. I like the fact that my breathing has improved and my sinuses are bothering me less. And I'm proud of myself for making it this far. A month ago, I wouldn't have believed I could go this long without a cigarette!
—earthwitch_us

Smoked for 35 years!!!

It,s nice to read of other ex smokers who have smoked as long as I have. I know the damage is done, but at least I can say in my life time, I became a non smoker. The worst thing I found being a smoker is the guilt you carry around with you for being a smoker. Every day I was reminded of that when I lit up. My motivation for getting up early in the morning was for the cigarettes, how sad is that! And then I used to have one after another, at least 3 in a row before I would have a shower. I am so pleased with myself now, and proud as punch. Smoke free for 2 months now, and there is no turning back!!! Not in this life time. I am using the patches, and it works for me. Being a non smoker is new to me. The last time I remember I was a non smoker was when i was 14 years old, and that is a long time ago.
—Guest Leaf

Feeling Safe & Accomplished

It is my 18th day without smoking. The feeling is great as I never planned to quit.I truly believe it is mostly because I have made up in my mind that i can live life without a cigarette. No more excuses to my wife :)
—Guest Sunny - Hyderabad

I need to make it last

I am 36, and 24 years of smoking (heavy smoker). I quit once for 2 years, when I was pregnant and had a baby.. and tried to quit few more times for a week, few months. My partner smokes, so I am always back to smoking... but this time it has to be the last time ... lately I had trouble with breathing, and so on, so I said “enough is enough”- it has been only few days without a cigarettes. But in few days I spent more time with my son, I think I had more energy, and if quitting smoking can increase my chance to be longer around for my son- I take this chance. Smoking is like crossing a highway at rush hour. - You never know what is going to hit you.. I know, quitting smoking is hard, but it is really worth it...even if you have 1% of extending your life so you can see your family grow, or places that you always dream about, or go out with your friends, or just do something nice for others and yourself- you have to use this chance.. I do not need smoking - I need myself.
—Guest Guest

10 weeks smoke free!

loving myself! it took one hypnosis session.....of course you need to be 110% on board and wanting to quit! i had cervical cancer scare, and after twenty years of smoking that was the day i decided to quit. one hypnosis session! i never craved another cigarette again! i can taste food again. my sense of smell is back. i can run again. my heart rate used to be 100 and over. an hour after i had my last cig it went to 80. no more coughs! no more nasty breath and me smelling like an ashtray. im not self conscious anymore. breathing in is exciting- i feel like i just woke up after being dead for twenty years!
—Guest poppyDC

learning to be an ex smoker

I decided to quit by the time I turned 50 a few months back. So far so good it's been 2 month and 4 days so far.
—Guest Debby

8 months

I have been tobacco free for 8 months It is the best decision I have ever made. I used ecig and lozenges for the first two weeks and cold turkey after that I am no longer lethargic and feel crappy Food tastes different As a matter of fact foods I thought were tasty are now crappy I am so happy I am done
—Guest Cplayer

Already Feel Better

Only on 3rd day, but by god do i feel so much better. I found my appetite for food is coming back and today i could actually smell the freshness of the air. Wow, it is almost alien to me after 15-year habit i'd forgotten what life was like before i started smoking and even my sleep pattern feels improved....
—Guest Ray

Being Smoke-Free for my Kids

I am so glad I found this site. I am a mother of 3 small children. Life is hard and stressful. I have been smoking for 19 years except when I was pregnant. My biggest motivation is my kids. I learned watching my father smoke. I don't want them to smoke ever! Its hard, 5 days in. But my inner strength and love for them will prevail. Thank you to everyone ho has posted! I read them ALL>>>
—Guest mommaquit!

I Can Smell Again

Going on my third day. For the first time in 20 years, I got in the shower and wet my hair to shampoo and didn't smell like a wet ashtray.
—Guest stormy

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