5 Things I Don’t Have to Do Anymore Because I Stopped Smoking

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1 breath. 2 breaths. 3 breaths. I can’t believe I’m still breathing. I just finished the first 2.5 mile non-stop run in my entire life. I’ve been a smoker since I was 18 and I smoked intermittently between the ages of 11 and 14, so I was never a big runner.

On June 27th, 2010 I became a non-smoker. Since then the journey has been quite an adventure. Over at my own blog which I built for the primary purpose of helping others learn how to stop smoking, I’ve written about things I CAN do now that I’ve stopped smoking. Here at Quit Smoking for Good Blog though I’d like to talk about some things I was able to STOP doing after I quit smoking.

1.) Snoring

I know I still snore sometimes. Usually after drinking a few to many beverages containing alcohol. But my normal, sober sleep, is much less plagued by snoring. Often I’d simply stop breathing for a minute or two. That really scared my girlfriend. All in all, it’s definitely a major benefit in my opinion. Nobody likes to hear others snore afterall!

2.) Sleeping All Day

The truth is, sometimes I still sleep all day. I just enjoy it. When I was a smoker though (especially in college), I often slept all day because I just felt to crappy to get out of bed. In large part this miserable feature of my life faded soon after I stopped smoking. I can’t complain. I like seeing the sun rise and feeling healthy and alive.

3.) Hacking up a lung

Not every smoker I know has a really bad cough, but I most certainly did. After getting out of the shower, while sleeping, walking to fast, running, going up stairs… You get the point. Basically any physical activity or movement lead to a terrible coughing fit. Sometimes it would come while I was just sitting there. I got used to it eventually, but every once in awhile I’d be left spinning and teary eyed from the intensity. I was shocked at how fast it went away after I stopped smoking.

4.) Wasting Money

This one is pretty straight forward. I don’t think any one who smokes actually ENJOYS spending money on cigarettes. It’s a habit that must be fed though. The moment a $20 bill lasted a few extra days longer because I wasn’t spending it on cigarettes was the moment I knew I had made the right decision. I started saving whatever I could! Soon perhaps I’ll use it for something exciting.

5.) Ignoring Other Bad Habits

Conquering one bad habit is like stumbling through a small little doorway, and into a world of limitless possibilities. After I had some success in my quest to stop smoking, I immediately began trying to prune other bad habits from my life (and build better ones!). It became a new kind of addiction. My lifestyle began to change quite a bit, which I did not really expect when I threw down that last cigarette. I was just trying to get healthier. Who knew what amazing changes it would lead to!

If you’ve stopped smoking, what are some things that you don’t have to do anymore? If you still smoke, what are some things you WISH you didn’t have to do?

Author Bio: Andrew Thalmann is the author of the blog Killing the Habit : How to Stop Smoking (http://www.killingthehabit.com). His goal is to help his friends, and anyone else who has the desire, stop smoking. Andrew became a non-smoker on June 27th of 2010.

5 Responses to “5 Things I Don’t Have to Do Anymore Because I Stopped Smoking”

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  1. Kate says:

    I have been smoke free for 16 days now and it has been the hardest two weeks ever, I have really struggled but kept at it and now its much easier. I still get cravings badly and when I do I surf the internet for inspiration and this is how I came across this site. I have started to really get into relaxation and medication, it has really helped me, in fact I look forward to it now, its my treat after another day of non smoking instead of reaching for the fag as the reward. I also had a hacking cough and sleep apnoea and its only two weeks and its cleared up. I also ran for the bus yesterday??? I now have the irritating sore throat, have to keep clearing my throat, runny nose and a slight thickly cough, nothing like when I was smoking may I add. One thing my family has noticed is my fresh complexion, the redness and greyness has disappeared. I also have a bit of money in my pocket because I’m not spending it on the cigarettes. The benefits, even after two weeks have been astounding, I am shocked….

  2. Beth says:

    I have quit smoking today. I have my patch on. :o)
    I am thankful today that I no longer smoke as its raining and windy and I dont have to go outside for a cigarrette! :o)
    And I dont smell of smoke – so am not worried about talking to people or being around people and stinking of smoke because its coming out of my pores.
    Having to try and light a cigarrette when its gale force I’m not going to miss either. ;o)
    Happy 2012 people.
    Bethx

  3. tiera says:

    1- I don’t have to endure really cold or really hot weather in order to smoke.
    2- I can avoid those many trips to the store whenever I’ve run out.
    3- The smell.
    4- Smoking is a general time-waster, 5-7 min you could spend doing something else.
    5- Dirty looks of non-smokers. Still think they shouldn’t be so judgmental, but now I can avoid it.
    6- The constant, nagging coughing.
    7- MONEY!
    8-No more worries that I will get a disease from smoking.

  4. Filion says:

    One of the major things that I don’t have to do anymore is stop my life for 5-7 minutes because I want my fix.
    I don’t have to be afraid to kiss my husband and worrying that all he can taste is ash tray
    I no longer have to stand outside in the rain anymore just to have a smoke

  5. Candigirl says:

    Some things I don’t have to do anymore…be afraid to laugh out loud when someone says something funny for fear of breaking out into a coughing fit. Clear my throat before answering the phone. Worry that I either smell like a cigarette or too much perfume to cover up the cigarette smell. Something I can do again is sing. God blessed me with the ability and I have seen it diminish. Now I see it returning. I sing to the radio in the car rather than light up.

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