This is a comment submitted by John to one of our articles entitled What Happens When You Quit Smoking for Good. We published it into a post instead to motivate other soon to be non-smokers reach their goal.
I was a smoker for 42 years (since I was 17). On October 21, 2001, at 0500 hours, I had a Myocardial infarction (MI), more commonly known as a Heart Attack [ when blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are blocked, preventing enough oxygen from getting to the heart.] To make a long story short, I made it to the hospital in time to prevent too much damage and an angiogram several days later revealed that I had blockages in all 4 chambers of my heart.
A lot of the arteries in my heart were blocked in the 80% to 90% range. To make a long story short, it was determined that the cause of the MI was due to smoking. I wound up with a quadruple bypass operation and came through it with flying colors. Here I am, almost 10 years later and my heart is in fine condition, despite the fact that I NEVER QUIT SMOKING! Amazing, isn’t it?
Earlier that year, my wife went to a psychologist who helped her cease her smoking habit almost immediately. I went to see him right after my wife and bluntly asked him if he could help me quit smoking. His answer – NO, floored me. I asked why not? He then advised me that it is not wise to quit anything because QUIT is a negative word.
After the heart attack, I had a lot of time to think about the exact date and time of my MI and decided that on October 21, 2001, at 0500 hours, I had become a NON-SMOKER. I did NOT QUIT SMOKING, because I was a NON-SMOKER. When the very first craving for nicotine hit me, I poo-pooed it because I was a NON-SMOKER and of course, NON-SMOKERS do not get cravings for nicotine. Why would they? It’s not as if they quit smoking or anything like that. I have never had a craving for a cigarette since.
This article [where this comment was submitted] should be entitled WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BECOME A NON-SMOKER. I can tell you this: Nothing BAD happens. I really wish the experts on all this would get off the QUIT bandwagon and encourage smokers to become Non-Smokers. The power of the brain is enormous. So, for all you smokers out there – DON’T QUIT! Dump the habit in a positive way.
Thank you for sharing your experience John.
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