This is a comment submitted by Mike S. to one of our articles entitled What Happens When You Quit Smoking for Good and we published it as a regular post instead.
I’m a 32 year old male that has smoked for about 13 years. Most of that time was a pack every few days but the past few years was a pack every 1.5 days.
I agree with Mark’s post above (4-19-11) [please visit the article to read the comment mentioned] with it being as easy as it is (overall). I’m actually surprised how easy it has been. I quit exactly 1 week ago today cold turkey. The hardest part is the first few days. The cravings are very strong…. but you can get through them! Every ex-smoker had to deal with those cravings at one time or another and they’re still around. They lived and made it through it. So can I! Everybody can!
When I did smoke, I couldn’t imagine having a meal without a cigarette after I was done eating. I couldn’t imagine driving to work or home from work or having a drink without smoking. I couldn’t imagine working in my garage without smoking. I couldn’t imagine doing a lot of things without a smoke! But I will tell you, it’s easy if you REALLY WANT TO QUIT!!!! The decision has to be made and you have to be serious about it!!!! No B.S. quitting like a “New Year’s Resolution” (because 99% of people probably don’t stick to their resolutions…. I know I never did). It has to be serious. It really has to mean something to you! I think that’s the key. If the decision is made, you’ll make it!
I personally made a list of reasons I wanted to quit so every time a “serious craving” showed itself, I would read my list. It actually helped a little bit too! It had serious things on the list like my mom having a stroke due to smoking, my grandparents being on oxygen during their retirement years, to me wanting to have kids and wanting to be around to see my grandchildren. It also had other things like I don’t like standing in the cold just to have a smoke (same goes with the heat). I hate standing in the rain just to have a smoke. I hate wasting my money and driving in the middle of the night because I’m down to my last smoke. Try writing a list if you’re trying to quit. It can help!
I heard somebody call into the Howard Stern Show not too long ago saying he was in his mid 30’s and had cancer. The Dr’s said he has about 6 months or so to live. Howard asked the caller a question and the answer stuck inside my head ever since. Howard asked “Do you regret smoking now?” The caller replied by saying it was the stupidest thing he has ever done in his life and that he was literally giving his hard earned money to be killed at an early age.
Sorry for rambling on for so long. Good luck to all! We can all do it!
Thank you for sharing your experience Mike S.
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