Ex-Smoker Digitizedmind – We Will Win This Battle!

This was a comment submitted by Digitizedmind to one of our articles entitled What Happens When You Quit Smoking and we published it as a regular post to help give motivation to those soon to be non-smokers. Thank you very much Digitizedmind for sharing your story.

I am currently on day 12 of quitting cold turkey.  Smoking for me, as I am sure [of] it [as it] has been with many of you, been a very big and very important part of my life.  I began smoking when I was 15 [and] because [of] the friends I was with [all along] were doing it so it seemed [it was] like the “grown up” thing to do.

Once I became a smoker, my entire life gravitated around smoking. The activities I participated in, the people I associated with, and even my romantic interests…all revolved around smoking.  The activities had to be smoking friendly, my friends were smokers, and my love [and] interests were even smokers.  It is sad, looking back and realizing that I closed off big parts of my life because of smoking.

Smoking became such a big part of my life, which it [completely] took over [me].  I would “reward” myself for completing projects, with a smoke, I would cope with stress with a smoke, and I would just smoke {because I need] to smoke.  You don’t realize it until you quit, but smoking robs not only your money, life, and health, but [also] your TIME!  I cannot believe how much time I have wasted by simply smoking!

I began [the] quest to kick the habit 6 years ago, when I was 30 yrs old.  My first “real” attempt at quitting lasted 2 yrs.  I then took a new job and the new co-workers I befriended were smokers of course.  Being the new guy, I would go out with them during the group smoke breaks.  Well, it wasn’t long before I picked up the habit again.  I couldn’t believe how strong the craving was for that old habit, even after 2 yrs.  I then smoked for about a year before attempting to quit yet again.  The second attempt lasted 1 yr and I picked it up again.  My third attempt lasted 8 months, before I craved.  There are many 1 week attempts and 1 day attempts scattered in between, but I always went back.  This attempt is going to be my 4th and final attempt.  I will win this battle.  I am now 36 and honestly want to be there for my children and grandchildren.  In fact, it was my daughter and step-daughter graduating high school that allowed it to finally sink in.  Also, the fact that I am about to become a grandparent, really puts it into perspective.

The problem has always been that my wife is a smoker and she has not reached that place in life yet, where she “seriously” entertains the thought of quitting.  Of course, this puts the temptation around me constantly.  Even though she will not smoke in front of me and does not smoke frequently…just knowing they are there is a battle sometimes.

This will be my winning battle, I will take control, and I will never smoke again.  My children, my life, and my future grandchildren are the most important things.  The little stick of death is but an illusion of relaxation.  I don’t really need that to cope, be happy or relax.  What is more relaxing and satisfying is knowing that I have taken control, that my kids are all behind me, that I know I am doing the right thing.  I don’t want my kids to have to pay for my weakness and inability to control my life.  How can I preach inner strength to them, if I don’t display it myself?!?

The point I am trying to make is….don’t quit quitting!  Don’t ever give up!  If you stumble, pick yourself up and continue forward.  We can all become non-smokers for good, if we always put what is most important into perspective.  This is a war we can win and one of the few things in life we can control….Good luck to all of you in your quest to become a non-smoker.  I will now scream…. I WILL QUIT!  I CAN QUIT!  I WILL LIVE!

Congratulations – another Non-Smoker! Thank you Digitizedmind – Certainly I agree – We Will Win!

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  1. a.k.a.porkchop says:

    Too many times to count but trying again .Tried pills,patches,lasers,gums,sugreys.Had major back surgey in 05 and had lungs filtered and cleanedout not by my choice but was told if you ever pick up a stick again I was stupid after 1 yr. started again. tried alotmore times after that. today I sit typing this without a stick for 6days now and counting. But sick as a dog and spitting blood and every rotting thing in my body possiable.smoking for 22yrs. and still trying it is the hardest drug to stop and are great govement stands behind it and tells the corperate what to put in them and charge us the world,but can’t control it my feelings are stop and tell socity we can do it without the great!!!!! help of are crookit politition ads and bull shhhhhh what I am saying lets just do it as people.

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