Ex-Smoker Deborah – I Have Quit Smoking

This article was submitted by Deborah sharing her story, thank you for sharing your experience.

I never thought I would say this, but here goes… I have stopped smoking. I had smoked for about 40 years. I was controlled by cigarettes. I wouldn’t ride in cars with non-smokers, always taking my own car so I could smoke. I planned my day around cigarette breaks; I felt independent, empowered even, that I could exercise my right to smoke.

I was lucky (in a way) that I got such a bad case of flu, pneumonia, that I couldn’t breath, and couldn’t smoke. So I quit-I had to quit. I decided after about 3-4 days, that I was not going to smoke again if, when I began to feel better. I got nicotine gum, cough drops, mints. A friend told me the urge to smoke lasts about 40 seconds, just get though those 40 seconds…and I did…every half hour I fought off the urge to smoke. Then the urge came every hour, now, every 3-4 hours.

I’ve been smoke free for 14 days now. I’m getting over my flu, but I still have sweats, anxiety, tired, coughing up phlegm. I’m proud of myself, that I could quit because I always said & believed I could not. My challenge will be to remain a quitter, as I get feeling better. I am concentrating on the benefits of not smoking, like smelling good, breathing better, and being a winner.

Another Non-Smoker! Congratulations Deborah, try to reward yourself for the money you are going to save. Thank you.

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