Ex-Smoker Shane – The Pros in Quitting Smoking

This post was submitted by Shane, it was a comment in our post Effects When You Quit Smoking and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for this wonderful experience and story.

I’m only on day 2 since I quit smoking. This is so far my most successful attempt at quitting. I’m 25, and have been a pack-a-day smoker for nearly 5 yrs. It hasn’t been too hard yet. It does feel kind of funny drinking coffee, or finishing a meal without a smoke. Driving long distances will also feel like a challenge. I’ve quit mostly cold turkey. I did buy a box of Nicolette gum, and I am chewing one only about every 4 hrs. I am also sucking on cinnamon hard candies to suppress cravings. I’m not going to allow myself to relapse this time. I already had my first test, sitting next to a friend smoking. The smoke actually smelled bad to me, rather than pleasant. This is a big positive.

I quit smoking mostly to save $. It just seems like a huge waste of money to continue spending 50+ bucks/wk on cigs.

It’s hard to enjoy a lot of things without a smoke, but I hope in a few weeks that will change.

Pros so far: My teeth already look whiter. Smoking had stained them a light yellowish color, but brushing 3x a day with a good whitening toothpaste has really lightened up back up. My teeth haven’t looked this nice in years. Also, I feel more energetic. I also felt so damn tired or fatigued while I smoked. Now, after just a couple days, I feel motivated and alert.

Cons: I’m experiencing diarrhea right now, and just this morning started getting bad stomach cramps. Hopefully this passes in a couple days. I haven’t had shortness of breath, coughing, headaches, etc as of yet.

Thank you Shane and believe me (us) those cons will not last and will be gone sooner than you thought.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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