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I Finally Made It – Persistence is the Key to Stop Smoking


This post was a comment submitted by Jeffrey in our article Simple Quit Smoking Tips and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for this wonderful story Jeffrey.

I almost gave up quitting, but as the saying goes, when you’re almost about to give up, then consider it a sign that you are about to succeed and this actually happened to me. I curse the day when I light my first stick of cigarette. It was on that day that I fell under a spell (addiction) and my life was enslaved for 25 years.

I was being controlled by some external force which I could not resist; I spent money for nothing and gave my body all the poisonous substance you could ever imagine. Fortunately my body was bestowed some healing powers of its own but even then I know my body will no longer function normally as it should haven’t I lit that first voodoo cigarette stick years ago.

After 25 years of being a slave, I finally discovered how foolish I was. So in the month of October last year I vowed to fight my freedom no matter what it would take I will quit smoking. So I tried all methods I could find but to no avail. Although with the help of the patches I could quit for a few days before lighting another cigarette.

Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

It went on like for this a month until I found this quit smoking blog. I was almost in the verge of giving up, but the comments and experiences I read gave me strength and enthusiasm to carry on. I realized that I am not the only one feeling this way and I realized that most quitters have to undergo this malady before you could quit successfully.

So backed by my burning desire, I told myself I am not going to die with nicotine flowing in my veins. I bought a quit smoking book, I used self-suggestion, and I visualized myself a nonsmoker every minute and every passing of the day. My desire was getting strong and soon I could feel myself throwing up each time I lit a cigarette. So last week, I bought a box of patches, used for two days and went cold turkey. Now is day 7 for me!

I have no regrets quitting, honestly each time I feel the urge I change that craving from a negative to a positive one. How? Well just tell yourself that each time you feel that desire, it is a sign of freedom. Each time the urge strike tell yourself it’s not you but the addiction that ruined almost all your life. It’s not easy, but after quitting for three months, persistence will help you win the battle.

After seven days, I could now climb the stairs in our condo without tiring too much. My wife always comment how much I smell good. I can now hug my children without the feeling of guilt. I have already saved $28.00 and the people in the office are no longer treating me like an outcast. I also now enjoy my meals better not hurrying up just to light a voodoo stick. I do hope my story can inspire quitters out there. If one or two will be able to quit I am really grateful for that.

It is your choice my friend to continue smoking or start quitting. It is your choice to live as a slave or a freeman. It is your choice to destroy your health or live a healthier one. It is your choice to make cigarette manufacturers rich instead of yourself. And it is your choice to make life harder or to make life easier by quitting smoking today!

Thank you so much Jeffrey! I’m very sure many will be inspired by your story.

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