We all know the reasons to quit smoking.– but why could anyone even start? Community member Jeff explains why he believed he liked to smoke and why he stopped smoking.
7 reasons i thought i would love to smoke
We love things like smoking because it seems to play a positive role in our lives – that’s why it’s so hard to quit. This is what made me quit smoking.
Smoking disappeared for a short time from the empty, anxious and tense feeling of nicotine withdrawal. I now know that I am and always will be a nicotine addict. I know that the desire to smoke does not come from the cigarette, but from my mind.
No matter what doubts, negative thoughts, or excuses enter my brain, I will not accept them. I know I can never have a cigarette again, or I’ll be right where I started and smoke my way to an early grave.
Kinship and familiarity
I subconsciously thought that cigarettes were my friend. We all went through bad and good times together. Smoking was always there for me for over 35 years. I now know that cigarettes are not my friend, they slowly poison and kill me.
The time away from work / life that was free from worry, worry and stress while smoking. I subconsciously transferred the pleasant feelings of peace and relaxation during these breaks to smoking a cigarette. I now know that I can experience this feeling of inner peace by just taking a short break without smoking a cigarette...
I believed that as an ex-smoker I could never be really happy. I now know that this belief was inherent in me from a young age through my early experiences with smoking and constant advertising attacks from cigarette companies. I now know that I need to question everything I’ve ever understood about smoking. I can Be really happy and healthy as an ex-smoker.
The smell of a good Cuban cigar or the smell when you open a humidor. I have to admit that I still like the smell of cigars. However, now I know that I will never be able to smoke it again. I fell behind twice thinking I could only have one cigar. I now know that I can never have another drag on a cigarette or a cigar. One puff takes me back to full-time smoking; there is no in between.
Fear of withdrawal
I was scared of quitting and the awful feeling of withdrawing from nicotine. I feared I couldn’t handle quitting and smoking the triggers I would face. I considered quitting the hardest, most tedious, and uncomfortable thing I would ever do.
While quitting may be difficult, I now know that I need to focus on the positive effects of an ex-smoker. I know that quitting is a learning experience. I seek out and hug the triggers so I can conquer them and establish new healthy habits in their place.
Fear of failure
I was afraid to commit myself never to make another move because I feared failure. I have now personally committed to quitting smoking for good.
7 reasons i hated smoking
It is important that you have your “why” when you quit smoking. I have my tons of reasons why I quit, but here are some of the top ways smoking has negatively affected my life.
- I watched my father uncheck his oxygen to have a cigarette
- I felt helpless in the face of nicotine addiction.
- Dental problems like bad breath, yellow teeth, and bone loss in my mouth
- I would get this feeling if I needed another solution
- How I hated myself for smoking
- My lungs hurt. This was the last straw for me. I sat in bed and felt my lungs ache and thought to myself: What am I doing? Do I really want to end up like my father? I know I can stop I’ve made it smoke free more than once for over a year. N.O.P.E. (not a single train ever)!
- Smoking has never solved any of my problems. The problem was always there after the cigarette was gone.