When I was 15, I started to smoke. Everyone around me smoked: my friends, my family, even movie stars! Health had never been a real issue to me. Nothing was wrong; I looked healthy and felt good, despite my smoking habit. I only smoked a pack a day, which is less than most people around me. I never thought anything bad would happen to me, until I visited the doctor’s office due to chest pain. And to think I was only 45 years old! The doctor said my disease was contributed back to my smoking. I smoked my last cigarette an hour after leaving the doctor’s office.
My biggest motivation for quitting was my kids, because I want to be a positive role model in their lives. I wanted to see them walk across the stage for graduation, as well as walk down the aisle when they get married. The best thing I have ever done for my family and myself was quitting smoking.
I started out smoking only a few cigarettes a day, but that habit escalated quickly. Before I knew it, I was smoking two packs a day. I never thought lung cancer would be a possibility for me, but it happened, and it happened before I wanted it to. I was only 55 years old! When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, the doctor said I was stage 3, which is pretty serious. I immediately quit smoking, which is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I’m glad I did it though, because I got to watch my daughter walk down the aisle. I realize, now, how awful my addiction had become. I’m so thankful I was able to rid myself of this habit because I got to witness precious moments I would have otherwise missed.
I have been smoke-free for 5 years. The gum really works. I cannot believe how nasty smoking makes your clothes, house, and car. I am so glad that I don’t have any more issue with stinky cigarette smoke! Quitting is the best thing that I’ve done. I smell better, eat better, and food tastes better.
I had a hard time quitting but If I can do it anyone can do it! I have to work on controlling weight gain. Exercise helps me beat my cravings. I use the generic brand because it is much cheaper and still works. I like that I can sleep better, that my breathing is better. Most of all, I am glad that I don’t stink likes cigarette smoke to other people anymore. Nothing stinks more than a smoker. It’s nasty. I will never go back to smoking. One of the best things I’ve done is QUIT.