People start smoking for many different reasons, sometimes it is to look cool in front of their friends other times it’s just to see what it’s like. Once one starts smoking it is often hard to kick the habit. My husband has been smoking since he was about 14 years old, I started when I was 19.
My reason for picking up a cigarette was to try and release some stress. At the time I was going through a lot in life and I was having a hard time dealing with those issues. So I turned to cigarettes. At first they gave me a bad headache, but they helped keep my mind of the things going on around me. I tried to quit smoking several different times. However, the addiction was to much and once I quit I would end up starting back up again.
I quit while I was pregnant for my daughter. About a month after she was born I started again, depression sunk in and I was in need of my nicotine. It took me almost 7 years from starting again to put the cigarette down and never pick it up again.
I officially stopped smoking in December of 2008. I can say since I have quit smoking I feel so much better. At times I still have that urge to light up, when things become stressful. Then I look at how I felt when I was smoking, plus the price of those cigarettes, and it just isn’t worth it.
I will not let the cigarette companies pull me in again. I happen to like breathing somewhat normal instead of waking up hacking my lungs up first thing in the morning, and continuing to do so until I have about 3 cigarettes in me. If you have thought about quitting, but you are unsure if you have the willpower. Let me tell you this, YOU CAN QUIT. There are so many great support groups and resources out there, that will make putting that cigarette out easier than you think.
Then you can save that money you would normally spend on cigarettes and go on a family vacation! You have to WANT to quit before you will succeed in quitting.