06 Feb 2020
29 Dec 2021
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Today is my fifth anniversary as a non-smoker! I can hardly believe it. Had I not quit when I did, I would have smoked over 45,700 cigarettes. That's a staggering number, eh?
It has been so nice to wake up every day without my mouth tasting like an ashtray, and without coughing my guts out. I no longer worry about having bad breath, or about clothes that reek of smoke. I don't have to find a spot outside where I can light up, feeling like an idiot as I stand in the cold. I can eat in a restaurant without feeling the need to go outside to smoke. Having to leave the table always embarrassed me. My teeth and gums are healthier, my circulation is better, and I have regained about a year of life. And I have more money in my pocket.
I quit cold turkey after having smoked for over 43 years, and it was the best thing I could have ever done. I will forever be grateful for this site, which was a lifeline for me. I learned how to quit successfully, and I made a lot of friends along the way.
You all rock, you really do. Whether you have quit or are still struggling to quit, you are heading in the right direction. Don't give up, keep fighting! You can slay this beast we call addiction and emerge triumphant. Give yourself the gift of a smoke free life. You deserve it!