“Thank You for Smoking”…NOT!

I started smoking around the age of 15-16, yea stupid huh? Carried away by my peers, it was all about the coolness at first (one of the common reason for most young smokers) but then I stopped paying attention to how cool it was and it became a habit. Years passed, the amount of cigarettes I smoked increased, especially after my parents learned (they weren’t too happy about that). Dad was a heavy smoker himself, but stopped with medical aid when I was a child, and mom is asthmatic, enough said. Both knew there was nothing they could do to stop me, they just asked for me to decrease the number of cigarettes I smoked and the usual health concerns talks were there of course. Smoking became part of my life, each morning before university I picked up a pack from the same mini market and headed down. Having a very active nightlife, cigarettes were always present at most times of the day. With a best friend that smoked heavily as well,  stopping to smoke wasn’t even a considerable option at the time. But around 5 months ago, I woke up one day, and well I decided to stop…cold turkey. You might ask “why?”, it’s simple, I just wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t slave to my addiction. And that day was indeed the end of the line for cigarettes in my life. And surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to accomplish, sure I had my cravings, but I persevered. A lot of people admired my will, and they encouraged me a lot, it pushed me to continue. Friends at university, my family and tweeps, all were there to support me and I can’t thank them enough, because I am smoke free today because they believed I could follow through. So to all you smokers out there, take note of this real life experience, do yourself and the people who love you a favor, show that cigarette who’s boss…if i can do it, you can.


23 Responses to ““Thank You for Smoking”…NOT!”

  1. August 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Very nice to know that…I hope others would do the same (I know its not possible for my dad though).
    Hope you keep that going 🙂


  2. 3 Ali
    August 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Great post! It’s really a serious problem. I hope others take what you said into consideration… but like Gaby’s dad… mine would be impossible to quit too!

    • August 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

      thank you ali! yes i know, i hope so too sometimes it takes a person a very small motivation to trigger willpower 🙂 hehe i hope both your dads try there is nothing to lose, and health to gain 😀

  3. August 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I actually don’t know why I smoke :/ well now it’s an addiction I guess!
    I enjoy it!! I think about quitting though I don’t want to!
    Your post is pushing me to think more about quitting!
    Probably soon I’ll thank you! =)

    • August 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

      well, it was exactly the same for me, i loved it…it made me feel good no doubt about it! but actually the thin line between stopping and not stopping is actually wanting to stop, you don’t want to stop, trust me you will NEVER stop!! i hope it does eventually push you, i would love to motivate people.
      i’ll be waiting for that thank you soon 😉

  4. August 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I have been admiring you for stopping since the day I saw your first tweet about it five months ago when you were I think, in your first or second week. I have tried it only once for a year. It was great but I always missed it. And since you stopped, have also been thinking of trying again, especially as I run. Decreasing doesn’t really help. It has to be cold turkey as you say. Well done and keep reminding us of what you have achieved. It’s really a big, big deal!!! Bravo 🙂

    • August 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Other than admiring me,you fueled my will to continue couldn’t have done it without you. I really really do encourage you to try again, we’ll be all there to support you along the way. I feel great about myself, and i would wish you to feel the same way. It’s either cold turkey or nothing. I hope I’ll be seeing a tweet from you like you did 5 months ago, courage mich!
      Thanks a lot for reading, and for commenting very highly appreciated, you’re awesome 🙂

  5. August 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    That’s the only way to do it..
    Was a smoker for 10 years.. Been a non-smoker for 3 yrs now..
    That’s how I did it too.. Cold Turkey!!
    Nice post.

  6. 11 Dar El Akhdar
    August 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Good for you!

    My mom went through the exact same scenario
    – 15 years smoking-free ever since 🙂

    Keep it up!
    And for the doubters out there: you can do it!

  7. 13 meinlebanon
    August 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Great job man, I really admire you! Especially cause I understand that it must be so hard, especially having peers who smoke all of the time! But if you think about it, really sit down and think about what you are doing to yourself, inhaling noxious toxins…it shouldn’t be that hard to quit! Bravo, I am proud!

  8. 15 KJ
    August 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Good for you 🙂 I hope it lasts! 😀 congratulations 🙂

  9. August 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

    yeah 🙂 smoking is bad … so bad 😛

  10. 19 Fadi
    December 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I keep quitting and going back and quitting and going back 😦 i’ve done that for years. I’m off now, and hoping to stick to it, the key is not to smoke even a single cigarette.

    • December 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      yeah the key is to stop and stop for good not a single cigarette! I wish you all the best of luck 🙂 i am not 9 months clean from smoking, i hope you can do the same 🙂

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