Blog Post created by picaroon on Aug 28, 2019

I got a notice from Mark that I hit 2500 days, so it will be 7 years in October. I'm kind of on the fence about something here, I sort of feel bad that I don't check in too much with the "ex" but it's only because I don't think about it very much anymore. I hope that this fact alone will give all of you encouragement. I can honestly say that I can't remember the last time I had the desire to smoke. I'm not around anyone who smokes all that often, but when I am, I don't really notice them in the act of smoking. I do notice the smell, especially when they aren't smoking, their breath, their clothes, it's really off putting. I can't believe my wife and family put up with me for so many years.

Encouragement and honesty:

1. Quitting was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.

2. Quit, don't quit, either way, never lie to yourself or anyone else about smoking, do not try and hide it, you can't. You either smoke or you don't. If you try to hide it, you will isolate yourself because you will try to get away to somewhere you can smoke and have the time to get rid of the smell (which you can't). It's a thin line, your loved ones want you to quit, you want to please them but you can't have it both ways. Better for them to be upset with you about smoking than to try and hide it. I can't empathize this enough, I was the fool who lied about quitting and it almost cost me everything.

3. I don't know about vaping, it was just starting out around the time that I quit. I used lozenges to get me over the hump and they were kind of a pain to give up too, but not nearly as bad.

4. Your health will improve and gets better everyday

5. Your mental state, anxiety and stress go down greatly over time.

6. You feel like you have more control over your own life, something that is really hard to have these days, why give any of it up to cigarettes.