‘Why I Quit Smoking’: 7 Triggers That Caused People To Stop And How It Changed Their Life
Thomas: I was diagnosed with COPD.
Too many reasons to count. I grew tired of my horrible smoker's cough, always being out of breath, smelling like an ashtray, feeling like an outcast in a society growing increasingly hostile towards smokers, spending tons of money on something I knew was killing me, etc. etc. etc.
I guess I could just simplify that and say I quit to lead a better life. And yes, life is MUCH better as a non-smoker.
I also quit when I found out that I have mild copd and it scared the living crap out of me!
Nancy: vascular blockages
Every time I got a simple cold or sinus infection it would lead to bronchitis. I quit when I had bad bronchitis spell. Coughed my head off, couldn't breathe. At age 45 I was terrified at the prospect of feeling like that forever if I were to develop COPD.
I didn't want to do it any more.
My 15 year old granddaughter started smoking. I wanted to be a better role model.
Why? I have moderate COPD. Was in hospital last year at this time for bilateral lung infection, they didnt know if I would pull thru. 2 years before at this time, had a bulging vein in my brain. (brain surgery clip). They knew of the bulging vein because I had a stroke 4 months before in 2016. Not related to stroke it was a nightmare surgery. Almost died 2 times in 2 and 1/2 years. My health was fine til I turned 55. I dont' have any reason to smoke!My miracles have run out, I believe.I dont want a life with more of this...2016I want this life! (2018 pic). New hair finally slowly grew back.
You look so beautiful! I feel like I am running out of time to reverse the affects.
Thomas3.20.2010 I quit smoking because breathing became so terrifyingly difficult at times...I wanted to live without that feeling overwhelming me. I quit smoking to save myself from MORE damage. I have NEVER regretted quitting, I will ALWAYS regret starting.
Ditto.........................................and ditto, ditto, ditto.......................
and oh I almost forgot..........ditto.
My story exactly Ellen......my breathing was just beginning to become slightly labored and I knew at that moment....the next turn in the road was a DEAD end.
Has your breathing improved?
JAA13 I am having a rough time at the moment, I have a couple of broken ribs that are challenging my ability to take deep breaths. For the MOST part, my breathing HAS improved, it certainly is impacted by high humidity or pollen BUT I hate to think what would have happened if I kept smoking. It's worth every single struggle to get and to STAY free.
<3 I will send positive energy for your speedy healing!
Thanks, I appreciate it.
I was having recurring abscesses and infections requiring surgery and was told smoking was contributing to it. I quit because I knew this was the start of more health issues to come if I didn't quit. I had the last surgery one month after I quit and my health is better than ever other than being very overweight....but I am working on that, too!
I got the worst cold and cough of my life. I couldn't breath. I thought I was going to die. I was in my early 50's. I dragged my butt to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my cough and i asked for the patch to quit smoking also. The pharmacist kind of snickered... she probably thought I was never going to quit. That was October 3rd, 2010. I never l looked back.
Fear of Cancer, stroke, heart problems. I was tired of being tired of smoking. I felt really stupid smoking. Hardly anyone in my circle smoked. I was tired of hiding them. Enough was enough. I am free. Amen.
I just got tired of being the person who smoked. I hid it from people because I was embarrassed by it. I started coughing a lot and I just hated having to constantly rely on it.
I had a setback after eye surgery (retina) smoking is BAD for your vision too.
I was just sick of it and found it disgusting. I did not enjoy smoking, and I only smoked to get my nicotine fix. I didn't understand that in the beginning, but the education that was available thru this site helped me realize and accept that fact. Thanks Thomas for the thought provoking question!
Thomas3.20.2010 My answer is almost EXACTLY Jennifer's.....I got sick of the whole ting...the smell, he cost, the needing to have enough cigarettes to go here, lighters, acceptable places to smoke.....A PAIN! But, as Jennifer sys...I didn't "actually get it" until I came her and started to talk with others and read. Thanks Thomas----I think blogs like these are great for everyone....good for us to think and remember.....good for newer people to read. As always-----you are such a BLESSING to this site.
Im not sure how any" ONE, person could have the answer correct. LOL . Every single person gave the right answer in my IMHO. Have a good nightHugs
I was tired of being a closet smoker and I never thought I would be a smoker. Ever!!
Me too! Hard work being in the closet. It was literally exhausting!!!!!!
I really don't know. I never thought I would ever stop smoking. At 57 I thought it was probably too late anyway. One day I just thought I would finish the two packs I had and give it a try. If I failed then I would just smoke the rest of my life. That was truly the way I thought. Those next 4 days until I ran out of cigarettes were the worst part. I was scared to death for that day to come. I just about smoked the filter off that last cigarette and any other butts I could find in the house. I went to bed, got up the next day and somehow got through that day. That is when I thought, if I can go without smoking for 24 hours, I can go another 24. So I just went day by day through all of life's struggles and here I am, still amazed that I actually quit smoking after so many decades.
I should also add that a support forum is most likely what kept me from ever smoking again.
Avian3, you are probably right about this community keeping you on the straight and narrow. Everyone here still willing to discuss how it is going 10 years after quitting. Pretty amazing this group has been here so long. I just stumbled on it through a comment on a Facebook ad. Praise God!
Strokeinthefamily wrote: avian3, you are probably right about this community keeping you on the straight and narrow. Everyone here still willing to discuss how it is going 10 years after quitting. Pretty amazing this group has been here so long. I just stumbled on it through a comment on a Facebook ad. Praise God!
avian3, you are probably right about this community keeping you on the straight and narrow. Everyone here still willing to discuss how it is going 10 years after quitting. Pretty amazing this group has been here so long. I just stumbled on it through a comment on a Facebook ad. Praise God!
Thanks for the positive feedback Strokeinthefamily and avian3! Does ex really work wants to know if the site does really work.
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Thomas, my husband quit 5/21/2010 when COPD disabled him. I hope you are doing well. If you ever need someone to discuss fev1, co2 levels, lung transplant or the value of ongoing respiratory rehab, I get it pretty well.
So I still smoke which is not a bit funny in our situation. My quit date in 3 days. Looking for tips that fit my caregiver lifestyle. Looking for blogs of ex smokers first days and weeks to psych myself up for my final quit.
For those of you who quit smoking a long time ago, is there an easy way to find your original blogs? Or the first months? Or do I need to scroll, scroll scroll?
Go to anyone's profile by clicking on their user name and click on "content" to show all their blogs. From there you can sort by several ways such as shown below. Hope this helps some.
I quit smoking because I was tired of being badgered by my husband. And he paid good money for a SmokeAway product for me and I felt I owed him at least giving it a try. AND I knew, of course, that I SHOULD quit. I had done so in the past. For several months at a time, quit-years apart. Didn't have symptoms, didn't want to quit. Agreed to for a specific time frame. Knew that once I'd quit this last time I would NEVER go back to another day one.
This is a great blog, Thomas, because so many people have weighed in on all the various reasons that we've quit. Some are the same, some totally different.
Next blog should be: Now that you've quit smoking - what's keeping you there?
Because I stank. My hair stank, my clothes stank, my hubby hated the stink. I hated the stink...Made me think. I need to quit, so said thats it.
Health issues, breathing issues , low energy, grandkids, loved one, hated to stand out in cold to smoke, hated to leave a group of friends at dinner to go outside to smoke. Hated being one of the only one of our friends who smoked. Lip wrinkles. Bronchitis, Pneumonia,. smelly fingers.
$$$. wasted a lot of $$$ on the stupid cancer sticks.
Because it was time, I was ready. I did it for me. Nobody else.
I was terrified, but I quit.
I am grateful...because you all led the way after God brought me here
I went through some financial trouble. I realized that I was spending as much per week as my child's preschool tuition. Her needs were far more important. Florida offers free patches, so I ordered them and never looked back.
I didn't have any health problems related to smoking other than it was hard to breathe in the hot summers trudging up and down the hill to the horse barn. My kids REALLY wanted me to quit. My husband's mother had severe COPD and was tied to an O2 concentrator in the nursing home. She hated it. She passed away a few years back in hospice while I held her hand. I listened to her gurgle for days trying to breathe before she died. I realized she had suffocated to death. The sight was not pretty so I promised my husband I'd quit. Took a few years but better late than never!
I quit because I new I was going to be a great grandma, and to be here longer for my girls, yes, I am a single parent now that Brian is gone. I saw what he went through with COPD and it wasn't pretty altho he was not on oxygen.
I have quit to avoid oral cancer and COPD and also stroke and heart attack. Not to mention I am a breast cancer survivor by almost 9 years. I am worried now that I may have skin cancer, and will see my doctor Thursday to see.
I also quit to be a good example for my grand kids. Also I realized that even a 17 minute walk would leave me breathless. Not to mention the smell, and cost, stinking hair, clothes, hands. It's just not worth it!!
I quit first for me, then my friends that didn't want to be around me cause they had quit cause of their health & last but not least.....MY DOG MAGGIEMAY!
I quit because I desperately needed a knee surgery. I had four surgeries where my knee just wouldn’t heal right. I would show pictures of my knee but it’s quite graphic. The plastic surgeon refused to do surgery on me unless I quit. He would work on me 3 weeks after I quit. I’m healing finally. I have 35 days completely nicotine free. I quit for my kids/family/ friends as well. ❤️
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