I hit my one year anniversary of quitting smoking in February. It was one of the most gratifying days of my life.
These past 13 months of being smoke-free have paid off in ways that I couldn’t imagine.
Being a non-smoker has benefited…
Anyone can quit smoking.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
This may sound like a strange way to quit smoking but it worked for me….
I was driving past one of those billboards last summer that read SMOKING IS ADDICTIVE as to prevent non-smokers from starting. At that very moment, I was overcome with anger….
...what I figured out at that moment was just how clever and manipulative cigarette companies really are! The strategic wording of that banner was also basically telling smokers “you’re addicted! you can’t quit! haaa! hahaha!”
I felt that way because I know that one of the biggest excuses a smoker uses for NOT quitting is “oh i’m addicted, I can’t quit it’s too hard because i’m addicted…”
You just need to know that not all of the addiction is chemical. You have to recognize that you are the one putting that cigarette up to your lips, giving yourself every excuse in the book to let yourself be victim to smoking.
As soon as you break that mental connection, you can learn to curb the physical addiction, and every day that you go without a cigarette, the closer you are to breaking the habit.
GOOD LUCK to everyone.
Don’t be the victim….