posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 12:39 PM
reply to post by Maverickhunter
I can tell you how I became one and what I think. I quit over a year ago and I'll tell you what motivated me.
The main reason I started was because I was furious over a so-called friend of mine. I had no way to express my feelings so I bummed a cigarette off
a friend and then another. It immediately calmed me down. After that, I started buying my own and it became therapeutic. I had heard the dangers,
but it didn't have any meaning, because most people do not see the effects of smoking in society unless they happen to know someone who has developed
The main reason I wanted to quit was because it began to cost so much, but that wasn't enough to make me quit. I really didn't feel confident about
quitting on money alone. I needed something more and started researching the health effects of smoking. I wanted a reason that I could at least see
first-hand that would make me regret it if I continued.
Words to me aren't enough, but I did find a website with pictures of this guy along with his story of how he got cancer and went down hill fast. It
was pretty sad to see how the guy dwindled away. His long time girlfriend married him before he croaked and it was pretty emotional to read about
For me, thats what helped me. I could then connect what it looks in real life of how your health can be taken and all that you could have done will
be gone in a flash. It made me think that I have my own kids to be thankful for and that if I don't do something with conviction, they could spend
the rest of their life without a dad. That would suck.
I wish their were more graphic accounts of smoking related damage available online so that people could see. Maybe some personal stories about how
people thought it would not harm them for many years and how they thought they could quit anytime. Maybe more of that would help someone. I know it
I used the patches and although the cost of those was high, they weren't more expensive than buying cigarettes. I also had hard candy to munch on.
In about a week or two after starting, I did not need the candy so much.
Its been over a year now and haven't touched one since. I probably saved over $1000. It was like getting a 50 cent raise or extra $20 a week which
I can use on other things that I am enjoying more.