Over this last month I have become one of those annoying ex smokers that comments and tuts at those smokers on the street that waft around their cigarettes in front of my pushchair and my face.
Having never been a smoker that smoked while in the street I could never understand why someone would walk around subjecting everyone else to my fag smoke. I just smoked at home at the back door.
Over the last week alone I have tutted and commented at several members of the public, one for nearly burning a hole in my pushchair and the other for nearly burning my face while she gesticulated wildly with a cigarette in her hand.
This year marks 4 years smoke free for me and if I am honest there are days I drastically crave a fag still. I am not sure if this craving really ever goes away. However the non smoking benefits far outweigh ever smoking again.
My breath is nicer and my teeth are whiter than while I smoked. I am also not smelling out the kitchen or my clothing either!
Over the years my breathing has got better and I feel like I finally can breath deeply and with control.
Since I am now coming into my 4th year of non smoking I know my risk of heart disease has dropped and my all round health is sky rocketing internally. Even if there are some things I can do for the outside to make me healthier.
I thankfully stopped smoking by going cold turkey as I have a fairly addictive personality and worried by substituting for nicotine replacements or even vaping I would then struggle to get of those too. However don’t let that put you off I have several friends that have given up smoking by using vaping using nicotine free products and their choice of device to use has helped them cut down and then subsequently stop.
I think it’s about finding ways that work for you and being honest about them. I am immensely proud of the journey I made to become smoke free and even through the tears and stress at the beginning I know I made the right choice.
Have you ever been a smoker? or tried giving up smoking if you are?
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