Today, November 18th, 2010 celebrates the 35th Great American Smokeout. It is a day when millions of Americans make the choice to commit to no longer smoking. I know it is easier said than done but it really isn’t that hard at all.
I was once a smoker who smoked about a pack and a half a day. I used to go outside every half hour just to have a cigarette regardless of weather or time. But after ten years, I decided it was a bit much, put them down and never returned to them again. This year celebrates ten years of being smoke free.
“Smoking is the leading cause of statistics” – Mark Twain
The American Heart Association estimated that 211 million woman in America smoke and 248 million men in America smoke which only makes up a small percentage of the people in the United States that do smoke. The majority of smokers are teenagers. I started as a teenager so I don’t think that is too far from the truth thinking back of the days when my high school classmates and I would sneak to take puffs in school.
“One thousand Americans stop smoking everyday by dying” – Unknown
The American Heart Association also estimated that smoking cigarettes accounts for over 400,000 unnecessary deaths annually. Second-hand smoke is the third leading cause of unnecessary death. And that’s not just for humans. Dogs are also known for having contact with cigarettes and dying from lung cancer.
For me, it was my habit getting just a little bit out of hand and then the price going up from $2.25 to $2.50. But with the price being at $8.00 and higher now, I don’t think I made such a bad choice. Is the price of cigarettes truly worth it? How much stress can a puff eliminate that a prayer can’t?
“Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.” – Mark Twain
I can’t understand how a woman can decided to quit smoking for nine months and more to protect a baby that she is carrying but go back to smoking after the baby is born. Doesn’t the same cigarette have the same effect on the child that it would have on the mother? But quitting is something that takes time. I will admit, it wasn’t the easiest habit to quit. I’ve had people mark my pack trying to get me to go from a pack and a half a day to a pack in a week, but it didn’t work. Even had someone try to help me go down to one a day just to go back to my pack and a half again
.“People always come up to me and say that my smoking is bothering them . . . Well, it’s killing me!” – Wendy Liebman
But the day I quit, I quit cold turkey. Now I go around someone smoking the same kind of cigarettes I used to smoke and it turns my stomach. I think the smell is really awful. I don’t really like being around it at all. It makes my clothes smell bad. I rather not leaving a place smelling as if I were in a saloon. Does nothing for me and I plan to never go backwards, back to them.
I’m not going to tell you that you should quit smoking because I know that from experience it does nothing but frustrate. The smoker would rather defend their reasoning and often defend it hard. I know, that was once me.
I will say this though; you do not need the patch, nor tobacco gum or any kind of medicine to quit. What you need it the desire and will power. If you want to quit, just quit and never look back. You can do anything your mind is set on doing, if you really want to. Make the positive change today. “The best way to stop smoking is to just stop – no ifs, ands or butts” – Edith Zittler.