Life After Tobacco

Ex-Smokers Share Their Thoughts About Life After Quitting Tobacco

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Once we stop smoking, the word freedom takes on a depth of meaning it never had before. Take a look at what Smoking Cessation Forum members have to say about life after quitting tobacco.

From Michelle (QuitWit)

"When I was a smoker, there isn’t much I wouldn’t have done to maintain my addiction. I cut short my time with family and friends. I missed out on entertainment and recreational opportunities.

I sacrificed much of my physical health and my self-esteem. I sacrificed the quality of my environment…my home/car/clothing. I sacrificed a good portion of my income, too. Wow! In retrospect, I sacrificed so much to maintain my nicotine addiction.

"After I quit smoking and had a little time behind me, I began to see my smobriety in relation to my addiction. At what point did my freedom from smoking become as important to me or even more important than my addiction? Thankfully, I am at a point now at which I don’t have to consider making sacrifices to maintain my smobriety.

"I will say this…the more time, energy, and emotion I invest in this endeavor, the more protective I become of it. I wrote to one member on this forum that I have become addicted to not smoking. That may not make sense, but as much as I needed to smoke then, I need to not smoke now."

From Dee (Thorsmom)

"I can't begin to explain what my freedom means to me at this point in my cessation.

I appreciated it after a few months of being smoke free, but from where I'm sitting at almost 3 years, I realize how truly amazing was the leap of faith we took and what we've accomplished. I understand being addicted to not smoking, cause I too am addicted to not smoking and perfectly happy to be so."

From Paula (Paula39100)

"As I head up to nearly 2 years smoke free (a few months to go yet!), I feel that I finally have that inner peace. It's an ongoing process, and when you think that you aren't going to feel any more comfortable in your win than you already do, something else comes along that makes you realize that you will hang on to your smobriety with every ounce of your being! That's where I am now. My life has changed on oh so many levels, not only the obvious health benefits. Lately, I have really noticed just how wonderful it is to breathe; to be able to take a deep breath and not cough up a lung, but other things, too.

"The amount of self-confidence that comes with succeeding in doing this still continues to astound me. I have discovered that behind that smoke screen, I was hiding a very emotional person and that it's okay to let go and cry sometimes and let myself feel things. All in all, this has been one amazing journey that I would not have missed for the world."

From Terry (AbQuitSmking)

"I've gotten into the habit of using gratitude on a daily basis. This new life I've created for myself is a precious gift that I cherish and nurture. I love my life so much more now that I'm not living it in a cloud of smoke.

It's been said that gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, and I believe that. I used it as a tool to help remind me of my progress, and it has rewarded me with an increased awareness for all of the many blessings elsewhere in my life. The cigarette induced anxiety I suffered is gone, I'm delighted to say. Life is good."

From Neeny

"Quitting smoking and all that goes with it was not only the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but by far, the most rewarding. I looked back at my journal to try to get some ideas of just how to express what being a YEAR quit means to me...all I can really say is that I have corrected the one thing that has held me back in my life.

When I first picked a cigarette up, I don't recall making a life long commitment to smoke every thirty minutes for the rest of my life...

"I could sit and list all the benefits to quitting. I am going to venture that each and every one who may read this knows exactly what their life would be like if they no longer had to deal with smoking. I think the most important benefit is not the money saved, or the clothes not ruined, or the lack of damage done to property or even that we smell better(although all of that is a huge benefit).

"It is the peace of mind.

"The ability to move about your life without having to consider a habit/addiction/urge/craving, and how it will fit in. I have my life back, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

"I encourage you all to stay the path and do whatever it takes to regain your own life. Don't buy the lie another day. You don't have to be a victim of your choice all those years ago."

Final Thoughts

Be patient and allow yourself to heal from this addiction at your own rate. Don't put limitations on your progress, and don't compare yourself to others. You'll find the peace that others have, and when you do, the work it took to achieve will melt away.

Stay the course!