7 Reasons I Liked Smoking and 50 Reasons I Hated It

Jeff's List of the Pros and Cons of Smoking

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About Smoking Cessation support forum member Jeff created this list of reasons when he quit smoking.  What are your reasons to quit?

From Jeff:

7 Reasons Why I Thought I Liked Smoking

1) Smoking made the empty, anxious, tense feeling of nicotine withdrawal go away for a short while. I now know that I am and will always be a nicotine addict. I know that the craving to smoke is not coming from the cigarette but from my mind.

No matter what doubts, negative thoughts or excuses enter my brain, I will not accept them. I know that I can never have another cigarette or I will be back exactly where I started, smoking myself to an early grave.

2) I unconsciously thought that cigarettes were my friend. We went through all the bad and good times together. Smoking was always there for me for over 35 years. I now know that cigarettes are not my friend, but instead were slowly poisoning and killing me.

3) The time away from work/life that was free from worry, concern and stress while I smoked. I unconsciously transferred the pleasurable feelings of peace and relaxation during those breaks to the act of smoking a cigarette. I now know that I can experience this feeling of inner peace by just taking a short break without smoking a cigarette.

4) I believed that I could never be truly happy as an ex-smoker. I now know that this belief was conditioned in me from a young age through my early experiences with smoking and constant advertising attacks by cigarette companies.

I now know I need to question everything I ever thought I understood about smoking. I can be truly happy and healthy as an ex-smoker.

5) The smell of a good Cuban cigar or the smells as you open a humidor. I have to admit that I still like the smell of cigars. However, I now know I can never smoke them again.

I have relapsed twice because I thought I could have just one cigar. I now know I can never ever have another puff off a cigarette or cigar. A puff will lead me back to full-time smoking; there is no in-between.

6) I was afraid of quitting and the terrible feelings of withdrawal from nicotine. I feared I could not handle quitting and the triggers to smoke that I would face. I looked at the act of quitting as the most difficult, tedious and unpleasant thing I would ever do. While quitting may be difficult, I now know that I need to focus on the positive effects of being an ex-smoker. I know that quitting is a learning experience. I seek and embrace the triggers so that I can conquer them and establish new healthy habits in their place.

7) I was afraid to make the commitment to myself to never have another puff because I feared failing. I have now made a personal commitment to myself to quit smoking for good.

50 Reasons I Hated Smoking

1) My lungs hurt. This was the final straw for me. I was sitting in bed feeling my lungs ache and thought to myself, What am I doing? Do I really want to end up like my father?

I know I can quit. I have made it for more than a year smoke-free on more than one occasion. N.O.P.E.(not one puff ever)!

2) Watching my father unhook his oxygen to go out and have a cigarette.

3) Seeing my father unable to walk across the living room without losing his breath. This is the same guy who was on championship baseball and hockey teams in his thirties.

4) I stopped smoking before my father died, and he thought I had done it...then I started up again. What was I thinking?

5) The fact that I started smoking again after almost 2 years smoke-free.

6) Being gullible enough to think that I could smoke just one cigar.

7) Smoking will shorten my life span.

8) Working hard to save for early retirement while fearing I won't live to enjoy most of it.

9) My health is terrible because of smoking.

10) Did I mention the splitting headaches I got from smoking?

11) I felt like a helpless slave to nicotine addiction.

12) Dental problems, like bad breath, yellow teeth and bone loss in my mouth.

13) I love to ski and smoking affected my stamina. No, no, no; it killed my stamina. Same thing for golf.

14) Being out of shape and breathing heavy after climbing only one flight of stairs. After just 2 weeks smoke-free, I'm taking the stairs two at a time.

15) The look my wife and daughters gave me when I lit a cigarette.

16) Having to leave a party to sneak outside to smoke, and having to admit why I was outside to a non-smoker.

17) The whipped feeling I got every time I broke down and bought another pack of cigarettes.

18) My mother quit 36 years ago while my father was still smoking.

19) My wife quit smoking in 1985 while living with an active smoker (me). There are some strong women in my family.

20) Remembering Mrs. Kaufman (a friend of my mother's) lying on her deathbed from smoking.

21) My shortened memory pertaining to anything about the hazardous effects of smoking.

22) Smelly clothes.

23) Burn holes in my clothes.

24) That feeling I'd get when I needed another fix.

25) How I hated myself for smoking.

26) Not being able to taste my food.

27) The constant anxiety I had, knowing I was slowly killing myself with cigarettes.

28) Thinking that the Nicodemon was stronger than I was.

29) I hated having to plan my life around my smoking habit.

30) The feeling I'd get every time I'd see the warning label on the pack. Especially the graphic pictures of smoking-related disease displayed on cigarette packs.

31) Smoking outside in the snow or pouring rain.

32) Hearing something rustle in the bushes when I'd be out having a smoke in the jungle at night. Especially the one time when I'd seen a 15-foot lizard across the street a few hours earlier. Did I mention the jungle snakes?

33) Shortening time spent with my kids so I could smoke.

34) High life insurance premiums -- another reminder that I won’t last long if I keep smoking.

35) The terrible feeling I'd get in the pit of my stomach when I was down to the last 2 cigarettes in a pack.

36) Painting the ceiling in my old house a few years ago and realizing how yellow it was. If cigarette smoke can screw up a good paint job, what was it doing to my lungs?

37) The cost of smoking. Overseas (Indonesia) they are only $1 a pack, but it is still a waste of a good dollar.

38) I hated flying simply because it meant I had to go without nicotine for a few hours.

39) Getting cross at my wife and kids because I needed a cigarette.

40) Having my cheap lighter blow up in my car.

41) Trying to light a cigarette in the wind.

42) Trying to light a cigarette in the torrential jungle rain.

43) Having to go without a cigarette at work.

44) Getting more colds as a smoker. And they were many times worse because of smoking.

45) Oh my gosh, I almost forgot. Smoking affects your sex life. Quit for better sex.

46) Watching my caddy hack and cough while smoking Indonesian clove cigarettes.

47) The hour or more I used to spend every day either smoking, running to the store to get cigarettes, looking for my cigarettes, or walking outside to have a cigarette. In the next 30 years, that one hour a day will add up to 15 months of extra time!

48) Worrying about my children and secondhand smoke.

49) I read that smoking a pack a day is equivalent to taking 100,000 puffs per year. For me, as a smoker from 12 to 49 years old, that means I intentionally put the 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes into my body more than 4 million times.

50) Smoking has never solved any of my problems. The problem was always there after the cigarette was gone.

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