The Things We Love About Not Smoking

Ahhhhh, to be Smoke Free...One Day at a Time!

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Smoking cessation offers benefits that go far beyond better health and more money in your pocket.

Ex-smokers share the benefits they've discovered since quitting smoking.

  • After I showered this morning, and was getting dressed, it occurred to me that I love the way I smell when I don't smoke! Even my five year-old noticed that I smell "pretty".
  • I love having a pink tongue.
  • I love giving my hubby big, sloppy kisses, which wasn't "allowed" when I smoked.
  • I love the way my house smells. I went out and bought expensive candles...the smell is heavenly and lingers for days. Sure beats stale cig smoke..YUCK!
  • I love being in control of me.
  • I love not hiding and counting down the minutes that I sneak away and hope to God I am somewhere where I can.
  • I love smelling that someone is making popcorn 50 feet away and through 2 doors in the cafeteria.
  • I love to exercise! What a great way to release tension. Better than smoking ever was.
  • I love not missing the first few minutes of my TV shows because I'm off having a smoke between shows.
  • I love that I gave myself a good shot at a  longer and healthier life.
  • I love that I can tell my kids to not smoke without sounding like a hypocrite.
  • I love how at the end of the week, my $20 allowance is still in my wallet and I get to spend it on whatever I want.
  • I love to DEEP belly laugh without coughing up a lung. I love not coughing constantly all day. Ahem coughs. Single little ahem coughs...remember those? The "I'm a stupid smoker" coughs. UGH.
  • I love to wake up every morning knowing that I'm a nonsmoker.
  • I love being able to smell the honeysuckle bushes on my walks.
  • I love being an inspiration to others.(my sister is gonna quit)
  • I love that my kids are proud of my accomplishment.
  • I love being free from the ball and chain.
  • I love eating a wonderful meal and actually tasting it.
  • I love that I'm setting a good example for my children.
  • I love that I'm exercising and leading a healthier lifestyle.
  • I love that I don't constantly have to take a million smoke breaks.
  • I love that I'm doing what I said I'd do.
  • I love that my garage no longer smells like a stale ashtray.
  • I love that I'm no longer supporting the tobacco industry.
  • I love the fact that by quitting smoking, I will have more time on this earth to enjoy all of the love, laughter and joy I'm supposed to with my family and friends.
  • I love the freedom from fear. Freedom from addiction has made my life so much more peaceful. That constant, gnawing fear in the back of my mind about whether I'd quit in time is gone. I never realized how heavy the weight of that fear was to carry until I no longer had it in my backpack.
  • I love the improvements to my self-esteem. Nicotine addiction made me feel so powerless, and over time, it ate a serious hole in my self-esteem. Quitting changed all that. We are all supermen and women, and the increased sense of self affects everything else in positive ways.
  • I love going into a restaurant and insisting on the nonsmoking section. No way do I want to smell smoke when I am eating.
  • I love that I can smell my soap when I am showering. I bought some really great soap at a resort I was at in December. I also love the fact that I smell like the soap - not stinky smoke.
  • Love that I can laugh without having a coughing fit.
  • Love that I don't get winded walking up 1 flight of stairs.
  • Love that both b/f and I don't smoke.
  • Love that I can actually think about taking a long car ride or plane flight without having to stress about where and when I would be able to smoke.
  • I love that I am taking better care of myself.
  • I love being in control - I feel wonderfully powerful that I am able to fight this addiction.
  • I love the new found confidence and strength in ALL aspects of my life since I quit.
  • I love waking up in the mornings and not coughing a lung up because I've smoked too much the night before.
  • I love it that my daughters tell me that I smell 'lovely'.
  • I love that I can take a walk in the park and am able to smell the flowers.
  • I love that I have the energy to run, dance, laugh and play with my kids without having to take a breather every 5 minutes!
  • I love being able to say "no, I'm sorry I don't have a light - I don't smoke!"
  • I love the fact that the fear is slowly leaving me - it's an ongoing process, but every day that I pass smoke free, I know that I am doing the greatest thing ever for my health and the health of those around me.
  • I love that my little girl is no longer afraid that Mommy will die when she goes outside to smoke.
  • I love going for longer and longer periods of time without even thinking of smoking as though it doesn't exist. It has been stripped of its importance and no longer merits any attention.
  • I love that I can fall asleep without feeling my heart beating its way out of my chest, and it doesn't miss a beat anymore! That was scary!

Smoking cessation surprises all ex-smokers in one positive way or another.  We don't realize just how much it affected every aspect of life until we stop.  Once we do, the benefits begin to manifest, and life improves.

If you're still smoking, use the resources below to get started.

How to Quit Smoking - An Educated Quit is a Successful Quit

You've got nothing to lose other than a very long list of negative impacts on your life.

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