When it is Time to Quit

Breaking an addiction

This is a poem that my husband just wrote. He is trying to quit smoking and he is having a difficult time with it, so he wrote this poem. I think anyone trying to quit or who has tried to quit smoking will probably relate.

I think this poem portrays how a person feels when they are trapped in any addiction and they are trying to break free from it. The addicted person knows it is wrong, or unhealthy but they feel powerless over their addiction.


Time to Quit Smoking



Time to Quit

Many hours I have wasted

Thousands that I have spent

Now I can’t pay my rent


My odor precedes me wherever I go

How many I have offended

I shall never know


My health fades over time

Yet I stay trapped in misery

Captivated by this drudgery


I do not enjoy what I do

Once I thought it made me cool

I only partake for I’m a fool


Week in my mind,

Controlled by the urge

To my last dime

I must splurge


Fed up at last

Wanting freedom

From my past


I lay down my crutch of slavery

Even though I’ll long for it savorly



Stop Smoking Video Mayo Clinic

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I guess all habits are hard to break. I hope your husband managed to quit smoking. :)


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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Nicely done! Voted up and awesome! :)


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@poet83 You can do it! Planning is a big part of kicking the habit. :)


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poet83 4 years ago from Windsor, Va.

My pleasure! Perhaps I should get rid of some ashtrays around here too! :)


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@poet83 Thank you the comment and sharing. Will (my husband) has had a difficult time quitting. He has been thinking about it for about a year, and has attempted it a few times. I think he has the cigarettes beat this time. He sends his support to you, he knows how difficult it is to quit. He picked a date and stuck to it as best he could. Prior to that he got rid of the ashtrays and only smoked in one area. Then he cut back and with the help of stop smoking aides he quit. It can take time, but it is possible. He wants you to know that you can do it. Good luck to you and let us know how your doing.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@Victoria Lynn Thank you for the comment. Smoking is a choke hold on your life and very difficult to get away from. My husband thanks you for your comment. Congratulations to your boyfriend quitting is very difficult. I think for some quitting smoking cold turkey is the best way.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@barbergirl28 Thank you for you comment and support. My husband has had a tough time but he is making it. We are saving lots of money. I recently quit too and that doubles it. Smoking is a life of slavery, I always say. I am glad to her another prisoner has been released! Congratulations on quitting, it is tough. Will (my husband) appreciates all the support he has gotten here on Hubpages.


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poet83 4 years ago from Windsor, Va.

Very nicely written! I too am a smoker who is trying to quit. I enjoy but don't enjoy it all at the same time. These pieces you have written here capture my feelings perfectly! Thanks for sharing! Voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

That sounds so true. My boyfriend quit cold turkey over a year ago after thinking about it for a while. He still misses it. It's such an addiction. The poem captures this well.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Congratulations on your husband's decision to quit smoking. I quit smoking three weeks ago. It is difficult and even though the nicotine is mostly out of my system, I still find myself craving the activity. However, it can be done. It takes a lot of strenght and a lot of support. Now - every day that I go that I haven't smoked I think of how much money I have saved, I many people I won't shy away from thinking they will judge me based off of being a smoker. I no longer feel controlled by it. Planning every move around my next cigarette. Do I miss it... yes... but I am sure in time the benefits are going to remind me why I don't need it! Good luck to your husband! :)


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

thank you it is very true, self reflection and inner peace are key to happiness. I have made progress, though I have not completely quit yet. From a pack and half to 5 yesterday. Going for 4 today. Thanks for the support.

William


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Kimberley. I have mentioned on the pages in the past, a poem I have read all my life. Please get your husband to google 'The Man In The Glass' let him read it and it will make him focused and above all true to himself. Please make the effort, it will be worth it. Let me know what he / you think.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@billybuc Thank you I will let him know, I think with a lot of support he will make it.

@Vellur Quiting quitting any habit can be quite a task, the main thing that will give you success is a strong desire to do it. Thanks for your support

@Kass Thanks for the comment and support, when I read that poem, I thought that he really described what a smoker goes through daily. I hope his poem helps someone else who is trying to quit.

@DonCrowson I did the same thing, I quit for 3 years, someone gave me a cigarette and that was it, with in a few weeks I was back to smoking full time. It is very difficult to quit. Once you do, you probably need to completely stay away from it, much like they tell alcoholics and people addicted to other drugs. You can't get near it. Good luck, I know how you feel. Keep on trying, you will do it. It is very common for someone to attempt quitting several times before they are permanently off the cigs.


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Don Crowson 4 years ago

I quit smoking for three weeks. then one day I was getting my oil changed and thought I would enjoy a good cigar. With that smoke, I was hooked again.


Kass 4 years ago

That's a a truth poem. He's got our support!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Very difficult to quit but it is not impossible. All it takes is courage and a lot of self control.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Best of luck to your husband; I wish him well.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@snakeslane He says thank you, glad that you enjoyed it. You are right the habit is disgusting and a waste of time and money.Not to mention the physical and social issues; how they impact a smoker, their family, and society.

thanks for commenting, I enjoyed your comment.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California Author

@passtheelly That is how he started smoking, he used to enjoy smoking cigars, but they became expensive and took too long to smoke. Now he smokes cloves. We could pay for a new car with the amount of money we spent on smoking.

Thanks for your comment, good luck quitting.


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passthejelly 4 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

I don't smoke that often but I will have an occasional cigar. Probably should give it up all together.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hello KimberlyLake, I love the poem your husband wrote about quitting smoking, and I appreciate the Mayo Clinic video. Everything he says in his poem is true. Smoking is disgusting. I wish him the best in his quest for health.

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