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How I Quit Smoking Two Packs A Day

Updated on July 27, 2017
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Brittany Banks is a young woman who likes to help people in difficult situations.


A Young Smoker

I grew up in a terrible household. My friend introduced me to smoking when I was 13 years old. I know I started young and I really hated it. I didn't know how to quit. I was so desperate to have a cigarette that I would go through ash trays. There was a group of older kids that smoked at the time, so I knew I wasn't alone. One of their parents used to buy us cigarettes, because they started at a young age as well. Instead of giving them money for cigarettes, I could have saved up and moved out. I didn't realize that until I turned 17.

I started off with a pack a day. The cigarettes were a very cheap brand, but I guess that's what I get for being so young. I had to spray myself off every time I came home or else my parents would find out. I used to hide my cigarettes through out the whole entire house and at school. The school I was going to at the time had off campus, so you can leave any where during lunch. During lunch, the smokers would go to this vacant house, so no one would find us. We spent most of our time looking for cigarettes or going to parties to find some.

An Adult Smoker

Once I turned 18, I was happy I could buy my own. I didn't realize how much they actually cost until I bought my first pack. I really wanted to quit at this point in my life. I wanted to save up and buy a house. I also started smoking two packs a day which was taking a toll on my health. I got diagnosed with asthma and I hated it. I started hacking up a lung every morning, but I still smoked. Since my parents never let me smoke when I was young, I smoked more when I was able to buy cigarettes. I ended up getting bronchitis twice because of it. It sucked and I was hacking up mucus every night. I had to quit for my health and I didn't know how.


Slowly Quitting

I knew I had to quit and I didn't want to go through withdrawals. I ended up getting an electronic cigarette which saved my life. A lot of people believe electronic cigarette are not healthy for you, but once I switched to one, I felt a lot better. I was hacking up for a month, but once the month passed, I felt healthy. I didn't smell bad and I wasn't wasting as much money. My nose started to smell things that I couldn't smell when I was a smoker. I didn't realize how bad I smelled until a smoker walked past me one day. The person was at least 20 feet away and I smelled it.

I smoked cigarettes for seven years. It took half of my life away. Please, if you think you need help to stop smoking, talk to your doctor. He/ She will give you ideas on how to quit. Don't do what I did and waste your time and money. You may think it is cool to smoke, but it's not. It smells bad as well, so don't walk around smelling like an ash tray even though you think you smell fine.


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      Brittany Banks 6 weeks ago from Spokane, Washington

      Thank you!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 6 weeks ago from Philippines

      Congratulations on successfully quitting smoking. Hopefully, this will encourage others to also do something to help them cut down on smoking. Great article!