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Quit smoking already.

Updated on February 10, 2010

Quit smoking already. So much easier said than done. My kids tell me I don't understand because I don't smoke. That may be true but I have suffered the repercussions. Let me give you a bit of history.

A slow invader.  Don't let it conquer you.
A slow invader. Don't let it conquer you.

My Mom

She died in 1992 at the age of 51 from Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) directly related to smoking. It didn't help that she had added complications of only having one and a half lungs due to pneumonia when she was 16. Another hurdle was the chemo she was getting for breast cancer. The chemo affected her breathing making it difficult to regulate her oxygen levels. In the end I watched my mother suffocate to death all the while she hung onto her deadly habit.

My Ex-husband

He was almost 47 years old and died this year from lung cancer.  We were together almost thirty years until our separation two years prior to his death and had remained friends. He had just become a grandfather for the second time and was a very involved father and grandfather. He was a wonderful man who was loved by all.  It is such a terrible loss. I still can't believe he is gone. He only lived four months after being diagnosed and all the while he hung onto his deadly habit.

A thief of money and energy.
A thief of money and energy.

In recent years we have seen smoking banned from public places. Many homes are now smoke free and in some areas it is even banned to smoke when children are in the car. Initially these changes were met with a lot of resistance but have now become widely accepted. I remember being a minority non-smoker in so many crowded smoke filled environments. It would seem we have come a long way in habit, knowledge and public opinion for seeing smoking as it really is.

Unbelievably to me with all they have lost, both my daughters smoke and one has asthma. They say they want to quit smoking and are trying. So yes, I feel even though I am a non-smoker which is probably due to listening to my mother cough, I have the right and want to scream quit smoking already.

It certainly does no good to nag, beg or plead a smoker to quit smoking. Believe me, I've tried but I have to get it off my chest one last time and then leave it be. I know the decision to quit lies with the smoker alone when he or she is ready and it may be the hardest undertaking ever made. It may also be the most rewarding.

Its never too late for a kissable fresh mouth.

Besides the most obvious financial and health benefits. You may also realize many other unexpected benefits. For instance, you will smell better. You might not think you stink but, yes, you do. You will have more opportunities to find a partner with added benefits of kissing a fresh mouth and energy from healthy lungs.

Smoking is not a bad habit. Riding a motorcycle without a motorcycle helmet is a bad habit. Smoking is an addiction. As Alan Carr points out in the video below, you may have made the choice to have the first cigarette but it was not a conscious choice thereafter. There are many reasons to quit smoking and many ways. It's never too late and if at first you don't succeed, keep at it until you find the method that works for you. It's easier for some than others to know when the time is right. My father quit cold turkey. He just decided he didn't want to do it anymore and quit then had to watch as smoking took my mother to her grave.

Find a support group either in your area or online. For additional resources I have put a link on the side to the lung association. Surround yourself with the right people in an environment that will encourage success.

I will butt out now. Good luck.

Check out this hub by Terrapanthera. It will guide you to a free and easy technique to relieve stress and balance emotions for an easier road to quit smoking and provide additional health benefits. Also, this hub by ladyjane1 will remind you of how glamorized smoking was with a look at vintage cigarette ads reminiscent of the past.

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    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I hope reading this helps your dad a little if only to realize how smoking affects the whole family and I wish him much success in quitting.

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      I'll let my dad to read this..thanks a lot! :)

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I wish you success with ease. I appreciate that quitting is not an easy endeavor but one well worth the effort.

    • globalserenity profile image

      globalserenity 

      8 years ago from Austin, Tx

      I was glad to see you'd posted this, quitting smoking is my next big leap into better overall health, and I appreciate this hub =)

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Congrats on quitting....not any easy thing to do. People I know that have quit for live have all said the same thing that it was the best thing they ever did. I will be reading your podcasting hub. Thanks for the comment.

    • K Partin profile image

      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Any info you need about podcasting read my hub or just contact me I'll do what I can to help. K.

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Great hub and great advice! I quit 15 years ago, best thing I ever did! A terrible additive habit. Thanks for sharing your story. K.

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Crazd. I think life's harsh lessons have made me strong and hope I can help someone learn from them as I have.

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      Crazdwriter 

      8 years ago

      I agree with Ken, you put a lot of graet information, especially because of the personal information you shared. I always think that whoever puts their own personal experiences in their hubs are very strong. Thank you for sharing!

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comment Ken. I hope the presence of smoking ceases to exist in my family very soon. Good luck to you in your endeavors.

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you for all the good info & for sharing your personal experience with loss because of cancer. Much peace & encouragement to you.

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Useful Knowledge. Too many of us have to deal with cancer.

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      Useful Knowledge 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. Smoking is a bad habit. I am sorry you have had to deal with so much cancer in your family. Thank you for sharing.

    • uliveulearn profile imageAUTHOR

      uliveulearn 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comments Terrapanthera and fastfreta. I agree, it smells nasty. They don't smoke in their house or mine but it is not nice when everyone disappears outside for a smoke. Yes, fastfreta it boggles my mind too. I think my girls believe that they can quit once they no longer have stress in their lives. Stress always seems to be the excuse. They tune me out now but I manage to get my point across occasionally. Surprisingly, addiction allows the obvious to be ignored even after it has taken their beloved father and grandmother. Thanks for the encouragement. I won't give up on them.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I'm curious, don't your daughters know what their relatives died from, or rather don't they believe it. You know some people still believe it's all a hoax, that smoking really doesn't kill. I hope you still continue to talk to your daughters about not smoking. Very good hub. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Terrapanthera 

      8 years ago from The Netherlands

      I quit smoking many years ago (not that I smoked much) and the smell of it can turn my stomach right now. Met some people the other day and I really like them, but .... they are HEAVY smokers and their whole house smells yakka, too bad for the friendship. I try to respect it, but ... I don't want to be there, it makes me sick!

      I like the way you write!!!

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