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Quitting Smoking-My New Challenge With A Breath Of Fresh Air

Updated on August 13, 2013

My Decision

Anyone that has read any of my hubs knows me and what I have conquered over the last year of my life.

I was able to quit drinking alcohol on my own and doing it cold turkey. I never in a million years thought that I could beat the odds of my addiction to alcohol. I'm sober and love every minute of it.

We all know the drinking beer or any type of spirits usually follows with a cigarette or some sort of smoking item. Cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine all seem to go well with each other and the almighty drink.

Now for the step of my life is to quit smoking, my new challenge with a breath of fresh air. I am determined to conquer this filthy habit as well.

What I have to do now is set my mind in a positive mode as I did when giving up alcohol. By doing this in the past it has helped immensely in my journey to sobriety.

I truly think this addiction to smoking will put me through the test for sure, reason being I have smoked cigarettes much longer than drinking alcohol.

I could smoke just about anywhere and anytime during the day or night without a worry in the world. Drinking alcohol on the other hand had to be done legally and safely no matter when and where I drank. Smoking is something that is legal so I took advantage of it.

I can remember saying, "when cigarettes go up to $1.00 per pack I'm quitting". Boy was I wrong. Here it is now at just about $8.50 per pack and I'm still smoking.

As I said with drinking alcohol, "enough is enough". It is way past the time to give up this killer addiction and to breathe fresh air again, not to say, the thousand's of dollars per year supporting the tobacco companies that are killing us all slow but sure.

So, this is one of many reasons why I'm quitting smoking, my new challenge, with a breath of fresh air.

Stop Smoking-Save Your Lungs

My Positive Attitude Will Win Over My Addiction

So, here it goes, October 27, 2010 will be my sober date and the start date of quitting smoking. Wish me luck, but I really don't need luck, I just need a positive attitude that got me through my last addiction to alcohol.

My reason for waiting till October 27th is that I want this day to live in me for the rest of my life and I will always look forward to seeing this date as it will remind me of the hard work I put forth in beating both of my addictions.

This is exciting to me knowing I will be free of all harmful substances and will be able to live the clean life again.

© 2010 Mark Bruno


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      Jeff 7 years ago

      Glad you finally quit. Doesn't food taste better now?

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @MPG Narratives, Wow that's great for your Dad. Well it has been 4 days now and really not even a craving. It is just like when I quit drink alcohol. Im so happy about that. The thing is I am very hungry all the time. Hopw that passes, because I lost 30 lbs from not drinking and I don't want to gain it back from quitting smoking.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      No, its not too late. My Dad gave up at 52 and now at nearly 80 he's in great health. Don't give up!

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @MPG Narratives Thanks so much for you comment. Now I feel quilty of all the years I smoked when my children were born. My daughther doesn't smoke but my son just started a year ago 1/2 pk per day. I was at 2 pk or more and now 54 years old I wised up. I hope it isn't too late.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I have never smoked but grew up with a Dad who smoked 60 per day. Our home was always full of smoke so I can imagine how much of that crap went into my young lungs (and my brother's). Dad gave up in his 50's after smoking from age 12. He had to give up, he had a heart attack.

      I wish you luck but know how determined you are.

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Pcunix nice to hear from you my friend and thanks for the good luck wishes. Congrats on your quiting this horrible habit as well!!

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      Good luck. I quit sometime in August of 1995 after more than 30 years of those awful things.

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ KingDrew, Thanks so much for the comment. I know it will be tough, but I am tougher that my addiction. I have proved that to my self when I gave up drinking alcohol. And, Congrats to you also for conquering your addiction to smoking. Keep up the great work!!

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      Drew Bobbitt 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I quit smoking May 19, 2009 and, though it was tough, I am very glad I made that commitment. I breathe better and I'm very happy with all that extra money I save every paycheck from not having to buy some smokes. Good Luck with your journey through this challenge!