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Why I Became A Quit Smoking Jerk And Where I Am Going

Updated on July 12, 2010

Quit Smoking Journey

Well I figured it was about time I talked to people to let them know where I am in the world now that I am known as a non smoker.

Most of you know I quit smoking on May 6, 2010.  It was a successful venture and something I am quite proud of.

The weird thing is even though I have been a non smoker for over 2 months you still have the people who think I will fail.

"oh just wait, the third month is the worst."

"oh you haven't been stressed yet."

"Just watch, you will give in when you have a beer."

Sorry to inform every single one of you but I know I will never be a smoker again.  I knew I was going to quit when I did and now i know I will never smoke again.

So to all of you who still doubt me get bent.  I really would like to say more but I don't want the hub getting taken down.

How Do I Feel Since I Quit Smoking

How does the old saying go. "I feel like a million bucks."

Well cliche or not it really is the truth. i never in my wildest dreams ever thought I could feel as good as this again.

The very first thing I noticed was how fast I got my breath back.  It feels good to be able to walk across my lease with a pack on and not be fighting for air.

I also cant believe the extra energy I have.  I just want to be doing something all the time.

I will admit that at first I was eating everything in sight and I gained a very fast 10 or 15 pounds.  However my eating habits are now back to normal so now I will focus on losing the extra weight.

I didn't notice a big taste difference in food like so many said I would.  So all in all the fact that I quit smoking has been a great deal for me.

Quit Smoking-Quit Hacking

A lot of the reason I never quit smoking through the years is because I never got a smokers cough.  I guess I figured I was in good shape as long as I didn't have the cough.

Well let me tell you when I got the cough it wasn't pretty.  It also didn't come slowly.  One day I didn't have it and the next day I did.

Let me tell you smokers cough isn't nice.  Everyday I would cough so hard I would lose my breath.  I would cough and cough.  Hell I would even cough when I was smoking.  I think the cough was a big factor in quitting.

I couldn't and still cant believe that within only a couple hours my cough was gone and has never come back. 

That's why you need to quit now.  Your body tends to heal quite rapidly from smoking.  The thing is you don't want to gamble with your life and wait until it is too late.

It now seems as a non smoker I see people hacking all over the place.  It really is obvious they are smokers.  It really is disgusting as well.  I am quite ashamed to admit that was me.  I am so glad I made the decision to quit smoking.

Where Am I Headed With My Quit Smoking Journey

To be honest I am thinking big.  I want to help everyone quit and make sure no one ever starts.  I want to take on the tobacco companies.

I want my quit smoking journey to not only be a journey but to be a rampage.  I want to talk to kids at schools around the world.  I want to make an impact in the non smoking world.

If this ends up having smokers hate me then so be it.  I am moving forward to make a difference.

If I could make my quit smoking thing my full time gig then I will.  if I can pay the bills with it then that would be all I focus on.  Don't get me wrong.  I am not looking to get rich but we all have bills and if I could pay my bills doing the non smoking thing that would be a great day in society.

Of course right now I am no where near and that's okay.  I do expect that if i talk to the right people and do the right things then this thing could go viral.

I know a lot of you are asking what will make me any different then the other quit smoking advocates.  If you want an honest answer I really don't know.  maybe I will be louder, maybe its the fact that I don't mind getting my hands dirty and maybe I am not better but just another member of a crusade that needs to be won.

What Is The Best Way To Quit Smoking

As long as you quit smoking at this point I really don't give a crap how you do it. 

Some people will say thi8s is better and such and such doesn't work.  Well we all have our own mentality and we all are different so I don't care as long as at the end of the day you come out as a quitter.

I also dont mean that chewing snuff is better then smoking.  I mean you have to totally quit all tobacco products.

Of course in a perfect world cold turkey would be great but most people cant quit cold turkey.  Even I had some help for 6 days.  The first 3 days I used the nicotine inhaler and the next 3 days I used nicotine gum and nothing after that.

The main thing is that you quit.  I will be writing a ton of hubs on and articles on everything from smoking to getting cancer from smoking.  pay attention and one day i will convince you.

So Where Am I Know With My Quit Smoking Campaign

Of course I am really early in my journey to make the world a smoke free place.

Don't worry I am not stupid I know I or anyone could turn the entire world non smoking.

I do believe however I could make a difference along with the help of many others.

It is what it is but I really think I have found what I am meant to do and Hubpages will be a big part of me getting the word out.

Feel free to visit my newly formed site at Stop The Cigarettes


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You can and got to be so proud of yourself. Good luck for the journey ahead.

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Im right behind you mail, I only care about quitting and not how you quit.

      You can do it


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      Michelle Cesare 

      8 years ago from New York


      Congratulations. I bet you feel great. Reading about how you felt and how you feel now is inspiring. I still smoke but not the pack a day I was accustomed. I still do smoke a few cigarettes per week and feel soon I will finally kick the damn habit for good. I decided to weed myself off slowly. I took it day by day. I waited hours to have my first smoke and added time to it each day. I do use the electronic cigarettes but not as often anymore either but man they did help me get over that hump. Again, good read and congrats.

    • lmmartin profile image


      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      So glad to hear the journey has been a good one for you, and you continue to tell yourself you will never smoke again. Do not be angry when they doubt, because we've all been there, swearing we will never, never, but I mean never have another cigarette and nine months, a year, sometimes a few years, one day we found ourselves with a cigarette in hand, and no idea of how it got there. So they are simply voicing a concern to you, and it would pay you to listen, I think.

      I remember when I first quit smoking, and I would smoke in my dreams and wake up with a pounding heart, thinking I'd started again. So many people smoke around me, I can tell you even after all this time, the temptation can grow very strong.

      But forewarned is forearmed, is the appropriate cliche. May you continue down this path in all humility, and learn all there is to learn on the way -- it has just begun for you. Lynda


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