tobacco pile

I found this picture in my photo library and before I never use it, I post it now. Also, since my stories are often inspired by photos and not the other way around, I might be able to share some words here. The last time I smoked tobacco or any cigarettes was December 4 in 2016. Now I was curious how many days or years of being smoke-free that is. I opened one of those “time past” calculators on the internet and the answer is 3 years and 182 days. So, it will be 4 years next December. I am so glad that I got rid of this stupid habit and addiction and I feel so much better now. It’s also the reason why I got into running again, in fact, I do all kinds of exercises now for quite some time.

My lung isn’t screaming anymore when I do this, and while this is good, I am a realist and know that I damaged my lungs by smoking for around 16 years. But as a realist, I do also knows that it just would have been worse if I had continued. While I feel much healthier, I am not able to measure the benefits in a scientific way but I do know for sure what kind of possibilities it opened. If someone would have told me 4 years ago that I will go running 3 times a week in the future, with around 6km distance per run, throughout without a break, I would have replied “Are you nuts?”. But that’s what I am doing now and it’s absolutely a result of quitting cigarettes. I like how that turned out.

7 thoughts on “Smoke-Free

      1. On the third night after I quit, I woke up alarmed that I’d fallen asleep smoking and the cigarette was under the bed. I checked, didn’t find it, then laughed at myself for looking…so I could finish smoking it. It was just a dream and it was the first and only time I wanted a cigarette. I was very fortunate in that way.

        1. After I quit, I had similar dreams. It really shows how that addiction was wired into our heads. The more time passed, the less likely those dreams became. Anyway, it’s been part of our life, thus it might pop up again in a dream… at least in my case were just 4 years passed. For example, at the beginning of this year, I had a dream again where I smoked a cigarette. It was strange because I really thought that wouldn’t happen anymore. But when I woke up, I didn’t have cravings. It was just a dream. I am fine anyway… a couple of my friends still smoke and when they do so, now, I just think it smells. I am well over it.

        2. Same here. On friend would smoke all or part of five cigarettes before, during, and after we went to lunch. I especially dislied the after meal smoke because vI usually was still eating. It’s amazing how repugnant smoke becomes after one quits.

  1. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do. But when you do, it is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I am so glad I quit years ago. Thank you for this post.

    1. I am also glad that it’s not that popular anymore as it was back then. Younger people don’t think anymore that it’s cool to smoke… so, they might be better off than we were. I can’t grasp why I started smoking back in the days, but hey, shitty group dynamics I guess. Anyway, it’s good that we’ve stopped. I do agree with you, it’s the best thing to do.

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