Many of the people I currently know would be surprised to learn that I am a QUITTER. Most of my friends would characterize me as someone that never quits.
They may be even more surprised to know that what I quit was smoking. Yep, me. I am a former smoker. I quit smoking on March 9, 1997.
Okay, here is how it happened…
I was sitting in a restaurant with a couple of friends. A few hours prior, I had asked Jesus to forgive me of all the things I had ever done wrong and be the leader of my life. I had become a Christian. So, John and Sue and I, and a few others, were sitting at IHOP, talking about what it meant to be a Christian. As we were sitting there talking, I was chain smoking, as per usual. John said something about how he wanted to be a good example, and I said in between puffs, “Yah, I don’t ever want to do anything that would turn anyone away from Jesus.” As I pulled that cigarette from my lips, I realized that people may look at my cigarettes and think that I was a bad example, or worse yet, a hypocrite.
I stubbed out my cigarette and quit. I didn’t use any smoking cessation books or nicotine patches, although I would have if I needed to. I just suddenly had absolutely no desire to light up again. In fact, the few times I put a cigarette to my lips, out of habit, I nearly vomited.
It as been over 13 years since I quit smoking.
I hadn’t really thought much about cigarettes in a long time, until the other day I saw an advertisement at a local gas station for the brand I used to smoke. A pack was nearly five dollars! When I quit, I smoked three packs a day! Wow. Based on the average price of cigarettes today, I have saved $70, 463.25. That is a WHOLE LOT OF CASH!
So, then I was looking at another bloggers site and saw that she was on day 9, and thought I would share my story.
Do you smoke? Would you like to quit?
I am posting this to say, with 4782 days under my belt, it can be done.
You may need patches.
You may need a book.
You may need one of those new fangled electronic cigarettes.
Or, you may be extremely blessed (like me) and be able to quit cold turkey.
Whatever the case may be, if you quit, you can add years to your life! Did you know that fifteen years after quitting, my risk of a heart attack will be the same as someone who has never smoked?
So, be a quitter and save!
Are you a former smoker? How did you do it? I would love to hear!