I'm really interested in hearing other people's quit stories - i.e, what inspired you to finally knock the fags on the head?
My inspiration was simple: I'm someone who always has 'great plans' for my life - what to do in the future (I want to climb mount kili in 2009!) - I had a moment of (clarity?)last weekend, where I realised that what is the point in having a bunch of great plans if they are rendered undoable because I am ill with a smoking related illness etc? As a smoker I was always paranoid - I have a sore throat - obviously throat cancer....a cough = lung cancer etc
Another final straw was that I have recently started a new job a few weeks ago...and one of my colleagues came accross me having a fag in the street outside work. He said to me 'oh. I didn't realise that you smoked' and I felt so embarrassed!!
I realised that the simple answer to my paranoia / embarrassment etc is just not to smoke anymore! There isn't anything that I really enjoy about smoking....I hated feeling like a leper if I sparked up in the street / outside work / the pub etc....I hated smelling of old fags (no amount of perfume can cover).
I figured that if I was giving up something that embarrassed me, made me feel paranoid, damaged my health, essentially robbed me of money, made me stink, then I wasn't really giving anything up!
Oh, and also my younger brother successfully quit - and if he can do it then I bl**dy well can
Can others leave their stories as well? I find it makes inspiring reading!