For the last few months I was contemplating putting an end to the habit that I despised. Finally on Monday I kicked the habit for good. I am twenty two years old and can proudly say I will never smoke again. I started smoking when I was 15 and smoked till right around my 19th birthday. My jaw was broken and in order for it to heal quicker I stopped smoking. The doctors gave me so much medication that I was nearly sleeping two weeks straight, so it was relatively easy. I started smoke again on my 21st birthday when I went through a period of being a immature adult. Weekends were filled with drinking, smoking, and girls. I did for about a year and two months when I finally decided that this is not what I represent. To be honest I am greatful that my grades did not suffer and my health did not deteriorate, but mentally I was far from happy. I would spend night pondering how I could come to rely on something that makes me miserable. Before I started smoking again my teeth were the pearliest white you have ever seen. Sadly even with brushing, flossing, and whitening they were no match for tobacco. I know now that I quit with a bit of work they will be looking there best in no time. Another reason I quit was because being healthy and exercising is very important to me. All throughout high school and most of college I have been a star athlete, during the last year my stamina, strength, drive, and passion have gone right out the window. Sitting around smoking and having a beer had become more important. What it boils down to is that cigs were ruining my life. It was either break all my bad habits now and live the life I want, or become a prisionier in my own life. This was a simple choice for me, and I think it will give me the strength to tackle other obstacles in the future. People who actually quit should be proud of there accomplishment, because so many others lose there battle and become dependent for life.