As I wake up tomorrow a non-smoker, I figured it would be good to post my reasons on here to remind myself if ever I hit a weak moment.
I used to earn my living as a singer... I still work semi professionally. When I quit last time it was a joy to regain my full voice. I gained about half an octave and could hold a note for ever. I never had to worry about an upcoming gig.. even if I had a stinking cold, it never affected my voice too badly.
Then I started smoking again. I could tell the difference within about a month. By the time I had been back smoking 6 months, my vocal range had shrunk right back down again. I couldn't hold notes for anywhere near as long and getting a cold became a major disaster. I started dropping certain songs from the set because they were getting too difficult. Gigging had become stressful instead of the joy it had been.
I want to regain that non smoking voice.
I have suffered from circulation problems in my hands and feet for years. It only has to get down to about 12C for me to start losing feeling in my fingers. This stopped last time I quit and came back when I started again.
I don't want cold hands and feet.
My dad was a heavy smoker who died suddenly from a heart attack when he was only 68. My son was only 3 years old and they adored each other. I still miss my dad so much.
I want to live to see my son and any future grandchildren grow up. I want to be there for them.
I don't want to be a slave to something so bloody ridiculous... something that gives me nothing except bad health and a bad smell, makes me stand outside in the torrential rain... and then has the audacity to charge me for the privilege! :mad: