We all have our reasons for stopping, but oftentimes reasons alone aren't enough to help us quit. For example, health and wealth may be great reasons, but many people continue to smoke despite the health risks and the expense even when they know deep down inside that they should really give it up. Many others continue to smoke with other good reasons going on in the back of their minds until one day they get that "ok, this is it!" moment (or not).
I guess what I'm saying is that there has to be more than just reasons to quit. There also has to be motivation, whether this builds up over time or if it is a sudden decision.
So, what got you started on your quit?
For me, it was a health scare and hospitalization. I had wanted to quit for a long time, but it was only the reality of what happened to me that jolted me into quitting. Had it not been for the hospitalization, I would probably still be smoking today.
Hopefully for others, the circumstances were less dramatic.
back in november me and my OH were out walking huffing and puffing out of breath due to the slight uphill footpath as the kids ran ahead without a care in the world and there we made a pact together that we would quit on new years day and make 2011 a happy healthy new year and we did exactly that and the benefits have been emmence we walk all the time now and dont get out of breath ever we have taken up quite extreme walking in the country through allsorts of terrain
also which is more important to me is i have done it for my kids i was a secret smoker and never smoked in front of them but always felt guilty that i did smoke especially as i still smoked wen i was pregnant [might as well confess all] so i feel i owe it to my kids to quit and be there for them for longer in there life