First thing, I'm new around the neck of the woods, I am from Australia (yeah I know this is a UK site but meh?).
Anyways just thought I would tell a bit of a story about why I gave up the smokes...
I started smoking when I was 21 in 2009, up untill the 24th November this year. I had tried several times in that period to quit but it didn't work, I kept of having lame excuses and trying to justify why I wouldn't quit.
Fast foward to now, and I have been off the smokes cold turkey for 12 days and have found it really really easy for me to do! at the same time of quitting smoking, I have also started up at the gym to work out and loose some serious weight, and since I have been off the smokes I have lost 7kg so far mainly thanks to a high protein diet.
My reason behind wanting to give up the smokes is because both my best friend, and his brother have both had double lung trans plants, at 19yo, and his bro at 20, and again yesterday at 22. Not because of smoking but because they were born with cystic fibrosis. I thought to myself they have had to had 3 transplants between to two of them not because of smoking but because of other health reasons that were out of their control which was a massive wake up call for me, as I figure I am wrecking a good set of lungs where by posining them with tobacco smoke while I have mates who needed lungs because theirs were wrecked not because of their doing, bit of a cruel world eh!?
I was starting to know I was getting ready to kick the habit when I went from smoking 25-30 smokes a day down to 8... I ran out of smokes, got some tobacco off another mate, and rolled one smoke out of it, half way thru the smoke I thought bugger this and put it out and haven't looked back yet..
On day 12, and I'm loving it, still get the odd graving but not many, and loving the easier breathing and I guess I wouldn't be able to work out as well, or for as long at the gym if I didn't give up the smokes...
I can't wait till I am off the smokes for a few months and officially call myself a non-smoker, thats what I'm aiming for.
Best of luck to you guys and giving up the cancer sticks!