Smoking Stories

I tend to have a look online at up to date stories, now and then, just to remind myself what my hard work and effort is preventing later on in life. I don't ever want to go back to that horrible habit, so I think it's important to make sure the message hits home regularly. :)

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  • I found this online too

    The Pros and Cons of Cigarette Smoking

    From Zoe:

    I made a list of what I liked about smoking vs. what I hated about smoking ... and though I really missed it at first, looking at this list made me see that I didn't like smoking as much as I thought I did.

    What I Liked about Smoking:

    •The bonding I experienced with other smokers.

    •The feeling of creating a ritual.

    •Watching the cigarette burn and watching the smoke swirl.

    •Momentary gratification.

    What I Hated about Smoking:

    •The after-smell on my clothes, furniture, car, house, everything. Yuck.

    •Not being able to breathe properly.

    •The constant nagging cough. All day, all night.

    •Lots of phlegm, lots of throat-clearing and losing my voice mid-sentence.

    •Painful heartburn every night and every time I drank coffee.

    •Feeling winded after extremely mild activity.

    •Severe throbbing headaches, occasional migraines.

    •Lingering colds and bronchitis.

    •Racing heartbeat, more sweating.

    •Increased rate of hypertension.

    •Dizziness after smoking too fast or too many cigarettes.

    •Nausea from smoking too much.

    •The constant coppery, ashy taste in my mouth.

    •Yellow skin, teeth and fingernails.

    •Scaly, unhealthy-feeling skin.

    •Anxiety from the fear about what I was doing to myself and the consequences.

    •No relaxation, always feeling in need of something. A constant feeling of not being satisfied.

    •Mini-withdrawals throughout the day.

    •Feelings of shame while spending time with nonsmokers.

    •Not accomplishing tasks because of wasted time smoking.

    •The late-evening/middle-of-the-night trip to the gas station.

    •Going out in bad weather to smoke alone.

    •Feelings of inadequacy and substance dependence.

    •Driving my cat out of the room every time I lit up.

    •Dry mouth and constant feelings of thirst.

    •Coughing so hard that I made myself sick.

    •Trembling hands and fingertips.

    •Fear. Of being unable to quit, of dying an untimely, painful death.

    •The stinging feeling in my lungs when I tried to take a deeper or slower breath.

    •Getting smoke in my eyes.

    •Burning my lips on the filter.

    •Trying to light short butts and feeling my eyebrows singe. Ouch!

    •Re-lighting a previously torched cigarette, so I don't "waste" any tobacco.

    •Overflowing ashtrays, ashes and dust everywhere.

    •Burn holes in my car upholstery and on my clothes.

    •"Will I fall asleep smoking?"

    •"Will I catch something on fire?"

    •Dry, chapped lips.

    •The cost. All that money wasted on ruining my health and well-being.

    •My nails and hair grew very slowly.

    •Smoking fueled my compulsiveness relating to other bad habits, such as nail-biting and binge-eating.

    •Having to reapply my lipstick after smoking.

    •The filthy taste of cheap tobacco.

    •Having to crack the car window in the pouring rain. Wet leg, wet arm, water in my eyes.

    •Tar build-up on windows and furniture.

    •The way my hair and skin smelled.

    •Limited motivation and energy.

    •Spilled tobacco in my purse, on my dresser, on my computer desk.

    •Lighting the filter end by mistake...

    •Dropping a cigarette while driving.

    •Trying to tap my ashes out the car window ... while the window is rolled up.

    •Dropping hot ashes or losing the tip of a cigarette.

    •Oops! Tapped ashes in my drink.

    •Feeling "exiled" in the smoking section/smoking room.

    •Dulled sense of taste and smell.

    Maybe you should sit down and make a list like this for yourself. It might give you the nudge towards where you know you want to be.

    Zoe

  • A fantastic list on the road to freedom

    Well if that doesn't want you to stop nothing will! Your effort will not be wasted I am sure it will help to reinforce the quit for us all. Thanks

  • I found this online too

    The Pros and Cons of Cigarette Smoking

    From Zoe:

    I made a list of what I liked about smoking vs. what I hated about smoking ... and though I really missed it at first, looking at this list made me see that I didn't like smoking as much as I thought I did.

    What I Liked about Smoking:

    •The bonding I experienced with other smokers.

    •The feeling of creating a ritual.

    •Watching the cigarette burn and watching the smoke swirl.

    •Momentary gratification.

    What I Hated about Smoking:

    •The after-smell on my clothes, furniture, car, house, everything. Yuck.

    •Not being able to breathe properly.

    •The constant nagging cough. All day, all night.

    •Lots of phlegm, lots of throat-clearing and losing my voice mid-sentence.

    •Painful heartburn every night and every time I drank coffee.

    •Feeling winded after extremely mild activity.

    •Severe throbbing headaches, occasional migraines.

    •Lingering colds and bronchitis.

    •Racing heartbeat, more sweating.

    •Increased rate of hypertension.

    •Dizziness after smoking too fast or too many cigarettes.

    •Nausea from smoking too much.

    •The constant coppery, ashy taste in my mouth.

    •Yellow skin, teeth and fingernails.

    •Scaly, unhealthy-feeling skin.

    •Anxiety from the fear about what I was doing to myself and the consequences.

    •No relaxation, always feeling in need of something. A constant feeling of not being satisfied.

    •Mini-withdrawals throughout the day.

    •Feelings of shame while spending time with nonsmokers.

    •Not accomplishing tasks because of wasted time smoking.

    •The late-evening/middle-of-the-night trip to the gas station.

    •Going out in bad weather to smoke alone.

    •Feelings of inadequacy and substance dependence.

    •Driving my cat out of the room every time I lit up.

    •Dry mouth and constant feelings of thirst.

    •Coughing so hard that I made myself sick.

    •Trembling hands and fingertips.

    •Fear. Of being unable to quit, of dying an untimely, painful death.

    •The stinging feeling in my lungs when I tried to take a deeper or slower breath.

    •Getting smoke in my eyes.

    •Burning my lips on the filter.

    •Trying to light short butts and feeling my eyebrows singe. Ouch!

    •Re-lighting a previously torched cigarette, so I don't "waste" any tobacco.

    •Overflowing ashtrays, ashes and dust everywhere.

    •Burn holes in my car upholstery and on my clothes.

    •"Will I fall asleep smoking?"

    •"Will I catch something on fire?"

    •Dry, chapped lips.

    •The cost. All that money wasted on ruining my health and well-being.

    •My nails and hair grew very slowly.

    •Smoking fueled my compulsiveness relating to other bad habits, such as nail-biting and binge-eating.

    •Having to reapply my lipstick after smoking.

    •The filthy taste of cheap tobacco.

    •Having to crack the car window in the pouring rain. Wet leg, wet arm, water in my eyes.

    •Tar build-up on windows and furniture.

    •The way my hair and skin smelled.

    •Limited motivation and energy.

    •Spilled tobacco in my purse, on my dresser, on my computer desk.

    •Lighting the filter end by mistake...

    •Dropping a cigarette while driving.

    •Trying to tap my ashes out the car window ... while the window is rolled up.

    •Dropping hot ashes or losing the tip of a cigarette.

    •Oops! Tapped ashes in my drink.

    •Feeling "exiled" in the smoking section/smoking room.

    •Dulled sense of taste and smell.

    Maybe you should sit down and make a list like this for yourself. It might give you the nudge towards where you know you want to be.

    Zoe

    Wow, this is a great post. A massive difference between the pros and cons :)

    I also wrote a list and found it a massive help in the beginning, and it's nice to look back at it now and then. It's definately a must for someone thinking about quitting!

  • Excellent post and links Sarah :) equally great post Jenn and they are powerful,these stories about real people.

    We all hope that we will get away Scot free from smoking by quitting,but it is worth being reminded that quite a few people actually do go blind,lose limbs,get cancer,and other ghastly things :( that is why the time to stop is NOW and if you have stopped already,for the love of God do not ever start again!!!!!

    I also think that it's just as sad to see the effects your smoking can have on other people :(

    It makes me so glad to know that I won't ever have to have a talk with myself, about stopping smoking, when deciding to have children. I always knew I'd give up when pregnant, but I have seen from more than one mum to be that quitting isn't always that easy just because you know you should (otherwise there'd be a lot more ex-smokers!).

    There's nothing worse than seeing a lovely bump on a glowing pregnant woman and then noticing the fag hanging out of her mouth. While it's a horrible image, it's definitely reality.

    Nice to know I never have to battle with that side of myself and hide the addiction from my own children when I'm older :)

  • Wow this is the first time I've come a across this site, thanks for sharing Sarah.

  • Wow this is the first time I've come a across this site, thanks for sharing Sarah.

    It's pretty good, as long as you don't let it get you down ;)

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