Decision to Quit - Derek S.
I started smoking when I was a sophomore in high school. Back then it was the "cool thing" to do. I smoked for about 10 years and after I decided that smoking was not the "cool thing" for me anymore. It was an expensive habit and really provided nothing positive in my life.
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things one might go through; fortunately, there is help to cope with something that has been a daily visitor. I quit cold turkey and while I understand that doing this is VERY difficult for most people, it (luckily) wasn't that bad for me. I, of course, had the withdrawal symptoms, but I never reached the point to where I thought I was going to snap, or even felt like I HAD to smoke to relieve my stress, anxiety, anger, etc. For the vast majority that have tried to quit on your own, understand that it is well worth it to keep at it and try using one of the many resources available to help quit smoking, like the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW). Take it from me, your life will change.
I never liked the smell I carried around with me after smoking. I wouldn't smoke if I were around people who didn't; call it embarrassment, shame, or whatever, but everyone knows that smoking is not good for you. Now, after a few years of not smoking, my taste buds are back in full-swing, my body feels more energetic, and I don't have to worry about when I will be able to light up. I'm grateful that my decision to quit came earlier in my life than later. The sooner you quit, the easier it is for your body to recover from the harm all of the chemicals in cigarettes create. Also, the sooner you quit, the bigger your wallet becomes; so I guess you could call it a win/win! Take it from me, it's worth it to quit. Your life can only improve without the company of cigarettes.
You can do it!