Testimonials of former smokers are precious for those who choose to quit and those who have not yet dared to take the first step. In this article, a Kwitter called Melissa has agreed to share her experience with us and tells us about his journey towards a smoke-free life.
July 24, 2019
I had my first cigarette when I was 15 years old. I had one of the worst days of my life and I stole one from my father’s pack. By the time I was 16, I was regularly smoking. The boy I was dating also smoked and his mother would buy cigarettes for us. It was too easy.
The first time I tried to quit smoking, I was 25 and smoking a pack a day. I had just started Nursing school and for some reason, it finally hit me just HOW bad it was for my body. One day, the elevator was out and I needed to take the stairs to the fourth floor – by the time I made it to class, I was so winded that I had to catch my breath.
I did not really prepare for this cessation. I told myself that the next morning I was done, I finished the rest of that day and then tore up and threw out the remaining pack that I had that night. Quitting mid-day seemed harder than starting from scratch the next morning.
The first days without cigarettes, I expected all of the symptoms that I experienced. I was short-tempered, quick to anger, and had severe cravings for the first two weeks. I told the people around me that I was quitting and asked them to be patient with me while I went through this – for the most part, people were very understanding and respectful.
I’ve sometimes relapsed in the past. I would recommend not socializing with other smokers until you’re ready. For me 3 months was not enough and I figured that out the hard way.
To deal with my cravings, I started drinking water every time I wanted to smoke, it gave me something to do with my hands. I still get cravings today, but they are extremely different. I get a craving for the buzz of a first cigarette in the morning.
I also have a hard time drinking and not smoking, but not because I want a cigarette – because it was a routine that I had for 10 years and had always experienced one with the other.
Today, I know that one drag of a cigarette would taste terrible, despite how it felt, and that is enough to keep me from starting again.
I was looking for a smoking cessation app and I discovered Kwit.
I love that it tracks the days and the number of cigarettes I haven’t smoked for me! I also love science, so learning how my body is reacting and recovering has helped me immensely.
When I can visualize how long it has been since I had my last cigarette and how far I’ve come, it gives me 3 more seconds of pause before going to the store for a pack. Those 3 seconds make all the difference for me.
Quit! There is no perfect time to quit any bad habit or begin a new healthy one, stop waiting for your perfect moment.
Voices of Kwitters — Karma's testimonial
Testimonies of people who have quit smoking are precious for those who choose to stop and those who have not yet dared to take the first step. In this article, a Kwitter, using the pseudonym Karma, has agreed to share his experience with us and tells us about his journey towards a life without tobacco.