Testimonials from former smokers are very useful for people who have decided to quit smoking, but need a little help to get started. A Kwitter, called Renat, agreed to tell us about his experience from Russia, his country of origin.
August 21, 2019
In this article, Renat shares his experience and reveals his successes and difficult moments.
I started smoking regularly when I went to college. My new friends were all smoking cigarettes. I wanted to be closer to them so I started smoking too.
I tried cigarettes for the first time when I was 13 or 14 years old. But I didn't like them and I didn't try to smoke again until my 18th birthday. When I turned 18, I smoked for 2-3 months. People were telling me a lot that it was not good for my health, that I was at risk of getting cancer or other diseases.
I decided to quit smoking when I read Allen Carr's book, but for some reason, it only lasted two weeks before I start smoking again. I always knew smoking was harmful but I couldn’t realize it. I kept trying to quit, but as soon as I ran out of motivation, I started smoking again. I was 29 years old and smoked up to 1 pack a day.
Eventually, everything happened very fast. I didn't like cigarettes, their taste and smell anymore. And one day, my friend and I were walking around and we only had one cigarette. So I said: « Let's smoke it and then quit ». He agreed and advised me to download an app that would monitor my progress. I searched for an app in the store and I found Kwit. I liked its design so I downloaded it. It was on April, 21th 2019. This time, I hope I’ll quit forever.
I didn't really prepare for this cessation, it was very spontaneous. But unconsciously, I think I've been looking for an excuse for a long time to quit smoking.
The first days were kind of weird. I wanted to smoke, of course, but I was reminding myself "Hey, you didn’t smoke the past 2 days! Don't you want to pursue your efforts? » So I kept telling myself to continue week after week.
I smoked one cigarette, even half a cigarette, after a month. I was curious and a little drunk, but then I quickly came to my senses and regretted it. I didn't want to give up all my efforts after smoking just one cigarette, for me it's not a failure. So after smoking it, I continued my efforts to stay non-smoker.
At the beginning, I often opened the app to see how long I had been non-smoker. It helped me. And then I started opening the app less often. But it's always nice to see the levels increase and the health benefits.
Sometimes, I still want to smoke, especially when I’m going to places where I used to smoke. But now it's less and less.
Nobody told me about Kwit. I just typed the words "quit smoking" in the store and one of the first app was Kwit. I liked the icon and the design so I downloaded it.
Kwit looks complete and harmonious. I was able to follow my progress day after day, it was inspiring.
If I had to give some advice to people who want to quit smoking, I would tell them that quitting smoking is worth it!
Voices of Kwitters — Melissa's testimonial
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.