I started smoking at an early age….13 years old to be exact….and didn’t quit until I was in my 50’s. In my mind, at the time, I wanted to be an adult. I thought it was cool. At such a young age, I didn’t have any money so I would smoke one of my brother’s. Since I only really smoked when socializing, I didn’t think it was a problem. That is until I started hearing all of the negative effects it was doing to my body. That’s when I knew I had to change.
Bottom line….I decided I wanted to live. I chose to live. I needed to live. I woke up one day, asked God to deliver me from the addiction, flushed my remaining cigarettes down the toilet and quit cold turkey. Unlike others, I did not have any urges or withdrawals. I realized I wanted to live a long, beautiful life so I had to leave the cigarettes alone.
Now, I don’t even like to be around anyone who is smoking. I won’t allow it in my home.
My advice to anyone who is still smoking: Instead of cutting back….just cut it out!
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