I decided to quit right before graduating high school after being made to attend a stop smoking class after being caught for smoking on school premises. I couldn’t understand how the body could live while full of tar and how we were able to process food and other things within our body if it were to be suffocated and blocked in such a manner. I was able to quit immediately after making all those understanding make sense into my comprehension. The smell would immediately make me feel nauseous and I would immediately cough and feel like I was suffocating when around secondhand smoke. Peer pressure ended up being my downfall after my body and mind was able to reject the craving of wanting to smoke and reject the association of being around it.
The benefits of quitting for me was that I could breathe easier giving me more stamina and endurance and strength as well as not being stinky from tobacco smoke. Another benefit was that my voice would not tire as easy and my throat wouldn’t stay dried out and scratchy.
My advice for others to help quit is to take a moment to think of how the influence of being a smoker and a social smoker really roots into the lives and families of those around to witness the smoking being done and for those that have to suffer from being able to smell and feel how second and third hand smoke damages each other as a united whole.