I think of this quit as a new beginning a new life for me. I am 55 and spent 35 years of my life on this Earth feeding myself nicotine. I have numerous health problems because of my smoking and addiction to nicotine. They have gotten worse in this last year. I have exercise hyper tension, very high lipid panels, shortness of breathe, restrictive lung disease, etc. etc. etc. I quit smoking because I am sick of it and it is killing me. It is taking my life away from me. I had no quality of life as a smoker or nicotine user. I have to mention nicotine because nicotine destroys your body not just smoking cigarettes, All Nicotine. That's part of the reason for exercise hyper tension, nicotine constructs the blood vessels and causes the pressure to rise in all your major organs. Heart, Brain, Liver, Kidneys, Colon, eye, etc etc. If you throw in high lipid panels, Tia's, lung damage etc. etc. it is a painful road to the grave. I quit for good on Saturday May 29th at 10 pm I Will be finishing glory week tonight at 10pm. This cold turkey quit has been the easiest I have ever done.
I am already seeing the benefits of not smoking. I am breathing much easier and have been able to go for 30 minutes walks. My heart rate has improved greatly. My blood pressure is improving. I am not struggling to breathe. My oxygen exchange rate seems to be improving and my coloring is good. Their are absolutely no negatives in quiting nicotine for me. This is win win situation for me.
I want to breathe, I want to live. I want a better quality of life. Therefore I do not do any form of nicotine anymore. If you are reading this and haven't quit yet, Please do, it is so worth it.
I have been quit for 6 Days, 13 hours, 50 minutes and 46 seconds (6 days). I have saved $69.04 by not smoking 230 cigarettes. I have saved 19 hours and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 5/29/2010 10:01 PM