An Ex-Smoker's Account of the Benefits Since Quitting Tobacco

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Quitting tobacco is a difficult task, so it helps to get some positive feedback on the work we're doing to break the cycle of nicotine addiction.

During her first six months of smoking cessation, ex-smoker EB detailed the following improvements she has experienced. There will be plenty more to come, but this is sure a great start.

Thanks for sharing, EB.

From EB:

At six months without one single puff on a cigarette after over 25 years of smoking, these things have disappeared:

  • A pressure, heaviness, and pain in my lungs in the morning.
  • Morning cough.
  • Breathlessness in my reading voice.
  • Breathlessness when walking up hills or stairs.
  • Unpleasant irritation in my mouth.
  • General tiredness and loss of energy.
  • Headaches.
  • Cigarette hangovers after late nights out.
  • Yellow teeth.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Bad breath.
  • Hair that smells like an ashtray.
  • Two yellow, stinky fingers.
  • Waking up at night coughing.
  • Colds that turn into terrible chest colds that need to be treated by antibiotics.
  • Gravel, broke-glass voice.
  • Constant clearing of my throat.
  • Constant stuffy nose.

In my opinion, people who quit cigarettes are supermen and superwomen - like those who have climbed Mount Everest, or been to the South Pole, or swum across the British Channel, etc.


So...maybe ex-smokers are the coolest, bravest, and strongest people on earth! We are rocking!


A Word from Verywell:

Early on, we tend to notice the physical improvements associated with quitting tobacco, but later, as the positives continue to grow, benefits that go beyond how our bodies feel sometimes surprise us.

More on the benefits of smoking cessation:

If you're still smoking and wondering how to get started with smoking cessation, use the resources below as your jumping off point.  

Nicotine addiction makes almost all smokers nervous about stubbing out that last cigarette, but don't let it stop you from doing it.  The discomforts of nicotine withdrawal are all temporary, and if you know what to expect, you can put a plan together to deal with them.

Life works so much better without tobacco.  Give yourself the benefit of a full year to recover from this addiction, and you'll be amazed at the freedom you achieve.

Dig your heels in and go the distance. You won't regret it.

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