Avel J.

Smoking isn't as cool as it used to be. It's kind of dirty and anti-social, always leaving to go outside to have a cigarette, forever looking in the window at what's going on. Your hair and clothes smell and you get stains on your on clothes. Yuck!

I also think it's rude to smoke around people who don't smoke. One of my main concerns is the people around me. Second hand smoke is so dangerous, I'm always trying to make sure that my smoke doesn't bother other people. A lot of smokers don't bother.

I cut down just before Christmas time from a pack a day to one pack every two or three days. I feel great now! I'm not waking up wheezing anymore, and I'm not waking up with those huge headaches I used to get. So it's not the drinking!

One great thing I did is stop smoking in my place. Now I have to go outside to have a cig, which makes me think smoking is really stupid, this is stupid.  I'm consciously aware each time I pull out a cigarette and I try to ask myself do I really really need it right now? Is it necessary?

Sometimes I think about what non-smokers would do. What do you do with your hands when you stop smoking? Drink a lot of coffee, walk around with your hands in your pockets, drink tea. After a while I just forget about it altogether.

When it's hard to stay positive, I call up my friends. I've been calling up a lot of my buddies lately. Being busy, working an extra job has also been helping, it keeps my mind occupied.

A couple of my friends have been successful with the patch, but I don't want any drugs in my body. It's a health thing. I'm going out for more walks and more runs. When spring comes, I hope to have quit altogether. I'd like to be even more active than I used to be. I feel so much better now, I even considered running a marathon.

 


Stephen W.

Believing in myself was a process of understanding that I’m bigger than this monster that resides inside me.


Mark W.

Reducing the amount I smoke is a more feasible a starting point for me than quitting altogether.


Mandy & Leigh

Leigh quit smoking when she had the stroke, so I know she can do it. When the cost was too high, she quit.


TroyJackson, Singer

I started smoking socially because I had a lot of leftover social anxiety from years of denying the fact that I was gay.


Gina G.

Now being healthy is all about breath. I've been practicing yoga for many years now and it really makes a difference in my life.

 


Sandra L.

For First Nations people, tobacco is sacred and shouldn't be abused by us.


Jonathan C., the Artist

It’s great when you suddenly realize that you’ve always had the power to change your life in anything you strive to do.


Jaylene
Princess XXVII,Golden Eagle IV
Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society

Because I had reached a point of desperation in which the pain out weighed the gratifications, I was able to make some life changing decisions that have molded who I am today–clean, sober and smoke-free.


Avel J.

Smoking isn't as cool as it used to be. It's kind of dirty and anti-social.


Berend M.

Smoking is so taboo now. It seems like a strange time to be picking up smoking again, almost surreal, like it's not me. I feel so disappointed in myself. It felt like I was a little kid again, keeping a nasty secret.

 

 
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