Celebrating 365 days of fresh air

I had been smoking on and off for some 20 years when I last year decided to inhale fresh air instead. I was fed up with the ugly smell – and the lack of control.

Today: No cigarettes or nicotine for 365 days. I quitted cold turkey. There have been some temptations along the way but I survived. I am very proud of myself. Hurrah! :D

Every day without cigarettes is a fresher day. Deep fresh breathing is precious.

Anette Iren Johansen

You can quit too. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard either. It’s not about easy or hard, it’s about desicion. Let me know if you need any advise. Feel free to ask any question in the comment section below.

11 thoughts on “Celebrating 365 days of fresh air

  1. My wife and I quit cold turkey. I had the biggest problem; pack a day. It was easier for her. But nicotine free for about 8 years. Don’t count days anymore because it is so not part of our lives. Tars and poisons make your skin ugly. It’s obvious you’re free of it. You’re not gray! We think you look beautiful congrats! ~ Rob and Felix ~

  2. That’s very sad for me to read this. Happy for you, but sad for me. I smoke since I was 16, in 1988. At 20 y.o. I stopped and for 11 years I was a non-smoker. At 31 y.o. I started again, due to a wonderful vanilla smell inside a coffee shop where everybody smoked shisha. I was so mesmerized and I decided to start first with a normal cigarette, then to smoke shisha (or hookah). After 2 or 3 Kent cigarettes and tried more and more, never smoked shisha but reached 1 package of Kent every day. In Norway I’ve smoked less, not because of 95 NOK a package, but because of the freezing temperature. Simply couldn’t taste the tobacco in the winter air. I also couldn’t smoke inside, because of the fire alarm. So right now, at 41, I’m still a smoker. I don’t smoke much, I’m very fit, I can work like a horse, but…I’m still addicted to 4 or 5 cigarettes every day. If someone have a good advice for me how to quit, I will be grateful.

  3. I’m 48, smoked since age 13 and gave up once for 3 years. I had a good reason to give up (a pregnant wife) and just as good a reason to start again (same wife about to become ex-wife).

    Logically I know I should give up. Emotionally, I know it will be hard and i just don’t feel like going through the pain. Health is not a button for me, neither is the money cost.

    I haven’t found the thing yet that will give me a reasonto give up.

    • First of all, Happy New Year! everybody on this blog. Let’s hope 2014 will be better then the previous year :) Splog, think twice when you say health is not a button for you. Now, when I write these words, I caught a bad cold, I cough and my nose is totally “closed”. Now I need some fresh air (Anette’s words), but I simply cannot make a difference between smelling a flower or a toilet :)
      In these moments, I want my nose and my lungs back :) I really hope in 2014 I’ll quit smoking. I will try…

      • Trying won’t do. Either you quit or you don’t. ;) “Trying” is a sign of doubt and insecurity. Work on making a clear cut decision and the quitting part is easy. Making that decision wasn’t easy. But I knew I would succeed. I was willing to fail too. My reasons and benefits of quitting were greater than the pleasure to continue smoking. I was tired of being a slave. A slave of nicotine, an abusive boyfriend, a cult and my past. All I wanted was freedom. So I used my free will and I choose to break out of those chains. You wouldn’t guess how addicted I was. I would go through fire to have a cigarette. And I loved to smoke! Those short breaks with me and my cig. Now I find mindfulness in other moments. And I love the benefits. Less stress. No more looking for when to take the next available cigarette break. Or no more angry faces of people who pass by and smell your shit. Now I feel sorry for the few smokers left. Especially here in Norway where you rarely see people smoke anymore. A good sign. They don’t know what they’re missing. :D

        • Thanks for good advice, Anette. Unfortunately, that’s my problem too: I love to smoke. I always loved cigarettes. I wasn’t friend with alcohol, drugs or gambling, but a coffee and a cigarette were part of my life. During my teenage in the ’80s, you were not man enough if you didn’t smoke. Stupid, I know, but that was the reality that time.
          I’ve never had problems at job in Norway, cause I simply didn’t smoke during work time. Not even during breaks, of course. I have to fight also with local mentality, cause in the Balkans (Greece especially) tobacco and coffee are part of the culture.
          Wherever in Bucharest you will enter to drink a coffee (a pub, a coffee shop, a restaurant, a bar), absolutely nobody is drunk, but almost everybody is smoking…
          It’s a challenge, but I have to face it. Thanks anyway :)

  4. Congretulations Anette! It is already a hard job to stop smoking – but you succeeded in doing it while having other heavy things to cope with at the same time, not feeling ballanced in life. You definetely have lots of will power.
    I smoked more than two packs until about eight years ago. It feels so good not missing the cigarettes anymore. A new freedom.
    In my life I had quit a few times, always starting again after weeks, months or years. Every time when I started again I had convinced myself to believe that i could control what would happen next while deep inside I knew that this was an illusion. Sometimey I feel like brEaking out, not being disciplened anymore. That’s when I am not far away from buying a pack…

  5. A very good decision Anette! After 40 years I quitted 2006 and I don’t regret it. I came to realize that smoking do make you slightly less nervous provided you keep up smoking, if you try to break free you’ll get an unpleasant response. Bluntly put being a smoker is pure slavery, it pollutes the air and rips you off.
    I was very motivated, read a book by Allen Carr and found it quite easy to quit once I made THE decision.

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