There, but for the Grace of God, I'm going … Quitting cigarettes

God did for me what I could not do for myself

I do not remember exactly from the day I started smoking cigarettes, but I remember the day I was there. I quit smoking as if it was yesterday. By the age of ten, began to act cool as adults with a couple of friends acting as if we were smoking curled by lawn backyards and Merrill Park at Jeffery Manor in Chicago, Illinois. We also tried to smoke dried tree leaves wrapped in notepaper, typing paper, old Chicago Transit Authority transfer paper, torn pages from a phone book or anything that was available. I'm trying to imitate my father, my cousins, other adults, movie stars, soldiers, cowboys, musicians, tough guys, bad guys, nice guys and d & # 39; 39, other heroes who smoked cigarettes. I guess it was cool and glamorous when they were breathing / exhaling smoke in their lungs. This made them smarter and more in control. I did not know how to smoke at all. I just blew and coughed because of the burning sensation that I felt in my chest and in my lungs. It was terribly painful! One day, a friend stole an open package from his mother and we tried to smoke a real car/">cigarette. I think it was cigarettes from Benson & Hedges or Virginia Slims. By the way, we learned that a car/">cigarette also called a "square". We almost broke up because my friend's mother discovered that her cigarettes were missing and it seemed like the problems were coming up quickly. In one way or another, I dodged this bullet. If you ask me today, then I would have liked to be broken so that I could be punished. And at the time we used to be beaten for disobedience and wrongdoing. Today, we are talking about child abuse. I think that is what is wrong with this world today. Spare the stem; spoil the child. I needed a little recoil just on GP

Time was passing and I was learning to smoke the real McCoy, fresh cigarettes out of the box or anti-crush box! Newport brand cigarettes, an attractive green square package or box with the Nike swoosh upside down on the front label and the general surgeon's warning on the side, to be exact. Twenty filtered Menthol cigarettes, jam stuffed with nicotine, tar, embalming liquid and hundreds of deadly toxic poisons at low dosage. I've learned to hold the car/">cigarette as a real man should. I held the square between my index finger and middle finger with a slight curve on the pull, as a cool way to hold a pool stick in a billiard room, tavern, bar or club. I was cool at 12 years old. Stunting my growth and development already. It took me a few days to learn exactly how to inhale smoke without choking it. And of course, I choked. At the beginning of my 24-year life sentence, I was stunned and stunned as a car/">cigarette smoker. This feeling of lightness made me feel relaxed after taking a refreshing car/">cigarette. Oh, I did not discriminate at first. I have smoked many different brands without prejudice. For example, Kools, Marlborough, Salems, Players, Camel and Viceroys (the brand that helped give my dad emphysema and cancer), well, whatever, it does not matter. In other words, if you had a car/">cigarette, I would probably smoke without hesitation. I was cool, calm and collected, a smoker in control. I mean I was bad, the best of the best, the best cat, cool, can you dig it? (I thought)

Always cough cold. Spitters spitting from off-white to yellow, from fawn, brown and green, orange and red, and sometimes black hocker. Sometimes, get a solid mandrel that looks like a broken sunflower seed that stank worse than Rex's dog's breath on a hot and humid day in Maywood, Illinois in the month of July. Cigarettes were cheap to redeem in the day. I mean in the early 1980s when I started smoking. They were more or less about 75 cents a pack. I've heard that in the military, there was about $ 7 for a box of 20 packs of squares at the time, in the early 80's. It did not cost much of to kill you at the time. Now the cost of living is high and the cost of death is higher. My older brother and I used to hang out in a friends house. There we were allowed to smoke, drink and listen to loud music in the basement. At home, we hid our bad habit of smoking by taking our heads out of the bathroom window while smoking cigarettes. We used a spray with cooler air and spray to kill the smell of car/">cigarette smoke. Who did we cheat? One snowy night, during the winter of 1982-1983, my brother went to the avenue where we lived to smoke cigarettes. My mother, for one reason or another, opened the door, peered into the street, just as my brother was taking some hearty drags, on a freshly lit Newport 100 car/">cigarette. She came out of the house and saw him smoking. I almost broke that day because I was about to take my cigarettes out of my pocket. Well, just say that finally I confessed to my smoking habit at this time too. My mother told us not to smoke around her or at her home, period. She was very disappointed with us but she knew it was all she could do because we were big boys and officially intoxicated with nicotine, tar and about 400 other low-dose poisons.

Shortness of breath, bad cold and flu symptoms, yellowish nails (coffin), eyes that looked humble and dimly lit were signs of the unhealthy appearance of smoking cigarettes. What a trail after taking so many streaks. Clothes and hair stink like smoke. Holes burned in clothes. I've apparently loved cigarettes and it was a marriage of convenience that kept us together as one. And for 24 years, it took toll on my life and me. Nicotine controlled me and I was not the wisest. A friend once said that every time I took smoke, 5 seconds were taken from my life. My rational answer was, we're all going to die of something, you'll never know what or how. Enough said for the glory of smoking cigarettes.

While I was visiting an elder near Green Bay, Wisconsin in the spring of 1984, I remember eating an authentic home-cooked Polish dinner for the very first time. We ate Polish sausage and sauerkraut and some horseradish kicks. It was the bomb! I was about 14 years old at the time. I had a girlfriend. She did not smoke. I always use it to brush my teeth, use a mouthwash, chew gum and use a mint, spray or something before kissing it if I smoked. It was really not fair, to be honest. I mean, my smoking. But I denied the truth about it. Back in Green Bay, the people I visited discovered that I was a young boy who was smoking cigarettes, after trying to hide it and hide it. I remember, Joseph a man whom I love and respect as a father, telling me not to be a hypocrite and admit that I smoke. I had the impression that a weight had been lifted from my chest after telling the truth. Yet, I still smoked. So, I asked Joseph's father, Gramps, if he smoked? He said "yes, but he resigned about 15 years before our conversation." I asked him "how did he leave?" He said, "He just stopped." And that, "when it's time for you to stop, then you'll know it and leave it just for good." I had a new addiction to the nicotine that ran down my veins and I craved a car/">cigarette after this delicious meal. I thought, "easier said than to be old". This meeting with him has stayed with me ever since.

Over time, the year has progressed. The same thing, I smoked after eating food, drinking alcoholic beverages, drinking coffee, drinking soft drinks and especially drinking very caffeinated colas. I smoke when I feel happy, sad, upset, or just smoke a car/">cigarette to have something to do like the people who play baseball, a long time ago. Even when someone answered me, when problems and problems arose, before and after I was relieved, I had to smoke another car/">cigarette. It's the pure truth. And it's something with this sting!

I remember trying to quit without success. I would like to leave a day or two, a week or two and "bam!" I was back again, "Smokin"! " It was gone for shopping, baby. Addicted to nicotine. You see, over the years, I have become allergic to dogs, cats, dust, pollen and herbs. I later developed bronchitis. I wonder if smoking has anything to do with my development of these health problems. Hmm. I wonder … Well, anyway, I'm in my mid-thirties. I am now a little older and I think a little wiser. I no longer need to look cool, act cool and think that I am cool, to be cool. Sometimes, to be cool, you have to be cool. You will surprise your friends and confuse your enemies. I felt like Pavlov's dog when it came to smoking cigarettes. I also started to remember when my mother said, "I do not want to use anything that has so much power over me. Yes, she was right and basically said, "I am helpless on cigarettes." Until I realize the truth in this statement, I would probably have smoked for the rest of my natural life. It's not so much the physical dependence of nicotine or cigarettes, but the mental addiction caused by my thinking and the strength of habitual thinking and acting on the thought of physically craving nicotine. to get my dose of nicotine was to light a car/">cigarette and inhale the smoke.If I do not take the car/">cigarette, I will not smoke.

A few months ago, one night I Woke up very early, like 3 am Immediately, I had the thought of writing all the pros and cons of smoking cigarettes .In addition to looking cool, which is a lie, I could not find a good reason to smoke cigarettes. There are good reasons why I should not smoke, though. I found more than 35 reasons. Here are some reasons why I should quit cigarettes at the top of the list.

1. Stopping smoking now reduces your risk of contracting throat cancer, lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colon cancer or stomach and other serious health problems.

2. Pregnant women reduce the risk of miscarriage or children born with congenital malformations.

3. Cough less and less colds and flu symptoms.

4. Breathe better, more freely and easily.

5. The outlook on life will improve.

6. Run, walk and climb the stairs with less effort.

7. Smile wider with brighter eyes.

8. Mental acuity and alertness improve considerably.

9. Hair, skin, teeth and nails smell and look better.

10. You will save a lot of money.

Just read the side of a pack of cigarettes. He comes with a serious warning. These are the consequences you get for smoking. I know it because my biological father died of throat cancer and emphysema. Yes, he smoked cigarettes, suffered the consequences and died prematurely. God rest his soul. One day while chatting with a good friend about his recent smoking cigarettes. He made it easy and in fact it is. First, let's look at the score. The price of cigarettes has recently increased because of the excise taxes of cities and states of Illinois for health costs / benefits, the military budget and a lot of other things. It costs $ 7 for a new pack of cigarettes in many Chicago stores. But the real cost of smoking is one human life at a time. Many cities have now imposed smoking bans in public facilities, even outside. People are aware that second-hand smoke causes cancer and emphysema, just like inhaling / exhaling the smoking gun, first-hand. It is becoming more and more socially unacceptable to smoke. Ahhh, the pressure …

Well, Charles, the good friend of mine that I mentioned, said that he stopped smoking with the help of his realizing that he too is helpless about cigarettes and that his life was unmanageable like the time and effort put into smoking cigarettes. And only a power greater than himself or that I call God, could remove the mental obsession of a nicotine solution or should I say smoking cigarettes. Plus, he did not mention that he had been pretending or that he had had nicotine seizures or a bad attitude associated with many smokers because it did not occur there. had almost none. In fact, when I finally stopped. I only had two big car/">cigarette cravings that I could really remember. The rest was just my choice and my desire not to smoke at all, which God has given me to remove, Himself. "God did for me what I could not do for myself!" Also, my good friend Charles said that he just chose a date to quit smoking "cold turkey". No nicotine patches or nicotine gum because the problem is not the stamp or the gum, the problem is the person who smokes. You do not need a crutch. In addition, you only take the thing you are trying to remove, "nicotine". He said that after two days, the cravings are gone. It was just that his desire not to smoke cigarettes outweighed his desire to smoke cigarettes. Also, believe that greater power than you or God can restore your thinking to mental health. Madness does the same thing and expects different results. Mental health is knowing and believing and acting on the truth that you can not succeed in smoking cigarettes without serious consequences. When you realize that you are helpless in front of tobacco or smoking cigarettes, you give up believing that you can beat the power of a car/">cigarette and cause death to yourself and to others. You have no power over cigarettes. So stop fighting the cravings and let them pass in front of you. Stop anticipating how you will act by quitting smoking. Try exercises such as jogging, cycling or swimming. Read a book; write a short story or a poem or two. For example, participate in a poetry and writing contest such as Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest http://www.dreamquestone.com . It's a great way to share your thoughts, feelings and dreams with the world. It helps you get out of yourself. Do not think about smoking and do not try to understand how God works. The Lord's mysterious ways. So make the decision to entrust your will and your life to your higher power, as you understand it. This means that every morning you wake up, the day you want to smoke a car/">cigarette and before going to bed, return your will and your life to the full care and surrender of God such as you understand it. Give yourself completely to God. You will see a change. You better believe it. He will lead your way to quit cigarettes one day at a time. Take a deep breath every time you feel the need to smoke. And if you really want to quit, you will understand that when a desire comes to you, you are helpless. And just let through you instead of being strong and trying to resist something that you can not resist on your own. Let go of it and let God have it. Let God handle it. If he brings you there, he will guide you through. You will see the results one day at a time. In the long run, you will be smoke free and healthier. For more information on stopping smoking please visit the following sites: (God bless!)

· http://www.lungusa.org

· http: //www.cancer .org

· http://www.americanheart.org

· http: // www.dreamquestone.com


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