What They Don’t Tell You About Quitting Smoking
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SPEAKER 1I started smoking when I was 25.
SPEAKER 2I started smoking when I was 15.
SPEAKER 3I've smoked for probably 16 years.
SPEAKER 1I was around it my entire childhood, from my grandmother to my uncles, grandfather.
SPEAKER 2I think it started off as a social thing, especially being that young.
SPEAKER 1For me, it just wasn't worth it, the side effects.
SPEAKER 3You start thinking, I'm becoming the architect of my own demise. I'm bankrolling my own death.
SPEAKER 1I had terrible, terrible migraines.
SPEAKER 2It was really a lot up here. It was like [COUGHS].
SPEAKER 4It actually got worse after I quit, because all that crap was coming up.
SPEAKER 1I didn't really expect to be so irritated all the time, extremely antsy. My anxiety was driving me crazy.
SPEAKER 3That's been really the most difficult part, is just constructively dealing with stress.
SPEAKER 4I just watched movies. I drew. I painted. And I tried to keep myself just occupied, my hands.
SPEAKER 3Writing, I think, helps a lot, too. Just putting the energy you have for the need of needing a cigarette-- putting that energy into something a little more constructive.
SPEAKER 2I continued to show myself pictures of the black lung, and the smokers' faces, like the before and after.
SPEAKER 4It's one of my biggest fears is having that robot throat.
SPEAKER 2I think my sense of smell was developing, and I could actually smell things better.
SPEAKER 4I could smell the actual cigarette smoke in my couch, in my bed.
SPEAKER 1Quality time with those that I love was not interrupted by a cigarette break.
SPEAKER 3I mean, I was a pack-and-a-half a day. So if you think about it, it was 20, 30 cigarettes. It was about an hour-and-a-half to two hours of added time to be more productive in anything you want to do.
SPEAKER 2I think I spend more time taking care of myself in general.
SPEAKER 4I ended up saving about $150 to $200 a month.
SPEAKER 3I had some friends be very disappointed that I quit. You try to be an inspiration for people.
SPEAKER 2I feel proud that I can be that positive example for the young people in my family.