I was a smoker for 25 years, but now I am smoke-free. In this article, I share my story.
The Difficulty of Becoming Smoke-Free
As I write this, I am smoke-free for exactly three months after having smoked cigarettes for 25 years.
During that quarter century, I never tried to quit. In fact, I never wanted to quit. I had myself convinced that I enjoyed smoking. I was resigned to the idea that I would be a smoker for the rest of my life,
- even knowing how terrible it was for me,
- even with all of the money I was throwing away, and
- even for a decade after watching my father die at 69 years old because he could never quit.
But then something changed.
I've been a fan of the law of attraction ever since the release of The Secret 10 years ago. Saying I'm a fan is a little strange since LOA is a real scientific thing. It's like saying I'm a fan of gravity. More accurately, I started following the teachers and teachings of LOA, and I gained a better understanding of something I already inherently knew to be true.
So you may be asking at this point, "What is the law of attraction?" If you haven't seen "The Secret" movie or read the book, here are the basics:
- Anything that is happening in your life, good or bad, you've attracted.
- Everything is energy, and whatever you are in vibrational resonance with will show up in your life.
- We all have the ability to be deliberate with our intentions, thus creating whatever reality we wish to experience.
Put in even simpler terms, like attracts like, and thoughts become things.
There is much more to understanding the law of attraction because we've all been programmed with limiting beliefs, so if you're interested in living your life intentionally, I highly recommend that you investigate it further.
What Does This Have to Do With Smoking?
As I stated earlier, I never wanted to quit. But something changed in me. Without realizing how or why, I started feeling uncomfortable smoking in public. I work in New Orleans and spend a lot of time outdoors, where many people smoke, but I still felt like I was doing something I shouldn't be doing.
That's what started the ball rolling. I spent a good deal of time traveling for gigs with a close friend who also smoked. We spoke quite a bit about the idea of quitting. I started to feel what it would be like to live as a non-smoker for the first time this century.
Then things started to happen that called my attention to the potential. I ran into a friend who had quit after 21 years. I noticed things on television shows, on billboards, and in other random conversations with people.
It was at this point that I started to play with the idea. Without realizing it, I was getting myself into the feeling of being a non-smoker. I made conscious decisions not to have a cigarette at times when I normally would.
This is where the magic of LOA took hold. Possibly the most important aspect of the law of attraction is the predominant feeling that we latch on to. I began to feel what it would be like to be free of the addiction. And it's important to point out that I wasn't putting any pressure on myself or the situation. I was just playing with the idea and having fun. This alone changed my vibration. Knowing the principles of LOA, it's obvious to me that that was what set me on a fast track to quitting.
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It all culminated on October 12th, 2016. I had to go to the store for some groceries and I decided that I wasn't going to bring my cigarettes with me... just to see if I could do it and how it would make me feel. Of course, I was able to do it easily, and I felt fine.
The next thing that happened was the tipping point. I watched a video online by Bob Doyle, one of the featured LOA teachers in The Secret. He spoke about a method that he used to quit drinking and suggested that this method could be used to terminate any bad habit or behavior that is not serving your greater good.
I immediately decided that this was what I would be doing to quit smoking. I felt thrilled and excited about the idea. It was going to be a fun adventure. There was no fear or resistance anymore. The lies that my brain told me about why I could never quit were all silenced.
The next day, I had four cigarettes left. It took me several hours before I smoked my last one. My next move was to make a commitment to myself right away. I drew the line right there. I went to the vape shop and got an e-cigarette that I liked. I downloaded an app to my phone to keep track of my progress of money saved and days smoke-free. I went on Facebook Live and made a public declaration that I was quitting right then and there in order to make myself accountable.
So now, after 3 full months, I can tell you that I feel amazing. This one accomplishment has had a tremendous impact on my life. My confidence level has been boosted in all other areas. I feel that if I can accomplish quitting smoking, I can do anything. A few days ago I bought a new car for the first time in over 20 years. I can now easily afford monthly payments with the money I'm saving from not smoking. I never have to worry that smoking will stop me from doing anything.
I will never smoke cigarettes again. And unlike my father who couldn't beat this addiction, I will not die because I can no longer breathe from all of the damage I've done to my lungs. I can live life fully now, and it's the best feeling I could ever imagine.
It's not always easy to convey emotion in written word, so I also made a video that goes into more detail about this experience. If you have the time, watch it below, and please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!
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Questions & Answers
Question: Could you please provide me with the link of the online video by Bob Doyle which you watched to help quit smoking?
Answer: Here is the Bob Doyle video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&...
Lisa on October 14, 2018:
Thanks for sharing. I quit smoking 3 weeks ago and feel better everyday.
Beth on January 13, 2018:
Wow. This is the way I quit. Im 3 months tobacco free
Urša on September 13, 2017:
Thank you for your inspiration!!!
KIM on May 30, 2017:
Congrats! I quit August 22, 2016 after 35 years of smoking. I believe with all my heart God helped make it easier for me this time because I really needed a break. LONG STORY! It had to be God cause I'm not stron enough to break that kind of addiction on my own!
sue on March 22, 2017:
good on you I am also almost 4 months smoke free, and yes its amazing the amout of money saved, I wish I had my head around it years ago, and I blame the cigarette companys and government for making it legal as I was just a child when they got me addicted, I wish I could get all the money I spent on them compansated and put them all out of business my health has improved but the damage is done I hope I dont get sick down the track from all the years I smoked,
Dan on January 28, 2017:
Good job brother! I'm quitting tomorrow but this just helped motivate me even more!
Mike Witschel on January 15, 2017:
Hi Steve. I have followed with great interest your journey to quit smoking. This article was very helpful. I currently smoke about a pack a day. I am 60, and have smoked since I was about 18, with about 10 years off while raising my kids (seems it never leave you). I am now again getting ready to give quitting a try. Smoking also killed my father (at 64).
I need to get this done. Thanks for the inspiration.
simplehappylife on January 13, 2017:
Congratulations Steve :)
It was the hardest thing I had ever done. I quit cold-turkey over 3 years ago (after smoking for 20 years) and the first 2 years were pretty tough at times. Now, it's not an issue :) I just pushed through the hard moments, reminding myself that it would soon pass.
Keep up the positivity and stay STRONG :) It's SO Worth it :)
Nicola on January 13, 2017:
Congratulations!! I really enjoyed reading your prose and, even though I didn't know much about LOA, it really resonated. I am way behind you (just five days) but you have really helped me. Thank you and good luck.