Saying goodbye to cigarettes was the hard part and not one that most people are ready to take. Welcoming back life was the prize and that’s all we needed. Growing up everyone around me smoked. It wasn’t uncommon and still isn’t today to see young kids running around the UK with a fag hanging out their mouths. I’ll admit I probably started smoking because everyone else was doing it and it was the “cool” thing to do at the time. It was nothing to smoke a whole pack while on a bender at the Pub with my mates on a Saturday night or every time I had a cuppa.
What happens is after you’re hooked you now have this dependency on a drug (nicotine) that literally will take over your life if you let it. I pretty much grabbed Nic (my dependent) by the hand and he trolled around with me everywhere I went. I remember when we were able to smoke a fag in the pubs and how you had to practically fight your way through the cloud of smoke to find your mates. Bloody hell we knew it was rough, we could see it, taste it, smell it, and we hated it but we still kept doing it. Nic didn’t want to go away, because I allowed him to stay. It was like having the great Gazoo (you know that highly evolved alien species from the Flintstones) on my shoulder whispering in my ear, “Fred you got the smoke, I have the lighter ok dumb-dumb”.
Smoking is something that is comforting to most that do it and acts as a stress reliever. Sometimes people start to smoke just to fit in or be cool. I know I sound like a nutter but as an ex-smoker it’s the truth. I know some of my mates who workout at the gym and secretly need to take a break half way through to go light up to relax a bit. This is the devastation, the addiction taking control, and we know it. We don’t need anyone to tell us it’s wrong or that we potentially may die from smoking. We know it so well that we keep on doing it because or brains just don’t give a toss.
Little by little your body starts to ache as if it’s slowing down. You begin to blame it on old age although any senior would laugh if you told them you thought you were old. Smoking effects your health and your body feels these effects even during simple everyday activities like walking or running. As an avid runner I struggled to get from point A to point B. Mrs. CBB found it a struggle when walking longer distances and was huffing more than usual. We talked about quitting often while sitting outside with a cigarette hanging out our mouths.
Smoking has it’s own effects, just like unhealthy eating habits, lack of proper exercise, dehydration and alcohol abuse. Sooner or later all of these negative habits catch up to us, and health problems start to arise.
It was finally in January 2012 when we really started to think about our health. We wanted to be around for as long as we could together. We didn’t want our lives to end simply because of our own actions. Who does that? Who intentionally wants to kill themselves knowing doing what they are doing will eventually bury them? We also were paying higher than normal life insurance premiums and cigarette’s weren’t getting any cheaper. In fact, we were spending upwards of $200 a month or more on blowing smoke into thin air. We could have put all of that money towards paying off our mortgage and we could have paid it off years ago.
On January 29,2012 at 9:30pm we kicked the smoking habit to save our health and budget. Our doctor who was chuffed offered us boxes of Nicorette even though we had just paid $72 for two boxes the day before. Mrs. CBB tackled this addiction with all her heart and soul and with only 2 pieces of gum she gave up smoking and never looked back. Myself however it took me 8 pieces of gum and I wanted nothing more to do with them. Easy peasy, not really, we made it through but not without the help of each other and the Smoker’s Helpline. The Smoker’s Help Line is an organization in Canada that helps people and motivates them to quit smoking. They would call us once a week and check in to see how we were doing. To this day we are so thankful to the staff at the Smoker’s Helpline, I’m not even sure if they know how much.
Although I said goodbye to Nic he’s now looking for the next young wanker to say… do you have a light mate? We need to spread the word to all Canadians about how addictive and deadly smoking can be at any age. Don’t let smoking take over your life. It’s your decision, make the right one and quit smoking today. You will be happy to welcome back your life like we did.
Readers, have you ever had to battle any addiction? How did you over come it? Did you?