I am feeling great these days. Healthy, rejuvenated, and eighteen years old again. I’ve started up with sport and have lost a good deal of weight, mainly due to the fact that I have more energy to exercise and no longer feel so lethargic. This is all due to one reason: I gave up smoking. Being a smoker of fifteen years, I never quite realized that my health was slowly slipping away from me, until the day I stopped.
It all started one day when I was introduced by a friend of mine to e-cigarettes, otherwise known as the “electronic cigarettes.” Just a little foreword: I was one of those who smoked plainly because I loved it, even though I knew it was bad for me. For those of you who don’t know what an e-cigarette is, it basically works in the same way as other smoking cessation aids work. Much like nicotine patches, the device delivers nicotine to the body to help curb cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.
The beauty of it is that with it, I managed to get off tobacco cigarettes on the same day and have been abstinent (smoke-free) for nine months, and counting.
So back to how it feels to be a non-smoker again. I used to wake up with thick phlegm in my throat, and overnight cigarette breath. Now I wake up without all that congestion. My taste buds and sense of smell have returned with a vengeance and I can smell a smoker literally ten meters away from me, whereas I could never smell the cigarette stench on myself in the past. Food never tasted this good since I was a kid; flavors just seem to just “pop.”
As a smoker, I was always concerned about bad breath and that affected the way I socialized with people, especially up close. I guess it was normal to be self-conscious especially when I knew I smelled like an overnight ashtray.
Another thing I’ve noticed an improvement with is my complexion. My skin used to be dull, and now there is a glow to it and people have started to compliment me on it as well. It’s been years since I’ve been told that I have nice skin.
To top it all off, I have even developed the Forrest Gump syndrome, where I want to run everywhere. Okay, well, not really but I have more bounce to my step and I find myself running a lot more often than in the past, where even if I was late for the bus, I wouldn’t be enticed enough to do a sprint and catch it. Just walking up a long flight of steps when I was a smoker, would be more than enough to me to pant like crazy—yep, that’s the beginning signs of the lung condition called “emphysema,” so the medical professionals say.
There are just so many more benefits to quitting smoking and I hope that sharing my experience with all of you would make at least a little impact. I know most of you are already numb from watching all the commercials on television about how smoking is doing you damage—it’s normal to just tune out and not take notice of repetitive things. But I urge you all to try again if you have failed to quit in the past. The end result will be entirely worth it and if your friends and family do not thank you for it, your body surely will . . .