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Hi my name's Matt, I'm 24 and have been smoking since I was about 17. I've had asthma from birth but I had it pretty well managed with constant sport, fitness and vigilant use of medications, all up until my mid/late teens when I fell into the smokers crowd, boy what horribly stinky crowd to be a part of, but I knew none the wiser!
Smoking has been in my family since before I can remember and I subliminally used this knowledge to fuel my addiction, in the way that I witnessed family members chain smoking which in turn made me believe I could do the same with little to no conciquences - (shakes head in disapointment).
I'm now at point in my life where my asthma is getting worse due to poor management / smoking and I need to make the change or face certain dark times. I can't wait another day, week, month or seven years to quit becasue I know that by then it will be too late and I'll probably be long gone!
I've realised it's time to stop making excuses, be smart about my future and take control of my life! I use to say, 'addiction shows commitment' but that was pretty damn stupid because this particular addiction has the strongest ablitlty to break a commitment - to a friend, a loved one and most importantly yourself.
Stay true to yourself and the ones that care about you most because life DOESN'T have to be short!
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