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UploadedJanuary 8, 2010
TakenJanuary 3, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/640 sec at f/1.8
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Focal Length50 mm
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I quit smoking December 1st, 2009. It has been one month and one day. In my opinion, it was not as hard as everyone makes it out to seem, at least for me. It is not harder than quitting heroin as often said. You really need to just decide you aren't going to smoke anymore and be done with it. I smoked from 10-28-1998 to 12-01-09 and quit without any side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and very little cravings.

I guess because I started for one of the most asinine reasons (looking back) doing a complete 360 from when I was a hardcore anti-smoking fucking poster girl in highschool - it just seemed right to quit. I am again, that anti-smoking advocate blasting smokers with my speech and constant belittling.. which helps me both stay not smoking, and hopefully pressuring others to evaluate their situation.

I am very happy, and proud that I did, even though it seems more of an accomplishment towards other people than myself. This is an ode to being a non smoker again. Sláinte.

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  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck said (8 Jan 2010):

    Congratulations on quitting the habit! You are absolutely right and about it not being as hard as everyone makes it out to be. I am convinced it is part of the tobacco marketing strategy. If you believe really hard in your addiction you are going to keep smoking, perhaps just out of fear from side effects of quitting. I smoke about a pack or so once a month and quit when they're gone. No side effects and cravings go away about two days after the last smoke. It's the cigarettes that cause them, not the quitting. Something to keep in mind...

  • Jennifer Jackson

    Jennifer Jackson said (8 Jan 2010):

    Yes you are exactly correct about the cigarettes causing the cravings :) I am now trying to get other people to quit, I am just so happy and proud that I did. You shouldn't smoke even that pack a month either... it's bad for you. haha

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