I started smoking since the ripe age of 12 year-old. I had been a smoker for close to 2 decades (17 years to be exact).
Usually when smokers try to quit smoking, they'd quote social stigma, health and money as the biggest motivator.
For me the biggest motivator is the way I define myself.
When I was smoking, I was a slave to nicotine.
I had no idea how to break free from it therefore it had a drastic impact on my confidence.
When I finally broke free, the first things people noticed about was my skin.
Apparently, after just 2 weeks of being smoke-free, I had healthier and brighter complexion.
But the biggest gain for me was my self-confidence.
I love to play football and I put pride in being the best defender I can ever be.
Pro-quitting, I had a lot of energy and stamina. I knocked down my opponents more efficiently.
My endurance also increased significantly in bed.
I always thought that the decrease in performance and stamina was due to aging, how wrong could I be? I've never felt better in life after I quit!
Knowing that I have broken free from a lifetime of potential slavery is one of the greatest feelings I've had experienced.
If you are a smoker and you're intending to quit, don't just focus on social stigma, health and money. Quitting is so MUCH MORE than that.
In case if you are interested in the health benefits, take a look at this infographic:
You have nothing to lose but everything to gain when you quit.
So don't give up trying.
Hope this helps!