Quitting Smoking: 9 Months

It is that time again to brag a little and let me ego grow just a little bit more. I am officially 9 months smoke free as of today! It is quite the accomplishment for me and for others who are also doing the same as me. Maybe today is only 3 months for you or maybe it’s just 24 hours. No matter how long you’ve been at quitting the habit, you already accomplishment so much the moment you decided to cut smoking out of your life.

I want to say that a few days ago I almost caved and smoked away nearly 9 months of being smoke free. Thankfully, I didn’t smoke and stayed strong during a night of drunkenness. I may have stayed away from smoking that night while under the influence of many beers, however, I did discover I cannot fit inside a standard kitchen oven. It must have been the environment, the smell, and the booze that was triggering all those old feelings back. I wandered outside to mingle with the people I am meeting for the first time. They are drinking, smoking, and having a great time. How I missed those days. I so wanted to bum a cigarette and take a nice puff just for the sole purpose of reliving that memory and nicotine flavor just one more time. If I did end up smoking, I am sure (100% sure) that it wouldn’t have been just a puff or a single cigarette. I would be smoking again and all this glory of kicking a nasty habit would be no more. It will take be back to square one  and void all the bragging rights I had.

I am surprised that I almost smoked the other night. I have gone out drinking before and never had the urge to light up like I did the other night. The urges are still here after nine months of not smoking. I still crave a smoke but not like the other night. I’ve said it before that the craving usually last but a couple of seconds on then they are gone. I know I can’t smoke and know that I won’t. I just feel like a smoke and then the feeling for it disappears. No attacks and no anger issues over being denied the nicotine. Smoking will not only ruin the 9 months I’ve already put in, it will also put a stop to running. I can run and smoke but that’ll not be a good idea. Running took the place of the smoking and I rather keep running than go back to smoking because I actually get something out of running. I guess I do get something out of smoking and I still don’t want a hole in my throat.

I am pleased that I reached 9 months of being smoke free. I am happy that I didn’t smoke that night. I don’t know what I would have done had I lit up. I was sure that it was getting easier and all those heavy cravings were gone. I was hoping that this would turn into a cake walk and I would never have to worry about someone lighting up around me without me sucking in the fumes around them. I guess this is a lesson to other people aiming to quit. It’ll still be challenging. I learned that the hard way. I can only hope that night will only be a one time thing and I will never crave a smoke that bad again.

I’ll only be returning to the smoking update one more time. You will know if I hit a year. But you are still welcome to chime in and let me know how you’re doing. I would love to know if others have quit smoking and how long it has been for them. I never thought I would be able to say that I haven’t smoke in 9 months. I will even be more ecstatic to tell people a year. It’s 3 months from now and that will go by quick. Let me know below how you’ve been doing so far. Are you still smoking? You still holding strong? How long has it been? Drop a comment below. I’d love to hear your story and why you decided to quit. It’s hard but we’ll all make it. Good luck and I wish you all the best.

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  • JG

    Coming up for eight months now, I don’t want to smoke again, and I still have a little bit of a horrible taste in my month from where my lungs are still cleaning themselves but on the whole…I feel much better and I’m especially amazed at how my eye sight has improved.

    I smoked when I had a beer in my hand, so I still have to be careful when I’m in bars, I find the smell of someone else smoking absolutely delightful which is something that has certainly changed from when I first gave up. I’m not sure if the wanting will ever go away, I rather look at people that quit smoking as the same as people that have a drink problem, it only takes one to go back down that road again. I have tried to quit for many years and I find that stress can play a major part in trying to quit, but I am 40 now and have been smoking for a staggering 26 years which really does shock me as I never intended to be smoking for that long. I like to read how other people are doing when it comes to giving up…I don’t know why, but it does seem to help.

    I look forward to giving up for nine months as I see that as a hurdle, then one year, and then 5 years, life is certainly better without smoking but I think I’ll always miss those moments, however, if we all want to live long and prosper (SPOC moment), logic would tell us that we can’t smoke forever and the days of being young and foolish can’t continue when it comes to abusing our bodies…it’s a shame, but there are other ways to relax from a hard week at work. My father always used to say that there are very few luxuries in life and if it is a fag that gets you through then that’s not so bad. I think it’s easier to give up these days as less people are smoking and areas in bars are not as predominantly smoky, I did give up for nine months but ended up going to china where everyone smokes everywhere, plus with the pollution you just end up thinking…what the hell.

    That’s enough form me, all the best and keep up the good work.

  • Jim France

    HI Pitweston ,well done my friend. That’s me 9 months off the smokes. I’t has been easier than I thought it would be. I had been 25 a day smoker for 30 years and didn’t think i could get through a day never mind attending a social occasion without a smoke but here I am 9 months smoke free. I think I’ve managed to do this as I am a Roman Catholic and naturally better at doing things than those of the protestant faith.

  • Patty

    Hello I have 9 months smoke free also! Can’t believe I finally did it. It really wasn’t that hard. My two
    teens harassed me for years (God bless them) then one day I realized that I had to be a role model
    for them and not smoke. How could I tell them not to smoke if I am smoking??!! Duh?!
    Good luck to all quitters By the way, I had smoked for 40years. What a waste of money!

  • Vicky

    Its been 9 months for me. I know how challenging it is to stay smoke free. Any regular smoker who quits even for a month should be proud of himself. People who have never smoked wont understand the quitting pain and process. Be proud of yourself and live smoke free life in future.

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  • saurabh

    Hi pitweston,
    Thanks a lot for the post.I am also a runner and struggling with smoking for last 1 year (Before that I was a happy smoker and thought I could quit whenever I wanted to). Your posts on smoking are helping me to try a quit again.thx.


    • Hey Saurabh,
      Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Congrats on the running! I have been slacking on it for a while now but I am planning on getting motivated again to do it. I hope you get to the point where you don’t need cigarettes anymore. I am happy that I quit and I don’t see myself ever going back. I feel much healthier now.

      Good luck and let me know how it all turns out.

      • rajiv gupta

        I also quit smoking 9 months ago.it is possible due to my family. I am feeling great to live smoke free. I am thankful to god and my family for strengthen me in quitting smoking. I am feeling many changes after quitting smoking.l think smoking cigarette is wastage of money, time, health and more over it burns your iner sole where God resides.