Trinny in Jozi

100 reasons why quitting smoking is a very good thing

with 15 comments

Even after three weeks, I am finding it difficult to maintain motivation (although I haven´t cracked yet). Personally, I can only think of one reason (see below) why I´m happy I quit smoking, and find it all to easy to come up with like 19 million counter reasons as to why I should quit quitting.

This is why I need your help. Please add a reason in the comment box below, and let´s try to get this list to 100 reasons! Ex-smokers´ input is especially welcome, although I´d like to hear from all of you. Only one reason per person, so make it a good one. No duplication and, if possible, spare us the obvious.

I´ll choose the reasons I like the best and add them to this post, with attribution (although bear in mind I reserve the right to edit your contributions).

1. “When you go out, you can take a tiny, teeny going-out bag, and not have to worry about how to carry your cigs.” –  Trinny.

2. “You don’t realise it, but those who don’t smoke can smell you… and you stink, especially when you’ve just come in from smoking outside. And your clothes, too, just hanging in your closet or, worse, my closet. Then we’ll go into your lungs… they stink, too.” – Aman.

3. “The only good thing is that my non-smoking boyfriend doesn’t nag me any more!” – Sharon.

4. “There’s that whole little ´You are reducing your risk of dying of lung cancer and having lungs that look like the Alberta tar sands´ thing…” – Bean.

5. “I can finally justify having a teeth whitening treatment without worrying they will be yellow again if I continue to smoke!” – Flickster.

6. “Because you can find a brilliant substitution delight like biltong, rosemary, suckers, or popcorn.” – Kim.

7. “Wives are not kept waiting or lingering in weird electronics shops so that husbands can smoke outside the mall.” – Shennie Pie.

8. “Your friends who are pregnant, have tiny babies or long hair that holds the smell of smoke can dine with you, without worrying that you might light up.” – Beccy.

9. “I’ve just got Rochelle and Lieze to quit too so there will be no one to smoke with when you get back to SA.” – Al.

10 “Non-smokers will want to kiss you. This means you’re effectively doubling your pool of potential suitors. Better even than being bisexual. Best of all, of course, is being a bisexual non-smoker.” – Moral Squeeze.

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  1. You don’t realize it, but those who don’t smoke can smell you…and you stink…especially when you’ve just come in from smoking outside..
    and your clothes, too, just hanging in your closet or, worse, my closet..
    then we’ll go into your lungs…they stink, too.

    Aman

    April 3, 2009 at 20.42

  2. I’m on day 6 (of hellish quitting) and so far the only good thing is that my non-smoking boyfriend doesn’t nag me any more! Not sure if little motivational rewards are going to be forthcoming, but they’ll need a lot of imagination to make up for the lack of nicotine elixirs!

    Sharon

    April 3, 2009 at 21.01

  3. Uh, I hate to point out the obvious, but there’s that whole little “You are reducing your risk of dying of lung cancer and having lungs that look like the Alberta Tar Sands” thing ….

    bean

    April 4, 2009 at 01.37

  4. Well it’s been one month for me. Hellish. And I’ve been naughty and had a few whilst out and drunk…my reason is that I can finally justify having a teeth whitening treatment without worrying they will be yellow again if I continue to smoke! Flickster. x

    flickster1

    April 5, 2009 at 14.50

  5. Because you can find a brilliant substitution delight like biltong, rosemary, suckers, or popcorn.

    And when you climbt he stairs you aren’t out of breath.

    No coughing all the time.

    No more angst, no more guilt.

    Kim

    April 5, 2009 at 16.26

  6. Thank you for everyone´s contributions! Kim, I had to narrow it down to one reason, so chose the first one as the most “you”.

    But pray explain about the rosemary? Like am I meant to gnaw on a rosemary sprig, or what?!

    Also, btw, have a lot more angst *not* smoking…

    Trinny

    April 5, 2009 at 18.15

  7. Wives are not kept waiting or lingering in weird electronic shops so that husbands can smoke outside the mall

    2. by reducing the risk of cancer one has many many more happy anniversaries to look fwd to

    shennie-pie

    April 6, 2009 at 20.35

  8. […] And I think I´ll continue with the yoga, even though my mission is officially completed. Tonight though, it´s off for sunshine drinks… I *won´t* be succumbing to smoky temptation, but please continue sharing your encouragement…  […]

  9. […] another attempt to quit, soonest. If you haven´t already, please give me one reason why “quitting smoking is a very bad thing“, for futher […]

  10. Your friends who are pregnant, have tiny babies or long hair that holds the smell of smoke can dine with you, without worrying that you might light up.

    Beccy

    April 16, 2009 at 20.10

  11. Other reasons to quit:

    1. Cigarettes chain you down. Smoking is the total opposite of freedom. You can do nothing without checking that you have enough cigarettes first. Being far from a shop is a nightmare. Road trips are a nightmare. Flying is a nightmare. Any kind of illness preventing smoking becomes an anxiety-provoking horrorfest. If you run out of money at the end of the month, panic stations if you can’t afford cigarettes. Etc etc. Just let it go. You’ll feel better.

    2. More money to spend on lovely things.

    3. Exercise is easier.

    4. You can sit in all the best spots in restaurants (smokers always get the shitty section).

    5. You can watch a whole movie without getting twitchy.

    6. If you wake up on a lazy weekend morning and there are no cigarettes in the house, no worries! You can stay in your pyjamas all day if you want to without any pressure to go out.

    7. You, and your house, won’t stink.

    8. Your lovely fresh towels will be lovely and fresh when you get out of the shower. No getting out of the shower and shoving your lovely fresh face into a manky smoky towel that has soaked up the house fumes.

    9. You won’t smell bad in job interviews.

    10. Non-smokers will want to kiss you. This means you’re effectively doubling your pool of potential suitors. Better even than being bisexual (best of all, of course, is being a bisexual non-smoker).

    11. No more running out of fags at 3am after a boozy night, and having to suffer through the rest of the night sucking up to hairy-fingered barflies to get hold of their cigarettes.

    12. Never mind teeny-tiny bag. You don’t even have to CARRY a bag.

    13. Food tastes better.

    14. Gin tastes better.

    15. Good-looking people taste better.

    16. You will live a long and successful life, bragging about your willpower and flaunting your cancer-free cells.

    17. Quitting isn’t THAT hard. You can totally still do it!

    M-Squeeze

    April 17, 2009 at 13.34

  12. Am reconsidering my one reason per person rule! But, for now, I´ve selected number 10 as my favourite… Thanks M-Squeeze 😉

    Trinny

    April 20, 2009 at 19.17

  13. For me i think smoke cause u no stamina and than u wont feel like exercises, and you are not healthy anymore and you will look older and older. is bad if your dream is becoming a sportman or sportwoman. so let quit together and get a healthy life and made your dream come ture!!!

    jackie

    January 26, 2010 at 23.33

  14. Um, yeah Jackie, that’s always been my dream.

    Do I know you?

    Trinny

    January 29, 2010 at 01.56

  15. I recommend seriously getting some form of assistance with quitting, whether it be through the pill (Chantix), the gum (Nicorrette), the lozenges, the patch, or hypnosis

    Chemist

    February 10, 2010 at 14.12


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