I started smoking when I was 16 years old.

My First Attempt to Quit Smoking

I started smoking when I was 16 years old. Everyone in my family smokes and
at the time all of my friends smoked. I guess I did it to fit it. The first
time I tried to quit smoking was when I was 18 years old. I had just started
dating a guy I really liked and he didn’t know that I smoked. One evening we
were talking and he said that he would never date a smoker. After that
conversation I made my first attempt to quit smoking.

On the way home from his house I got rid of all of my cigarettes. I threw my
almost full pack out of the car window and swore to myself that I was done.
I was sadly mistaken. Shortly after I got home I felt like I was going
crazy. I needed a cigarette! After my dad went to bed I snuck into the
living room and swiped a couple of his Camel Filters. Talk about having no
will power. This was my first failed attempt at quitting smoking. Nothing
glamorous here. I was just a kid with no will power at all, and that was who
I continued to be for the next 5 years. Today I am still with the same guy
and now he smokes. I recently quit analogs with the help of my trusty
electronic cigarette, but I will save this story for another day.

The moral of this story: Don’t start smoking just to fit in. It doesn’t
matter how many times you tell yourself you won’t get addicted, it is very
possible that you will. It just isn’t worth it.

Jamie C.

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