Quit by Choice

while you still have a choice.

Will I Have To Quit Drinking When I Quit Smoking?

Have you ever noticed that you always end up smoking more when you’re drinking? Are you worried that you’ll have to quit drinking when you quit smoking because you won’t be able to stop yourself from reaching for a cigarette whenever you have a few drinks?

This is an issue that many (if not most) smokers go through when they’re about to quit, and there’s good reason for concern: I can’t tell you how many quits I threw away over a few beers, and I know plenty of other smokers who could tell you the same story.
So how do I handle it?

Timeline for Quitting Smoking

No matter how old you are now, and no matter how long you’ve been smoking, quitting smoking now will give you some immediate benefits. For instance, you’ll have more money to spend on the good things (because you’re not throwing it away on supporting your addiction any more) and more time to do the things you want to do (because you’re not spending half your day smoking or planning how to get away to smoke).

Most importantly, your body starts to heal itself almost immediately after you smoke your last cigarette. I was 45 years old at the time I was diagnosed with emphysema, and I’d been at least a pack-a-day smoker for over 30 years by that point, and I can personally attest to many of the effects described below:
Read on for more details…

Fear of Failure

A few weeks before Thanksgiving of 1989, I got a call from my Mom – she told me that Dad had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he was going into the hospital the next day so they could remove half of his right lung. She asked if I was thinking of coming home for Thanksgiving, and of course, I said I was. When I flew home for Thanksgiving, Dad had just gotten back from the hospital, and it was a great relief to see him.

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