BIG ANNIVERSARY!!! ::applause::

This past weekend was a big anniversary for me.

My 1 year smoke-free anniversary!

Yes, it’s been a whole year since I picked up a cigarette!!!

I’ve never been a big smoker. I used to smoke a cigarette when things weren’t going so well in my life and I was really stressed. I’d have 1-2 cigarettes a day for about a week and then I’d throw the rest of the pack away. I’ve never smoked an entire pack of cigarettes.

The legal age to smoke in Japan is 20, but…yeah, you get my drift. I’m 27 now. You can do the math.

My best friend has a huge impact on my life. He is the one person I can talk to about anything, good or bad. He would tell me he was proud of me when I did well, something no one has every said to me, even my parents (yeah, typical Asian parents – I know you guys understand!)

One day, when I was having a lot of trouble at work, I told him I wanted to smoke again. He then told me something I didn’t know before – that a few years ago he had lost his father to lung cancer. He said to me, “I’ve lost one person I love to cigarettes. I don’t want to lose another.”

That was all it took.

A few days ago, someone at work who I used to smoke with offered me a cigarette. They were really expensive cigarettes (like x10 the normal cost) that someone had given him. I realized then that I hadn’t smoked in an entire year. I could look him in the eye and say, “No thanks, I’ve quit smoking and I’ve been smoke-free for an entire year.”

If you are one of the lucky people who has never given in to the temptation of smoking, I applaud you. Staying smoke-free has been very difficult to me. I did not think I was hooked on to nicotine since I was never a heavy smoker and I never had trouble throwing away a pack of cigarettes. What I didn’t realize was how the addiction was really in my head more than in my body.

It’s still hard not to smoke when someone offers me a cigarette. But I know that my best friend will be there for me so that I don’t give in. And I know I will not smoke again.

You know who you are…
If you ever come across this…


xoxo, K

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20 thoughts on “BIG ANNIVERSARY!!! ::applause::”

  1. Congratulations! I”m never into smoking or drinking and I’m never interested with it, thanks for letting me know how lucky I am not to go there 🙂

    Yay for nicotine free life! I’m so proud of you.

    What to give to men? hmm…oh no..without his wife going mad? That is quite difficult! If he lives nearby, a thank you cupcakes for him and his wife would be great…but far away..hmmm….anything for both him and his wife so the wife won’t get mad?

  2. Congrats and well done!! A close friend’s mother, who never smoked, died of lung cancer from her late husband’s second hand smoke. You are not only saving your life, but the lives of others around you!!

    I think you should send your friend a special care package, of things you know he would like, that remind him of you.

    Well done!!

  3. congratulationers! =) tho i’ve never smoked, i would imagine it was hard at first.
    maybe you could get him something sports related? i think it’s a no fail…i mean..what guy doesn’t like sports? hehe

  4. Well done!! I’m so proud of you!! ^^

    Hmm, regarding the primer, I use both mineral and liquid foundations.

    Oooh, you’re in blogger swap! What goes on in there?

  5. girll.. congrats! that’s a huge accomplishment for sure! gosh.. i usually don’t know what to get my guy friends either except the typical best buy gift card and not even sure if he has one there.. i know.. not much help =/

  6. wow!! congratulations 😀

    hmm, what to get a guy.. wallet? something about skincare or shaving stuff? LOL. maybe some snacks that he can share w/ his family too. mm, yokumoku!

  7. catching up with blogs and I wanted to say congrats! I smoked off and on for about 6 years, so I know how hard it can be to quit (and how easy it can be to pick one up after a really stressful/upsetting day!)…so congrats on having the willpower to quit 🙂

  8. Congrats for being smoke-free for a year! I heard from people who smokes or had smoked how hard it is to quit. You should be really proud! 🙂

  9. Good job for not smoking!!! I honestly can’t really stand the smoke x_X so whenever I see someone smoke I walk around them…haha they think I’m weird but the smoke gives me a headache! I wish my dad would quit but he’s been smoking for WAAYYY too long and I guess its more difficult when you have smoked as long as my dad. But I’m glad you are quitting! good job <3

  10. That’s so fabulous. I just started reading your blog but I wanted to say I’m proud of you. I used to smoke in college and it was so so hard to quit. I am 3 years or so “quit” and sometimes I randomly get an urge or I miss smoking. Keep up the great work!

  11. Oh, just wanted to add, I was more of a heavy smoker than you. I definitely went through a 1/2 to a pack a day! So nutty how even 1-2 a week or just smoking while stressed can cause an addiction. That nicotine is so potent.

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