Former Smokers Reveal What Made Them Quit

Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things a person ever does, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. Sometimes, quitting is a matter of finding the right motivation. Why do smokers quit? Everyone who takes up the challenge is motivated by something unique, but common triggers include the high financial cost, the threat of health issues, becoming a parent, and a change in environment.

The people of Reddit have shared their stories of giving up cigarettes. For some, it was easy to kick the habit, but for others it was far more challenging. These stories of what made smokers quit provide insight into what it's like to beat an addiction. If you're a smoker looking for your own motivation, you can find solidarity here - and if you know someone who is, these stories may help you understand them a little bit more. 

  • They Caught The Flu And Couldn't Smoke

    From Redditor /u/oneeyedcarpenter:

    I got the flu really bad. It lasted over a week. I didn't smoke the whole time because it made the illness worse. By the time I got better, I was already past the worst withdrawals so I just quit. This was about 4 1/2 years ago.

  • Having A Child Inspired Them

    From Redditor /u/Skyrmir:

    Find your reason to quit. For me it was having a kid, and realizing I better straighten up, or I wouldn't live to see my grand kids.

    Think of it similar to working someone away from suicide. They have to find their reason to live. Once you've found that reason, you realize smoking is probably going to keep you from it.

  • Using DMT Made Them Reevaluate Their Life

    From Redditor /u/Needs-More-Hands:

    I tripped on DMT awhile ago, and over then next days, weeks, I couldn't help but re-evaluate a lot of my long-held assumptions, like whether smoking was cost-effective. I have smoked several times since, but it lost its luster. Like a hard reset.

  • They Saw Their Grandfather Suffer

    From Redditor /u/onetimeuse1xuse:

    Watched my grandpa go from a healthy, happy man to sucking oxygen on his deathbed because of emphysema.