Shared stories

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I smoked for half my life!
I’m 30 years old and started smoking when I was 15. I started smoking for all the wrong reasons; I wanted to fit in, I wanted to rebel...
I’m 30 years old and started smoking when I was 15. I started smoking for all the wrong reasons; I wanted to fit in, I wanted to rebel against my mom, and I used it to deal with my depression/anxiety. I recently got out of an abusive relationship and decided to finally quit. Around the same time Covid-19 was coming to Canada. I work at Costco and it was the hardest time of my life. I wanted to smoke so much every day! I was so stressed out and my depression was suffering. As well I had to deal with really stressed and sometimes rude/angry customers. The first month was a blur. It flew by but at the same time it was soo long! I can’t count the amount of times I sat in the lunchroom and cried. I cried because I was still fresh out of the abusive relationship, I cried because I had just quit smoking and I cried because I was still new on antidepressants. The worst part was that I had to explain that I wasn’t sick and I was just quitting smoking every time I coughed. I am finally 2 weeks away from 3months!! I’m so proud of myself! I’ve got my life on track, I’m dealing with my depression/anxiety, I don’t drink so much anymore and I don’t smoke weed anymore either. Now on to the hardest part which is getting more active!
Submitted by KaylaChristina from Nanaimo