My New Year's Resolution To Quit Smoking Is Driven Almost Entirely By Vanity

I’m not a teenager anymore, and smoking just sucks the life out of my skin.
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December 31, 2013
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smoking, aging, collagen, free radicals, new years resolutions, teeth, vanity

I feel like New Year’s resolutions, in general, are destined for failure because you’re putting pressure
on yourself to do something by a certain time and stick to it forever. Yet every
year I pretty much have the same resolution: to quit smoking.

Judging by how I haven’t successfully quit long-term yet, I clearly never stuck to my resolution for very long. But now, I’m trying
to grow up. I’m 27 and have basically been smoking cigarettes since I was 15, even though I have had periods of non-smoking intermittently, when I was
trying to quit every couple years, because everyone hates it.

But lately, I
have been wanting to quit for vanity reasons. I’m not a teenager anymore, and smoking just sucks the life out of my skin. I can see a visible difference
based on days I do smoke and days I don’t. I have better circulation, and my mouth
isn't all numb from my blood vessels constricting. I’m also on the pill, which
is dangerous, and stupid of me.

I know I need to stop for so many reasons, but I
just haven’t kicked the habit yet. It’s seriously such a bad habit that seeps
into your entire lifestyle, not to mention it’s a huge waste of
money, especially since packs are around $13 in New York City.

I used to think
once someone puts that they’re quitting in writing they jinx it, but I
decided to write about it anyway, because I hope it helps me stick to it this
time.

Throughout my past
quit attempts I learned I need to do weird things psychologically to get myself
to want to quit smoking. I’ve read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking and
kind of loosely adapted a mentality that if you take the perceived pleasure out
of smoking and focus on the negative aspects, like the coughing, the odors, the
lifeless skin, you can successfully quit smoking. So for a while, I purposely
bought cigarette brands I wouldn’t like to gross myself out.

Grossing yourself
out with cigarettes is really easy if you smoke a ton of them. That’s part of what I did to motivate myself,
actually. Allen Carr’s book says it’s OK to do and has an amazing success
rate because it makes you analyze every cigarette you have as a choice and
forces you to ask yourself, is this really stress relieving? Is this really
making my coffee better? Is this really fixing my problems in any way? NO! It’s
making me age prematurely and giving me yellow teeth! I can seriously pass on
that.

Now, when
I found out my pitch for this article was accepted, I admit, I went straight
outside and smoked a cigarette. I’m such an addict, and it’s terrible. But at
the same time, now that it’s broadcasted over the internet, I need to stay
quit!

The
reality is, no one (except for maybe Kate Moss or Rihanna--just being honest)
looks good taking a drag of a cigarette. I know I don’t make an attractive face
when I’m smoking. Your mouth puckers up when you smoke the cigarette and then
you blow out noxious smoke. The smoke makes you feel sick and congested and
dries out your mouth. Logically, there is no appeal. It’s just really
addictive.

I
feel like you could use all the creams in the world, but if you’re a smoker,
you’re doing damage from the inside and the outside, inhaling chemicals that
break down the collagen in your skin and basking in a cloud of second-hand
chemicals full of free radicals, which also break down the collagen in your
skin; not to mention lines around your face and lines around your nose from
depriving yourself of proper oxygen.

I
hope this article helps me stick to my vanity quit. I’m optimistic. And if
you’re thinking about quitting too, let’s do it together!