11 inspirational ex-smokers explain what helped them kick the bad habit

Besides the widely-known horrific health effects cigarettes carry, there are endless reasons to quit smoking. And while it's easy to understand that it's bad for you and those around you, that doesn't mean that it's easy to quit cold-turkey. However, there are plenty of 'aha' moments that can instantly make a smoker take a step back and reevaluate their decisions.

Several people who proudly overcame their cigarette addiction took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to explain what helped them quit smoking.

1. You could be making your furry friend sick with your addiction
one of the reasons why I quit smoking was because I realized how badly it could affect my dog. I love her too much to hurt her in a stupid way like that.

2. People don't necessarily realize that they're sending negative role model images to their young loved ones
The day I saw my 2 year old pretending a straw was a cigarette was the day I quit smoking. That was almost 6 months ago

3. Weighing the craving for a cigarette against a longer, healthier lifespan really only has one clear result
I quit smoking 2 weeks ago... I still crave it. Quitting sucks, just a bit less then killing myself slowly.

4. Little things, like hearing the ones you love the most tell you they're proud, make quitting more than worth it
I quit smoking and I

5. It might destroy some of your most beautiful qualities and talents
I quit smoking because I could no longer sing, and since I am a singer...that was bad.

6. The innocence of children is reason enough to rid the world of smoking just a little bit more
My students motivated me to quit smoking because one of them found my lighter and asked what it was. When I have kids of my own I never want that to happen

7. Replacing your craving with a healthy option is a great way to ease yourself out of your addiction
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8. The physical changes you see after quitting smoking might completely shock you
Today I quit smoking so I can start running long distances again. I

9. Your life and the lives of those around you might improve after cigarettes are out of the picture
Since I quit smoking cigarettes, the world seems brighter, my kids are happier, and my own self-confidence has skyrocketed.

10. Knowing people who have lost loved ones to cigarettes can inspire you to see the harm they do
I quit smoking because my friend started crying and told me he didn

11. Feeling able to breathe, emotionally and physically, is one of the best effects of quitting
I quit smoking because I want my life back. It

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