No Smoking

Just a quick shout out for my hubby to say how proud I am of him for quitting smoking.  After endless nagging urging from me to quit, he’s been smoke free since January 1st!  Anybody who thinks that this is no big accomplishment has clearly never been to Turkey.  In Turkey there are cigarettes everywhere.  Everywhere, I tell you!  Turks and Europeans alike.  It’s insanity.  It truly is part of the culture.  Left your cigarettes at home?  Ran out??  No problem!  Every five minutes, somebody is holding out a pack to offer one.  I smile with pride every time I hear Mustafa respond that he doesn’t want one because he’s quit.

Mustafa had cut back to just about one or two cigarettes a day for quite a while.  Finally on January 1st, he decided to quit once and for all.  The timing worked out really well because we left for the States shortly thereafter.  It was infinitely easier for him to not smoke in the U.S. because it’s just so much less common.  Of course there are smokers but at least it’s not the norm!  Anyway, he reports that at this point he doesn’t even crave them when he sees them, so I have faith that this is it.  Insallah!

The benefits?

  • He reports that he can breathe so much more fully and easily.
  • I pointed out to him that he hasn’t really coughed at all since quitting either.  That gross smoker cough is part of the soundtrack to life here, I swear.  Ick.  Amazing how much happier lungs are when they’re not trying to expel nasty chemicals, isn’t it?
  • Money!  At a pack a day, it works out to about 3,000 lira per year.  That’s big money when you consider some people here pay about the same in rent!
  • No more kissing an ash tray for me!
  • An older woman here commented that Mustafa is looking healthier in general…his skin, etc.  Likely from quitting the cigarettes, however I’d also like to attribute it to being married to me :)

Cigarettes no more!

So, way to go, askim benim!  I’m very proud of my husby (the Turkified version of hubby, originated by my dear husby)!

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3 Responses to No Smoking

  1. vickie says:

    Yay for M – I fully understand what a big accomplishment that is. Thumbs up!

  2. flo1967 says:

    This is very reassuring for me that it is possible for my Turkish husband to give up smoking. I’ve been with him for 4 years now and he’s stubbornly refused to give up, digging his heels in further with every nag! But he has been muttering about giving up over the last few months so hopefully he might actually do something about it.

    • Caroline says:

      It’s possible! I will say that my husband feels much better since quitting. He always used to blame coughing on being sick (you know how it is…some dangerous exposure to something cold being to blame) but now he NEVER coughs anymore. He also feels better when playing football, etc. Not to mention how much money not smoking saves! Good luck and keep nagging! :)

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