I always wondered what is it that keeps so many people smoking, even with all of the information we have on healthy defects and financial problems. But I am still a smoker. Why? I’m 21 years old and I have been smoking for 4 years now, roughly smoking anywhere from 7-15 cigarettes a day. It all started when I went in to university and to fit in with a group of friends, I started smoking. It was “the thing to do”. I have been smoking every day ever since, and it is becoming a reoccurring pest that I desperately want to get rid of. I can feel my health slowly declining day by day with my choice to keep smoking and its becoming a bit pathetic. After I dropped out of university, I went into the work force. This was an easy way to trick myself in believing that I had to keep smoking in order to get through my shift at “A&W”. And the madness ensued for another 2-3 years. One thing I’ve come to realize that it’s a matter of choice, every single day. You choose to be a smoker so therefore you continue to smoke. But if you decide to have a life as a non-smoker and have the will power, you can 100% quit cigarettes forever. I know it’s not going to be all rainbows and butterflies, there will be ups and downs, mood swings and laughing, but this is definitely something I want for myself, to have the life of a non-smoker and continue to be healthy. I am very thankful to be accepted to the “Dare2Quit” program.