I smoked for over twenty years. I started at a party one night and I was instantly hooked. I knew it was a terrible habit, but I really enjoyed smoking. All of my friends were smokers, so I fit right in. I always wanted to quit... but it was hard. I was addicted.

I finally had enough on April 1, 2016. I had tried over twenty times before that with no luck. This time, I was ready to be done. I'll be honest, it feels good.

According to Reuters.com, "Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now. This is according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute." The $1 trillion is based on health care costs and lost productivity each year.

That's a pretty scary number. If you're thinking about giving up the smokes, now is the time. Besides the fact they can kill you, cigarettes are also VERY expensive. If you give them up, you'll have more money for beer! (And Vodka)

The article also mentioned, "The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030."

I'm not preaching, but if I can quit, anybody can. I was a pack-a-day smoker. If I drank, it was even more. Set a goal and stick to it. Let's all try and make 2017 the best year we can!

[Source: Reuters.com]