One Thing That Happens When You Quit Smoking That No One Talks About

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Because you needed one more reason to quit.

Smoking kills. This is not news. My late grandmother, an ardent devotee of her cigs, used to call them coffin nails. 

If you smoke, you should probably quit. 

If you don't care that you are slowly (if sexily) killing yourself, here's some more motivation to chew on: according to science, smoking is actually ruining your personality

In the study conducted by the University of Missouri a group of smokers was found to rate high for two FABULOUS qualities — impulsivity and neuroticism. 


You know, acting without thinking and being anxious, moody, and paranoid. FUN TIMES HAD BY ALL! 

The study also found that those who quit smoking in their study demonstrated a dramatic decrease in these qualities.

So yes, if you quit smoking you will be less of a dick probably.

Forget how you come across to other people, quitting smoking will also make YOU feel so much happier! 

A bout of impulsivity is fine every now and again, but it's no way to live your life.

Oh my god, I promised myself when I quit smoking that I would never become one of those self-righteous ass-wipes, and now here I am urging you to quit. What a putz.

I was an asshole when I smoked. I mostly attribute to being in my early twenties, moving to New York, and going to grad school. Those are conditions that do not lead to a naturally happy-go-lucky existence. 

The study group researched by Missouri was made up of people between the ages of 18-35. 

That's one hell of an age group demographic. 

Think about how you were when you were 18 versus how you were even a handful of months later. That's an age rife with constant changes and lots of highs and lows!


 Life is hard when you're actually becoming an adult, you don't need add chemical stress into the equation at all. 

Scientists say that once you reach the age of 35, your personality is essentially "locked".

That's part of what makes quitting cigs later in life so challenging. Stuff like cravings, impatience, and angry outbursts are no longer just side effects of the cigarettes, they have become part of who you are. It's this shift in identity that a lot of smokers have a real problem with. 

Ditch the cigs.

And don't vape either, but mainly because I don't want you to look like a douche in public.