Today, he is
I don't have the words to describe how proud I am of him and how grateful for quitting. He had always wanted to quit smoking but got stressed at the mere idea. So he wound up quitting by default when we didn't have the cash for a pack. After three days, he decided he was strong and could keep it up, and now here we are, 362 days later.
At one year he:
- smells and tastes things easier
- snores less
- gets over colds faster
- has the risk half that of a smoker for coronary heart disease and stroke
- has more energy
- has improved blood pressure
- has a lower risk of heart attack
- has more normally functioning lungs
- has arguably more money (in theory; we just end up spending it on something else, just not of the addiction persuasion. Pretty sure Vodka isn't an addiction...)
- is less stressed (obviously this wasn't the case at first)
According to a few things I've read, cigarette-ditchers who make it to the 2-year mark have an 80-percent chance of remaining smoke-free for the rest of their lives. So let's continue supporting, encouraging, and distracting him! The list of benefits grows with each passing day, with the most important benefit of all - we get to keep him a little longer.