I Quit Smoking After 22 Years

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Van Gogh, Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. 1886
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Photo credit © Anastasia Vityukova ; Edits mine

“In those days I smoked because I wanted to die at least as much as I wanted to live.” — Shantaram

Depression and anxiety had likely corroded my body as much as my mind. But smoking was a salve. Cigarettes were a quiet reprieve, the gift of calm I gave myself over and over again.

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I felt as beautiful as these models when I was smoking. © Timothy Paul Smith; © Yoann Boyer

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