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When to Call Yourself a Former Smoker

You’ve done it: You’ve reached a quit smoking milestone. Give yourself a pat on the back! It’s no easy feat, but you’ve used the tools at your disposal to achieve success.

But there still may be a nagging question in the back of your mind: Are you now a former smoker? A non-smoker? When can you officially make the leap to a new, smoke-free identity?

While there is no set definition of what makes a former smoker, read on to learn some general considerations. In the end, though, it’s up to you as the quitter to decide when you feel ready to declare yourself a former smoker.

Take it 1 day at a time

One helpful yardstick is to see how your urges to smoke lessen over time. When you first quit, it can be really hard work to actively manage urges on a day-to-day basis. But over time, it may get easier. A day may come when you pass by smokers on the sidewalk or sip your morning coffee and you don’t feel an urge to smoke.

Check in with yourself

Whether it’s been days or weeks or months since your last cigarette, give yourself a pat on the back. So, based on your accomplishments, is it finally time to consider yourself smoke-free? Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider your new, non-smoking identity:

  • Have my urges to smoke generally faded?
  • Do I no longer look back on smoking positively?
  • Do I embrace my new smoke-free lifestyle?

The answers to these questions may help you decide if you are on your way to becoming a former smoker.

Your title, your decision

In the end, when you decide to call yourself a former smoker is completely up to you. Quitting smoking is a personal decision and journey, so no matter how many supporters you have behind you, this call is entirely yours to make. When you decide that you are indeed a former smoker, don’t forget to share and celebrate your milestone with everyone who has supported you.