For some people, eating is what you do when you are hungry, and that’s it. Eating is about filling a void, or more colloquially, putting gas in the tank. It is nothing more than something you do not to feel hungry. For some others, myself included, and perhaps you, eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life.
I love cooking. I love talking about food, I love looking at food and touching food and of course, eating food. And when I was a smoker, that part of me that appreciates the culinary arts was stunted, like a little tree trying to grow in the shadow of a massive dark building. You see, your sense of smell and taste are intimately linked. Your mouth itself can only distinguish basic tastes – salty, sweet, sour, et cetera. All the actual tasting, the refined aromas of food and wine, come from the nose and your sense of smell.
Unfortunately, smoking cigarettes has the nasty tendency to destroy your sense of smell, as it numbs and ultimately destroys the smell receptors. You didn’t think that you could have all this nasty cigarette smoke going through there with no ill-effects, could you?
One of the first side-effects you will notice when quitting smoking is that your sense of smell, and therefore taste, will come roaring back. I’m not telling you it’ll be as good as new, because depending on the length of your exposure to cigarette smoke, it won’t, but you will be able to appreciate the taste of food and the smell of things like never before.
Losing your sense of smell and taste is only one of the many nasty side-effects of smoking, and one milder ones, if you think that losing twenty percent of your senses to a habit that brings you no benefit whatsoever is acceptable.
Quitting smoking now will bring those senses back to you and let you appreciate life to its fullest, without the numbing cloak of cigarette smoke.