Quitting smoking is for most people a tough decision that requires a long period of relative concentration. What I mean by that is that you don’t want to get distracted in your efforts to remain a new non-smoker by trivialities that will remind you of you previous life as a smoker. For example, you probably won’t want to be downwind of someone smoking a cigarette, at least at the beginning. This is the same reason why you threw away all your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays on the day you quit smoking, right?
One of the most enduring effects of long term tobacco consumption, besides the obvious ill effects it has on your health and overall well-being, is the stench. I’ll be the first one to agree that fresh cigarette smell is not completely unpleasant, however when the stink of smoke has gotten on your clothes and allowed to macerate there for a while, it is no longer pleasant but a foul odour to be eliminated.
When you quit smoking, you will rediscover your sense of smell pretty quickly, and your sense of taste, too, if you’re interested. Everything will smell better, stronger and food will be more delicious than you could have thought. But you will also notice that if you smoked in your house, ALL your clothes smell like cigarettes. The cloths in the drawers, the closets, everywhere are real smoke traps. They have been patiently absorbing tobacco smoke for years, and giving off that rank stench of old and cold cigarette smoke.
Do you realize that for non-smokers, that’s what you smelled like in your daily life whenever you wore those clothes? It’s time to make a big change, for you and for them, by washing every single piece of clothing you own. You’ll get rid of that disgusting smell, and be free of that constant reminder of your former, smellier life.
One morning, I over-anticipated the morning traffic and got to work quite a bit early. One hour to kill. I looked the car, I didn’t bring a book, I didn’t bring my sketch book. What could I do to kill 45 minutes? I couldn’t just sit in my car and smoke the whole time, could I?
It had been a couple of days that I had been experiencing some trouble seeing out the windows and had been meaning to book an optometrist appointment. I called in to the optometrist office and left a message with my availability. That’s five minutes killed, now what?
I drove over to my local Canadian tire and bought some cleaning supplies. I was way behind on my cleaning schedule anyway. I still remember that morning, it was one of the first times, I cleaned the windows in my car. At the time, I was still in the habit of smoking with the windows closed and my commute to work was on average one hour. I sprayed the window with Windex and wiped it down with paper towel. Gross. The tar building was so thick on the windows that I had to use nearly half the roll. I targeted one strip at the time. I was amazed at how thick the build-up had gotten. I was shocked to see the damage. I was surprised by how black the accumulation on my windshield was. I had only been driving the car for a couple of months. If there was such a thick build-up on my windshield, imagine the damage I was doing to my body. Awful, I got in that evening with the resolve that I would stop smoking in the car.
Next spring came along, and it was time to clean the windows in my new apartment, and it was same story. From then on, I vowed to only smoke in well ventilated areas. So, if I did give in to my vice, I would either smoke outside and/or made a regular commitment to cleaning thoroughly everywhere including the carpets and windows. The clean smell was a motivation. No-one is perfect but we try. I am assured that if you clean those nicotine stained windows often enough you will want to rid yourself of your cigarette addiction and never look back through those darkened windows again.