Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life without knowing quite how to realise your wish? It can be a small thing or a big thing that require a lot of effort but both require you to make a decision and act on it. The majority of us have a battle that we fight in our lives that we desperate want to change. It can be start to go to the gym, eat more healthy, quit smoking etc.. The list is long of challenges that a person might face.
Johan has used a nicotine product that is called snus. I believe that it is called snuff in English and it gives the similar effect that cigarets do. Actually 1 snuff contains the same nicotine as 4 cigarets so it is much stronger. Johan has used it for 10 years and it is actually very costly. One box costs 80 kroners which is around $10 and there were days when he could use one box a day. Obviously this resulted very expensive for a student like Johan was and he had a big desire of quit using the snuff. Additionally it gives bad breath and it makes you teeth yellow. Quit snuffing is really hard because of the high level of nicotine and many try without succeeding. Johan has tried a couple of times as well but failed every time. I have encouraged him to quit and to be honest I had sort of given up my desire to make him quit.
This summer was the breakthrough where he finally managed to realise his dream. I remember it like it was yesterday an evening for 39 days ago when he was taking a shower and I came in to brush my teeth when he said “today I will quit using the snuff”. I could not believe my own ears when he continued and told me to throw his last snuff in the garbage. I became very glad but I found it hard to believe that he would actually be able to quit this time.
Now it is 39 days since he quit using the snuff and he is not thinking about it as much as before. I have asked him what inspired him to quit and he told me that it was a reason for quitting. His reasons is that he wants to spend his money on fun things instead of putting snuff in his mouth all day long haha. I could not be happier since we can do fun things together with the money instead of him using them on himself. A night out in the city, a visit on a restaurant etc.
He has actually saved 3100 kroners ($385) since he quit snuffing.
If you are thinking about throwing away your cigarets or snuff you should have a firm reason for why you want to quit. You should not just quit without preparing yourself and find yourself a strong motivation for quitting. Johan told me that quit using the snuff was like losing a good friend and that he actually has felt a bit down and sad in this period. My advice as a partner is that if your partner is quitting you should be supportive and understand frustration and anger. There were times when he was angry at me for no reason and unfair but I did not say anything because I knew that it was the lack of snuff that talked to me. Be understanding is the best you can do if your partner quits.
Now Johan is 100% free of nicotine and it is just lovely. If you are trying to quit and want some tips on how Johan managed to realise his breakthrough feel free to ask. Johan is happy to answer you guys.
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