| Rick Morris is one of seven CNN viewers participating in the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. He quit smoking on an episode of "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." and has been smoke-free since.|
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Author: Rick Morris
Now that I've been without tobacco for the past couple months (63 days, to be exact), I've noticed some changes in the way I'm living.
All are positive and are in direct relation to my body's depletion of those nasty chemicals I've called friends for the last 12 years.
So I thought I would list those changes and explain how I have been affected by each. Though my list is restricted to 10, it is by no means an exhaustive one.
1. No more chronic cough: All smokers know what "smoker's cough" is. I didn't realize how annoying this was until I stopped coughing all the time. After about a week being smoke-free, I noticed I didn't have to clear my throat every few minutes.
I recall plenty of times when I was at a function or meeting and needed to cough so badly, but couldn't because I knew it would be rude and interrupting to those around me. It's like an insect hovering in your throat – not touching, just drying everything between your tongue and your stomach – and you can't do a darn thing about it.
2. The smell: I didn't know I smelled so badly until I was around other smokers.
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