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Meet RN Verma, a resilient 74-year-old individual who embarked on a courageous journey to reclaim his health and freedom from the clutches of smoking. For 52 long years, Mr Verma had been an active smoker, despite being aware of the imminent danger lurking within every puff. However, from smoker to non-smoker, he embarked on a transformative journey to reclaim his health and overcome the devastating consequences after he suffered from stroke exactly a year ago.

With his unwavering determination towards better health, better living, concern towards family members, achieving new milestones in his dream project (sustainable farming), and stanch will-power enabled him to break free from the chains of this addictive habit. Today, we share Mr Verma’s inspiring story to shed light on the incredible strength and resilience that lies within us all.

The Beginning:

Mr Verma’s journey with smoking began in his teenage years. What started as an occasional indulgence soon turned into a full-blown addiction, with smoking becoming an integral part of his daily life. Smoking became a constant companion throughout his life, a habit ingrained in his daily routine. Unbeknownst to him, years of smoking gradually took a toll on his health, silently paving the way for an unexpected and life-altering event.

Also Read: Say No to Tobacco: Top 10 Reasons to Quit Smoking

From Smoker to Non-Smoker: The Turning Point:

Last year on May 30, he suffered from ischemic stroke. It was a wake-up call to finally say no to tobacco after being an active smoker for almost 50+ years. It is not that he didn’t want to quit smoking before but he didn’t try as he always had an overall good health. He did once quit for 18 days in his mid-years but after that he decided to puff back again.  

However, co-incidentally on World Tobacco Day last year in 2022, it was his first day to quit smoking (unaware of the day obviously!). Determined to seriously take control of his health and life, he made the life-changing decision to quit at all cost, with no alternatives and/or substitutes. It isn’t that the urge and impulse to smoke again didn’t kick but Mr. Verma determined to regain control of his life, with his willpower and self-control made the life-changing decision to quit smoking. Cheers to his self-discipline and self-will, today he completes a year of No-Tobacco at all in his system.  

This real life story is a part of Survivor Story at Health Views Online. By sharing these stories, we aim to shed light on the resilience and strength that individuals possess, even in the face of adversity. These accounts provide a platform for survivors to voice their experiences, offering solace, guidance, and inspiration to those who may be navigating similar challenges. We encourage you to explore more stories in our Survivor’s Story section, as it continues to grow with narratives that capture the breadth and depth of human triumph. Remember, everyone’s journey is unique, and by listening to these stories, we can cultivate compassion and foster a greater understanding of the human condition.

The Motivation to Stop Smoking:

RN Verma, an IITian, businessman, and also a beacon of sustainable farming and environmentalist is a man of knowledge and wisdom. It wasn’t as if he needed the gyaan of countless benefits he would reap from quitting, including improved lung function, reduced risk of heart disease, and an overall better quality of life. He knew all of that! However, what kept him away from smoking besides his willpower was a constant reminder of betraying not just his health but also his loving family. So, whenever the urge kicked in, he diverted thinking how morally wrong it would be to have the stick even once in the hand. This kept him going.

Also Read: Say No to Tobacco: Top 10 Reasons to Quit Smoking – Part 2

Overcoming Challenges and Rebuilding a Healthier Life:

Mr Verma’s journey was not without its fair share of challenges. Nicotine cravings tested his resolve, and he experienced withdrawal symptoms. However, with a combination of willpower, keeping his morals high, wanting to fulfil future vision for his family, and adopting healthier habits, he gradually overcame each hurdle – both consciously and subconsciously. With a desire to heal, he discovered a newfound appreciation for life and embraced a holistic approach to his well-being.

Celebrating Milestones:

Every milestone was a reason for celebration in Mr Verma’s journey, both as a non-smoker and a stroke survivor. As days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, he saw the tangible benefits of quitting smoking. Breathing became easier, his sense of taste and smell felt better, and his overall energy levels skyrocketed. With each passing day, he embraced the freedom and regained control over his life that smoking had taken away for so long.

A Year of Triumph After Saying No to Tobacco:

Today, it has been a year since Mr Verma quit smoking, and his transformation is nothing short of extraordinary. The positive impact on his health is evident, and he radiates a newfound sense of vitality. Mr Verma’s journey serves as a testament to the fact that it is never too late to make a positive change and reclaim one’s health and well-being.

Inspiring Others to Quit Smoking:

RN Verma’s story is a source of inspiration for countless individuals struggling with their smoking addiction. His journey showcases the strength and resilience we all possess to overcome challenges and lead healthier lives.

By sharing Mr. Verma’s journey through Health Views Online, we hope to encourage others to take that first step towards quitting smoking and embarking on their own journey of transformation.

End Note:

The journey of RN Verma from smoker to non-smoker is a testament to the power of determination, support, and the human spirit. Quitting smoking after 52 years was undoubtedly an arduous task, but his unwavering resolve and the support of his loved ones enabled him to triumph over this addiction. His journey serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that it is never too late to make a positive change and that the road to recovery is paved with resilience, support, and unwavering determination.

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