I haven't looked into this thread until now.
I had smoked for twenty years, & quit in 1995. & was getting into some binge drinking for several months leading up to my quitting that too, very shortly after quitting the cigarettes.
I had reasons, & one was the money was getting beyond a joke, I loathe the idea of being in debt for anything. That's too frightening for me, so keeping myself out of debt was one incentive.
Another was getting angry about how the people, who own the big commercial cigarette manufacturing companies had been misleading, to downright lying to their customers for many years, about knowing how harmful the things are, & thereby causing customers to think the cigarettes weren't causing the the health problems they do.
Then, I realised I really wasn't enjoying the things. I felt I got nothing out of them.
Finally, while I was under stress, State Housing moving everyone to other locations, to tear down where we were, & rebuilding for new tenants, I saw the place I would be living, & thought:
😺I have a balcony! I can smoke out there.
But when it gets cold, I won't want to smoke out there.😾. so. I quit the day I moved in, April 1 1995: a decision set in concrete.
A couple days later, I lit one while waiting at a bus stop, & it tasted foul. That was enough.
It was probably a couple weeks before I also stopped drinking, because it simply wasn't doing what I wanted, which was to knock myself out, & think & feel nothing for a while. Didn't work. Waste of money.
& I would still like the taste of what I used to have, but I know, if I did have a little, I would still want more. So, coincidently, I began an anti-depressant, which the Psychiatrist I was seeing then, had told me I could have a little alcohol, but be okay, but to be careful. That's what the leaflet said too, & that was that, I guess. No 'little bit' for me.
I didn't tell anyone where I was doing volunteer work, that I had quit smoking. (kept the drinking to myself( & they didn't seem to notice, except I was not having morning tea/coffee with them.
Also, coincidentally I wasn't drinking so much coffee after. I hadn't even noticed that for a month or so.
Now, ex-smoker, I can't stand the smell, or some other strong smells either. I had to clean everything I owned, or replace it. In the first 8 mnths (with a basic private health fund policy) I bought myself a bridge for my front teeth. That's som-e saving!
The prices now!! OMG!!
I celebrate each year.😺