How many ex smokers do we have and what's the skinny on your smoking life? I hung out with a bad crowd, started smoking when I was 12. Quit when I was 24 due to a severe bronchial infection, and was off them for a few years. Started back up then decided to quit again a month ago. I miss it terribly. I would smoke forever if it didn't kill me. That was my reason for stopping, well that and the fact I was spending $400 a month on smokes between the wife and I, who still smokes.