Popular Kenyan radio presenter narrates how smoking has cost him a whooping Sh800, 000.

Thursday, October 25, 2018- Fast rising Kenyan comedian and Radio host, Terrence Macharia, has opened up on his struggles with smoking as he marks one year of being smoke-free.

The Radio Jambo presenter reckons that he has smoked at least 166,000 sticks over a period of 22-years which is equivalent to Sh800,0000.

“365 days ago I was a smoke slave. I couldn’t function without smoke, I kept it to my mind that I needed to smoke to be more creative, later on, I realized it was just a myth. I prayed to God and said to myself I will quit, I prayed and told God to free me coz am his child and He did,” he said.

 “I had smoked for 22 years, between ages 9 – 14 I was a soft smoker but from age 16 I became a heavy smoker. I smoked 2 -3 packs a day. On estimate before quitting, I had smoked more than 166,000 cigarettes, in this, I haven’t counted Shisha and Marijuana.

" Estimates on the lower side I had spent more than 804,000ksh on smoke,” he said.

 “Smoking cost me a lot, loss of dignity, loss of jobs. I remember some of my ‘friends’ who wanted to me to offer my creative services to them used to say “huyu usimpee pesa, bora uende na fegi atakuskiza.”

“That’s how low I could stoop, and as an addict, you put smoke ahead of you.”
Macharia credits his wife of five years, Millicent Chebet, and friends for helping him overcome smoking addiction.

 “Well, am glad I did it, thanks to my wife for pushing me hard and friends that encouraged me.  I have a lot to say but am glad people view me differently now. 

"You too can quit from whatever enslaves you, choose a struggle and don’t look back,” he advises.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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