Macharia [Photo: Courtesy]

Comedian Terrence Macharia better known as Terence Creative has marked one year of being cigarette free with a confession that has left many shocked. 

The Radio Jambo co-host opened up about his cigarette addiction saying that he has smoked at least 166,000 cigarettes over a period of 22 years. The habit, he added, cost him approximately Sh800, 000 over the same period.

“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.

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

Macharia, thanked her wife of five years, Millicent Chebet, and friends for supporting him as he fought the addiction.

He also narrated how people used to pay him using cigarettes instead of cash when his addiction was at its peak.

“Well, am glad I did it, thanks to my wife for pushing me hard and friends that encouraged me. 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. 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 narrated.

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