Most parents will tell you that the birth of a child changes a person.
This tiny innocent human being you’ve made with your partner will make you feel both elated and fearful at the same time.
For this Malaysian dad, it made him want to give up a dirty habit he’d been holding on to for a long time.
Mohamed Hafiz shared on Twitter that as his daughter, Norhafizah turned one years old, he wanted to celebrate the joyous occasion with a worthy present.
He decided to quit smoking.
Harini setahun yang lepas Norhafizah dilahirkan di dunia ini. Tak tau nak beli hadiah apa untuk harijadi sebab dia kecik lagi. Jadi aku decide untuk berhenti merokok sebagai hadiah. This is the last one pic.twitter.com/CJKB9vTI53— Mohamad Hafiz (@HafizJalal_HJ) September 15, 2019
In the tweet, Hafiz explained that he had been thinking of what to get for his daughter’s first birthday, considering she’s still very small.
Accompanied by a photo of a cigarette, Hafiz shared that he had decided this would be his last stick.
The tweet, which has since been retweeted more than 16k times at the time of writing, received many supportive responses.
Social media users praised Hafiz for his honourable decision. Some even took the opportunity to share their own experiences with kicking the dirty habit.
Please bro jangan kecewakan Hafizah. Our prayers be with you and your family. Happy birthday si comel 🌻🌻🌻— wawa (@njhhnjw) September 16, 2019
“Please brother, don’t let Hafizah down. Our prayers be with you and your family. Happy birthday cute one”
Good luck,bro. My dad ambil masa sehari to quit smoking when he realized it’s his fault for making his son dapat asthma. ✊🏽😊— | Fadli | 🇲🇾 💞 (@Mfadli_akmal) September 16, 2019
“Good luck brother. My dad took just one day to quit smoking when he realised it’s his fault his son became asthmatic.”
Saya dlu dunhill 14 + Winston 20 x lepas BRO.. ank sulong umo 1 tahun sy nekad berhenti bro. Skrg ank dah lepas exam UPSR. Alhamdulillah tiada yg mustahil hidup tanpa rokok Dan tk bau mulut busuk dh. 👍👍👍👍👍— Shah 2109 (@2109Shah) September 16, 2019
“I used to smoke 14 Dunhills and 20 Winstons without fail. When my eldest turned a year old, I was determined to quit. Now, my kid just finished their UPSR exams. It’s not impossible to live without cigarettes. Now my breath no longer smells.”
Aku dulu macam ni lahh. Dah berapa ribu kali pun tak tau. Tapi aku tetap doakan hang supaya dapat tunaikan janji hang tu. In Sha Allah, amin . .— ANGAHOKAY (@anepsahaja_) September 16, 2019
“I was like this too. I’ve tried thousands of times to quit. I will pray that you will keep your promise to your daughter.”
Mohamed Hafiz also updated his Twitter followers on how difficult it is to quit smoking.
Recently, he had to make a trip to the clinic after vomiting so many times.
Update. 3,4 kali muntah dan terus ke klinik. Kuat betul penangan rokok ni. 16 tahun hidup bergelumang asap rokok. Pergi klinik pun selipar sebelah lain2 😂 pic.twitter.com/1sx2plXA5m— Mohamad Hafiz (@HafizJalal_HJ) September 15, 2019
“Update. After vomiting 3 – 4 times, I’ve gone to the clinic. Nicotine addiction really holds on to you after you’ve been surrounded in cigarette smoke for 16 years. In my daze, I accidentally wore two different slippers.”
Although Hafiz has been unsuccessful in his previous attempts to quit, attributing his previous tries to his parents and his wife, he’s determined to try again, this time for his little girl.
Abah pernah juga berhenti rokok sebab opah dan atuk hang, Hafizah,tapi tewas. Demi mommy hang jangan cakap la, beratus kali janji, tewas juga. Ni pertama kali sebab anak abah. Harap2 berjaya la 💪 pic.twitter.com/Lj98kLo0VT— Mohamad Hafiz (@HafizJalal_HJ) September 16, 2019
We believe you can do this Hafiz! All the best and happy birthday to your little one!