Quiting smoking sucks  

pickthisguy11 37M
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1/3/2006 12:51 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Quiting smoking sucks

So it's been a month since I last had a cigarette. Although I think about having one every day. I used the patch for the first two weeks, then realized that if I keep using said patch, I'm not really kicking nicotine, just the smokes.

Every day it seems to get a little easier, except for the occasionally bad day. Today is definitely one of those.

The hardest part of quiting for me has been the fact that I didn't really want to quit. I enjoy smoking, and it's hard to worry about your health when you're only 25 years old. I finally quit because I have a two year old son. I just didn't want to die to early to see all of the things he's going to do in his life. What if he cures cancer, and I miss it because I died of cancer? That just didn't make much sense to me.

I was the kind of smoker who had a heater about every twenty minutes. Now every twenty minutes I have to stop myself from getting up and going outside to light up out of habit. Not having a smoke isn't the hard part. For me, the hard part is those times when a smoke used to be so good. Like after a meal, or especially when I'm driving.

The worst part about it is knowing that I'll still have some of these cravings five years from now. Hardly seems fair.

Having said all I've said about the subject, it really was much easier than I thought it would be. Sure, some days I find myself pacing the house at times, but for large parts of the day I don't think about it anymore.

Last year in Minnesota they raised the tax on a pack by $.75, as well as banned smoking in restaurants in some counties. Although I no longer smoke, I vehemently oppose this added tax and the infringement on the rights of those who want to smoke. At the time of the tax hike, people used to comment about the added cost of smoking. I never complained, as I was sure the added tax would be struck down in court. Last week it was. A judge ruled it unconstitutional, as was my assertion last year. Today I read the ruling in 1998, in which 46 states sued the tobacco companies and were awarded $245 billion, may be overturned on similar grounds. I hope it does. It's shameful for our state governments to pick on companies for selling a legal product. In this day and age nobody starts smoking without knowing the dangers involved. More shameful is the money these states make of tobacco taxes.

Smokers pay anywhere from $.05 to $2.46 in tax per pack, not to mention the $.39 in federal tax. This is simply not fair. Why should smokers contribute to the coffers of the state more than nonsmokers.

Worse yet is the shrinking rights of smokers. The owner of an establishment should decide if he wants to allow smoking in their establishment, not the local government. People are losing the businesses they built over a period of years because of a decline in sales from smokers.

All right, enough pissing and moaning from me. Any ideas on what I should do with all the money I'm saving by abstaining from buying cigarettes. I'm thinking about taking my son somewhere warm and sunny. Or maybe leaving "the deuce" (my son) at home, and taking a cycling vacation somewhere.

BiF33Ut 50F
295 posts
1/5/2006 1:10 am

I say save up and take the boy somewhere..

Good job on the accomplishment...

find another vice Perhaps groping.. or .. hmmm.. ohhh.. heres a good one.. take up getting head Of course you probably couldn't take head breaks every 20 min... at some point the folks at work are going to get jealous...

Happy thoughts sweet cheeks

pickthisguy11 37M
79 posts
1/5/2006 9:07 pm

Good idea about finding another vice. I especially like the one about getting head. I don't know why, it just has a certain ring to it. Now all I need is someone willing to be my dealer.

BiF33Ut 50F
295 posts
1/6/2006 1:09 am

IfN you was a little bit closer.....

I've always had a weakness for giving a little head to an appreciative recipient

"Come a little closer..." the wolf said barely at a whisper".

rm_cockmerollme 45F
1223 posts
1/9/2006 10:56 pm

Save up for that Iron Lung. You will go back to smoking in the next year. Sorry, the numbers don't support you. Good luck anyways.


pickthisguy11 37M
79 posts
1/10/2006 9:05 pm

Cockmerollme, I thank you for your support; knowing you are behind me will help to keep me strong when the temptation comes a'callin. But your right, the numbers don't look good. However, I find myself having a much easier time with it every day that passes. I have lasted over a month now; I know this is only a small amount of time, but I have no intention of ever having another smoke again. I have lasted this long and my willpower is too strong to ever cave in now.

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