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September 24, 2011

Never Start Smoking Cigarettes

Ugh, never start smoking cigarettes* (or drink alcohol or do street/unprescribed prescription drugs.) If you never start, the desire will never even be there. Last night, I calculated how much I spend every month on cigarettes. Approximately $400/month. Considering I only get $635/month (and odd little amounts from various online sources), that's killing me financially. Technically, I should quit for my health. I have a mild to moderate chronic cough that's probably the beginnings of COPD. But, the addiction to nicotine is stronger than any real concern about my health. I tried to quit last night and lasted about 13 hours. Which isn't that impressive considering I slept for 9 of those. So, the new plan is to restrict myself to 1 cigarette per hour, which should cut my smoking down to 1/3 or less of what it was.


*Not that this will reach the audience it should. Pretty sure the few readers I have are all 30+ and most people start their addictive behaviors by the time they're in their twenties.

8 comments:

Mike Golch said...

Yep qouting is a great idea.it will help with the copd.I wish I never had starting smoking.I quite in 1994 and I'm glad that I did.

Berryvox said...

I've tried to quit so many times. Last time, I used Chantix and lasted for eight days. I figure even cutting down will help a little bit, both financially and health-wise.

Mike Golch said...

I quite cold turkey on my wife's birtrhday and was a misrible SOB for a week and a half.but I am glad that I did manange to beat the coffin nails. especially givin the fact that my grandma(Dad's Mom) and my Mother were taken by lung cancer(both were heavy smokers)it is bad enough that I have asthma and copd because of my smoking.I do hope that you can beat smoking just for the health of it.

Ferd said...

The best part is that you WANT to quit, and that you have been trying. With each try, you learn something. I really do think that if you keep trying, sooner or later you will succeed.
I'm rooting for you, K!

Berryvox said...

Mike and Ferd - Someday! Even though I'm wary of it because of all the potential side effects, I may try the Chantix again.

Nokohaha said...

Yum! Nokohaha used to spend fifty bucks a month on Nicotine Gum.

Berryvox said...

Nokohaha - That IS better than $400!

Mizé said...

I agree with the reduccing approach. Reducing and limiting myself to a certain nr of cigarettes per day, helped me quit smoking while I was pregnant.
It´s not that easy to let go of it for good, you gotta be persistent.