"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart
May 6, 2012
Yay! It's been over five months since I quit smoking and I figured I'd list some of the pros and cons of doing so. And, yes, there ARE negatives.
*Weight Gain: Argh, I did NOT need that extra 20 pounds. Granted, that's partly my fault because I replaced cigarettes with Jolly Ranchers and other hard candies. Think I'm going to have to replace those with carrot sticks, broccoli, and cauliflower. It's acceptable to snack on lettuce, right?
*Improved sense of smell: I seriously hate this. Do you realize how awful car exhaust smells? I preferred it when I was in my little bubble of deadened senses.
*I STILL really, really want a cigarette. It's not as horrific as it was the first three weeks but the urge is still there.
*I imagine I don't smell like cigarette smoke anymore. To some people, this would be a pro but I've never thought of cigarette smoke as a bad smell. So, I really don't care.
*Social: I never cared about what others thought of my cigarette habit. And, even if I had, I'm sure there are plenty of smokers to hang around. So, my 'social profile' has probably gone up but, eh, doesn't matter.
*Extra money: This is pretty much the only reason I quit and have stayed quit. Before I did, I was dipping into my bank's Direct Deposit Advance loan service every month. Now, I'm back in the black.
*Everything's cleaner: There are no more cigarette ashes to pick up from the floor. And my garbage fills up at a slower rate because I'm not throwing away cigarette packs and butts.
*Health: My chronic cough went away almost overnight. I'm sure there are other health benefits but that's the one I've actually noticed.
*More Time: There are things I don't have to do anymore. I don't have to go to the tobacco shop or Walgreen's to get more cigarettes. I also don't have to run outside at the mall or stop bicycling for a smoke break.
*It's better for the environment: Even though it doesn't affect me personally, I still think this is fabulous. I'm not creating unnecessary work for people who have to manufacture the cigarettes. The tobacco fields can be put to better use. And all those cigarette butts, cigarette boxes, and plastic wrap can be kept out of the landfills.