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Saturday, March 10, 2012

no mas

Today it has been five months without a cigarette! No smoking at all. In about ten more days it will have been five months without nicotine (I wore the patch for about ten days, fucking things burnt the shit out of me) after twenty seven years of smoking I have quit! I am at peace with life without smoking. And I am happy to say that I am starting to get over some of the issues that my body threw at me as the result of quitting. I am not a reformist when it comes to things like this, the world has enough of those...I just couldn't handle the thought of smoking one more day.

Just an update today. I think I will post another story tomorrow....

8 comments:

christopher said...

Among the most important: It is possible to quit those bastards!

When I finally walked away from all tobacco in 1991 I was amazed that such a thing could happen to me. The tobacco deal was worse than the alcohol deal for me.

I had settled by that time for the smaller victory over smoking itself that had happened in 1981, but smokeless tobacco remained for another ten years with me settling for the idea at least I was not putting hot smoke particles in my lungs. When I successfully removed snuff particles from my mouth, replaced with loose leaf, I was grateful for that small victory too. At least I was no longer burning my gums so badly and I was no longer wearing my teeth down. Now mostly the wear was in my esophagus and stomach.

That's a normal story of addiction, the settling for the small victory within the larger loss. I did the same when I used cigarettes, searching for and settling on some brand (Larks, I seem to remember toward the end) that combined "health" with a "taste" I could tolerate and the price of smoking the 30 cigarettes or so a day, what that cost me.

Jira said...

Congratulations! I have known people who have quit very successfully.

I cannot say that I understand what it was like to quit because I was one of those 14 year old kids who smoked for one year to look cool to my friends. One day I decided it wasn't all that cool and that was that... I was lucky!

As someone close to me says... "Not even one! I'm one smoke away from a pack a day."

Brian Miller said...

dude that is awesome...it is a beast to try to quit so it is great to celebrate these successes...keep at it man...

and yeah jump in on poetics...it opens at 3 pm @ dversepoets.com and the theme is '1999'

Indigo said...

No amount of preaching works, unless you're the one that calls it quits. Congratulations on making a wise choice.

Cigarettes were a balm to my temper for so very long. Even now I crave them and I've been away from them for a few years now. But as I've said before breathing is NOT underrated. Life is way too short to cancel out one single day for whatever reason. (Hugs)Indigo

Susie Clevenger said...

Congratulations! I know it is tough to quit. I watched my sister struggle with it for years and about four years a go she was finally able to kick the habit.

Green Monkey said...

quiting smoking is one of the things I'm most proud of (missed that one). So hard to do.... congratulations (p.s. I still dream about it and wake up in a sweat and its been over 20 years)

Laura said...

this is awesome...good for you!

She Writes Here Now said...

That's awesome! I have a friend who was a heroin addict (you would never guess in a million years of she didn't tell you). She tells me quitting smoking has been harder to quit for her. That remark has stayed with me. Hellish addiction to kick.