I Think I Just Might Quit.

I’m tired of smoking. I’m sick of my good clothing smelling like smoke. I hate bumming out cigarettes to other people because they know I’ve got good ones. I’m tired of spending the money. I’m tired of being subject to the nicotine. I’m sick of “cutting back” to a very manageable amount only to creep back up to more than I’m comfortable with. I’m fed up with trying to sneak them around disapproving family members just to be sensitive of their feelings. I’m sick of standing out in the rain and the cold and the +100-degree heat just because I’ve got to get that fix. I’m tired of that extra bulge in my pocket where I keep my cigarette case and lighter. I hate being tethered to the smoke shop because I can’t stand the cigarettes that they sell at the gas station. I’ve said before that if what I smoke was no longer available I’d just quit. I’ve threatened to quit if the price of the tobacco went up to certain benchmarks. My current cut-off is $10.00/pack. My smokes are sitting at just over $7.50 right now. Studies say that quitting by the age of 35 will lead to lifestyles as healthy as someone who never took up the habit, and I’ve had a long-term goal of quitting before my 35th birthday. I’m 33 now. I’ve intended to quit for a long time now, but knew that I simply didn’t have the motivation. I am not by any means required to keep it up for another two years or whenever the pack hits that magical $10.00-mark. I all but quit caffeine largely by accident, so it’s cousin stimulant should not be that hard as long as I’ve got the motivation. I’m flat-out pissed off at tobacco and I don’t have to take it anymore. But, dang it! I love my smokes! You’re probably wondering what brought this on. This weekend, I smoked like a fish. I don’t know how I went through that much tobacco, but I smoked a lot. No more. As soon as I publish this, I’m going to put what’s left of my cigarettes in my humidor and see what I can do. If I give into temptation and smoke them up before the weekend, that’s just tough. If I never touch them again, I’ll likely frame what I’ve got left and hang it on the wall.

12 thoughts on “I Think I Just Might Quit.

  1. Good Luck! I quit almost three years ago (but I quit on good terms, so I could go back if I needed to) and frankly, other than saving a bunch of money, it has amounted to diddly-squat. My blood pressure is higher, my breathing is worse, and my cholesterol is borderline ridiculous.

    In 2006, I did the Air Force PFT (physical fitness test) TWICE in an hour, and scored 100% for the 18-23 age group, both times. I was 51 at the time. Couldn’t pass it now, if my life depended on it.

    But I have lost the 30 lbs. I gained after I quit.

  2. I wish you great success. I never thought I would be able to quit, one day I just stopped.
    If I could do it, literally any one can, one day at a time.

  3. I quit while I was on the Nimitz. One day I just tossed the pack off the fantail and didn’t look back.

    Now, every once in a great while I will have a very enjoyable cigar, but to me cigars are different. You can never quickly smoke a cigar and when you do have one, you have to slow down and relax. So for me, cigars are like alcohol – something I enjoy rarely and with friends.

  4. Best of luck Michael. I quit almost 11 years ago, and there are *still* days I would step over my own mother to have a smoke.

    Just do what I do: think about how much money you’re saving by not smoking, and go buy another gun… 😉

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