No Smoking

One man's journey through the haze of butting out.

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Name: Dana Lee

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Three Months On...

I haven't posted lately, and the three month point went by last week. So what's new?

Something interesting happens when you've gone to this point after having read "the books" I've referred to earlier in this blog. Because of the psychology of the readings, it's almost like you can't start again. Every time the opportunity comes up (and if you allow it to come your way) you may take a drag but then immediately go "Blech, why would I start this again?" As well, if you have the misfortune of being drunk enough on a Friday night to actually bum a cigarette, your body tells you in no uncertain terms the next day - your mouth feels like a cactus was dragged through it (it actually stings); you get this little back pain that wasn't there yesterday; your lungs don't feel like they can breathe fully; and, if you've spent the night in a smoking room, your clothes reek.

There are just simply no advantages in life to doing this! I've talked to many people who have quit and are now non-smokers, and they have all told me the same thing: "Yeah, once in a long while I'll bum a smoke, and then I feel like shit the next morning."

Here's a comment from someone who dropped by the blog (who I know from the pub):

hi dana: i wanted to let you know that after about a month of not smoking, and after bragging about it to you on friday, i caved and smoked at the pub. good news is i hated it and have no plans to do it again. maybe i'm a little optimistic, but i really think i'm over it. i just wanted to say thank you, because i really credit you with giving me that little push i needed to quit. do you even remember the conversation we had about smoking when we first met? i won't soon forget it.
be well.

And just to give even time, here's another comment from a blog visitor, who's a bit more adamant about the whole "occasional puff" situation:

Sounds like the unconscious voice in your head is getting to you. I believe Mark Jordan warned of this very trick of the mind in Chapter 3: “I’ll only smoke when I’m out in the pub with my friends.” As well, "even a few puffs a week is enough to increase carbon monoxide levels in your blood and affect various tissues in your body - there is no safe level of smoking." Be strong, and don't let your mind create excuses.

I have to agree with this person, too. If it's the carbon monoxide that's making me feel the way I described earlier in this posting,'s just not worth it.

I'll leave you with a Silkquit update: well over $300 saved and...over one thousand cigarettes not smoked (actually, over 1100)! Your results would double if you were a pack a day smoker.