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June 9, 2006

Where's There Smoke?

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Where's There Smoke?
Friday, June 9, 2006


In case you're wondering about the dearth of fresh content here lately, there's a perfectly good explanation. One of us has just quit smoking after 38 years and had neither the patience nor concentration to sit at the computer for long. The other one of us has gone into virtual hiding until the worst of the withdrawal is over---it's a little dangerous around here.

No really, being a defiantly unreconstructed smoker in these days of self-righteousness and bossiness has been a privilege and a pleasure. Standing in doorways and parking lots; braving the 'tsk-tsks' of passers-by to whom my personal choices should be none of their damn business; being made to feel as I'm selling crack to pre-schoolers every time I light up---none of this contributed to my decision to quit. Even our state's recent ban on smoking in restaurants didn't do it.

However, as I approach my senior years, I finally believe the stuff about emphysema and lung cancer--helped along by a nasty cough lately. It occurs to me that, were I to contract either of these diseases, it would be my own damn fault and I would be subjecting friends and family to my time-consuming, annoying, and costly decline.

So, 1 month in, I've gained 8 pounds, can't sit still, sleep a lot, and chew on a lot of straws. I'm sure it'll get better. My brain may even resume normal function. But right now, gotta run--I need a new straw. Oh yeah--if you're still smoking and might want to stop, QuitNet isn't bad. Didn't help me much but it's an awfully friendly warm & fuzzy place to hang out while you're jones-ing.

Posted on June 9, 2006 8:33 AM

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It's never too late to stop smoking. Yeah, we all see those folks hooked and standing outside public buildings. It kind of makes them look like outcasts too.

Posted by: John Dale on June 7, 2006 2:14 PM

Good for you! Keep up the good work. I smoked a pack a day from the age of 16 until I turned 26. Couldn't stand the thought of smoking while pregnant and knew I wanted to have kids, so that thought helped me quit. As time goes on, it becomes easier.

Posted by: Gail on June 15, 2006 11:01 AM

I stopped smoking for a month (due to a cold that prevented me from smoking for two weeks). But after a month, I just Had to have a cigarette in the morning - so I'm back at it.
BTW: I only started smoking at age 50, as my wife smokes.
What cured me till I was 50? When I was about 18, I tried to impress some girls by putting all 20 cigarettes in my mouth, and smoking them all at the same time! ;-) The girls weren't impressed, but it cured me for about 30 years! You might want to try this if all else fails ... Dave

Posted by: Dave Johnson on June 18, 2006 9:47 AM

"More People Die Each Year From Smoking than From War In Vietnam!!"-Luanne Platter:"King of the Hill".

Posted by: John P on June 19, 2006 7:22 PM

Good move! I had an aunt and three uncles die of emphysema. It's an awful way to go.

Posted by: Will on November 22, 2006 1:52 PM

i still like to tote

Posted by: john6457 on February 19, 2007 8:28 AM

I quit smoking about 13 years ago (cold turkey). I also had a cough. This was before they had all of the patches and other methods to help out. I sucked on a lot of life savers and chewed a lot of gum. Since I quit I have been working out and feel like a brand new person. I also don't have that "wrinkly skin" look any longer. Keep chewing the straws of whatever else it takes. I know it is not easy but you can do it!

Posted by: Joyce on February 22, 2007 6:22 PM

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