At 11 Sunday night I stumped out my cigarette, shut down my computer and headed to bed. The thought of quitting smoking had bounced across my mind for some months. Never actually landing in any one spot and germinating into a dedicated decision. The idea of stopping smoking – cold turkey or cold chicken did not find a warm spot to perch.
During Easter Sunday time was spent with in laws, out laws and no laws until I grew tired of seeing them, returning home and work. That was about 6 pm. By 10:45 pm I had completed another project and post to my blog. Finally the idea of quitting smoking had found fertile ground and taken root.
I’d emptied my pockets onto my desk before starting work. After nearly 4 hours of work, with a couple of breaks, I had only 3 cigarettes left. This could have been an issue, but I knew my girlfriend had more and eventually went to bed.
At 3 am I was awakened by a barking dog and could not get back to sleep. Reaching no success at getting back to sleep, I got up and returned to my office and cigarettes. Smoked a couple and worked on another project – I had (1) left. At 4:15 am, I returned to bed.
At 7 am I again rose and started my day. When I put match my last cigarette, it was 7:30 a.m., my mouth watered at the taste. How incredibly satisfying it was to take that first puff of nicotine and other chemical in a smoky blaze. Taste buds and nerves satisfied I smiled before coughing. That was when the idea of stopping took root.
It is now 12:23 p.m. at this writing. I have had two buts and am now burning my pipe. I have also taken pencil to paper to determine the financial implications of my not smoking anymore. This is results;
· per pack price - $5.00
· burn rate - 1.5 per day
· my cost - $7.50 per day
· times - 30.4 days per month
· equals - $228.00 per month
· equals - $2736.00 per year
I don’t have an extra $2736.00 a year to give away anymore.
These prices are Raleigh, N. C. prices. Imagine the financial impact on individuals in other states and areas with higher prices. I am not quitting smoking for my physical health, I am quitting form my financial health. It is my Constituational right to smoke if I want, not a decision to be made by government. My smoking offers more advantages; when my breathing capacity increases, I’ll be able to argue longer and better for individual rights to be stupid, and do what they want. I am not stopping smoking cold turkey, rather like cold chicken. But, I will succeed.