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Saturday, September 5, 2009

One year of abstinence

In 1997, after 35-years of smoking, I quit for health reasons and toughed it out until Memorial Day in 2006 when I again took solace in tobacco. With the help of nicotine gum, I am again in a period of abstinence from smoking that so far has lasted one year.

It is common for people with life-long depression to be life-long smokers. Without a doubt, I will someday again enjoy the comfort, and suffer the consequence of bad health, from smoking cigars. I love tobacco smoke, I was hooked from the first puff, and the addiction will stay with me until I die. In the meantime, I am choosing to give it a rest.


Crustyrusty said...

I quit on May 29, 2007. I haven't had any cravings, but I managed to gain 35 pounds over what I was. The food intake is just now starting to ease up.

Good luck to you, brother.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Congrats on quitting! I know well the subsequent weight gain... I be working on that too ;)

My guess is that nothing makes you want to light-up more than hearing anti-smokers proposing more freaking anti-smoking laws...

Crustyrusty said...

Actually, I can't stand to be around it now... even in front of Wally World, if someone lets loose a cloud of smoke, I can't flippin' breathe. I guess that's God's way of guaranteeing I never do it again.

As far as laws go, I feel that people shouldn't be exposed to 2nd hand smoke involuntarily. Other than that, if someone wants to run an establishment and let folks smoke, that's their business. I don't have to go in there.

Steve said...


James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thanks Steve.

Borepatch said...

Congrats. Never was a smoker, but giving up drinking was pretty interesting. Good luck.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thanks Ted. Drinking bourbon was something I once loved as much as smoking cigars...