The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to quit smoking for good.
The History: If you have read my past posts, you probably noticed that I have a history of smoking. Nine years now, save for the 6 weeks I quit back in 2011. It’s an ugly habit and yet it is so difficult to give up. Ask most smokers, I’m sure they don’t want to be slaves to cigarettes. That is exactly what you become, a slave to the almighty tobacco gods.
Lately, I’ve felt the negative effects of my bad habit. I can’t walk up two flights of stairs without being out of breath. My teeth, which were once so pretty, are getting that tan tinge to them. I’m frequently coughing. So why do I get so much enjoyment out of smoking?
The Benefits: There are numerous benefits to quitting, here’s a list:
- Better breathing
- Longer lifespan
- More attractive outward appearance – whiter teeth, fewer wrinkles, younger skin, no yellow fingers
- Better ability to do physical activities
- More money in my wallet
- Better smelling
There are many more benefits that I don’t have time to list here, I’m sure I will experience these benefits once I’ve put down the butts.
The Plan: Last time I successfully quit smoking, I had tapered off of cigarettes. I would allow myself so many cigarettes a day and decrease that amount each day. This time, I purchased an e-cigarette. For those that aren’t aware, an e-cigarette is a device that resembles a regular cigarette. There is a liquid inside the e-cig designed to taste like real tobacco (or sometimes fruity flavors). The e-cig is refillable and reusable. The liquid inside does in fact contain nicotine, however, you can lower the dose and eventually buy liquid that has no nicotine. Anyway, one of the components heats and vaporizes the liquid and you are able to inhale/exhale the vapor, essentially mimicking the smoking experience.
The Time Period: This will be an ongoing challenge. I’m not quite sure how long it will take. I believe it should be pretty quick, considering that I am replacing cigarettes with a device to simulate smoking. I still have a pack and a half to smoke, but I anticipate finishing those packs in about two days.