Quitting Smoking 6/4/12
I switched cigarette brands on the advice of a trusted friend. Who also happens to be smart. He told me that switching would make it easier to break the addiction. Not simple, not easy, but easier. He tells me that my brand has deer tongue in it, which is incredibly addictive. Deer Tongue? The actual conversation was somewhat funny and went something like this:
“You need to switch to brand Y”
“Brand X (my brand) uses deer tongue as an additive; it is highly addictive as well as being a carcinogenic.”
“Deer tongue? Really?”
“Deer Tongue? Where do they get Deer tongue? And what do they do with the rest of the deer?”
“Deer tongue is a weed, it is a plant”
“Ooooooh!! Thought you were talking about the animal!”
It turns out that some brands do use a form of deer tongue (the weed not the critter). Is this going to help me? I dunno, but I am willing to try just about anything. Have noticed that I still want to smoke as much as ever, but I am not finishing the cigarette. My old brand I would smoke just as often but take less than 5 minutes to smoke it all the way down to the filter. This brand I am smoking slower and putting it out before I am halfway through it.
Maybe it is all psychological, and I am just tricking myself. Maybe it is because I am willing to let anything work, so I become an instant believer. That last one is a little hard to swallow, as I am naturally skeptical of such claims. Who knows? I do know that right now I am smoking half of what I used to smoke.
I am also not saving the half a cigarette. I noticed that the other day. When I was younger, I used to save every last bit of a cigarette. At first, it was because they were hard to get when you are a preteen and teen, then because it was a habit. I guess somewhere along the line, it became a non-issue. Since I am not saving that half, it seems like I am smoking the same amount as I am going through the pack a day still. Perhaps it would be a good thing for me to go ahead, save that half, and smoke it. That way I can see how many I am actually smoking all the way. Part of me says that it is just another way to justify the amount I smoke. When the family or the doctor asks how much I smoke, I could look at them with pride and say, “I cut back! I am down to half a pack a day!” May not really be what they want, but it would certainly fool me. What they really (and I if I am honest) is for me to say “None! I quit smoking. I haven’t smoked in X amount of days, weeks, months or years.”
I have 12 days until my quit date.
DISCLAIMER: These posts are nothing more than chronicling my efforts to quit smoking. Anything I write is nothing more than my way of doing so and my feelings associated with those efforts. If you are inspired to quit smoking by anything you read here, please see a doctor and follow their instructions. I, in no way, am suggesting or recommending anything as means of smoke cessation.