Quitting Smoking 6/8/12

Today was a travel day. I drove to a small town where a good portion of family was gathering to celebrate the graduation of my niece. We are all proud of her and I think of her as a daughter. However, because I was driving I laid down some smoking “rules” for myself.

I am darn near a chain smoker in the car. My rules, which were broken for the most part, were


  1. Only smoke at rest stops. I have to pull the car over to have a cigarette. Yea right. That didn’t happen.  The first traffic snarl and I was lighting up.  I did at least make it to the first rest stop, mostly. I only had one or two before that and it took me a good three hours to get there. So almost.  Kinda.
  2. Since I broke the first rule, watch the time and not the miles. I tend to smoke when I get to certain points. In other words, once I hit this place on the road I will smoke. Well some times that place is reached within 30 minutes of the last cigarette. So this time, after that first rest stop, I timed it. I went by the clock. I also figured out that if I say I am going to have the next cigarette in an hour, I should probably time that from when I put it out and not when I light up. I do think I am slow sometimes.

I did pretty good with the second rule actually and am quite proud of myself for that. When I stopped to eat, although in Nevada where you can actually still smoke in restaurants, I choose non-smoking and didn’t rush out of the casino to have a smoke after I ate. I gambled instead. It was 30 minutes before I had the after meal smoke. Might not be much of an accomplishment but I will take it.

The only thing worrying me now, and something I have to keep watch on, is that I am with family. They can totally stress me out and, of course, stress = smoking. So, I am going to try to be aware of when and where I smoke. Wish me luck. I am going to need it.


I have 8 days until my quite 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.

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