I’m Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey

A few days ago I posted that cigarettes will now cost $11 a pack in New York City. I knew the law would go into effect on Thursday July 1st so I decided that I would not smoke another cigarette as of Wednesday July 30th.

I’ve tried to quit in the past but realize now that it was always a half assed attempt. I would quit for a few days, have a bad day at work and there was my excuse to buy a pack and light up. I tried the patch but it made my heart race so I stopped using it and started smoking again.

In my most recent attempt I used Nicorette gum. However, from talking to friends and doing research online I’ve found that most people who used Nicorette in an attempt to quit smoking wind up getting addicted to the gum.

The only other alternative is to man up and just stop. No damn patches, no Nicorette gum just quit cold turkey. Of course I’ve been using the gum for the last two days but have chewed a total of 6 pieces. So as of this posting I’m not using the damn gum either.

What’s my motivation? Well $11.75 a pack for starters as well as my son continuously telling me that smoking is bad for me and that I should call 311 because that’s the number to call when people want to quit. So I will start depositing $11.75 a day into my big jug each day and will count it up at this time next year.

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3 thoughts on “I’m Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey”

  1. I am curious how you have done. It has been since July now. So tell us. We need to know if you had all the will power.

    Honey, cigarettes are a serious addiction. If the patch made your heart race, you probably were using it on your chest and should have put it on your upper arm.

    Hey, I quiet by using the patch. What I had a hard time with was the habit of reaching and reaching some more. Once I talked myself into hating cigarettes, I slapped on that patch and just got over the reaching thing In fact, it amused me after a while. I stayed quit of 15 months and guess what? I am smoking again.

    Now, I have a new strategy. I hold the cigarette up in front of the mirror so I can see me and it and I tell it how much I hate it and how I will not smoke it again. This is like making or breaking a habit in thirty days. So, in thirty days, I am expecting my brain to take over and make it happen. Hey, I read that in a book so it has to be true. ha ha

  2. Unfortunately, I’m back to smoking. However, I will keep trying. BTW – I was wearing the patch on my arm. I tried the gum as well but it’s just a replacement. The only way to quit is cold turkey.

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