Why Quit?

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Mmm... Yummy.

Mmm... Yummy.

Or more accurately, how?

Whenever you talk to people about quitting smoking, they usually sound like some kind of self-righteous broken record. “You’ll save lots of money,” they’ll say. “You’ll feel healthier,” they’ll harp. “Your clothes won’t smell like smoke any more!” they’ll blather.

I know that these reasons (and many more) might be motivation enough for some people, but personally they don’t make a lick of difference. Ten bucks a day is an amount I can comfortably afford, I feel absolutely fine and healthy (unless I have to do some incredibly strenuous exercise, then I get a bit wheezy), and I don’t generally care that my clothes are a bit whiffy because as a smoker you don’t really smell that.

As a result, when I’ve tried to quit in the past and have tried to use the standard money, health, social status reasons to focus on while quitting, I’ve failed miserably. Why? Because the pain and disruption of quitting massively outweighed the so called benefits I was keeping in my mind, and I’d end up firing one up. Saving money is nowhere near as important as avoiding discomfort.

But today I had a bit of an epiphany. I finally realised the motivation I need to quit smoking. The thing to keep in my mind to see me through the dark times when all I can think of is lighting up and filling my lungs with delicious smoke.

Quitting Smoking is Hard.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before, but that’s all there is to it. It’s so simple! Quitting smoking is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and it requires a massive amount of willpower and concentration to make it happen. And if there’s one thing that I love doing, it’s challenging my mind.

So I think this is the reason I’ve been waiting for, and I’m determined to make it work. Wish me luck!

Smoking: The Curious Pastime

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As anyone who does not smoke will tell you, the act of smoking is a despicable thing which makes you smell awful, removes funds from your bank account at a frightening rate, and makes you incredibly prone to cancer and other smoking-related diseases.

However, as a smoker I have a completely different standpoint. I would like to say that this standpoint is not the result of a bias, but that would be a complete and utter lie. I do think, however, that there are a few points that need to be cleared up.

You see, the thing you non-smokers don’t seem to understand is that smoking is good. Really good. It feels wonderful on so many levels, and as a result, people want to do it as often as they can.

But that’s not the way it should be.

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