Thursday, March 28, 2013

Smoking...It's Not Just a Bad Habit

Smoking is an addiction. Non-smokers just get annoyed and think it's a bad habit that the horrible person standing outside of the restaurant should ditch. It's a bad thing, on that we can all agree, but it's not a habit. Smoking is both a physiological and psychological addiction. Smokers can't just "throw their butts down" and move right along. And while we're on that, you're more likely to step in a nasty wad of gum on a sidewalk than to find a cigarette butt. 

Smokers feel the shame that society has placed on them. They know the perceived health detriments. They know the financial burden. Quite honestly, society as a whole is more forgiving of the drunk, the crack head, or the heroin addict than they are of the smoker. Why? Because those others can't help it. They have a sickness. It's an addiction. Smokers are just nasty, lazy, and they smell bad. 

So let's get personal here. Little known fact about this extremely non-lazy, exercising, green juicing, pretty successful business woman, wife, and mother of 6. I smoke. I'm not proud of it. I don't broadcast it from the rooftops. I'm not a closet smoker. If you know me and you're ever around me, you know I smoke. I have the "smell". I step out every hour on the hour to fuel my addiction. I wash my hands, carry sanitizer, and eat mints on a regular basis. Guess what? I don't like the smell either. I do NOT smoke in my house or car. I don't like that I make my family wait all of the time. 

When headed in to the local grocery store: "Go ahead and go in, I'll be there in a minute". After eating a nice family meal out: "Go ahead and pay the restaurant tab, I'll be waiting outside". On a road trip: "Can we stop real quick? Don't you need a Coke or something?". That's pretty much how it goes and they have to revolve around my addiction. 

I'm pretty much guessing at this point you had no clue. I don't look like a smoker. I don't "act" like someone with an addiction. Hey, maybe smokers aren't deadbeats after all. We're not. We don't mean to offend you with the smoke as you walk by us on the sidewalk. A lot of us would rather you stopped smacking that gum and spitting it on the sidewalk before we stepped out to smoke. Some of us are neat freaks, over achievers, and although we aren't totally convinced of all of the studies showing the health-detriments of cigarette smoke, we really wish there was a way to quit.

I'm one of those someones and I started looking a while back. I really want to kick this (it's not a habit people) addiction. I found V2 Cigs seem to be highly rated. You can read more about ecigarettes to find out if they are right for your smoking secession needs. I think this is the answer to my dilemma. 

I've tried patches and pills, and they just didn't work for me. I guess I'm not a cold turkey kind of person. 

So at this point, this is what I'm looking to for help. There's no CA (cigarettes anonymous). No insurance will cover treatment. We're the black sheep of addictions. 

If you're in my boat, don't don't have to admit it out loud, V2 Cigs is offering a 15% off promotion and free shipping using coupon code ECR15KITS. This is a healthier way to quit without the horrid side effects. 

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Anyone else in the closet and ready to quit? Let's do this thing together. Feel free to email me. I know the stigma tied to our addiction.

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  1. Debba Haupert- GirlfriendologyMarch 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Christy - thanks for this very personal, honest 'confession.' I love that you share that. I, since I admire and care about you, want the best for you so I hope/pray/believe you'll figure this out. I once (got bumped to first class!) sat by a doctor who told me that nicotine was more addictive to women than cocaine. I understand it's very, very hard. But I love that you're trying. And, I know that you, my friend, can do anything you set your mind to! Be strong. Be healthy. Live long & prosper :)

  2. Good luck Christy!!! I know you can do it!!! I am actually allergic/super sensitive to the smoke so I never even had the option to start. I can't even imagine how hard quitting must be, but I know you can do it!!! You can do ANYTHING!!!

  3. Thanks for your support. I can do this. I CAN do this!

  4. I love your strength, your support, and your understanding Debba! You're my new rock. Are you up for the challenge? Because once I start kicking this addiction in the butt, you might not like my emails for awhile. Just sayin...I might be a little edgy. I can get by with a little help from my friends!

  5. Christy, I had no idea and I admire your honesty. I'm a smoker too and I would love to hear what you think about these cigarettes. I am highly allergic to cigarette smoke, yet I can't make myself WANT to quit. It's my release, my one big vice, and I just enjoy my alone time when I smoke. When I get sick, like I have been for the past week, I wonder why I don't just put it all down but then I fight through the coughing and keep lighting up. My one saving grace was that I was able to stop when I was pregnant, but after three months, I was back at it. I hope the best for you and although I couldn't imagine jumping off the green juice bridge with you, I could actually see following your lead on this one!

  6. As a recovered smoker, I know how hard it is to quit (hell, I was good at quitting). I used to say I quit, but then would drink two beers and wanted "just a puff." I never looked at it as addiction until I began smoking menthols ( a menthol). Menthols are like cigarette crack. I just couldn't put them down and didn't want to either. The trouble was that I had developed asthma in high school from allergies. Smoking fueled my allergies and my asthma. I finally just flat out couldn't breathe. I knew that emphysema must be right around the corner so I began trying to quit. It probably hasn't been a year since the last time I took one drag of a cigarette, but I can tell you that the last drag I had....I knew it was the last one. It just didn't feel good any more. I wish you all the luck in the world. Just get through it one day at a time.

  7. I'm starting next week. Good vibes would be appreciated. Thanks for sharing your story!


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