The things I say abnout smoking I say with confidence as an ex-smoker not as a non smoker. When you want to quit it is easy, you just don't ever pick one up again. Having one or two a day just keeps the urge to have them alive.I used to smoke between 8 and 20 cigarettes a day (normally around 14-15), and while I'd like to say that my subsequent hear attack convinced me to quit right there and then, that's not quite the truth. What convinced me to quit was a pamphlet I picked up to read out of sheer boredom during my 4-day recover period. In the pamphlet, they mentioned that smoking a pack of cigarettes a day was the equivalent of carrying around an extra 40kg (80lbs) of weight each day. Now, that in and of itself, would still never have convinced me to quit without my forced hospital confinement over 4 days. For many smokers, the addiction is so great that it overpowers any force of willpower one might try to muster, just like 1970Clea stated.
It's so easy for non-smokers to spew out "advice" like Adjitater's (no offense meant) but does anyone really believe that smoker's are not aware of the repercussions of smoking? I hated smoking but nothing I tried worked and at that point, the last thing any smoker needs to hear is another person stating just how disgusting it is to smoke and how it will kill us.
Quitting takes an incredible amount of resolve and fortitude. If you think that smoking just a few per day is not too bad then you aren't ready to quit. You have to want to suit, have good reasons to quit and be prepared to live with the desire to smoke again every time you smell smoke.
Just my opinion.
Believe it or not, I'm still for smoker's rights. It's a personal decision and nobody should nag anyone about it. I used to hate that so I never do it to others.From a grumpy old man with an opposing point of view:
Still in all I think that supplementing with cigarettes and magnesium for bipolar is much better the psycho-toxins that the shrinks had me taking. When I was on those psycho-toxins I just would sit in my chair and not think or do anything which they considered a successful treatment but I could not enjoy anything and never laughed in all the years that I was on them. I was just a zombie in a chair. And they did not stop me from smoking, I just didn't enjoy it or anything else.
Believe it or not, I'm still for smoker's rights. It's a personal decision and nobody should nag anyone about it. I used to hate that so I never do it to others.
Do I feel better since I quit? NO! I didn't feel sick to begin with and I feel the same
I do feel better psychologically, as I'd been up to THREE packs a day at the end, but that's all. I don't know how people afford it these days. The prices are very unfair to smokers. And if those meds made you feel that bad, I don't blame you for not taking them any more.
You'd have to pay approx. $58/carton for cigarettes? Here in our Walmart they're about $70/carton and I don't know if that's before or after taxes! You're right about the rich getting all the breaks (not your exact words). I see you're close to my age (I'll be 67 this coming summer) and with retirement - wow! Talk about having to pinch pennies.I can't afford cigarettes at $58 per 200 any more so I smoke little cigars at $18 per 200. They are a bit stronger but at a cost saving of $40 per carton they are a great replacement. Rich people smoke pipes and cigars so the rich people that control the law tax pipes and cigars much less. It's just the nature of our/their corrupt world.