There are many addictions out there. I can only be thankful I’m too much of a wuss to have taken anything hardcore. Sure, I do enjoy martinis but above all I love smoking. Cigarettes, naturally. My brand for going on about six years now has been American Spirits. It’s only until recently, after several unfortunate events, do I realize that I finally need to shut up, stop putting it off, and just flat out… quit!
I’ve tried mostly everything to stop. Cold turkey (it’s a bitch), patches (there isn’t a high enough dose for me), gum (tastes like crap), acupuncture (only cut down my smoking for a week), and the electric cigarette (doesn’t tell you how many cigarettes you’re actually smoking). It goes to say that I cannot take something like Chantix because, quite frankly, I’ve seen this drug do more bad than good for family and friends. Watching someone act weird and become mentally unstable isn’t too cute. And lately I’ve been more like a chimney than anything else due to boredom. I’m waiting for a train? Cigarette! I’m listening to music on my laptop while cruising the internet? Cigarette! I’m having a drink? Chain smoker!
I’m betting my last dollar on one treatment I’m not sure will even work but I do have my fingers crossed. “Basically, you’ll just be happy a lot and eventually the need for a cigarette will subside and in time you will not want them anymore,” a friend explained to me how she quit. With doing some research of my own, and planning to speak to a doctor about it, I think I may go with Zyban. This little drug is some sort of anti-depressant as far as I can tell and makes a smoker eventually “immune” to the effects of nicotine. Do not listen to me as I’m no doctor at all. Just saying that I need to get my shit together along with my health and finally kick the fucking habit.
Andy Warhol once said, “all you need to be famous are sunglasses and a cigarette.” I’d like to stick with half that notion. Besides, I’m over having my breath stink along with my clothes. And have you ever tried to give a blowjob through a stoma? Yeah… exactly!