29 July 2010

3 Weeks... It'll Take 3 Weeks

Our house went smoke free this week... Saturday, July 24th to be exact. I had posted earlier that I was reading that book by Mr. Carr - yeah, it was alright but a bit too high and mighty for me and I'll explain why.

I am an ex-smoker and yet I do not hold these qualities to I have to figure out how it happens but it seems as though when some people quit, they get so pious towards people who smoke that it is disgusting. How is that supposed to help anyone? I don't have pity on people who smoke. I don't say insulting things to them, spout off stupid statistics or anything like that at all. I didn't want to hear it when I smoked and therefore I know there must be others who don't want to hear it either, right?

Scare tactics don't work on all smokers - it actually has the opposite effect as intended. Some people continue to smoke out of defiance of the 'statistics'... I know that was part of it for me. The more people harped on me to quit, the more I smoked. When people left me alone about it, I would try because I wanted to... not because I was being pressured to do it.

Here is a secret that I'll share - I was diagnosed with Asthma not long after Hobbit was born. I had a severe attack and was taken to the hospital by my father. They administered three breathing treatments before it got under control and I was allowed to leave. Since then I have been under the care of a fabulous pulmonologist whom I adore... and I didn't stop smoking immediately. I continued to smoke for a very long time afterward - for a variety of reasons that are unique unto me... and whether or not people knew, they let me have my illusion.

My husband smoked - a lot more than I ever did, even on a bad day - and he was getting harped on by people. Not from me because I know I hate to have the HTTS (Holier Than Thou Society) yapping in my ears. It is a personal decision that everyone comes to in their own time and nothing anyone says can change that fact. Pokey decided to quit and the only concrete thing we learned is that it will take 3 weeks for the nicotine to completely leave your body and for cravings to stop.

3 weeks... 21 days... only 16 more to go.


  1. Congrats to all! And though I've never been a smoker (well, I smoked just to be naughty, but never became a habit) I totally hear and understand what you're saying!! God bless y'all!

  2. Hang in there! I know it's hard ... but so satisfying when you accomplish it!!!


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