A few years ago I attempted to quit smoking; the only reason I would even do such a thing is not because of health risks and don’t get me wrong, I f’n love smoking. So what if it makes your breath smell? That’s why I always carry around a pack of chewing gum so I’m always minty fresh. So what if it makes your clothes smell? I always carry a little bottle of aftershave so I always smell well fit. No the reason I decided to give up smoking was because I joked about it on a Facebook status once and was basically met with a barrage of “LOL WHATEVS TREVS! U NEVAR QUIT SMOKIN!” type of comments.
So I thought, “Screw you, I can quit smoking if I want.” And so that is what I did. I smoked my last cigarette that day; I took my time with it, enjoyed it, savoured it and then that was that. I stopped. I picked up some nicotine patches and tried them on for size, I remember them making me really tired so I fell asleep. I then woke up feeling extremely dizzy and the patch had given my arm a rash so threw the patch in the bin and decided to go cold turkey instead.
What followed on from that moment was probably the worst time of my life; I remember being in an extremely bad mood for a long time. Snapping at people uncontrollably for even the slightest of things and trust me when you work at a hotel that’s not a good thing. I remember threatening to knock out a guest that was being a right dick. Making female staff members cry because they hadn’t completed their shift properly. I was on all accounts a right knob head.
But luckily they all understood; quitting smoking is a hard thing to do and anyone that even attempts it even if it only lasts a day gets my respect. It takes a great deal of will power; my mother smoked for 30 odd years before she decided to quit, she used the patches and gradually cut the dosage down, she hasn’t had a cigarette since.
It went well for a time, I started going to the gym aswell to release the frustration of not being able to smoke; I lost quite a bit of weight in that time.
A lot of it is boredom, if you’re bored you go for a cigarette or if you have regular breaks at work it’s just habit of going outside and smoking, or if you’re on a night out and surrounded by friends that smoke. I managed to break that habit and stop completely.
Then of course my personal life turned to hell, this girl who spent weeks messing with my mind actually went and broke old ‘Ard Pete’s heart and I got the sudden urge to go and buy some cigarettes and unfortunately I caved in to that urge. Sure I was disappointed with myself but I also felt so much better. The craving never went away that entire four months and from that moment I had eventually built myself back up to being a regular smoker again.
Cut to 2013 and at work there’s a new craze. e-Cigarettes they’re called; electronic cigarettes that you charge up via USB and you fill it with this “juice” of various flavours. You press the button and inhale like a real cigarette and exhale water vapour. They’re not a new invention, they’ve been around for awhile; my auntie has one that looks like a real cigarette and she hasn’t touched a real one since.
This guy at work was the first to buy one, he was a 20 a day man (I’m at most, 10). He hasn’t touched a real cigarette since and it costs him about £5 a week on refills.
Now everyones buying them so I thought I’d jump on the band wagon and get one too. The actual thing costs about £25, battery lasts about 5 days, comes with a charger and some “juice” which is actually flavoured nicotine liquid. You pour the liquid into the e-Cigarette; charge up the device then push the button and inhale.
Whether it’s any good or not remains to be seen, the people I know that have used them seem to be happier with it so I have hopes. This way I should be saving my self many moneys that can be spent on more important things such as alcohol and bitches.
So let’s see how quitting smoking attempt number 2 goes!