Tuesday, January 18, 2005

‘True Grit’

In the November elections Colorado voters passed a new tax on cigarettes (60¢ per pack), making my habit of smoking cigarettes completely unaffordable.

I’ve spent the past two days attempting to quit smoking, eating everything in the house and trying not to murder my children. So I have not been able to stay on top of blog things for the last day or so.

If you’ve ever quit you know the only way to do it is to go “cold turkey.” This is what I am trying to do. While quitting cold turkey, there isn’t much a person is good for to other people except to stay away from. So my posts may be even less coherent than normal.

I’ve had a lifelong battle with cigarettes. I’ve quit smoking before. The first time I quit I managed to stay off of them for five years, the 2nd time two years.

My reasons for quitting the first two times had nothing to do with money and everything to do with health. This time is different. I don’t want the state of Colorado to get one more penny from me than they would have coming otherwise.

Although, at first, many would say they wanted this new tax to try and keep people from smoking — and my quitting would demonstrate this to be working — this is a lie. They simply want to gouge people who are addicted to cigarettes.

I hope to prove the old conservative adage that if you tax something you get less of it and if you don’t tax something you get more of it. I also hope to get healthier in the process.

The state of Colorado can simply go to hell. The bastards.

So, bear with me the next couple of days and, please, wish me well in this attempt.

I pity the poor SOB who annoys me the next couple of days. I feel like I could rip the heart out of a rhinoceros.


At 1:55 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

Here I am again. Just wanted to offer some support. My wife and I quit smoking in 1996, after we both got a chest cold, maybe pneumonia, that was pretty scary, couldn't breathe, it was like fate saying "here's what emphysema is like."

Since you've been through it before, I don't need to tell you what it is like. All I can offer is this: The advice that worked for me about how to quit smoking came from my wife's father, also a former smoker, who simply said, "you just have to decide to quit." It sounds like a trite over-simplification, but at least it helped me. Unfortunately, he didn't quit soon enough... he died of lung cancer.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger net nanny said...

Good luck with quitting. I did it years ago, for health reasons. It's not easy.
Miguel, at lifedata.blogspot.com, is also quitting. He has a link on his site for www.click2quit.com That might have some tips and more support.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger The Writer said...

I was wondering where you were.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger golfwidow said...

I can attest to the difficulty of quitting. I keep a counter on my blog that adds a day each day I continue to avoid cigarettes. I don't keep this counter because I want praise, but rather because, as I draw closer to my thousandth day without cigarettes, I know damned well that if I take even one puff I've got to reset the counter to zero and I can't stand that kind of humiliation.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Saint Nate said...

Quitting smoking is easy - I've done it lots of times. The trick is to keep ots of fruit on hand, because those are the healthiest things you can chew on when you get a fit.

Seriously, good call on going cold turkey. I've yet to meet anyone who's had luck using lozenges or the gum. It's rough, but it works.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Animesh said...

Well, then I should be thankful that I'm thousands of kilometres away :)

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Crayonsetc said...

I haven't quit smoking, so from that direction, I can't give support... but I am a Respiratory Therapist... so I have sure worked with a lot of people who have had to quit! You can do this... and you are right, cold turkey is best!! (and you can smack me... I voted for that tax!)


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