"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power." - Benito Mussolini "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Sinclair Lewis (1935)
"History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is." - Thomas Jefferson “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Back in grade school, when I first started smoking, my gym teacher told me "Winners never quit, and quitters never win," and I understand that information came straight down from FLOTUS Nancy herself, so...
When we found out my first kid was on the way, my wife had one more cig and then quit for good. I tried to quit also, but that just meant I was bumming from people at work or at the bar after, which got old for everybody, so I went out and got myself one of those metal cigarette things that is often called a "one hitter" or "pinchy" and a bag of Top, and for a long time just one or two drags every once in a while was pretty okay. In fact, it helped me to appreciate the nicotine buzz a bit better. But those things are easy to lose, and anyway if you're at a party puffing away on one of those things, people tend not to share other things, IYKWIS, so now (14 years later), I freak people out with how fast I roll cigs.
I have, in the past, had a couple hits from a vape, either just to check it out, or because I was in a situation where I couldn't smoke but a friend or relative was vaping. When I used to do a lot of overnight shifts where I couldn't leave the office for even a minute, I would bring nicotine gum, and I will usually pack some for a long flight or even sometimes to go to a movie theater. In really desperate circumstances, I just stick cigarette tobacco in my mouth.
Before the kid, the wife and I smoked at least a pack each per day. That was back when pre-rolled were like $3/pack. Now I smoke less than a half pack a day (as long as I'm not drinking outside or driving all day), and I roll some of the cheapest tobacco I can find in big old bags, so I spend about $25 every 5-6 wks, and even at 2003 prices, this saves so much money I can't use that as a reason to quit.
I remember two of the highlights of the book. The first was a whole chapter titled "the benefits of smoking". Then you turned the page to only find a blank page! Then it said that cigarettes might help a person to calm down, only because the nervousness was due to the lack of nicotine, so effectively, cigarettes helped to solve the problems that they created in the first place!
Post by JFrankParnell on Oct 25, 2017 10:31:48 GMT -5
I quit smoking by vaping. At first, I used the medium or strong nicotine juice,and then worked down to light juice, and even started diluting the light with zero. Also, during this time, I chewed the gum, occasionally. I started going outside to vape or chew, just to simulate the 'smoke break' experience. Eventually, I got sick of the hassle of it all, and by that time, my addiction was pretty much gone, so I could quit it all.
It's been 4 years. I still crave it. Anytime I'm hanging out with smokers, and my girlfriend is not around, I make a nuisance of myself, bumming fags.
I remember every little thing...as if it happened only yesterday. I was barely seventeen, and I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar. I don't remember if it was a telecaster or a stratocaster, But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome and a voice like a horny angel.