So, I'm going through some stuff, cleaning up closets and so forth. I find a box that has some leftover Christmas stuff from 16 months ago right before I quit smoking -- cards, some wrapping paper, a few trinket type gifts that never got put up (football decals, etc.). All the sudden, what do I find in the bottom of the bag?
A pack of souvenir cigarettes from my college daughter who had just returned from a trip to China bringing souvenir Chinese gifts. Fancy gold foil box, embossed with the Shanghai skyline. Very fancy. First time I had held a pack of cigarettes since I tossed my last two packs in February a year ago.
I chuckled, imagining some soon-to-be relapser thinking "just one won't hurt" right... But, I've read the One Puff Files too many times to fall for that junkie thinking nonsense. Instead, I visualize Joel doing a video on what to do when you find the souvenir cigarettes your daughter brought back to her nicotine addict dad from China...
I marched them straight out to the garage and tossed 'em in the trash. Actually, I didn't even have any reaction to holding a pack of cigarettes. No desire to open them. Even holding a pack of cigarettes didn't trigger any desire to smoke! Yippee. That's a far cry from the empty pack I found in my car a few weeks after I quit, a discovery that sent electricity shooting up my spine. Glad I didn't find this pack of Chinese cigarettes in my closet back then!
But, ex-smokers don't keep cigarettes, even if they are in a fancy souvenir pack. I e-mailed my daughter and confessed that I had just thrown away a present from her. I think she'll understand.
After smoking for 35+ years, I quit cold turkey One Year, Two Months, Fourteen Days, 14 Hours and 16 Minutes ago. By breaking my active nicotine addiction, I've not purchased and smoked 8792 cigarettes that would have cost me $2,238.17. They tell me I've extended my life expectancy by 30 Days and 12 Hours as a result of quitting when I did.
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