Thursday, February 20, 2014

How I Keep Myself From Smoking a Pack of Cigarettes a Day

Photos: © Uros Zunic | 

DISCLAIMER!! If you are a smoker, who doesn't want to quit right now, this post is probably not for you.  It might just piss you off. I think it may of pissed me off if I was still a smoker who loved smoking.  I would of thought "what a self righteous bitch", and then sent some hate mail my way.

Its was been over two years since I quit smoking.  I would be lying if I said it was because I had had enough, that I wanted a healthier life style.  That was not the case. I loved smoking,  loved it. I had been smoking since I was 16 years old.  In my day to day life cigarettes went well with everything.  As a teenager it made me look cool. I was hot shit with a Players Light hanging out the side of my dark red lipsticked mouth.  In my early twenties, they were a social requirement.  Standing at the bar with a vodka and cranberry in one hand, and a cigarette in the other was just another Friday night in my world. And in my late twenties meeting up with a friend over coffee always included a chain smoking session to go with our gossip. Yes cigarettes were apart of my identity. That is until I got pregnant.

Before I got pregnant I had given a couple half ass attempts to quit smoking.  I tried nicorette gum and the inhaler.  The longest I had made it was two weeks.  I never really wanted to quit, it was more of a "I probably should quit".  Once I found out I was pregnant, I knew I had to give up the habit that had become such apart of my lifestyle.  Turns out the little Lima Bean growing inside of me made it easy.  The smell of cigarettes made me want to puke my face off. Coupled with the fact I actually was puking my face off from morning sickness, the quiting part was relatively easy.  Once the morning sickness subsided,  I started craving cigarettes again. Now obviously I wasn't going to start up again while I was prego.  But I had the mentality that once I had the baby, if I wanted to have a cigarette, I was going to have a cigarette.

The baby came, and I forgot about the cigarettes for the moment.  It wasn't until Marshall was about 6 months old that I started thinking about them again. How great they would go with my coffee. They would definitely compliment a glass of pinot grigio fantastically. Probably even calm my new mommy nerves.  Yes, after over a year of not smoking, I kinda wanted to start smoking. So how did I, and do I keep myself from going back to a pack a day habit?

1. I convince myself its a disgusting habit.  I actually got this tip from a friends husband.  Every time I see someone light up, I tell myself they look gross doing it.  When I smell cigarettes on someones clothes, I tell myself they smell fucking disgusting.  I just keep reminding myself of the nasty side effects: yellow nails, bad breath, stained teeth.   Whatever the fuck it takes.

2. I don't want Marshall to smoke. - Both my parents smoked. Myself, sister and brother all ended up smoking.

3. Vapor Cigarettes - Sometimes I just miss the hand to mouth ritual.  So I buy the  disposable Vapur ciggies (not e-cigs). They come in a butt load of flavors. I love them!  Side Note: Please don't send me comments that these are just as bad as real cigarettes.  I just cant be convinced that the water based product containing vegetable glycerin, water, natural and artificial flavours is just as bad as cigarettes.

4. Money, Money, Money- I have saved a fuck load of cash from quitting smoking. According to my "Since I Quit" app, over $6000.  That's some serious cash flow. I never think twice now if I want to buy my self a luxury facial, or get  a spa mani-pedi.

5. I don't want to be a wrinkly bitch - I know we are all going to be wrinkly bitches at some point, I just don't want to get there before my time.

6. I Feel Better - Since my early twenties, I have suffered from bad sinus head aches.  Since I quit smoking, I barely get them. I also breathe, smell and taste better.

7. Get motivated - I found reading the "Quit Smoking Timeline" to be motivating. What ever gets you motivated, do it.

Quitting can be hard, for realzies.  Staying smoke free is hard too. I'm hoping these tips helped in some way.

Shauna Lynn


  1. I applaud you for kicking that nasty habit! Your little Marshall deserves a non-smoking mama and smoke free environment. Yay you!

    1. Thank you for the comment!! It is such a hard habit to get rid of, if I can help someone else, I'm happy!