I started smoking when I was 12 years old. By 40 the morning hack is so bad I can easily throw my back out and wind up at the chiropractor. No kidding. Every cold turns into a near pneumonia upper respiratory infection that takes a week to get over. Not to mention that once you have kids you start to realize that being around to watch them grow up is pretty high on your list of priorities.
I quit before, for 5 years. Problem is, quitting is kind of a long road. You quit, your skin crawls for a while, you get fat, eventually the cravings go away and you get over the hand to mouth addiction, and you resume a normal, tobacco-free life. For me that process is somewhere between 18-24 months. I quit last January, because I had made a promise to my son, who was three when I made the promise, that I would. I did. I made it 8 months. I was over the physical addition, but not the other stuff. Let me tell you, I am pretty laid back. I work in Corrections, you pretty much have to be. It's a negative environment and more often than not your job is to get difficult people to do what you need them to do. It's one of those professions where almost everyone uses tobacco. Sunflower seeds weren't an adequate replacement, not to mention that that much sodium makes your blood pressure skyrocket. Chewing gum helped some, but you chomp on gum all day long and A) it's somewhat unattractive, and B) your jaw hurts at the end of the day.
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