I Am Not A Butthead!


It has been 2 years today since I stopped being a butthead! At least physically. I am still working on the mental part!

I grew up in a house with 2 very heavy smokers. There were many times that I had to put out my mom’s cigarette after she had fallen asleep on the couch. They even had ashtrays in the bathrooms! I swore up and down as a young kid that I would never, ever smoke.

Well somehow that grand idea changed when I was 15. It was not due to peer pressure either. My friends hated me smoking and I even had one friend who would knock my cigarette out of my mouth if I smoked around her!

I started out slow. A pack of cigarettes would last me for a week. My mom didn’t find out that I smoked until I was 16.  We were living in Connecticut at the time and we were snowbound for a day. My mother was running out of cigarettes and frankly I got tired of listening to her bitch about it so I threw her a pack of my cigarettes to shut her up. Once I was out of the closet I started smoking more and more and thus began my 3 pack a day habit!

My mom had a stroke and died at 65 and my dad died of Emphysema at 66. Both death certificates state that cigarettes contributed to their deaths. It finally occurred to me almost a year after my dad passed away that I did not want my death certificate to read the same way.

I quit cold turkey! Twenty years of smoking at least a pack a day stopped in a day. I actually spent the first day sleeping. I slept for 21 hours straight! This was the easiest way not to kill anyone!

I still wake up in the morning and actually crave a cigarette and my husband still smokes so they are here if I want one. I even still like the smell of cigarette smoke! I figure we just can’t afford the $4,368 a year for me to start back up!

Man, do I wish I had the $87,360 I smoked away over the years!

 

*Dollar amounts are based on a 3 pack a day habit at a cost of $4.00 a pack. These figures do not include doctor visits, extra dental cleanings, or increased health and life insurance rates.    

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  1. Visiting via Joan Harvest’s blog.

    GO YOU !!!!!!!!

    I am smoke free 5 years, so easy to start, and many quit times until the last one.

    And to still be around smokers and not smoke. Power to you.

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  2. Widdle Shamrock ~ Thanks for stopping in and for leaving a comment. Congrats to you on your 5 years of no smoking!

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  3. Thats wonderful. I quit over 3 years ago. They’ve gone up over 4$ a pack now.. its unreal. Congratulations on quitting!~

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  4. I am so happy for you. How I wish I would quit. I really hope I want to someday soon. Fact is, I don’t want to so if I try, I don’t think it’ll work. La, la, la about the money it’s costing me…la, la, la……

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  5. My friends who smoke and have tried to quit say it is very hard, but they try and give it their best. Some make it, others surrender! Good Luck!

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  6. You GO, girl! Now to get your hubby to see the light…

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  7. Thank you all!

    Kelly ~ My hubby sees the light, every time he lights up a cigarette! 🙂 Seriously, I don’t even know why he smokes, he only has 3 a day.

    Joy ~ I was like you for years. I liked to smoke. I tried quitting many times but it was never becasue I wanted to. This last time it was for me!

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