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WHY do I smoke? Because I am stressed. And I believe smoking helps in some vague way. My stress level goes up, I have a cigarette. I rarely enjoy smoking. But I do feel slightly relieved afterwards.
I understand little about the chemistry involved... Scientists reckon nicotine in your blood does something I know-not-what. Scientists reckon if smokers get nicotine in a safer way... they can stop smoking...
I've tried nicotine gum. I vowed when I woke up on the appointed, dreaded day, I would not light a cigarette ever again- theory being the nicotine in the blood is at its lowest after not smoking for about 8 hours whilst one sleeps. To help this suceed, in the weeks leading up to this dreaded day, I reduced my intake by timing my cigarettes- only one cigarette an hour, only one every 2 hours etc, and forcing myself to stick to this rigidly. (This system may be good for reducing levels of nicotine... but it means you clock-watch and can't stop thinking about needing a smoke).
I gave up smoking for a week (5 working days actually). I was over-joyed! Friday night came, I left the office and in the dark rushed to get the bus home. It was a cold night. 30 minutes later, the bus turned off the usual route and disappeared into an industrial estate! It didn't stop for miles!! Where are we going I asked. Then I realised I was on the wrong bus. I nearly killed the bus driver! You've got the wrong bXXXXy number on the front of your bus, I screamed. How can you do that? You stupid XXXXXX!! I have never felt such blind rage and hatred. When I arrived at the nearest bus-stop to catch the right bus, I saw a newsagents opposite. I dived in and came out smoking... yeh, still fuming with my lot in life...
The gum reacts strangely when you are naughty enough to slip a quick smoke in. The taste in your mouth is really revolting. A sort of punishment. You can't eat the gum and smoke ciggies too. Pity. I needed as much nicotine as I could get to calm me down.
Another problem too- some alcoholic drinks can make your mouth taste foul after you have chewed the gum. The taste is a bit like how you would expect stale socks to taste. A very strange effect- perhaps they should make gum aimed at helping alcoholics?
The main point here is yes, I almost have the willpower and the desire to suceed, but how do I cope with my stress levels, AND the loss of the nervous habits I have- such as ducking out of conversations I feel at a loss to deal with by sinking my attention into finding and lighting a cigarette? Chewing occupies my mouth, not my hands.
I cannot comment on the price as I tried this stuff years ago. It didn't cost a lot then. I am appalled at the cost mentioned in other opinions.
Hum, you'll probably find that it's actually lack of nicotine increasing stress than it's prescence reducing it. All kind of self defeating and pointless really. But, hey, why not bow to the tobacco giants, and give them your money and then your life (not to mention other people's)? And forget any sensible way of reducing stress... did you know it's actually radioactive isotopes of lead in the fertilizer that's the main cause of lung cancer in smokers? All about reducing costs you see...