Quitting is generally viewed as a negative in our culture. It means giving up something typically important with nothing to fill the void.
As of about noon today the guy is quitting smoking. So far he’s never been a quitter. As near as I can tell he’s been smoking for about a hundred years. Yay, for sticking to it. Um, where’s that sarcasm font?
I am overjoyed. Yes he was a smoker when I moved in. No I have not nagged at him to quit. In fact this all started of his own volition. He ordered the CigArrest program. He chose which day to start quitting. It did happen to be the day that all of his smokes were gone and he had used up all the tobacco. I can’t blame him for that. I take the same approach to quitting chocolate. Once all the stuff is gone, I will not buy any more. Until the next time.
“The next time” is why I’m sharing this. Like I said I am excited about the prospect of living in a smoke free home. What I need are some ideas on how to support him through this. Except for some occasional cigarettes that I have bummed off of people when I have been extremely drunk, I don’t smoke. In fact it’s been a few years since I’ve been drunk enough to smoke. Somehow smoking while drunk guarantees two things for me, I will puke at some point during the night and have a killer hangover the next day. It never seems to make me as cool as my drunk-self believes it will. Particularly when offering prayers to the porcelain god.
Back to the problem at hand, I’ve never had to quit smoking. As I understand it mood swings, grumpiness and grouchiness are to be expected. How bad does it get? I mean will I have to figure out how to operate the backhoe to take care of, uh, things? Or should I just plan a long drive up in the mountains, near abandoned mine shafts and call it good? Or is he more likely to kill me?
I have considered a reward program of sorts. If he gets through this I will paint the interior of the house. Ok, I know that’s my attempt to get rid of the smoke odor. Although the walls could use a fresh coat of paint. Plus the walls really need color, they are just a blah white now. I think I’m more excited about the idea than he is. However, I would not really be considering the paint idea if he wasn’t going at the no-smoking thing.
When his no-smoking started today I went through the house and cleaned up his smoking places. Including hiding the ash-trays and lighters. Any other ideas?
The CigArrest site says that it takes seven days on their program to quit smoking. Guaranteed. His official verdict is that the gum “is some nasty tasting shit.” Hopefully it works, nasty tasting or not.
I am trying to not walk around doing that happy dance that I don’t have to be super careful about when I take my massage linens out of the dryer so they don’t smell like smoke. I know that the grin I keep wiping off my face doesn’t help either. For those out there that have quit smoking or have helped others get through it, what helps?