Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quitting Smoking

No, I don't smoke.  Never have.  I think that's because Dad used to smoke a lot when I was a kid.  I watched as he struggling numerous times to quit.  He finally did, Thank God.

My friend, Kristen, has tried various times as well.  Just a few days ago, Kristen came by for a visit and we went to lunch.  I got into her car and she asked, "Do you smell any thing?"

During the summer months my sense of smell isn't the best, because of sinus issues.  I took a couple of deep sniffs and said, "Uh, no."  I wasn't sure if she just had her car cleaned and I was supposed to smell mint or whatever spray stuff they use at car washes.

Kristen smiled, "Good.  Bill and I emptied all of the ash trays out of the house and out of the car and cleaned it up."  She took out her cigarette, which was being charged.  Yes, it's one of those electric cigarettes, the one with nicotine in them, but not the stuff that's bad for you.

She showed me the box and said it's from Britain.  (You might be able to make out the British flag on the box.)

It looks like a cigarette and it smokes and the tip turns red.  But Kristen said it's heavier than a cigarette and most people don't find it "as satisfying" as a regular cigarette.  She likes it because after a while she can decrease the amount of nicotine that she uses and eventually get down to no nicotine.  One of Kristen's coworkers did that - got down to no nicotine, but he still carries the cigarette around and puffs on it... habit thing.

After lunch, we went back home.  I told Kristen, bring the cigarette in and smoke, but we won't tell Greg what it is.  When Greg saw Kristen, his first reaction was, "What are you doing smoking in our home?"  Hehe.  She showed him.  It doesn't smell like cigarette smoke, which is great, because cigarette smoke gets in your hair, cloths and furniture, even if you aren't the one smoking!

Here's a picture of Kristen with her electric cigarette...  Oh and she warns... yes, if you puff too much on the cigarette, the cigarette gets hot.  Solution.. put it down.


Headant said...

When I was a young college student, I worked in a grocery store. This was before any smoking laws were in effect. I always had customers standing in line, puffing away. I developed respiratory problems because of that!

Aleta said...

That's the other good thing about the electric cigarettes, no danger from the second hand smoke...

My brother had pneumonia 9 times when he was a child because of my Dad smoking in the house. The 9th time, my brother was sent to the hospital and put in an 'oxygen tank' .... that was the last time Dad smoked in the house. So incredibly grateful that he finally quit years later.

It's a difficult habit to stop and I'm praying Kristen is able to do so.

Glynis Jolly said...

I'm an ex-smoker. With me, I just needed to be around people that would be tough with me (my brother and my sister-in-law). However, for those who are having a really tough time quitting the habit, this looks like a good solution.