Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quit Smoking....

Of all the resolutions one might make for the new year, I would place a bet that this one would be the hardest to keep.  I know firsthand - quitting smoking is one of the hardest things I've ever done (more than once before it stuck, of course).

Why is it so hard to quit?  Because once you're in the habit, there are so many routines that go with it - the morning cigarette with your coffee; the ciggy breaks you take with your co-workers; the awesome cig that accompanies a beautiful day's end with the car window rolled down; the cigarette after dinner; the cig(s) with your drink(s) at the bar.....

Vintage play cigarettes -
I'm going to argue that our smoke-free society (at least here in Wisconsin and most federal public places in our country) allows far more opportunities to just say, "enough already", unless you enjoy standing in the elements while everyone else is inside the bar/restaurant/shop.  :D

These are only a scant 1" high!
I've talked about smoking-related ephemera before (a couple of times, actually), but it is interesting how smoking has gone from being virtually ubiquitous in the 40s and 50s to being vilified (in most circles) today.  Shows like "Mad Men" really bring home this point.

LOVE the graphics of this label!
Even though I've been smoke-free for over eight years now, I still LOVE my tobacciana.  It's still quite easy to find and fairly inexpensive.  And the graphics are wonderful!

P.S.  If you're serious about quitting smoking, there are some great resources out there for you.  If you're trying to quit, I wish you the very best of luck - you're doing something you won't regret.  :D

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you quit, Mel! It really is a hard addiction to break. My dad tried a couple times, but never could break the habit. And he was hard-core: he smoked unfiltered cigs! He started at about age 11 and continued until he had to be on oxygen at the end of his life. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2007 (there was a tumor the size of a baseball in his lung), and died in May 2007 exactly a month shy of his 80th birthday. So to all those trying to quit again this year...keep trying, please! I want you all to live a long, long time!