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Cough.

It's now more than a week since I've had a cigarette. This is the longest I've gone without smoking since 1997. And to be honest, despite a few manic moments of "I neeeeeeeed a cigarette!", I haven't done badly at all. Not least because I only smoke about five a day on average anyway, but still, I'm used to those five a day, so it's somewhat of a strain not to smoke them. However, I'm really getting used to it, and have managed to survive one gig and two nights in the pub sans cigarettes, which is the real challenge. I always smoke loads at gigs, and I really, really wanted to at this one.

But! I didn't. I am still smoke free. But I really wish you could get some sort of non-nicotine, non-dangerous cigarette. Because elt's face it, the main reason I miss smoking is because smoking looks cool.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know diseased lungs and stained teeth are not cool. I am giving up, remember? But it cannot be denied that smoking, especially in a nonchalant manner, looks very cool indeed, and that, I am sad to say, is what I'm going to miss about it. I don't miss the nicotine, or the smoke, but I do miss the ability to look faintly cool while waiting for one's friends to turn up.

Cough.

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alicamel
Jan. 2nd, 2003 03:23 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Whoo! *claps*

I know what you mean about smoking looking cool. Never smoked in my life, but there's that faint nagging, how cool do they look... Hmm.

But go you!
yiskah
Jan. 2nd, 2003 03:45 am (UTC)
I don't smoke, but I must admit that I agree with you - smoking does look kind of cool. Until you get close enough to notice the yellowed teeth, premature wrinkles, and of course the smell... When I smoked (a couple of short lived periods during my adolescence) it was mainly the looking cool factor that made me do it - that, and my oral fixation (which is now fulfilled by biting my fingers - doesn't look nearly as cool, I'm afraid).

But congratulations! Hope you manage to stay stopped.
stellanova
Jan. 2nd, 2003 04:15 am (UTC)
Heh, I've been feeding my oral fixation (so to speak) by sucking unrefined-sugar and sugar-free lollipops instead of smoking! That's what got me through the gig, to be honest. I wish sucking a lollipop (and waving it around, as I used to do with cigarettes) looked as cool as smoking, but alas, I far it doesn't.

Actually, like the fool I am, I keep looking at my truly lovely cigarette case, which I got in New York and which is a cool retro-french-pop thing, and thinking "oh! I'll never use you again!" I seriously think that affected accessories could be what lures me back to smoking....
yiskah
Jan. 2nd, 2003 04:25 am (UTC)
Re:
Oh yes, when I was 16 and pretentious (like I'm not now?), I seriously considered starting smoking again cause a friend of a friend who was in a jazz band wore all black, beatnik-type clothes and smoked cigarettes from a cigarette holder. Man, I thought that was so damn cool - I was so tempted to do it myself.
stellanova
Jan. 2nd, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
Oh God, I have a cigarette holder too! It's pink and blue, from the '50s. And yes, I do use it. Or at least I did. I'm beyond help....
jinxremoving
Jan. 2nd, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
it does look cool. it's such an arse.

i appear to have kicked the habit, only that doesn't include joints, so actually i haven't really kicked the habit at all ...
weizenwind
Jan. 3rd, 2003 11:08 am (UTC)
No! No!
It is not a universal aesthetic! Allow me to be counted as one who does not think that smoking looks cool. You're better off without those damn things, any way you count it! Use the case for something else! (They make fabulous wallets) Best of luck staying on the wagon.
biascut
Jan. 3rd, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
Send me the case! Send me the case!

I don't pay tax on cigarettes, which limits me to five packs every three months (when one of us will fly across the Atlantic). I also haven't yet had the slightest problem stopping for two weeks when I go home to see my parents, so I'm not too upset with myself yet.

Aw, I liked that you were my one LJ/Snarkboard smoking pal. But congratulations anyway! Go you!
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