Revoking the smoking (Day 152)…

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Before you freak out, let me just clarify this: I’m not a smoker. I haven’t made over 150 environmentally friendly changes to my lifestyle while sucking back dozens of cancer sticks every day. There used to be an emergency pack in my freezer, but even that became unnecessary (and besides, I don’t even have a freezer now).

However, on occasion — and by that I mean a drunken, late-night, hedonistic, I-wish-I-was-Audrey-Hepburn sort of occasion — if someone offered me a smoke, I’d take it. Call it an oral fixation, a succumbing to peer pressure or what have you (personally, I think it just satisfies my need to fidget, with the bonus of a head rush); either way, it’s a nasty habit that doesn’t just pollute my lungs but pollutes the air, not to mention all the non-biodegradable butts that more often end up on the streets than in the garbage.

So as of today, no more smoking. This includes all forms of tobacco and, er, other substances too. And while I could get into recycled rolling papers and filter-less options, perhaps even look into carbon-offsetting it, I think it’s best to just swear off smoking anything for the next little while.

Photo inhaled from Shannon C. on Flickr

6 Responses to Revoking the smoking (Day 152)…

  1. Morgan says:

    Did you know that one cigarette butt pollutes over 200 Litres of ground water with some pretty crazy toxins and poisons? Well…now you do! Just think how many cigarette butts litter the front entry ways of most public shops, malls and restaurants now! Scary…

  2. besweet says:

    I stopped the social smoking a while ago too. I was never a regular smoker, but I’d usually end up with a cigarette in my hand when I was holding a drink in the other. I decided that it wasn’t a habit I wanted to tempt myself with, and the smoking laws in Toronto fortunately makes the whole enterprise quite inconvenient.

    I still love the smell of loose tobacco, though. My grandfather always rolled his own cigarettes, and it reminds me of him.

  3. Good for you! I’ve been lucky not to be in any social settings since quitting where I would be offered a smoke, but darn if I don’t still crave one when the father-in-law is lighting up. *sigh* Just try not to cover the fidgeting and oral fixation with food, that’s the reason I’ve still got 20 lbs sitting on my hips.

    I’ve been told that breastfeed kids are less likely to smoke, this becomes more so the longer they were nursed as they’re oral fixation was allowed to wean out on it’s own.

  4. pat farquharson says:

    i like the ad–‘ so round, so firm, so fully packed- so free and easy on the draw!’
    We just don’t get copy like that any more!

  5. gettinggreen says:

    Haha, I know! I was going to comment on that… holy subliminal messaging!

  6. Lori V. says:

    I don’t know if that would even count as subliminal! LOL!

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