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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
  I'm not sure this is gonna work...
I started taking Chantix a week ago. If you don't know what it is, Chantix is the newest stop smoking medication out there. I had to jump through hoops to get it. It's not on the approved list of medications for Tricare, the military health care system. Viagra is, but Chantix isn't. I even asked, so, you'll cover me medically when I get cancer, but you won't help me quit? The voice on the other end of the phone said, that's correct sir!

So, I went to a local medical clinic on a navy base around here and got it from them. The deal is you take it for a week and then quit. Well, I started taking it on the 25th of last month, so today, April Fools Day is my quit day.

I get these calls every day giving me ideas on how to quit. Today they told me to avoid those things that you do that make you feel like you wanna smoke. Usually, I wake up in the morning and go out on my back porch and have a cigarette. Kinda hard to avoid waking up, but I managed to avoid that first morning cigarette or three!

The next thing I usually do is use the facilities. You know what I'm talking about...I'm trying not to get too graphic here...but after that I like to have a cigarette. So, there's two things I couldn't avoid that I normally do that make me wanna smoke.

What's gonna happen when I get in my truck? I like to smoke while I'm driving!

I really need to quit. Smoking cigarettes is getting to be as pricey as smoking anything else! The federal govt just raised the tax on a pack of cigarettes to a dollar! And Virginia just raised the tax another 60 cents or so.

I suppose I shouldn't complain to much, my old home state of New Jersey has the highest tax on a pack in the country, at least as far as state and federal taxes go. But it's still a bunch of bullshit. It would be legit if the taxes on cigarettes actually went to something related to cigarette smoking, but it never does. Back in the day, actually only a few years ago, the tobacco companies paid some ridiculous amount of money on a class action lawsuit. All the money was supposed to go to stop smoking education, but I remember reading how some states did stupid things like upgrade the local municipal golf course irrigation system.

Hopefully, this will work, all I need to do is quit waking up and going to the bathroom and I should be okay.

Wish me luck!
 
Comments:
It is not a miracle drug and quitting smoking is hard work. You best chances of success involve the drug and a stop smoking class which then takes your probability of success up to about 85%. For many, it takes multiple attempts before they achieve complete success. Keep up with the effort.
Good luck, you can do it!
 
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