Weaned, At Last! Maybe I've Grown Up!

Day Thirteen of Absolutely Free of Any Nicotine, Cigarettes, See-gars or other foreign objects in my mouth. No, wise-ass, I'm still smoking those, but I don't inhale.

The journey of the past few days has been rather difficult. Painful. Short, dull and brutish. But worth every second. After starting smoking as a teenager, and finally, now almost 40 years later, I finally see what I've been doing and how it has been hurting me.

Anyway, as a gift to myself on my birthday, I plan to ride through my sixth decade on this planet without the tube. And Beyond. The past few days my body has been spewing out the most vile macerations, repositioning itself as a working machine not being poisoned every time I lit up.

When all the hacking and wheezing as I also get over a summer cold clears, by July 31, my hope is to stay free of the vile suckers.

I have to say, I kept in on the QT, because I like to underpromise and overdeliver. Keeps me in good stead with the people I surround myself with these days.


sveech's picture

i applaude you - i don't have the guts to stop right now - maybe soon - you certainly are an inspiration


and then, one time at band camp...

leon's picture

Well done. You won't look back once your body settles down.

He nui nga mea e taea ana e te mahinga tahi, e kore e taea takitahi.
Co-operation can accomplish many things which no individual could do alone.

jessemkahn's picture

i quit about twelve years ago. i spent the first few years dreaming of smoking. these days i can allow myself the occasional cigarette (please don't tell my doctor) without going back to a full addiction. once a month at most. feels really good to enjoy the things without feeling like i need them.

good job!!

Mnjack's picture

Super job...I quit smoking years ago. Everyone said it would be easy, as I only smoked about 4 cigarettes a day...... they were wrong because those 4 cigarettes were a part of my existence. I had to also have a cigarette when I had a drink. I think I am finally free. It took years, especially when I ordered a drink.

I was in Spain this past April and sat next to a table of married gents. My partner was remarking about a guy going by..... he said he is hot. The one guy at the next table thought it was him and he became very friendly, and ended up offering us a Spanish cigarette, sort of a small cigar. We tried to refuse but he insisted. I said ok, what harm. After a few puffs I was glad to know I didn't want it and that the torture of quiting smoking was over. I think the guy thought he had gotten lucky, but we got up and left....lol.

Anyway, what I'm saying is the journey is long but don't give up and it is worth the effort. Good luck and I'm cheering for you.

rickrat's picture

I actually thought about you the other day and was wondering how the process was going. I'm glad you've made it this far. Keep at it and congratulations.

Buzzboy's picture

Congratulations, I have had my 10th anniversary this year. After smoking for 33 years the first few weeks were not very pretty but, I got through them. You will be so happy because you'll have soooo much more money for yarn. Keep up the good work.


mrossnyc's picture

I quit 11 years ago and am so glad I did. Hang in there, keep reminding yourself of why you decided to do it and you'll pull through. I too had dreams about smoking for months afterwards. To the point that I woke up thinking that I had broken down the night before and had one, then I'd be mad at myself until I realized it was only a dream. Those will pass with time as well. The other nice thing is that once your taste buds and sinuses heal, you'll begin tasting nuances in food that you haven't been able to taste while smoking. Congrats!

New York Built's picture

Thank you Scott, Michael, Dennis, Leon, Jesse, Andy, Steve, Richard, Jack et alis

Today, for my birthday, whatever (or whomever!) I'm imbibing later, I celebrate the support I've gotten from you all. Who says MWK isn't life changing? I'll moida da bums!

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

mrossnyc's picture

Have a great birthday!

rjcb3's picture


I've strayed about five or six times over the past three years (cold turkey -- I don't do pills or patches, they make me do funny things), and every time I tried, with more and more span of time between lighting up, the effects grew worse and worse and this last time (March or April, I can't remember exactly), I tried to smoke, I could barely even take a single drag and couldn't finish...and since then, I haven't even had the mind/care to light up again.

Keep it up! You'll certainly feel a LOT better!


elib1971's picture

If you are going into your 6th decade you are definitely doing something right!
Eli B.

Eli B.

MMario's picture

he's already halfway through his sixth decade according to his profile.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

New York Built's picture

56 chronological Earth years on the speedometer...but the driver is a wacky, quirky 22 year old filled with delusions of immortality and curiosity...LOL.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Crafty Andy's picture

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I quit 6 years ago and even though I THINK I miss it , I really don't. Everytime you think you want to buy a pack, put the money in a piggy bank and after 3 months look at how much money for yarn you have.

scottly's picture

I just have to add my support. I'm going on two years and if it weren't for knitting I would never had made it. It's amazing how much good yarn one can buy for a carton of smokes.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Happy Birthday, Mark. I am glad you have given up the tobacco. I smoke very seldom anymore but have to say that I don't miss it. As several guys said...think of the yarn you can buy with the money that would've gone up in smoke. Have a wonderful birthday and take care. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

etramblings's picture

Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! Giving up any addiction is beyond hard work at times, kudos to you!! As your lungs clear all the 'junk' from themselves pretty soon your little alveoli will start applauding every time you breathe as a thank you! :-)

jonathan1986's picture

of course you should have never started smoking to begin with...like me! However you still smoke the other things but don't inhale?? where's the fun in that, I like to claim my reward Ive worked hard to get (obviously only when I know 100% sure I CAN inhale without risking anything)

God I am so bad!!! knitting can take away lots of things but not my...well ya know

rjcb3's picture

Jonathan, you naughty, naughty boy...

I think I'm in love...



Craig's picture

It is a hard battle but well worth the fight. Keep up the good fight.Happy Birthday and many more to come.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

chipsir's picture

I quit cold turkey 8 months ago on the eve of my 61 birthday, I would love to say I am past it but I am not, I could sit down and eat a package..........but I won't. I guess if I can give up sex, I can give up anything rofl. A great big Happy Birthday and here is a cyber hug for good measure.

Good luck Mark and a happy birthday. Quitting tobacco is not easy and for all of you who have quit, I commend you on your success. I have given up many addictions, but by far the cigarettes have been the hardest. I was ready to quit this year before my birthday but am now relocating to another state and now the stress is on with packing and getting ready to move. Maybe once there and settled I will be able to try AGAIN. Keep up the good work Mark.

Buck Strong's picture

Good for you! It's tough to do. I smoked in my 20s; so, it has been almost 20 years since I had cigarette. What I remember most was how much of my life I got back. My day wasn't planned around smoke breaks. It was rather liberating.

Keep up the good work.


"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

WelshGuy's picture

I gave up the cigarettes for some 20 odd years..... then like a F@+&ing idiot I started again. But have given it up again now for about 7 years.... and believe me, the second time was harder than the first.

New York Built's picture

LOL...I know the difficulty of the Nth time to quit sucking burning vegetable matter into my lungs. Sorry, that's how I see it now. Oh, this is about the sixth time, but this is more than three weeks and I still am cig free, or as my enablers call me, Sigfried SansTigre.

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Baco

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.