Day Negative One

Days Since Last Cigarette: 0
Days Without Nicotine: 0
Dollar Saved: $0.00

I’m most worried about where my words will come from.

Up until now, I’ve been keeping them in my cigarettes. My working MO is basically to write until I’m out of shit to say; whether that’s a few pages, a few paragraphs, or a few sentences; then, when I hit a wall, I go outside and light up a cigarette until I have more words. I have no idea where I’m gonna find those words once I give up the cigarettes.

My hope is that this blog helps. I know a lot of people tend to avoid talking about smoking when they’re trying to quit, but I think the reflection will help. I’ll probably decide to change that cover photo pretty early on, but my guess is that spending a few minutes a day thinking about the process of quitting and trying to put it into words will help me continuously remind myself what I’m doing and why.

I’m not sure that anybody will give a shit to read it, but that’s not the point. I’m making it public so that anybody who cares to hold me accountable has another tool to do so, but the purpose of the blog is for me to have an outlet and a diary to look back over when I’m wavering on this commitment.

My first thought was to just do a series of posts on Facebook that would have been essentially the same thing I’m doing here, but it occurs to me that it might be useful to other people trying to quit to have my day by day journey archived for them to follow along with just in case their quit date doesn’t line up with mine.

Apologies in advance if the next post is just the word “fuck” with an excessive number of U‘s; but I’ll try to get more articulate as we go.

Published by Noah Lugeons

Noah Lugeons co-hosts a bunch of podcasts: The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, The Skepticrat, and Citation Needed

10 thoughts on “Day Negative One

  1. Good luck man. I never smoke a LOT, maybe a pack a week or so, but it still took multiple failed attempts and ultimately an extended illness/fear of death to make it finally stick. Been nicotine free for a year now, and while I still feel a momentary urge to bum one when my coworker lights up, I’m now invested enough in my smoke free status to resist the temptation. I know how hard it is to get to that point, but I’m sure you can do it, and you’ll be happier for it.

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  2. Dude, seriously, Chantix. I smoked 2.5 packs of Camels a day for 20 years (we actually had a smoke outside the Red Lion before the Chicago live show). I got a script for Chantix, started taking it… 9 days later I had my last cigarette. And I haven’t had one for the last 16 months.

    However you decide to pursue this goal, good luck my brother, just sharing how I did it. And don’t let the naysayers dissuade you, I didn’t have a single side effect, for real.

    And I don’t think you need worry about if it will affect your creativity. I’m still the same person since I quit, you will be too. And good luck as well Lucinda. 🙂


  3. Maybe take a walk instead of a smoke? Some other ritual maybe that you can do as a new pattern? I don’t know. I’m rooting for you though.


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