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Kevin Marshall Quits Smoking: Day 1

UPDATE at 8:45pm
It’s still on.

ADDENDUM at 9:52pm
Annnnnd it’s still on.

Methods employed in preparation:
During the course of the past few weeks, I prepared by removing certain triggers. These include, but aren’t limited to:
– Driving. Every time I drove, I lit up.
– After eating.
– Before starting a project at work.
– First thing in the morning.
– Right before a seal hunt.

I started with the driving, which was easy enough. A few days later I stopped after meals. At first I’d be fighting the urge, but then after awhile eating ceased being a trigger.

The third I didn’t have to worry about, since we’re in our busiest season in terms of inquiries and whatnot. So really, anytime I started a project, it was in the midst of other chaos going on. When things did slow down, it took minimal effort.

Not smoking first thing in the morning was easy enough – I’d be too busy getting ready for work after I woke up, then had to get in the car, and since that was already eliminated as a “smoking time” it was just a matter of waiting until after all the early morning tasks were done at work. It got easier after day three.

Unfortunately, I found the only way to remove the trigger of a cigarette before a seal hunt/vicious clubbing was to stop hunting them. It was a tough decision, but one that had to be made. Jacques and Jean-Pierre were heartbroken; their frozen tears adorning their Arctic wear and thick handlebar mustaches. Poor seal-clubbing bastards.

I found doing this gradually decreased my cravings, and it got me to the point where I was down to half a pack a day. By the time the free patches (courtesy the New York State Smoker’s Quitline) arrived, I was ready to get on that horse.

For the laziest of readers, a direct link to the free medications provided. As a note, you have to meet certain requirements, the most important being a New York State resident.

I figured in applying the patch I’d keep up my practice of not doing it first thing in the morning, and instead waited until an hour and a half into my workday to apply it. No problems encountered on my end. At this point it’s been over a full 24 hours since my last cigarette. I’m not sure if the patch is actually administering heavy doses of nicotine or if it’s simply having a placebo effect, but the important thing is that it’s working.

My only gripe, really, is with the pharmaceutical industry. There’s a reason why you only get your first 14 days of the patch for free from New York State: the shit’s expensive! At any level (12mg, 14mg, and 7mg) it’s in excess of $50 for 14-day supplies. I’m going to pay it, because the long-term benefits in terms of health and finances are worth it, but my cynical side can’t help but note that it’s almost the cost of a carton of cigarettes. You not only get overcharged when you’re sick, but also when you’re not sick but taking active steps to get healthier.

It’s just a band-aid dipped in liquid nicotine, for crying out loud.

Ah, well. They milk my ass and get my dollar.

Tonight should be fun. One of the anticipated side-effects is “vivid dreams” or “nightmares.” Since I’ve already had some vivid dreams of late (not to be confused with dreams of Living Colour’s multi-platinum 1989 album “Vivid” – which includes a dream where you write a letter to your landlord to the tune of “Open Letter to a Landlord”), I’m not too worried. That bad boy’s staying on. Maybe I can start a DREAM DIARY!

Nah, that’s gay.

BONUS: Otis Redding performs “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” at the Monterey Pop festival. I post this only because I found myself singing this the other day, and it’s one of my favorite musical performances ever caught on film. One of my favorite songs, to boot.

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzOhq3u4Oiw

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  1. August 22, 2008 at 2:43 am

    “it’s almost the cost of a carton of cigarettes.”

    That’s what kills me. ALMOST. I quit smoking on the basis of sheer economics. I couldn’t afford the fucking things.

    Plus, I had/have Trina. She’s awesome. Whenever I get a craving (and I still do), she’s very good at, uh, distracting me. 🙂

    • August 22, 2008 at 2:51 am

      You mean she turns the lights on and off repeatedly.

      Right?

      • August 22, 2008 at 4:52 am

        No. She shakes her keys.

        Dirty, dirty mind.

      • August 22, 2008 at 4:56 am

        Speaking of dirty – I read your comment and pictured Trina shaking one of those sets of baby toy keys, all rubber and different colors, with Justin laughing with unrestrained joy while strapped in a highchair.

  2. August 22, 2008 at 3:30 am

    If it will help you to quit, I’ll gladly club baby seals on your behalf. Just tell me what to scream at them as I wail on them so that they know its coming from you.

    PS, kudos for posting this video. I watched a special on this festival on VH1 a few months ago, and I’d have to say that this one was one of the stand-out performances.

  3. August 22, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Here’s what got me through when I quit.

    http://shop.equalexchange.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=20010

    Also, pornography. Use your own judgment there.

    • August 22, 2008 at 4:45 am

      Colombian, you say?

      I definitely suspect I’m going to increase in my intake of coffee by at least a cup a day.

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