Another “Quit Date”: Smoking

For my loyal readers, you know that I generally keep my word or have a good excuse why I couldn’t. I have a pretty good record of living up to any public commitments I make through this blog. When I made the decision to quit multilevel marketing, I agonized over my decision and was reluctant to quit when I did not reach my goals, but it set in motion an eventual departure from that business.

smokeout-781356One commitment I have not been able to keep over the years is a commitment to quit smoking. I’ve looked at it from a financial perspective; I’ve tried the nicotine patches and tapering off, and cutting back, and twice I tried “cold turkey” for about six hours. Truth is, I like smoking. I know the health risks, the damage to my lungs, teeth, throat, etc. I also know that it affects my breathing and stamina while performing. Professional ventriloquists rarely interrupt their acts to cough and hack up a piece of lung. Also as a comedian, I can’t cancel a gig because I’m suffering from my almost yearly bout of winter bronchitis.(Knock wood, didn’t happen this year)

But I truly like lighting up. I smoke when I write, I smoke, when I drive, I smoke while watching TV, I smoke when I wake up, I smoke after I eat, and I smoke after…nevermind; I like to smoke.

Of course in light of a recent event that led to an ambulance ride, my health and longevity has been on my mind and I’m considering more and more the possibility of quitting smoking. I’m not looking forward to it and I’m a bit scared to attempt it.

So, in true “On The Road With Dave” fashion, I’m putting it “out there” for all the world to see. I’m setting another “Quit Date”.

ON OR BEFORE MAY 6, 2010(My Birthday)I WILL BE AN EX-SMOKER.

That’s in a little less than 3 months. In that time, I hope to find a method that works for me to quit smoking without the added stress of quitting smoking. Recently, a friend at work has started using one of those new “e-cigarettes”, and maybe I’ll give that a try. The thought of actually still holding something that feels like a cigarette and simulates smoking might work for me. I do realize that electronic cigarettes and patches and gum, take away the smoking addiction, but not the nicotine addiction. But maybe, that can be a first step. I haven’t decided yet what path I’ll take.

Medications have been offered by my doctor, but their list of side effects are as long as the ills of smoking. I joke that smoking prevents me from killing myself, and some of the stop-smoking pills say that killing yourself could be a side effect of taking the stop-smoking pills. Sounds like a no-win situation to me.

I’m going to re-visit all the alternatives to smoking and all the smoke cessation programs, except maybe hypnotism. I kinda like the “sex instead of a cigarette” method, but I’m pretty sure the wife won’t go for that one for any length of time–but it’s still an option.

I have 86 days to figure it all out. Can I do it? Will I need to make an excuse? I’ve set My “Quit Date”.

ON OR BEFORE MAY 6, 2010(My Birthday)I WILL BE AN EX-SMOKER.

We’ll see what happens.

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4 Responses to Another “Quit Date”: Smoking

  1. rocket says:

    I hear you Dave. I had a penchant for cigars (that was my solution to get off cigarettes).

    I don’t know what happened in November, but I went on a road trip with the fam, and was away from home for about 5 days. Didn’t have a one, nor did I feel the need to have one.

    I had a few cigars when I got back, but around mid December, i just thought, “What the hell am I doing? I’m not even craving these darn things”

    So before Christmas, I had my last cigar. It’s strange becasue I can count on one hand how many times I’ve craved it 2 months later. It has sure helped with my runs 3 times a week, and I find I’m spending less time wasted to accommodate my smoking.

    I never smoked in my house or vehicle, so that helps.

    In the end? You’ll hate this, but it wasn’t really that hard! I guess it was just my time.

    When summer is here, I’m sure I’ll miss a cigar around the campfire, and with a cool one when I’m manning the BBQ. But I will say, I feel better because i don’t smell like an ashtray.

    People didn’t mind the smell either, because I was on grape cigars.

    Anyway, hang in there, and understand that the craving isn’t going to go away for a very long time. You’ve been a smoker longer than you haven’t, so get ready for tough times.

    Find a hobby, or have another kid! That helped me!

    All the best Dave. You’ll do fine.

  2. rocket says:

    Dave! WTF? I went back and read your article about the finances you wrote in 2004.

    You’ve only been smoking 12 years? Why the hell did you start?

    Arg! DAVE!

  3. Dave Robison says:

    Long story, Rocket. But after one cigarette on a particularly rough night, I went out and bought a pack the very next day. Hooked immediately, after years of being “anti-smoker” dude.

  4. jennifer says:

    Best of luck Dave! You can do this.

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