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Day 28/4

January 25th, 2016 at 01:29 pm

My 28th day tobacco free, and my 4th day nicotine free.

My apologies for high jacking this blog as my personal quit tobacco support site.

The truth is, in the past when I tried to quit, there was a forum site dedicated to quitting smokeless. I became a member, and found it to be helpful. That site is apparently not supported anymore.

Obviously, quitting tobacco ties in very closely with saving money, second to things like health and cancer prevention. So, there's that.

Also, folks in the SA blogs tend to be supportive by nature, so I thank you for that as well. And it is nice to just blog about this in relative anonymity.

I continued to stay away from the nicotine gum, and chew only the sugar free chewing gum. It seems to be working without any major fits.

Last week, CCF reminded me that nicotine is a POISON. It's funny, because I took an entomology class in college, where I learned that nicotine was one of the very early insecticides used on crops. Even today, nicotinoids are effective insecticides.

From an academic stand point, I've very aware for a very long time about the poisoning attributes of nicotine, and yet the addictive attributes were more powerful.

As far as the financial implications of quitting, the chewing gum appears to cost about half of what the nicotine gum cost, and the nicotine gum cost about 60% of what the tobacco cost. So my daily cost is about 30% of what it was before - using chewing gum over tobacco (plus the health and social benefits!).

I'm still not holding myself back on the chewing gum, chewing two pieces at a time whenever I get the urge. I'll stick with that plan for a while yet, and wean myself down at some time.

But, it's also very true that I'm tempted to eat more food as well. Without getting too graphic, it's difficult to eat with a wad of tobacco in your mouth. Now that that wad is not there, I have the freedom to snack a lot more. Something else I'll have to work on with healthful alternative, etc. If it's not one thing it's the other thing!

10 Responses to “Day 28/4”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Don't apologize -- I've used my SA blog to accomplish all sorts of personal goals that weren't strictly financial! (Although, as you point out, quite often good habits DO have a positive financial facet to them.)

  2. CB in the City Says:

    We are happy to be your support group. Obviously, everyone on the site deals with all kinds of things -- money is the thread, but it's not the whole fabric. Smile Hang in there; I know you can do it!

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    It's YOUR blog, you write about any old thing you want to write about. Smile
    You're doing great, keep it up!

  4. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    Good job, keep at it!!

  5. alice4now Says:

    Way to go, we're rooting for you!

  6. Jenn Says:

    Good for you!

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh, and don't think I haven't put things in my body that weren't healthy! Glad I could remind you though, if it is of any help in the coming days. Addictions are VERY powerful. Cheering for your success!

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    I remember how hard it was to break my soda habit, and that was just soda, and the savings were worth it and I felt a lot better. This is 20 times harder. Talk about it as much as you need to.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've hijacked my blog for my wedding planning. Smile So getting support for quitting tobacco is just as good. Smile

  10. snafu Says:

    Happy to support you cease smoking and it certainly has financial benefits. Six weeks is a huge marker. Another point not yet mentioned is that people who smoke seem unaware of how their clothes smell to the non smokers around them. I hope you will track the difference in your bank account that results as a non smoker. There is also a long term health benefit as you are less likely to suffer from emphysema and resultant long term medical costs.

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