Dec 8, 2005 at 8:23 PM
I quit smoking on Saturday. I was gonna buy cigamints or Smoke away because I already know they work, but I just went ahead and cold turkey quit. It was agony, but I'm 5 days into it and the worst part is over within three days. I'm loving the newly regained freedom. No more trips to the store in the middle of the night. No more going to sleep smelling like smoke!

Buy yourself some chiclets or tictacs or gum or beef jerky shreds. Anything to chew on that is not heavily caloric and just do it. I know someone who cut plastic bic pens into pieces and took out the insides and chewed them to bits while he was quitting. It worked. (I'm surprised he didn't choke, though. Supposedly hundreds of people a year choke on pens.)

If you think about smoking as a problem (thoughts like "why am I doing this to myself?" or "I hate that I do this") you just need to quit and get it over with. It feels great. It's not as hard as you think it's gonna be.

Here's a picture I took so my kids could see what I did. I'm unusually proud of me right now.