I was to head off on two flights to the U.S. West Coast and I had decided to enjoy my last morning pipe/fix before the taxi came to take me to the airport and the ‘no smoking’ environment that entails. Taxi arrived, pipes consigned to the trash bin, I set off.
At the airport, I learned at the pharmacy there, that it would likely cost me around $400 in patches to give up the native American weed. No way was I going to spend that sort of money, however good the cause was, that’s a lot of golf balls !
Instead, every time I reached for my pipe, I said to myself, sometimes aloud, ” I don’t smoke do I!” Breaking my journey in Newark Airport, NJ, I refrained from accepting my traveling colleague’s tempting offer to wait for me, if I wanted to use the then available smoking bar. Instead I boarded the flight to San Francisco, muttering to myself through gritted teeth, ‘I don’t smoke do I!!’
Once on the West Coast almost a day had past and ready for bed I went smoke free, day one. By staying for the most part in non smoking environments, I continued as the cold turkey effects came one , but remembering to say, I don’t smoke, when the urge for my soothing pipe grew strong. Having the odd strip of sugar free gum helped too.
It was not easy, but day by day it became normal to be a non smoker, my sense of smell and taste became more pleasingly acute, and then, secondhand smoke became abhorrent to me. About that time I too realized that as even a pipe smoker, one smells akin to an ash can to non smokers. Saving lots of money by not buying expensive, highly taxed tobacco in the UK, then paid for my annual dues at a local golf club, and my health was improving too.
To stop smoking and save money and your health ; The secret being, get the morning fix, then get into a non smoking space to stop smoking forever. Remember, ‘I don’t smoke do I.’ After all, we were not born as nicotine addicts.”
I hope that these comments are helpful.
Donald A. Mahler, M.D.