"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

That's All I Can Stands 'Cos I Cant Stands No More

After two weeks of wandering round like a lobotomised brain-addled peacenik buddhist after a w/end on Himalayan Blue  I finally thought wtf and went out and bought a pack of 20. Oh, bliss; thy name is B&H.


  1. I've never smoked but fully understand the dreadful battle that exists against addiction. Few Labour supporters ever manage to shed theirs!
    Any way, good on you for trying.

  2. Thanks OR. Never stop stopping is my motto! Next time I'll do it with the patches programme instead of cold turkey. It was the feeling of being left without a functioning braincell that finally broke me.

  3. You have to essentially be content and happy within yourself to stop. We are all a bit stressed at the moment. You´ve only got to look at the news or daily papers and your blood pressure goes up.

    The way I saw it, was... if I tried to stop smoking whilst I was stressed, the likelihood was greater of me dropping dead of a heart attack with stress than of dying of cancer with my rollup`s!

    You have plenty of time, don´t punish yourself!

  4. Keep trying. Good luck with the patches.

  5. Sue, that's what my GP said to me when I stopped smoking when I was pregnant - don't crucify yourself he said, you're only hurting the baby - so I didn't and I started again. And, no, it wasn't that long ago! I now have 3 six-footers for my sins.

    Ollie, yes - another time, another place.

  6. I smoked 28 years, man and boy, a 40-a-day man and 'gave up' cold turkey 3 or 4 times for up to 18 months, but always back -slid. I'm a nicotine addict.

    Then I quit.

    I used the patches for 2 months while gently cutting down and inhalators [nicotine capsules inside plastic fags] for when I was in the pub or at a dance and alcohol and others' smoke would tempt me back into the bad old ways.
    Inhalators give you such a jolt you only need one or two per boozy night and, now, none at all away from alcohol.

    At £7 for six to last a week or a fortnight, compared with, what? £12 for forty cigs PER DAY these days it's dirt cheap - and no cancer, emphysema, heart disease, carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Forget cold turkey and perhaps consider the gentleman's way out from under the monkey? Then in thirty years or so we can both happily blog about the last ever Labour majority government, and how the UKIP/Tory rebel/UUP coalition of 2015 saved Britain...


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