I'm on day three of my freedom from the smoking trap! I've already saved $22.30. I also know that I will never touch any tobacco product again.
For those who want to know how I did it, Jehovah didn't have anything to do with it. Jehovah can lick my hairy ass. I read the book "Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking". I heard good things about this book, knew four people who quit smoking after reading it, and so I figured I'd try it.
However, the first day of not smoking wasn't all that easy. I went through some nasty nicotine withdrawl. I had some really horrible mood swings. Everything feeling was amplified 20x. However, I had no desire to light a cigarette. It wasn't willpower, it was the desire to eliminate something extremely negative out of my life. I didn't need the cigarette and knew that the cigarette itself caused my horrible mood swings.
The next day and today are much better. My brain is still setting off the alarm "Okay, time for a smoke!" I have to remind it that I'm now a non-smoker. Hell, today I even reached for a pack of cigarettes without even realizing it. Time will eventually change the subconscious.
So, I've been thinking about the reasons I started smoking. It was very much related to the JW religion. I wanted to get the hell out of the religion, but my parents were preventing me from leaving. So, since I wasn't baptized, I did something that would prevent me from getting baptized. I started smoking. I also believed that it was a stress reliever, and it was in the beginning. I loved that numbing feeling when you aren't addicted. Unfortunately, that goes away.
So, I had a good look at the reasons why I started. Those reasons were no longer valid (which they never were, but it seemed like an ideal escape at the time). I am no longer a JW, I don't live with my parents, and I'm not incredibly stressed out. Goodbye cigarettes!
On a side note, the friend that got me started smoking quit back in November.
Hooray for freedom!