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Estimate Gifts in Terms of Cost of Packs of Cigarettes

Smoking is an expensive habit to sustain between the rising costs of the actual packs of cigarettes, the decorative ashtrays, the multiple lighters and other paraphernalia. But, we tell ourselves that the cost is worth it that the cost is minimal compared to the enjoyment that we get out of the act of smoking.

In order to make this cost more concrete, more real, try making a list of things that you want to buy for yourself or someone else and assign the cost in terms of packs of smokes instead of dollar values.

I like many other did not succeed on several occasions at becoming a non-smoker. My friends and family used to tell me to put the money I would save by not smoking in a jar and to accumulate it to see tangible results. However, this never worked for me; life got in the way and required those precious savings.

A more effective method that I have found that meets both needs is to evaluate those unexpected purchases, in terms of cigarettes and smoking accessories. For example, I know that certain months are pricier because of birthdays and anniversaries occurring within a short time span. So I started tracking the expenses in terms of packs of cigarettes. If I was going to spend on average 50$-60$ per person then that would imply 5-6 packs of cigarettes per person. The cost of going out to dinner was even more significant; if the dinner costs $100 for 2 people for the average week-end meal, this is equal to 10 packs of smokes. After a while, this simple act of tracking purchases in terms of cigarettes packs allowed me to quit smoking.

Estimating purchases in terms of the packs of cigarettes eventually was the driving factor in allowing me to get rid of the habit. And once I quit, I continued the habit of estimating the cost of stuff in terms of packs of cigarettes and it strengthened my resolve. Also, because I was no longer spending that money on cigarettes I could actually put it aside to buy those presents for my loved ones without any remorse or sense that the money was being pulled out of somewhere else.

Cigarette Smokers are Worse Than Junkies

Many smokers will defend their habit by saying that smoking cigarettes is their only vice. While I appreciate what they mean to say, I sincerely doubt that this is the truth, in most cases.

But thinking logically, what is there to defend, when talking about addiction to nicotine? What are the many advantages of nicotine and of smoking cigarettes that there are to defend? If smokers are so adamant about protecting their right to smoke where they please, and inflict upon us their countless self-justifications, they should be glad to explain what exactly they are defending.

Don’t get me wrong. I was a smoker for two decades, and I’ve done my share of explaining to non-smokers. But the truth is, I was addicted, like all smokers are to nicotine, and I would grasp at any straw, no matter how weak or ridiculous, in an attempt to justify not only to my friends, but to myself, my self-destructive habit!

The sad truth is that there is nothing to defend. You are addicted. The only reason you are smoking a cigarette now is that you smoked another one before. That’s it. And the cigarette you smoke now is the reason you’re going to smoke another one in a few minutes, or in an hour, or tomorrow morning.

Cigarettes do not make you look cool, they make you look weak and addicted. They do not make you smarter, and neither do they make you stronger – to the contrary.

Think of a junkie, someone addicted to heroin. He’s also got a highly destructive habit that’s eventually going to kill him, in all fairness probably much sooner than your cigarettes will kill you. But at least when he shoots up, he gets high. Really, really high. What do you get? You get a few moment’s peace from wanting a cigarette.

That’s it. So why do you smoke?

Smoking Cigarettes Gives You Bad Breath and Stains your Teeth

Cigarette smoking causes many secondary effects on ourselves and on those around us. However, the two most notable effects on ourselves are bad breath and stained teeth.

The mouth of a regular smoker is never clean for long and rarely as thorough. There are tons of spaces and crevices that a morning brushing misses. And who really has time to floss and polish every morning and every night. Part of the bad breath is caused by this hygiene issue, but the other more common part is in the nature of the habit. Let’s say for example, that the average person smokes 20 cigarettes a day and sleeps 8 hours a night.
That leaves 16 hours and 20 cigarettes. It is likely that most smokers do hold regular jobs and have 2 breaks and a lunch hour. So, that means 3-4 cigarettes max per work shift, what’s left 16 cigarettes. That means before work and in the evening, that average smoker will consume around 16 cigarettes. That is disgusting, but you can now see why so many smokers have terrible breath, how can you expect the mouth to adapt to that environment. If you are still working up to quitting, ensuring you drink eight glasses of water a day will help with the bad breath and help keep our mouth clear of bacteria.

The second big issue with smoking that I mentioned was stained teeth. I used to love getting my picture taken until I started to notice stains on my teeth from excessive smoking. Nicotine stains are the worst. The stains can get between your teeth and into areas that you may miss with your regular cleaning. While regular dentist visits will help with this, it is not always possible to keep your mouth as white as you’d like. Stained teeth give off a negative impression and do not allow you to put you best foot forward. In between dentist visit, try brushing with baking soda to naturally remove the stains at home. But really the best way to keep your teeth white is to quit smoking for good.

Smoking Makes You Lose Smell and Taste

For some people, eating is what you do when you are hungry, and that’s it. Eating is about filling a void, or more colloquially, putting gas in the tank. It is nothing more than something you do not to feel hungry. For some others, myself included, and perhaps you, eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life.

I love cooking. I love talking about food, I love looking at food and touching food and of course, eating food. And when I was a smoker, that part of me that appreciates the culinary arts was stunted, like a little tree trying to grow in the shadow of a massive dark building. You see, your sense of smell and taste are intimately linked. Your mouth itself can only distinguish basic tastes – salty, sweet, sour, et cetera. All the actual tasting, the refined aromas of food and wine, come from the nose and your sense of smell.

Unfortunately, smoking cigarettes has the nasty tendency to destroy your sense of smell, as it numbs and ultimately destroys the smell receptors. You didn’t think that you could have all this nasty cigarette smoke going through there with no ill-effects, could you?

One of the first side-effects you will notice when quitting smoking is that your sense of smell, and therefore taste, will come roaring back. I’m not telling you it’ll be as good as new, because depending on the length of your exposure to cigarette smoke, it won’t, but you will be able to appreciate the taste of food and the smell of things like never before.

Losing your sense of smell and taste is only one of the many nasty side-effects of smoking, and one milder ones, if you think that losing twenty percent of your senses to a habit that brings you no benefit whatsoever is acceptable.

Quitting smoking now will bring those senses back to you and let you appreciate life to its fullest, without the numbing cloak of cigarette smoke.