The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Monday, January 01, 2018

Pipe Efforts....

My wife and I wrote our "Hopes & Dreams" card last evening while drinking wine and eating snacks as is our custom to do for at least a part of our time on New Year's Eve.  We have these cards going back decades now, since our very first New Year's Eve after we started dating.  What we do is we have a card that we like and then we give it back and forth and each of us takes a turn at writing down hopes, dreams, goals, etc for the upcoming year.   It is enjoyable to read the older cards and see how we have changed and how we have stayed the same as a couple.

I am now of the mindset that I cannot, as I had hoped for several previous attempts, successfully become an occasional pipe smoker.  I believe I need to fully break the tie with the pipe.  The idea of a permanent refraining has me nervous, but I believe it is what I need to do.   I need to figure out how to make this clean break as pain-free as possible. 



Blogger Forsythia said...

I have no advice on how to break a habit, but I wish you the best of luck. Also, a great year in 2018.

Monday, 01 January, 2018  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

I been trying to loose these extra pounds that I been packing for years, and I haven't yet meant my goal(s).
This year I'm doing a bullet journal. A planner/journal all in one...I start it last quarter of last year and it lease keep one a countlble
Coffee is o

Monday, 01 January, 2018  
Blogger JACK said...

If you really want to quit pipe smoking wait until you have retired and have lost all of that work stress.

With that in mind--and until then--just enjoy your pipes every day without any negativity or worry. Once you have the stress reduction of retirement you will be in a much better place to quit. You can enjoy your pipe smoking until then knowing you have a plan in place.

Some alternatives: Try Chantix. Many people think that works. Another alternative is to get some really good vaping equipment. Cigarette smokers are used to grabbing a cigarette and firing up. As a pipe smoker you are very used to dealing with "equipment". Find a good vape shop and get a kit you like working with. Get an ejuice to start with that has lots of nicotine so that you won't miss the nicotine from pipe smoking. Go to the Black Note ejuice website to get some really solid juices that are free of harmful ingredients. There are lots of choices. Either commit to no pipe smoking at all and have vaping as the only nicotine source--or try vaping first at every time you have an urge to pipe smoke, such as after a meal--then feel free to pipe smoke as much as you want, but only after you vaped first. You will relatively quickly develop a desire to vape after triggers such as a meal. There is all kinds of hype but actually there are essentially no known health risks from vaping. You can blast yourself with nicotine while vaping (such as when having your libations) with little risk.

Then--if you want to be nicotine free gradually over a period of time keep dropping the nicotine level of your vaping liquid. After a while you will enjoy vaping zero nicotine vape juice--or will walk away from the thing completely

Your smoke loving buddy, Jack

Monday, 01 January, 2018  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

have you tried the patch?

Monday, 01 January, 2018  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Hopes and Dreams card? What a great idea. Your struggle with tobacco, well, I can certainly relate. My most recent attempt to cut down lasted maybe 3 weeks. It has to be a complete break for me also. Good luck Pipe.

Tuesday, 02 January, 2018  

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