Cigarette hangover

If I had drank I would have totally blamed the killer headache I had yesterday on alcohol, but I only had one beer and it was only after a good dinner. I had one of the worse headaches in a while purely due to alcohol.

I have smoked before, and quit completely a little over a year ago. I knew how bad cigarettes were back then, but I chose to smoke them because I was addicted mostly mentally. I had quite before for years at a time, but was always pretty willing to light one up during social gatherings.

Kansas is now mostly smoke free, but the Missouri side still has places where you can light one up. I had complained before that my clothes smelled bad, but that was the only side effect that I could complain about after being around smoke. I did not say anything to the people I know that smoke because I did not want to be labeled as one of those people that used to smoke and now bitches about it.

After you give up smoking, you realize how much you are missing when it comes to being able to taste food properly again. You are also able to smell other smokers as soon as you enter into their cloud. It is amazing how much that smell lingers on your clothes. I had always thought that bars should be places where people should be allowed to have a smoke specially because I was a social smoker, however now I am glad that most of the watering holes around me are smoke free.

10 Responses to Cigarette hangover

  1. The whole smoking issue is a difficult one for me.

    On the one hand, I’ve always been pretty libertarian, in that I think the government should attempt to stop people from being self-destructive as long as they aren’t hurting anyone but themselves.

    On the other hand, the amount of littering that smokers do really pisses me off.

    In the end, I guess I’m not really heart broken about the “smoking bans” but it is a shame that we’ve come to this.

    Also, a totally agree with your “smoking smell lingers” point. I hate, HATE! (doods, I’m using the word “Hate” here) when I get work — and empty elevatointo an elevator at r, mind you — and it had that disgusting smell of the smokers who have recently been in it.

  2. I stopped smoking a little over two years ago (had a kid), but I still love the smell of fresh cigarette and pipe smoke. It’s that stale ashtray smell that clings to folks that doesn’t do much for me.

    Being from California, there have been pretty strong limitations on where smoking was allowed pretty much my whole life. No smoking at the grocery store. No smoking in the hospital or movie theater. No smoking at school. By the time was old enough to work, no smoking at workplaces (other than restaurants and bars). When I started smoking you could still light up in a restaurant, which was kinda nice (a Denny’s grilled cheese sandwich, a cup of coffee, and a cigarette go nicely together). Now it’s getting to where you can’t smoke while standing on the sidewalk in some areas. The idea of banning smoking in bars and nightclubs is just ridiculous, havens of healthy behavior that those places tend to be.

  3. I quit smoking at the request of someone I loved 10 years ago. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t pick it up in a heartbeat. I remember that first savory drag like it was yesterday. It’s something that stays with me everyday and everytime I see someone I know light a cigarette. There are things that still stop me from ligthing up as well, my daughters and my health. The urge still exists, but the will to live smoke-free outweighs.

  4. I quit myself a few years ago. But I could light one up right now, and would, if it wasn’t for my daughter. The smell really is amazing. I never realized how bad they made you stink until I quit. It’s enough to choke you. Anyway, I hope you had great Easter holiday. =)

  5. I am right there with emawkc.

    Lissa, I had no idea you still had the urge after all these years…

  6. It bothers me sometimes. Other times I don’t care. In fact, when we went to Fric & Frac, the smell almost killed me when we went in, but then someone was smoking a rather nice-smelling ciggie and I was thinking how good it would be to have one of those.

    Quitting is hard, and I usually don’t tell anyone to do it. But if they share their quitting desire, I’m all for giving support and yay’s.

    As for the banning, it was done a few years ago in Quebec and people complaint a little bit about it, but then everyone got used to it.

  7. Big brother issues aside, I’ll just keep it short and say that I’m glad, because I’m badly asthmatic, and smoke doesn’t “obey the rules” and stay out of the no smoking sections.

  8. I’m also with emaw. I hate litterbugs. It’s really a thing of respect. Or really a lack of it.

  9. I’ve smoked and quit a couple times, currently NON. I am against the government telling eateries and private companies who/where they can or cannot smoke. Especially BARS and PUBS. That’s crossing the line imo. Let the people make their own decisions on if they want to go into a smokey bar or pub. Banning it is another example of complete and utter BS. Someone git me a sammich!

  10. Ted used to smoke as well and quit when we met and now he’s really sensitive to it as well. My dad smoked when I was growing up and the smell/smoke was always hard for me to take, so I never took it up as my own habit. Whenever I go somewhere that still allows smoking, it really is hard to enjoy my food when the smell comes wafting in. I can handle it a little better when food isn’t involved, but I will factor in what kind of clothes I’m going to wear (like nothing expensive or leather).

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