The final results of my battle with Michael Bloomberg have left him the victor. I can't smoke at $12/pack, not even out of spite. So my girlfriend and I have both quit; not because
of the cost, but that was the catalyst. And we're doing surprisingly well! Everyone is very supportive (I guess that's one of the benefits of being the heaviest smokers out of everyone you know.) The patches are really cutting the withdrawal symptoms, but I still have some questions:
The patches (Duane Reade brand) seem to fall off on the shower/while sweating. All my research says they're not supposed to. Am I doing something wrong? Is there an easier way to take a shower with the patch on? Can I take it off and leave it on the counter upside-down and put it back on after I'm done showering?
I'm good on the physical withdrawal aspect, but I'm missing a ritual. Every time I get out of class, or work, or finish a meal or exit the subway, I need something
to do. Something I can do while walking and talking, obviously, so Rubix cubes or knitting ain't gonna cut it.
Is it absolutely backward to start smoking an e-cigarette
after I've finally kicked the habit? The social aspect of smoking is what I'll miss the most -- I've kicked my social anxiety and made lots of friends by way of smoking -- and I'm not sure how to do the temporary-escape-from-a-party-with-a-small-group thing outside of "hey who wants to grab a smoke?"
How do you deal with the stomach issues? I'm not going to go into it, but if you've kicked the habit (or tried) you know what I mean. Coffee helps, but I've recently cut down on that as well, so I don't want to start drinking more.