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Smokers’ corner – Nicorette Inhalator

Smudge Jones is back on the inhalator after 15 paragraphs of self-justification

Published on September 16th 2010.


Smokers’ corner – Nicorette Inhalator

Day eight to fourteen
This week I have been pondering over whether or not there are certain situations, or more specifically certain cigarettes, that are more socially acceptable than others to smoke.

If I would have turned around and said "No it's alright mate, I'm going to smoke my Nicorette thing that looks like a tampon" I would have probably have been shot. I've listened to the odd rap song in my 22 years on this planet and I know people have got worse punishment for less.

Are there certain times in life where it is okay for someone, even a non-smoker, to forget that it's a filthy habit and light up a cigarette? Are there moments where a sly cigarette is better for us than not smoking at all? And are there certain situations where smoking should be encouraged?

As you've probably guessed all of these questions stemmed from a cigarette that I had this week.

Another week of being a non-smoker has been relatively easy although there was the odd drunken slip-up over bank holiday weekend. However, of the three cigarettes that I have smoked whilst intoxicated this week, one of them led to this more in-depth analysis into whether or not the odd cigarette, in a certain situation, is actually okay.

This particular cigarette came in the middle of the night, in a car park outside a nightclub, somewhere in the city centre. Earlier in the day, I spoke to an old friend on Facebook for the first time in a couple of years and after a brief chat they invited me to a gig they were doing in the city centre that night.

Fast forward ten hours later and I am now on my way to being very drunk indeed and have a lit cigarette in hand. However, this isn’t just any cigarette - this cigarette is THE one that has made me question all others.

It turns out my friend is now a rapper and the gig in question is a rap gig. After watching my mate spit some beats and bars, we finally get the chance to catch up, but due to the club being hotter than the centre of the sun and too loud to have a conversation, we decide to head outside to the car park at the front of the club.

As we leave, my mate is greeted by various people in the smoking area. Some of these are his mates, others are rappers from other acts and now there all congratulating him on a good performance and talking about how great the gig was. By this point I really want a cigarette, however I have so far resisted all urges by using my Nicorette inhalator, which I happen to have on me.

As the rapper starts introducing me to his mates, he takes a pack of cigarettes from his pocket and starts dishing them out to his mates. Eventually he reaches me.

"You smoke?"

It was at this point that time appeared to stop for a moment.

At that moment in time I was stood in a car park with a load of rappers and other hip- hop types, who are all hanging around and having a smoke together. I'm wearing skinny jeans and I've straightened my hair - I already don't fit in. To members of the general public walking past the front of the club I must have stuck out like a sore thumb. I probably looked like the guy who does the accounts for the posse.

With all of this going in my head I decided that in the grand scheme of things this situation called for me to smoke.

If I would have turned around and said "No it's alright mate, I'm going to smoke my Nicorette thing that looks like a tampon" I would have probably have been shot. I've listened to the odd rap song in my 22 years on this planet and I know people have got worse punishment for less.

Trying to explain the Nicorette inhalator to a group of rappers I barely know seemed drastically less appealing than simply having a cigarette and so I believe that this was one of those cigarettes that are just necessary to get by. Alternatively, I could have just turn around and ran off, but that just wouldn't be nice.

Aside from this situation, the no-smoking has being going relatively well although there were the odd slips over Bank Holiday Weekend.

Stopping using the Nicorette was quite a big mistake as although it didn't feel like it was making a difference, now that I have stopped using it, the cravings have been coming more and more. To tackle this I think I'm going to start using it again and next week I'm going to read the Allen Carr book, to see if it really does make a difference.

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LickulmissSeptember 14th 2010.

Lol, your story reminded me of being back at school and wanting to be cool an fit in with the smokers (of which of course started me smoking age 12!!!) i am now shh 32, and have i think cracked it after 3 atempts at giving up i bought an e-cig. I used patches before but after the 3months i smoked again so this time i started using a patch and an e-cig when i wanted a cig, i came off the patches after 3 months but kept my dummy (e-cig) for another 4/5 months but it doesn't make my clothes smell i could smoke in the pub an it wasn't killing me or my kids so it doesn't matter how long u smoke it eventually i just didn't want my dummy and am now pleased to say i haven't had a cig since Oct 2009 good luck hun x

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