As I am writing this, it has been 29.5 days since I had a cigarette. It seems like I’ve been trying to kick this habit since I started, and I sincerely hope that this is my last attempt to quit. About two years ago, I had basically gone the same amount of time without nicotine, about a month, but just one offered cigarette from an old friend sent me back into the cycle of craving.
It seems to be even harder to quit in Vietnam because cigarettes are cheap and there are many places where smoking is not banned. Finally, after an evening where I had a couple cigarettes with some beer, I went for a short run after work and I felt terrible. That seems to have been the last straw. I haven’t had a smoke since then.
About a week ago, I came down with something. One of the symptoms was a rather deep cough, and I attribute this to kicking the habit. Nicotine is a harsh and jealous mistress, and I hope I am done with her forever.