I've been smoking for about 17 years now and I'm at about 1 pack of Camels a day. I want to quit, but not really. Last time I tried I got to about 25 days before I couldn't handle the "side effects" anymore. Basically what was happening was massive headaches cause by the slightest movement (just getting out of bed brought one on and I've never been prone to headaches), ridiculous heart rate speeds, and of course a rather nasty temperament.
For those 25 days I was consuming Advil like my life depended on it. I don't really want to quit, but I also do want to quit. I enjoy smoking and I'm not too worried about health concerns (though I realize they exist) because I have heard an seen so many people who've smoked all their life with no problems and only heard as third party accounts of people with problems from it.
For example my father has been smoking two packs a day for 44 years now and the last time he got a physical they said his lungs look like a 20 year old woman whose been smoking for only a few months. Then there's the story of the oldest man alive in Greece who was interviewed at age 104 and when they asked him what his secret was he said "drink and smoke everyday." The main reason why I want to quit is the smell. I hate knowing that after I have a cigarette my daughter can smell it on me. I don't want her growing up associating that "dirty ashtray" smell with daddy.
Then of course there's the money. At about $5.50 a day x 365 days = $2,007.5 a year. So in the last 17 years I've spent approximately $34,127 on smoking (probably more since I used to smoke 2 packs a day). That's the price of a new car or better yet a large chunk off my mortgage. Or a couple of years of tuition for my daughter when she goes to college (although by that time I will have smoked enough to actually pay for the full 4 years, I'm sure).
That's all. Just wanted to get that off my chest as I simultaneously fill it with smoke.