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Smoking vs. the common cold

I was pondering cigarettes earlier. Specifically, I was pondering the fact that every time I seriously quit smoking (read: for more than just a coupla days), I get seriously sick.

Oh yea, I've quit smoking again. Did I forget to tell everyone that? Ya. The last one I had was the one that I stole from pghwob two Saturdays ago after he and I (and unixd0rk and lilostitch and susanholmes418) all went out for dinner and a movie.

Before that cigarette it had actually been about two days since I'd smoked one, but I figure the theory goes that you need like three weeks of being totally nicotine-free to be (physically) cured, so OK, I'll count from pghwob's cigarette.

At any rate, I was pondering this earlier this evening, and wondering if my current sniffly snufflyness has more to do with my body cleansing itself of tar and nicotine than it has to do with all the sniffly snuffly kids that I come into contact with at work. I don't know. But I find the theory interesting.

I'm a vegan non-smoker -- I'm not supposed to get sick.

Yea, right.


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ratphooey
Jan. 19th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your bod is vulnerable during detox. Getting sick is pretty common.
hopita
Jan. 20th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
That doesn't make it any more fun.

Tho I was looking at Why Quit? yesterday and it made me think: if I'm this miserable with a widdle iddy biddy cold, imagine how miserable I'd be with, say, esophageal cancer.
ratphooey
Jan. 20th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's what killed my mother-in-law. NOT a pleasant way to go.
hopita
Jan. 20th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Wow. Had I known that, I wouldn't have been so flippant with my reply. Sorry. I had no idea.
ratphooey
Jan. 20th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, no problem.

I figured it was a good opportunity to hammer the point home.
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hopita
Jan. 19th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'd heard that too, though I just read Allen Carr's EasyWay To Stop Smoking and he said it was three weeks. I've no clue which is the truth. Maybe somewhere in between.
_aqualung_
Jan. 19th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, being vegan, you're more prone to getting sick since you don't come into regular contact with a fraction of the "little beasties" as us omnivores do to develop any resistance.
hopita
Jan. 20th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yea, but isn't limiting exposure to "little beasties" a good thing?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 24th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Keep it up!!!!
Hopita keep going, save your young lungs and your money. I'm cheering for you!! Jes!
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