I’m getting tired of spending money on it, and besides that, I’m starting to get some chest pains from smoking too much.
So I need to stop smoking. I’ve “stopped” before, for 4 years in fact, and I did that by calling 1800-QUIT-NOW, which is the number you can call in Montana to get free smoking-cessation products.
What am I talking about here? I’m talking about getting the patch and nicotine gum for free! That’s a big deal, because those things aren’t cheap – I went to Shopko yesterday and saw nicotine gum for $54.99.
So I figured I’d give the Montana Tobacco Quitline a call instead. I did it before back in, oh…October, 2005, when I decided I needed to stop. I called them up, talked to someone for a bit, and then a week or so later I got a bunch of nicotine patches in the mail.
I was so excited I smoked up the last of my cigarettes and tried one the very next day…and didn’t like it much. I wanted a cigarette so I had one and kept having them for several more months until April, 2006, when I again smoked up all my cigarettes, but this time also vacuumed under the couch, put water in my loose tobacco pouches, and generally did everything to prevent myself from smoking again.
I also used the patch for 3 days, the same patches I had left over from that earlier call. They worked, and I figured that after 3 days I didn’t need it anymore. I started exercising again and didn’t smoke again until 4 year later when I was in China.
I went for about 6 months and then used some of those leftover Montana Tobacco Quit Line patches and quit again for about a year until Paul was born and then I’ve been smoking ever since.
So I need to stop smoking, that’s pretty clear, and the best way to do that is by calling the Montana Tobacco Quit Line and getting those patches or gum or whatever.
I did that today and was told I’d have to have 5 calls with a specialist, each ranging from 15 to 20 minutes.
Boy, that ended it right there. I don’t have a home phone because I’m not going to pay two phone bills each month – is it possible to live without a damn cell phone anymore? – and because of my ‘plan’ – I hate that word – those 5 phone calls would cost me a lot more than the damn gum at Shopko!
I was informed by the woman on the phone that this is the policy, as stipulated by law.
Damn, Montana legislators screw up regular hardworking Montanans’ lives again.
I sure don’t remember having 5 phone calls back in 2005, in fact I know I didn’t. Gosh, I took me about 15 minutes to write this all up and also to get myself all worked up. I better go have a cigarette.