A brief, but important post today.
Here we go again…or, to be completely correct, here I go again.
For years, I have wanted to quit smoking. It’s a disgusting habit and we all know what it does to your body. I have had quit attempt after quit attempt end abruptly each time, no matter how long I had gone without indulging my biggest vice.
I’ve always hated this part about myself because of the hypocrisy I live when smoking since it’s the whole, “Do as I say, not as I do” thing with my kids. This has been my constant biggest flaw as a parent and I’ve known it forever, but at times, I felt powerless to overcome this demon.
So, tomorrow is the first day of my newest attempt. I want to quit. I need to quit. Thankfully, this time I have a bit of extra help.
For those of you who do not live in Minnesota, a new tax increase on cigarettes begins Monday. There have been many who have constantly complained about this fact, but I, on the other hand, am acknowledging the moment as one to seize.
Quite simply, with the new tax, I just can’t afford to smoke anymore. I’m not sad about that fact either. It’s time to kick this habit in the butt. (Yeah, ok, I suppose the pun was intended there.)
Therefore, thank you, Minnesota lawmakers. I thank you for upping the taxes on cigarettes, as it’s now forcing my hand. More importantly, my children thank you because you are helping them to have their Daddy around for a lot longer than if this tax didn’t come into our lives.
What about you, my wonderful readers? Are you attempting to quit smoking or another vice? Have you already kicked the habit and, if so, how did you do it? How did you keep your sanity?