Ouch, It Burns, Oh No! I’m Addicted!

So I was a smoker for 7 years, at times (usually the stressful ones) 2 packs a day (not to be confused with the dead rapper Tupac, who did not die form smoking but from a smoking gun.) I quit cold turkey and have been off the tar sticks for 3 years now, an accomplishment I am very proud of.

So a little more than 2 years ago, which was about one year into my period of quit, I was over my current roommates house, who was not my current roommate at the time, and I saw that his sister was trying to quit smoking using Nicorette Gum. I believe it was the mint flavor, or as I now like to call it, menthol. Not having smoked in a long time, but curious at how the gum tasted, I decided to try a piece. BAD IDEA!

Upon first chew, I cringed in horror as my spit transformed into clear tobacco juice. The flavor was horrible, reminding me of a time when on a dare, I ate a pack of cigarettes. Hey, don’t judge, I bet you did something stupid for $5 and a pack of cigarettes before.

Upon second chew, I was hit with a terrible stinging sensation, that slowly turned into all out burning. My tongue and gums felt like they were on fire, slowly being cancerously mutated by the nicotine in the gum. Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed it, chewing through the excruciating pain, achieving a relaxed, smooth attitude toward the gum and all things that life had to throw at me.

To make a long story short, I am now up to 3 packs of gum a day. The burning is still present, but I have grown used to it. You know what they say, “No Pain, No Gain!” The best thing about this product is that you can chew at your desk at work, and no one knows that you are catching a buzz!

One thought on “Ouch, It Burns, Oh No! I’m Addicted!”

  1. this one was written on 6/22/2000. probably another drifting thought process while trying to stay awake at work. it is, again, a mostly true story. i never was that big a smoker, mostly just socially, so i think that much is hyperbole (i am writing this just in case any family reads, so that they know that i am still their little angel.) (please God, do not let any of my family stumble upon this site! kind of hard not to i guess since it is their last name too… wow, tangent.) anyway, there are a number more that will be making their way over here, until the new stuff begins coming out. i am getting nervous… are you?

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