Customers and Smoking

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Having been a smoker for over 30 years I think i’m somewhat of an expert in the field and I’m not sure that is a good thing.

I smoked ever since I had my first job at a bowling alley where I could get cigarettes behind the counter for free. From there I went
to boot camp in the Marine Corps and you could even smoke there. So there was never really a place that I encountered that you could
not smoke. Even a few of the duty stations I was at working in a network center you could actually smoke inside them at your desk.
So in my mind “all was well” in the world of smoking.

Now, just like everyone else that smokes I was continually told about the health hazards of it and what “could” happen to a person. Trust me when I say I thought about that numerous times but never really put it on the top of the list of why I should quit. I always had a better reason not to quit. If they would of said “at age ?? you will become sick” then that may of worked because it was for sure…but nobody ever did that.

Fast forward and i’ve had to have multiple back surgeries and my latest surgery was a neck surgery. My doctor has always said I needed to quit prior to surgery but of course “what does he know” is what I always thought. But, then this time for my neck surgery he said “the only people that have ever had a hard time healing from a neck surgery is smokers due to it does not allow the neck proper healing”…I listended to that and thought ‘wow, do I really want to go thru this again”…I know from past experience the recovery is never good and “if” I know that I am hurting my healing ability then I have nobody to blame but myself. Now trust me I also know he’s a doctor and is suppose to push the whole “quit smoking” but I have known him for years and I think our relationship is at the point where peer pressure doe’s not work and he knows that.

So I decided (5 months) ago to quit. I smoked an entire pack the night before my surgery (probably not the smartest thing to do) and decided at that point that I would quit. It’s now been five months and I have not had 1 cigarette, there have been maybe one or two times that I actually craved one but that passed quickly. I have no problem being around smokers or even going out to the old locations where smokers gathered at work and talked while smoking. My one fix for this is “vaping”. I started doing that as something to do with supposedly less harm. From what I read, have been told (even from doctors) that is in their mind 100% better than smoking. But, at some point I have a feeling that will stop also but for now it’s a fix that I will stick with.

Now, in business you deal with people on a daily basis either in your shop or if you are mobile in their homes. For the life of me I have no idea how I went all those years and did not think that I actually “stunk” like smoke. Now when I am around those that smoke I can smell it. If I am in a store in line somewhere and somebody gets behind me I can tell that they just smoked. I can only imagine how I must of smelled all those years in my dealings with customers. Yes, like everyone else I did the breath mints, spray etc but in reality I still stunk. It has to be a turn off and in hindsight I should of known this (or cared) at the time.

Believe me I am not now the “don’t smoke” guy or the one that says “I can be around smokers”…To me it’s “to each his own” and that is entirely up to you/them. If you smoke I can only suggest maybe try vaping and see if that quenches your desire. There are hundreds of flavors and devices to use and you might just find one that is a good fit. Plus, the financial aspect of it is crazy. Again, I would never quit even when I was shelling out $75 or more a week on the habit. To me money did not matter and did not justify quitting…

Think about it and maybe 2015 is the year to make it happen.

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