Another Attempt

I started smoking in 1981.  Since then, I have tried to quit on several occasions.  My best attempt lasted a month and a half.  It wasn’t because I wanted to quit, it was because I had lost my job and had no money for cigarettes,

There are a few things I have to take care of before I can quit.  One is that I tend to get flustered easily and my thinking becomes clouded because I no longer have that crutch to calm me down.

The other is that smoking has helped masked some of my signs of Asperger’s Syndrome.  I am less anxious around people when I smoke and find it easier to strike up a conversation.  I was reclusive before I started smoking and I become reclusive when I go more than a few hours without a cigarette.

I went the first three days of 2010 without a cigarette.  I broke down and bought a pack, then went another two days without a cigarette. I have been smoking since, though less than I have in the past.

I recently bought a can of rolling tobacco, which is equivalent to over a carton of cigarettes.  I am going to wean off of smoking during this time.  Any suggestions on how I can keep a clear head and not be so reclusive would be appreciated.

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2 Responses to Another Attempt

  1. Andrea Tosi says:

    Hey, I was recently diagnosed with Aspberger’s and I noticed that smoking helped me strike up conversations much more easily than I had been able to before. When I quit smoking my close friends noted a change in my behaviour – and they didn’t like it!

    I found some research associated with autism that you may find interest in. If you can manage one smoke a day, like as a routine, at the end of the day, and only something that you do by yourself I think it is very manageable. Apparently, those with autism have less nicotine receptors in their brain and don’t get addicted as rapidly.

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/129832.php

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