December 30, 2005

An Update to the Smoking Post

I really need to get out and do some errands but a recent comment reminded me that I should correct something in that damn smoking post:

The author of the book I bought myself does NOT say cigarette smoking is merely a habit; on the contrary, he goes to great lengths to dispel the idea that it's only a habit. He definitely considers it nicotine addiction. Actually, this might be the best way to explain it:

recipe for becoming an asshole smoker

Carr would actually label the pink circle "brainwashing;" I just prefer an Ed Wood reference. His point is that the addiction is certainly part of the problem, but it's not that big a part of it, because smokers can sleep through the night without waking to feed that addiction; therefore, "I could never go eight hours without a cigarette" is bunk. Smokers regularly go eight hours without a cigarette, easily.

So obviously the worst part of the problem is right up there in your stupid, stupid mind. This surprises me about as much as finding out that eating too much can make you fat--and yet, I am definitely having some light-bulb moments reading this book. I do not hate this book and I haven't thrown it against a wall yet. That is good.

I may write more when I've finished it. In the meantime, I thought I should correct my mistake in the original post. And no, I really don't know WHAT I was thinking when I wrote that. That post was apparently authored by my stupid, stupid mind.

Posted by Ilyka at December 30, 2005 06:36 PM in navel gazing