If Barack can do it, I can, too.
For inspiration, I've been searching for famous people who have quit.
People who have not become dorkier or irrelevant after dropping the habit.
Senator Obama, whose captivating run for the White House has me tuned into CNN most nights, is about the only one I can find.
That's if you believe he's actually quit.
I picture him choking down two or three cigarettes after a speech, in a dark alley surrounded by hulking secret service agents who would die before giving up the secret.
I tried googling "famous people who quit smoking."
Depressingly, this was the first hit:
Nat King Cole
Edward R. Murrow
Very little, though, on people who have quit and lived lives as interesting as those in this roster of the dead.
I'm 30 years old, and still have a notion I could be famous or make a difference. Laugh all you want. Indeed, some readers of this blog aren't convinced. One told me in no uncertain terms "this thing needs a plot line!" Another said, and this cuts deep, "I can't believe someone is getting paid for this story." So, okay, fame will probably pass me by.
But right now, my mind, deprived of cigarettes, is beckoning me to the corner store, where I should drop $10 for a pack of smokes, and get on with smoking and back on the road to my reserved spot in the pantheon of writers.
Sick and deluded, I know, but such is this smoker's mind in withdrawal, telling me I am nothing without cigarettes.
Can someone please find me a few heroes, people who quit and then made a trillion dollars, or wrote a great novel, or came up with a cool invention?
Maybe that vacuum cleaner guy smoked three packs a day and quit before coming up with the perfect suction technology.