Some of you have tried to tally the benefits of quitting:
Clothes smell better.
Food tastes better.
Apparently even water goes down smooth and tasty.
Is that it?
Forgive me if I do not run out to buy a six-pack of Evian.
I'll admit, my steady addiction to old white cheddar has only intensified as I am discovering new tinges of sharpness.
But, as the initial angry impetus to quit fades, I am searching for other kinds of motivation.
I found this quit calculator on the Canadian Cancer Society website.
The program allows you to enter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, the cost of each pack of cigarettes, then it calculates how much money you save over a period of time. You can project what you can afford to but after a day, week, month, year and 10 years.
A good idea, but it's doing little for me. Maybe it's a generational thing.
After a day, the calculator says, I can buy a magazine.
I didn't know magazines still existed.
After two days, the calculator says I can buy a CD.
I'd prefer to think I could go on an iTunes shopping spree. Why not get 15 songs, all by different musicians I actually like, instead of a couple songs mixed in with a bunch of crap songs, wrapped in a glossy booklet I'll never read?
Four days without smokes, the calculator says, equals movie tickets.
I went to the movies recently, and after buying a parking spot, two tickets, popcorn and drinks, I think it cost me something like $1,000.
After one week, the calculator says I can buy cologne or perfume.
Cessation. By Philip Morris.
I smell fine, thanks, but $53 could bring me within striking distance of the MP3 player I want.
True, the savings earned after one month would buy me a nice digital camera.
On and on the calculator goes, up to one year, when $2,738 can reportedly buy me a home theatre. That's kind of exciting.
At five years, I am supposed to be able to afford a home renovation.
I just bought a small house. I keep up with news on our housing market. I see how the price of homes is going up and up. It seems the cost of most things home-related is going up.
I predict that by 2013, when the calculator says I will have saved $13,700, I will be able to renovate one, maybe two kitchen cabinets.
After 10 years, with $27,400 saved, at the going rates in 2018, I will probably be able to spring for an eaves trough cleaning.