I'm 32, Ive been smoking a pack a day for 16 years or so.
I quit smoking 10 months ago. I found it pretty tough but I managed to do about 4 months without too much issue. I then broke my arm when playing rugby. First thing I did was ask for a smoke as I was pissed off and in pain waiting for a ride to the Hospital.
Since breaking my arm I now smoke when I drink and after playing sports. This is when Im happiest and and a cig or 2 goes with this beautifully.
In fact my doctor said "Smoking is a bad thing, but I mean smoking not just the occasional cigarette with a glass of wine"
I dont smoke during the day, certainly not at work and I dont miss it during those times.
I spend most of my work in Bulgaria so the unfashionable aspect of smoking isnt an issue (not that I think that is a good reason to quit) as most people smoke in Bulgaria. The pubs are full of smokers so even the non-smokers smell.
The theory of having 1 cigarette making me a full time smoker again and 1 cig being the slippery slope to starting full time doesnt really apply to me. I manage fine apart from relaxing with a beer or after football/cricket or rugby.
I dont think about smoking 90% of the time and have no care to smoke.
My dilemma is whether it is worth disrupting my favourite times (drinking and sport) by denying myself a cigarette and making smoking a big issue when it isnt an issue most of the time as it isnt on my day-to-day radar.
I know people say there is no such thing as a social smoker, but can there be?
Am I doing any real harm?
Im interested in opinions. Currently Ive not had a smoke for about a week. I have no desire to either. However, I know there will be a time when I will want to.