I love cigars — the way they smell and taste. I like the way they line up in a humidor. I appreciate their value in deterring the insect world.
I'm not a cigar nut, but I don't buy them at the Rite-Aid either.
But over the last decade or so I have developed a 5-10 per day habit, and it's got to stop. It's expensive, unhealthy and disgusting.
Expensive? I spend about $200/month on cigars. That's more than I spend on food.
Unhealthy? My cholesterol's a tad high. The doc put me on a statin, "seeing as how you smoke all those cigars." And I hate this medicine. It makes me very logy.
Disgusting? Exhibit A: My teeth.
Exhibit B: Guy told me he was somewhere and smelled cigar, but didn't see anyone. Then he spotted my car, locked with the windows up.
"Your car smells like cigars," he said.
So here's the plan. No cold turkey like last time. I almost went insane.
Phase One — Get 5-10 per day down to 5-10 per week. Which is still a lot. Clean the car out, and stop smoking in it. This will make cutting down even easier as summer winds down. Who wants to stand outside in the snow for 45 minutes smoking a cigar?
Phase Two — Get it down further, to 5-10 per month. In effect, relaxing once a week with a smoke.
Very ambitious, but realistic. Now excuse me — I'm going to smoke a cigar and think about when to implement this fine plan.