Off the wagon

Yes, you read that right. I’ve officially fallen off the wagon. I have to admit that almost exactly a year after I gave up smoking, I’m back to a pack a day.

When I last blogged, I was preparing for a holiday that left me faced with a unique dilemma. We were going snowboarding in the Alps, either in France or in Austria, where you’re allowed to smoke indoors.

We ended up in Tigres, France, where you’re not allowed to smoke indoors, which I thought would keep temptation to a minimum.

Instead, masses of snow meant we were unable to snowboard – and instead, spent most of the holiday on our balcony with a drink in one hand and a fag in the other.

But that was ok; my ‘rulebook’ states I can smoke as much as I want on holiday as long as I quit as soon as I set foot back on UK soil.

Except this time, I didn’t.

After a number of hours of motorway driving, I gave in. And just like that, I’m back to spending £7 a pack every day.

I have to admit I’ve disappointed myself – I had it cracked. But it’s like they say, you’re only ever one puff away from being a smoker.

Still, I’ve proven to myself now that I can do it, and I have already decided that I’m going to quit again – this time, for good.

The 14th of March is No Smoking Day and this year’s slogan is Take the leap. I’m going to give it another go. After all, if at first you don’t succeed, right?

But this time, it’ll be cold turkey. No smoking on holiday. No exceptions. No more cigarettes.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading my blog, and that maybe reading about my efforts has encouraged you to perhaps ‘take the leap’ yourself. I won’t bore you by reciting all the reasons why you should, but hopefully the fact that I’m going to give it another go says it all.

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