Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Update on our Bet

I think that I need a bit of help calling this one. Back in August, Den and I had a bet. It was to see if he could quit smoking and in exchange he would keep his gym membership. I really don't know how to call this one. I think I won and I think I lost. He started using a "fake" cigarette. He hasn't had a real cigarette since August but he is still fake "smoking." It only has nicotine, flavor and water in it. It's not bad for you. Well, that is what we have been told. Nicotine is kind of like a caffeine jolt. It's all the other things in the cigarette that does the damage. Den said that the fake cigarette is kind of like being a kid when you got real close to a vaporizer and inhaled that. Anyways, we are still paying for the fake cigarette. It works out to about $2 a day compared to $4-5. So we are paying for it but it isn't as much. We were paying about $120(ish) a month for him to smoke. Now we are paying $60. So even with the $40 a month gym membership, we are saving $20 a month. But it is still a bill for the month. How do I call it?
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

20 comments:

Callista said...

they way i see it hes still smoking. hes getting the same general feeling and the nicotine rush as he would be from actually smoking. as a former smoker (2 packs a day) i know the addiction sucks. i think the reason behind this deal you have (besides the health benefits) is to cut costs. i think he should give up the gym membership until he stops smoking all together.

SonyaAnn said...

Callista-I agree but I don't want to push to hard because I don't want him to go back. He is using his fake cig less. But I still think I'm the winner. I'm an all or nothing sort of person and Den lives in the gray area. I just hope in the end he quits it. But I'll call myself the winner just not to his face, yet!

McVal said...

I think you're the winner, but you're right. Don't flaunt it! My son's girlfriend is trying to get him to quit too. I don't think she's tried the fake cig route yet... Worth looking into!

Annie Jones said...

Shane and I are those obnoxious ex-smokers who think the only way to really quit is to go cold turkey, suffer withdrawals for a couple of weeks, then get on with your life. We both believe that fake cigs, Nicorette gum, etc., just prolong the withdrawal symptoms and increase the likelihood of going back to smoking.

So...I'd have to agree with you that you hubby hasn't quit yet.

(Thank goodness we aren't the kind of ex-smokers who rag at anyone who still smokes. We promised ourselves when we quit that we'd never do that.)

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-I hope and pray that your son quits! It's evil.
Den forgot his fake cig today and it didn't even dawn on him until I asked. So I'm taking that as a good sign. He has smoked for over half his life so it is kind of scary. I will say that since he quit the real cig his color has gotten so much better. It was amazing. I just hope that he can quit and your son too!

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-I quit a long time ago and I tried a hypnotist and then went cold turkey. Yuck not fun but I am glad every day that I quit. He just likes to drag everything out.

Tiffany said...

I'd say you won too. My hubby quit years ago and he did it cold turkey, but man was he cranky. I'd start another bet with him that in the next 4-6 months he quits the fake cig so you can be saving more than $20 a month.

Pam said...

I think you won the bet. He is still smoking in a way. But, it is still cheaper than what you were paying, so it's all good.

SonyaAnn said...

Tiffany-I'm really afraid to push this one. In the end, all I really want is for him to be healthy. I actually haven't brought it up to him. I'm just waiting to see if I can gently say stop. I did tell him a while ago that it was just a crutch and that he already quit. He made a growling noise so I took that as a back off.

SonyaAnn said...

Pam-As cheap as I am and tight about the bills, I'm willing to let this go for a bit. You know when you are faced with a wild animal, you aren't supposed to make any sudden movements, getting him to quit is about the same thing.;)

A.Marie said...

Well, I'd say that you won, but he IS making progress! It took my Uncle the longest time to quit smoking. Oh My Goodness...He finally was able to quit with the help of that "smoker's gum." Can't think of the name of it!

I have never smoked so I don't know what your hubby is going through, but I know one thing, after watching my Uncle, it is a really hard habit to kick!

I think I'd let it go a bit. It is encouraging that he was able to go without his fake cig for awhile!

Fertility Path said...

I didn't even know that one could fake smoke? Huh... It sounds like a complicated situation, but I think any progress is good progress, no?

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-part of the problem with this bet is the fact that I made the bet up. So I'm sure that he will bring that into the mix/fight. He will just say that he will go back to smoking and I can win. He is still really touchy about the whole thing. I'm just hoping that gentle pressure will work.

SonyaAnn said...

Fertility Path-I like "any progress is good progress." I'm going to tell myself that when I'm dieting!

Frances said...

I would say you are both winning. Neither of you are breathing cigarette smoke and you are not buying cigarettes. You are saving SOME money, which is a good start.

Nancy said...

You win - he said he would QUIT - fake or not it's a cigarette with the same benefits just not the detrimental to health part. Now, want to make him quit for good? Slip in some nasty tasting crap in with the nicotine - one bad taste and he might not want it anymore - trouble is - if he likes it what do we do?

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I just like to get things done and over with, not Den. But yes, we are winning and he looks better and we are saving a bit of money. I think he will give it up, it is just going to take a while.

SonyaAnn said...

Nancy-I'm just scared to take his "crutch" away. He might go back to it. Usually, I speak up but I'm treading lightly. If he goes back to it we both really lose!

kado! said...

you're right..hard to call! I think he should switch out the fakes now for a cup of home-made coffee! then he can say that he won...until then...you are the winner in my book!

SonyaAnn said...

kado!-Good idea! I'll suggest that one. I really think that he will quit. This is the best that he has ever done. It's been 5 months since he has really smoked. I'll keep praising him and see if that helps.