Here, Chapter 30, Mr. Carr tells us that weight-gain during smoking cessation is a myth spread by willpower quitters. Those folks attempt to assuage nicotine withdrawal with food and candy. This isn’t entirely capricious. After all, the nicotine cravings are similar to hunger pangs. And, both are addressed orally.
And, I want to also mention something quite intriguing that Carr only mentions in parenthetical passing:
(MOST ALCOHOLICS ARE HEAVY SMOKERS. I WONDER IF IS REALLY A SMOKING PROBLEM?)
This is very interesting, and I think it could be worthwhile to explore this idea elsewhere. I’m not sure if he has or not. But, the idea is that after a short time, cigs don’t completely knock-out the nicotine pangs. And, could some people be using alcohol to address that? Yea, this is extremely interesting. I’m not sure. I’d have to think about it for a while. I know when I drank…well, two things about when I drank: 1. I drank a lot. 2. I smoked a lot. And, I stopped drinking over ten years ago, but I’m still puffing. So, it was easier for me to stop using heroin…easier for me to stop drinking…than to quit smoking. That’s a pretty disturbing thing to think about.
Anyway, Carr tells us that once you expel the nicotine monster, your insecurity ends and you get your confidence back. That sounds appealing.