Many years ago when I smoked, they had just gone up to $1 per pack when I decided to draw the line in the sand. My six years of smoking had turned into a one and a half pack daily habit and now $1.50 per day at that rate. Comical now 25 years later but at the time, that $1.50 had meaning!
Nicorette gum had just hit the market and I can tell you from experience, the taste of it could be compared to licking a dirty ashtray. It was disgusting and I knew this was not going to work for me. No way I'd put another stick of that rancid gum in my mouth, a cigarette? Now that was not a problem! So I kept smoking and then the next increase hit. Wow! Up to a whole $1.10 per pack!
At the time of that increase, I was going out with an unemployed drunk. He smoked too and got his nicotine in the form of bumming cigarettes from me. After all, I was the one who dragged my ass out of bed each day to go to work and earn the money that paid the rent, the car, the groceries and bills. He laid around the apartment and anyone he could find while I was at work.
When I told him that this increase to $1.10 was my breaking point and I would not be smoking any longer, he went into overdrive trying to prevent me from quitting. After all, if I wasn't smoking, who was he going to bum off of? So the next month turned into a power struggle with him trying everything he could think of to get me to smoke and me being too stubborn to give in to him.
With a lot of determination, I managed to kick both habits, him probably being the worse of the two. When anyone asks how I quit smoking 25 years ago before all of the modern-day aids, I can tell them with complete honesty "For Spite!".
Worked like a charm and I don't think there is such a thing as a bad reason to quit smoking!