I was bored at work last night, as I had to stay and do some overtime, though the work was sparse. I telephoned my sister, who is on secondment to a another branch of her company and is constantly bored, as the centre is quiet compared to her usual place of work. After one false start of a conversation, my sister told me she had just quit smoking and was using patches.
I told her how pleased I was she had decided to give up and asked what had prompted the decision. She replied she was bored with smoking and didn’t want to do it anymore; which was exactly my reason. I told her to think of the money she would be saving and she told me of her company’s scheme whereby employees who successfuly quit the habit can claim a one-off payment, an incentive to all I should think.
Unfortunately, my sister had started her patches on the day she had a tooth removed and so the first patch had to be removed. Once she is off the pain killers, however, she will restart. I am cheering for her. So, as of July 23, 2008 my sister will also be a non-smoker. Seems the impetus to quit is contagious in my family.