I finished University. The comfort of school was now gone. Cigarettes, coffee and the constant search for a job were all I had. It was time to face real life. I was a degreed Economist. But those jobs were scarce. I secured a Government Tax Officer position.\u00a0 Now I had a stable, Government job. But there was no professional growth.\u00a0 It was unfulfilling. Worse, common in former Communist countries are bosses who are bosses due to political support; NOT competence.\u00a0 My boss was THE example of that. I constantly had more than my share of abuse from him. My job was unfulfilling. My boss was abusive. My anxiety levels were going up fast.\u00a0 I was more depressed than ever.\u00a0 My drinking and smoking greatly increased. Have you been in this situation? I did not deal well with these matters. My depression deepened. I increased my self-destructive behaviors of drinking and smoking. I hit my all-time low.\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0I raised my self-medicating with cigarettes to 2 packs a day.\u00a0 That\u2019s one EVERY 24 minutes. I did NOT realize their influence on me!! how many of us abuse cigarettes this way?