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.\n\n\n\nI was a degreed Economist. But those jobs were scarce. I secured a Government Tax Officer position. Now I had a stable, Government job. But there was no professional growth. It was unfulfilling.\n\n\n\nWorse, common in former Communist countries are bosses who are bosses due to political support; NOT competence. My boss was THE example of that. I constantly had more than my share of abuse from him.\n\n\n\nMy job was unfulfilling. My boss was abusive. My anxiety levels were going up fast. I was more depressed than ever. My drinking and smoking greatly increased.\n\n\n\nHave you been in this situation?\n\n\n\nI 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. \n\n\n\n I raised my self-medicating with cigarettes to 2 packs a day. That\u2019s one EVERY 24 minutes. I did NOT realize their influence on me!!\n\n\n\nhow many of us abuse cigarettes this\n\n\n\nway?