Ricardo Simich: Do I smell like a rose?

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My last puff. Photo / Kellie Blizard
My last puff. Photo / Kellie Blizard

Yesterday, I had my last cigarette after 28 years. Giving up smoking publicly, and with my employer, is a double-edged sword. The diary I have to keep allows me to admit if I fall off the wagon, but I have no desire or intention of doing so.

Covering Fashion Week for our Spy pages will be a true test. I only hope I'm not bitchy, and keep a smiley face - my e-ciggy should save me there.

For me, the biggest appeal of giving up is saving money - about $8320 this year, and going up every year.

Not smelling also has huge appeal. I have to accept there has been a sea change in social attitudes. Smoking is not cool. I have been left off a dinner party list or two because I smoke.

So, when you see me out, check if it's an e-fag I'm smoking before you tell me off.

From today, I should be smelling of roses - and with extra cash in hand.

- Herald on Sunday

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