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Posted by Giulia Champion Jan 19, 2011


This was just sent to me by Mke in @lanta.  And I think it's important  for you all to hear it too.  A reiteration of the themes:  never take it for granted, allways keep your guard up, NOPE.  This is a story of how easy it is to lose a quit and how to walk away from a relapse.  This is wisdom.


A Danger to Myself


With over 6 years quit you would think urges & triggers would have played themselves out by now. Not so. On my way out of the office yesterday I ran into a co-worker I was sharing a project with. We began talking about our project & he lit a cigarette. Usually when I'm around smoking it shuts off my breathing & I have to leave. Was not the usual day though as the smoke smelled the sweetest since any time during my quit. I stood there & fantasized about smoking. I considered asking for one. It was my old brand too. It was like one of those movie flashbacks & I was enjoying the smell & lighting up. I took a drag & the smoke hit the back of my throat & it woke me up. I remembered the the labored breathing, the burning lungs & the stink. I wasn't listening to what he had to say, my entire being was focused on that cigarette. I came to my senses & excused myself telling him we would talk tomorrow. All of my 6 years & 3 months of NOPE training kicked in & I was able to walk away. The dangerous part was I allowed myself to be taken to that fantasy & purposely dream of smoking again. I realized I'm a danger to myself if I can actually do this & felt stupid for allowing it. Who's to say next time I won't light up? I can't. All I can do is practice NOPE today, this very minute. I'll find out tomorrow If I can remain smoke free tomorrow.


 Keep it green y'all!


 M n @





Posted by Giulia Champion Jan 16, 2011

If you've quit - keep it.  If you haven't, do it.  If you're struggling, add this bit of latest Yahoo News as part of your quit kit. 

Smoking causes gene damage in minutes




      Smoking causes gene damage in minutes       AFP/Getty Images/File – In findings described as a "stark warning" to those who smoke, US researchers have found that …   
  – Sat Jan 15, 9:17 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released.

In fact, researchers said the "effect is so fast that it's equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream," in findings described as a "stark warning" to those who smoke.

The study is the first on humans to track how substances in tobacco cause DNA damage, and appears in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, issued by the American Chemical Society.

Using 12 volunteer smokers, scientists tracked pollutants called PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, that are carried in tobacco smoke and can also be found in coal-burning plants and in charred barbecue food.

They followed one particular type -- phenanthrene, which is found in cigarette smoke -- through the blood and saw it form a toxic substance that is known to "trash DNA, causing mutations that can cause cancer," the study said.

"The smokers developed maximum levels of the substance in a time frame that surprised even the researchers: just 15-30 minutes after the volunteers finished smoking," the study said.

"These results are significant because PAH diol epoxides react readily with DNA, induce mutations, and are considered to be ultimate carcinogens of multiple PAH in cigarette smoke," the study said.

Lead scientist Stephen Hecht said the study is unique because it examines the effects of inhaling cigarette smoke, without interference from other sources of harm such as pollution or a poor diet.

"The results reported here should serve as a stark warning to those who are considering starting to smoke cigarettes," Hecht said.

Lung cancer kills about 3,000 people around the world each day, and 90 percent of those deaths are attributable to cigarette smoking.

The research was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

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