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Conquering Addiction

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 30, 2013

Did you ever wonder how Hernan Cortes was able to conquer all of Mexico with only 550 men? One of his closest Commanders, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, gave this description of Tenochtitlan, the capital with a population of 100,000 that later became the site of Mexico City:

When we saw all those cities and villages built in the water, and other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded. These great towns and cues and buildings rising from the water, all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision from the tale of Amadis. Indeed, some of our soldiers asked whether it was not all a dream. It is not surprising therefore that I should write in this vein. It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before. . . .

Yet, not without many struggles, including the famous sorrowful night, Noche Triste, when 450 of those soldiers fell in one massive battle, Cortes became the victor! 

Well, it all goes back to Veracruz, the beach where the boats first landed! Cortes did something that we as Nicotine Addicts must learn to do - he burned all his boats! He gave his soldiers no choice to fail! They had to carry on - Victory was their only option! And that's what we have to do! We must burn all of our boats and embrace N.O.P.E. so that we can become victorious over Nicotine! 

Why is it so all or nothing? The Law of Addiction! I know that each of us is an individual with our own personal quit history but it doesn't change the Law of Addiction! The Law of Addiction doesn't even know or care who you are! It's an equal opportunity law, like the Law of Gravity! The Law of Addiction says "Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance." It applies whether you've been hooked for 2 weeks or 50 years and everything in between! It applies to the social smoker just as it does the closet smoker and the chain smoker. It applies to the 15 year old and the 60 year old. It applies to the healthy and the ill, to men and women, straight and gay, religious and atheist, all of us equally! Bottom line - the only way to quit smoking is to Not take One Puff Ever!!!! N.O.P.E.!

N.O.P.E. is not just a mantra - although it is, it's not just a slogan, although it is. N.O.P.E. is a way of LIFE! LIFE is what we're all about - your LIFE! No less - just as those soldiers were faced with no other options - whether we admit it or not, neither are we!  LIFE free from Addiction! LIFE healthy and happy and unhooked from a deadly, albeit legal, EXtremely Addictive Drug! A LIFE of FREEDOM is the PRIZE! You can conquer your Addiction but you, like Cortes, have to burn your boats!

If I had the words to describe Smoke FREE Living, it would also seem like an enchanted vision from the Tale of Amadis! The sense of self-worth, the PRIDE, the joy of living as Our Creator intends for us to live! The new tastes, smells, breaths! The clean clothes, hair, teeth, and mouth, skin! The ability to decide how I'll spend my thoughts, time, money, energy, love! I'm no longer a slave to a dead leaf wrapped in paper and dipped in 7000 chemicals! If you could for just one single day feel the freedom - you would decide that you can never go back to your chains of addiction - that you would do whatever it takes to gain and sustain that FREEDOM! 

All it takes is N.O.P.E.!

Conquer your Addiction!

Here are the nine leading causes of death in the United States:

1. Obesity and 2. Smoking



These two make the top of the list, and share a spot because of for one major reason. While obesity can occasionally be the result of thyroid problems or other medical disorders, it is in large part based on over consumption of sugar and fats and is thus preventable. Likewise, smoking is well-known as being an extremely unhealthy lifestyle choice. Furthermore, these two are both major causes of many of the other disorders that make up this list.

While these choices can be partially attributed to deeper cultural issues, the fact is that nobody is putting a cigarette in your mouth or shoving sweets and fast food down your gullet. Thus, the two major leading causes of death in this country can be all but wiped out if people treat their bodies with some respect. I've been known to have a cigar or a McDonald's burger a time or two, but moderation is key.

If we want to tackle major causes of death in this country, this is the place to start.Here are the nine leading causes of death in the United States:

3. Heart disease (approximately 598,000 deaths per year)

Though there is a large number of different heart diseases, one of the largest is Congestive Heart Failure.  The risk of getting Congestive Heart Failure increases with age, but also greatly increases if you are a smoker, have diabetes or high blood pressure, and/or have a diet with excessive sodium intake.

4. Cancer (approximately 575,000 deaths per year)

The causes of all cancers are not well known, but various daily activities for many people greatly increase the risk including smoking, excessive tanning, and diets high in processed foods.  Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and pollutants can also cause cancer.

5. Chronic lower respiratory disease (Approximately 138,000 deaths per year)

Chronic lower respiratory diseases in include asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.  The latter of the three are typically caused by cigarette smoking or inhalation of other irritants such as dust and fumes while working in farming, carpentry, or manufacturing.  While asthma can sometimes be genetic, it can be caused or exacerbated by these same factors.

6. Stroke (approximately 129,500 deaths per year)

Stroke refers to the loss of brain function after a decrease in blood flow to the brain. This can cause vision loss, immobility of one side of the body, and slurred speech in its early stages. As the stroke progresses, loss of consciousness and eventually death will occur. Strokes can have a large number of causes, but your risk increases if you have high cholesterol, if you smoke, if you're overweight, when using illicit drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine, or using birth control supplements such as estrogen.

7. Accidents (approximately 121,000 deaths per year)

This is a number that shocked me. Though still statistically a small number, over 120,000 deaths per year as a result of accidents seems excessive. The three most common types of accidents resulting in death are car accidents, falls, and unintentional poisonings.

8. Alzheimer's disease (approximately 83,500 deaths per year)

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dimension. It is an untreatable degenerative disorder which worsens as it progresses, causing severe confusion, memory loss, and eventually death. Though the cause of Alzheimer's disease is mostly unknown, the onset is thought to be associated with age and stress.

9. Diabetes (approximately 69,000 deaths per year)

Type 1 Diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin and Type 2 Diabetes results from insulin resistance. Both are at least partially genetic, though Type 2 Diabetes can result due to lifestyle factors such as age or unhealthy diet.

Why are we killing ourselves one puff at a time????????????????????????????????

Smoke like a man, die like a man.

U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more -- that is, they are lighting up like men, new research shows.

Women also have caught up with men in their risk of dying from smoking-related illnesses. Lung cancer risk leveled off in the 1980s for men, but is still rising for women.

"It's a massive failure in prevention," said one study leader, Dr. Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society. And it's likely to repeat itself in places like China and Indonesia where smoking is growing, he said. About 1.3 billion people worldwide smoke.

The research was in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. It is one of the most comprehensive looks ever at long-term trends in the effects of smoking, and includes the first generation of U.S. women who started early in life and continued for decades, long enough for health effects to show up.

The U.S. has more than 35 million smokers -- about 20 percent of men and 18 percent of women. The percentage of people who smoke is far lower than it used to be; rates peaked around 1960 in men and two decades later in women.

Researchers wanted to know if smoking is still as deadly as it was in the 1980s, given that cigarettes have changed [less tar], many smokers have quit, and treatments for many smoking-related diseases have improved.

They also wanted to know more about smoking and women. The famous surgeon general's report in 1964 said smoking could cause lung cancer in men, but evidence was lacking in women at the time since relatively few of them had smoked long enough.

One study, led by Dr. Prabhat Jha of the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, looked at about 217,000 Americans in federal health surveys between 1997 and 2004.


A second study, led by Thun, tracked smoking-related deaths through three periods -- 1959-65, 1982-88 and 2000-10 -- using seven large population health surveys covering more than 2.2 million people.

Among the findings:

* The risk of dying of lung cancer was more than 25 times higher for female smokers in recent years than for women who never smoked. In the 1960s, it was only three times higher. One reason: After World War II, women started taking up the habit at a younger age and began smoking more.

* A person who never smoked was about twice as likely as a current smoker to live to age 80. For women, the chances of surviving that long were 70 percent for those who never smoked and 38 percent for smokers. In men, the numbers were 61 percent and 26 percent.

* Smokers in the U.S. are three times more likely to die between ages 25 and 79 than nonsmokers are. About 60 percent of those deaths are attributable to smoking.

* Women are far less likely to quit smoking than men are. Among people 65 to 69, the ratio of former to current smokers is 4-to-1 for men and 2-to-1 for women.

* Smoking shaves more than 10 years off the average life span, but quitting at any age buys time. Quitting by age 40 avoids nearly all the excess risk of death from smoking. Men and women who quit when they were 25 to 34 years old gained 10 years; stopping at ages 35 to 44 gained 9 years; at ages 45 to 54, six years; at ages 55 to 64, four years.

* The risk of dying from other lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis is rising in men and women, and the rise in men is a surprise because their lung cancer risk leveled off in the 1980s.


Changes in cigarettes since the 1960s are a "plausible explanation" for the rise in non-cancer lung deaths, researchers write. Most smokers switched to cigarettes that were lower in tar and nicotine as measured by tests with machines, "but smokers inhaled more deeply to get the nicotine they were used to," Thun said. Deeper inhalation is consistent with the kind of lung damage seen in the illnesses that are rising, he said.

Scientists have made scant progress against lung cancer compared with other forms of the disease, and it remains the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. More than 160,000 people die of it in the U.S. each year.

The federal government, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the cancer society and several universities paid for the new studies. Thun testified against tobacco companies in class-action lawsuits challenging the supposed benefits of cigarettes with reduced tar and nicotine, but he donated his payment to the cancer society.

Smoking needs more attention as a health hazard, Dr. Steven A. Schroeder of the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in a commentary in the journal.

"More women die of lung cancer than of breast cancer. But there is no 'race for the cure' for lung cancer, no brown ribbon" or high-profile advocacy groups for lung cancer, he wrote.

Kathy DeJoseph, 62, of suburban Atlanta, finally quit smoking after 40 years -- to qualify for lung cancer surgery last year.

"I tried everything that came along, I just never could do it," even while having chemotherapy, she said.

It's a powerful addiction, she said: "I still every day have to resist wanting to go buy a pack."


What do you think?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 29, 2013

What made her do it?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 23, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama won the Internet on Monday, when she appeared to roll her eyes disapprovingly at a conversation her husband was having with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) at the Inauguration Day luncheon.

Her expressive look led CBS' "Insider Edition" to delve deeper into the story, seeking out a lip reader who could provide some insight into what Boehner could have said that went over so poorly with Michelle Obama.

The expert's conclusion, from "Inside Edition":

   So what was said? We asked expert lip reader Larry Wenig. Wenig believes John Boehner is asking President Obama whether he had a chance to have a cigarette before the luncheon. 

Wenig told "Inside Edition" that Boehner -- a known smoker -- tapped the first lady on the arm before telling the president that “somebody won’t let you do it,” referring to Michelle Obama.

The president's smoking habit was a topic of some scrutiny at points during his first term, though his wife claimed in early 2011 that he'd kicked the habit a year earlier. A subsequent physical exam appeared to confirm her claim, though Obama's gum-chewing during the inaugural parade set off speculation that he could be curbing a nicotine craving.

Have you "tried your best to fight the craves and can't seem to win?" Are you sitting there scratching your head about what went wrong and feeling like you can "never win?" I'll tell you something I learned Thanks to the Elders who helped me launch the adventure of my lifetime - Smoke FREE Living! 

I came here like most of us not knowing anything about Nicotine Addiction and was told to read and I did! It really helped but there was this guy who I thought was goofy (Thank Goodness I now know that he was spot on!) His name is James and his moniker is theHappy Quitter! ....Say what? what's there to be happy about? Strong, yes! Determined, yes! Stubborn, fierce, a fighter! But happy??? As I thought about it, something really clicked and the light bulb came on! 


I had been fighting the Nico-Demon with willpower! What could be more effective than that? But I was missing the essential...The Nico-Demon is ME!!!!!



So when I was fighting myself, how could I win without losing??? And guess what, the loser had been the part that wanted to be FREE! You can't be FREE when you're fighting!!!! 

This fellow James had something - something I really, really wanted! he was not just Quit - He was Happy being Quit! 

So how do you handle the craves if you don't fight??? What do you do instead? 

There's a fellow here named Tommy who repeatedly told me to use Focus and Determination. Could I combine these 2 great pieces of advice? Think about Focus for a minute....



When you focus with determination instead of fighting with determination, the whole picture changes! I had changed my perspective! The Nico-demon became more blurry, less important and the object of my Focus increased in POWER - the POWER to WIN! And what was that very important object of my FOCUS?




FREEDOM from the Chains of Addiction! 

FREEDOM to be the ME that my Creator made me to be!

FREEDOM from pain, suffering, illness, devastation!

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize and ignore the Nico-Demon - but don't fight Him because HE IS ME! Just Focus on the Prize! Will He scream for attention? Oh yea! But when you ignore Him long enough, He loses energy - you Energy is on your Prize! And He gets weaker....and weaker...and weaker...and becomes a little bitty gnat that once in a great while bugs you but you easily have the POWER to swat Him back into His place tiny! So worthless! 




I Have a Dream!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 21, 2013



"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." 

As we Celebrate Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate the BEST of ourselves. We reach out for our potential BEST just as he had in his short, enlightened inspiring life! Dr. King was intelligent, yes and he was charismatic but more than that he had Faith in his fellow human being and the dream that dwelled in his mind! While we were smoking, we had a dream that seemed so far fetched - a dream for FREEDOM! We had an inkling of our potential selves, a memory of the FREEDOM we relinquished by taking that first puff and that ever since, most of us for decades was being puffed away with addiction. That simple little thought made us strive for FREEDOM - the FREEDOM to be as Our Creator wishes we would be and knows we can be! Many of us have looked under every crook and cranny our our minds for the means to gain our FREEDOM until we found the PRIZE! A few others were able to find the way more directly. And most of us are still searching but refuse to give up! We each had our own motivations for this quest for FREEDOM but what we had in common is the goal! We were motivated by the fact that "a lie cannot live" and we knew on some level (some more conscious than others) that we were living a lie. 

 To reach that goal takes a lot of human fortitude.  As MLK said, "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our FREEDOM." Too many people see quitting as an event, just as today's celebration is an event and back to "business as usual" tomorrow! But quitting brings change and change is not inevitable! We must straighten our backs and work our quit journey each and every day. That's a BIG ticket so it can only be done one day at a time, giving just for today commitment, focus, and determination - keeping always our eyes on the prize - FREEDOM and remember these words, "I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars."

Many of us have EXperienced the very personal loss of one or more family member, friend, loved one due to the wicked consequences of smoking related illness. It's absolutely devastating! And some of us have been struck down, debilitated, even left disabled, by smoking related illness. I happen to be one of them. If at times, our voices are shrill, it's because we wish to spare you! We want you to see past the Addictive lie that "smoking is a harmless vice", to know that smoking related illness is very real! But life isn't about not dying - it's about living well! Again, MLK said, "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!" he said those famous words on April 3, 1963. On the next day, he was assassinated. I won't begin to speak for the other elders who continue to visit this site - I speak for myself alone, but these words perfectly EXpress my thoughts when I come here again and again and do my best to share my DREAM of FREEDOM for all of you, for all people caught up in the lie of Nicotine Addiction!

Yes, folks, this struggle we are in is just as life and death, just as critical to the dignity of living as MLK's! And yes, I gladly give the BEST of myself when I come here and ask, "Wouldn't you like to live in FREEDOM? I, Thomas, have seen the Promised Land and believe that we, as a Community, will get there! Join me! I will walk beside you and together we will go up the mountain called FREEDOM!"


Just One....

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 16, 2013

Q: Will an occasional cigarette damage your health?

A: Quite possibly. Every cigarette increases your risk of smoking-related diseases.


Are you one of the 12% of smokers who would classify themselves as smoking only 'occasionally' – perhaps weekly or less?


Or maybe you see yourself as one of the 17% who describe themselves as 'social' smokers: you don't smoke at home, but you do light up when you are out with friends.


Either way, you may think that your risks of getting sick from smoking are negligible. But is that the case?


Well, Professor David Currow of the Cancer Institute NSW says your risk is linked to how much you are smoking – but crucially there is no safe level.


"Smoking is a continuum ... the more you smoke, the more effect it will have on your health," he says.


"Furthermore, we know that [the negative health effect] is cumulative across your life".


Instant effects


Studies can now measure the immediate changes in our bodies as we smoke a single cigarette, from a rise in blood pressure to a change in the gases in our blood stream.


Here's what happens when we smoke a cigarette:

  • Although we may feel more relaxed as we smoke, our blood pressure and heart rate both increase, the heart pumps differently, and the blood flow to the capillaries decreases.
  • Blood carbon monoxide levels increase. "Carbon monoxide takes the place of oxygen in some of your red blood cells, and it sticks on to the red cells for days, preventing oxygen from being carried by these cells", warns Currow.
  • Other changes happen in our airways: the little finger-like cilia which keep airways clear of phlegm are 'stunned' by chemicals in the smoke and tiny muscles in our airways contract, constricting them.
  • There are also measurable changes in the immune system.
  • These and other changes have a cumulative effect and over time they can eventually lead to cancer (including cancer of the lung, pancreas, oesophagus, and bladder) as well as non-cancerous, but potentially lethal, conditions such as heart and vascular disease and lung diseases like emphysema.

    And it's not just cancer and the health of your heart and lungs that you have to worry about.

    A recent review of several studies found that light smoking was connected to a host of other illnesses: cataracts, reduced fertility, an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (where the pregnancy develops outside the uterus) and weak bones.

    Perils of social smoking

    The other problem with being an occasional or social smoker is that you could already be smoking more than you realise – or on a slippery slope to heavier smoking.

    Professor Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland says, based on data from the 2004 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, most people who described themselves as 'social' smokers lit up daily.

    About half of them were having more than five cigarettes a day and a third of them were having more than 10 cigarettes a day. Currow points out that, since social smokers often combine smoking with drinking, it's easy to lose track of the number of cigarettes they've smoked.

    'Occasional' smokers lit up only once a week or less often, according to the survey. These people were quite different to social smokers, as they usually smoked at home, they tended to be married or in a de-facto relationship and some said they felt they had 'already quit smoking'.

    However, Currow fears that once addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, both social and occasional smokers may move to heavier smoking.

    "At present we have no way of knowing how readily a person will become addicted to nicotine until after the event – when they have become addicted," he says.

    "Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to mankind, so experimenting in that space is not smart."


    The good news

    Medical experts like Currow are convinced that the only safe strategy is not to smoke at all.

    The good news is that as soon as we stop smoking our body starts recovering.

    Within 12 hours of our final cigarette, blood carbon monoxide levels are much lower, and a year later our risk of coronary heart disease will be half what it was as a smoker.

    If we quit before the age of 35, our life expectancy will be much the same as someone who has never smoked. But whatever age you are, there are a myriad of benefits to be had in quitting. What are you waiting for?


It's so relaxing! I sometimes wonder which ingredient I miss the most...


Is it the formaldehyde that is used for embalming?

Maybe it's the ammonia used for toilet cleaning...

or the Methane gas found in sewer gas!

Personally, I really like the Cadmium found in batteries (I guess I could start sucking batteries - maybe that will relieve the cravings!)

Not to mention Butane - you know, that liquid in your favorite Flick the Bic lighter!

I never was crazy about the arsenic, but there's enough menthol to cover it up - for the most part!

It's kind of hard to pick which chemical I miss the most....

Could be any one of these:


• Acetanisole

• Acetic Acid

• Acetoin

• Acetophenone

• 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane

• 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine

• 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran

• Acetylpyrazine

• 2-Acetylpyridine

• 3-Acetylpyridine

• 2-Acetylthiazole

• Aconitic Acid

• dl-Alanine

• Alfalfa Extract

• Allspice Extract,Oleoresin, and Oil

• Allyl Hexanoate

• Allyl Ionone

• Almond Bitter Oil

• Ambergris Tincture

• Ammonia

• Ammonium Bicarbonate

• Ammonium Hydroxide

• Ammonium Phosphate Dibasic

• Ammonium Sulfide

• Amyl Alcohol

• Amyl Butyrate

• Amyl Formate

• Amyl Octanoate

• alpha-Amylcinnamaldehyde

• Amyris Oil

• trans-Anethole

• Angelica Root Extract, Oil and Seed Oil

• Anise

• Anise Star, Extract and Oils

• Anisyl Acetate

• Anisyl Alcohol

• Anisyl Formate

• Anisyl Phenylacetate

• Apple Juice Concentrate, Extract, and Skins

• Apricot Extract and Juice Concentrate

• 1-Arginine

• Asafetida Fluid Extract And Oil

• Ascorbic Acid

• 1-Asparagine Monohydrate

• 1-Aspartic Acid

• Balsam Peru and Oil

• Basil Oil

• Bay Leaf, Oil and Sweet Oil

• Beeswax White

• Beet Juice Concentrate

• Benzaldehyde

• Benzaldehyde Glyceryl Acetal

• Benzoic Acid, Benzoin

• Benzoin Resin

• Benzophenone

• Benzyl Alcohol

• Benzyl Benzoate

• Benzyl Butyrate

• Benzyl Cinnamate

• Benzyl Propionate

• Benzyl Salicylate

• Bergamot Oil

• Bisabolene

• Black Currant Buds Absolute

• Borneol

• Bornyl Acetate

• Buchu Leaf Oil

• 1,3-Butanediol

• 2,3-Butanedione

• 1-Butanol

• 2-Butanone

• 4(2-Butenylidene)-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One

• Butter, Butter Esters, and Butter Oil

• Butyl Acetate

• Butyl Butyrate

• Butyl Butyryl Lactate

• Butyl Isovalerate

• Butyl Phenylacetate

• Butyl Undecylenate

• 3-Butylidenephthalide

• Butyric Acid]

• Cadinene

• Caffeine

• Calcium Carbonate

• Camphene

• Cananga Oil

• Capsicum Oleoresin

• Caramel Color

• Caraway Oil

• Carbon Dioxide

• Cardamom Oleoresin, Extract, Seed Oil, and Powder

• Carob Bean and Extract

• beta-Carotene

• Carrot Oil

• Carvacrol

• 4-Carvomenthenol

• 1-Carvone

• beta-Caryophyllene

• beta-Caryophyllene Oxide

• Cascarilla Oil and Bark Extract

• Cassia Bark Oil

• Cassie Absolute and Oil

• Castoreum Extract, Tincture and Absolute

• Cedar Leaf Oil

• Cedarwood Oil Terpenes and Virginiana

• Cedrol

• Celery Seed Extract, Solid, Oil, And Oleoresin

• Cellulose Fiber

• Chamomile Flower Oil And Extract

• Chicory Extract

• Chocolate

• Cinnamaldehyde

• Cinnamic Acid

• Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Bark Oil, and Extract

• Cinnamyl Acetate

• Cinnamyl Alcohol

• Cinnamyl Cinnamate

• Cinnamyl Isovalerate

• Cinnamyl Propionate

• Citral

• Citric Acid

• Citronella Oil

• dl-Citronellol

• Citronellyl Butyrate

• itronellyl Isobutyrate

• Civet Absolute

• Clary Oil

• Clover Tops, Red Solid Extract

• Cocoa

• Cocoa Shells, Extract, Distillate And Powder

• Coconut Oil

• Coffee

• Cognac White and Green Oil

• Copaiba Oil

• Coriander Extract and Oil

• Corn Oil

• Corn Silk

• Costus Root Oil

• Cubeb Oil

• Cuminaldehyde

• para-Cymene

• 1-Cysteine Dandelion Root Solid Extract

• Davana Oil

• 2-trans, 4-trans-Decadienal

• delta-Decalactone

• gamma-Decalactone

• Decanal

• Decanoic Acid

• 1-Decanol

• 2-Decenal

• Dehydromenthofurolactone

• Diethyl Malonate

• Diethyl Sebacate

• 2,3-Diethylpyrazine

• Dihydro Anethole

• 5,7-Dihydro-2-Methylthieno(3,4-D) Pyrimidine

• Dill Seed Oil and Extract

• meta-Dimethoxybenzene

• para-Dimethoxybenzene

• 2,6-Dimethoxyphenol

• Dimethyl Succinate

• 3,4-Dimethyl-1,2 Cyclopentanedione

• 3,5- Dimethyl-1,2-Cyclopentanedione

• 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-Octatriene

• 4,5-Dimethyl-3-Hydroxy-2,5-


• 6,10-Dimethyl-5,9-Undecadien-


• 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octenoic Acid

• 2,4 Dimethylacetophenone

• alpha,para-Dimethylbenzyl Alcohol

• alpha,alpha-Dimethylphenethyl Acetate

• alpha,alpha Dimethylphenethyl Butyrate

• 2,3-Dimethylpyrazine

• 2,5-Dimethylpyrazine

• 2,6-Dimethylpyrazine

• Dimethyltetrahydrobenzofuranone

• delta-Dodecalactone

• gamma-Dodecalactone

• para-Ethoxybenzaldehyde

• Ethyl 10-Undecenoate

• Ethyl 2-Methylbutyrate

• Ethyl Acetate

• Ethyl Acetoacetate

• Ethyl Alcohol

• Ethyl Benzoate

• Ethyl Butyrate

• Ethyl Cinnamate

• Ethyl Decanoate

• Ethyl Fenchol

• Ethyl Furoate

• Ethyl Heptanoate

• Ethyl Hexanoate

• Ethyl Isovalerate

• Ethyl Lactate

• Ethyl Laurate

• Ethyl Levulinate

• Ethyl Maltol

• Ethyl Methyl Phenylglycidate

• Ethyl Myristate

• Ethyl Nonanoate

• Ethyl Octadecanoate

• Ethyl Octanoate

• Ethyl Oleate

• Ethyl Palmitate

• Ethyl Phenylacetate

• Ethyl Propionate

• Ethyl Salicylate

• Ethyl trans-2-Butenoate

• Ethyl Valerate

• Ethyl Vanillin

• 2-Ethyl (or Methyl)-(3,5 and 6)-Methoxypyrazine

• 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, 3-Ethyl -2 -


• 2-Ethyl-3, (5 or 6)-Dimethylpyrazine

• 5-Ethyl-3-Hydroxy-4-Methyl-2 (5H)-Furanone

• 2-Ethyl-3-Methylpyrazine

• 4-Ethylbenzaldehyde

• 4-Ethylguaiacol

• para-Ethylphenol

• 3-Ethylpyridine

• Eucalyptol

• Farnesol

• D-Fenchone

• Fennel Sweet Oil

• Fenugreek, Extract, Resin, and Absolute

• Fig Juice Concentrate

• Food Starch Modified

• Furfuryl Mercaptan

• 4-(2-Furyl)-3-Buten-2-One

• Galbanum Oil

• Genet Absolute

• Gentian Root Extract

• Geraniol

• Geranium Rose Oil

• Geranyl Acetate

• Geranyl Butyrate

• Geranyl Formate

• Geranyl Isovalerate

• Geranyl Phenylacetate

• Ginger Oil and Oleoresin

• 1-Glutamic Acid

• 1-Glutamine

• Glycerol

• Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated

• Grape Juice Concentrate

• Guaiac Wood Oil

• Guaiacol

• Guar Gum

• 2,4-Heptadienal

• gamma-Heptalactone

• Heptanoic Acid

• 2-Heptanone

• 3-Hepten-2-One

• 2-Hepten-4-One

• 4-Heptenal

• trans -2-Heptenal

• Heptyl Acetate

• omega-6-Hexadecenlactone

• gamma-Hexalactone

• Hexanal

• Hexanoic Acid

• 2-Hexen-1-Ol

• 3-Hexen-1-Ol

• cis-3-Hexen-1-Yl Acetate

• 2-Hexenal

• 3-Hexenoic Acid

• trans-2-Hexenoic Acid

• cis-3-Hexenyl Formate

• Hexyl 2-Methylbutyrate

• Hexyl Acetate

• Hexyl Alcohol

• Hexyl Phenylacetate

• 1-Histidine

• Honey

• Hops Oil

• Hydrolyzed Milk Solids

• Hydrolyzed Plant Proteins

• 5-Hydroxy-2,4-Decadienoic Acid delta-Lactone

• 4-Hydroxy-2,5-Dimethyl-3(2H)-Furanone

• 2-Hydroxy-3,5,5-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-One

• 4-Hydroxy -3-Pentenoic Acid Lactone

• 2-Hydroxy-4-Methylbenzaldehyde

• 4-Hydroxybutanoic Acid Lactone

• Hydroxycitronellal

• 6-Hydroxydihydrotheaspirane

• 4-(para-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butanone

• Hyssop Oil

• Immortelle Absolute and Extract

• alpha-Ionone

• beta-Ionone

• alpha-Irone

• Isoamyl Acetate

• Isoamyl Benzoate

• Isoamyl Butyrate

• Isoamyl Cinnamate

• Isoamyl Formate, IsoamylHexanoate

• Isoamyl Isovalerate

• Isoamyl Octanoate

• Isoamyl Phenylacetate

• Isobornyl Acetate

• Isobutyl Acetate

• Isobutyl Alcohol

• Isobutyl Cinnamate

• Isobutyl Phenylacetate

• Isobutyl Salicylate

• 2-Isobutyl-3-Methoxypyrazine

• alpha-Isobutylphenethyl Alcohol

• Isobutyraldehyde

• Isobutyric Acid

• d,l-Isoleucine

• alpha-Isomethylionone

• 2-Isopropylphenol

• Isovaleric Acid

• Jasmine Absolute, Concrete and Oil

• Kola Nut Extract

• Labdanum Absolute and Oleoresin

• Lactic Acid

• Lauric Acid

• Lauric Aldehyde

• Lavandin Oil

• Lavender Oil

• Lemon Oil and Extract

• Lemongrass Oil

• 1-Leucine

• Levulinic Acid

• Licorice Root, Fluid, Extract

and Powder

• Lime Oil

• Linalool

• Linalool Oxide

• Linalyl Acetate

• Linden Flowers

• Lovage Oil And Extract

• 1-Lysine]

• Mace Powder, Extract and Oil

• Magnesium Carbonate

• Malic Acid

• Malt and Malt Extract

• Maltodextrin

• Maltol

• Maltyl Isobutyrate

• Mandarin Oil

• Maple Syrup and Concentrate

• Mate Leaf, Absolute and Oil

• para-Mentha-8-Thiol-3-One

• Menthol

• Menthone

• Menthyl Acetate

• dl-Methionine

• Methoprene

• 2-Methoxy-4-Methylphenol

• 2-Methoxy-4-Vinylphenol

• para-Methoxybenzaldehyde

• 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-1-Penten-3-One

• 4-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Butanone

• 1-(para-Methoxyphenyl)-2-Propanone

• Methoxypyrazine

• Methyl 2-Furoate

• Methyl 2-Octynoate

• Methyl 2-Pyrrolyl Ketone

• Methyl Anisate

• Methyl Anthranilate

• Methyl Benzoate

• Methyl Cinnamate

• Methyl Dihydrojasmonate

• Methyl Ester of Rosin, Partially Hydrogenated

• Methyl Isovalerate

• Methyl Linoleate (48%)

• Methyl Linolenate (52%) Mixture

• Methyl Naphthyl Ketone

• Methyl Nicotinate

• Methyl Phenylacetate

• Methyl Salicylate

• Methyl Sulfide

• 3-Methyl-1-Cyclopentadecanone

• 4-Methyl-1-Phenyl-2-Pentanone

• 5-Methyl-2-Phenyl-2-Hexenal

• 5-Methyl-2-Thiophene-carboxaldehyde

• 6-Methyl-3,-5-Heptadien-2-One

• 2-Methyl-3-(para-Isopropylphenyl) Propionaldehyde

• 5-Methyl-3-Hexen-2-One

• 1-Methyl-3Methoxy-4-Isopropylbenzene

• 4-Methyl-3-Pentene-2-One

• 2-Methyl-4-Phenylbutyraldehyde

• 6-Methyl-5-Hepten-2-One

• 4-Methyl-5-Thiazoleethanol

• 4-Methyl-5-Vinylthiazole

• Methyl-alpha-Ionone

• Methyl-trans-2-Butenoic Acid

• 4-Methylacetophenone

• para-Methylanisole

• alpha-Methylbenzyl Acetate

• alpha-Methylbenzyl Alcohol

• 2-Methylbutyraldehyde

• 3-Methylbutyraldehyde

• 2-Methylbutyric Acid

• alpha-Methylcinnamaldehyde

• Methylcyclopentenolone

• 2-Methylheptanoic Acid

• 2-Methylhexanoic Acid

• 3-Methylpentanoic Acid

• 4-Methylpentanoic Acid

• 2-Methylpyrazine

• 5-Methylquinoxaline

• 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran-3-One

• (Methylthio)Methylpyrazine (Mixture Of Isomers)

• 3-Methylthiopropionaldehyde

• Methyl 3-Methylthiopropionate

• 2-Methylvaleric Acid

• Mimosa Absolute and Extract

• Molasses Extract and Tincture

• Mountain Maple Solid Extract

• Mullein Flowers

• Myristaldehyde

• Myristic Acid

• Myrrh Oil

• beta-Napthyl Ethyl Ether

• Nerol

• Neroli Bigarde Oil

• Nerolidol

• Nona-2-trans,6-cis-Dienal

• 2,6-Nonadien-1-Ol

• gamma-Nonalactone

• Nonanal

• Nonanoic Acid

• Nonanone

• trans-2-Nonen-1-Ol

• 2-Nonenal

• Nonyl Acetate

• Nutmeg Powder and Oil

• Oak Chips Extract and Oil

• Oak Moss Absolute

• 9,12-Octadecadienoic Acid (48%)

And 9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic Acid (52%)

• delta-Octalactone

• gamma-Octalactone

• Octanal

• Octanoic Acid

• 1-Octanol

• 2-Octanone

• 3-Octen-2-One

• 1-Octen-3-Ol

• 1-Octen-3-Yl Acetate

• 2-Octenal

• Octyl Isobutyrate

• Oleic Acid

• Olibanum Oil

• Opoponax Oil And Gum

• Orange Blossoms Water, Absolute, and Leaf Absolute

• Orange Oil and Extract

• Origanum Oil

• Orris Concrete Oil and Root


• Palmarosa Oil

• Palmitic Acid

• Parsley Seed Oil

• Patchouli Oil

• omega-Pentadecalactone

• 2,3-Pentanedione

• 2-Pentanone

• 4-Pentenoic Acid

• 2-Pentylpyridine

• Pepper Oil, Black And White

• Peppermint Oil

• Peruvian (Bois De Rose) Oil

• Petitgrain Absolute, Mandarin Oil and Terpeneless Oil

• alpha-Phellandrene

• 2-Phenenthyl Acetate

• Phenenthyl Alcohol

• Phenethyl Butyrate

• Phenethyl Cinnamate

• Phenethyl Isobutyrate

• Phenethyl Isovalerate

• Phenethyl Phenylacetate

• Phenethyl Salicylate

• 1-Phenyl-1-Propanol

• 3-Phenyl-1-Propanol

• 2-Phenyl-2-Butenal

• 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-Ol

• 4-Phenyl-3-Buten-2-One

• Phenylacetaldehyde

• Phenylacetic Acid

• 1-Phenylalanine

• 3-Phenylpropionaldehyde

• 3-Phenylpropionic Acid

• 3-Phenylpropyl Acetate

• 3-Phenylpropyl Cinnamate

• 2-(3-Phenylpropyl)Tetrahydrofuran

• Phosphoric Acid

• Pimenta Leaf Oil

• Pine Needle Oil, Pine Oil, Scotch

• Pineapple Juice Concentrate

• alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene

• D-Piperitone

• Piperonal

• Pipsissewa Leaf Extract

• Plum Juice

• Potassium Sorbate

• 1-Proline

• Propenylguaethol

• Propionic Acid

• Propyl Acetate

• Propyl para-Hydroxybenzoate

• Propylene Glycol

• 3-Propylidenephthalide

• Prune Juice and Concentrate

• Pyridine

• Pyroligneous Acid And Extract

• Pyrrole

• Pyruvic Acid

• Raisin Juice Concentrate

• Rhodinol

• Rose Absolute and Oil

• Rosemary Oil

• Rum

• Rum Ether

• Rye Extract

• Sage, Sage Oil, and Sage


• Salicylaldehyde

• Sandalwood Oil, Yellow

• Sclareolide

• Skatole

• Smoke Flavor

• Snakeroot Oil

• Sodium Acetate

• Sodium Benzoate

• Sodium Bicarbonate

• Sodium Carbonate

• Sodium Chloride

• Sodium Citrate

• Sodium Hydroxide

• Solanone

• Spearmint Oil

• Styrax Extract, Gum and Oil

• Sucrose Octaacetate

• Sugar Alcohols

• Sugars

• Tagetes Oil

• Tannic Acid

• Tartaric Acid

• Tea Leaf and Absolute

• alpha-Terpineol

• Terpinolene

• Terpinyl Acetate

• 5,6,7,8-Tetrahydroquinoxaline

• 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclo(,9))Tridecane

• 2,3,4,5, and 3,4,5,6-


• 2,3,5,6-Tetramethylpyrazine

• Thiamine Hydrochloride

• Thiazole

• 1-Threonine

• Thyme Oil, White and Red

• Thymol

• Tobacco Extracts

• Tochopherols (mixed)

• Tolu Balsam Gum and Extract

• Tolualdehydes

• para-Tolyl 3-Methylbutyrate

• para-Tolyl Acetaldehyde

• para-Tolyl Acetate

• para-Tolyl Isobutyrate

• para-Tolyl Phenylacetate

• Triacetin

• 2-Tridecanone

• 2-Tridecenal

• Triethyl Citrate

• 3,5,5-Trimethyl -1-Hexanol

• para,alpha,alpha-Trimethylbenzyl Alcohol

• 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-1-


• 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-2-


• 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,

3-Dienyl Methan

• 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohexa-1,


• 2,2,6-Trimethylcyclohexanone

• 2,3,5-Trimethylpyrazine

• 1-Tyrosine

• delta-Undercalactone

• gamma-Undecalactone

• Undecanal

• 2-Undecanone, 1

• 0-Undecenal

• Urea

• Valencene

• Valeraldehyde

• Valerian Root Extract, Oil

and Powder

• Valeric Acid

• gamma-Valerolactone

• Valine

• Vanilla Extract And Oleoresin

• Vanillin

• Veratraldehyde

• Vetiver Oil

• Vinegar

• Violet Leaf Absolute

• Walnut Hull Extract

• Water

• Wheat Extract And Flour

• Wild Cherry Bark Extract

• Wine and Wine Sherry

• Xanthan Gum

• 3,4-Xylenol

• Yeast

Yummy!!!! No wonder it's addictive! Nicotine is insecticide! Does that make me a cockroach? 

It's 2013 - and I can't believe that there are still people who smoke. With all the information we have, all the education we do, and all the evidence around us about its dangers... still people smoke.

It may sound harsh — and I do realize how hard it is to quit. But seeing how smoking ravages the skin, the teeth, the chest; seeing how it causes deadly lung disease, how it increases the risk of all types of cancers, how it contributes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, makes it impossible to believe that this is not incentive enough to quit.

So, I think to myself, do people not understand what we're trying to communicate? Do they not believe that these things will happen to them? Why are people not getting the message? Why are there teenagers walking around in groups outside high schools smoking cigarettes? Why do I still see pregnant mothers puffing away? Why is that not a criminal offense? Most smokers have done the math and understand the costs, yet still dish out the dough for the impossible addiction. I am so confused.

Perhaps, it's because I see the end effects on a daily basis - youthful and otherwise healthy 60 year-olds wearing oxygen in the supermarket because they can't walk 10 feet without getting short of breath, patients who are missing parts of their tongue, mouth or jaw because of tumors invading their upper airway, patients for whom the flu virus becomes deadly because the body's natural defenses have been eradicated by tar, children who have developed asthma or die of SIDS because their parents smoke in the home.


Perhaps we're not doing a good enough job of conveying the severity of the disease of smoking addiction. Perhaps we are too accepting of smoking as a social norm. I mean, hospital employees, nurses, physicians who regularly see its ravages just as I do, huddle together in the hospital designated smoking zone, not too far from the entrance to hospitals every where you go.

I lost my aunt to lung cancer 12 years ago. She was 55 years old, weighed a very healthy 130 pounds, exercised every day and would light up a Marlboro Red as soon as she got home from her daily workout. Her blood pressure was normal, mammograms a-ok. But underlying her youthful appearance were vicious tumors that were diagnosed and ultimately took her life eight months later.

Most people I know have a similar story. And it's not like no one tells smokers about the dangers. But like those teenagers walking around outside, like pregnant mothers cocooning their children in smoke, like those who smoke cigarettes through tracheostomy holes in their necks, and like smokers all over the world, the "it's not going to happen to me" attitude is ultimately, I believe, what keeps the tobacco companies in business.

So, let me enlighten you in case you haven't yet gotten the message...let me fill you in if you're in the superhero category...let me give you a few more reasons why quitting will be the best thing you ever do for your health.

- Of the 7,000 chemicals in each cigarette, 69 are known to cause cancer. Here'sthe list of the 75,000 chemical doses a pack-a-day smoker will inhale in a year.

- Smoking has been directly linked to causing cancers of the blood (leukemia), cervix, bladder, esophagus, larynx, mouth, tongue, lung, pancreas, throat and stomach.


- Tobacco kills more Americans than all drugs, car accidents, fires, AIDS, murders and suicides COMBINED.

- 443,000 Americans and 25,500 New Yorkers will die this year from smoking. 3,400 New Yorkers will die as a result of second-hand smoke exposure. There are currently 389,000 children alive in New York State who will eventually die from smoking.

- Men who smoke will die an average of 13 years earlier than non-smoking males; female smokers 14 years earlier than non-smoking females. Quitting will add between 7-10 years to your life. Or 5-10 minutes for each cigarette that you don't smoke.

- Smoking causes wrinkles, hair loss, nail and teeth staining, fertility complications, reduced exercise capacity. If you're not convinced, see this slide show.

- Teenagers who smoke cigarettes are three times more likely to drink alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana and 22 times more likely to try cocaine. Smoking also increases the risk of other risky behaviors such as unprotected sex, fighting and not wearing a seatbelt.

This all may sound harsh. I may sound unsympathetic to the difficulties associated with addiction. But most of my patients who are smokers, don't want to keep smoking. They want to quit, they just don't know how. Most would probably agree with everything I have written. Many in fact, are disgusted with the way they smell and what they're doing to their bodies.

But there are many strategies to help help successfully kick butt out of your life. Patches, gum, inhalers, medications, hypnosis...are all viable options. Other tricks include quitting with a partner or enlisting the help of a coach. One of the best programs available in New York is the New York Smoker's Quitline The website contains multimedia information about successfully quitting for good. They offer free medications, vouchers and an online community of supporters to help you through. You can also create a smoking cessation plan with your physician or have a coach call you regularly to check on your progress.

Get with the program, folks. It's 2013. We are educated. We are gradually reducing the numbers of smokers and the numbers of deaths related to smoking. But we're still in the red, big time. We can help you. alk to your doctor NOW about how you can quit. When it comes to smoking, quitters are the biggest winners of all.

If that information is not enough to get you to seriously ask for help, consider watching these CDC videos for some motivation

Nicotine's chemical properties are addictive. If you take that nicotine away from your body, it will miss it and you will experience physical and mental withdrawal symptoms.

These symptoms surface after three-five days of quitting smoking and linger for approximately two weeks. We list out some of these symptoms to help you prepare for these side-effects to smoking cessation. Rest assured that these symptoms, while some are unpleasant, will only be transitionary and once you're rid of them, will leave you feeling much better after quitting smoking.

Emotional withdrawal

Some of the most common symptoms are...

Depression: You may feel low, sad and hopeless. Hence it is important to surround yourself with people, preferably non smokers and friends who will support your decision to quit smoking.

Angry: Emotional upheaval can make you angry. Others may not be aware of it, but you know what's happening to your body. The age-old remedy of counting till 10 isn't such a bad idea. Stop, think, regain your calm and composure before losing your cool.

Bored: You may have noticed that when you were bored, tired or depressed you tend to smoke. Now that you are on your way to a smoke free life replace these voids with hobbies or get involved with people around you. Pay more attention to your loved ones.

Lonely: Withdrawal of smoking can make you feel lonely, impatient and irritable. If your friends are busy, take up a dance class or cooking class. It is important to expect these feelings of loneliness, so stay prepared.

Mood swing: Tempers will flare and tantrums will increase. These are not exactly PMSsymptoms. Nicotine was once your evil friend but now you have to bear with the loss of the addiction. This will throw your emotional reactions to daily happenings into a tizzy. Most quitters will need help with these mood swings. Replace the smoking placebo with something else. Invest in some great music and strong coffee, maybe?

Physical withdrawal

Nicotine obstructs the flow of oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. Now that you have quit smoking, your body has to hit the reverse button to detox.

Bowel discomfort: It's time to change your diet and fitness once you quit smoking. Quitting smoking can cause cramps, nausea, flatulence and constipation, therefore it is important to increase roughage and exercise your body.

Nasal and throat problems: When you stop smoking, your nose and throat will try to clear the mucous that has accumulated over the years. You may experience coughing, dry throat and mouth. Fluids are the key to clearing this process.

Increase in appetite: Craving for cigarettes can be confused with hunger cravings. The best way to stay healthy is to consume fluids and low calorie snacks.

Headaches: Lack of nicotine can lead to headaches, the way out of it is with massages, plenty of water and rest. Gently massage your temple, drink water, take a hot shower and take a deep breathe.

Lack of sleep: You may experience insomnia after you quit smoking. Take a hot shower before you hit the sack, do breathing exercises too and most importantly avoid coffee closer to bed-time.

Restlessness/lack of concentration: You feel like there is energy bursting in you, transfer this energy into something constructive. In these situations smokes would calm your nerves, but now switch off that thought and cultivate a new habit. You may feel you can't concentrate too; try listening to music or take a break from your routine life.

Weight gain: Increase in craving can lead to weight gain, especially if you indulge in unhealthy food. But don't be dejected, you can cut it out with exercise and the right diet.

Sweating and shaky hands and feet: You will feel that your hands and feet tremble. It is a passing phase that will stop. If you experience these withdrawals you know your body is simply shedding an addiction and leading you to a much healthier life.

Skin trouble: While quitting smoking is associated with healthier skin, the period of withdrawal will cause some skin trouble. Some people with sensitive skin might break out into a fresh acne case or suffer from some ulcers in the inner-cheeks, tongue and mouth. The reason is simply that your body is letting go of the toxins and levelling up.

Instead of losing motivation, after reading these withdrawal symptoms, the one thought any quitter must focus on is this: The fact that your body is changing so much when quitting, simply showcases how much it is continuously changed and affected while you still smoke. Avoid poor health and dangerous diseases - quit smoking today.


Good Grief!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 15, 2013

The psychological recovery process is very similar to the grief cycle, how someone feels when a loved one dies. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross did research on death and dying. She found that anytime we experience a major change in life, we grieve for the old in order to make room for the new. She also found that there are usually five stages to a person’s grieving process. Think about how these stages of grieving relates to quitting for you:

Denial & Isolation

Denial and isolation are the mind’s first way of protecting us from a sudden change or loss. People who lose a friend or family member say they feel numb. This is called a psychological defense mechanism. What this means is that although you know the importance of quitting, you may not want to believe it. The denial phase probably happened before you even found this program. 

 Have you ever said any of these statements?

- I know I should quit, but I’m not sure I want to. 

- Cigarettes don’t affect my health like they do others. I’m not huffing and puffing.

- I can quit anytime I want to. 

- I’m not addicted. 

- I’ll switch to a low-tar cigarette. 

- Cigarettes haven’t been proven harmful. 

- My parents both smoked and they’re fine. 

These are denial statements. What are some other denial statements that perhaps you have used in the past?


When we begin to accept a loss, we often feel anger. If you perceived comfort from smoking you are likely to feel angry about the change. You may be angry about the loss of your “friend.” You might be angry about many things, or everything.

Some typical feelings or statements made during this phase include:

- Why me? I’m mad I started, I’m mad I quit. I’m mad cigarettes are harmful. I’m mad it’s so hard. I’m mad that things aren’t going my way. 

- You might be angry with me and other participants on the Blogs and Message Boards. You might find yourself reacting angrily to things that normally wouldn’t bother you. 

- Your anger may be directed toward family members, friends, nonsmokers or coworkers. In fact, a lot of people avoid quitting because they feel so irritable during the recovery process. 

- Remember that anger is part of the process. Don’t try to resist it. Accept it, safely vent it, and take some time to feel it. You may feel angry and testy. You don’t have to have a reason to feel that way, you just do. It will subside. Sometimes naming the feeling lowers the intensity of your anger.


This is the stage where participants feel tempted to postpone the inevitable. You might try to switch brands, smoke only at home or only at work. You might also try to make deals and empty promises. This is a risky phase because a lot of people slip or relapse at this point, so be careful!

Some typical comments made during the bargaining phase are:

- I think I have the worst licked. If I just have one cigarette, I’ll get right back on track afterward and I won’t do it again. 

- I’ll just smoke on vacation. 

- I’ll just light your cigarette. 

- I’ll quit as long as my weight stays down. 

- I’ll try, but I’m not making any promises. 

 Do these statements sound familiar? Everyone is tempted to bargain. Realizing that it is a natural part of the process of quitting sometimes helps to move past it. Laugh it off and have a heart-to-heart talk with your inner self. Make a strong commitment to be in control of the cigarette. If you give in to bargaining, the cigarette is once again in control. Say out loud, “Nothing or no one controls me.” Put that statement on a sticky note and put it in a place where you’ll be reminded to think about it and repeat it often.


When quitters acknowledge and accept the loss of their “friend,” the cigarette, it’s natural to experience some sadness. This is especially true when no one else seems to know or understand this loss. People often experience this in one of two ways. They either feel a deep sense of sadness or a deep sense of deprivation.

 Some typical comments during the depression stage are:

- I feel so emotional. I cry all the time. 

- I feel so deprived. 

- Why can’t I have this one little pleasure? 

- Life without cigarettes is awful. 

- I feel lonely. 

This is the “ain’t it awful” stage. You may feel like you’ve lost your best friend. Don’t resist this stage or think it’s crazy to mourn the loss of a cigarette. Be as direct with this stage as you are with the anger stage. Accept it. Talk about it. Take some time to just feel sad. Then move on and focus on the benefits of what you’re doing. 


A healthy person who has suffered a loss eventually accepts its reality and goes on living life. In this stage, you begin to realize that your former smoking lifestyle is over. You are finally resolving your sense of loss or grief. You can get on with living your new found, healthier lifestyle. A new and better life begins.

Some typical comments during the acceptance phase are:

- I think I’m going to actually be successful. I still don’t like it a lot but I think it will stick. 

- I’d still like to smoke but I choose not to. 

- I am going to teach myself to like my new nonsmoking lifestyle. I’ll do it gradually and positively. 

- I am living a smokefree life. 

- I am an EX-smoker! 

The key to moving through the psychological recovery is your attitude toward quitting. Continue to look at these symptoms as part of the process. Move through them with a sense of challenge, expectation and excitement over what lies ahead for you. You will make discoveries about yourself. Reject the feeling that you have given something up. It’s quite the opposite. You've gained something: your freedom and self-mastery. 

This is not an exercise in self-denial, but self-determination. You are giving a precious gift to yourself and to those around you. Be patient with yourself, but stay on track! Move forward and keep them away from your face! You didn't become addicted overnight - you won't heal overnight, either! Smoking is never the solution to your grief!

So I'm a day late on this Blog which I generally post on Mondays when possible. The reason for Monday is that's the time most folks determine to make positive changes in their lives and come to sites like this to find support and advice. The purpose of this Blog is to inform you of what's new in the tobacco and smoking cessation news world.  I've discovered that in my own Quit Journey (2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days) that the better I know the enemy (No, not the Nico-Demon who is and always will be simply the Addictive part of me) Nicotine itself  - the stronger my Focus on Nicotine FREE Livng and my Determination to Live Addiction FREE for LIFE! I wish the same FREEDOM for each and every one of you whether Newbie or relapsed! You CAN do this! Never Quit the Quit! 

I'm late by one day because I've been sick....again... a result of 20 off and on years of smoking less than 10 sickerettes a day! I have COPD which is no joke if you like to BREATHE! If you think you smoke very little or for a short period of time and thus, are beating the odds, I suggest you check out my Blog called Beating the Odds (use the search window to find it) ! Sick again! And that's my plight brought on by my "best friend!" Be smarter than me and quit before it's too late! I hope this info helps you to Qit and Protect your Quit every single day! You DO have a choice!


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CDC Reaches Out to LGBT People in Smoking Cessation Ads

American Lung Association Releases "State of Tobacco Control 2013" Report January 16, 2013, at 5 a.m. (ET)



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 9, 2013



There is  a very strong psycho-social element in smoking. Most smokers have organized their lives around friendships and acquaintanceships with other smokers. Their best friends at work are likely to be other smokers, and they may have a spouse who also smokes. When other smokers comprise one’s social circle, not only does that normalize the behavior, but it also can necessitate a need for quitters to change those relationships. Hanging out around smoker friends smoking debilitates your resolve! You soon find out that what you really have in common with your smoking friends is simply first and foremost Nicotine Addiction! You need to know that EXposing yourself to second hand smoke will definitely chemically sabotage your quit especially in those first critical 130 days through NML. 

Finding new friends or reinforcing relationships with nonsmoking friends can really help you transform into the New You whereas hanging around your smoking friends may feed into the message that you are giving up or sacrificing something! You may find yourself gradually moving away from those old friendship patterns as less and less of your time is available for your smoking friends and their necessary smoke breaks of which you cannot participate! You may seek health conscious friends who like you are changing their lifestyle through improved food choices and exercise. Your core values are changing as you step away from your Addiction and turn to Abundant Living! All this process is a natural part of you Becoming an EX! You have changed and your relationships will change too! 

All for the BETTER!






An older Cherokee man is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he says to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.




One is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, selfishness, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.




The other is good. He is love, joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.




This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person." The grandson thinks about it for a minute and then asks his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"




The old Cherokee replies, "The one you feed."


Most people, including health officials, are startled when the figures on smoking damage are put into perspective. For example, the number of people who annually die prematurely from smoking is estimated at 300,000. For comparison, annual automobile fatalities are estimated at about 55,000, overdose deaths attributed to barbiturates are estimated at about 1,400, and to heroin at about 1,750. Over 37 million people (one of every six Americans alive today) will die from cigarette smoking years before they otherwise would. If tobacco-related deaths were eliminated, there would be:

300,000 Americans each year who would not die prematurely

1/3 fewer male deaths from 35 to 59

85 per cent fewer deaths from bronchitis or emphysema

1/3 fewer deaths from arteriosclerosis

1/3 fewer deaths from heart disease

90 per cent fewer deaths from cancer of the trachea and lungs

50 per cent fewer deaths from cancer of the bladder


Whatsmore, quitting smoking has been shown to decrease back pain, relieve depression, and prevent many common anxieties.Some of the very "reasons" we smoke are relieved by quitting Nicotine Addiction!


Even more surprising are the effects of second hand and third hand smoke:

In children, secondhand smoke causes the following:


Ear infections

More frequent and severe asthma attacks

Respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)

Respiratory infections (i.e., bronchitis, pneumonia)

A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

A higher percentage of behavior and autism


In children aged 18 months or younger, secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for—


an estimated 150,000–300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia annually, and

approximately 7,500–15,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States.

Health Effects: Adults


In adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and/or lung cancer.


Heart Disease

For nonsmokers, breathing secondhand smoke has immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk for heart attack. People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk.

Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25–30%.

Secondhand smoke exposure causes an estimated 46,000 heart disease deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States.

Lung Cancer

Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their lung cancer risk by 20–30%.

Secondhand smoke exposure causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States.


What about our beloved Household Pets?


Not only do your pets inhale second-hand smoke, but they can also lick up toxic chemicals, 

nicotine, tar and carcinogens that land on their fur after the smoke in the air settles, all of 

which can increase their chances of developing cancer. Furthermore, accidentally eating 

nicotine containing products, such as cigarette or cigarette butts, either at home or off the 

curb, can also prove to be very toxic to your pets (remember, nicotine is often used as an 




Cats are more susceptible than dogs to the detrimental effects of smoking when compared 

to their canine counterparts, who are washed more often and go outside more frequently. 

On top of breathing in carcinogenic smoke, cats also groom themselves by licking their fur, resulting in eating carcinogens from the smoke that settles on their body and the smoke particles that get trapped in their coats. As a result, cats in smoking households are most susceptible to cancers of the mouth, known as squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinomas are a particularly fast growing and deadly type of malignant cancer, and over 90% of cats diagnosed with cancer of the mouth will die in less than a year. The other consequence of second-hand smoking for cats is malignant lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes), another deadly form of cancer that kills 75% of cats within a year of diagnosis. Cats that are exposed to second-hand smoking are 2.5 times more likely to get lymphoma than cats from nonesmoking households. Moreover, your cat’s risk of developing lymphoma increases the longer and more you smoke. When compared to cats with no second-hand smoke exposure, the risk of developing lymphoma increases to 3 times (of the none-smoke-exposed cat) if the cat lives in a smoking household for more than five years. There is also a 3 fold increase in risk if the pet owner smokes more than a pack a day as compared to cats from none-smoking households. The second-hand smoke induced risks increases to 4 times that of a cat from a none-smoking household if there are two or more smokers in the house. Finally, it has been found that the constant smoke exposure can also make cats more prone to lung diseases and eye irritation, as well as cause wheezing, coughing, and hyperventilating. Cats can also become lethargic and depressed as a result of secondhand smoke exposure.  



Dogs are also subject to the damaging effects of second-hand smoke. Long-nosed dogs, such as collies, have been shown to be 2.5 times more likely to develop cancers in their nasal cavities as compared to long-nosed dogs in none-smoking households. It is believed that dogs with long noses have more nasal surface area, and carcinogens from the second-hand smoke they inhale deposit here and result in nasal cavity cancers. Dogs that suffer from nasal cancers usually do not survive more than a year.In contrast, short- to medium-nosed dogs, such as Bulldogs and Pugs, lack the long nose to help filter out the carcinogens from second-hand smoke. Instead, they respond to the carcinogens from smoke like the smokers themselves – it is more directly inhaled, resulting in an increased risk of lung cancer. Indeed, dogs exposed to second-hand smoke are 1.6 times more likely to develop lung cancer when compared to dogs from nonesmoking households.Dogs constantly exposed to smoke are also more prone to lung diseases and eye irritation, and second-hand smoke has been known to cause wheezing, coughing, and hyperventilating, as well as depression and lethargy. Dogs, like cats, will also lick their fur and are prone to the effects of ingesting carcinogens.known to cause wheezing, coughing, and hyperventilating, as well as depression and lethargy. Dogs, like cats, will also lick their fur and are prone to the effects of ingesting carcinogens.


Exotic Pets:

Exotic pets, such as birds, rabbits, and rats, have very sensitive respiratory systems, and many are extremely sensitive to any type of pollutants. As such, it is not surprising that they also suffer from the harmful effects of second hand smoking. Living in a smoking household has been linked to increased risk of lung cancer and pneumonia in exotic pets.


There is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to health.


As Addicts, it's easy for us to turn a blind eye to all of these statistics. So let's talk about Happiness! Here are 10 reasons to quit that have nothing to do with Health but could contribute to your Happiness:

Your Mouth will Thank You! Quitting the habit could dramatically decrease your risk of dental problems like cavities and gum disease, and even more dangerous conditions like oral cancer, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.HealthDay reported that compared with former smokers, smokers have a 1.5-times higher risk of developing at least three oral health conditions.

Your Sex Life Will Be Better! Here's a bedroom-related reason to quit smoking: studies have suggested a link between smoking and decreased sex drives for both men and women. Studies published in 2008 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that nicotine can affect even nonsmoking men's and women's sexual arousal.

You'll Save Your Skin! If you want your skin to be at its best, then you're better off quitting cigarettes. WebMD points out that smoking affects skin tone, promotes sagginess and, of course, causes those wrinkles around the lip area. However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery notes that just a month-and-a-half after quitting smoking, your skin will already begin to look better.

You'll Have More Locks! If you love your hair, maybe it's time to put the cigarettes down. Research has linked smoking with an increased risk of male pattern baldness.BBC News reported in 2007 on a Archives of Dermatology study, showing even after taking into account other hair-loss risk factors like age and race, heavy smoking (at least 20 cigarettes daily) raised the risk of baldness.

Your Mood Will Improve! Here's a pretty good benefit: Stopping smoking could make you a happier person, according to research from Brown University.Researchers there found that smokers were never happier than when they were quitting smoking, even if they went back to smoking afterward. The most illustrative — and somewhat tragic — subjects were the ones who only quit temporarily. Their moods were clearly brightest at the checkups when they were abstinent. After going back to smoking, their mood darkened, in some cases to higher levels of sadness than before.

You'll Have More Birthdays! Stopping smoking may help women live a decade longer than they would have if they had continued lighting up, according to a 2012 study in The Lancet. Researchers also found that the more the women smoked, the higher their risk of premature death, with even "light" smokers (those who smoked just one to nine cigarettes a day) having a doubled risk of death compared with non-smokers.

You'll Improve Your Pregnancy Chances! you're trying to conceive, one of the best things you can do is to quit smoking, research shows. NBC News reported that women smokers have a 60 percent higher chance of being infertile, compared with nonsmokers. Smoking is also linked to more spontaneous miscarriages, according to NBC News.

You'll Enjoy Food More! If you don't like bland food, then don't smoke, research suggests. A small 2009 study of Greek soldiers shows an association between smoking and "fewer and flatter" taste buds, according to a statement on the research. 

Your Colds Won't Be As Bad! Mild cold symptoms could take on a more serious form for smokers, according to a study from Yale University researchers. The findings, published in 2008 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, showed an overreaction of the immune systems of cigarette smoke-exposed mice when exposed to a virus similar to the flu. 

Quitting Smoking And Money Saving! There are numerous hidden costs associated with smoking that most people fail to consider. These costs are rarely examined when people talk about how much their smoking habit costs. Some of these costs arise due to higher payments associated with the risks of smoking while others result from a decrease in asset value due to smoking. All told, these hidden costs of smoking can increase the actual amount a smoker pays each year several times the cost of the cigarettes alone. When you come to realize that you may be spending close to $10,000 a year because of your smoking habit, this may be one more motivating force to kick the habit:

Life Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of dieing at a younger age than non smokers and this risk is reflected in higher life insurance premium payments.

Health Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of medical problems than non smokers and this risk is reflected in their medical insurance premium payments.

Health Care: Since smokers frequently have more medical problems than non smokers, they must pay more to take care of these problems.

Medications: More medical problems for smokers usually results more prescription medicine taken by smokers than non smokers. 

Home Owner's Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of burning down their house than non smokers and this risk is reflected in higher home owner's insurance premium payments.

Value of the House: Smoking leaves a bad smell in a house thus decreasing the value to potential buyers.

Value of Your Possessions: Just as with the house, smoking leaves a bad smell to many of the items in your house thus decreasing their value.

Car Insurance: Smokers have a greater risk of getting into a car accident than non smokers and this risk is reflected in their car insurance premium payments.

Car Resale Value: Smoking leaves a bad smell in a car thus decreasing the value to potential buyers or when traded-in for another car.

Earn Less Money: Studies have found that smokers earn between 4% to 11% less money than their non smoking counterparts. 

Less Social Security / Pension Benefits: Since smokers earn less than non smokers, they receive less overall social security and pensions benefits than non smokers. 

Cost of Cleaning: Whether its the inside of their home, the inside of their car or their clothes, smokers have to spend more to keep things clean. 

Dental Care: Smokers spend more on dental care and special dental products than non smokers.

Lost Interest: All the extra money that smokers must spend means that money can't be saved resulting in lost interest.


When you look beyond the cost of the pack of cigarettes and incorporate all the other monetary costs associated with smoking, you begin to see smoking is a huge drain on ones personal finances.


So what's holding you up? Today is a Great Day to LIVE Happy and Healthy Smoke FREE!

Barrie Davenport explains:

Positive thinking really does change your brain. Not in some magical, woo woo kind of way, but in a real physical way.

The science is called neuroplasticity. It means that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains. The idea was first introduced by William James in 1890, but it was soundly rejected by scientists who uniformly believed the brain is rigidly mapped out, with certain parts of the brain controlling certain functions. If that part is dead or damaged, the function is altered or lost. Well, it appears they were wrong.

Neuroplasticity now enjoys wide acceptance as scientists are proving the brain is endlessly adaptable and dynamic.

It has the power to change its own structure, even for those with the severe neurological afflictions. People with problems like strokes, cerebral palsy, and mental illness can train other areas of their brains through repetitive mental and physical activities. It is completely life-altering.

So what does this have to do with positive thinking and with you?

It means that repetitive positive thought and positive activity can rewire your brain and strengthen brain areas that stimulate positive feelings.

Fear of failure.

Everyone fears doing something new because we don’t wait to fail. The truth is, we can do most anything if we take action, stop negative thinking, and shift our perceptions of the truth about our abilities.

Action steps: Force yourself to stop thinking about reasons you can’t do something, even if you don’t feel brave or capable. Every time a negative thought creeps in, retrain your brain to think a positive thought about your abilities instead. Then take small actions every day toward achieving your goal or desired change.  Nike’s slogan, “Just do it,” has real validity.


Have you ever found yourself trapped in obsessive over-thinking about a problem or in a state of anxiety or worry that lasts for days or even weeks? It drains your energy, affects your sleep, and spirals your mood and outlook on life. Focusing on your problem only strengthens the worry function in your brain.

Action steps: When you find yourself in that cycle of worry or compulsive thinking, remember the three R’s — rename, re-frame, and redirect. When the worry begins, mentally yell “Stop!” Rename the issue by reminding yourself that worry isn’t real. Rename it as a compulsive reaction, not reality. Re-frame your thinking by focusing on positive or distracting thoughts, even if you still feel anxious. Force yourself to think different thoughts. Redirect your actions. Go do something uplifting, fun or mentally engaging. The key is following these steps repeatedly, every time you worry obsessively, to break the pattern and rewire your brain.


Need a place to fill your mind quickly with Positive Thoughts?

There's a group right here with 44 pages of Positive thoughts ready and waiting for you to visit! Please join the 125 members who visit and take as many as they need and leave their favorites behind as well! There's also a section for the relapsed. Positive Affirmations made a BIG difference in my quit journey! They can help you, too!



Maybe I'm just an eternal optimist - maybe, just maybe, every single time I run toward the football, Lucy will swoop it out of place and I'll fall with a klunck right smack on my back! And maybe just maybe I'll spend hours believing in people more than they even believe in themselves - EXplaining to them patiently once again how I became a 6%er and that they can, too - just to have them come back at me with, "You don't understand! I'm not like you, it's harder for me, I relapsed too many times, I never "tried' to quit before, I smoked more years than you, I'm a closet smoker, I'm a chain smoker,..........I'm different!" And then they swoop that football right out from under me and -klunck/smack - here we go again!

But I just don't give up! I believe! I believe in you, Newbie! i know - even if you are determined to prove me wrong - that if you really want to quit and do your homework, you don't really have to quit 6 - 8 times - you can do it the very first time! 

I know that each of us is an individual with our own personal quit history but it doesn't change the Law of Addiction! The Law of Addiction doesn't even know or care who you are! It's an equal opportunity law, like the Law of Gravity! The Law of Addiction says "Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance." It applies whether you've been hooked for 2 weeks or 50 years and everything in between! It applies to the social smoker just as it does the closet smoker and the chain smoker. It applies to the 15 year old and the 60 year old. It applies to the healthy and the ill, to men and women, straight and gay, religious and atheist, all of us equally! Bottom line - the only way to quit smoking is to Not take One Puff Ever!!!! N.O.P.E.!

N.O.P.E. is not just a mantra - although it is, it's not just a slogan, although it is. N.O.P.E. is a way of LIFE! LIFE is what we're all about - your LIFE! No less! LIFE free from Addiction! LIFE healthy and happy and unhooked from a deadly, albeit legal, EXtremely Addictive Drug! N.O.P.E. is the foootball that you, Lucy, er Newbie hold in your hands - that you jerk away from the successful punt again just to prove that you're Special!

Lucy, YOU ARE SPECIAL! That is the very reason I believe in you and I'll continue to run, klunck and smack myself around trying to prove it to you! Because, maybe, just maybe, one of these days you'll keep that ball lined up and you and I together can SUCCEED!

Never Quit the Quit! I won't quit believing in you!


Just because you may have relapsed doesn't mean that you can't still make 2013 your year to quit! Never Quit the Quit! Figure it out and come back strong, focused and determined! Here's some info that might help you find and keep your quit journey:


Want to Quit Smoking? Big Tobacco Is Ready

Helping smokers quit while they're ahead

Seniors Looking To Quit Smoking Get More Help From Medicare

Teach children about tobacco marketing

Want to Quit Smoking? Big Tobacco Is Ready

The Law of Addiction 

"Administration of a drug to an addict will cause

re-establishment of chemical dependence

upon the addictive substance."

Smokers are often furious with me because they believe I caused them to go back to smoking.  Why do they think this?  Well, I have this nasty habit of making a really big deal any time a clinic participant takes one puff or maybe just a few cigarettes.  The smoker feels I am so persuasive in my arguments that he has no choice but to have a full-fledged relapse.  In his opinion, I forced him back to the lifetime dependency which will impair his health and may eventually cost him his life.  He is convinced that if I had not made such a major issue out of the incident, he would just have smoked that one time and would never have done it again.  How can I sleep each night knowing what I have done?

I sleep quite well, thank you.  For, you see, I am not responsible for these people's relapses to cigarettes.  They can take full credit for becoming smokers again.  They relapsed because they broke the one major law of nicotine addiction - they took a puff.  This is not my law.  I am not setting myself up to be judge, jury, and executioner.  The law of physiological addiction states that administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of the dependence on that substance.  I didn't write that law.  I don't execute that law.  My job is much simpler than that.  All I do is interpret the law.  This means, by taking a puff, the smoker either goes back to full-fledged smoking or goes through the withdrawal process associated with quitting.  Most don't opt for the withdrawal.

Every clinic has a number of participants who have quit in the past for one year or longer.  In fact, I had one clinic participant who had stopped for a period of 24 years before he relapsed.  He never heard that such a law existed, that even after 24 years, the ex-smoker is not totally freed from his imprisonment of addiction.  He didn't understand that the day he tossed his "last" cigarette, he was placed "on probation" for the rest of his life.  But ignorance of the law is not excusable - not the way the laws of a physiological nature are written.  By the American standards of justice, this seems to be cruel and unusual punishment.  But this is the way things are.

Maybe instead of going to a smoking clinic, a recently relapsed person should contact his attorney to plead his case of why he should be able to have an occasional cigarette when he desires.  Maybe he can cheat just once, get a sympathetic jury, be judged innocent, and walk out of the courtroom a free and independent person.  Surely, in pleading his case before twelve impartial people, he will probably have no problem convincing them that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.  And, as he happily walks out of court a free and independent person, he will probably have an uncontrollable urge and then light a cigarette.

Don't look for loopholes in the law of addiction.  You will be convicting yourself back to smoking.  While it may seem harsh and unfair, to many, smoking is a crime punishable by death.  Don't try to cheat the system - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!


According to the World Health Organization, “In the 20th century, the tobacco epidemic killed 100 million people worldwide.  During the 21st century, it could kill one billion.”  Year after year, at least 70% of surveyed smokers say they want to stop, and 40% make an attempt of at least one day.

There is no lack of desire or effort.   Sadly, what most do not know is “how.”  Key to breaking free and staying free is an understanding of the "Law of Addiction." Whether users know it by name or simply understand the basic premise, failure to self-discover or to be taught this law is a horrible reason to die.   The “Law of Addiction” is not man-made law.  It is as fundamental as the law of gravity and refusal to abide by it is likely to result in serious injury or death.

The Law is rather simple.   It states, “Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."

Mastering it requires acceptance of three fundamental principles: (1) that dependency upon using nicotine is true chemical addiction, captivating the same brain dopamine reward pathways as alcoholism, cocaine or heroin addiction; (2) that once established we cannot cure or kill an addiction but only arrest it; and (3) that once arrested, regardless of how long we have remained nicotine free, that just one hit of nicotine will create a high degree of probability of a full relapse.


We need not guess as to what happens inside a human brain that’s subjected to nicotine during recovery. The evidence seen on brain PET scans is undeniable.  Just one puff of nicotine and within ten seconds up to 50% of the brain’s nicotinic-type acetylcholine receptors will become occupied by nicotine.

While the smoker’s conscious mind may find itself struggling with tobacco toxin tissue burning sensations and carbon monoxide induced dizziness, well-engineered dopamine pay-attention pathways will do their job and make the experience difficult to forget.   We may actually walk away from the relapse experience thinking we have gotten away with using.   But it won’t be long before our brain is wanting and begging for more. 

Recovery isn’t about battling an entire pack, pouch, tin or box of our particular nicotine delivery vehicle.  It’s about that first bolus of nicotine striking the brain, a hit that will end our journey, cost us liberty, and land us back behind bars.


Unfortunately, conventional “quitting” wisdom invites relapse with statements such as “Don’t let a little slip put you back to smoking.”   As Joel says, it’s like telling the alcoholic, “Don’t let a sip put you back to drinking” or the heroin addict, “Don’t let shooting-up put you back to using.”

Experts are fond of stating that "on average, it takes between 3-5 serious quit attempts before breaking free of tobacco dependence,” and that “every time you make an effort you're smarter and you can use that information to increase the likelihood that your subsequent quit attempt is successful."

What these so called experts fail to reveal is the precise lesson eventually learned.  Why?   Why can’t it be taught and mastered prior to a user’s first attempt ever?   They don’t teach it because most don’t understand it themselves.  Instead they excuse failure before it even occurs, as if trying to protect the particular quitting product they are pushing from being blamed for defeat.

The lesson eventually gleaned from the school of hard-recovery-knocks is that “if I take so much as one puff, dip or chew I will relapse.”  Just one, just once and defeat is all but assured.

“The idea that you can't quit the first time is absolutely wrong,” says Joel.  “The only reason it takes most people multiple attempts to quit is that they don't understand their addiction to nicotine. How could they, no one really teaches it. People have to learn by screwing up one attempt after another until it finally dawns on them that each time they lost it, it happened by taking a puff. If you understand this concept from the get-go, you don't have to go through chronic quitting and smoking.”


The Law Reflected in Studies

Yes, once all nicotine use ends, a single subsequent use is extremely accurate in predicting full and complete relapse.   Whether it happens immediately or even when we think we’ve gotten away it, the brain’s “pay attention” circuitry records the relapse event in high definition memory.  It will be etched along side survival instinct memories recording the behaviors needed to keep us alive.

The 1990 Brandon lapse/relapse study followed 129 smokers who successfully completed a two-week stop smoking program for two additional years.    Lapse was defined as any tobacco use regardless of how much.

Among those who lapsed, the mean number of days between the end of the “quitting” program and lapse was two months (58 days), with nearly all lapsing within the first three months.  While 14% took only one or two puffs, 42% smoked the entire cigarette, while the average smoked about two-thirds.   A second cigarette was smoked by 93.5% who had lapsed.  Nearly half (47%) smoked that second cigarette within 24 hours, with one in five smoking it within an hour (21%).   Still, a mean average of nine days passed between subjects sampling their first and second cigarette.  Clearly, most of them likely thought they’d gotten away with it, that they were controlling the uncontrollable.


The Brandon study found that 60% who lapsed “asked for” the cigarette (bummed it), 23% purchased it, 9% found it, 6% stole it, and 2% were offered it.  Also of note, 47% who lapsed drank alcohol prior to doing so. 


Overall, the study found that 88% who “tasted” a cigarette relapsed.  In discussing the finding Brandon wrote, “The high rate of return to regular smoking (88%) once a cigarette is tasted suggests that the distinction between an initial lapse and full relapse may be unnecessary.”  “In our study, high initial confidence levels may have reduced subjects' motivation to acquire skills and engage productively in treatment.”

The Brandon study’s finding was echoed by the 1990 Boreland study, which followed callers to an Australian telephone quit smoking line.  There, among 339 quitters who lapsed (123 who didn’t make it an entire day and 172 who quit for at least 24 hours) 295 or 87% experienced relapse within 90 days.

Although the challenges of recovery have ended for hundreds of millions of now comfortable ex-users, each lives with nicotine dependency’s imprint permanently burned into their brain.   Even after 10, 20 or 30 years, they remain wired for relapse.

We’re not stronger than nicotine but then we don’t need to be.  It is only a chemical.   Like the salt or pepper in our shakers, it has an I.Q. of zero.  Like the sugar in our sugar bowl, it cannot plot, plan, think or conspire.  And it is not some big or little monster that dwells inside us.

Our blood serum becomes nicotine-free and withdrawal peaks in intensity within three days of ending all nicotine use.  But just one powerful jolt of nicotine and the deck gets stacked against us.  The odds of us having the stamina to withstand and endure nicotine’s influence upon the brain without relapsing are horrible.  While Brandon and Boreland teach us that relapse isn’t 100% guaranteed, I encourage you to treat and see one hit of nicotine as though it were. 

Our greatest weapon has always been our infinitely superior intelligence.   The most important recovery lesson our intelligence can master is that being 99% successful at not using nicotine equates to an 87% to 88% chance of defeat.

As Joel Spitzer has now burned into my brain, there’s just one controlling principle determining the outcome for all.  Unlike quitting products, total adherence to a personal commitment to not violate the law of addiction provides a 100% guarantee of success.  Although obedience may not always be easy, the law is clear, concise and simple - no nicotine today, not one puff, dip or chew! 


Missed Lessons

In 1984 Joel wrote an article with the heartless sounding title, “The Lucky Ones Get Hooked.”[8]   It’s anything but callous.  In it, Joel makes the important point that those who experience full relapse within days of taking a puff, dip or chew are fortunate in that the experience offers potential to self-teach them the most critical recovery lesson of all, “The Law of Addiction.” 

But as the Brandon study teaches, while nearly half who smoke nicotine will experience full relapse within one day, a mean average of nine days passed between their first and second nicotine fixes.   Those who quickly experience full relapse increase the likelihood of learning, right away, the critical lesson of the power of using nicotine just once.  But the more time and distance there is between that first use and full dependency resumption, the greater likelihood there is of learning the wrong lesson, a lesson that for far too many smokers proves deadly.

“The ex-smoker who takes a drag and doesn't get hooked gets a false sense of confidence,” writes Joel. “He thinks he can take one any time he wants and not get hooked.  Usually, within a short period of time sneaking a drag here and there, he will become hooked.  One day he too may try to quit and actually succeed.  He may quit for a week, month, or even years.  But always in the back of   his mind he feels, "I know I can have one if I really want to.  After all, I did it last time and didn't get hooked right away.  One day, at a party or under stress or just out of boredom he will try one again. Maybe this time he will get hooked, maybe not. But you can be sure that there will be a next time.  Eventually he will become hooked again.”

Living a series of perpetual relapses, having to quit again, and again, and again, each time enduring a two-week withdrawal process, it’s no way to live life.  “Taking the first drag is a no-win situation,” writes Joel.

Over the years, hundreds of millions of ex-users have been able to discover the power of one puff, dip or chew of nicotine totally on their own.  But self-discovery of the Law of Addiction has become increasingly difficult with each passing year and arrival of each new magic quitting cure.

Think back to 1980, prior to arrival of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and nicotine gum.  Yes, the traveling hypnotist came to town every now and then.  But the only readily available alternatives to cold turkey and abrupt nicotine cessation were forms of gradual nicotine weaning or tapering which had proven dismal.  The likelihood of any particular attempt being a cold turkey attempt was substantial.  Thus, the chances of self-discovering the Law of Addiction were significant.

Absent was the negative influence of pharmaceutical company marketing intentionally designed to shatter confidence in our natural instincts and abilities.  Cold turkey had cornered the recovery market.  When NRT arrived the pharmaceutical industry saw no alternative but to attack.  Industry assaults falsely paint stopping nicotine use abruptly or cold turkey as nearly impossible and with very few succeeding. 

Cold turkey is free.  It has no bank account, economic muscle or political clout.  The industry’s attacks, representations and its makeover of cessation literature have gone largely unchallenged.   Industry influence was soon writing national cessation policy. 

Unopposed, by June 2000 its muscle had grown so powerful that U.S. cessation policy was rewritten so as to make use of pharmaceutical industry cessation products mandatory unless the user’s medical condition prohibited it.  Amazingly, ending nicotine use abruptly, the method responsible for generating almost 90% of all long-term successful ex-users, was effectively outlawed and blacklisted by official U.S. policy.

Instead of teaching the Law of Addiction and the power of nicotine to foster relapse, the pharmaceutical industry teaches the opposite, that nicotine is “medicine” and that its use is “therapy.”   It has never made a commercial announcing to smokers that it has redefined “quitting smoking” from meaning quitting both smoking and nicotine, to just ending smoking it. 

The pharmaceutical industry has yet to reveal that its almost 200 “quitting medication” studies have nothing to do with drug addicts arresting their chemical dependency.  It has no idea -- worse yet it doesn’t seem to care -- how many former smokers continue to be dependent upon pharmaceutical forms of nicotine delivery at study’s end or have turned to oral tobacco.

That is why it is so important that as recovered addicts we reach out within our sphere of influence to those who are still in nicotine bondage and share the most important lesson of all, “The Law of Addiction.”  Why?  Because being unable to discover the Law due to corporate ambition burying this truth is a horrible reason to remain trapped in bondage with increased risk of dependency induced disease, disability or death.  


Just one rule - “No nicotine today!”

There are hundreds of quitting books with millions of words and scores of quick-fix magic cures promising near painless and sure-fire success.   There is but one principle that affords a 100% guarantee of success to all adhering to it ... “No nicotine today.” 

While the Brandon and Boreland studies afford the junkie-mind an ever so slight amount of wiggle-room on the violation side of “The Law,” there is zero wiggle-room for those of us who fully take it to heart.  It is impossible to fail so long as no nicotine enters our bloodstream.  If we want to live nicotine-free then why toy with horrible odds? 

The Final Truth

Assume for a moment that we made it!  We learned how to remain patient during the few minutes a crave episode clamored for compliance.   We knocked them dead.   We stuck with it for the full 72 hours it took to empty our blood, brain and body of all nicotine.  At last we were clean!  Our healing and glory continued for the roughly two to three weeks it took for our mind to adjust to chemically functioning without nicotine and all the other chemicals that arrived with it.  We confronted and extinguished all but our remote, infrequent or seasonal subconscious crave triggers, and tasted that very first day of total and complete comfort where we never once thought about wanting to use nicotine. 

But still, we have days where our mind becomes occupied with thoughts of lighting a fire between our lips, or of chewing “nicotiana tabacum” (the tobacco plant’s biological name) or of a quick dip in nicotine’s pond.  Years of hard to suppress dopamine “aaah” replenishment memories keep teasing us. 

How does the recovering, rationalizing or bargaining mind’s vision of what it would be like to just once more use nicotine, compare with the realities that occur during relapse?

Recall that the 1990 Brandon study examined lapse and relapse in smokers who’d successfully completed a two-week stop smoking program.  The study also documented the primary emotion felt immediately following smoking nicotine.

Assume that at two weeks into recovery, each who lapsed during the Brandon study had already succeeded in fully navigating physical withdrawal.  Assume that their brains had almost fully re-sensitized.  Reflect on the fact that the addict’s sense of “nicotine normal” no longer existed.  By that I mean, there was no chemical missing, nothing in need of replenishment, the number of acetylcholine receptors had fully down-regulated, and their brain’s sense of homeostasis had been fully restored.  So what was their prime emotion following relapse?

The vast majority had a negative reaction.  Among them, 13% felt depressed and hopeless, 33% experienced anxiety and tension, 16% were angry and irritated, and 12% felt boredom or fatigue.   Only 3.6% reported what most of us would have expected following normal replenishment, which was “feeling relaxed.”

Although some of us hated bondage, there is no denying that each nicotine fix brought relief from falling blood nicotine levels that were beginning to deprive us of a level of dopamine to which we'd grown accustomed.  Each nicotine fix played a vital role in restoring us to a relaxed level of comfort upon which we had each come to depend.

Chronic nicotine use creates its own artificial sense of normalcy, an addiction comfort level. Yes, each fix brought the addict in us a true sense of comfort (from the pains of our own addiction) and yes, most of those memories still remain.  However, one important thing has changed: our brain no longer has a chemical need for nicotine. 

If we visit online quitting forums and dig back through messages describing relapses that occurred beyond week two, most will have a common ring to them.   They read like this, "I had a mouth full of smoke, I was dizzy and I coughed, but I didn’t get the sense of satisfaction I expected. It just didn’t come!" 

The thousands of enticing memories in their mind expected a sense of "aaah" relief from wanting.   But their body and mind had already adjusted to life without nicotine.  There was no need for replenishment as nothing was missing.  The take it or leave it feeling in no way matched the relief felt when satisfying dopamine pathway want.  The need to use just wasn’t there.   Unlike when those old want satisfaction “aaah” memories were created, there was nothing missing, no withdrawal induced anxieties or depression, and nothing that needed replenishing.

Without realizing it, while their conscious mind simply tinkered with the prospect of functioning without nicotine, their body and brain were on a path of real and significant physical healing.   Falsely convinced of the need for nicotine in order to feel normal, while they briefly paused in using it, they did not embrace the prospect of life without it.   They longed for what was left behind, blamed every healing sensation on its absence, and in doing so transformed a culprit into a cure.   So, with great expectations they took that first puff; expectations now shattered. 

So what happens next?  Sadly, most are clueless as to why relapse doesn’t match expectations.  They find it hard not to believe and trust the small mountain of once true replenishment memories still enshrined within their head.  Although relapse has already occurred and their brain will soon be begging for more, they keep digging inside the pack, pouch, tin, packet, tube or box, trying to get the experience to match expectations. 

Sadly, eventually they succeed and use it long enough for replenishment to again be meaningful.   Active dependency has at last been restored to its full-blown freedom shattering rage.  They can then finally look in the mirror and say to themselves, "See, I was right.”  “Smoking did bring me a relaxed “aaah” feeling and a sense of relief!"

It’s important to appreciate that any memories of those "perfect" fixes were created inside the mind of an actively feeding addict who was riding an endless cycle of highs and lows.  They belong to who we once were.  It’s time to let go of the influence of these memories upon us.  There’s just one guiding principle we each need follow  ... No nicotine today! 


Exerpts from a free pdf book by Polito JR entitled 

"Freedom from Nicotine - The Journey Home" 

Copyright 2008 John R. Polito


One of the most prevalent messages you hear from your Addictive Mind is "I'll just have one and...I'll feel better!"

The problem with that is once you've smoked that sickerette, you won't be satisfied at all! If you are a serial relapser like I was then you know I speak the truth! Pretty soon, you'll want that "just one" again! If you borrowed that "just one" you'll be borrowing that "just one more." Then your Addictive Mind says, "Look at you! You're so selfish! You're borrowing like crazy! You need to buy that person a pack to make up for it!" So, you "generously" buy that person a pack - just to make up for the ones you borrowed! Oh, and while you're there at your favorite place to buy them, it just automatically slips out of your mouth, "Marlboro Reds 100s in a hard pack, please!" Now, you could say, "Well, not really! I didn't mean it! It just stumbled out of my mouth by mistake!" but you're too embarrassed to admit it! So before you know it, you're standing in that old smoking place, doing that old smoking thing and you look up at yourself and you say, "What the he!! happened? I didn't even like that! And didn't I just quit, for crying out loud?" You look at that burning coffin nail hanging on the end of your finger and you smell the stench. You think of the horrible way your chest is constricting, the awfully familiar scratch in your throat, and imagine your genes changing right in front of your eyes so to speak. You remember all the reasons you wanted to quit,the promises you made to your loved ones, to yourself, the willpower it took to get through Day 1, Day 2, etc....You wonder how long it will be before everyone knows that you're a failure again! You feel defeating, destroyed, obliterated!

And there's only one thing to do - have another sickerette! Then convince yourself you "like to smoke!"

There's just no such thing as one - sickerettes are like wolves, they're killers that travel in packs!

Remember that there are only two good reasons to take a puff once you quit.  You decide you want to go back to your old level of consumption until smoking cripples and then kills you, or, you decide you really enjoy withdrawal and you want to make it last forever.  As long as neither of these options appeal to you - NOT ONE PUFF EVER!

I want to tell you Newbies about our INDIN GRL who's name is Diane Joy! She is a very Special member of our Community and has helped more people than you can ever imagine! This is the most precious gift she gave to me:

Take what you need and leave the rest - to be helpful is our only goal!

If you think folks are being harsh, I'm not here to argue with you - that's your perspective! But I want you to understand that the folks here who volunteer their untold hours have only one goal - to help YOU save yourself from YOU! In the end it's your DECISION! But if you wish to quit commiting suicide one puff at a time, I suggest you think, really think about the advice you are given and remember that every single one of us has been EXactly where you are today! What's more, we are EXactly where you say you wish to be in the future!

How much do you wish to live?

Every Monday I post a BLOG called Know your Enemy - Knowedge is Power! This Blog is a series of articles taken from current news items that relate to the world of smoking. They help me to stay resolved to Protect my QUIT at all times. I hope they help you as well. BUT today isn't Monday Thomas! Yes, I know! But I was sick and as today begins a New Year, I decided to wait until today! So grab your coffee, learn and listen!


Smoking doesn't relieve stress, quitting does!

10 Persistent Myths About Smoking

Tumour grows from cigarette

Seniors Looking To Quit Smoking Get More Help From Medicare

   Creatures of bad habits: The shocking images of animals smoking cigarettes  
   Shelling out for a bad habit: The smoking terrapin in Yongji county, China gets through half a pack a day
   Puffin away: This magpie in Poland retrieves cigarettes from the packet when offered one
   Life's a drag: Cats are among the worst affected by cigarette smoke because the carcinogens also stick to their fur
   Human nature: Zhora the chimp was taken out of her zoo in Russia and put into rehab because of her problems with alcohol and cigarettes
   Teaching an old dog bad tricks: Treasure the cocker spaniel, who lives in Beijing, China, chases people who are smoking down the street and eats butts
   Filthy habit: Raju the monkey picked up smoking from his rickshaw driver owner Ramesh
   Lighting up: A Puff adder called Po smokes one cigarette in the morning and one at night in Taiwan


Need to Stay Busy?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 1, 2013

Why not join the 123 Members of Our Positive Affirmation Group?

- You can sort through the 46 pages of affirmations and make a list of the ones you like the most!

- You can find and add affirmations of your own to add to the collection!

- You can share with other members and quit buddies the affirmations that struck a cord with you!

- You can print out or copy some of your favorites and post them on your fridge, front door, bathroom mirror, bedroom night stand, TV screen, computer work area, etc.....

You will stay very busy and you will be enhancing your Quititude all at the same time! 

Have Fun!


Top 25 Tips of 2013

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jan 1, 2013

Quitting smoking can do more for your health than any other measure. Find out now the top 25 tips of the New Year to help quitting smokers say no to tobacco.

Although it is common knowledge that smoking is among the worst health habits to have beating out over-eating, over-medicating and over-dosing on Reality TV, health authorities say that reminding the public the consequences of smoking bears repeating. And, while most people are cognizant that smoking can lead to lung cancer and emphysema, few realize that tobacco use impacts a much wider view of our health.

For example, smokers are more likely to:


--Get colds and flu
--Have shortness of breath and wheezing
--Get cataracts and macular degeneration
--Have gum disease and yellow teeth
--Have problems getting pregnant
--Become impotent
--Have problems sleeping or falling asleep
--Have memory problems
--Develop stomach ulcers
--Have high blood pressure
--Develop emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma
--Have diabetes complications
--Have circulation problems
--Develop premature facial wrinkles

Furthermore, tobacco use affects not only the smoker, but family and pets as well.

According to The New York State Smokers' Quitline, Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get:

--Ear infections
--Severe asthma
--Behavior problems

And, family pets exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to develop:

--Breathing problems
--Sinus/nasal infections
--Nasal cancer
--Lung cancer


Tips for Quitting Smoking

To help people who are adopting a New Year Resolution to stop smoking in 2013, listed below are 25 top tips that can help smokers say no to tobacco for a healthier and more enjoyable life:

1. Practice what to say if you are offered a cigarette like "No thanks, I don't smoke."

2. Let others know that you have quit smoking, most people will support you.

3. To Firm up your commitment to be a non-smoker, tell as many people as you can that you have quit the habit.

4. Delay having your first cigarette of the day as long as you can in the first weeks leading up to your quit date.

5. If you are around others who smoke, excuse yourself and don’t come back until they have finished.

6. Communicate your success in quitting, this will help you resist temptations when they come.

7. Write down the words "I'm quitting for myself and you (or "them")" and tape it somewhere you can see it for encouragement.

8. Create a non-smoking environment in your home.

9. If possible, ask smokers not to smoke around you or in your home or car.

10. Get self-help materials to help guide you through the process of quitting.

11. Never allow yourself to think that "one won't hurt" because it will.

12. After you've quit, keep substitutes on hand such as cinnamon sticks, sugarless gum, hard candies and water.

13. If you smoke while having a drink, avoid alcohol for a while---maybe the first few weeks.


14. Eat several small meals during the day instead of 1 or 2 large ones. This will maintain blood sugar levels and prevent the urge to smoke.

15. Know what stresses or negative moods give you the urge to smoke.

16. Create a stop smoking plan that works for you.

17. Spend more time doing the things you enjoy, instead of lighting up.

18. If driving is difficult when you first quit, try carpooling with a non-smoker or take public transportation.

19. Set-up a jigsaw puzzle on a table. Work on it when you start to feel on urge to smoke. When you notice the urge has disappeared, walk away.

20. Take a walk around the block, or take your dog for a walk or play catch with your kids.

21. While quitting pick up a hobby you dropped or adopt a new one.

22. Keep your hands busy with a doodle pad, crossword puzzle, to-do list or newspaper.

23. Change your smoking routines, such as keeping your cigarettes in a different place.

24. After you quit, celebrate the milestones you achieved such as being smoke-free one week, one month, three months, etc.

25. Keep in mind the 3S’s after you quit: Stay positive, Start a new plan, and Satisfaction that you’ve stop smoking.

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