Bags are packed and saying Goodbye for awhile! I'm going home!
See you all later! I won't be smoking and I hope you won't either!
Life is too short! Don't smoke it up!
Bags are packed and saying Goodbye for awhile! I'm going home!
See you all later! I won't be smoking and I hope you won't either!
Life is too short! Don't smoke it up!
Suppose just for a minute that you have been given that ultimate prognosis. You have weeks to live. Time to get your Bucket List together because this is it!
What would you include on this list? Smoking????
Really???? You want to die trapped in Addiction?
Well, I want to tell you about some EXers I’ve had the true honor to know and about one Exer I never met but came to know through his legacy to BecomeanEX.
Let’s start with Ray ManOfSteele.
Ray didn’t start out here. He came to BecomeanEx from another site and brought many of his Elder Friends with him. Ray quit smoking on 04/04/04. He wrote his first Blog here on May 21, 2008 when BecomeanEX was in it’s infancy.
That’s the kind of Man our Superhero was!
He also brought with him the famous Bonfires and Daily Pledges that to this day save lives!
Giulia created Relapse Traps because of him.
G reminds me that it’s BECAUSE of him, because he brought a bunch of Elders with strong quits and compassion to this, at-the-time fledgling on-line quit support community to pave the way for the next generation of supporters, that it has become what it has become.
We all have HIM to Thank for that!
Unfortunately, Ray wrote his last blog on June 12, 2009.
You see, he passed away – but he never chose to smoke before he passed!
Doris was a quiet dignified Lady. She was a faithful Friend and calm support to all who knew her.
When Doris wrote her first Blog, she already had 4 Weeks and 3 Days under her belt.
She had smoked her last on January 18, 2009 but still didn’t know if she would make it to FREEDOM!
Every Month Doris wrote a Blog for the entire first Year and going back to read them now you can watch an amazing transformation right in front of you! SHE MADE IT!
And she never looked back to the day she passed away on February 4, 2013. Doris had 3 Years of FREEDOM and she lived N.O.P.E. to the end even when her Nephew died of Stage IV Lung Cancer at age 39!
She never gave up or gave in!
Then there was Dawn. I knew Dawn as a loving Mother , Grandmother and marvelous Friend. Dawn quit smoking September 17, 2009. Here’s her very first Blog:
Dawn made it a point of encouraging her Friends and never judging them. Her support was pure LOVE! Tommy once said of her:
“Our Dawn was a fine EXample of facing life, and sticking to your commitments!
During the last year and a half of her life she fought a cancer that has no cure. She knew she was going to die. And she lived in constant pain
. But, never once did she back down from her two big commitments in life. Her faith in God, and her commitment to never smoke again.
A doctor once asked her how she knew she would never smoke again, and she replied "Because, I would rather die than smoke another cigarette!". That is commitment!
As far as her faith, a few weeks before she died, one of her daughters did something that made her proud, and she told me (not for the first time) "I am His favorite, I tell you!" In spite of the pain and suffering she was going through, she still believed she was God's favorite child!”
Dawn wrote her last Blog on April 26, 2012.
Sadly she passed away a few days later on May 14. She never once decided to smoke!
MamaDeb wrote her first Blog on Day 41 of her quit.
Deb was a confusing combination of vegetarian/health nut who smoked! She saw the conflict in values and chose to quit.
I knew MamaDeb better than most I suppose. You see, we had something in common – COPD. Deb followed Aunt Dee and myself to another site where we focused on emphysema.
She was always cheerful and optimistic when she wrote. Deb said, “I feel like I could do just about anything!” She believed that we could quit and we did!
Not once in all the communications I had with Deb did she ever complain! She was so proud of her Family and she became proud of Herself!
As I got to know her, Deb wanted the best for everybody and she was too far down on her own priority list! Even knowing how sick she was, she was seriously considering going back to school to become certified in respiratory care.
This Lady so full of Life and Love and Hopes and Plans for the Future passed away just short of one Year smoke FREE! But she never gave up her Quititude!
You know you are FREE when you can believe that given the word of your last Earthly days you know in your heart
Not One Puff Ever!
Until one is committed there is always hesitancy
The chance to draw back, there is always ineffectiveness,
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
There is one elementary truth,
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then
providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help that would never
otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen
accidents and meetings
And material assistance, which no man could have
Would come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
One in three smokers admitted sabotaging another person's attempt to quit in a study by a pharmaceutical company.
The reasons to wreck other people's quitting attempts include jealousy, guilt about their own habit and wanting a smoking "buddy".
Pfizer collected data from 6,300 current and former smokers and found that 31 per cent of smokers admit being saboteurs.
The study also found that 72 per cent of smokers who have tried to quit think someone has tried to ruin their attempts.
On average, smokers said they tried to kick the habit at least three times. One in five said they had tried five times or more.
"Beating a smoking addiction is hard enough without the negative influence of others around you casting doubt," the Daily Telegraph quoted London-based GP Sarah Jarvis as saying.
"I want those who are motivated to give up smoking to be aware that they don't have to go it alone and that there is support available.
"Even a brief conversation with their healthcare professional ... can increase their chances of success by up to four times, compared with going cold turkey," she added.
PLEASE think before you endanger your quit! I forfeited a one year quit because I thought hanging around my smoking buddies meant that I was morally superior to those exsmokers I'd met who couldn't stand to be around 2nd hand smoke!
What I was is morally stupid! My next quit attempt was several TEARS later! God expects us to take care of our bodies!
[Freudian Slip - I meant to say YEARS! }
Addiction FREE is the Only Way to BE!
BIG TOBACCO wants you to believe....
But if you believe that....
All of your Dreams will go up in Smoke!
Break the Illusion!
Live Smoke FREE - Just One Day at a Time!
Australia has some of the toughest anti-tobacco laws anywhere including plain packaging. As a consequence their daily smoking rates have dropped from 15.1 to 12.8 per cent from 2010 to 2013 and have halved since 1991.
Health Experts have labeled plain packaging a lung cancer vaccine.
the statistics also reveal the age people smoke their first cigarette has risen from 14 in 2010 to 16 presently.
This gives enormous momentum to the international push for plain packaging around the world. New Zealand, Britain, and Ireland all have plain packaging legislation before parliment while France and India are considering following suit.
When will the USA get in line? We're hanging behind with 20% smoking rates. Tobacco Companies target minorites including LGBT and even handicapped just to make a buck!
Fear of quitting and facing life without sickerettes is natural. After all, we are Addicts and often we have more years of life smoking than not smoking and those not smoking years were a very long time ago when we were children!
Also, although we may not consciously realize it, subconsciously, we know that we have been hiding all kinds of emotions under that smoke cloud - scary emotions like anger, disappointment, and fear of other aspects of our lives.
Why would I want to EXpose myself to such EXtreme vulnerability?
Because it gives us an opportunity to HEAL - physically but also emotionally! We own our feelings and deal with them in a whole healthy way for the first time in a long, long time!
Re-cover means to un-cover those emotions that haven't gone away first.
They're still there - lingering under that smoke cloud!
But un-covered, we can choose to either EXpress them or to simply forgive - to let them go - either because they are part of the past and presently irrelevant or because they are out in the open and can be repaired from here and now!
Addiction stunts our emotional growth! Recovery allows the real you to bloom!
I work in Assisted Living with dementia patients. Every day I see the heartbreak and stress that the families go through dealing with their Spouse, Mother or Father who often doesn’t even know who they are! I see the lost feelings they go through and their desire to find something – anything “normal.” It’s devastating!
I often reflect on what will happen to me in the coming years and I know that I am in God’s hands. I also know that there are some things I can do to take care of my health that can lower my risk of dementia and believe me, I intend to do them! I hope you think about this for yourselves as well!
Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. The federally funded Framingham study tracked new dementia cases among several thousand people 60 and older in five-year periods starting in 1978, 1989, 1996 and 2006. Compared with the first period, new cases were 22 percent lower in the second one, 38 percent lower in the third and 44 percent lower in the fourth one.
The average age at which dementia was diagnosed also rose — from 80 during the first period to 85 in the last one.
“For those who get the disease, it may come later in life, which is a good thing. Getting the disease in your 80s or 90s is a very different than getting it in your early 70s,” he said.
More than 5.4 million Americans and 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. It has no cure and current drugs only temporarily ease symptoms.
About one-third of Alzheimer’s disease cases are preventable, according to research by the University of Cambridge, England.
The study identifies seven risk factors, with lack of exercise topping the list.
Current estimates suggest that by 2050, more than 106.2 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer’s -- a huge increase from the 30.8 million people affected by the disease in 2010.
Researchers analyzed population-based data to work out the seven top risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease. These are:
1. Lack of exercise
3. High blood pressure in middle age
4. Obesity in middle age
7. Low education
The researchers estimated that by reducing the relative risk posed by each lifestyle factor by just 10%, nearly 9 million cases of dementia could be prevented by 2050.
Study researcher Carol Brayne, MD, from the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, says in a statement: "Although there is no single way to prevent dementia, we may be able to take steps to reduce our risk of developing dementia at older ages. We know what many of these factors are, and that they are often linked.
Commenting on the research, Doug Brown, PhD, director of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society in the U.K., says: “We already know that what is good for your heart is good for your head and there are simple things you can start doing now to reduce your risk of developing dementia. Regular exercise is a good place to start as well as avoiding smoking and eating a Mediterranean diet."
I hope you stay Smoke FREE today, get your exercise and eat healthy. Take good care of your body and your body will take good care of your mind!
For those of you who are still in the planning stage of your quit you may be asking what to do with your leftover sickerettes!
Do I give them to my smoking neighbor knowing that they are bad for you?
Do I throw them away in the trash? Perhaps this goes against your nature to not waste things.
Do I smoke them up and then quit? This may be an excuse to delay your quit date.
Well, here's a guilt FREE alternative!
CAUTION: Do NOT buy tobacco products to implement this recipe! Having tobacco around after you have quit may be too tempting!!!
Make your own pesticide!
Tobacco pesticide is particularly effective on soft creatures, such as slugs and aphids.
Step 1. Steep a 1/4 cup of dry tobacco in a quart of water for at least half an hour. Soaking for longer produces a stronger pesticide, and some gardeners leave the tobacco mixture to soak for a day. Stronger pesticides might work faster, but they are also more dangerous to beneficial garden insects. If you don't have enough tobacco, go to your local open areas and find used tobacco butts so that you're cleaning up the environment while you collect the needed tobacco.
[Be sure to wear gloves! Tobacco is a nerve poison!]
Step 2. Add a squirt of dish washing liquid to the mixture. This improves the spreadability of the pesticide and is mildly toxic to some pests in its own right.
Step 3. Strain the liquid into a plastic storage container, through a fine sieve, to remove the tobacco pieces. Tighten the lid securely. The pesticide will keep for a couple of weeks if stored somewhere cool, for example, in a garage or basement.
Step 4.Target the pests and use as little spray as possible. For example, spray growing shoots that are thickly covered in aphids but not nearby, aphid-free leaves. Tobacco spray is natural but still dangerous to useful insects, such as ladybugs.
I'm hoping Argentina!
It would make the Pope one Happy Pappy!!!!
I wonder if he and Benedict have a friendly wager going?!
I just read something on Huffington Post that made me belly laugh!
In April 2010 I wrote this Blog:
Well, guess what???
A famous futurist named Nicholas Negroponte from MIT just predicted that it's true! There will be a pill you can take for learning foreign languages in about 30 years or so!
Wonders never cease!
[By then I'll be too old to care if I'm still alive to see it! ROFLMAO!]
Shared grief is half the sorrow,
But happiness when shared, is doubled.
Life often brings us to a crossroads of choices and it can be confusing as to where to turn. Somewhere along the way I have turned down many a blind alley and wound up in a few ditches. I think that's human.
But then there came a time when I read and took in what M. Scott Peck was actually communicating in his book, The Road Less Traveled. I've read and reread at different times the message but it seemed to apply to other luckier people not to me until I realized that he wasn't writing this book for the fortunate - you know the type who get upset when they break a fingernail!
Tommy a long time ago came here to this Community and captured what we are all about and why we are successful in quitting smoking! Smoking is destructive and we do it to ourselves so even if we didn't set out to do it or even recognize what we were doing we had actually been self-destructive which destroys our self esteem!
When a cigarette is our Best Friend then people aren't, are they?
But when we quit, we have to reintegrate into the human Community and Tommy calls that sincere, caring give and receive relationship "Collateral Kindness"! It isn't just a nice little bonus of quitting successfully-it's a requirement of learning how to become that Ex-Smoker we aim to be.
We learn to share our grief, not with a dead leaf wrapped in paper and dipped in 4000+ deadly chemicals but with real life flesh and blood human beings (YOU and ME!)
We also learn to spread our JOY not just about our Milestones and Triumphs of beating the Addiction that lives in us but in all aspects of living - of how Happily we CAN live if we DECIDE to!
Before we know it we find ourselves being kinder to Family members, Coworkers, the Clerk at the grocery store, even folks who are not so kind to us!
But going through life Addiction FREE and Happy doesn't mean that our days are always without grief - it just means that we are more open to Compassion both in the giving and reception so that we know that when Life gets painful - and it will, at times- we know that we are not alone and lonely with our killer cigarettes as our only comfort!
The more you give- the more you receive! Let's be there for each other because that's what works about this Community!
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity - successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly and you will be amazed at the positive results!
- William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910)
Build FUN and Self Care into your Quit Plan! You are literally creating a New YOU so you get to decide what this person looks and acts like! As that Smoke Cloud lifts, let it reveal the you that you really wish to BE and become that person - One Day, One Hour, One Minute at a time!
You get to/have to decide!
Another James - the Happy Quitter taught me that I CAN and I decided that I AM!
The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind.
This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.
"He would subject them to extreme temperatures, make them go hungry for long periods, or make them exercise a lot," the medical historian Mark Jackson says. "Then what he would do is kill the rats and look at their organs."
What was interesting to Selye was that no matter how different the tortures he devised for the rats were — from icy winds to painful injections — when he cut them open to examine their guts it appeared that the physical effects of his different tortures were always the same.
"Almost universally these rats showed a particular set of signs," Jackson says. "There would be changes particularly in the adrenal gland. So Selye began to suggest that subjecting an animal to prolonged stress led to tissue changes and physiological changes with the release of certain hormones, that would then cause disease and ultimately the death of the animal."
And so the idea of stress — and its potential costs to the body — was born.
But here's the thing: The idea of stress wasn't born to just any parent. It was born to Selye, a scientist absolutely determined to make the concept of stress an international sensation.
"He wrote, I don't know, 1,500 books and articles. I mean, it was a massive, massive output from the man," says Jackson. "He was an incredible man. He only slept four or five hours a day. He was always the first in the lab and the last to leave; his energy was fantastic. Selye went all over the world promoting the gospel of stress."
As Selye wrote in his biography, The Stress of My Life (one of 39 books he authored to promote the concept of stress), "Stress will have been my cathedral and I shall polish and perfect it. ... I know my child will outlive me."
But Selye wasn't the only high-profile scientist who decided to promote the idea that stress posed a profound danger to health.
In the mid-1950s, two American cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman — created the idea of the Type A personality.
This idea of a special driven and stress-sensitive subset of personality really captured the American imagination.Their argument, essentially, was that there existed in America an entire class of people who lived lives so full of stress and pressure that their bodies were especially prone to disease, particularly heart attack. The doctors published a study that claimed the coronary disease rate for men with Type A personality was twice as high as other men.
"You can still see it today," says Mark Petticrew, director of public health research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "Literally many thousands of websites still talk about Type A behavior in a fairly uncritical way. It still has that grip in popular culture."
The thing most people don't realize as they worry over the dangers of stress, Petticrew says, is that much of this foundational scientific research on stress was funded and guided by a very particular sponsor.
"What's never really been appreciated is that the tobacco industry was a major funder and stimulant of research on stress," he says. "Specifically Selye's work, but also research on Type A behavior. Type A personality is to a large extent a construct of the tobacco industry."
A Document Trove Reveals Tobacco Influence
For the past decade or so, Petticrew and a group of colleagues in London have been searching through millions of documents from the tobacco industry that were archived online in the late '90s as part of a legal settlement with tobacco companies.
What they've discovered is that both Selye's work and much of the work around Type A personality were profoundly influenced by cigarette manufacturers. They were interested in promoting the concept of stress because it allowed them to argue that it was stress — not cigarettes — that was to blame for heart disease and cancer.
"In the case of Selye they vetted ... the content of the paper, they agreed the wording of papers," says Petticrew, "tobacco industry lawyers actually influenced the content of his writings, they suggested to him things that he should comment on."
They also, Petticrew says, spent a huge amount of money funding his research. All of this is significant, Petticrew says, because Selye's influence over our ideas about stress are hard to overstate. It wasn't just that Selye came up with the concept, but in his time he was a tremendously respected figure.
"Selye was one of the major scientists of the 20th century; he was nominated for a Nobel Prize 10 times," Petticrew says. "So I feel it's impossible and it's misleading to talk about stress without acknowledging the fact that he had a very, very close working relationship with the tobacco industry. And they helped him to shape his ideas, and he helped them to shape theirs."
This is also true of the work around Type A personalities and the notion that a highly stressed personality — not cigarette consumption — caused heart disease, particularly in men.
Petticrew says that though early studies, some of which were funded by tobacco companies, showed a connection between Type A and heart attacks, as more studies have piled up the original findings of Friedman and Rosenman have been undermined.
"There have been very few studies which have actually shown that Type A behavior is a risk factor for illness, certainly for coronary heart disease," Petticrew says. "Of the studies that do show that, and there are only four, in three of them the researchers had some contact or money from the tobacco industry. That's not to say, and absolutely shouldn't be said, that all Type A behavior research is tainted by tobacco money. But it has had a major skewing effect on the field which I think has been completely unrecognized."
NPR contacted Altria's Philip Morris tobacco unit, the primary funder of Type A research and also a major contributor to Selye. The company had no comment about the research; a spokesman said all the research happened too long ago.
Selye's Lasting Mark
In the years since Selye's foundational work, research on stress has exploded. There's no question that stress, particularly chronic stress in childhood, has a very serious impact on long-term health.
But some scientists now argue that our usual narrative of stress — that stress is universally bad for health — is too one-sided and doesn't reflect the reality that some degree of stress can actually benefit people. Stress isn't always a bad thing.
Still, the narrative of stress promoted by the tobacco industry through research and marketing is alive and well. A ghost from a long time ago continues to shape how we see, and experience, stress.
As Addicts we all have them. I very rarely still have an addictive thought but I still have them. Being able to recognize them is very important especially at the beginning of our quit journey! That can be challenging because we have 60,000 thoughts a day and because we don’t necessarily recognize them when they pass through our minds.
Some folks personify addictive thoughts and refer to the Nico-Demon! I have no problem with that as long as you know that the Nico-Demon is YOU! You are generating these thoughts! Nobody knows what motivates you like you and most addictive thoughts are motivational. What do they want you to do?
“I need my next FIX!”
That’s it! These thoughts may look very different from that but that is their motivation! Here are some Examples:
- I need my sickerettes!
- I’ll never be happy as an Exer!
- Sickerettes are my best friend!
- Sickerettes calm me down!
- Life is too stressful to quit!
- I’ll quit someday just not today!
- I don’t smoke that much!
- I’m a social smoker!
- I’ve smoked too much for too long! I can’t quit!
- Just one won’t hurt!
- I’ve failed at quitting so many times, I can’t imagine success!
- I like smoking! It smells good! It tastes good!
- Smoking is my only vice!
- At least I don’t XXX [drink, do drugs, etc…]
- Some people smoke their entire lives and are healthy!
- Smoking is hereditary! Everybody in my ancestry smoked!
I could keep going indefinitely! But it really comes down to one concept! If this thought gives you a “reason”, i.e. Excuse to smoke even one more sickerette – it is an addictive thought!
Here’s the empowering part! YOU get to decide! You don’t have to follow that thought! Imagine thoughts as cars on a highway – they rush by and you can focus on only red cars or you can focus on just blue cars or you can decide to put your focus elsewhere! Not all thoughts are addictive thoughts, are they? It may seem like that at first but you had enough Freedom loving thoughts to find this website and sign up! Let go of your addictive thoughts! They will happen! That’s the nature of addiction. But you don’t have to latch onto them! That’s what we call romancing the sickerette! Call it out and then focus on the Freedom loving thoughts!
READ, READ, READ! When you read you are stimulating many more Freedom loving thoughts! Think of those cars on the highway! The more you read the more the traffic on the highway in your mind has helpful cars! Distract yourself with other stuff! Then you are filling that highway with even another kind of car! Then decide! Take control of those thoughts by choosing your focus! Participate! We know how to do this and we can show you how!
When you stop paying attention to addictive thoughts, at first they pout, and then they scream, wave their hands, flail around, and throw a tantrum! That’s a good sign, actually as long as you continue to focus elsewhere! It means they're scared that you are serious about FREEDOM! They will say this is too scary, stressful, ugly, whatever! They will bring out every temptation they can muster so you will give in! BUT You still have the choice! YOU DECIDE!
Eventually these thoughts become less frequent and only once in a very blue moon will they show up! You will go hours, then days, then Months, even years without these thoughts! And by then when they do show up, it’s a little whisper you can easily choose to dismiss! It gets better very soon so don’t be discouraged! What’s 4 Months compared to a lifetime of Freedom?
1. The Boiling Pot
You want to quit smoking but wonder how you'd handle the stress?!!
2. The Weight Watcher
You want to quit smoking but are worried you might pile on the pounds!!
3. The Creature of Habit
You want to quit smoking but worry you couldn't cope at brew time, break time, meal time!
4. The Young Invincible
You want to quit smoking but think you're young enough to worry about it later!
5. The Prisoner
You want to quit smoking but think you can't break free after all of these years!
6. The Serial Quitter
You want to quit smoking but you've tried everything and nothing seems to work!!
Whatever type of quitter you are - we can show you the way to SUCCEED!!!
Stick around and get to know the Community of EXers! If you wonder if we can really help you, just visit our Bonfire Party and you'll see! We not only know how to do this, we know how to HAVE FUN doing it!!!
Good Morning Fellow EXers and Becomers!
You are about to embark on an incredible personal journey of transformation from Addiction to Independence! Not all of it is “easy” but all of it is worthwhile and beneficial not only physically but on every level!
Just thinking about quitting may make you anxious. But your chances will be better if you get ready first. Quitting works best when you’re prepared. Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps:
S=Set a Quit Date.
Independence Day is a Great Date to begin your Life of FREEDOM!
T=Tell Family, Friends, and Coworkers that you plan to Quit.
Quitting smoking is easier with the support of others. Be sure to tell them exactly how they can be supportive! The more support you get, the better. But even a little can help. And don’t be timid about setting clear boundaries around your smoking friends’ relationships!
A=Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
Most people who go back to smoking do it within four months. It helps to know when you desire a cigarette most. Take Dale Jonescarp”s 130 Day challenge and visit his page:
What To Expect The First 4 Months
No Mans Land (Study From Thomas Precedes)
and, the two sets of seasons building new memories without smoking to strengthen your quit
You should expect feelings of withdrawal. Understanding how withdrawal works helps you cope with it and get through those critical 4 Months. Withdrawal is the discomfort of giving up nicotine. It is your body’s way of telling you it’s learning to be smoke-free. These feelings will go away in time.
R=Remove cigarettes, paraphernalia, and other nicotine products such as e-cigarettes from your home, car, and work.
Getting rid of things that remind you of smoking will also help you get ready to quit. Try these ideas:
Don’t use other forms of tobacco instead of cigarettes
Light or low-tar cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes and herbal cigarettes also harm your health. For example, bidi cigarettes are just as bad as regular cigarettes. Clove cigarettes are even worse. They have more tar, nicotine, and deadly gases. All nicotine products have harmful chemicals and poisons.
T=Talk to your Health Team (Doctor, Counselor, Massage Therapist, etc.) about your plans to Quit Smoking and ask for their help.
They may have suggestions that can help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms you may experience. If you have problems quitting “smart turkey” they can suggest alternatives.
There are many, many SUCCESSFUL Quitters here at becomeanEX! They have what you want and they will show you how to get there! Tomorrow night is the perfect time to meet most members of the Community at our 4th of July Bonfire! YOU are invited:
See you there and Celebrate your FREEDOM even if it’s only a few hours!