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I need a Blogcation!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 28, 2017

My Granddaughter was born on Wednesday

I'm in the last days of training for my new job

I'm applying for Medicaid and Disability classification at work

Bottom line, I'm overwhelmed and my Anxiety is back! If I don't watch out Depression won't be far behind!


It's time to take care of Thomas!

You all are the Best! Keep supporting each other - I know you will!


Welcome to the World!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 23, 2017

Miss Tahlia Martin born 1:40 PM today at 9 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches. I am happy to report that both Mother and Child are healthy! Thank You Lord!

Neither dhe or her Sister Miss Penelope will ever know her Abuelo as a smoker!



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 21, 2017

Don't look at the Sun during the Eclipse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't have glasses, look away! Save your Vision!

Anybody else remember 1963? Folks permanently damaged their eyes!

Enjoy the Eclipse safely!

Smoking is not required!


Stuck or Reset?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 21, 2017

Are you going to let decades of smoking justify a lifetime of smoking?

OR will Today be the day you decide to become an EX?


Are you going postpone your Quit Date yet again?

OR will Today be the day that you Face Everything And Recover?


Are you going to give yourself permission to relapse?

OR will Today be the day you embrace your Quit instead?


Today is the Day that you can Reset your Quititude!

You can even Reset from one moment to the next!

Decision is the Ultimate POWER! Use it to set yourself FREE!


Yes, making us Addicts for Life - that has been, continues to be and will always be the goal of Big Tobacco!


We know that - used alongside counseling about Nicotine Addiction the use of NRTs can be one tool to help us become Smoke FREE! But we cannot rely on NRTs to"quit" for us! They weren't/aren't designed for that! They are designed by Tobacco Companies to take our money for LIFE! That's the manufacturer's goal! Never forget it!


"Tobacco companies put out these (NRT) products as a way to sidestep policies, by giving people a way to 'smoke without smoking'. It would be interesting to see in the next 10 years if the companies come up with nicotine water, inhalers, gum, edible products - these are all on their agenda," Dorie Apollonio, associate professor in clinical pharmacy and lead author of a recent study, was quoted as saying.


Clinical trials show that NRTs can help people quit smoking, but only if used in conjunction with counseling and in tapering doses. 


Tobacco Companies have no incentive for you to Quit Smoking! Their goal is to keep you Addicted one way or another!


Cigarette makers had started investing in alternative forms of Nicotine delivery in the 1950s, but stopped because people thought Nicotine was harmful, and they didn't want to attract the attention of the FDA .


In 1987, three years after the FDA first approved Nicotine gum as a quitting aid, public perception toward Nicotine had become more positive.


By 1992, Big Tobacco knew that patches and gum by themselves do not help smokers quit.


When the FDA started regulating cigarettes in 2009, tobacco corporations went all out to develop and sell NRTs.


Tobacco Companies conjectured that their new Nicotine products could successfully compete with pharmaceuticals such as Chantix and they set the goal of gaining market control of all products containing Nicotine.


Big Tobacco's goals have not changed: Find a way to keep You and Me Nicotine Addicts for Life no matter what the cost to Us, to our Families, to Society. Keep us hooked and rake in the dough!


Determining that NRTs may normalize lifelong nicotine addiction, the authors of the study urged that the FDA consider regulating the ways in which NRTs  are being marketed and its over-the-counter availability.

Study shows cigarette makers shifted stance on nicotine patches, gum 


If you're using NRTs, please ensure that you are also working your Quit - with Counseling!


Never Forget: The BEST Tool in your Quit Box is right between your Ears!


Ever Wish....?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 19, 2017

In my Addictive Mind, I've had times early in my Quit when I wished...

If only I could smoke one or 2 from time to time! I know Jeff and he can smoke just at parties. Social Smokers are so lucky!


I won't get into all of the reasons this is wrong! Let's just get to the nitty gritty!


There is NO SAFE Smoking - period! Do you really think Jeff here is safe? Think again!


Not only do we no that one Sickerette can change your DNA causing Cancer, it also can trigger COPD, Buerger's disease and other deadly illnesses. But I'm guessing that you didn't know that Social Smoking is every bit as dangerous to your Heart as chain smoking! High cholesterol and High Blood Pressure occur just as often in Social Smokers as Daily Smokers!


Lucky Jeff? Not so much - at least you, Addict, know what you're doing to yourself! Poor Jeff doesn't have a clue!


Social smoking can be just as bad for you as smoking daily | The Independent 

This phrase dates from at least the end of the 16th century in English but is derived loosely from the Latin saying 'praemonitus, praemunitus' but today means that prior knowledge of possible dangers or problems gives one a tactical advantage. And that's a lot of what we do here - giving each other lessons learned in the hopes that you won't have as tough a time with this or that as we did.So take what you find useful and leave the rest. To be helpful is our only goal!


One place I hang out reading is the Newbie Group. I learn so much from you Folks and wish to pay it back and pay it forward. So here's my two cents about the People in your life.


There are 3 basic categories of change we go through when we Quit Smoking: People, Places, and Things. I don't know about you but I've found places and things much less of a Big Deal than People. You know that motto about "Make new friends and keep the old...?" I think it's really tough to disconnect from people especially if you want to do it in a gentle way.


Yet, in order for real change to happen you have to leave some people behind and rearrange some other relationships making room for New Friends in your New Normal. 


Now, some of this will happen seamlessly but some of it you have to take the bull by the horns. 


Fact: One third of smokers admit that they purposely sabotage another smoker's attempt to quit! How many Folks won't or can't admit such a nefarious thing? There could be all kinds of motivations:Jealousy, guilt about their own smoking, wanting to keep their smoking “buddy.” Forewarned is Forearmed! Know that it wil happen and have your response ready! 


One third of smokers sabotage friends who want to quit · 


Then there are your Family and closest Friends. Of course, you're not going to eject your relationships because they have given you a hard time and become more of a hindrance than a help in your Quit Launch! But something has to give! 


Don't get defensive! They have seen you Quit Smoking how many times? Turn them into allies rather than detractors. You can do it! Share honestly: "Yes, I know I've 'tried' to Quit Smoking before but this is different! I am doing it entirely differently because I want and need to succeed - for you, yes, but this time - for ME! I'm not just doing the same old things I've done before that never worked! I'm receiving knowledge and support and I would like very much for you to become a part of my Support Team! This is what you can do...."


How to Support Your Quitter | 


You can start this conversation with this letter:

Letter to a Loved One 


Then make room in your mind, heart, soul for New Friends! Tell everybody - literally! You'll be surprised who becomes your ally! One of my first allies was the cashier at 7/11! I asked her to never sell me Sickerettes and she honored my decision but more than that she encouraged me every time I came into her store! Then there's the next door neighbor! He noticed I no longer came outside to smoke and approached me! He gave me tips and tricks to get through the tough moments. 


So will there be people who trigger you? who sabotage you? who ridicule you? YES! But there will also be true Friends who support and share with you - who open up and let you go through the process of becoming! Which group do you decide to spend your time and energy focused on? This is YOUR Quit! Own it!


praemonitus, praemunitus


You can do this! 

A recent paper published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher risk.


Smoking increases the risk of developing a number of diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, all of which can potentially have negative effects on people's physical, psychological and social health.

Frailty is considered a precursor to, but a distinct state from, disability. Frailty is a condition associated with decreased physiological reserve and increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes. The outcomes include falls, fractures, disability, hospitalisation and institutionalisation. Frailty has also been shown to be linked to worse psychological or cognitive outcomes, such as poor quality of life and dementia.

Due to the potential for reversibility of frailty, identifying potentially modifiable risk factors of frailty may help to develop strategies to prevent or slow progression of adverse health outcomes associated with both frailty and smoking.

Researchers here aimed to examine the association of smoking with the risk of developing frailty, controlling for important confounding variables and using data from a nationally representative sample of older men and women living in England.

Researchers defined frailty using a combination of five physical frailty components: unintentional weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, and low physical activity. Frailty is classified as having three or more of the five criteria.

The current study used data of participants who were aged 60 years or older. The final sample for this study was 2,542 participants, divided into two groups: current smokers and non-smokers. The non-smokers were further divided into another two groups: past smokers and never smokers. The past smokers were once again divided into two groups: those who quit within the last 10 years and those who quit more than 10 years ago. The analysis revealed that current smoking was associated with an approximately 60% increased risk of developing frailty.


There was, however, no significant association between past smoking and incident frailty in any models. Among 1,113 past smokers, 157 quit smoking within the last 10 years and 956 quit smoking for more than 10 years ago. Incident frailty risks of these two groups were not significantly different from that of never smokers in all models.


When COPD was added to the model, current smoking was no longer a significant predictor of incident frailty. In this model, COPD was strongly associated with incident frailty. These findings suggest that current smokers are more likely to develop frailty due to COPD, rather than smoking itself.


Given that smoking is a modifiable lifestyle factor, and smokers who quit did not appear to be at high risk for frailty, this research suggests that smoking cessation may potentially prevent or delay developing frailty, even in old age.


"Our study showed that current smoking is a risk factor of developing frailty. Additional analyses revealed that COPD seems a main factor on the causal pathway from smoking towards frailty," said the study's author, Gotaro Kojima, "but those who quit smoking did not carry over the risk of frailty."


More information: Gotaro Kojima et al, Does current smoking predict future frailty? The English longitudinal study of ageing, Age and Ageing (2017). DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afx136 


There's nothing more to say! It's not just Quantity of Life - It's Quality!



New Coping Skills

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 17, 2017

When I was a smoker I smoked for every reason under the sun! I was sad, angry, frustrated, anxiety-ridden, agitated, embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed. I was happy. delighted, surprised, joyful, peaceful, calm, cheerful, elated, gratified, playful. Or I was bored, numb, dull, tired, disinterested, disconnected, All feelings were a reason to light up!


That shot of dopamine gave me a high that I learned to interpret as relief. Well, it was relief -  until I put the Sickerette out! What I relieved was the low of dopamine deprivation - caused by Nicotine! That's all! But that seemed at the time like it was enough! 


So I was angry, for example, but I was also withdrawing from Nicotine (the comedown/crash  for me seemed to begin even before I put out the Sickerette.) That next Sickerette relieved withdrawal so quickly and so overwhelmingly that it allowed me to push the anger down further - not where it could dissipate but where it could fester! But what I felt was Relief! Nothing else seemed to matter. Rationality left the room - No critical thinking: relief from what? Relief for what? For how long? Was anything really solved? - I had none of these questions or answers. I just wallowed in my relief while simultaneously initiating even then the next withdrawal! At times I was already planning when I would allow myself the next relief, i.e. dose of Nicotine!


So I felt the anger but I didn't express it - I pushed it down which in my Addictive Thinking could fool me into believing that I wasn't angry because I didn't lash out!


Recovery means re-claiming my feelings and that is a big ticket item! If I'm not going to use the Nicotine dodge then how am I supposed to deal with my "unwanted" feelings? I heard about Anger Management but I wasn't angry, was I? Or was I? Unexpressed emotions are even more powerful than expressed emotions. They don't cease to be just because we don't allow them to see the light of day!


I have since learned to be brutally honest about my feelings, to acknowledge that all feelings have a purpose, to explore that purpose, to express them in appropriate ways, to decide if I want to keep them or not, to give them permission to dissipate and bottom line, to work in the exact way that they were meant to work all along! 


Smoking hijacks our thoughts but also our natural feelings. Healing brings them back to us and allows them to leave in the special way instilled in us from birth! One step at a time and all because I refuse to smoke NO MATTER WHAT!



Trust Philip Morris?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 12, 2017

The Company that brought us Marlboro purports to gain our trust with their new product - a smokeless tobacco device - that will "save lives!" Oh, the irony! 

What do you think? They woke up one morning and decided to invest $3 BILLION for our sake! 

Big Tobacco’s new cigarette is sleek, smokeless — but is it any better for you? - The Washington Post 

I'm in!.....N.O.P.E.!

Only 2 things go into these lungs by choice - air and Dr. prescribed medicine!



Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 9, 2017

This is a new term I'm using at my job - WIIFM - What's In It For Me?

If you are still smoking or toying with the idea of smoking - even just one - ask yourself WIIFM?

If the answer is not one darn thing then for pity's sake, don't do it! 

That right there is enough!

But then you can put the icing on the cake:

If I turn down the next Sickerette WIIFM?


The list is endless!


The Cherry on top? You get the BEST YOU that you can BECOME!

Become an EX!


Reset Monday

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Aug 7, 2017

Monday is the best day to help quit smoking

If you didn't like how last week, the weekend, or yesterday went for you then you have the ability to start over again. Today is a New Day! 

You can make the Commitment, take the Pledge, and stay Focused and Determined throughout the day!

You can decide right now that today you will Live Smoke FREE! Decision is the Ultimate Power!

Then as challenges come up you can acknowledge the feelings and thoughts but choose to honor your Pledge!

It's all there - right in your Brain - the prison and the escape! 

Today is a Great Day to Become an EX!

(1) Imagine being a Happy Quitter! You don't have to be there, just imagine what that looks and feels like!

(2) Fake it till you make it! - Put a smile on your face, straighten your posture and act like you feel fantastic!

(3) Become a Happy Quitter - faster, easier, more securely!

You have a stake in this and only you can do the work of Nicotine Recovery! How it goes is your choice!

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