Remember all of our fellow Addicts today and all those who lost their lives to tobacco. Honor their memory by staying Smoke FREE - just for today. Blessings on all who suffer from smoking related illness! Live Long and Prosper!
We understand your, my, their Addiction because Addiction is mundane, predictable, boring - the same old thing with
a different victim. It really doesn't matter all that much how many you smoked, how long you smoked, with whom you smoked (you smoked with other Addicts!)
We cannot predict your Recovery because it's purely individual. We can tell you what we know, what we did what worked for each of us but you have to OWN your Recovery! It's your chance to Re - Claim Your Self!
Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.
Today my heart overflows with gratitude for my Beautiful Wife who raised our Sons into fine young men with honor and respect for Life! I'm doubly blessed for 2 marvelous daughter-in-laws! Our Kari has been no less than outstanding in raising my granddaughters with the highest of values! I think also of my Dear, dear GodMother - may her soul rest in peace who sacrificed every minute of every day to LOVE for our Family! And finally I Thank the Lord for my poor unfortunate mother who never knew the meaning of Love - who knows, perhaps now she has - one can only pray!
There's a lot of healthy discussion these days on what works. Is it the NRTs I select? The plan I use? The app? The website?
All of these questions are good questions and I enjoy the open back and forth discussions about these choices because Smoking Cessation is all about personal choice. I decide if when, how, why I quit smoking!
But the bottom line is this:
This is your Quit! Although all of the above are important, they're only as good as the participant!
Since the 1960s Philip Morris knew that Nicotine is very addictive and actually used that knowledge to their advantage in designing Sickerettes. In the year 2000 PM became the first tobacco company to publicly state that nicotine is addictive. Hooray for honesty and transparency, right?
Hold your horses!
"From the mid-1990s to at least 2006, at the same time as PM was making public statements reinforcing the idea that smoking addiction is driven principally by nicotine’s pharmacology, the company’s scientists had found that addiction was the result of interconnected determinants, with nicotine as but one component. PM’s internal models of addiction positioned biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors as equally important to nicotine in driving cigarette use; and in 2000 an internal document noted that, consequently, quitting smoking was “not simply a matter of replacing the nicotine”. PM continued to research the causes of addiction through the 2000s in order to create successful new nicotine products."
"The researchers said the papers showed that PM has internally understood since at least 2006 that its actions (for example advertising, lobbying, and litigation) influence addiction by shaping users’ psychology, social milieu, and environment; and that PM’s “public embrace of nicotine’s addictiveness currently works to redirect policy away from proven social and environmental interventions and toward the promotion of the industry’s potentially reduced harm products”."
"The analysis authors said: “As PM’s internal research indicates, positive health outcomes are more likely to be achieved by complementing [nicotine replacement therapy] and behavioural counselling with ever-stronger society-level interventions addressing the psychological, social, and environmental components of addiction.”"
"They concluded: “To help tobacco users quit, policy makers should increase attention on the social and environmental dimensions of addiction alongside traditional cessation efforts.”"
[Source: *Elias J, Hendlin YH, Ling PM. Public versus internal conceptions of addiction: An analysis of internal Philip Morris documents. PLoS Med 2018; 15(5): e1002562. The National Cancer Institute in the US funded (but had no other involvement in) the analysis.