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Nobody Will Ever Know!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 27, 2019

One of the biggest Nico-Lies we tell ourselves. This lie causes so many relapses and "slips!" Yet, like all things we know runs against our most fundamental values this is a whopper!

First, take the sneaking away, the smell, the bad skin, yellow teeth and nails, the dark circles under the eyes - anybody who has quit for a few months, even weeks, let alone those who have never smoked - oh, yes, they will! Even your pets will know - and be damaged by second and/or third hand smoke!

Your body knows, even if it's "just one!" 

Smoking even a few cigarettes a day leads to accelerated lung damage, study finds | MinnPost 

Your lungs, heart, brain and DNA "know!"

Then there's your Higher Power - you know and I know that (s)he knows and that you know! That's the most important part of all!

That's a lot of leaky information!

Don't go there! Your mind, heart, soul, and loved ones will suffer if you do 

...and it's harder to recuperate after a relapse than to stay quit so take it one day, one minute, even one second at a time - just don't light up! There's no place to hide this vice!


By now, most all of us know the dangers of smoking and vaping. But are you aware of the dangers of Nicotine Replacement Products?

Take Nicotine gum: Some of the side effects associated with nicotine chewing gum includes nausea, hiccups, hypersalivation and increased gastric acidity.


How about Nicotine patches? Some of the side effects when using the nicotine transdermal patch include an itchy rash, dizziness, sleep disturbances and even nightmares.


Then there's Nicotine Nasal Spray:  Some of the the side effects on a nicotine nasal spray include, watery, red eyes, nasal irritation like nasal congestion, a runny/leaky nose, sneezing and aggravation of pre-existing upper respiratory conditions, cough, itchy throat and disturbances of smell.


Nicotine Inhalers: Some of the possible side effects associated with Nicotine Inhalers include coughing, gagging, itchy throat and abnormal breathing sounds when used by a person with a pre-existing respiratory disease..

* Nicotine inhalers should not be used by a person with any form of respiratory disease.

Nicotine Sublingual Tablets: Some of the side effects include increased gastric acid, hiccups and nausea.

Nicotine Lozenges? The side effects of nicotine lozenges are similar to nicotine chewing gum and sublingual tablets, including increased gastric acid, hiccups, and nausea in addition to increased salivation (hypersalivation).

Does this mean I should not use NRTs? Not necessarily but Knowledge is Power and knowing the possible side effects of various Nicotine products can prevent a failure which may lead back into smoking and/or vaping. 

Other NRT Information and Facts

  • Most NRT products can be purchased without a prescription unless the person is below 18 years of age, but it is advisable to seek the advice of your doctor first.
  • Combining two NRTs should only be done under a doctor’s guidance.
  • NRT should not be stopped suddenly because it can cause the same type of nicotine withdrawal symptoms that are seen when a person quits smoking suddenly.
  • Addiction to NRT is rare.
  • Tea, coffee, beer and soft drinks may reduce nicotine absorption and should not be used at the same time as a NRT product.
  • NRT should be continued for at 6 to 12 weeks after quitting smoking altogether. Recent evidence suggests that using nicotine transdermal patches for 6 months, instead of the prescribed 2 months, is more effective.

Source: Nicotine Replacement Therapy NRT Products, Dangers, Side Effects | 


Best advice: Ask your Doctor even about Over the Counter NRTs! 


You Can quit successfully! More people have quit smoking than currently smoke. There's no reason at all you can't be one of us!


Well, Thomas! Aren't you blowing things out of proportion? Things, I get that. Obviously I can't keep my favorite lighters, ashtrays, vape pens. But places......even, people? I have to change them too? They're only cigarettes!


I hear you. Now think about this. Smoking will kill one out of every two (yes, 50%) of those who don't quit! How do you like those odds? Each year, smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.


2) Nicotine is more addictive than heroin or cocaine. 


3) Nicotine robs us of our values, our natural enjoyment, our - selves!


It's no joking matter 


Get serious! Cigarettes (and now it appears to be vaping as well) are deadly! They hollow us out from the inside of our brains to every single speck of DNA. 


 Need I say: heart disease, cancer, lung disease  - Killers #1. #2. and #3. You know it and I know it but don't believe you're the lucky half. Today is a Great day to live smoke free!


People, places and things have to change. You won't be hanging out with your quit buddies and relatives. You won't be hanging around the smoke-break gang! You won't be keeping that memorabilia ashtray or Harley Davidson lighter. They go in the trash! Otherwise don't bother!


You can make it hard to quit or you can make it hard to smoke.  Which is the better option?

No half hearted quit "attempts" - get real! Be real! Become your best, blessed Self! 

You can do it but not if you sabotage yourself out the gate!


Please don't be dumb like me! Unless I get hit by a Mack Truck I'll probably die of smoking-related illness. But you know what's worse than dying because of Nicotine Addiction? Living as an Addict! I refuse to die an Addict to Nicotine! 


You can always tell when I have a bad COPD Day - I get emphatic. What do you think it is like to not! Hold your breath for awhile and multiply it by 150 times. That's close!

Smoking Cessation challenges our very sense of self. We have wrapped so much of ourselves into that paper filled with dead leaves and poison. Unwrapping is more complicated than getting through the physical addiction. In fact, if you choose smart turkey (or cold turkey) in just 3 days the physical addiction has been broken. 


So why so many relapses after the physical withdrawal? Nicotine robbed us of the ability to experience natural dopamine. So we have to relearn the reward of dopamine from the little things in life: a clean home, a delicious meal, a sweet moment with the family, a hug and lick from the family dog, - all the little pleasures of life. 


I use the gratitude list. Here's the challenge.. keep a gratitude diary with 3 things you're grateful for today. There's only one trick - you can't use the same gratitude twice. Before long you come to appreciate the Earth below your feet and the air you breathe, the rain that washes the skies and the grass in your lawn. Stretch - stretch - stretch your gratitudes! There really are enough to go around day after day after day - black days as well as clear days! 


The more grateful we are, the more filled with Love of our Higher Power the more we absolutely conclude that Addiction Free Life is gloriously beautiful! We have the God given strength to live Life on Life's terms no matter what! We are blessed because we recognize our blessings. And out of that abundance we share these blessings with each and every person we touch. The World is a beautiful place to be no matter what our circumstances. 


Many blessings upon each of you! LLAP!


Surf the Waves!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 2, 2019

Did you watch Morning Joe? Pull it up and listen to the vaping discussion after the 16th reported vaping death. Half a million people will die of smoking related illness vs. 70,000 of opioid overdose. Think about it! We're all freaked out about oxycontin but look at tobacco products!


Dale points out that the physical withdrawal is the small mountain and the psychological mountain is the Mount Everest of Nicotine Addiction! So true! So how do we handle the cravings? Ride the wave!


Resistance is futile - so stop fighting yourself! YOU are the NicoDemon! Jon Kabat-Zinn said "you can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf."  Give the feelings space to crest and fall while you surf on the top and pay attention to the shining sun, the cool breeze, the beauty of the day! 


It's a Win-Win! You enjoy your day beyond the cravings and you do the right thing for yourself! Pure Self-Love.... a gift from your Higher Power! There are hundreds of things you can focus on rather than the withdrawal! That doesn't mean that you ignore the cravings - you can't! You acknowledge them and then focus on the activity of your choice! Don't ignore and don't feed the cravings! 


Today is a wonderful day to live Addiction Free!


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