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Finished mowing the lawn, sitting on your deck, thinking about a few cold ones?  If you are quitting smoking, an iced tea might be a better choice.  Your judgment is impaired from alcoholic drink one and you really DON'T know your tipping point (the point at which a cigarette ends up in your hand and then in your mouth).

 

Please don't chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

Calling mpnaegle!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 May 25, 2020

mpnaegle 

Where are you?

Missing you!

Nancy

OldBones-Larry gave me this idea this morning, so I'll start with his suggestion:

 

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Audio) - YouTube 

 

What will YOU add?

"I still remember the sick feeling of a stupid drunk and the more/most worse feeling in the whole world, realizing I lost my quit."

 

Don't let this be you.  Alcohol and quitting smoking don't mix......period

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

After the pandemic...

 

It was still dark out when he woke up. The first thing he noticed was an awful, sour taste in his mouth. When he got up to pee, his head started to pound, and his chest felt like burning charcoal. THEN he remembered what he did last night. Out drinking with friends, he convinced himself that just one cigarette would be OK, that he could have just that one. He bummed one and went outside with the group to smoke it. He tried to remember what happened after that, but it was a  foggy blur.  He crawled back in bed to numbing sleep. When he awoke later in the morning, he remembered walking across the street to the all-night market and buying a pack.

 

Digging through his jacket pocket , he found the pack half empty. Knowing he would have to go through yet another day one, he wanted to cry. The 61 days of freedom had blown away, like smoke on a breeze. He was hooked, again. He lit his first cigarette of the day.

 

(PLEASE don't let this story be about you. You often don't make good decisions when you drink...so don't!)

 

Nancy

My Twitter feed includes WomensArt and this came across today:

 

Amigurumi meaning ‘’crocheted stuffed doll’’ is the Japanese art of knitting/crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures to unlock the inner child. It's gained wide popularity as a #LockdownArt due to simplicity with many patterns being circulated online.

(I LOVE the yellow one!!!)

Post picture(s) if you decide to try it. 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 - Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to fall ill with covid-19 | Science & technology | The Economist 

I wonder if past smoking history may protect us, too?  Hoping so!

At any rate, I am not going to start smoking over the findings!!!

 

I talked to my friend who owned the Bean Hollow Coffee Shop - and she said she will NOT be watching - it is SO much not in any way reality!  It was filmed TWO years after the flood.  When doing the ACTUAL clean-up, they had to wear Hazmat suits to shovel the two feet of mud and debris out of their businesses - because of the sewage in it - not wear cute blue shirts and use brooms!  And - the restaurant and business owners he helped live in $6 million homes - and really did not represent most of the small business owners affected.    I will still watch for the location, I think  - but not for any help Ramsey provided!!!!!

 

Ellicott City to be featured on 'Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back' on Tuesday | FOX 5 DC 

 

This historic town is about 3 miles from where I live and is one of my favorite places.  Some history: 

  • The community was established by the milling industry in the late 1700s. Quaker brothers Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott founded Ellicott's Mills after purchasing land west of Baltimore in 1772, according to a 1865 historical account by Martha Ellicott Tyson. The mills ground wheat and other grains after the brothers persuaded local farmers not to plant tobacco.
  • Settlers called the area "The Hollow" for the valley characterized by steep hills, according to Ellicott Tyson.
  • The Wilkins-Rogers plant produces Washington brand flour on the original Ellicott mill site. The plant is the only remaining grist mill in Maryland, according to Howard County tourism.
  • The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum has a historic station in the city. The museum, located in Baltimore, features "the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world," according to the site's webpage. The Ellicott City location is the oldest U.S. station, featuring a depot built in 1831.

 

It has suffered two devastating floods in the recent past, caused by uncontrolled development on the hills above the town.   A neighbor had a well loved coffee shop with an eclectic clientele.   She was known for her location-roasted coffee; the roaster was found in the river after the first flood. She rebuilt after the first, and gave up after the second.  Some of the flood footage is included on the show, airing tonight.  It's going to be on Fox tonight at 8:00.

Q. What is purple, unhappy, angry and woebegone?

 

A.  Someone who lost a quit after deciding to drink alcohol

 

(I was just kidding about the purple!)

 

Alcohol and smoking just seem to go together  Please don't chance it. If you are quitting, just don't drink.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

 

If You Drink Alcohol

Drinking alcohol when you're quitting smoking can be a big challenge, for two reasons:

1. Alcohol is a trigger.

      For many, drinking and smoking just go together.

2. Alcohol lowers your guard.

      It makes you more likely to stop using your plan.  And, it makes you more likely to do something without thinking it through all the way, like asking for a cigarette.

 

For these reasons, it's best to stay away from alcohol for the first few weeks of quitting. Even afterwards, be careful when you're drinking alcohol, especially where others are smoking. 

 

https://www.nobutts.org/quitting-smoking-if-you-drink-alcohol

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.  Please don't take chances with it!

Nancy

It's easier to convince yourself that "just one" won't hurt when your brain is a bit addled. We KNOW that there is never such a thing to an addict as "just one."  It will always be followed by another - maybe not right away - but ALWAYS. 

 

There is a scientific research to support that it is not a good idea to drink alcohol when quitting smoking

 

"..alcohol acts on brain receptors to increase the craving to smoke and decrease the time between cigarettes. ..."

 

Dec 29, 2016

health.usnews.com › wellness › health-buzz › articles › why-do-i-smoke.

Please just don't drink.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

Los Angeles Times
@latimes
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Apr 17
"Tobacco, vaping industries seize opportunities during the coronavirus. 
As the global pandemic strains the world's inventory of medical supplies, the tobacco and vaping industries are offering freebie protective gear, doorstep deliveries and pandemic themed discounts.
Unexpectedly high numbers of younger people have become ill from the virus. Some experts suspect a link to vaping. Tobacco lobbyists helped nix a FDA ban on flavored e-cigarettes that might have prevented addiction in teens, a Times investigation found."

Experience is the best teacher, and I have read many, many other anecdotes like this over the years.    I hope you will take this cautionary tale to heart and learn your lesson from theirs:

 

"Then, I went out Saturday night and drank wine and I did it.  I smoked a cigarette.  Then, I smoked another.  Probably 4 in all.  I slipped.  I relapsed.  I failed."  

 

Please don;t chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

Forhisake and 42979

 

Welcome to our community!

 

 Although primarily a smoking cessation site, I have seen a huge increase in the number of people coming for help to break free from vaping and other nicotine products,  Research suggests nicotine may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.

 

Nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction - no matter the delivery device - and how to beat any of them is about the same. Every time you read :"cigarette" in the information I will give you, just sub “vape,”  or "pouches."  The one thing different I would recommend is that you first start to reduce the nicotine content of the pods and if there is such a thing with the pouches (idk!).   Start with a lesser amount in, like, one in every four, then three, etc. until you are only using the smallest amount, or reduce the amount of nicotine in the pods over time That way the physical withdrawal should be more manageable.

 

I recommend that you educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind To that end, I suggest Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” . Vaping was not a concern when this was written, so you will need to sub “vape”as necessary. This is an easy and entertaining read which can be found online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.

 

After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract.   I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another.  You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them..  For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum.  For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time.

 

It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each device use, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each use off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a puff just because you think you do

 

The idea is to change up your routines so the vaping associations are reduced.  Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from where you vaped. Maybe switch to tea for a bit.  If you always had that first puff with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to vape so the view is different. Take a different route when you are out and about so you aren't driving by your vaping supply shop. Take a quick walk at break time instead of vaping.


You need to distract yourself through any craves.  You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game.  Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that vaping thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time.  You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits.    Get busy!  Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of vape if you need some fresh ideas:
 https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke


The conversation in your head in response to the "I want to vape" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?"  Then DO it.  You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.

 

Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!


 Nancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry LarryG  ?  Hope you are OK!  Missing your blog this morning!

Nancy