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I'm glad you are here  Congratulations on your resolution to quit smoking in 2019.  It is a decision you will NEVER regret.  I cannot begin to describe for you how wonderful freedom from addiction is - each and every day.  No more wanting/needing  to smoke during an airport wait, or on a plane ride (or maybe not even traveling because you don't think you can go THAT many hours without a cigarette), or wondering if you have an ample supply when bad weather is forecast, or having a coughing fit at the end of every good laugh or being embarrassed that you smell like a dirty ashtray, and no more worrying about the fact that you KNOW you should quit!


An  important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction:

 You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit, and for the good information contained there. Best of EX  has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site.


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.  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.  I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced.  Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit.  If you always had that first smoke 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 smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
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 smoking 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 smoke if you need some fresh ideas:

 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke 


The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" 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!




Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Dec 27, 2018

Who do we appreciate?



Rah!  Rah!  Rah!


(title is my days quit today!)




Who else????





(and Merry Christmas!)

Merry Christmas!





Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Dec 23, 2018

I realized as I was going to sleep last night that presents for my younger daughter had not yet arrived from Amazon.

When I checked this morning, I discovered that all I thought I had ordered was still in my cart..think I was waiting to see if I wanted anything else before finalizing - and never did......

Life is always going to happen  -  EPIC FAIL!

(but I'm not smoking over it!)

(Sad  - but there is NEVER a good reason to smoke!)


"Alcohol reduces the functions of the behavioral inhibitory centers in the brain, Forbes reports. It also slows down how information is processed in the brain. When you see, hear, taste, or smell something, your brain processes this information and then tells you how to think or feel. Alcohol interferes with this process, making it harder for you to work out what you are feeling and also making you less likely to be able to really think through potential consequences."

How Does Alcohol Lower Your Inhibitions and Cause You to Make Bad Decisions? 


Thus,  the thought of "just one" can take hold of you, and you won't be thinking beyond the dopamine hit.  It also impacts your decision making about the amount you should drink, further enhancing your chance of a quit relapse.


A quit is a terrible thing to lose.  Please keep it your #1 priority;  don't drink.




Happy Day 90!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Dec 21, 2018



Hope you made it safe and sound, and......................................

Hope you aren't celebrating 90 with any Chianti!!!!



Congrats if so!


 This morning's blog by janicesullenger reminded me of one I wanted to write.  I was told by a rheumatologist that if you are a small-boned female you have a 100% chance of developing osteoporosis.  If this is true and you smoke, you will get it earlier and more severely.  She said diet, exercise and supplements have no appreciable affect on it.    I can attest to THAT.  I have had THREE orthopedic surgeries in just the past year!! I had a diet full of calcium, and exercised EVERY day.  Smoking and my stature are 100% to blame for my troubles.

Who knew?  I certainly didn't.

Others - be forewarned.


 I found a new doctor to talk about quitting (I jettisoned mine of many years after asking for his advice for the very first time and his response was, "get some carrot and celery sticks, slap on a patch and you will be good to go")  My new doctor said something that I took as kind of a challenge., "More people in the US have quit smoking than are still smoking.  Do you think they are all better than you?"


I thus want to challenge the newly quit!  Do YOU think we who have been successful are somehow better than you?

(Hoping your answer is, "of course not" and you act accordingly to prove it!)



Over my years here, I have read of many quits being lost due to alcohol.  I will share words of wisdom from one of our community members to caution you not to drink alcohol when you are quitting smoking: 


"All kidding aside, I TOTALLY agree with you on staying away from alcohol. I lost a previous quit when I drank alcohol after recently quitting. Alcohol is incredibly risky to a recently quit person because if there's even the smallest thought about smoking in the back of the brain, it just makes it to easy to cave!"


Just don't  a quit is a terrible thing to lose!