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It's Friday, the weekend is almost here, so it must be time for my weekly "don't drink" blog!


I found this to help answer the question:  How to remain smoke-free when you drink alcohol   Reading through it, I believe it might actually be an ad for their program, but I am not endorsing it - just relaying the information in it I thought might be helpful.


Please be careful this weekend.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose!



Race to +/-20 

Right now all we have playing are mostly elders.........

Come on DOWN!


"What cigarette do doctors says causes less throat irritation? In the 1930s and 40s, tobacco companies would happily tell you it was theirs. Doctors hadn’t yet discovered a clear link between smoking and lung cancer, and a majority of them actually smoked cigarettes. So in cigarette ads, tobacco companies used doctors’ authority to make their claims about their cigarettes seem more legitimate."


When Cigarette Companies Used Doctors to Push Smoking - HISTORY 


A Friday Haiku

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jan 10, 2020

May the Ravens win

And nobody lose a quit

After drinking booze


A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



Mitch Zeller: The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | TED Talk 

I found this to be informative.  Hope you do, as well!


"You’ve been doing really well on your smoking cessation program. It’s been a tough few weeks but you’ve managed to stay focused and overcome your nicotine cravings. You finally think you’ve cracked it but then on a night out, your mates head to the smoking area and rather than stay alone, you follow them outside.

If you were sober in this scenario, while it could still be really tricky, your self-control would probably kick in and you’d go and get a round of drinks in, or find another way to remove yourself from the situation. But since you’ve already had a few and you’re feeling a bit tipsy, those rational thoughts seem to be fading into the background. That’s because consuming alcohol, even in moderate amounts, can have a significant effect on your cognitive behaviour and mental health.

Although alcohol acts as a depressant, shortly after having a drink, levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine increase in the brain. Elevated norepinephrine is associated with impulsivity and arousal, meaning there’s a higher risk you’re swayed by the offer of a cigarette as you won’t be thinking about the consequences or the risk factors.

In addition, when you drink, activity in an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex decreases. That’s the region responsible for rational thinking and decision making. So, if that’s being dampened, it’s easy to see how lighting up might not seem like such a bad idea in that particular moment in time."


Bottom line?  Drinking alcohol when quitting smoking is just not a good idea.  Why risk it?


A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



If you are new to your quit,and even if you are further along, it's a good idea to start planning what you will do when faced with a choice whether to drink alcohol.

We know I will recommend against it - because you really don't know for sure your personal threshold (the point at which smoking "just one" seems OK).  If you must, limit yourself to a celebratory glass of champagne to welcome in the new year - and keep it at that one.

Why take a chance?  A quit is a terrible thing to lose!


I thought I might bring this back to the front of the line again to welcome our community's New Years quitters:  For Our New Years' Quitters (and community members, too) .  Welcome!  I hope you find this information helpful as you prepare for the most important journey of your lifetime, one to free yourself from addiction.


If you are quitting vaping on New Years, I welcome you to substitute the words  "vape,"  "Juul," or "puff" as appropriate since nicotine addiction is the same, no matter the delivery system..



Freedom is never having to worry about your next fix - not if, not where, not when, not how.  It is never having to worry about needing to quit  - not ever again.

And most importantly of all,  freedom is worth all it takes to attain it, I promise!

If you have already started in. stay with it.  If you are still worrying it to death, jump in.

Lots of of us here have been successful.  You can be, too.

Just DO it!


I write this Friday to remind our community about the dangers of drinking alcohol early in a quit smoking journey.  Your judgment is impaired from drink one and you really DON'T know your tipping point (the point at which a cigarette falls into your hand and then to your mouth).


A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


Wanted to call attention to the notice on the homepage - and to suggest to newbies that they ask a trusted elder for a way to contact them if a quit gets in danger.

Better safe than sorry!  Be prepared!!!


If your quit is two years old or less, don't be surprised if you start to think of smoking as the holidays and the seasonal change to winter occur.  We don't have a lot of practice getting past our triggers and associations with the change in  seasons and all that the holiday season brings (family drama may also be added to the mix!).

Don't be alarmed!  It happens to the best of us.  Just understand why it is happening.  Keep in mind that a thought is not a call to action.  If you need to make an excuse and take a break, do it.  Take a walk if you need it.  Take slow/deep breaths if you need them.  Come here and blog if you think it will help.

Just don't smoke.  All the fuss will be over soon!

And your quit will travel into the NEW YEAR,  keeping  in mind that it is another holiday, along with the temptation to drink alcohol - which, if you have been paying attention - you know is not really a good idea.



It's Friday and  I am spinning the same old (broken) record. It's the holidays and time for kicking back, enjoying the season and parties - oh, the parties. I am here to remind you that drinking alcohol while quitting smoking is a bad idea.   Drinking can interfere with your commitment not to smoke, and might lead you to believe, "just one won't hurt."  It ALWAYS will lead to more - that's the way addiction works.

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


If you MUST drink, make it water!  It quenches your thirst, and won't lead you to making faulty decisions.

Drinking alcohol can cloud your judgment and might lead you to falsely believe that "just one" won't hurt.  It will - it ALWAYS will lead to another, and another.  The site is littered with tales of ruined quits from drinking alcohol.

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


Spoke too soon!  Orthopedist just called and I have a hairline fracture of my kneecap.  Have to wear a brace to keep the leg straight, and go back to see him next week to be sure it hasn't displaced.  .Stay on crutches, ice and anti-inflammatories.


At least at this point no surgery is needed.  Gotta' look for those bright spots~