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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

Q:  What is blue, one-legged, and angry at themselves?

 

 

 

A:   A person who lost a quit because they drank!

(I was jk about the one leg!!!)

 

 

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

 

Nancy

We caution people that it takes two years of happenings like changes in seasons, family dramas, holidays, vacations and grief to get through them without a thought of smoking.  We caution people to expect those remembrances to enter our consciousness. We haven't had a lot of practice relearning the associations and triggers that come with each, and thus are unprepared.  At these times, we need to pull out the tools we found useful early in our quits and use them.  March in place, call a friend, play a game on your phone, go for a walk, do a set of stairs, find a funny YouTube video...

 

This is currently a more stressful time than most of those mentioned, and most of us have ZERO experience dealing with something that is so overwhemingly terrifying..  Some of us have lived through forest and house  fires, tragic losses in our lives, but this current time is so totally out of our control, worrisome  and scary.  We also are dealing with isolation from family, friends, coworkers and those with whom we used to have contact.  Hugs are mostly nonexistent.  

 

Pull out your tools!  Difficult times call for inventive measures. Don't allow those memories to roam unabated in your mind.

Thoughts are not calls to action!

SMOKING IS NOT REQUIRED!

Be safe out there!

Nancy

 

A quit and a drink, oh NO

Just not a good thought

A quit you might lose, oh MY

 

Please don't take a chance this weekend.

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

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Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Apr 2, 2020

My PC is acting up and has taken my Office docs hostage -so no welcomes will be available until I get it straightened out.

Running McAfee now,......Stay tuned!

 


@highcountrynews
BREAKING: #AprilFoolsDay is canceled. Amid pandemic, no one is in the mood. https://hcne.ws/2ucaFzZ
(OK - I'm gonna' stop with Twitter now and go outside.  You can all resume your normal programming!  )

(Don't shoot the messenger!)

 

You need to stop drinking

At least for a bit

If glasses you are clinking

You might lose your quit

 

(A poet I never claimed to be, but after six years of Fridays, I hope some leeway has been earned!)

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

My daughter sent this to me and thought it might be helpful to someone here.  It pertains to dealing with our feelings in the current pandemic, but applies as well to quitting smoking.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief 

Nancy