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I wrote a verse

Quit get happy quit get sad
Quit get angry quit get mad
Quit get crazy as a lune
Quit can throw you out of tune
But each week that passes by
Puts a sparkle in your eye
So if you will stick with it
You'll be happy that you quit.

Add your own

I gotta have a cigarette.....I'm bored and lonely.....Why did  I want to do this in the first place?.....

A smoke would be really good right now......Nobody Will Know.....I can smoke one.....
I wonder how it would taste now?.....My cousins neighbors stepson was in a horrible car accident.....

I cant get my test results for two weeks......Well, everybody's going to die from something.
They almost ran me off the road.....I won't buy any, I'll only borrow them if I need to.....
It helps with my depression.....I can't think straight....The kids are driving me crazy
The dog crapped on the carpet again.


Addict's look for excuses and if there are none, THEY MAKE ONE UP!


Seattle Doctors are seeing one case per month with injuries, permantnt scarring, etc.

SEATTLE -- Devices known as e-cigarettes are exploding in people's hands and mouths. Trauma doctors in Seattle say they're seeing a new tend as more reports of injury continue to come in from across the country.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say nearly 13 percent of adults have tried an e-cigarette at least once. Some people see it as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but lithium batteries inside can overheat and explode.

Recently released surveillance video from an Owensboro, Kentucky convenience store shows the danger with flames coming from an e-cigarette inside a man's pocket.

“Now we’re seeing these incidents happening on a more common basis," said Dr. Elisha Brownson of Harborview Medical Center.

Injuries from e-cigarettes used to be considered rare, but now Harborview sees about one patient a month suffering burns, permanent scarring and even loss of teeth.

“We really feel like this is the tip of the iceberg as we’re becoming more aware of this injury," said Brownson. "We’re actually not even aware of the true incidents of how frequent this may be happening around the country.”

Some patients require multiple operations and need to be put on ventilators.

“It’s a unique injury because it combines both flame burn, so we’re seeing burns to the skin-- but also blast injury," Brownson explained. "We’re seeing soft tissue damage in the mouth, in the hands.”

With the CDC reporting more and more high school students using e-cigarettes, Harborview staff say they won't be surprised to see the trend of more injuries continue.

Experts say increased regulations on how e-cigarettes are manufactured could be key to preventing future injury.

You Chose It!

Unchoose It

Allow Enough Time

And You'll Lose It

I've noticed there are users that post a blog and get a lot of good advice and then leave for a few months and come back and say they've been quit for a month.

My theory is it takes time to absorb the information. They know what they have to do but, they have to make it their own and that takes each person their own time.

This is why these blogs are so important.

All the information is here but accepting it and following through to get started is up to each person quitting.

Keep writing. The lurkers get more than you know from what all of us write.  :-)



Posted by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Feb 20, 2016


How About You?

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms & Recovery




Withdrawal in the First Two Weeks

Because the first two weeks are so critical in determining quitting failure rates, smokers should not be shy about seeking all the help they can during this period.

Withdrawal symptoms begin as soon as four hours after the last cigarette, generally peak in intensity at three to five days, and disappear after two weeks. They include both physical and mental symptoms.

Physical Symptoms.

During the quitting process people should consider the following physical symptoms of withdrawal as they were recuperating from a disease and treat them accordingly as they would any physical symptoms:

  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Sweating
  • Intestinal disorders (cramps, nausea)
  • Headache
  • Cold symptoms as the lungs begin to clear (sore throats, coughing, and other signs of colds and respiratory problem)


The first few weeks after quitting smoking are usually the most difficult and it's safe to say that it normally takes at least 8-12 weeks before a person starts to feel comfortable with their new lifestyle change of being an ex-smoker. Withdrawal from nicotine, an addictive drug found in tobacco, is characterized by symptoms that include headache, anxiety, nausea and a craving for more tobacco. Nicotine creates a chemical dependency, so that the body develops a need for a certain level of nicotine at all times. Unless that level is maintained, the body will begin to go through withdrawal similar to alcohol addiction withdrawal. For tobacco users trying to quit, symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine are unpleasant and stressful, but only temporary. Most withdrawal symptoms peak 48 hours after you quit and are completely gone in six months.

Mental and Emotional Symptoms.

Tension and craving build up during periods of withdrawal, sometimes to a nearly intolerable point. One European study found that the incidence of workplace accidents increases on No Smoking Day, a day in which up to 2 million smokers either reduce the amount they smoke or abstain altogether.

Nearly every moderate to heavy smoker experiences more than one of the following strong emotional and mental responses to withdrawal.

  • Feelings of being an infant: temper tantrums, intense needs, feelings of dependency, a state of near paralysis.
  • Insomnia
  • Mental confusion
  • Vagueness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression is common in the short and long term. In the short term it may mimic the feelings of grief felt when a loved one is lost. As foolish as it sounds, a smoker should plan on a period of actual mourning in order to get through the early withdrawal depression.

If your quits have failed using coconuts, try apples!

When there are no set prices posted for what something is going to cost that are the same for everyone, I get the feeling that the person giving me a price is going for whatever they can get.

I had to get my vehicle smogged to re register it before the 29th. Most vehicles are around $40 including the certificate but, as I own an older vehicle, they charge more. It doesn't take any longer but you feel like you are at their mercy.

I am on a fixed income and 2 years ago the CO2 levels were right onb the cusp of failure so I took it to a mechanic yesterday and paid $180 for a tuneup and oil change in preparation for the test. That's not peanuts when you have limited income.

The place they referred me to was going to charge $70.

$180 and $70 pushes it up to $250 without the $70 for the registration which would push it past\ $300.

I called another place and got it done for $45 out the door and


What's your beef?

What if I told you you could play a game with yourself where you proved you didn't need to smoke just because you thought you did?


What if I told you that there was absolutely no stress or denial of smoking in this game? That you could smoke whenever you want with no daily quotas or limits, no counting, and, no pressure whatsoever to quit?


What if I told you you would realize you were ready to stop smoking and enter into quitting without negativity or apprehension? That you don't even have to set a quit date until you are ready to get started? 


Does it sound too good to be true?
Then try it! I dare you!


It's a simple game. There is only one thing you have to do.


Whenever you think of smoking say to yourself, "I'll wait a little bit longer." There is no denial, remember? The idea is to get yourself to stop and think each time BEFORE  you smoke.


That's it. That's all you have to do, then, watch the results.


"Tobacco in general affects almost all the parts of the digestive system. It does not only cause heartburn but also reflux which are considered two conditions which IBS patients are likely to acquire. And since smoking damages the esophageal sphincter, the acidic contents of the stomach tend to flow upward and down into the lower portion of the esophagus. Nicotine leads to hyper production of acid in the stomach and at the same time decreases the pancreatic production of sodium bicarbonate, which is an important substance in counteracting the production of stomach acid.

Smoking above all is famous for causing cancer either of the colon, the bladder, kidney, pancreas and stomach. Plus long-term smoking also increases the possibility of colorectal cancer. How? Inhaling or swallowing tobacco smoke can bring carcinogens right down to the colon. The tobacco also tends to increase colon polyp size which means that the bigger the polyp the higher the possibility for it to develop into cancer. In fact, studies shows that at least twelve percent of colorectal cancers are the direct result of smoking.

Lastly, smoking is not only a factor that can trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms but poses greater health risks, like cancer, so for your sake better quit smoking."

If you wake up at night with acid reflux, please get it checked and brought under control as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage will be done. Here are some tips to relieve it.

Three tips on acid reflux.

Raise the head of your bed. I bought a framework to raise mine that cost $200 but you could use simple methods to do it. Originally, I was going to cut plywood circles that would fit inside coffee cans, one for each leg, and then being able to adjust the height by putting sand between the plywood and the bottom of the can. If your bed has mid supports, you would have to raise those also. They also make bed risers.

The second tip is, if you are a side sleeper, try to sleep on your left side. The esophageal sphinter is on the right. Sleeping on your left side puts the valve on the high side and helps prevent reflux.
Third, don't eat within 3 hours of going to bed. Even one bite stimulates acid production.

I was doing some research on the company that made my brand of cigarettes.

The company was one of the first, founded  in 1760.

Loews (The movie and hotel conglomerate) purchased it in 1968.

They were one of 4 principals to negotiate the tobacco master settlement agreement in 1998.

Please read the link. It explains their deviousness in order to make money off addicts.

In 2012 they purchased the most highly advertised ecig on the market.

ReynoldsAmerica, one of the two largest tobacco companies, makes nicotine replacement products for Europe but is now selling their nicotine gum in the United States.

I guess the cat is out of the bag, they want our money  They could care less about us.

   The prescription nicotine dependence market is set to grow strongly at a compound annual growth rate of 16% to reach $4.6 billion by 2016 ...   [1]

This perhaps would not be quite so cynical if the products had a proven success rate. However, the success rate is abysmal. Reports indicate a success rate of 19% at best, lower actually than completely unaided quitting:

   According to the study, the three-month success rate with NRT is only 19% for light smokers, compared to 26% for unaided quitting. For heavy smokers, the three-month success rate is 9% for NRT compared to 15% for unaided quitting.   [2] 

Belinda Cunnison, of pro-choice group Freedom2Choose, investigated the common claim that you are “four times more likely to quit with NHS,” which is used in most promotional materials for NRT products, and frequently in press releases on the subject of smoking cessation.

      I traced this claim to a Department of Health web page, which also claimed a 15 per cent success rate at 12 months for NRT. The evidence that was supposed to demonstrate this 15 per cent success rate and the "four times more likely to quit" phenomenon was not listed in the footnotes, so I wrote to the Department to ask for it.  
      It took over three months to get the information    [3]  

When that information was finally forthcoming, the figures showed a 6.5% quit rate for those using NRT, and a 6% quit rate for those going "cold turkey, i.e. without using NRT." So much for the "15% success rate" and "four times more likely" claims.


One study even found a quit rate using NRT as low as 0.8%![4] Hardly a ringing endorsement of NRT. In fact in most cases, the success rate was higher if no NRT was used.


I was notified this morning and asked to notify all of you who don't yet know that Fannie has passed away unexpectedly at 52.

She was just here within the past week starting another quit.

Please read her last blog and realize that complications from smoking do not get better if you don't quit.

R.I.P Fannie. It's always sad to see smoking take another person before their time.

I never unlearned it.  :-)

I always seach for deals before I go shopping and, I've been known to shop 3 stores in 45 minutes and be home within an hour.

I also look for sales on coffee, especially if it's $5.99 and I can find a $1 off sticker on the bag.  I can buy a bag of premium coffee for what I paid for a pack of cigarettes

What do you look for sales on?.

         I know my comments may seem direct or abrupt at times, but, I don't judge anybody for failing and trying again or failing and continuing to smoke.   
     Each person has to find it in themselves to take on the task of changing something done regularly for so many years that only their heartbeat, the blinking of their eyes or the number of breaths surpassed in their daily lives.  
     We try to help get you focused and assured but, the step of change is yours. 



I am for you.


We are for you.

You be for you

I retired in 2011 and moved back to the town where I grew up. In 2012, a friend I used to sing and play with came to the hospital to see me and it reignited our friendship. He remembers all the details from high school while my memories of those years have faded  We found a local chain that gives a discount on root beer floats on Fridays and it's become a weekly tradition.

Root beer floats won't make you lose your quit!

Pouring a root beer float over your cigarettes before you smoke will save your quit!

What are you doing with cigarettes, anyway?   :-)  :-)


Al-co-hol will kill a quit

Stick with root beer and SAVE IT!

If you get a bad craving,

Stick your head in the freezer and count to 20 slowly.

Or, bite into a lemon, skin and all.

Or, pack your mouth with ice cubes and try to not get brain freeze.


(Please note: there are reasons I left out fire and dynamite as sensory shockers)


better than codeine?

It's worth a try!  :-)

but would it work for smokers cough?

     This may ruffle some feathers but, everyone must understand this to overcome smoking.

          What would happen if you made a business agreement with someone and went back on your word? What if you made a promise to a friend and didn't keep it? And what would your reputation be if you  kept repeating this pattern?   

     What about accountability to and respect for ourselves?  We care what others think and honor our promises and agreements with them so why not to ourselves?


     Do we give ourselves a pass by blaming it on addiction? Yes there is a physical addiction but it leaves within a relatively short time. And, yes, there is a psychological addiction but that part is overcome by simply giving yourself enough time to unlearn those connections.


     Some people say they learn something each time they fail at this, yet, they continue to put themselves in the position to give themselves permission to smoke. Isn't that what they need to learn?

     The positive thing to be learned from this is to stop making EXCUSES.

        "If You've quit and You're still smoking, You're doing it Wrong."

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