Every day you don’t smoke, dip, chew or vape is a victory (even if COVID-19 is making it hard to celebrate). 

Blog Post created by NDC_Team on Mar 31, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has caused disruption and worry for us all.  Life can seem ‘out-of-control’. You might feel more stressed than usual, out of your routine, or missing the things or people you rely on to hang on to your quit.  However, one thing in which everyone on the EX community can take solace is the focus on being or making efforts to be tobacco-free.  To quote a recent tweet from Jon Bon Jovi, “If you can’t do what you do, do what you can”.  And, being here in the EX community is an important thing that you are doing right now to act in your own best interest.


Stopping tobacco use, and staying stopped, is a tangible, and positive action that you can take each day. It’s also something that may directly lower your risk of COVID-19 or complications (not to mention other infections and illnesses, too).  Take comfort in the fact that you are doing something good for yourself today, right now.  No matter where you are in the journey, the fact that you are here in the  EX Community is a testimony to your intention for doing your best for yourself today.  


Take a breath and celebrate your accomplishment in being here right now. Maybe that celebrating looks different than usual: savor a refreshing cold drink; admire a spring view out the window; connect with a friend by text message or call; watch a favorite program; post right here in the EX Community. Congratulate yourself and congratulate others here for having the courage to ‘change the things we can’.


Michael V. Burke, Ed.D

Program Director and NDC Counselor/ CTTS