Blog Post created by NDC_Team on Nov 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is likely to be a different experience than usual this year given the dangers from COVID-19.  We hope you are planning to be safe and stay healthy.  You’ve already shown a commitment to a healthier you by deciding to stop smoking.  Make plans to get through the holiday safe, healthy, and smoke free, despite the COVID pandemic. 


Given the spread of COVID, the safest way to spend the holiday is celebrating with those people with whom you live.  But, that doesn’t mean you cannot connect outside your home.  Call your loved ones, reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken with in a while, maybe even connect with others in this EX community.  Being safe does not need to be alone.


If you’ve decided to travel and or gather with others, try to keep safe distance, do your best not to share air with others, and wash hands often. The CDC provides some good guidance that you might find helpful.  


It has been a difficult year; but if you’re on this community, you likely have some things for which to be grateful.  Take a few moments this holiday to think through your ‘gratitude list’.  If you would, share some of those things here, on EX.  Let’s get through this together.


Michael V. Burke, Ed.D

Program Director and NDC Counselor/ CTTS