I have a file on my computer "desk top" for info that I find interesting and useful that I like to share with others. Decided to put it up here as a document (along with some blogs of my own that I think might help others.)
Quit Smoking Apps
Google Play Store, called MLC, meaning My Last Cigarette https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mlc&hl=en_US IOS users: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smoke-free-quit-smoking-now/id577767592?ls=1
Smoke Free - Quit Smoking Now app https://smokefreeapp.com/
Smokefree Govt. sponsored Apps https://smokefree.gov/tools-tips/apps
Best Quit Smoking Apps of 2018 https://www.healthline.com/health/quit-smoking/top-iphone-android-apps
Best apps for quitting smoking https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317633.php
SMKR on the App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smkr/id1175354799?mt=8
List of good Quit apps: https://www.healthline.com/health/quit-smoking/top-iphone-android-apps
Quit Vaping: Text "DITCHJUUL to 88709."
Quit Smoking NRTs: In order to receive free patches or gum your health plan provider or employer must sponsor you through The EX Program. nd you see an orange EX Coach chat bubble in the lower right of your screen you're sponsored and you can speak with them to see what you're eligible to receive. If you don't see the chat bubble then you're not listed as sponsored. If you're not sponsored then you should check with your state's quitline (800-QUIT-NOW), your county health department or your health care provider for your options.
Anxiety Reduction Technique: https://amindfulemergence.com/5-4-3-2-1-method-to-reduce-anxiety/
Australian Govt. quit info: How to quit smoking | Australian Government Department of Health
My Bookmarks link: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/Giulia/bookmarks
Quitting is a Skill that can be Learned: Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned
No Man's Land - how it feels: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/thread/26701-1112020-quitnet-officially-gone#comment-237072
Dr. Hurts's video on nicotine receptors: https://youtu.be/IpWMgPHn0Lo
Doc Mike Evans animated cartoon on quitting rollercoaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z16vhtjWKL0
Dopamine and how to get it: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-dopamine#section3
Elders Have Feelings Too (Read this when you're upset by how people respond.)
Excuses : Excuses
Is it too late to quit?: I've smoked 50 plus years and now i've decided to quit.
One puff is stinking thinking: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/thread/1787-the-ex-one-puff-files#comment-253154
Point of No Return: Point of No Return: Have you reached it yet?
Points - their Purpose: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/message/147808-re-point?commentID=147808#comment-147808
Rationalizing Smoking By Dr. Burke. Just - read it. It's point on.
Reward Cigarette Trigger Busters: Help Dealing With That "Reward" Cigarette Thought
Self Attack & Self Study: No If’s, Ands or Butts About It
Slips/Resetting Quit Clock
Take what you need and leave the rest
To your future self: Ramblings at six months
21 Things Learned by an Elder quitter: https://www.verywellmind.com/things-ive-learned-about-quitting-2825303
Quitting Vaping EX: Quitting E-cigarettes | Guides & Tools | BecomeAnEX
This is Quitting - To enroll in This is Quitting, teens and young adults text DITCHJUUL to 88709. https://www.thetruth.com/articles/hot-topic/quit-vaping
Dashboard Drummer: Become An Ex: Dashboard Drummer - YouTube
Juul Video: We Tried To Quit The Juul In 7 Days - YouTube
Nope song: NOPE - YouTube
What to do instead of smoking: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Mark-blog/2015/07/31/what-to-do-instead-of-smoking
Where have I gone wrong blog (read the responses): Where have I gone wrong?
Your five year old terrorist within: What is it like quitting, what is it like getting through a crave
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"Lord, did I miss my happy delusion, my smokes, the whole shebang. Couldn't I smoke and quit at the same time, I joked.
I have to admit that I did not just lose the comfort of a pleasant delusion, I gained something, too, though slowly and very grudgingly at first: an inner strength--something that is innate to most at birth--the ability to learn something new, to adjust, grow and adapt day to day. To that end, inner strength in trade for a delusion? I know I made out O.K. I made it past the addiction." (Maryfreecig Quitting Cigarettes Journal )
Cigarettes are very addicting. When you inhale smoke from a cigarette, it delivers large amounts of nicotine to your brain very quickly. This stimulates a release of dopamine, a chemical transmitter that is responsible for attention, reward, and habit forming. Particular activities like taking a break or drinking coffee, or feelings such as stress, boredom, or anger, become associated or reinforced with using tobacco. These associations can be very strong and unconscious. It might even seem like your body reaches for a cigarette before your mind even realizes it. In addition to the automatic habit, many people have uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal happens because the brain has changed, so that nicotine is now needed to produce what was once a normal amount of dopamine. Your ability to resist the habit of reaching for a cigarette and the intensity of withdrawal varies from person to person due to a number of factors, including the availability of cigarettes, life stressors, and genetics. (https://www.becomeanex.org/quitting-smoking-faq/)