Good Afternoon Folks! Happy Hump Day to All of YOU!!!
I want to personally thank you for all the support you have given my roommate “JK” over this whole week. You can never know how much I appreciate all the good wishes and prayers. I finally just learned this morning, that she is doing much better today. She is not completely out of the woods entirely, but the good news is always welcomed.
I also want to reach out to the many of you that supported my piece yesterday regarding the question I posted pertaining to Quitting Smoking. I presented a picture of people in commercials/infomercials that were rather disturbing and asked; What are your thoughts on the subject matter? and/or were you the least bit scared to witness these adds?
“Michele E.H.”, wrote she had tried to quit 100 million times from a pack a day habit. Now she has cut it to 2 cigarettes per day.
“The Adventures of Doodledip” stated, her father had quit for 2 years after smoking for 35 years because his lungs were black. But, he had started again due to stress at work. Now, doctors currently have him on anti-depressants, but he is still smoking.
There are over 4000 chemicals, 43 known as cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds, and 400 other toxins in one ( 1 ) cigarette. Multiply that by 20 in one single pack per day = 80,000 chemicals, 860 cancer-causing compounds, 8000 other toxins.
Here are some of the dominant toxins just to name a few; Nicotine, Tar, Carbon Monoxide ( Do you need an alarm system hanging from your rib cage to go off? ), formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and arsenic, DDT. “Do you think I was kidding about the alarm hanging around your neck? Shit, we have carbon monoxide alarms hanging in our homes right?”
Build Your Quit Plan:
One of the keys to a successful quit plan is preparation. Create a Quit plan by combining quit smoking strategies to keep focused, confident, and motivated to quit. Help identify challenges you will face as you quit and ways to overcome them (Coping skills).
Alright, so we’re already in the last week of January 2018, but we have a whole 11 brand new months ahead of ourselves. Here are a few techniques to customize your own plan.
Break out that calendar, and pick a date. When it comes to choosing a specific quit date, the sooner the better. Don’t drag this on, or you’ll never stick to this. According to the CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Many smokers need at least a two week time period to psych themselves up for their quit date. So say, you take a nice colorful Sharpie marker, and by using the current date, 01/24/2018, you circle 02/07/2018. Write in the middle of that date, “Quit Smoking!” Or select the upcoming weekend of the 10th, when it’s less stressful from work. You may want to write this down and stick it on your mirror in the bathroom/bedroom, or perhaps your refrigerator. All these reminders will keep you in check.
Next step, notify family, friends, and co-workers that you have a set “Quit Date”, I’m sure there are several calendars to post this around the office. You would be amazed of the support system you will have by announcing to everyone. In fact, check out the following site (https://smokefree.gov/getting-support). The more support, the better the results.
Next, remove all the smoking reminders that might sidetrack your “Quit Date”, by removing ashtrays, emptying out the vehicles ashtray, and use air freshener to keep a fresh scent in the automobile. Wash your clothes, and clean your home, windows included. Get rid of the nasty scent of smoke out of everything around you. If you create a clean environment, your chances of quitting are greater.
Here are a few questions I’d like to ask my fellow bloggers:
- Do you smoke?
- How much per day?
- Have you ever attempted to quit before?
- If you did, in fact, quit, for how long did it last?
- Have you stopped? and, if so how long has it been for?
Tomorrow, I will continue to (Part 3) of Building a Quit Plan, as well as several other ways in order to grab the bulls by the nasty horns and take back your life. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Take Care & God Bless!
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