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" You don't have to take a pill, a shot, a candy bar or a drink. All you have to do is think of something else. Go back to work, take a walk or
just take a deep breath of fresh air. The urge will pass in seconds and once again you will go hours, days, weeks and eventually months before you have
another urge. Stay happier, healthier and better looking and smelling. "
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"I want one." " No I don't." "One sounds great." "No it doesn't."
"Oh just one!" "Not just one." Sounds familiar? Think in terms of one and you will go back and forth with this internal
debate, all day long driving yourself nuts. When you have the urge for one, don't lie to yourself saying you don't want it. You do want it. That is a
given. But, you don't want the others that go with it. Taking a puff now means either going back to smoking or going through quitting again. Those are
both lousy options.
As far as when will the urge stop, it is not a question of time, more a question of experience. The day to day
rituals will break relatively quickly, but new experience happen all the times that you will not learn to deal with until they happen. If you quit in the
winter, the first time sitting down at a beach or by a pool next summer will likely trigger the urge because you would not yet have learned to do that as an
ex-smoker. You may not go to a wedding for years. The first time is awkward, the second less so, after three or four it may be a non-issue. But this does not
prepare you for going to a funeral. Every new experience is another victory when you get through it without relapsing. See it that way. It may have been
tough for the moment, but in the aftermath, it was worth it. You are still an ex-smoker.
Also consider how often you wanted to quit when you were still smoking. That was never going away or getting
better. Neither side is perfect, but this side has real advantages. To stay on the side where the thought for smoking will get less and less frequent, and
the damages from smoking no longer occur always remember to never take another puff!
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Aug 28 02 9:50 PM
I'm really proud to be smoke free for so long (2W 2D 2h 24m 59s).
It hasn't been as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it hasn't been easy
The cravings are getting less frequent but when I do get them they are
I was trying to reason why I still get these cravings.
There's no nicotine in my body and I gave up because I really hated smoking, so why do I
crave a cigarette?
Every time I got a craving I stopped what I was doing for a short while and thought about
what I was doing and why that would trigger a craving. What I came to realise is that it wasn't just associations with people and places that triggered
my cravings. Over the years of smoking I had used cigarettes as a means of dealing with emotional peaks. As I got more and more addicted I relied on
cigarettes more and more to deal with all the stresses and strains of every day life. Actually I now realise that I used to have a cigarette whenever I was
nervous, angry, depressed, tired, bored, annoyed, etc. For instance if I got really stressed I would go and have 2 or 3 cigarettes. I would chain-smoke them.
Afterwards I would feel much calmer. The reason I felt calmer was not the cigarette but the fact that I had subconsciously associated smoking with feelings
of calm and relaxation. I was so addicted to nicotine that I made myself believe that somehow smoking was actually good for me because it helped me to relax.
In the process I had subconsciously made myself believe that cigarettes calmed me down. If you believe something to be true you can not only convince
yourself but you can actually alter your subconscious. The fact is that smoking doesn't help us cope with any of our problems or emotions. In fact in
some cases cigarettes can actually aggravate the situation.
What it boils down to is that the only reason I used to go "nuts" when I got a
really bad craving was because I had successfully brainwashed myself into believing that cigarettes calmed me down.
I realise this is "Junkie Thinking" which has identified the problem the next step is how to deal with it.
What I have tried doing is re-associating the feeling of calm and relaxation with drinking
water. When I have a glass of water I take a couple of deep breaths and relax. If I succeeded in subconsciously brainwashing myself into believing that
cigarettes calmed me down then I'm sure I can do it again with something less harmful this time!!
There's no reason to get stressed about cigarettes or anything else. As they say,
it's all in the mind. I know it's easier said than done but if other people, myself included, can do it then you can too!!! It's strange but I
didn't think that I would have to re-learn how to relax and calm down just because I quit smoking.
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Jun 4 03 3:51 PM
Subconsciously Triggered Crave Episode
Consciously Fixating on a "Thought"?
True or False - the urge you now feel will end whether you feed it or not? Although almost always small - unless you waited too long between feedings - you
were threatened by urges each and every day of your entire smoking life. Two choices but which in the end which promises lasting comfort and a healthy
life, and which promises to immediately, again, begin the destruction of your body's ability to receive and transport life giving oxygen?
Which is easier, a temporary period of adjustment that with each passing day witnesses fewer and fewer thoughts of "wanting" or permanent
chemical captivity to nicotine's two hour chemical half-life in the human body? Which is smarter?
Unless you are fixating upon a "thought" of smoking - as you would with your favorite food, person or place - the crave episode you are feeling
now will not last longer than three minutes but be sure and look at a clock as science tells us that time distortion and longer minutes is part of the
dependency recovery process. If you are fixating upon a "thought," fixate even harder but immediately begin viewing the "thought" in
Self honesty is important. Is the concept of "just one" an honest thought for any true chemical slave? Then why picture just one? Instead try to
calculate and picture the number of cigarettes you've smoked so far in your life while playing the "just one more pack" mind game. Picture
them all there with you now. What does throwing all your hard work away and having that "one" powerful puff really mean? Do you have enought time
remaining to again fill the room with as many cigarettes as you've smoked before serious bad news arrives? I don't know. What I do know is that the
next few minutes are 100% doable!
You're going home! Remember, each and everyone of us faced our own biggest challenge. Whichever challenge in the end proves to have been your greatest
will someday soon be looked back upon with a smile and pride! There's only one rule - no nicotine today!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long! John
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May 16 04 5:02 PM
Wed. Aug. 13, 2003
VANCOUVER - Just 14 per cent of lung cancer patients on this continent survive for five years and if those odds aren't bad enough, patients also face
the perception they have no one to blame but themselves, according to experts attending a Vancouver conference.
The strong association between lung cancer and smoking (up to 90 per cent of lung cancers are caused by current or former smoking plus secondhand exposure) means patients are stigmatized, speakers told delegates at a
session of the 10th World Conference on Lung Cancer.
Even though lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, the lack of compassion being afforded such patients is contributing to its low profile in
the media, its low level of funding relative to other cancers and even its marginal treatment success rates, said Lynne Robertson, a patient advocate
from the United Kingdom.
The fact that lung cancer garners little sympathy stems also from the fact that patients are too demoralized and too sick to put a human face on the
suffering of the disease. Some die within months of being diagnosed.
"Because outcomes of treatment are relatively poor, there are few survivors and as such, few patient advocates raising lung cancer awareness and
ensuring optimal treatment and support for sufferers," said Robertson.
Dr. Paul Bunn, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Denver, said patient advocacy has to increase so that new therapies can be
researched and developed.
Despite the fact that lung cancer claims more lives than cancers of the breast, prostate and colorectal combined, it is those cancers that generate the
most research funding and public attention.
In 2000, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimated it awarded research funding of only $1,200 per lung cancer death, compared to $11,400 for breast
cancer and $8,000 for prostate cancer.
Carolyn Aldige, of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, based in Virginia, said the low priority accorded lung cancer means that treatment is
"sub-optimal and there is a paucity of support services."
Indeed, a recent study to which the speakers referred found that of 600 stories on cancer in the U.S. print and broadcast media, 73 per cent detailed the
personal stories of breast cancer patients and the remainder were about prostate and colorectal patients.
Dr. Diane Blum, a New York Cancer Care delegate, said the 10 per cent of lung cancer patients who have never smoked are particularly affected by the
`victim blaming' and have a hard time coping when confronted by "public indifference and judgmental attitudes."
She said such prejudicial attitudes can create a vicious cycle in which people with suspicious symptoms fail to seek medical attention promptly.
(Symptoms of lung cancer may include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, spit that contains blood and chest pain.)
But Robertson said research shows lung cancer can be beaten if diagnosed at the very earliest stages of disease, which means that those at risk of
developing cancer should be screened.
Robertson said the Roy Castle Lung Foundation, with which she is involved, believes public understanding of the disease could be increased by publicizing
the stories of patients who survive, while being careful not to raise false hope.
Dr. Nevin Murray, chair of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and a researcher at the B.C. Cancer Agency, which is one of the
co-hosts of the conference, said patient advocacy can have an enormous impact on treatment and care and that is why conference organizers invited patient
advocates such as the Global Lung Cancer coalition and others to the conference, which in the past has just included scientists and health professionals.
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Feb 5 05 4:18 AM
If you find yourself experiencing a conscious thought of wanting to smoke nicotine then it is
greatly within your ability to control whether you feed and fuel the fire with more "junkey thinking" or use the opportunity for
honest reflection and to set the record straight.
There are no taste buds inside your lungs and you did not smoke for flavor or taste. You
smoked because you had to ... because it hurt when you didn't.
Love, like? Compared to what? Do you any remaining memory of what it was like to go your
entire day without once wanting for nicotine? Yes, you found yourself smoking lots and lots, and yes, you don't normally do things you
don't like to do, but you and I are true drug addicts, addicted to a substance that hooks 6 times more regular users than powdered
cocaine (15% vs. 90%).
Stress? Wrong! Nicotine is an alkaloid and stress a serious acid producing event within
the body. Acids can quickly neutralize alkaloids. What we did was to add the onset of early chemical withdrawal on top of every
stressful event life threw our way. Once we replinished our rapidly falling nicotine reserves the flat tire still needed changing. Never
once in your life did smoking nicotine remove a stressful event.
If it's a subconsciously triggered crave episode -- encountering a time, place, event or
emotion during which you conditioned your subconscious to expect the arrival of a new supply of nicotine -- then it will be less than 3
minutes in duration but be sure at look at a clock as time distortion during early recovery appears to bes an almost universial recovery
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