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Why Quit? Cold Turkey….

When I speak of Why Quit most of the time , I am talking about the website.

It is a hardcore cold turkey site. No NRT, Champix anything COLD TURKEY!!

It is the most wonderful site, it really is, I could not have stopped smoking without it.

Now they are HARD CORE!! You must be nicotine free to be part of the site. It has the most wonderful resources and blogs. Great support but like I said it is hard-core. It really frightened me to be honest at first but it really inspired me and helped me get through the first 72 hours of NO SMOKES!!! You can’t take another puff either, no slips up, it is harsh but you need to be sometimes and that is what some of us need.Me anyhow. If you want a hand holding or patting site where people will tell you its ok to slip, it’s not this one.

http://whyquit.com/

It has fantastic resources as well.

If you are serious about stopping, you need to check it out, it is a great resource and source of support and much more.

The stories are heart wrenching and usually I would read something like that and go whatever as I had for years and thought “just trying to frighten me’ but it is more than that. I can not explain it, you need to look at it yourself and see what I mean.

Stay Strong and SMOKE FREE!!!

NO contemplation on this site:) JUST DO IT!!

GO HARD!!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/whyquit/

http://www.whyquit.com/

http://whyquit.com/pr/112311.html

 

World Smoking News 02/07/12:

Evening.

Well can you believe it, Monday is done and dusted already???

Before I know it, it will be time to go to Italy again 🙂

So today’s round up is:

NEW SMOKING VACCINE BEING DEVELOPED:

http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2012-07-01/new-smoking-vaccine-using-gene-therapy-being-developed

PRISON SMOKING BAN CUTS DOWN ON PRISON FIRES (nz)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816902

SMOKING BAN IN INDIANA NOT CHANGING HABITS:

http://www.jconline.com/article/20120701/NEWS02/307010033/Smoking-ban-not-changing-any-habits?odyssey=nav%7Chead&nclick_check=1

 

HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT SMOKE FREE DAY!!

STAY STRONG AND SMOKE FREE

 

World Smoking News Weekend Round up:

23 & 24th June 2012.

Greetings all………..Sadly another weekend draws to a close and its back to work 😦

So lets look at whats rocking in the world of tobacco and smoking!!

ANTI SMOKINGS ADS HAVE INCREASED QUIT ATTEMPTS:

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay665794_20120621_Anti-Smoking_Ads_Have_Increased_Quit_Attempts__CDC.html?cmpid=138896554

SMOKING HELPS ME THINK???

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/smoking-helps-think-says-greeces-santos-193818200–sow.html

SMOKERS BRACE FOR INCREASE ON CIGARETTES TAX:

http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x2102586801/Smokers-brace-for-cigarette-tax-increase-on-Sunday

SMOKING AFFECTS MEN WANTING TO BE DADS:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Smoking-affects-kids-of-hopeful-dads/articleshow/14356431.cms

SMOKING IN BED CAUSES HOUSE FIRE:

http://www.wbtv.com/story/18862178/smoking-in-bed-causes-house-fire-off-lawyers-road

Escape from Smoking; Tim Williamson:

Change your life in 3 hours!! Look younger, feel younger, make money and love your life!!

Hmmmm pretty heady claims……….Author of other “Escape” books. Once again I wonder about the wisdom of applying other principles to smoking.

“I am going to show you how to free your mind from a program of behavior that has had you in its clutches for far too long. I will teach you to be able to shift your focus and energy to more worthwhile pursuits – your family, friends, self-improvement, health and wight loss, to name a few. You will b able to begin and complete this transition without spending another cent of your hard-earned money. i am going to show you how you can get the most out of your life and have as much as you desire…”

In Escape from Smoking, Tim Williamson says he will show you how to break the destructive chain of behavior that makes quitting smoking so tough, and how to ditch the cigarettes without:

  • spending money on nicotine patches or gum, or expensive vitamin supplements
  • going through demoralizing weight gain
  • losing motivation, feeling deprived or caving into withdrawal.
Nice claims but is it pie in the sky and in 3 hours???
The book says you need to enter the program with a relaxed mind, no pre conceived ideas about stopping, a view to gaining a new life and a willingness to participate fully. He looks at triggers, what nicotine does, what you perceive that smoking does for you, weight management, your future and your program. Interestingly enough, the program bit is last and the smallest section. Go figure!!
I don’t know really, its like any other run of the mill, stop smoking, trying to be different book by a life coach. He does get you to examine certain aspects of your behaviour in detail and ask questions that are relevant but you have probably asked these yourself.
This book is no worse or better than the average run of the mill stop smoking book. Will it help you? Probably not and there is nothing revolutionary or extra in there for you to try. Will it give you new ideas?
No, I don’t think so. It’s pretty ho hum really.It wouldn’t even inspire me to think about stopping.
Sorry, guys no miracle cure here 🙂


Quit For life: Jamie Mushin:

A 2011/2012 book, so all new and new up to date methods? The Author is an ex – smoker, a motivational speaker, trainer and coach. He is Australian, we won’t hold that against him though….Sadly, quite a thick book, which I don’ t like BUT you may!!

He starts by saying we may be wondering “Why in god’s name is someone writing another stop smoking book?”  Not quite in those words but you get the idea. Jamie states his book is for those among us who have not been successful with other books to date. Hmm, well if we were successful, we wouldn’t be reading his book, would we?

This book is for those who have already decided to stop smoking and know they are ready to do so. I like that he says this books is not the ONLY answer to becoming a non smoker, neither is it the only way.Great, Like that BUT then he has to say that it is simple and stress free method. ARGH!!! and are you excited???

Please, I hate to be a cynic but excited to stop? Even though I REALLY wanted to stop, I was not excited. Are alcoholics excited to give up the drink? ERR probably not. Jamie talks about “MINDFULNESS” and how this will help in your stopping. When you have an urge for a cigarette, then you need to practice mindfulness, which is as follows: you need to take a 60 second time out to sit with that feeling. You need to determine where that feeling comes from and see if you can discover where that sensation is located. If you can’t then you need to see if it is really a sensation or your mind telling you ,you need a cigarette. If you can locate the sensation, then watch the sensation without judgement. Allow it to be there and don’t get frustrated or watch it.After 60 seconds or when the sensation has dissipated, get on with your day.

Okkkkkk. That sounds JUST great!! Sensation my arse, craving is what it is called, Jamie, you knob head!! God, this book started off with so much promise, and now it has descended down into moron territory!!Because it started with promise, I will pretend I did not read all that tosh and carry on…..

Jamie turns to looking at why you smoke, are you ready to stop, what if you like smoking? Setting goals, but then he really gets into this mindfulness ,a little bit at the end of each chapter and then big chunks throughout the book!! URGH!!

There is nice personal stories in there but most of it, is like all other smoking books apart from the silly mindfulness, which really is just a jazzed up version of mind games with oneself , self talk or self-hypnosis!!  Now if that works for you and you can do it, then it will help you and it maybe the book for you.

Sadly this is not groundbreaking. It’s just another recipe of the plain old choccie cake folks!! Sorry…….. and if the plain old choccie cake did it for us we wouldn’t be looking for new jazzed up versions!!

Thumbs down as it’s not new, it’s the same old crap, different day……..However like I say, it may work for you !!

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/final-days-of-cigarettes/story-fn6bn9st-1226233396086