Life goes on without smoking

Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

13 Jul 2006, 00:13 #31

"For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!"
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

18 Jul 2006, 01:28 #32

"It is important for all people who quit smoking to recognize that life goes on without smoking. Over time after a person quits smoking there will be changes: medical, psychological, professional, economic, life roles, relationships, etc. What is important to recognize though is that most of these changes would have occurred whether you had quit smoking or not or even whether or not you ever smoked"

- from the start of Joel's post above.



I'd like to add that handling stress also falls into this category. Stress, anxiety, fear: all types of emotions happen to never smokers / non-smokers as well as us ex-smokers and to active smokers too. How we react to or acknowledge and handle those outside influences is a learned skill. For Non-Smokers they do not have a link to tobacco or nicotine in regards to stress. Stress is simply a reaction to external stimuli to be dealt with. For us ex-smokers we eventually learn to disassociate stress from our former nicotine consumption activities. We learn that smoking tobacco did not cause or relieve stress - it only releived the anxiety created by the 'fight or flight' reaction to dropping nicotine levels. Active addicts have a built in source of stress - how to keep their nicotine levels elevated enough to postpone withdrawal until they can consume another dose. The nicotine does not relieve stress, it releives it's own absence which then reduces withdrawal anxiety - temporarily until the level drops again in 30 to 60 minutes.

One of my earliest thoughts about becoming an ex-smoker was that other people in my life who did not use tobacco and were not (actively) addicted to nicotine were able to live their lives - make decisions, deal with disappointment, adapt to new stimuli, deal with the death of a loved one, handle stressful situations ..... live their lives without the thought of smoking tobacco. I wanted to get back to that state of living free. If they could then so could I.

What I know now after a year and a half - It takes time to heal, not a day, not a week, not a month not any 'time limit'. We each heal at our own pace of understanding and accpetance. But know this - you can and will learn to live your life without consciously linking everything to a thought of smoking tobacco. My quit bro Bruce wrote about just that today.

See this one also: Decisions - are you making them?

NTAP & you too will learn to live naturally - nicotine clean and free - as we were meant to be.

JoeJ Free - NicotineFree and Living as I was meant to be for One Year, Six Months, Seven Days, 2 Hours and 52 Minutes, while reclaiming 48 Days, Image by choosing not to use 13828 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,794.06.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

26 Jul 2006, 20:16 #33

"For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!"
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:00

29 Jul 2006, 00:57 #34

From: Joel Sent: 7/26/2006 8:16 AM
"For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!"

Linda gold X 6
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

31 Jul 2006, 21:01 #35

For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

11 Aug 2006, 10:41 #36

For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

17 Aug 2006, 21:19 #37

A question came up about coughing up darkened phlegm after quitting. The string we have on "Cilia" explains how the healing process can cause cold like symptoms or the coughing up of tars collected over the years of smoking. These effects can go on for weeks or months for some people.

But life goes on without smoking, and sometimes there are other conditions that can cause the coughing up of dark specks. These conditions should never be ignored or written off to just not smoking.

Symptoms should be treated with the same caution as you would normally exercise when you were a smoker. If long enough or severe enough, getting checked out is a prudent course to follow. Once any problems are ruled out by your physician you will have the true peace of mind that the symptom is simply part of the healing and cleansing process that occurs from quitting.

Always know the best way to help prevent such problems in the future, and even more serious lung diseases that don't just have a short course of a week or two with a return to normal, is to keep your lung from ever being assaulted again from the thousands of chemicals, hundreds of poisons and 43 known carcinogens in tobacco smoke. The only way to stop this assault is to never take another puff!

Joel
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JoeJFree Gold
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

22 Aug 2006, 03:25 #38

Bad things happen - always get more attention.
Good things happen - don't get the attention they deserve.

Fact is, bothe good and bad things are gonna happen wether you are ingesting nicotine by smoking tobacco cigarettes or not. That's life, things happen, life goes on.
.....and as Joel so correctly says: Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

25 Aug 2006, 10:09 #39

For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

30 Aug 2006, 03:11 #40

For people who are off for weeks, months, years or decades and who are cranky, nervous, depressed, angry, have sore throats, heart burn, ear aches, backaches, headaches, eye strains, poor vision, hearing problems, broken bones, have stubbed their toes, have financial concerns, job stresses, or any other extraordinary issues going on in their lives at the moment. Don't blame every feeling, bad or good in your life on the fact that you happened to have quit smoking. Life goes on without smoking and as the closing paragraph in this article states:

Life goes on without smoking. It is likely to go on longer and it is likely that you will be healthier at each and every stage than you would have been if you had continued smoking. Your life will continue to stay better and likely last long longer as long as you always remember to never take another puff!
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