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November 20 2018 07:18 PM

Congrats on 60 days! Amazing work.

As Timbo explained a cough is a very common withdrawal symptoms. If your cough does not go away or if you are concerned it is best to get it checked out by a doctor. 

For more information on withdrawal symptoms check out the session on withdrawal within the program.

Ashley, Health Educator
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November 20 2018 07:15 PM

You are almost at 15 years. Incredible. Thank you for sharing some magic with us :) 

Ashley, Health Educator
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November 18 2018 08:46 AM
Just keep on keeping on!!!!
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November 15 2018 04:29 PM
Powerful, thank you. Am going to read this often to remind myself of why I should never smoke again.
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October 30 2018 05:57 PM
Hi TeffyDRomero,
 Glad to hear that the headaches are getting more manageable for you.   There is always going to be an excuse to go back to smoking, at least it seems that way in the beginning of your quit journey. Actually there is NO EXCUSE WHAT SO EVER to go back to that nasty, deadly, life threatening habit. Stay strong no matter what happens in your life. You are back in control now, not the nicotine. As for your anxiety, there is a sister site, Panic Center, that you might want to check out. There is a link to it above. Click on the help tab, and scroll down and click on it to take you there. It might be able to help you. That breathing exercise mentioned earlier in this thread also helps you to relax. I still use use it 5 years after I've quit.
Stay strong and hang in there.
Not One Puff Ever
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September 14 2018 07:17 PM
Great Post Timbo!!! Ashley, Health Educator
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September 13 2018 09:20 AM
This thread was just what I needed to read this morning :)
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September 09 2018 03:56 AM
Hey Gorilla Quitter :) Good post!   From Eyja 
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August 20 2018 02:41 AM
Answer From J. Taylor Hays, M.D.

Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking.

Also known as a narghile, shisha or goza, a hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water and is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece.

The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe than in a cigarette, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes.

While research about hookah smoking is still emerging, evidence shows that it poses many dangers:

  • Hookah smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). In fact, hookah smokers are exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers.
  • As with cigarette smoking, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.
  • Hookah smoking delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking, possibly leading to tobacco dependence.
  • Hookah smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke.
  • Hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies.
  • Hookah pipes used in hookah bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the spread of infectious diseases.


J. Taylor Hays, M.D.
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August 07 2018 09:38 AM
I love this list, especially the HALT stuff.  I have found that little acronym to be very useful and very practical in my quit (especially the "H" section).  My body knows when it needs *something* but is still frequently confused about what that something is, and will send up a smoke craving.  I envision it like my brain throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks, lol.
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