Although public buildings in Ohio will go smoke free on December 7th. Today is the day for your lungs to go smoke free if you are a smoker.
The Great American Smokeout is an effort of the American Cancer Society- and is partially credited for helping American’s go from 37.1% of our adults smoking in 1974 to 20.9% in 2005.
My parents smoked when I was growing up. Dad was a 3 pack of Players guy. Even after his first heart attack, and not smoking for 3 months- the bad habit came back- esp. since he worked with smokers (back in the old days- people actually smoked at work!).
After several other scares, heart attacks, heart surgeries he finally quit. I have to admire my Mom- she quit way before he did. The secret was a program called SmokeEnders which suggested the following:
- Do a surroundings purification ritual before your quit date. Clean the house, top to bottom, carpets, blinds, computer keyboards, bedding, upholstery, etc. Detail your car. Nicotine is a contact drug (hence the patch) easily transmitted through the skin. It’s hard to quit when you keep getting jolts of the drug you crave by touching it.
- On your quit date: purify yourself. 24 hours of nothing but fruit juices to help purge your pores. Also, take three showers that day- wash away the drug.
- Mentally- every time you get the urge, repeat this mantra: I choose not to smoke.
It’s harder than kicking heroin, but the impact on your health, your wallet, your life expectancy makes it worth it.
Best of luck. Let’s make the percentage of people smoking drop some more. Starting December 7th (a good target day for you to do the steps above) lets all celebrate a smoke free life.