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A cigarette is not your Friend.
« on: May 28, 2015, 07:41:14 pm »
I loved smoking. Cigarettes relax and comforted me. They've been with me through my adult life and feel like a close friend. Sounds crazy I know, but that is the truth of it. How could I hope to quit for good when I love smoking?

Deep down, we all know that cigarettes, are nothing even close to being your "friend." Emotionally, however, years of tobacco use have taught us that cigarettes help us with everything from boredom to anger management.

We've learned to look at smoking as a buddy that helps us cope.

The Truth About the Smoking Pleasure the buzz that we get. As smokers, we live in an almost constant state of nicotine withdrawal, from the first cigarette of the day until the last.

As soon as we stub out a cigarette, the level of nicotine in the bloodstream begins to drop, signaling the start of nicotine withdrawal. Within a half hour, we're thinking about the next cigarette, and by the one-hour mark, most smokers are edgy and uncomfortable.

We light a cigarette and within a few puffs, the discomforts ease up. Chemically, we've gotten that dopamine rush that comes when nicotine attaches to receptors in our brains. The fidgety tension is gone and we're back to feeling comfortable. It won't last long, though, because within a half hour to an hour, the process will repeat itself. It is this pattern of nicotine depletion and replenishment in the bloodstream that we have learned to think of as "smoking pleasure."

Over time, that physical need, which is all about addiction, gets attached to every emotion and event in our lives.

We learn to crave a cigarette when difficult emotions come, even if the nicotine level in our bloodstream is topped off. Smoking has become our "friend," our  "companion" in times of stress.

If You Want to Change Your Life, Change Your Mind.

True and lasting recovery from nicotine addiction must involve changing our relationship to smoking. We have to coax out all of the illusion's we've taught ourselves over the years and look at them in the light of day. Give recovery from nicotine addiction all of your attention and know that you are not a helpless slave. You can reclaim your life and get to a place where smoking no longer has the power to influence you. A cigarette is not your friend in anyway, this piece that Joel Spitzer wrote really put it into context for me, if ever I romance a cigarette I would read this.

How do you feel about a friend who has to go everywhere with you? Not only does he tag along all the time, but since he is so offensive and vulgar, you become unwelcome when with him. He has a peculiar odor that sticks to you wherever you go. Others think both of you stink.

He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump. Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the store and pick him up. You would give your spouse hell if he or she did that to you all the time, but you can't argue with your friend. Sometimes, when you are out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand in the lobby with him and miss important scenes. Since he calls all the shots in your life, you go. Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either. Instead of politely telling you that you have lousy taste, he burns little holes in these items so you will want to throw them out. Sometimes, he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally, he gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.

He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack of property destruction costly, but you must pay to keep him with you. In fact, he will cost you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you can count on one thing, he will never pay you a penny in return.

Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having lots of fun doing them. But your friend won't let you. He doesn't believe in physical activity. In his opinion, you are too old to have that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and makes it difficult for you to breathe. Now you don't want to go off and play with other people when you can't breathe, do you?

Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really repulsed by the thought of you living a long and productive life. So every chance he gets he makes you sick. He helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by running out in the middle of the lousy weather to pick him up at the store. He is more creative than that. He carries thousands of poisons with him which he constantly blows in your face. When you inhale some of them, they wipe out cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these diseases.

But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He especially likes diseases that slowly cripple you - like emphysema. He considers this disease great. Once he gets you to have this, you will give up all your other friends, family, career goals, activities - everything. You will just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is while you desperately gasp for air.

But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no longer wishes to have your company. Instead of letting you go your separate ways, he decides to kill you. He has a wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him. In fact, he has been plotting your death since the day you met him. He picked all the top killers in society and did everything in his power to ensure you would get one of them. He overworked your heart and lungs. He clogged up the arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body. In case you were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing agents. He knew he would get you sooner or later.

Well, this is the story of your "friend," your cigarette. No real friend would do all this to you. Cigarettes are the worst possible enemies you ever had. They are expensive, addictive, socially unacceptable, and deadly. Consider all this and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!


©1984 Joel Spitzer
   Quit Date 04/04/2014
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