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  1. If you're having any issues creating, adding to your signature, or any other issues, please note them here so we can try and figure this out. Thanks!
  2. You're almost at 1 month quit! That's awesome! This will soon pass and you'll be thankful that you didn't smoke.
  3. I have no idea but please post this on the main board and start your own thread about it. This is an S.O.S. tread from another member.
  4. Welcome, Mellymark! First things first. The only way you're going to smoke is to put one of those nasty sticks in your mouth and set it on fire. Make yourself a promise that you WILL NOT smoke ever again. Not for any reason or for no reason at all. You deserve to be a non-smoker. There are more former smokers than there are smokers so there is nothing unique to your quit that will cause you to keep smoking. The more time that you put in between smoking your last cigarette, the easier it gets - and the healthier you get! Today is Sunday, the day you quit smoking. Tomorrow morning is Monday. The first Monday morning after having quit smoking I can't quit because I'm addicted
  5. Nana20, I have moments like this and I haven't even thought about lighting up a cigarette in years. Your advice - it sounds like that is the advice that you're giving yourself right now...a little tough love to yourself. This has nothing to do with smoking or not smoking and everything to do with being human and just having a mood.
  6. Hi Lilley, I can merge both accounts into one instead of deleting the old one. Your last quit is part of your new one.
  7. Public health experts have welcomed the move by the central government to ban the use of tobacco products and spitting in public places to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. States like Assam, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh among others are also penalising violators for spitting tobacco in public places. Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/28-states-uts-ban-smokeless-tobacco-products-spitting-due-to-coronavirus/articleshow/75657382.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/28-states-uts-ban-smokeless-tobacco-products-spitting-due-to-coronavirus/articleshow/75657382.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst&fbclid=IwAR1yLwetGk-oZ6CNheeXwUnpc6RHuuMnvvaTFv0H8Ds5cAcE4M6NbyBTqxA
  8. Thanks for posting and congrats on 41 days! This happens to a lot of people but in these times, a quick consult with a doctor is highly advisable. That said, the fact deep breathing makes you feel better is a good sign. Deep breathing techniques probably wouldn't do much if it was the virus. When you're anxious, this is just what happens. Remember, smoking DOES NOT CALM YOU DOWN. Smoking will not help and in fact, make it worse. Nicotine is a very powerful stimulant which raises your blood pressure and triggers adrenaline to start coursing through your body.
  9. Note to mention: Joel was doing quit smoking clinics while Allen Carr was still smoking.
  10. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/?itid=hp_no-name_hp-in-the-news%3Apage%2Fin-the-news
  11. https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/03/23/smokers-at-higher-risk-of-severe--covid-19-during-coronavirus-outbreak/#26192c117638
  12. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smoking-or-vaping-may-increase-the-risk-of-a-severe-coronavirus-infection1/
  13. https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-and-lungs-how-do-smoking-vaping-air-pollution-affect-respiratory-illnesses.html
  14. https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/03/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders
  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-27/vaping-could-increase-health-risks-tied-to-covid-19-fda-says
  16. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-smoking-and-covid-19 Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness. Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings. Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.
  17. https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/comment/33251?fbclid=IwAR1CKxBURho-Fk3k11Sds5Q95NjV4a6jCRcpu0Cexw8TvnxEwakcmGx7AA8#comment-33251
  18. Joel: In my last video on smoking and coronavirus, the last paragraph of information combined two interrelated ideas that may need SEPARATE ATTENTION due to the current critical importance of each one. In that paragraph, the point was made that a commitment to quitting smoking and never taking another puff was even simpler than hand washing or avoiding public places. This was not meant to be a “one or the other” choice. The commitment to stop smoking and stay quit, AS WELL AS the precautionary measures to prevent yourself from contracting the virus are BOTH REALLY IMPORTANT to your health. I’ll explain a bit further as follows: The first point is that REGARDLESS of your smoking status, due to the current threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, it is really important that we ALL practice the precautionary measures recommended by health professionals to prevent spread of the virus. This includes hand washing, avoiding public places, social distancing, etc. The second point Is that how well people recover if they contract the coronavirus seems to depend in part on their level of risk for respiratory and other complications. This means that your smoking status now is an independent factor that contributes to your risk of complications from the coronavirus. As I’ve described in many other videos over the years, your smoking status is also an independent risk factor for complications from many other health conditions. So of course, you want to make sure to decrease your risk of getting the virus by being vigilant about hand washing, avoiding public places, social distancing, and whatever other updated recommendations we are ALL given by national health officials, our doctors, etc.. However, smoking cessation and staying quit can ALSO help you reduce your INDIVIDUAL risk of complications from the coronavirus, as well as the risk from many other health conditions.
  19. Why NOW is the best time to quit smoking no matter when NOW is.
  20. Video explains how smokers face increased risks of serious consequences if they get infected with the Corona (Covid-19) virus and how they may be more susceptible to this virus as well as many other infectious conditions because of their smoking.

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