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  1. Sirius

    Shall We Rhyme?

    Lunch is now.
  2. Apparently, if you smoke, wherever the blood goes is going to get polluted and adversely affected.
  3. As the infographic is 63 megs in size I will post the text only version. It looks better at the aforementioned link but given the site is problematic, here goes: 12 Diseases Caused by Smoking | Infographic by UnityPoint Clinic - November 18, 2014 Each year, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit smoking on the third Thursday of November. Known as the Great American Smokeout, the event helps smokers understand that quitting, even for just one day, is the first step in becoming healthier. With tobacco use remaining the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, the health benefits of quitting begins immediately. The diseases caused by smoking harm almost every organ in the body. It is the cause of 1 in 5 deaths in the US alone, yet around 42 million American continue to smoke. Find out more about the different diseases that are caused by smoking and learn the steps necessary to quit smoking today. 1. Lung Cancer Smoking dramatically increases your chances of developing lung cancer. According to the American Lung Association, men who smoke are 23 times more likely to get lung cancer and women who smoke are 13 times more likely. Nonsmokers are also at risk of developing lung cancer. A nonsmoker exposed to secondhand smoke has a 20-30% higher risk of developing lung cancer, and secondhand smoke causes 7,330 deaths a year. 2. COPD Smoking is the cause of 9 in 10 COPD related deaths. This umbrella term, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the number three killer in the US. The CDC indicates that smoking during childhood and teenage years slows lung growth and increases the risk for developing COPD. 3. Heart Disease People who smoke are four times as likely to develop heart disease than those who do not. Nicotine in cigarettes reduces the amount of oxygen your heart gets and also raises your heart rate putting more stress on your heart. One in 5 deaths from heart disease are related directly to smoking. 4. Stroke Smoking doubles the risk of stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the blood and makes the heart work harder. This makes blood clots form more easily and then the clots can block blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke. 5. Aortic Aneurysm The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. Aneurysms are more common in men than in women according to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. It has been shown that the risk for an aortic aneurysm increases even more in men who smoke. 6. Oropharyngeal Cancer This type of cancer starts in the mouth or throat. The risk of developing it is directly related to how much someone smoked or chewed. The American Cancer Society says that this cancer can affect the voice box, lips, inner surface of the lips, cheeks and gums. 7. Esophageal Cancer This is cancer of the throat. The National Cancer Institute states that smoking increases the chances of developing esophageal cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma, or cancer on the lining of organs or the surface of skin, is linked directly to tobacco and alcohol use. 8. Cataracts This ophthalmological condition occurs when the lens of the eye becomes opaque over time and vision is lost. According to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, it is the leading cause of blindness and the risk of developing it is increased by smoking. 9. Type 2 Diabetes Around 90% of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes. The CDC says that smoking is a direct cause of type 2 diabetes. Smokers have a 30-40% increased risk of developing it. People who develop diabetes and continue to smoke are more likely to have trouble controlling their disease, which may lead to increased chances of heart disease, ulcers, infections and amputations. 10. Rheumatoid Arthritis It has been shown that smoking increases your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation cites a study that centered on the connection between the two. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the joints, pain, deformities and immobility. 11. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS is the sudden, unexplainable death of a child during sleep. It occurs between the ages of one month and one year. Studies have shown that mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their babies at a higher risk for SIDS. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine explain that mothers who smoked prior to pregnancy have the same increased risks as mothers who smoke during pregnancy. The risk is even higher if the father also smokes. 12. Erectile Dysfunction Many studies have found that smoking is a major factor in erectile dysfunction. Smoking causes plaque build up in the arteries and obstructs blood flow. In one study, men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day had a 60% higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Tips for a Smoke-Free Life Overcoming an addiction to tobacco isn’t easy. Research by the American Cancer Association found that smokers are most successful at kicking the habit when they have support. This support can include: Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines Stop-smoking groups Online quit groups Counseling Nicotine replacement products Prescription medicine to lessen cravings Guide books Encouragement and support from friends and family members Talk to your doctor today about finding a smoking cessation plan for you. Use our find a doctor tool to make an appointment today and start leading a healthier life. For more smoking facts, visit the Great American Smokeout.
  4. Really good bullet points. For those of us wavering, I'd highly recommend reading through the list. https://www.unitypoint.org/clinics/article.aspx?id=17ace3fc-fb01-45c3-8617-1beb81404fc4
  5. Read this article and wanted to share it. I hadn't realized smoking and back pain can be related. https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/stop-smoking/why-it-so-hard-quit-smoking
  6. Success boils down to serially avoiding catastrophic failure while routinely absorbing manageable damage. Translation: I didn't get hit by a car but my hands got all scratched up picking raspberries (so worth it).
  7. A sampling of low-ish impact choices for oral fixation might include: Sugar Free Cough drops Sunflower Seeds Dental Floss Celery Broccoli Sliced Red Bell Peppers Carrots Baked Kale Cucumber slices Dried unsweetened coconut Cinnamon Sticks (personal favorite) Olives
  8. Not exactly mainstream, but the musical notes fall like diamonds on to black velvet.
  9. Good Job Abby, I think you're over the 'hump!'
  10. Occam's Taser: the most painful explanation is usually the correct one.
  11. 5. impromptu back scratcher.
  12. Thanks Jillar, My only regret is I didn't quit sooner.
  13. I thought the video was well done and, at less then 9 minutes, was worth the watching.
  14. Here in the U.S. we have a sizable minority that belief vaccines are [insert conspiracy theory here], and won't have anything to do with them. Personally, I hold that getting vaccinated is a civic duty and a benchmark of average intelligence. Seems a lot of folks won't believe there is an pandemic unless they have to step over bodies in the street. My thanks to all those who took the time to get immunized.
  15. I was Pfizer'd. Second dose back on the 26th had me feeling...weird. No overt symptoms, but not quite right either. Kinda like the The UK Roundabout Appreciation Society or the Dill Pickle club. Wife got Maderna'd. She got her first dose not too long ago. While waiting in the observation area we had somebody pass out. That sparked some excitement. Only thing my better half experienced was a painful arm which lingered into the next day.
  16. A bit of unsolicited advice that sometimes helped in my situation. Walking. Get out and stretch the legs. Get the blood pumping and focus on movement and breathing. Watch for traffic and immerse into the here and now. After fifteen minutes increase the pace. When you tire, slow it down a notch, and circle on back home. Take in the sights, and sounds. It's spring, things are greening, flowers blooming, traffic flowing, rain falling, and you're a part of it all. Your breathing is rhythmic and natural. You're alive and it's good to be living.
  17. Sirius

    Shall We Rhyme?

    Hopin' you're well.
  18. Had the exact same thing happen to me. Dreams, followed by waking and wondering what I'd done. Very confusing. It takes a long time for the subconscious to get on board with what we consciously decide to do. Perhaps these dreams are the last vestiges of our identities as smokers? For me, they started several months after quitting and slowly became less frequent; not that they happened all that often.
  19. I think I still have my whiskey jar half full of water and packed with cigarette buts somewhere in my garage. There were a few times I would unscrew the lid and take a big whiff to remind me of what I was missing. I...haven't felt the need of such reminders in quite a while.
  20. The problem with quitting is that its a passive process. The only thing we do, is, refrain. Its not an activity so much as a decision. When we first start this journey of abstinence, our brain and body ask us to smoke, to receive, the nicotine we've come to expect. So the decision not to smoke has to be made again and again. Maybe a hundred or more times a day during the first weeks. That's why it so important to stay engaged in activities, preferably social activities with non-smokers. If your doing something that occupies your attention, the frequency in which you have to reinforce your decision not to smoke, is also reduced. Avoid boredom and idleness. The moments you have to yourself are the moments you have to deal with yourself. After a few days of successful abstinence we start to acquire the tools that reinforce our decision. We realize that it CAN be done. That we ARE starting to feel a bit better. That we don't want to throw away the progress we've made. Stay clean long enough and we discover that abstinence and denial are not the punishment we have been enduring but the reward we sought. Stay strong.
  21. A week into the new year and the capital building in the U.S. was sacked. I may need an even larger bowl of popcorn for 2021.
  22. 4. https://totalsororitymove.com/that-time-i-used-saran-wrap-instead-of-a-condom/

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