No Smoking

One man's journey through the haze of butting out.

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Name: Dana Lee

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

No Smoking?

No smoking ... how to quit smoking ... quitting smoking ... results guaranteed ... stop smoking ... and all that.

I've been searching on the Internet for weeks. I mean, it can't be so difficult, right? Potions, notions, pills, patches, gums, sprays, hypnotism, laser therapy,'s all out there. But, in the end, two things:

1. You have to want to quit. There's nothing that will make you quit, unless you are ready.

2. It's all in your head.

I've read some fascinating bits and pieces. If you, too, feel it's time to drop ciggies from your life, do read this free e-book "Stop Smoking: Break The Chains" by Mark Jordan. He has it available as a Word doc and, wonderfully, as a document for Palm PDAs. I read it on the subway over a few days - it's not that long. If you prefer a paper book, go out and buy "Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking" it's around $20 in any major bookstore. Both of these guys are Brits and both talk common sense. Their philosophies are very similar (although I haven't finished Mr. Carr's book yet.)

So...why start a blog on non-smoking? Two reasons: one, I quit on Tuesday, September 6th and this will be a bit of a journal as to how it's going. Two, if I find something that might be helpful to the legions of smokers out there who want to quit, hopefully they'll google to this blog. Why do you think I stuck all those classic keywords at the top of this entry? :-)

Oh yeah, another reason. If I blog about this, I'll have to be way more committed since I'm blabbing to everybody how I've quit.

So...let the games begin!


Anonymous Mark Jordan said...

Hi Dana,

Just scanning the net and see that you have stopped smoking - excellent! Thank you for telling others about my book - it has now passed the 30,000 download mark (1700+ from alone)

Good luck for the future!

Mark Jordan

8:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea Harsell said...

Hi Dana....

Just came across your blog. The year....2010. Hello to a fellow Leo. I am into day 4 no smoking. It sucks. Im hanging in. I have a husband, kids, and a lot to live for so I endure my addiction and keep on believing that I am too smart to continue to smoke. I am a musician too so it is a MAJOR lifestyle change. It will be awhile before I can hang with my crew at a bar. I started smoking when I was 14. I was curious if you have found the motivation to take another whack at it? Thanks for the blog. It's helpful.

- Andrea Harsell
Missoula, MT

1:00 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Hi Andrea,

Glad the blog is helpful. As you know, it went dormant in 2007, but I've kept it online, because of the helpful information that's in it. I did, indeed, return to smoking, but am still, three years later, smoking very little. They say it can take up to five quits for it to stick. Hang in there, the first few days are definitely the most difficult, then it really does get easier. You have a lot of good reasons to quit, and I truly wish you the best of luck in your quest. You *can* do it!


3:33 PM  

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