Ramblings and rants about the amusing, stupid things that happen to me in and around Cincinnati.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I Am Dying For A Cigarette!

Probably literally.

It's been over 72 hours since I've smoked. This is not an easy task, kids. I almost lit one up last night thinking nobody would know any better. But you know what? It doesn't matter! I would have known and I'm the one that absolutely needs to quit!

I came across an interesting post on the WOXY boards today about the benefits of quitting. And now I realize how stupid I've been for smoking all of these years. I never had a clue that my circulation problems were a cause of smoking. The last two years I've gone to Las Vegas, my left foot does stupid shit that makes me unable to walk. Obviously a circulation problem. Hopefully, I've stopped the nonsense in time before doing permanent damage. I suppose I should talk to my doctor about this. I will during my next appointment.

Anyway, I can't believe how much better I feel already. What a fucked-up habit.

Kids, please do not smoke. There are so many impurities in a cigarette and those impurities do a lot of damage.

Geez, I am so going to quit...I promise. Anyway, here's the post I came across which I have hanging everywhere I may be tempted to smoke. I have to get through this. Any words of encouragement would be great!

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At 20 minutes after quitting:
blood pressure decreases
pulse rate drops
body temperature of hands and feet increases.

At 8 hours:
carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:
chance of a heart attack decreases

At 48 hours:
nerve endings start regrowing
ability to smell and taste improve

At 2 weeks to 3 months:
circulation improves
walking becomes easier
lung function increases

From 1 to 9 months:
Starting as early as a month after you quit smoking, and continuing for the next several months, you may notice significant improvements in these areas:
coughing
sinus congestion
fatigue
shortness of breath

At 1 Year smoke free:
excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

At 2 years:
chances of achieving long-term success with quitting tobacco increases significantly

At 5 years:
from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years:
risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
risk of ulcer decreases

At 15 years:
risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked

4 Comments:

Blogger TyreDurgan said...

Good for you! Smoking is way bad for you!

2:29 AM

 
Blogger Arn said...

Hey Rochelle! I know you've wanted to quit for quite a while now. I'm sure it's going to be one of the hardest things you've ever done. But, I think it will be that much more rewarding. You're going to have grandkiddies around soon, and you want to be alive to play with them. Plus, they won't complain about the smell of your house and clothes! I really think you can do this. If you need an old friend to chat with to take your mind off things, please give me a call. I'm still here and still the same old friend you have always had. Best of Luck!

9:48 PM

 
Anonymous babs said...

I've gotta tell you, the support I've received from the WOXY boards has truly helped to keep me from lighting up!

9:34 PM

 
Blogger Rochelle said...

Interesting to find you in here Barb. Glad you still haven't given in...haven't heard a mention of it recently on the air.

Keep up the good work. and, you really play the best tunes EVAH!

10:57 AM

 

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