"Your system has freed me from smoking. I no longer experience a hacking cough, I don't stink anymore and I feel better at 50 than I did at 30!" - Janelle, New Jersey
"The Smoke Stops Here" is a blend of fictional vignettes and facts that delivers a powerful, poignant and extraordinary look at nicotine addiction. It is a work of exceptional insight and value, uncluttered and unambiguous, unique among self-help books.
The author's coup lies in revealing smokers to themselves, achieved while maintaining a work that is enlightening, compassionate, often engrossing, always imaginative and even humorous. An easy gait and a home-spun philosophy prevail as the author explains his own escape from 20 years of nicotine addiction.
Essential health issues are also addressed, from vitamins the author used to repair years of damage to his own health from smoking, to the fear of weight gain, depression and stress smokers unnecessarily associate with quitting.
CHAPTER 34: FALLING IS NOT FATAL
The worst belief you can have when you quit smoking and fall off the smoking wagon is that your fall is fatal.
IT IS NOT.
Slipping is a normal occurrence. While it's unproductive to program yourself from the outset that it's permissible to slip, it's a far worse thing to let addiction convince you that you've failed.
Let's assume you've quit smoking for nine days but that you slip on the tenth day.
Your natural reaction will be to measure your effort by the one day rather than by the nine. You'll feel that all your "good time" has been lost and that you're back at square one.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. The actual score is:
Bad guys..............................1 day
Good guys............................9 days
No matter how you cut it, that's a 90% victory.
During those 9 fantastic days, your body purged toxins and poisons. The repair of your lungs was in full swing, your sense of smell was beginning to return and you were enjoying restful, peaceful sleep like you haven't had in years, to say nothing of the pride and the high you experienced.
Sure, you re-injured your body -- some -- but the one day's injury hardly compares with the 9 days of victory.
Remember the positives, not the 1 negative.
Were you cast out of life's mainstream during those 9 days? Did family, friends and loved ones turn their backs on you for making such an uppity decision as to quit smoking? Were you expelled from membership in the Beautiful Crowd? Were the smokers at the different fiestas you attended having more fun that you were?
Slipping is a natural occurrence. We don't ride a bike the first time we try, we don't cook a first meal without nearly cutting off a finger and we don't play Chopin's Minute Waltz in an hour, let alone anything close to a minute.
A broken leg, when healed, is actually stronger than it was before.
Slipping is a broken leg.
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