Stop smoking

There are 27 comments on the Desert Sun story from Apr 8, 2012, titled Stop smoking. In it, Desert Sun reports that:

Marvin Schurgin, American Cancer Society volunteer; Jane Warner, president and CEO of the American Lung Association; Charlie Schaeffer, cardiologist; former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia; and Beth Miller from the No on 29 campaign meet with the Desert Sun editorial board.

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#21 Apr 11, 2012
Hi everyone! I am meetscottewart01, and a newbie here!Thanks for the info. I have enjoyed reading all of these stuffs... I wanted to share my viewpoint, too.

I have read some magazines with the same topic and it shows that some of the smokers are smoking for an instant weight loss and get the slimmer body they have wished for,What about that?

But I know there are other WAYS to loss that extra pounds, a proper healthy diet, exercise, and a positive outlook. Loving your self and delicious, fibrous, fresh fruit juices and shakes, must be added in our diet plans, too.

Maybe some of you would disagree to what I have said, I respect your opinions, too. Have a nice day ahead!
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#22 Apr 11, 2012
meetscottewart01 wrote:
Hi everyone! I am meetscottewart01, and a newbie here!Thanks for the info. I have enjoyed reading all of these stuffs... I wanted to share my viewpoint, too.
I have read some magazines with the same topic and it shows that some of the smokers are smoking for an instant weight loss and get the slimmer body they have wished for,What about that?
But I know there are other WAYS to loss that extra pounds, a proper healthy diet, exercise, and a positive outlook. Loving your self and delicious, fibrous, fresh fruit juices and shakes, must be added in our diet plans, too.
Maybe some of you would disagree to what I have said, I respect your opinions, too. Have a nice day ahead!
meetscottewart01.

I agree. Food fads have always been a part of American culture. In the past, these fads have not done much damage because, usually, they have been short lived. Now that Big Government has gotten in on the act no one knows how much damage the promoters will be able to do.

Ronald
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#23 Apr 11, 2012
Hugh Jass wrote:
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Hey, there actually IS a reason for using the word "agreeing" in your last point. I certainly wish you luck in your newfound nonsmokerness.
I've got a little over 35 years on it myself. Before that, I "quit" a couple dozen times or so, lasting from half a day to two years. A lot of the time it was simply a question of forgetting that I had made the decision and accepting an offered cigarette. The two years ended when I was offered a smoke after two or three days with almost no sleep and less food, and a few hundred miles of hitching left before I got where I was going.
I understand the difficulty of quitting, and was offended by the smug proclamation "Ronald" was pushing on us.
Sorry for any spill-over on that one.
Hugh Jass.

Yes. You are right. There is nothing worse than a crusading former drunk, or a person who resents Big Government using his hard earned taxpayer money on "junk science studies" and on expensive and annoying Government licensed media propaganda to bully him into quitting smoking, even though he did not really "want" to quit.

It's hard to get into the minds of these frustrated individuals, but I suppose they are suffering from deep seated psychological conflicts resulting from their considering themselves weak victims at the hands of a powerful Big Government. Who knows? Perhaps one day Big Government will use Quack Freudian psychology to explain it all.

Ronald

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#24 Apr 11, 2012
Ronald wrote:
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meetscottewart01.
I agree. Food fads have always been a part of American culture. In the past, these fads have not done much damage because, usually, they have been short lived. Now that Big Government has gotten in on the act no one knows how much damage the promoters will be able to do.
Ronald
Ronald

Yes, I definitely agree. Food fads are really popular to Americans and the fact, that these eating trends rise and fall every now and then. It brings big impact on American culture and health of many individuals. I'd read a book of Michael Pollan, saying that "Americans have come up with the Omnivore Dilemma. the author explains the reason why we have a weak relationship with food and how it makes us very vulnerable."

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#25 Apr 11, 2012
Hugh Jass wrote:
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Hey, there actually IS a reason for using the word "agreeing" in your last point. I certainly wish you luck in your newfound nonsmokerness.
I've got a little over 35 years on it myself. Before that, I "quit" a couple dozen times or so, lasting from half a day to two years. A lot of the time it was simply a question of forgetting that I had made the decision and accepting an offered cigarette. The two years ended when I was offered a smoke after two or three days with almost no sleep and less food, and a few hundred miles of hitching left before I got where I was going.
I understand the difficulty of quitting, and was offended by the smug proclamation "Ronald" was pushing on us.
Sorry for any spill-over on that one.
No problem I think I had a little spill over there myself. It would appear we are on the same page here as far as quitting. All I can do is go forward and fight the urges...did not smoke today!
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#26 Apr 11, 2012
I am often amused when I hear some figure the anti-smoker NAZIS pull out of their posterior orifice claiming 200,000, 400,000 800,000 or some other fantastic number of "smoker-related" deaths that occur annually every year.

If my recollection is correct, I believe it was Hitler who said the anti-smoker NAZIS tell such whoppers because the ordinary folk could never imagine anyone would tell the Big lies, while they might question the little lies.

It is well known that once expensive Government taxpayer funded "scientific study" lies and shameful exaggeration are brushed aside, decent tobacco smokers live longer than do non-smokers.

Now comes a report from the International Monetary Fund describing the catastrophe the world is facing as a result of people living longer.*(link kindly provided by Drudge)*

The solution to the looming longevity problem is simple. Because statistics show decent hard working tobacco smokers live - on average - longer than do non-smokers, the Government should use hard earned taxpayer money to urge decent tobacco smokers quit using beneficial life lengthening tobacco products. These health enhancing products are being produced and sold by Government's nationalized Big Tobacco division.

Source: http://goo.gl/bcbY6

Source: http://goo.gl/fwI7p

Ronald
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#27 Apr 12, 2012
Krackhead wrote:
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No problem I think I had a little spill over there myself. It would appear we are on the same page here as far as quitting. All I can do is go forward and fight the urges...did not smoke today!
Ten years after I stopped smoking was about the last time I caught myself reaching for the shirt pocket in a moment of distraction. If there had been a pack there, I might have lit one up before remembering that I didn't do that anymore. It's pretty insidious stuff.

It might help if you can link quitting to something in your life. Maybe thinking of it as fidelity to someone you love and know would really be pleased if you stopped smoking, something on that level of personal but involving something beyond yourself.

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that support groups and/or quit lines are very useful.
Again, good luck.

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