Are you joining the Great American Smokeout?

Today is the Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to encourage people to quit smoking.

AJC Special

AJC Special

While a recent survey shows that Georgians are smoking less than a year ago, our state is still one of the unhealthiest in the nation, with a tobacco consumption rate 1.2 percent higher than the national average.

If you are a smoker, are you trying to quit? For those of you who have successfully kicked the tobacco habit, what worked for you?

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John R. Polito

November 19th, 2009
1:31 pm

What worked for me was understanding that I’m a true drug addict in every sense and that I can no more take a puff of nicotine and avoid relapse than can an alcoholic take a sip. It takes a maximium of 72 hours purge nicotine from the bloodstream and reach peak withdrawal. But just one puff we have to do nicotine detox all over again. We’re simply not that strong. Drink plenty of natural fruit juice the first three days. It’ll help purge nicotine from the body. Also don’t skip meals. The next few minutes are all that matter and each is do-able. Baby steps! Yes you can! John


November 21st, 2009
5:42 pm

Smoker for 22yrs and not stopping anytime soon. I’ll quit when the ghost of the Marlboro man takes my soul up to heaven.


November 21st, 2009
7:25 pm

I pledge to only smoke after sex..I guess that mean I’m quitting