This is a blog by a former CEO of a large Boston hospital to share thoughts about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues.
I quit 15 years ago. Then 12 years ago. Then, before it finally took, 11 years ago.I had dreams that I was smoking. They've be very vivid, and I could actually taste the flavor. And I'd be so mad at myself for having started again. Then I'd take the pack out of my shirt pocket, shake it, see that there were only a few left, and resign myself to quitting once they were gone.Here's the thing: When I woke up, and realized it was a dream, I was happy and relieved.Do it.
Hello Paul,I'm wondering, what smoking cessation/reduction initiatives are there at BIDMC for patients and staff?Erik
Jim -Smoking is going to kill you - there's no other way to say it. One way or the other it's going to catch you - probably when you least expect it.Think long and hard about what you really love about life - and then imagine it's gone. Totally gone. Never again. Unless you quit - today - that's nearly guaranteed to be your fate.Life is short - make sure you are around to enjoy it!!!!
my comment is not unlike Rob's...I gave up smoking (for the second time) in 1976. To this day, when I pass someone who is lighting up, I find myself vicariously lighting up and inhaling with him/her. It's such a powerful addiction--more power to you Jim. We're rootin' for ya.
I've never smoked but my family all has asthma and for every smoker that quits, asthma sufferers can breathe a bit easier. So Jim, you're not only doing great things for yourself, but you're doing great things for your community. You go!
You can do it Jim!
Jim - my sister has been a smoker for many years, despite all of us - including her two kids - nagging her endlessly to stop. So a few months ago, they found a spot on her lung, and she finally got scared and said it was time to quit. She's trying...and you know better than anyone how very hard it is for her. But please please don't wait until your doctor tells you the same thing! You can do it now, and you have lots of people pulling for you! Good luck. And p.s. it turned out that what she has is not lung cancer. That's great news! But it was a big wake up call to her. Hope it gives you some motivation as well.
Way to go Jim. It is the right thing to do. My prayers are with you.I smoked a long time ago and then one day I woke up and decided that it was time to quit. I guess maybe I never really enjoyed smoking that much. It is not an easy thing to do. Now my daughter smokes and I cannot get her to stop no matter what I tell her. I am hoping that she will realize how bad it is for her health one day and soon.
Translate the average Summary of Benefits into Punjabi or Hindi, and I'm sure many Indians would get a chuckle as well. Great post, as usual.
Good luck, Jim. I smoked 1.5 packs/day for 11 years and quit successfully (although, like W.C. Fields, I would say 'it's easy to quit smoking, I've done it a thousand times'). My success was due to replacing the cigarettes with exercise (just another addiction, albeit a healthier one). Find a replacement. You can do it. It's worth it.
Jim, just adding my support to all the others. You know the reasons and you seem empowered, so toss those cigs and start living. Do it one day at a time. Best Wishes.
Hello to everyone! This is Jim.I want to extend my utmost gratitude to all of you for being there for me! I am once again not smoking! "Endeavor to persevere" has helped me to keep quitting. I know I only have today! Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and encouragement. I am not sure I would hang in there without you!
I hope you are still off ! I quit years ago and put on a lot of weight, because earlier my appetite was in control by my smoking,and,the pleasure of a smoke just after meals went missing.So , gradually the food replaced the smoke!Be careful,but please persevere, because it makes other people very Happy to see you unable to quit.Happy Deep Breathing.
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