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Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco can be difficult, it is important to know all the options you have for calming the withdrawal urges. My choice for quitting tobacco was Habitrol 4mg Nicotine Gum of Amazon. I used to have a cigarette in the morning right after waking up, so they recommend 4mg.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is the name doctor’s give to Nicotine Gum, Nicotine Patches, and Lozenges. I have become a firm believer of the power of NRT. It has helped me get over the urges and definitely works, I haven’t had a cigarette in 4 weeks.

Scanning electron microscope image of lung trachea epithelium. There are both ciliated and non-ciliated cells in this epithelium. Note the difference in size between the cilia and the microvilli (on the non-ciliated cell surface). Zeiss DSM 962 SEM

Some problems you may notice in your journey to quit are a cough that arises as the cilium in your lungs comes back to life. Cilia are small hair like tendrils in the lungs that help capture and release mucus and tobacco matter. You can see a close up of the trachea with cilia pictured on the right.

I had my first cigarette when I was 15 or 16 and then the habit grew as I became addicted. I would smoke at the golf course I worked at, while driving, and every time I wanted a break.

So as the addiction grew it became hard to disconnect my daily activities and the urge to smoke. That is when NRT can help eliminating the physiological withdrawal response.

Now I’m to the point where I enjoy the gum more than the actual cigarettes themselves. I don’t foresee having another ‘cig’ for a long time. The gum may become a staple though, ha! The peppery nicotine bite to the gum actually is quite pleasant and helps me focus.

I hope sharing this can help someone you know who is trying to quit, or yourself. It is not hard and just takes a little NRT, patience, and support from those around you to get rid of your ashy habit. Feeling your lungs come back to life is worth it and every living cell of you body will appreciate you.

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Settling in South Florida

It’s great to be back near my family. My niece and nephew, Gracie and Donovan live here and they are growing up fast so it’s nice to be back. My parents also live in Florida.

The salty air and sunshine is refreshing. It’s definitely growing on me, I’m sick of the aging metropolis Chicago for the time being. The only way Chicago becomes livable again is massive infrastructure investment which isn’t going to come from the city coffers.

Florida seems to be improving everywhere, and because of the recent major developments here there is a fresh feel to everything. Urban living just isn’t my favorite. It’s nice to be in South Florida.

I joined a company in Florida and start on Monday. I will probably be improving this website as I want to practice Google Cloud and Kubernetes.

John