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Chapter 4: Use Rationalizations

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"I'd gain weight and that's just as dangerous"

An animated gif of a pig engaged in non-stop eating

Let me ask you this. Pick wisely. If our choice was tomorrow developing that first cancerous cell in our lungs, brain or pancreas, or an extra inch in our waist, which would you pick?

How many cancer causing or promoting chemicals will be in your next bite of food? Hopefully, none.

This intellectual use rationalization pre-assumes substantial weight gain and then makes an erroneous judgment regarding relative risks.

First, recovery does not increase body weight, eating does.

Metabolic changes may account for a pound or two. But you'd have to gain an additional 75 pounds in order to equal the health risks associated with smoking one pack-a-day (Whelan, A Smoking Gun, 1984).

It is true that nicotine stimulates the same brain dopamine pathways as food. It's also true that it is common for the uneducated new ex-user to reach for food as a dopamine pathway stimulation replacement crutch.

While it can take up to 3 weeks for millions of extra nicotine fed dopamine pathway receptors to down-regulate to levels seen in never-users, it's also true that extra food use while waiting to feel normal again may be sufficient to establish horrible new eating patterns.

But that's the uneducated new ex-user. You're smarter than that.

You know in advance that a couple of weeks of elevated dopamine pathway wanting is coming.

You know you can pre-cut low-cal fresh veggies and make them as available in a bowl of chilling water as a bag of cookies or chips. Alternatively, you know that increasing your daily activity for a couple of weeks can aid in keeping weight gain to a minimum.

You also know that a nice cool glass of water or a deep breath stimulates the release of dopamine too.

Why allow a navigable fear to keep from meeting "you"?

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122. Craig, Kathleen, Not Much of a Smoker, originally posted at MSN's Freedom from Tobacco's on February 29, 2004, and today shared on Yuku's Freedom from Nicotine forum on the site's Rationalizations message board.
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124. Vennemann MM, et al, The association between smoking and smell and taste impairment in the general population, Journal of Neurology, July 28, 2008 [Epub ahead of print].
125. New York Times, In America, Tobacco Dollars, by Bob Hebert, November 28, 1993.
126. Spitzer, J, "I Smoke Because I'm Self-Destructive," an article in Joel's free PDF book Never Take Another Puff,
127. DiFranza JR, Hooked from the first cigarette, Scientific American, May 2008, Volume 298(5), Pages 82-87.
128. Philip Morris, The Cigarette Consumer, March 20, 1984, Bates Number: 2077864835;
129. Spitzer, J, I Can't Quit or I Won't Quit,, Joel's Library, 1986.
130. Carr, Allen, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, 1985, 2004 Edition, Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
131. Spitzer, J, Once and for all, there is no Nicodemon, June 9, 2004,

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