Not Smart to Smoke #smokefree

“Have ever had a cigarette break at work to clear your head? Well, you may be doing just the opposite.

New research shows that smoking cigarette thins the cortex of the brain, used for decision making, problem solving, control of purposeful behaviours, consciousness, and emotions.”

Business Insider reports.

Laser Helps Cricket Legend Quit Smoking #smokefree

Australian cricket icon and larrikin Doug Walters has reportedly said that after being convinced to take a laser treatment by friend and golf legend, Jack Newton, he has not felt like smoking a cigarette even once in five years. DNA reports.

While this Reuters article is from 2010, you can read about using laser to quit.

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You really stink #smokefree

A budding English actress recently shared this video with me via Twitter. Pretty decent reminder of how smelly us smokers can be. Especially to our darling little ones.

Hope you like it.

(oh, and yes – I am still #smokefree)

Many thanks @livviluvvi

2014 #smokefree blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

So Am I a 40 Year Old Smoker?

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I celebrated my 40th Birthday over the weekend.

Happy Birthday to me – Happy Birthday to Deakin!

I had a pool party, with ice-cream cake. Just like when I was a little girl. There may have also been some french champagne consumed to celebrate the milestone.

Did I smoke? Have I had a single puff on a ciggie since March 10, 2014 – the day Deakin University and I pledged to go ‘Smoke-Free’?

The answer is no. I did it! I am over the moon. I achieved my goal to be a non-smoking 40 year old. And along with Deakin, celebrated nine months without smoking on December 10, 2014.

I won’t be blogging much, but will check in every couple of months to let you know how things are travelling. But until then, thank you to all of you who helped me (and many other Deakin staff members and students) kick the habit this year. You know who you are – and I want you to know that without your support I may not have been able to do this. It has been bloody hard!

Wishing you all a fantastic festive season. And if your new years resolution is to quit, make sure you check out the Smoke-Free website for tips and tricks.

Smoke Free accolades at Vic Health Awards

Deakin University was part of the successful team acknowledged for the success of the Tobacco-free University State wide collaboration at the recent Vic Health Awards. Well done team!

“VicHealth has acknowledged some of the most outstanding projects and campaigns involved in improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians at its annual health promotion awards.

Winners of the 2014 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne this evening by VicHealth Chair Professor John Catford and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.

Successful initiatives range from a local gymnastics program making a huge difference to the confidence and mobility of people with disabilities to a state-wide smoking harm-prevention initiative, and even a world-first gender equality program aimed at preventing violence against women by reaching people where they live, work and play.”

Read the rest of the article here.