World No Tobacco Day #smokefree

What are you doing to celebrate World No Tobacco Day? I started with coffee in bed. Thanks to my (quit for 6 weeks) husband.



Noticing Yummy and Yucky Smells #smokefree

There are positives and negatives to having your sense of smell returning with gusto after 25 years. While I am supremely thankful for the return of the yummy odours – the yucky ones are not good.

Public transport can be uncomfortable sometimes. The seating arrangements can be a bit too close for comfort. Heading to the city yesterday, I was unfortunate enough to be on a packed peak hour train. Without thinking I plonked down in relief on the first seat I spotted. And instantly regretted it…

I admire those who ride bikes. As in, the ones who cycle for that long and are that good at it that they wear all the gear; lycra top, bottoms, socks, shoes and things on hands. But please, if you are going to work out to the point where you sweat (lots), please consider your fellow passengers when catching public transport. And don’t put your arms in the air (three times) for a stretch in really confined spaces.

There are yummy smells – like freshly cut grass, coconut, books, a bakers kitchen. And there are those that are yucky – body odour, cat poo, sulfur and stale tobacco smoke! Now I understand how my smell must have offended so many for these past twenty-five years, and for that – I say sorry!


Quotes of the Week… #smokefree


Thank heaven, I have given up smoking again!… God! I feel fit. Homicidal, but fit. A different man. Irritable, moody, depressed, rude, nervy, perhaps; but the lungs are fine.
~ A.P. Herbert.

I’ve chosen to get the word out to women, especially young women, that tobacco is not glamorous – it’s addictive and smoking takes a serious toll on your health.

Mena Suvari

Deakin University supports World No Tobacco Week


Deakin University is supporting students and staff who want to quit smoking with a week of healthy activities planned at all campuses.

The Geelong Advertiser reports.

Quit tech! #smokefree

The Daily Mail UK reports…

“There are already devices that track your steps, weight and calories, but the latest gadget flips health tracking on its head by monitoring how many cigarettes you have.

Instead of encouraging people to smoke more, the smart lighter has been designed to shame them into quitting by revealing the true extent of their habit.

Called Quitbit, the device resembles a Zippo lighter and each time it’s used, it records the number of cigarettes the user has had and how long it’s been since they last lit up.”

We are all inspired by different things. This would probably see me rebel against the smart (arse) lighter. But hey… Whatever works.


Geelong taking a stand #smokefree

The Geelong Advertiser reports the launch of a new app designed to encourage Geelong to quit smoking.

Everyone can use the help of a coach to get better at achieving their goal, whether it’s to win premierships or quit smoking. And now, with the help of the new Cats Don’t Smoke app, you can get coaching to quit for good from the Geelong Cats team. Download free now from the Google Play or App store.


What is the new Cats Don’t Smoke app?

The new Cats Don’t Smoke app has been developed as part of a partnership between Quit Victoria, Geelong Cats and Healthy Together Geelong. The app includes inspirational messages and quitting tips from captain Joel Selwood and other Geelong Cats figureheads and users can track how their body is recovering as they stay quit and calculate their financial savings since they kicked the habit.

Why has the app been developed?

Research has shown that partnering with sporting clubs can be an effective way of encouraging smokers to quit, especially in communities with strong links to their club. More than 20% of adults in Geelong smoke, compared to 13.3% of adults in Victoria, which means Geelong people suffer a greater burden of smoking-caused death and disease.

Quit Victoria, Geelong Cats and Healthy Together Geelong hope the release of this app will encourage smokers to have another go at quitting. And it seems that Geelong is changing.

I barrack for the mighty Essendon Bombers – but have downloaded the app anyway. All encouragement is good encouragement.