R-Rated? #smokefree

“Filmmakers depict all sorts of antisocial, unhealthy and even dangerous realities that we might expect in society. That doesn’t mean the behaviour is desirable or that the filmmaker is endorsing the behaviour.”

So do you think movies depicting smoking should be given an R rating? Simon Chapman, University of Sydney reports in The Conversation.


Quotes of the Week #smokefree

“Cigarettes are not a part of human behaviour, they are a habit.”
Joe Eszterhas

“Smoking helps you lose weight – one lung at a time!”
Alfred E. Neuman 
(Mad Magazine)

Does Hypnotherapy Work? #smokefree


Thanks to my workplace, Deakin University, I attended a session on hypnotherapy to help quit smoking yesterday. Key takeaways were:

  • Hypnotherapy is the ability to retain information when in an altered state of awareness.
  • Easiest to hypnotise are those who have good focus and imagination.
  • Success rate approx. 70%. In order to achieve success, you need to at least 50% want to quit.
  • The therapist who presented specialises in ‘rapid hypnosis’ which means you may need as little as two sessions.

This website has more information on hypnotherapy to quit smoking. I say try everything, and am contemplating hypnotherapy to help me in my resolve to stay quit.

Quotes of the Week #smokefree

“A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other.”
~ Author Unknown.


“Well, I decided to stop. And I did. I stopped smoking, and I stopped speed at the same time.”
– Larry Hagman

I do wonder if I was happier as a smoker… Maybe it’s just the warmer weather!

5 months! #smokefree

I am pretty thrilled to announce I have been smoke free for five months (and one day). In all honesty, I never thought I would last this long. Didn’t think I would last five hours! Not a single cigarette. Not even a puff. Which considering that I have been very unwell the past couple of weeks is probably a very good thing. (Almost 25 years of smoking has caused more lasting damage to my health than I realised – and I now have two different kinds of Ventolin in my life as a result).


But would you believe I still miss smoking… I have been giving myself a headache trying to think up ways I can have ‘just one’. Considering my expectation at the beginning of my quit journey was to fail – and fail often, I have even thought that perhaps I should start smoking again.

Basically, this hasn’t turned out the way I had expected. I wanted to try various different quit methods. I wanted to get tipsy and relapse. Part of me is disappointed that I have so far succeeded in quitting. I am looking for an excuse to start puffing away again and call it ‘research’. Smoking is an addiction.

But I am a stubborn person. And five months is a long time. And that first six weeks was hell. So, I will keep trying to avoid temptation and stay quit. For now anyway…

“I ascribe to the cigar, the greatest share of my self-control and tenacity in work.” Sigmund Freud.

Guest blogger: Erica checking in!

Our little quitter is a bit under the weather this week, so I’m taking the reins for this one.

The following image got a lot of attention on Reddit this morning, captioned “I do believe Florida knows how to speak Redneck.”

As part of their Tobacco Free Florida campaign, the US state is comparing the cost of chewing tobacco to 4WD tyres.


It got me thinking not only about the reasons people quit, but also “What would the Victorian equivalent be?”

Firstly, as this billboard suggests, money is a big factor when it comes to making the decision to quit, along with family and health considerations, etc.

I’ve done a lot of research for my role within the Deakin Smoke Free Environment Group (along with having experience with the habit myself) and my thinking is that regardless of the contributing reasons, for someone to successfully kick the habit they have to WANT to quit. Yes, I know they’re bad for me. Yes, my friends and family hate it. Yes, I could be spending that money on something else. BUT I WANT TO SMOKE, SO I’M GOING TO.

So if you’re not ready or don’t want to quit, that’s ok, it’s just not allowed on campus anymore. But, if you have been thinking about making a change and you need some help, the smoke free website has some info. If you’re Deakin staff or a student, you can even attend a free hypnotherapy information session next Tuesday at 2pm on all campuses.

Secondly, what do you think the billboard would look like in Victoria? I’m thinking “One month of cigarettes” vs “Six months of coffee”. But I am a bean fiend.