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  1. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    Not even close... unfortunately. Have you seen the gross photos that are now on cigarette packages here in Thailand? We are talking real gore! Many psychologists agree that a very large percentage of smokers have a death wish. In fact, at one time (about 30 years ago,) Benson &Hedges cigarettes used subliminal images in its printed advertisements, of the words 'cancer,' 'poison,' and 'death' in the advertisements they ran in the US. Their market share rose dramatically.
  2. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    "NRT," or 'Nicotine Replacement Therapy' can be an effective way to mitigate the withdrawal symptoms, but they don't solve the real problem of quitting. They only make reducing the nicotine need in the body. But the body can do that on it's own in as little as 3-4 days. After two weeks, all the nicotine has flushed from your system anyway. The gum, patches, and Vaping only prolong the agony of nicotine dependency. And it IS a dependency. One almost as strong as any opiate drug. The need for a cigarette isn't because we want to smoke... It's because we need to blunt the craving that nicotine dependency creates. When we take that first deep drag, hold it an extra second, then let it out slowly, we actually DO feel better. But that only lasts a short time and we have to repeat the process. They don't address the real problem with smoking, and that is the 'habit' itself. Unfortunately, it's a self-perpetuating habit too. When the body's nicotine levels drop, we start to become uncomfortable. More and more uncomfortable as time increases. But with that first deep drag, blunting the nicotine 'receptors,' we feel better. Unfortunately, as smokers, we don't think of it as 'feeling better.' In our minds we just think, 'Gee, smoking certainly relaxes me.' In fact, it's the habit that is relaxing, just as any habit is. Step by step... Reach into the pocket, tap out a cigarette, perhaps tap the end to pack in the tobacco a bit. Then reach for a lighter, often a 'favorite' or special lighter that we've carried for years. Then take that first long, deep drag... hold it a few seconds... then slowly release it, blowing out a cloud of smoke. (Every one of you ex-smokers just took that same long, deep drag, remembering, didn't you...) THAT is the harder part of the habit to break. 20 years, 30 years, for many of us, 40 years of repeating that relaxing deep breath with its attending discomfort-stopping nicotine hit, often 20-30 times a day or more, reinforces this incredible habit like pounding a 10" spike into ironwood. It doesn't come out easily. It takes a lot of hard work for most people to break this addiction. It's not something that happens just because you want it to. ... and that's the truth. You can... but you have to decide once and for all. You have to decide not to smoke the next cigarette. You can do it one day at at time, like AA. That works. You can do it using NRTs. They often help some people. You can do it with hypnosis or acupuncture. They often help some people. Or you can go Cold Turkey. That's actually the easiest in the long run. Three days of thinking about nothing but cigarettes, and by the 4th day the cravings are starting to let up. But.... ... No matter which way you choose, YOU have to make a decision. You have to make a firm decision and stick to it. Nobody can do it for you. NRTs won't help you break the 'habit' part, and, trust me, that part is much harder to break than the nicotine. But YOU CAN DO IT. It starts when you finally wake up to the fact that YOU must make a decision. We can help you... https://www.facebook.com/groups/AS3onFB/?ref=bookmarks
  3. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    Most smokers have tried to quit. In fact, most smokers have tried to quit many, many times. Personally, I must have tried to quit 20 different times. And I tried ALL of the following (except e-cigarettes. They hadn't been invented when I finally realized how to stop.) Hypnosis Acupuncture Acupressure Nicotine patches Nicotine gum 7-Day Plan Wellbuterin St.John's Wort E-Cigarettes - Vaping For many of us, dozens of unsuccessful quits before we finally realized that until we made the conscious decision to not smoke, and stuck to that decision, the method we used really didn't make a difference. All of them work... once you decide to not smoke. You see... You can't 'try' to quit. As one of the world's most famous teachers was quoted to say; "Do or do not. There is no 'try.' " Yoda...
  4. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    My hat's off to anyone who has been able to stop smoking. In my opinion, it's the single hardest addiction to break, what with all the social triggers that surround us daily. If only cigarette smokers realized just how badly they smell to the rest of society, they would be way more inclined to stop sooner rather than later. As smokers, we never noticed the stink. Frankly, I'm surprised that non-smoking women were willing to kiss me back in my smoking days.
  5. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    This wonderful book was written by Allen Carr, not Carl Allen And yes, it IS a great help for people who want to quit. As you say, it requires a serious desire to stop smoking, and a firm commitment to that decision... as does every quit aid available. There is no magic. There is only a decision not to smoke.
  6. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    Unfortunately, there is no magic involved with quitting. There is only the decision to do so. One can wean down the nicotine levels using patches or gums, but only the decision not to smoke the next cigarette will combat the 'habit' of smoking, and that side of the equation is far more difficult for most people to deal with than the nicotine. Just decide not to smoke the next cigarette. Don't worry about 'quitting forever.' Just don't smoke the next one. One cigarette at a time. One hour at a time. One day at a time. Decide. Once the nicotine is out of your system (and that only takes a week or two,) then it's just a habit like any other. Just a bit more ingrained because you've been doing it so many times a day for so many years. That's where other ex-smokers can be your new best friends. They are working to break that habit too. Help them and let them help you. One day at a time.
  7. Stop smoking in Chiang Mai, where can I get help?

    Let me recommend a Facebook group that's been around a loooong time. It started back in the early 90's as a Usenet group, then migrated over to Facebook. It's helped a LOT of people over the years. No money involved, just ex-smokers helping wannabe ex-smokers to become ex-smokers. They helped me. They can help you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AS3onFB/ Every smoker goes through a different process. No two quits are the same. While you may experience similar bodily/emotional changes that 'some' others have had, they will be yours to deal with as only you can. But AS3 can help.
  8. What 'right' is this fellow claiming to be able to demand that other tell him how they support themselves? It sounds as if he missed out on his chance to be young, adventurous, and idealistic. He went straight from teenager to grumpy old man. No dreams as an older teen, so he never bothered to try to live the 'seeker' lifestyle as an early 20's adventurer. Sure, many, if not most, of these young people eventually discover the sad truth that they actually have to work for a living and it won't be handed to them on a silver platter, but to date, there don't seem to be many of them who don't survive the awakening. Do it on their own savings until they are broke... use money from mom and day until they say 'enough.' Nobody's business but their own. Claim to be a 'Vertical Transportation Engineer' rather than an elevator operator, and who gives a damn? Judging by the sheer numbers of Ex-SAS and Delta operatives I've met, they aren't the only ones living out their fantasies. At least they aren't falling down drunk by 11am...
  9. People have been running off to 'join the circus,' or 'off to sea' since time began. And just as often, running home with tail between legs when they don't find El Dorado. " Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. " 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville.' Nothing to see here, folks. Move along... unless... unless you start to wonder why this guy has such a stick up his a$$ about someone trying to live this lifestyle?
  10. I, too, ride a motorcycle every day. I don't know Thai law well enough to say that he violated any, or assign legal fault, but I can say for certain that the motorcycle rider in this video is 100% stupid. ... A shoe-in winner for a Darwin Award.
  11. Border runs

    When I had my business in Chiang Mai (2001-2011,) I was not permitted to do 90-day reports. I had to make border runs. I don't know why. I had a registered business, work permit, and a one-year renewable visa, but I was required to make the runs to the border instead of just signing the 90-day report.
  12. Fines for smoking.... No more tourists Close the bars at midnight .... No more tourists Change the immigration laws ... No more tourists Shut the illegal guest houses .... No more tourists Clean up the Walking Streets .... No more tourists Limit the Hot Air balloon for Loi Kratong ... No more tourists Police checkpoints for Helmet laws.... No more tourists Improper clothing during Songkran .... No more tourists Remove the street vendors .... No more tourists ...... yet tourism seems to grow stronger and stronger every year. High Season in Chiang Mai, you can't hardly walk down the streets of the Old City in recent years because they are clogged with tourists.
  13. Sorry, no. I just figured that you didn't speak for all the Thai people, only the ones you know. You're the only one I've EVER heard tell us that more than 50% of Thai police are corrupt.
  14. Yes, that's true. But I'm glad that I don't live in the same Thailand that you live in. As the author, Anais Nin said; "We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are."
  15. You're not seriously suggesting that more than 50% of the police are corrupt, are you? 50% of the bureaucrats? 50% untrained doctors? 50% of the monks pedophiles or just unfit to wear the saffron robes? In the past 17 years living here, I have seen a couple of bent cops, certainly a doctor or two who didn't know ass from elbow, and a few monks living more like playboys than the Dali Lama. But just a few. Perhaps you might consider new lenses through which to view your world.