Ten days of quitting smoking now and I can not look back on a perfect try. Yep I’ll admit it I have had some cigarettes here and there. In the previous article on this subject I wrote about quitting I ended up getting the patches. When it comes to those there is one important lesson:
DO NOT FORGET TO PUT ON A FRESH ONE IN THE MORNING.
The other day I was ready to give up my attempt completely. I was pretty much sure that those patches did not do anything. I had actually forgotten to change the patch. The lozenges I was provided as a top up I have not been using much considering I am allowed twenty a day. I have not had twenty yet in the past 10 days, all the “potential” side effects seem to be applicable to me. But at the same time I seem to be more committed and through prayer and reading the bible I have stayed committed and no matter what, they do help.
I guess the secret is not to forget to stand up and move on when you fall. And that is sort of what it has been thanking God for every day I managed to keep my hands of the cigarettes completely and equally for the days where I did have a weak moment but did not start smoking again. I seem more determined than ever and I got the best support team one could wish for next to the quit line.
The expected irritability and other withdrawal symptoms have not been as bad as expected and I see now how many of the cigarettes I used to smoke have been associated with specific events: being on the telephone, in the car, after diner, with the coffee in the morning and as a “brain break.”
If there are (br)others (and sisters) out there with stories about stopping I’d love to hear it and perhaps we can all support each other to pull through.
In an article published by PR Newswire Lawrence Taylor a South California attorney and author of Drunk Driving Defense, claims that smokers might get into trouble when undergoing a breath test because of incorrectly high breathalyzer tests. Studies have shown than smokers have a higher concentration of a molecule acetaldehyde than non-smokers and that molecule is sadly enough very similar to the ethanol molecule the breathalyzers look for. As a result you may end up with an incorrectly high reading when tested. Especially long-term smokers run this risk.
From other studies it transpired that there may be credence in the proposition that smoking slows down the alcohol absorption, which would result in a lower blood alcohol level that it would be with a non-smoker. According to the scientist the results of the studies have “considerable social and medicolegal relevance” when trying to determine the blood alcohol level of a smoker. Taylor quickly notes that this simply means that the machines will probably not get it right in estimating blood alcohol levels of a smoker and are therefore highly unreliable.
Source: PR Newswire 28 September
Taylor’s science based arguments that the machines are flawed are impressive. At the same time however these machines are used on a daily basis by those out in the field. What will need to happen now? A new procedure in which the officer asks about prior smoking activities, how recent, amount of cigarettes so as to ensure whether or not that may have influenced a breath test reading. And if a blood test needs to be used as an alternative, we have to consider the matter of differences in alcohol absorption between smokers and non-smokers.
How long until we see these types of arguments appear in New Zealand court rooms.
On the other han this may be a good time to consider a 0 alcohol allowance for those that are driving.