with Larra Jones and Jim Carey

How I Quit Smoking with Facebook

tj-logo-jim-2August 9, 2016 – On Sunday, August 7, at 8 a.m. I ran out of cigarettes and declared, “That’s it! I’m quitting! I choose to be free from cigarettes, and I just smoked my last one.”

I had just finished editing and posting the series, Your 7 Steps to Health and Happiness, and I had re-inspired myself.

An hour later, of course, I was rethinking that. But it’s now 45 hours later and I’m still cigarette and tobacco-free.

Larra and I have been eating a lot of fruits and veggies, and having green smoothies 2-3 times a day, and I know that’s been helping me a lot, too. This kind of diet makes the body more alkaline, and when it’s more alkaline it heals faster.

Oh – we stopped drinking coffee, too. That alone allows the body to be more alkaline.

Form a Support Group

There’s another secret to my ongoing success. It’s all the help I’ve gotten from my 4,327 friends on Facebook. When I get to those moments that I don’t think I can live another minute without a smoke, I posted something like, “Cigarette-free for 4 hours.”

When I went back and posted “Cigarette-free for 6 hours,” I found I had dozens of responses to the previous posts.

I’ve had so much feedback now that it can keep me busy for half an hour, “liking” the comments and suggestions, and replying to them. Below is just a bit of what I’ve gotten.


Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-56Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-52 Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-47 Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-42 Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-39Substituting sex for cigarettes worked a couple of times. The first day. Now Larra’s taken to long shopping trips and staying up late at night playing with Facebook. LOLScreenshot_2016-08-08-21-50-32 Thanks a lot, Jim Faurote. I love you, too.
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Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-49-53 Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-49-23  Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-48-44Prettiest moonshine still I ever did see, Sandy Rich. LOL

Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-48-54Screenshot_2016-08-08-21-48-38Thank you,  one and all. It helps. Especially taking deep breaths, and sitting around with a short soda straw in my hand.

Well, it all helped except for the picture of Jesus peeking around the corner, and what he said. That ruined my life


What I posted when I hit 30 days cigarette-free:

Cigarette-Free for 30 Days!


Step 1 of Your 7 Steps to Health & Happiness


8 Responses so far.

  1. Jim Carey says:

    It’s been 62.5 hours since my last cigarette, but who’s counting? Larra’s about to toss me out and make me live in the woods, but I’m going to do it this time.

    The people who said, “Cold turkey is the only way to go,” are right. I’ve tried gum, patches, pills, e-cigs, tapering off, pipes, cigars, more pills… but I’m doing better now, after 60 hours of cold turkey, than I ever did with the substitution programs.

    I really think I’m going to kick it this time. Even if Larra does kick me out of the house. LOL

    • Jim Carey says:

      For those who said that I was trying to do too much, losing weight at the same time I was quitting cigarettes, I should explain – Larra and I are doing a raw vegan detox this week, with lots of green smoothies. I know from my years as Director at CHI that this makes the body more alkaline, which reduces the desire to smoke.

      Many of the guests at CHI quit smoking “by accident,” the diet changes their body chemistry that much.

      Huh! I should write a book about that – “Change Your Diet, Dump the Nicotine.” LOL

    • Jim Carey says:

      I’ve been cigarette-free for five days. It’s not getting any easier, but like any wound, I’m getting used to the pain. LOL – Not really… Damn, it’s hard!

      • Jim Carey says:

        Saturday night. Cigarette-free for 6 days, 14 hours! I may not be over the hump, yet, but now I know I can go the rest of the way! Hooray! Success!

        — patting myself on the back! —

  2. Jim Carey says:

    It’s Sunday morning, August 14th. I’ve been cigarette-free for a full week. Wow. I’ve been wanting to get off of cigarettes for seven years, and I’m free.

    Oh, the urges are still there, especially when I first get up in the morning, and after meals.

    I’m still not drinking coffee because I believe that’ll REALLY make me want a ciggie butt.

    So I’m not out of the woods yet. Probably two more weeks. But I’m far enough down the path that I can see success in my future.

    Thank you, one and all, for your prayers, best wishes, and emotional support!

  3. Jim Carey says:

    It’s been 10 days now. Part of my inspiration was when I came across this series of articles I wrote for Christendom International magazine:

  4. Jim Carey says:

    24 1/2 days and still cigarette-free.

  5. Jim Carey says:

    30 Days! It’s been 30 days and I’m still cigarette free. Yea for me!

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