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Green Meenie
Quit 6 years ago posted 6 days 2 hours ago
Now you can quit smoking and 'sun yer buns' at the same time :)

Mexico law effective Jan. 15, 2023 bans smoking on beaches, all public places with fines up to $550!

Roughly 1 in 8 people in Mexico, around 16 million, are smokers,

Tourists in Mexico hoping to light up a cigarette at the beach or other public places will now possibly face hefty fines thanks to a new ordinance that recently took effect in the country.

Visitors to Mexico, along with locals, can now be fined hundreds of dollars for smoking in outdoor public places such as beaches, parks, town squares, hotels, stadiums and other areas, according to a law that took effect in the country last week.

The law, which the BBC reported "amounts to one of the most stringent anti-smoking laws in the world," also includes a ban on the advertisement for tobacco products, and cigarettes are not allowed to be displayed inside shops.

"Mexico becomes one of the countries at the forefront in protecting the health of children and adolescents," Gady Zabicky Sirot, head of Mexico’s National Commission against Addictions, said in a press release.

It is unclear how strictly the law will be enforced in a country where one in eight Mexicans, roughly 16 million people, say they smoke, and the BBC reported that some residents are concerned that corrupt law enforcement officers will use the law to extort money from residents or tourists.

Diana Cedillo, deputy director of National Office of Tobacco Control, told the Washington Post that the smoking fines could go as high as $550, and a 2008 smoking law already on the books could mean up to 36 hours of jail time for those who refuse to cooperate.

At least one hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Mexico’s tourist friendly Yucatan Peninsula just south of Cancun, has already posted online that it has made changes on its property, the Washington Post reported.

"All public areas of the property have been declared free of smoke from cigarettes, vapes, e-cigarettes and all other tobacco products," the popular resort posted online. "Designated smoking areas will be specially marked throughout the hotel for guests to use should they need to."

(FoxNews.com)

3 Comments last reply 5 days ago
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Perhaps other countries will follow. Now wouldn't that be something. Thanks Green Meenie for sharing.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Hi Green Meenie, thank you so much for sharing this information with us. We are so grateful for the amount of time and effort you put into gathering all this detailed information for us and we appreciate the time you spent to put it together in this wonderful post! 😊
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years ago Commented 5 days 22 hours ago
I'm just glad Mexico is at least making an attempt at curbing not only smoking but the fully preventable pollution that cigarettes, their filters in particular, represent.

4.5 trillion cigarette butts are disposed of in some manner world wide each year. They are THE most prolific man made ocean contaminate in the world. The Ocean Conservancy has collected 60 million cigarette butts from beaches since 1986 and that's just a drop in the bucket.

70% of all marine birds and 30% of all turtles examined by marine biologists have been found to have fragments of cigarette filters in their bodies because once in the water, filters float and are often mistaken for food.

There are all sorts of benefits that come from quitting the smokes. Some we don't even think about and helping to reduce the resulting pollution is one of them. In my almost 6 years of quitting, I have avoided contributing over 54,000 cigarette butts to this problem. My cigarette butt ledger is still very unbalanced because I contributed so many for decades of my smoking but ... I'm continuing to work on balancing that ledger now :)
capricorn
Quit 7 months ago posted 6 days 8 hours ago
Smokers get a bad rap. From what I’ve noticed, most smokers are highly sensitive people. It’s a beautiful thing I think. And quitting smoking didn’t change who I was. Just how I felt. I’m still just as sensitive, but I can actually handle it in a more graceful way. I’m so grateful for that.
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Such a beautiful post Capricorn! Thank you for sharing this inspirational message with us. Quitting smoking has a positive impact on our mental health and how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Many people shared they have a more positive outlook on everything after quitting and being smoke-free is beneficial in so many ways. We are so glad to hear that you are really enjoying your smoke-free life and everything is going well with your quit. You are doing wonderful at 6 months and 3 weeks smoke-free. Keep up the great work. Congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Capricorn, I’m glad it hasn’t changed you. You are who you are, the only difference is you’re smarter now for having quit.
chronic56
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago posted 6 days 9 hours ago
greetings from the Great Up North

I am so happy that I dont have to deal with smoking outside with the weather changing next week for a little deep freeze. Saved myself alot of grief. So still hanging in there and wishing you all the same..
chronic 56 d19
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
Hi chronic56, you are doing awesome at 2 weeks and 5 days smoke-free! Congratulations on all the hard work you’ve put into reaching your goals. We are so glad to hear that you are enjoying being smoke-free. You’re right, it’s such a wonderful feeling not having to deal with smoking outside, especially when the weather is cold! Please keep going strong and continue with your amazing journey. Wishing you continued success!
bandy789
Quit 3 days 20 hours ago posted 6 days 14 hours ago
only smoked 2 cigs yesterday i am in shock, how did i manage something that for so long i thought impossible? i must give credit to this web site as for the last week i have been reading all the information here and to my astonishment some of it must have sunk in, if i can continue on this path that i am on i do believe i can quit now.i have been smoking for over 55 years, heavily, so if i am able to quit i am sure anybody can quit. good luck to all the fellow quitters
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
Hi bandy789, welcome to the QuitNow community and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! You are about to embark on a wonderful journey that will bring you so many benefits. Sounds like you are ready to kick this smoking habit out of your life and you have already set a quit date, that is so awesome. Yes, you can do this and you can achieve freedom! Excellent work getting yourself prepared for your quit and reducing your smoking to 2 cigarettes yesterday is so amazing! As we know, everyone has a unique journey and has different ways and approaches to quitting. If you would like to discuss about your quit plan, please give us a call. We are here to support you in any way we can. You may also visit this link https://quitnow.ca/quitting/preparing-quit/getting-ready-quit-day for more information on getting ready for your quit day. Thank you for joining us today and providing encouragement and support to all who are quitting. We look forward to hearing more about your quit journey!
kayk Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 weeks ago Commented 5 days 12 hours ago
You can do it bandy789! We are all in this together and this community is a wonderful place to come and share your journey. We are all here for each other Good luck! All in!!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Excellent Brandy. You’re well on your way to better health and a wealthy outcome. What more can you ask for? Good for you.
Rachel17
Quit 1 month ago posted 1 week ago
Hello,

I did a patch decrease on Sunday. I cut my 21 in half to make 10. I know it sounds a bit strange but I am on a fast pace detox. Its working. I had slight withdrawals but not enough to smoke. I will move to the 7 at the end of the month. Can’t see staying on the patch any longer then necessary.

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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week ago
Hi Rachel, it's great that getting a lower strength of nicotine was an easy adjustment for you! Going through the different strength of the NRT patch can help to decrease the nicotine intake gradually and adjust to new routines and behaviours. Please check with your pharmacist regarding any changes. It sounds like things are going really well with your quit and you are in the right mindset to keep it going. That is wonderful! Wishing you continuous success with your quit!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years ago Commented 6 days 23 hours ago
I wouldn't worry much about the NRT thing. Get off it as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. I forgot to put my 21 mg patch on the third day I was quit. When I realized it, I said to myself "F-it" and went cold turkey from there on. No big deal.

It's the changing of your daily routine and finding new things that make you happy that really matter. Those are the things that will make you comfortable as a non-smoker and that's the place you need to be in order to remain quit for life. Rinse & repeat those new daily lifestyle habits until they just become your new normal. That's where you'll find freedom!
Rachel17 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Hi

There is a million other things that a person could be doing other then poison themselves. Thats what I tell myself everyday. I have got a project going on every table available in my house. We got paint by number, diamond art, colouring, crossword and a puzzle all happening and extra shifts at work. Whatever its going to take I will do it. If you told me to go swim across the Okanagan lake. I would be okay I will do it. Just about a whole month quit 😊 thank-you. Have a nice day.
capricorn
Quit 7 months ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
Sometimes I wonder if I was addicted to the dopamine and not the nicotine....I quit cold turkey without significant withdrawal symptoms. I replaced the smoking with activities that made me happy. Now I’m addicted to being happy. LOL 😁✌️❤️
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi capricorn, we are so thrilled to hear about your amazing quit journey and congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone! You are doing fantastic at 6 months and 3 weeks smoke-free. Keep up the great work. We are so glad to hear that overall your quit went well and you did not experience significant withdrawal symptoms. Your perception and understanding of addiction and dopamine is so amazing. Dopamine does help us feel good and contributes to our experience of pleasure and plays an important role in how happy we feel. It is possible to get "addicted" to an activity that increases our dopamine levels. It’s great to hear that you have replaced your smoking with activities that made you happy. Keep doing what you are doing and we hope you have been rewarding yourself for all your hard work. Cheers to your continued success!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Yes it’s crazy how your own body can produce something that you can get addicted to. We certainly need to be responsible for own own well being. Awareness and mindfulness is key I believe . ✌️❤️
chronic56
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
morning all

well the last couple of days have been a roller coaster for me. At this stage of my quit is always been the hardest to carry thru. I have always caved with the pressure of not caving . so that being said I still haven't smoked YAH!! but fortuneitly i did figure out a way to take the pressure off.. Every single morning when i wake up thinking about a cigerette I simply say this Mantra
Maybe tomorrow i will have a smoke .. Just not today..
seems to take the pressure off and everything dosn't seem as dire.. if that makes any sense.
just dont want to fail this time and im running out of solutions.. This addiction is brutal and shows no mercy, I am kickin my heels doing a gig one day and the next morning i am crying my eyes out like I am experiencing the worst grieving process ever.. Geeze. sooo im guessing its a serious case of separation anxiety which i did experience after grieving both my late husbands.. I know the loss of humans and the feeling of desperation should not be compared but its the only thing that seems familiar. I does pass i will feel better
i just gotta walk it off, suck it up, move on,
so thats that thought i would check in so you all know i'm still on board .
thanks to knowing your all out there.
have a great smoke free day and thanks for listening
chronic 56 d17
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi Chronic56,

you did a good job of not giving in. The craving and urge will persist and push you to have one. Bear in mind that KEEP NOPE always, do whatever you want to distract yourself or do some exercise or running. The crave and urge will go. It is just like a sea wave come and gone. It will disappear in someday for sure.

Cheer you up and KEEP NOPE

stand firm to say NO to nicodemon. beat them down you will win the battle.
Rachel17 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Keep on keeping on. Don’t give in. I just said to myself today it always has to be no to this and its just that simple. Sing songs in your head. As soon as an urges starts I start singing a song.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi chronic56, we are sorry to hear that these last couple days were not easy for you. Please hang in there. We hope that tomorrow will be a better day for you. The road to a smoke-free life can be bumpy and has many ups and downs and sometimes, it may feel like a roller coaster ride. Some days can be more challenging than others. Please stay strong and keep moving forward. Great work focusing on staying smoke-free and not caving in during difficult times. We love your great Mantra that seems to work well for you! Keep doing what you are doing and continue with all the things that will help you stay quit and motivate you to progress further into your quit journey. You can do this! You are doing great at 2 weeks and 3 days smoke-free. Once again congratulations on your strong commitment to your quit!
chronic56 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
thanks Coach Linda
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You're very welcome chronic56! Take care.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Hang in there Chronic, it takes time but we’ll worth the effort.
Lucille Brown
Quit 6 years 11 months ago posted 1 week 2 days ago
To all new quitters and old alike, take time to reflect on your success be it a day or a few years. I can’t stress enough that you’ve given yourselves a gift that will last a lifetime. There will be highs and lows but the end result will be worth it. Never give up and reward yourselves for what just may be the most important decision you have ever made. Be proud of yourselves for having taken the first step to better health and a longer life.
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Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
thanks for that Lucille


chronic 56
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Thank you for your wise and inspiring words, Lucille, which are so true! Quitting smoking and vaping and every attempt to do so are definitely worth it! The challenges linked to quitting will become easier and will pass, but the gains of staying smoke free, will help you to live a healthier, longer and richer life.
Lucille Brown
Quit 6 years 11 months ago posted 1 week 2 days ago
Congratulations Green Meenie on your six year quit. What an amazing accomplishment. You and I both know it wasn’t easy but when you set your mind to better your health, it is entirely possible to do so. I’ve so enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate all that you’ve done for me as well as others. Thank you and continued success.
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 9 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Congrat to you Lucille for six years and 10 months quit.
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Congratulations Green Meenie to your six year quit and Lucille to your 6 year and 10 months quit! Those are huge milestones! Thank you for the shout out to Green Meenie, Lucille! We are so proud of both of you and appreciate sharing your experiences and your wisdom on this forum! It's so nice to have you both still check in and being part of this great community. Thank you for all your contributions! Keep enjoying your smoke free life!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years ago Commented 6 days 23 hours ago
Thanks Lucille! My Anni is actually Sunday Jan. 29th but I'm already thinking of ways to celebrate. I feel a Cruise Vacation coming on ... paid for by all those cigarettes I haven't smoked in 6 years.
Nicole.66
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago posted 1 week 2 days ago
Hello gang,

Today is day 100 without cigarettes. I am very proud of myself.

Yesterday was hard tough. Today is better and I continue one day at a time.
Smoking was a part of my life when I think about it. For when I was happy, sad, anxious, waiting, hoping….

I didn’t find for now another *treat*🤪

Hope everybody feel good and continue to live without it.

Take care 👍….💯
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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Congratulations on reaching your 100 day smoke free milestone Nicole.66! What a wonderful accomplishment! This is definitely something to be proud of! So glad to hear that you keep going and are staying committed to your quit! There will be more and more of those better days on your way if you keep up your great work! Wishing you many more important milestones to celebrate. All the best Nicole.66!
evoll
Thinking about quitting posted 1 week 2 days ago
Need to quit
Done with the addiction.
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Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Understanding what an addiction is may be the first step to quit. It is not easy but with help and motivation it is the best thing to do.

Go for it 👍
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
That's the right attitude evoll! How about starting the process by becoming more aware of your smoking habits. You find the log here: https://quitnow.ca/sites/default/files/2020-11/Cigarette-Tally-Sheetv2.pdf.
You could cut down first before quitting or if you feel ready to quit you could look into the free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products that you can access for free through your local pharmacy with your Medical Service Plan Card for 12 weeks once per year when quitting smoking. We are happy to have you here!
evoll
Thinking about quitting posted 1 week 2 days ago
Need to quit!!!
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Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Welcome to the forum evoll! There is so much to gain by quitting. You increase your life expectancy, you reduce risks of heart attacks and stroke, and getting a variety of cancers, especially lung cancer. Smoking can affect your breathing, your oral health, your eyesight, your blood pressure, your cholesterol and diabetes to name some of the most important ones. There is so much to gain health wise, financially and in life quality. And there are many different ways of quitting: you can start slowly and reduce to ease into making changes if you are not ready to quit yet. Feel free to connect with a quit coach to discuss strategies that can help with this process. We are here to support you!
natedufour
Thinking about quitting posted 1 week 3 days ago
After death of my brother at young age I started smoking the day it happened. Cigarettes, dip, then went to vapes. Kept smoking till my fathers death and has always been in my hand since. 17 years of age and have not gone more then 3 days without nic in 2 years. It’s killing me inside as I already struggle with a disease that eats my insides. I really want to take the step and stop because I truly need to. I’m a construction worker just finishing my first year apprenticeship as I finished school early. I want to start a better life and start with my body.
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Nicole.66 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hello Nate

Thinking about quitting is the first step. Nicotine is not the answer of any problems. When I **was a smoker ** I tought it was helping me to calm down but I can see now that life is better without nicotine addiction.
In fact if you think about it when you light a cigarette you just calm down a couple of minutes because you feed the addiction. There is a lot of information about nicotine addiction and how to quit on the internet and YouTube. Take a moment and check all the documentation and you will be able to decide what is the better way for you.

QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Nate, welcome to the QuitNow Community! We are so sorry about the death of your brother and father, this must have been difficult.
It is good that you want to take care of your body and that you are reaching out to get help quitting vaping. Nicotine is very addictive and not easy to quit. It can be helpful to try to reduce the amount of nicotine that you are using and try to delay your vaping. It can be helpful to talk with a coach to discuss how to go about the quit. You can reach out any time and call 1-877-455-2233 to get connected with a coach. We are here to support you!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Seventeen and ready to quit??!! I predict good things for you! ✌️❤️
Jamwan
Quit 7 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
7 months and 1 week going strong. Just wanted to say even being around my smoker friend when he's smoking doesn't affect me anymore. I even advised him to quit as well!
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Jamwan, you are doing fantastic at 7 months and 1 week smoke-free! Congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone. We are so glad to hear that your quit is going well and being around your smoker friend doesn't affect you anymore, way to go! Your friend may be inspired to quit and you will be an important source of support for him when he decides to be smoke-free. Please continue with your amazing journey and we hope that you will do something special for yourself and celebrate this great success! Thank you for joining us today and please continue to update us on your quit journey.
Rachel17
Quit 1 month ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
Hello Everyone,

This week Im going to work on my breathe. I noticed this before about myself that I don’t breathe properly. I hold my breath. I take short breath. Certain times of the day I breath differently. Like what is up with that. I just got my audiobook downloaded. Its called Breathe in and Breathe out by Stanley Sandeman. He has a wonderful Irish accent. Very enjoyable to listen to.

Have a wonderful evening.
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 years ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Rachel17, your strong commitment to your quit is so amazing and we are so glad to hear that you have found many helpful ways to remain smoke-free. We love your idea of focusing on breathing exercises this week. Practicing the technique of deep breathing can help reduce the intensity of nicotine cravings and may replace the same satisfaction we used to get from inhaling deeply when we were smoking. There are so many benefits we can get from the breathing exercises and we hope you have a wonderful time working on this technique. Please continue with everything that works for you and will help you stay smoke-free for the long term. You are doing awesome and congratulations on being 3 weeks smoke-free!
capricorn Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
My husband breathes that way and he has sleep apnea. I don’t know if there’s a connection. ✌️❤️