There Has Never Been a Better Time to Stop Smoking

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

When you look back at how people once smoked everywhere, well, it would feel like you're in France. It is very hard to quit smoking when you're grabbing dinner at a smoke-fueled French brassiere with the patron next to you balancing a cigarette on the edge of her dessert plate. You learn very fast how to ask for a cigarette in French.

I tried to quit smoking all through my 20s, 30s and 40s. Every scheme pretty much imaginable, I tried it. Our environment in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s was not inducive to quitting smoking. In fact, it was downright hostile because you could not escape cigarette smoke no matter where you went. Very hard to quit smoking when everyone around you is.

But nowadays, it's hard to find a place in California where you can light up. And that's a huge benefit.

You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: How I Finally Quit Smoking When Nothing Else Worked.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Joe Pryor
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I wasn't a big smoker but cigarettes is one of the vices I quit 40 years ago.

Oct 11, 2018 10:49 AM #1
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents CONGRATULATIONS ON QUITTING!!!!!!!!!! Doesn't matter when, you give yourself that health boost. And your accompanying photo is one of the funniest I've ever seen on Activerain.

Oct 11, 2018 11:50 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Elizabeth- I am so happy that you quit!!!! We deserve to have you around for many more years! Larry smoked for years, quit once until he was in a company contest to see how quickly he could build a house. He did it in 10 days (had to be able to pass inspection) but he took up smoking again. His motivator was money when he realized one day while pumping gas how much he spent on cigarettes. 

 

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Nina Hollander
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Having lost my mother to lung cancer after she smoked for some 55 years, I've always felt that there is never a bad time to quit smoking, Elizabeth. Kudos to you and  to all who kick the habit!

Oct 11, 2018 12:12 PM #4
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - Good for you that you were able to stop!

I have never smoked first hand but my dad smoked all his life. I lived in CA when the regulations started being enacted. In fact my husband worked in Pasadena when the city had the strictest laws throughout the country at the time.  

I remember going to visit my dad in Kentucky after living in a smoke free environment and boy was I shocked. I did not enjoy that visit back in the '90s.

Oct 11, 2018 12:22 PM #5
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Lauren Williams, CPO Isn't that woman in the photo a hoot? It made me laugh. Only thing that's missing is a small mirror with powder and a rolled-up $100 bill.

Oct 11, 2018 02:47 PM #6
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Joe Pryor You strike me as one of those guys who just decide to quit and never look back as we all draw black mustaches on your profile photo. For many men, I think it is easier than for women.

Oct 11, 2018 02:48 PM #7
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Kathy Streib Yes, money is not a motivator for me. That's why clients can't push me around.

Oct 11, 2018 02:49 PM #8
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Nina Hollander Sorry to hear about your mother. My mother died from pulmonary failure and I want to deviate from that path.

Oct 11, 2018 02:50 PM #9
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Oh, yes, the south. I imagine there are a lot of smokers in the south. In California, mostly I spot smokers who are undereducated or in poverty or both.

Oct 11, 2018 02:53 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I haven't ever smoked, but know many who have made the difficult journey to quit.  I applaud you and them, Elizabeth.  I know about those lung tests.  I actually took one through Kaiser.  The first office I worked in during the 1980s, was 90% smoker agents.  There was a gray cloud that hovered always about 6 feet above the floor.  I was having breathing problems and didn't know why.  It was second hand smoke.  The test showed I had lost about 15% of my lung capacity.

Oct 11, 2018 05:29 PM #11
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Debbie Reynolds
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I've never been a smoker and so glad when the public buildings and restaurants banned it. There are several smokers in my company and some wish they could quit. Others seem to really enjoy it. 

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Good evening Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,

Kudos to you for finally quiting. I've never been a smoker and so glad that Austin adopted no smoking in buildings and restaurants. I understand it's hard to quit so you have made a huge accomplishment.

Oct 11, 2018 07:17 PM #13
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