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I knew it was coming: the change in my Albuterol rescue inhaler. I had gotten a letter from my insurance company stating that my inhaler was going to change in 2008. The American Lung Association states it thusly : "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told makers of albuterol inhalers that they must stop using the ozone-depleting propellants called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which send albuterol into the lungs. Manufacturers have already begun to make or ramp up production of CFC-free inhalers, also called hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhalers, in advance of the December 31, 2008 deadline. This decision resulted from the United States' participation in the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 international treaty to eliminate the production and consumption of ozone-depleting chemicals." So, the medication isn't changing, the delivery system is, and for an excellent reason. This is one small way I can help the environment. So, goodbye CFCs, hello ...
So far so good. Holiday heavy-duty blahs haven't hit yours truly.
How about you? One sure-fire way to continue one's toxic-veiled existence, blunting sheer-joy potential for yet another year, is smoking cigarettes. By that I mean this: chronic nicotine use contributes to one's blahs. Mandatory smoking - via one's deeply entrenched habit - isn't fun, isn't fulfilling; 'tis draining. I remember over 15 years ago when smoking was a must for me, a matter of course, associated with everything else, superseding everything else, yet not noticed, per se, just taken as a given.
Experienced with perhaps an internal - and, at times, external - sigh of resignation, a faint phlegm-coated realization that I was hooked, but "I can't do anything about that right now." Is this you? Are you smoking as you read this blog post?
Try this. Stand up, take your cigarette with you to the most convenient mirror in your home. Look directly into your mirror and take a deep drag. Continue staring at yourse...
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