Talk:LMCC/Smoking Cessation

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removal of following edits[edit source]

The following was removed at this time. The edits were made from 9th October 2007 inclusive 30th November 2007 (see version history), ----Erkan Yilmaz (Wikiversity:Chat, wiki blog) 23:39, 1 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Reduction[edit source]

"Reduced smoking may lead to unexpected quitting"-- Dr. John Hughes, Prof. of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Dec. 2006, quoted on

Dosage reduction beyond the 700-mg. cigarette[edit source]

The alternative to simply smoking fewer cigarets, as referenced in the above study, is to use an anti-overdose utensil having a screened crater with the narrowest possible diameter-- 1/4" is best-- and a long long flexible drawtube (pvc is ok) so the smoke has plenty of time to cool before reaching your trachea. Bypass what is sold at head shops-- mostly big bowl overdose-- and make your toker out of parts and materials available right in your neighborhood, such as a quarter-inch socket-wrench.

The reduction strategy is to tear off a tiny bit of cigaret-- about 1/28th of the tobacco or 25 mg.-- put it in the screened crater, just barely light it and suck very very slow through the drawtube (instead of the usual hard "puff" of a second or two which brings the burning temperature in a cigaret tip to 1500 degrees F/860 C). With this strategy you greatly reduce exposure to carbon monoxide and can use a high-nicotine tobacco.

Now keep a simple diary, with a capital "C" every time you backslide and have a cigaret, and a little "t" every time you have a 25-mg. single toke.

A typical day's line might look like this:

     October 10, 2007:  tttCtttCttttttCtttttt (etc.)

Seeing the "C"'s and "t"s will remind you that you are Cttttin' down!

Replacement[edit source]

Once you are having some success with the above reduction therapy, you might want to try some other herb instead of tobacco (it's the only one that contains nicotine).

1. Check your health food store for basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, savory, thyme, peppermint, spearmint, pennyroyal, and various flowerpetals such as rosebud, hops, camomile. There are dozens of other herbs worth considering, all of which really do taste better than tobacco. The supplying company may have already processed the dried herb leaf or petal into small particles which burn smoothly in your reduction utensil, otherwise you can provide your own processing by grinding the herb through a 1/16th inch screen strainer. Whatever doesn't go through the strainer goes in your teapot.

2. Saving your life is adequate moral justification for defying the tobacco-tax-funded law enforcement against cannabis. Smoke only what goes through a 1/16th inch strainer as with the other herbs above. In view of the miniature quantities used, it is utterly remote that you could suffer any harm from the cannabis, or that you would ever get caught. And a bonus is that it may stir your imagination to invent interesting exercises which will fend off the weight gain from eliminating the nicotine.

3. It's that time of year when the leaves are down and brown. Harvest leaves from your favorite trees-- oak, ash, maple, elm, beech, birch etc.-- and grind them through your 1/16th-inch strainer. The inspiration and pride of getting to know nature on a leaf-to-lung basis may help you forget the noxious squares once and for all (Leaf Literacy).


A rewritten version of the above material may be found at Smoking Cessation.

Reason for removal[edit source]

The purpose of this wikiversity article is to provide study notes for the Medical Counsel of Canada qualifying examinations. The information below is both neither in note form nor part of the LMCC objectives or learning material provided at and does not correlate with any Medical Counsel educational materials on the topic. The prose would be most appropriate in a new wikibook about smoking cessation techniques. Koppertone 18:26, 2 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reason for Removal[edit source]

Again, the LMCC is the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. Please refer to the council website at for more information on the council and its objectives. I have no affiliation with the council, I am simply advocating a set of notes to pass the council's examination which all 4th year medical students must take at the beginning of May. Whether the usage of a homemade tool is a good or bad idea is a moot point; this is not something that shows up on the licensing examination. To those who have PM'd me stating that this post is biased towards pharmacology, I can only say that it reflects the content of the LMCC examination. Pharmacology is on the examination, homemade tools are not. To include information that is not on the examination is confusing for those who are using these notes to study. If the LMCC examination objectives ever change to include this information, then including that information here would be reasonable as it would then be part of the LMCC exam. If you feel that the LMCC objectives, and hence the content of the examination, should be changed, please contact the Medical Council of Canada at the site listed above to voice your concerns. Koppertone

I agree. This learning project has a well defined scope (to cover the LMCC examination) and should remain focused on the stated goal. If other editors wish to provide an alternative perspective they are free to fork the content to a new page, as was done at Smoking Cessation. --mikeu talk 20:51, 13 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]