Have you kept your resolution?

January is the time most of us make resolutions, and for many, that might mean trying to quit smoking.  It’s a difficult thing to do, if you ask anyone who has tried, and requires help. That could include medicated gum, such as Nicorette.  And it seems that one man was so proud of his decision to quit that he kept every piece of gum he chewed and made it into a wonderful medicated ball of chewed gum. Yum.

Barry Chappell, a man from California who decided to quit smoking 15 years ago, ran into a problem at an airport. He had no place to dispose of his chewed gum, so he rolled it into a ball and saved it to throw out later.  But in the meantime, he had an epiphany!  Why not keep the gum???  Yes.  Why not?? (This story gets weirder by the second.  I warn you.) 

So, he brought the gum home, but by then it was dry and hard.  What’s a man to do with his dry used gum now? Take it to your home sauna, of course! The heat and moisture in the sauna softens the gum so that he can mold it into strings and press it into a ball.  Then, he takes a hairdryer (no lying) and heats up those strings until he can press the gum flat and smooth, to make the ball pretty, I imagine.

After years of doing this, he has probably the biggest used medicated gumball in the world. Lucky him!

Now, I don’t suggest doing this as a way to document your own success with quitting smoking, but if you’re interested, we have lots of Guinness Book of World Record books here at the library.  Maybe they’ll inspire you to work your way onto their pages.

Of course, we also have some interesting books to help you quit smoking….like…..

Just a bit of inspiration for your mid-week blues!


The walls are coming down!

As of May 31st, the tobacco powerwalls are coming down in Ontario! Children and adults alike will no longer be bombarded by the tobacco industry’s blatant displays of their products at checkouts. This is a means to encourage people to quit smoking (or never begin in the first place). I would hope that the rest of the country will follow, and soon, the world. Just a dream, maybe, but who knows…….

If you are thinking of quitting and need some help, we have a few resources to help at the library.

Clearing the haze : A teen’s guide to smoking related health issues by Joan Esherick

Stop smoking made E-Z, by Gerald Esopenko


How to quit smoking without gaining weight by Bess Marcus

These are just a few ideas to help you along. You can always come in and reserve a computer to do some research of your own on the effects of smoking, or how to quit. Check out a few of these sites to guide you along…: