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The problem is, she’s still smokin’

The Brooklyn Paper

Easier smoked than done.

North Brooklyn Parks honcha Stephanie Thayer suffered a major setback in her effort to quit a 30-year smoking obsession in the days before the city’s ban on public puffing kicks in next month.

True, she’s doing well on licking butts, but there’s been some collateral damage that could cause a relapse.

“My calorie consumption increased faster than my smoking decreased,” said Thayer. “So while I’m down to about two cigarettes a weekend, I’m also up two dress sizes.”

Thayer was a two-pack-a-day smoker, but after the city passed the stronger no-smoking rules, she quickly cut her cancer stick intake in half — all of it chronicled in our newspaper.

But Thayer has hit a wall, saying that cutting down during the workweek has been both “challenging” and “humbling.”

“I’ve had trouble sleeping and colossal headaches,” said Thayer.

So far, she’s tried free nicotine patches and gum through the state’s smokers’ quit line, and has signed up for sessions at Kula Yoga, which features a community dinner in the studio and “pay-what-you-wish acupuncture.”

But Community Board 1 member Dewey Thompson told her that the acupuncture might be a bad idea.

“He said, ‘If I’m going to allow people to stick needles into me, I should pay them as much as they want,’ ” said Thayer.

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k from gp says:
She should try ecigs
April 14, 2011, 8:46 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
be tough! Cold Turkey is the only way to do this...maybe a hypnotist will help?
April 14, 2011, 10:41 am
st from pslope says:
get over it.
April 14, 2011, 11:14 am
EES from Greenpoint says:
And why was this article newsworthy? Is news in north Brooklyn that slow?
April 14, 2011, 12:51 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
What's a honcha?
April 14, 2011, 9:59 pm
Bill from Dyker Heights says:
I quit last year using Swedish snus. I had tried everything else. Eventually stopped ordering the Swedish snus when the taxes went up. And slowly forgot all about nicotine.
April 14, 2011, 10:31 pm
delia from greenpoint says:
Why arent you discussing her conflict of interest working for OSA and the city? And why they are vague about where the money is going. And why they seem to be the final say in anything that gets done in the parks. OSA seems to have been appointed decision makers for the parks and not the community and the parks department. I don't believe all their self promotion!
April 15, 2011, 6:54 am
SAM from Bk says:
"True, she’s doing well on licking butts, but there’s been some collateral damage that could cause a relapse."

Licking butts? Sounds like a good way to quit.
April 15, 2011, 4:26 pm
Guess from Who says:
Got your stink panties in a bunch ugly?
April 16, 2011, 4:51 pm
Kim from bay ridge says:
It is a hard habit to quit. Good luck to you. My suggestion is try the laser therapy. With a tiny bit of wil power it really does work.
April 20, 2011, 2:28 pm

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