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The problem is, she’s still smokin’ • Brooklyn Paper

The problem is, she’s still smokin’

Stephanie Thayer is doing everything to quick smoking, including yoga and exercise in her beloved North Brooklyn parks.
Photo by Tom Callan

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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