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Helping Someone Else To Stop Smoking

March 11, 2012 in BottomPage

By Roseanna Leaton

How do you go about helping someone else to do something which they deep down aren’t sure that they want to do and they firmly believe that it will be difficult? Most smokers who are contemplating stopping look upon this task about as favorably as having their leg chopped off; they dread it.

Smokers worry about putting on weight, getting ratty and frustrated and wonder how on earth they are going to cope. Now, if you are the person who is their close partner, the person who loves them, it’s quite likely that you would want them to stop smoking. You’ve read all of the literature about what smoking does to your health, the increased chance of cancer, heart disease and early demise, and you just don’t want any of that to happen to them.

How does this make you feel? If you are a smoker too, you are in a similar boat and you can appreciate the ambivalent feelings one experiences about quitting smoking. But you also have to know that no matter how much you encourage them to stop, or set an example and stop first, or try to make a pact to stop smoking together, you have to realize that they have to WANT to stop too. If you smoke as well, or have smoked in the past, they will at least feel that you understand what is going on in their mind.

If, on the other hand you are a non-smoker, they will not think that you understand at all. They almost see you as the “enemy”; one of those people out there who keep telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. How can you help the person you love to stop smoking when they act as if you are on the opposite side of a line firing at them? The answer is quite simple – don’t fire at them. Stop telling them what to do. They will do it when they are ready.

I was chatting with a friend who was in just this situation. His fiancée had said that she wanted to stop smoking and was going to finally quit after 20 years. He had smoked when he was younger but only for a year before his interest in sport made him stop as he needed to have the benefit of 100% lung capacity, unimpeded by chemical inhalation. He hates the smell of smoke but most of all he wanted his fiancée to be healthy and well.

He hadn’t TOLD her to stop, but he had made it very clear that he would LIKE her to stop. Well, that’s what he thought! She didn’t FEEL that it was like that – her logical mind knew that he hadn’t issued an ultimatum, but she still FELT that he was “firing at her” in many of the comments that he made. He thought he was helping when he made a point of expressing disgust at cigarette smells and so on. But every one of those little comments, which he meant to be encouraging, was triggering an ever increasing defensive reaction in her.

And what happens when you feel super defensive? You snap and fire back – she started sneaking out of the back door and smoking again. And so the question remains about what he could have done to help which was more effective? What she needed was to feel that he was on her side, not the enemy.

How could he go about this? What he started to do was to completely stop commenting about smoking at all. No more comments; no more making her know that he knew she was sneaking out of the back door trying to hide a quick cigarette. Yes, he knew she was doing that, but he started to pretend that he didn’t know. Instead, he gave her loads of hugs and cuddles and told her how thankful he was that she was trying so hard to stop…that she had done so well in stopping smoking.

Can you see the difference? He was making her feel good. He was subtlety rewarding her and reinforcing the times she went without cigarettes. He was making her see that he was really happy with her, which also made it harder for her to “let him down”. He wasn’t telling her what to do – he wasn’t firing at her; he was her friend and lover. And she stopped sneaking out to grab a quick cigarette.

The only way in which you can help someone to stop smoking is to make them feel that you are with them; that you are on their side. You can encourage them to see and feel the benefits in quitting, and this makes it easier for them. Punishing them for smoking and expressing disgust doesn’t work.

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Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

One of the most popular and well-known ways smokers choose to quit smoking is what is known as “cold turkey.” The phrase cold turkey is universally understood to mean to quit smoking abruptly, often without forethought or preparation, nor a gradual reduction in amount smoked. Most people also assume cold turkey means to quit smoking without using any smoking cessation aids such as nicotine gum or patches.

The origins of the phrase cold turkey are not completely clear but some quick searches online reveal several explanations.

One site states, “The state addicts are in when withdrawing from drug addition, especially heroin. Origin: In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.idiomsite.com/coldturkey.htm)

Another site explains, “This phrase meaning “without preparation” dates to 1910. The use in relation to withdrawal from an addictive substance (originally heroin) dates to around 1922. The derivation is from the idea that cold turkey is a food that requires little preparation in the kitchen. So to quit like cold turkey is to do so suddenly and without preparation. It is also boosted by the image of the pallid flesh of a cold, dead, plucked turkey. In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps and thus resembling a turkey.” (http://www.allexperts.com/previousqv.asp?QuestionID=2633904)

Yet another site says, “‘Cold turkey’ is actually based on another colloquial phrase, “to talk turkey” (sometimes “to talk cold turkey”), meaning to face unpleasant truths squarely. It’s not entirely clear how turkeys came to be associated with honesty and straightforward confrontation of difficulties, but it may simply be that turkey farmers were renowned at one time for their lack of pretense and blunt speech.” (http://www.word-detective.com/back-p.html)

Whatever the actual origin, quitting smoking cold turkey is probably the most popular, while not necessarily the most successful, method for quitting. It may also be the most challenging due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms the new ex-smoker faces.

You can improve your chances for permanently quitting with the cold turkey method if you follow a few guidelines:

Understand that withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, tiredness and more, may be fairly intense, but they will lessen after just a few days.
Drink lots of water to help your body flush itself out quickly.
Keep a straw or other cigarette substitute handy to keep your hands and mouth busy.
When cravings hit, close your eyes and count down from 10 to 0, very slowly. Breathe deeply with each count.
Call a friend when you feel like reaching for a smoke. Divert your attention.
Take a quick walk, even if it is just to the bathroom or mailbox.
Superhuman willpower is often associated with using cold turkey to quit smoking. While having strong willpower is important, ultimately your success depends on how badly you want to quit and whether or not you believe you can do it. If you want to quit more than you want to smoke, and you believe that you can quit, you’ll likely be successful.

The cold turkey method is free, and you can do it at any time. Why not today?

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

How to Quit Smoking When Everyone Around You Still Smokes

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

It’s a common problem: You are trying your best to quit smoking but everyone around you still smokes. If you have a spouse or other family member who smokes, you are exposed to smoking every day. If your co-workers smoke, you probably have smokers around you at least five days per week. If your friends smoke, you’ll be exposed to smoking whenever you get together to have some fun.

So how do you maintain your resolve to quit when everywhere you look you see someone lighting up? How do you deal with the personal conflicts that can develop when you quit but your family, friends and co-workers don’t?

First, you must acknowledge the fact that you may be all alone in your efforts to quit smoking. This solitude may be frustrating and counter-productive but you must accept the fact that the people around you are not going to quit smoking just because you are. In fact, they may try to coerce or encourage you to start smoking again. When you quit you may be placing pressure to quit smoking, however unintentional, on the people in your life . They may resent it or be frightened by your quitting. Their natural, perhaps unconscious, response may be to make quitting more difficult for you.

So prepare yourself for the loneliness you may feel when you quit. Prepare yourself for the backlash that you may receive from the smokers around you. Be prepared to forgive and forget.

Next, take time to talk to the smokers in your life. Ask them for a few minutes to discuss the fact that you are quitting smoking. Sit down and let them know how very important quitting is to you. Tell them that you need their support and ask them to be considerate whenever they want to smoke. Make sure they understand that you are quitting for you, not for anyone else. Make sure they understand that you do not expect them to quit because you are quitting. Invite them to quit with you but make it clear that quitting must be their own decision.

Lay out some ground rules that everyone can live with, regarding where and when they will smoke. Make it clear that you don’t expect them to totally change their smoking habits, but that you need cooperation to help you quit. Set clear times and locations for them to smoke, or make sure you have someplace you can comfortably retreat to, should the smoker in your life need to light up. Make sure you have something to distract your attention, in another room, if someone is smoking near you. Start a new hobby or have a book on-hand, whenever you have to get away from the smoke.

When you get together with friends, you may find that the activities you participate in naturally involve smoking. Try going to a bar or bowling alley without having smoke all around you (unless you live in an area where smoking is banned indoors)! You may find it necessary to adjust the types of things you do with your friends, to help you avoid being placed in a smoking situation. Try activities that are outdoors, or that involve exercise. Go places where smoking isn’t allowed. If your friends are truly your friends, they’ll understand and want to accommodate your needs.

Avoiding smoke at work may be difficult if your workplace allows smoking indoors. If necessary, request that your work area be moved to a non-smoking portion of your office. You may also ask to have your entire office declared “smoke-free.” Consider getting an air filter to help remove the smell of smoke where you work.

If you have grown accustomed to your smoking breaks and the smoking buddies at your workplace, you face another type of withdrawal besides nicotine withdrawal: friendship withdrawal. Chances are, if you’ve worked someplace with a designated smoking area for any length of time, that you have made quite a number of friends or smoking buddies. If you’re going to quit smoking successfully, you’re going to have remove yourself from the smoking area. Naturally, this means removing yourself from the friends you’ve made. Realize, however, that just because you don’t smoke with these people, you don’t have to stop being friendly. Let your smoking buddies know that you are quitting, and that you won’t be joining them any longer. But also let them know you wish to continue your friendship. Exchange phone numbers if necessary, and try to get together for lunch or other times convenient to both of you.

Quitting smoking even when other people around you are smoking doesn’t have to be difficult and a strain on interpersonal relations. Take some time to create an atmosphere where everyone knows that you are quitting and that you need their cooperation to succeed. At the same time, be considerate of the other smokers, giving them their own freedom to smoke when they so choose. Working together with family, friends and co-workers, you can quit!

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

How to Quit Smoking Even if You Love to Smoke

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

Let’s face it, you probably enjoy some aspects of smoking. Some people truly love to smoke. There’s no denying that smoking provides real benefits such as relaxation or feelings of security.

So, how do you quit when you love to smoke?

YOU GOTTA WANNA

First and foremost, you have to have the desire to quit. If you love smoking you can still develop the desire to quit. If you honestly do want to quit–even just a little bit–then you have the first and most important ingredient for quitting.

Is it possible to love smoking while simultaneously wanting to quit? Of course! Think about any destructive behavior you or other people engage in. For example, you may love to speed when you drive around town, yet you know it is dangerous and you want to quit doing it. Alcoholics have a love-hate relationship with their drink. You smoke and enjoy it, but you know it is bad for you.

HOW TO DEVELOP THE DESIRE TO QUIT

“I love smoking too much to develop the desire to quit,” you may be saying. However, there are some simple steps you can take to create the will to quit.

Make a list of the benefits you receive from smoking. Write down as many benefits as you can think of.
Make a list of the bad things that have resulted or may result from continuing to smoke.
Make a list of the reasons YOU want to quit. For example, your list might include “live longer”, “set a good example for my children”, “save money”, etc. Everyone needs a purpose or a reason to do anything before he or she is truly motivated to do it. Make sure you know why you want to quit.
Read each of your lists at least once per day. These lists will provide you with concrete motivation for quitting.
Make an appointment with your doctor and ask him or her to be very frank with you about the destructiveness of smoking. Ask to see pictures of lungs taken out of smokers’ bodies. Have your doctor explain what good things will happen after you quit. Hearing and seeing these things from your doctor may influence you more than anything else. After all, this person has devoted their life to understanding the human body. They know the truth, and most likely you’ll believe what they have to say.
EXAMINE THE “BENEFITS”

Once you have a definite desire to quit smoking, it’s time to examine the so-called “benefits” of smoking. By now you should have the “benefits of smoking” list that you made in step 1 above.

You must become very objective when you analyze your list. Is each list item truly a benefit or just a “fix”. If you smoke to relax, ask yourself “how does a non-smoker deal with stress without smoking?” If you smoke to relieve boredom are you benefiting yourself temporarily by smoking, while paying for it with reduced health and expensive cigarettes?

Look at each item in your list from the perspective of a non-smoker. What would a non-smoker have to say about your list? How does a non-smoker deal with the world without smoking? Can you obtain the same or similar benefits without a cigarette?

Remember that much of the “positive” benefit of smoking is temporary. The long-term effects of smoking are nearly all negative.

FIND REPLACEMENTS

After examining the benefits you get from smoking, you need to develop replacements for your cigarettes (and their effects) so that you can continue to receive the benefits that smoking provides you, but without the downside.

First, you need to understand that some of the so-called benefits of smoking are really just a cruel lie. As your body has grown accustomed to smoking and the accompanying physical and chemical effects on your body, you have developed a need to smoke to achieve these “benefits.” You feel that the only way you can relax is to smoke, and you do find that smoking calms your nerves. But how long has it been since you relaxed on your own, without the aid of a cigarette? Again, how does a non-smoker relax? Smoking has become your crutch, when your ankle really isn’t broken.

So, on your list of “benefits of smoking” next to each benefit, write down something you can do, other than smoking, that will replicate the benefit.

For example, if the benefit you wrote down was that smoking helps you sleep, you might write down that you would exercise regularly. Exercise can aid your body in so many ways, including better sleep. If you wrote that smoking helps you to get moving in the morning, you might write down that you will listen to your favorite high-energy music while you get dressed.

Be creative! This is the fun part. You get to re-invent your life!

TURN LOVE TO DISGUST

If you love to smoke, you need to begin to despise it.

Switch to a different brand of cigarettes–one that you don’t like.

Look at yourself in the mirror when you smoke. Looks stupid, doesn’t it? No other animal in the world, even the lowliest, purposefully inhales smoke. Why do you?

Look at your hands and teeth. They’re disgusting, aren’t they? You’re not going to get a date looking like that!

And you stink too! Yuck!

The cigarette companies are robbing you of $1,000 (or more ) per year. Are you going to let them get away with that? And your car smells terrible. You won’t be able to get as much for it when you sell it.

You’re a social outcast at restaurants. Nobody likes to smell your stinky smoke.

Get the idea?

NOW GO OUT AND DO IT

You can read this and do nothing or you can follow the steps and take ACTION! Nothing in your life worth doing happens magically. You have to create your own magic by taking action. Action.

ACTION.

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Hidden Meanings Behind “Why Smoke?” and “Why Quit?”

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

High school and college literature classes are preoccupied with
the hidden meaning behind the words on the page. Much of the
students’ time is spent examining what meaning the author was
really intending to convey with the story. In fiction, the story
is never what it seems.

In our own lives, our motivations and reasons for what we do are
not always what they seem. At first glance, why we do things may
seem simple. But upon closer examination, our motivations often
have hidden purposes and agendas, driven by events and feelings
in our lives. Often we are totally unaware of these forces that
shape our daily decisions.

The decision to quit smoking is propelled or impeded by two
basic questions: “why smoke?” and “why quit?” Answer these
questions honestly and you’ll make great progress toward
quitting. Let’s examine each in turn.

WHY SMOKE?

Do you smoke today for the same reason you smoked five years
ago, or when you first started smoking? Chances are good that
you started smoking for reasons totally different than why you smoke
now. You started smoking to be cool, or to rebel or to fit in or
just because you were curious. Now you would probably say that
you smoke to relax or to think clearly or because you are
addicted and can’t stop.

Take a long hard look at why you smoke NOW. You probably haven’t
even thought about this. Dig very deep. Think. Examine your
emotions as you imagine yourself craving a cigarette and
lighting up. What “made you do it?”

Smoking is easier than quitting. Staying where we are is much
easier and more comfortable than working on ourselves and moving
to a different place. It’s hard. It hurts. It takes work. It
requires admitting painful things to ourselves.

Quitting smoking means admitting that you have been wrong all
the years that you smoked. Quitting means admitting that you
harmed yourself. Quitting means that you aren’t cool just
because you smoke. Quitting means that your parents were right.
Quitting means that your husband/wife/kids/co-workers/society
was right. Quitting means you wasted THOUSANDS of dollars on
cigarettes and insurance. Quitting means that you’ll have to
learn how to relax naturally. Quitting means losing a “friend.”
Quitting means giving up your security blanket.

These are some of the hidden meanings behind quitting. Many are
painful. They force you to admit you are wrong or are not
superman. Most people hate to admit they have weakness. But
admitting weakness might be called the first step in most any
12-step addiction recovery program.

Examine why you smoke and you may find that you smoke not to get
something, but instead to avoid or flee from something. This
type of fear-motivated action (or inaction) is almost always
detrimental to health and happiness. Begin to focus on desire-
motivated action

This leads us to:

WHY QUIT?

The reasons for quitting are voluminous: save money, improve
your health, cut your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and
numerous other diseases, smell better, look younger, clean
teeth, nice breath, live longer, etc., etc.

Make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of quitting.
If cutting your risk of lung cancer is hard to visualize, then
focus on something more concrete such as the money you can save.
See the hundreds of dollars you’ll save stacking up in a big
bank vault. See bright clean teeth when you smile. These reasons
for quitting should be YOUR reasons for quitting. They should
pull you to them like a magnet. Find the magnets that motivate
you the most.

One word of warning: Avoid the flipside of the question “why
quit?” The flipside is not the question “why smoke?” Instead, it
is “why NOT quit?” This is a dangerous question because it leads
you down the easy path. Ask yourself “why not quit” and you’ll
likely answer, “because I can’t do it,” or “because withdrawal
makes me crazy,” or “because I can’t relax without it,” or
“because I’m still young,” or “because smoking isn’t that bad
for me,” or “because I can quit anytime I want,” or “because I
only smoke a few,” or “because I failed to quit before.” These
are dead-end answers that will never lead you out of the habit.
They are lazy, defeatist, powerless answers. They are answers
that allow you to put off quitting until the tomorrow that never
comes.

To quit, you must take back control of your life from
cigarettes. Take responsibility for your own health and
happiness. It is you who puts the cigarettes in your mouth, and
it is you who can take them out.

Ask yourself “why quit” and “why smoke” so that you can truly
understand why you do what you do. Then begin to pursue the
positive reasons that will help you to quit smoking, ON PURPOSE.

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Here Comes the Great American Smokeout!

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

[The Great American Smokeout is always the third Thursday in November]

Are you ready for 24 hours without cigarettes? That’s what the
Great American Smokeout is all about. Each year on the third
Thursday of November, The American Cancer Society (ACS)
organizes the Smokeout. According to ACS, more Americans try to
quit smoking on this day than any other day of the year,
including New Year’s Day.

What does it take to participate? Just you. There’s nothing to
join or buy or sign up for. You simply commit to quit for one
day. You can do that, right?
Here are some tips to make this year’s Smokeout a success.

FOLLOW A PLAN OF ACTION
If you’re reading this you have already started “the plan”.
You’ve already decided that you want to know more about
quitting. The first step is to make a decision that you want to
quit. Also, be sure you know WHY you are quitting. Is it to
improve your health? Save money? Improve your love life? Get a
clear picture in your mind of the reason why you want to quit,
so you have a clear “end-goal”.

PREPARE AND SUCCEED

The next step is to get ready to quit. Most successful quitters
don’t just finish a cigarette, then say, “That’s the last
cigarette I’ll every smoke,” and quit on a whim. Instead,
successful quitters prepare for the day when they will quit.

To prepare for your quit, decide what day you’ll quit. In this
case, plan to quit on the Great American Smokeout day. You’ll
have lots of other people around you doing the same thing, plus
support on the radio, TV and other media.

DECIDE HOW YOU’LL QUIT

Decide on the method you’ll use to quit. Will you quit cold-
turkey and use sheer willpower to quit? Or will you opt to use
nicotine patches or nicotine gum? Have you considered Zyban?

What about other methods such as gradually reducing the number
of cigarettes you smoke each day?

Visit http://www.quitsmoking.com for many different methods,
ideas and products that you can use to quit.

KEEP THE NICODEMON AWAY
Once you’ve decided on your method for quitting, and actually
quit, you’ll be tempted to smoke again. You can make staying
quit easier if you follow some simple guidelines:

Stay away from other smokers. This may be difficult if you’ve
made some great friends on your smoking breaks. But being around
other smokers will tear down your resolve, at least in the
beginning of your quit. Stay out of bars and other places where
smoking is common.

Discard all your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays. Don’t leave
anything in your environment that might remind you or tempt you
to smoke.

Stay out of convenience stores or other places where you
commonly purchase cigarettes.

When you have a bad craving for a cigarette take a deep breath,
drink some water, go for a short walk, or do something else to
distract yourself. Cravings will subside in just a minute or
two, whether or not you smoke.

Exercise. The benefits to smokers are tremendous. You’ll improve
your health, and find that quitting is much easier when you are
exercising. Exercising can easily relieve stress that you tried
to relieve by smoking. Smoking and exercise are not compatible.
Let exercise replace smoking in your life.

Plan rewards for yourself. Quitting smoking IS a big deal and
anyone who does it deserves a big reward. Of course, quitting
itself is the biggest reward, but you should also make a list of
rewards that you’ll give yourself when you pass certain
milestones. For example, after one week of being smoke-free, you
might buy yourself a new CD or movie. After one month, go out to
a nice dinner. After 6 months or a year, take a reward vacation.

Write down the rewards. Put them on your calendar and give
yourself a goal to work toward. With all the money you’ll save
by not smoking, you’ll be able to afford to reward yourself!

NOW GET STARTED

The Great American Smokeout is a great way to prove to yourself
that you can quit for a day. But if you can quit for one day,
you can surely quit for a week, or a month or a year. Give it a
chance and next year you won’t have to think about the Smokeout.

Re-read this article, then follow the directions. It’s simple
and within your reach.

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, visit the
American Cancer Society website at

http://www.cancer.org/

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Get Your Fair Share (of Cigarettes)

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

What drives the feeding frenzy each Christmas season? What makes
one or two toys the must-have, hot item, like this year’s Furby?
Of course most hot products have some innate value, creating
initial demand. But what drives people to pay hundreds of
dollars for a furry toy, or a child’s doll? Often the cause is
limited supply.

When you can’t have something, you often want it even more.

Just about all advertising encourages you to “buy now” because
“supplies are limited.” For most products, the company selling
the product can easily get or make more. For Furbies, demand
exceeded supply, causing fights in stores, and “scalping” of the
toy at ridiculously high prices.

So what’s all this got to do with quitting smoking?

Glad you asked.

Did you get your fair share of cigarettes today? What drives
many people to smoke or drink heavily or overeat is a sense that
you’ve got to get what you can now, before it’s all gone.

For example, remember the last time you had some good cookies or
candy in your home? I’ll bet that if you live with other people
you felt some sense of urgency to get your “fair share” of the
cookies or candy. As the supply of goodies dwindled did you find
yourself getting one or two, more often? Before you knew it,
they were all gone, and you probably felt like you didn’t get an
equal share.

This is a simple generalization, not meant to convict you, but
to demonstrate basic human nature. We all feel compelled to get
our “fair share” before it is taken away by someone else. Each
of us feels a basic desire to make sure our needs are met,
daily.

Now imagine this: Suddenly a million cookies appear in your
kitchen–all just as delicious as the ones you had in limited
supply earlier. Suddenly, your appetite disappears, and you
don’t feel a need to “fight” over the cookies. Heck, they’ll be
here for 10,000 years! They’ll rot before you can eat them all.

I bet you don’t feel like eating a single cookie now, do you?

Here’s the subtle, but important point I’m trying to make:
Cigarettes are plentiful! The supply is nearly limitless. You
can have as many cigarettes as you want. The cigarette
manufacturers will be happy to make as many as you need. In
fact, according to The World Health Organization, the annual
consumption of cigarettes during the years 1990-1992 was
6,050,000,000,000 (give or take a few billion)!!

Whether it is subconscious or not, you probably feel like you
can’t get your fair share of cigarettes. What happens when you
get down to the last cigarette in the pack, and you have no more
packs left? Do you panic? Do you drive 10 miles out of your way
in the driving snow to get another pack? I bet you have a story
to tell about your “search and destroy mission” to get more
cigarettes.

When you need a smoke, but can’t find one, the fact that you are
without cigarettes can consume all your thoughts and actions.
However, if you know you’ve got a few packs or cartons stashed
away, you don’t even think about it. Just knowing more are
within easy reach lets you relax and go about your business.

The next time you find yourself looking at an empty pack, just
relax! And remember: There are still trillions of cigarettes
available.

If you have made up your mind to quit and are now facing huge
cravings, just remember there are probably millions of
cigarettes within 10 miles of you. You can have your fair share
if you want, but who wants to smoke when you’ve got cookies
instead?

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Forgive Yourself for Smoking

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

“We cling to our bad feelings and beat ourselves with the past when what we should do is let go of it, like Peter did. Once your let go of guilt, then you go out and change the world.”
– James Carroll

Carroll is referring to Peter, a disciple of Jesus who, when faced with questions about his relationship to Jesus, three times denied any connection. Later, Peter went on to help spread Christianity throughout the world.

While this article isn’t about religion, the example of Peter’s great guilt over his denials of Christ, and his overcoming of his shame and guilt, exemplify the importance of self-forgiveness.

Forgiving yourself leads to great things!

Whether you’ve smoked for a year or a lifetime, you probably have experienced guilt or shame about smoking. Many smokers feel shame over their own failure to control themselves. Others feel guilt over the perceived “sin” of smoking. Still others hide their smoking from society’s persecution of “obnoxious, weak, unconcerned, polluting, smelly” smokers, due to feeling ashamed.

Guilt and shame paralyze and polarize. The sad thing about guilt and shame is that it is often the result of incorrect perceptions of a situation. Have you ever wronged another person, then felt guilty for it? Did you avoid that person for a long time? When you finally got back together with that person you may have found that they had forgiven you long ago, and they wished that you were in their life again. How much time did you waste feeling guilty?

Many smokers, in an effort to make themselves feel better, tell themselves “I’ve smoked this long. It’s too late now for me to quit. I might as well keep on smoking.” They may think they are forgiving themselves, but the reality is they are only making excuses. There’s a big difference between making excuses and truly forgiving. An excuse denies the reality of a problem. Forgiveness acknowledges a problem, yet moves beyond the problem.

To forgive your own smoking, you must admit to yourself that you have a problem that began in the past. Acknowledge the past, but also acknowledge that the past is over and can never be changed. What’s done is done, now you must move on. Forgive yourself for starting to smoke. Did you smoke to be disobedient to your parents or other authority figure? Acknowledge that this happened and that it may have been wrong, but what’s done is done. Are you ashamed that you have become dependent on a drug? There are many reasons why this has happened, many of which you were probably unaware of at the time. Forgive yourself for falling into the trap. Millions of people are right there with you. You are not alone, so don’t beat yourself up for it.

The goal of forgiveness is renewal. On the other side of guilt is a new freedom. By freeing yourself from feeling inadequate over old shortcomings, you empower yourself to achieve great results. When you are no longer trapped in self-doubt and self-pity you can overcome any obstacle. You can look at smoking objectively and turn away from it at last. Change what you can change; don’t worry about the rest.

If you ask yourself who’s to blame for your smoking habit, you could probably come up with three or four answers: yourself, the tobacco companies, your parents, your friends. Whoever or whatever the cause for your habit, forgive. It really doesn’t matter anymore. What you want to concern yourself with now is moving past smoking. You’ll never do that until you let go of the guilt and shame and blame, and simply let go of all of it. What matters is that you quit.

It’s odd how the things we desire the least can control us the most. Instead of focusing on the negative past, draw your attention to your positive future. Forgive your past and get excited about today, because today you can do something amazing!

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

Five Ways to Guarantee that You’ll NEVER Quit Smoking

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

Brought to you by the Good-For-You-And-Your-Children Tobacco
Company.

You’re hearing it from all directions: “Quit smoking!” But the
heck with that! You’re going to smoke until the day you die,
right? Here’s how to “fight back” against the tyrants and
authority establishment that is trying to make you quit.

First, you must never believe that quitting smoking is possible.
On the contrary, no one has ever quit smoking. Once you’ve had
one puff, you’re hooked for life. Might as well just start
smoking even if you only inhale some second-hand smoke. You see,
if you believe you can quit smoking, then you might actually try
to do something about it. Believing is the first, most important
step to becoming an evil “non-smoker”. So don’t believe what you
hear from anyone else. Don’t believe your own gut-instinct that
tells you that you do have the ability to quit. You don’t! It’s
impossible! Forget it!

Second, don’t set a date for quitting. The winners in life are
the people who never plan their life. They just get lucky. Money
falls from the sky whenever they need it. They get around to
doing things “someday.”

The losers in life spend time planning their day, planning their
goals and dreams; planning, planning, planning. Don’t do that!
It’s a waste of your time. You don’t need to know when you are
going to do anything. You’ll be just fine letting life “happen”
to you. Free love, man! Peace!

Don’t set a date for quitting smoking. That way you’ll never
know when you should put the cigarettes down for the last time.
That way you can just smoke one right after the other, with no
thought of when you want to become smoke-free.

Third, to guarantee you’ll never quit smoking, don’t talk to
your doctor about quitting. He or she will just give you a load
of hogwash. They think they know everything, those doctors. They
say smoking will shorten your life, make you sicker more often,
cause sexual dysfunction, give you heart and lung disease, plus
a whole bunch of other unsubstantiated claims. Everyone knows
that smoking never hurt anyone.

Your doctor would try to offer you his professional advice, and
maybe even try to prescribe some “helpful” medications for
quitting. They go to school for a million years and all of a
sudden these doctors think they can help heal people! Imagine.
Oh sure, studies may show that smokers who consult with their
physician are more likely to quit, but then everybody knows that
no one every quit smoking, right? (See the first method, above.)

Fourth, don’t exercise. Exercise is hard. You have to burn
calories. You have to discipline yourself to move your muscles
three or four times per week. You have to stop watching TV for
30 minutes. No way!

Stay seated and smoke another pack. Or two.

Exercise is good for you, they say. It can help you take your
mind off smoking. It can relieve stress. But you have cigarettes
to relieve stress, right?

Who wants to exercise when it gives you bulging muscles and a
tone body? The “experts” will try to tell you that you might
feel pretty good about yourself when you start to get in shape.
You just might want to take better care of yourself and quit
smoking. Your self-esteem will improve, your sleep will improve,
your stamina will increase, your sense of purpose will rise,
your weight will drop, your performance at work will improve.
That’s what the “experts” say. Nonsense. You’re doing just fine
right now, smoking your cigarettes on the couch, in front of the
TV, right?

Finally, the fifth way to guarantee that you’ll never quit
smoking is to just give up trying to quit. Don’t take any action
toward quitting. It’s not necessary. Oh sure, you’ve tried to
quit before. Did it work? Of course not. So forget it. It’s just
not worth the effort. You’re a slave to cigarettes.

You don’t want to live five or ten years longer anyway, do you?
No, quitting isn’t possible. Quitting requires that you actually
try. So don’t try. Don’t make plans to quit. Don’t read about
how to quit. Don’t talk with your doctor. Don’t learn from other
smokers who quit. Don’t try to quit cold turkey or to gradually
reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. Don’t do any of that
weird deep breathing stuff. Don’t drink plenty of water. Don’t
exercise. Don’t eat healthier foods. Don’t try to find a
quitting buddy. Don’t remove all the ash trays and lighters and
matches and cigarettes from your home and office and vehicle.
Don’t talk to strangers!

Face it, you’re a smoker. You love smoking. You love the
coughing and hacking. You love freezing to death when you have
to smoke in the designated smoking area outside. You love being
stared at every time you light a cigarette in public. You love
spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on your
habit. You love smelling terrible. You love having bad breath.
You love paying more for your insurance. You love spending time
in the hospital.

Remaining a smoker is easy, now that you know the five simple
ways to guarantee that you never quit smoking. Get started today
(or whenever you feel like it–or never–see step 5)

Brought to you by the Good-For-You-And-Your-Children Tobacco
Company.

;-)

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

The Children Are Our Smoke Free Future

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

As school gets back in full swing here in the U.S., it’s time to
focus on kids and their use of tobacco. While *you* may already
be a smoker, there’s plenty you can do to help keep your kids
from trying cigarettes. Most smokers start in their teenage
years, so early prevention is the key to giving children a
smoke-free life.

The following information comes from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).

Parents-Help Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free

Know the Facts About Youth and Tobacco Use

** Kids who use tobacco may:

++ Cough and have asthma attacks more often and develop
respiratory problems leading to more sick days, more doctor
bills, and poorer athletic performance.
++ Be more likely to use alcohol and other drugs such as
cocaine and marijuana.
++ Become addicted to tobacco and find it extremely hard to
quit.

** Spit tobacco and cigars are not safe alternatives to
cigarettes; low-tar and additive-free cigarettes are not safe
either.
** Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in
the United States causing heart disease, cancers, and strokes.

Take a Stand at Home-Early and Often

** Despite the impact of movies, music, and TV, parents can be
the GREATEST INFLUENCE in their kids’ lives.
** Talk directly to children about the risks of tobacco use; if
friends or relatives died from tobacco-related illnesses, let
your kids know.
** If you use tobacco, you can still make a difference. Your
best move, of course, is to try to quit. Meanwhile, don’t use
tobacco in your children’s presence, don’t offer it to them, and
don’t leave it where they can easily get it.
** Start the dialog about tobacco use at age 5 or 6 and continue
through their high school years. Many kids start using tobacco
by age 11, and many are addicted by age 14.
** Know if your kids’ friends use tobacco. Talk about ways to
refuse tobacco.
** Discuss with kids the false glamorization of tobacco on
billboards, and other media, such as movies, TV, and magazines.

Make a Difference in Your Community

** Vote with your pocketbook. Support businesses that don’t sell
tobacco to kids. Frequent restaurants and other places that are
tobacco-free.
** Be sure your schools and all school events (i.e. parties,
sporting events, etc.) are tobacco-free.
** Partner with your local tobacco prevention programs. Call
your local health department or your cancer, heart, or lung
association to learn how you can get involved.

Here’s another quick fact sheet from the CDC that can help to
influence kids:

What You(th) Should Know About Tobacco

Tobacco and Athletic Performance

** Don’t get trapped. Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and spit
tobacco is addictive.
** Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and puts added strain on
your heart.
** Smoking can wreck lungs and reduce oxygen available for
muscles used during sports.
** Smokers suffer shortness of breath (gasp!) almost 3 times
more often than nonsmokers.
** Smokers run slower and can’t run as far, affecting overall
athletic performance.
** Cigars and spit tobacco are NOT safe alternatives.

Tobacco and Personal Appearance

** Yuck! Tobacco smoke can make hair and clothes stink.
Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath.
** Short-term use of spit tobacco can cause cracked lips, white
spots, sores, and bleeding in the mouth.
** Surgery to remove oral cancers caused by tobacco use can lead
to serious changes in the face. Sean Marcee, a high school
star athlete who used spit tobacco, died of oral cancer when
he was 19 years old.

SO . . .

** Know the truth. Despite all the tobacco use on TV and in
movies, music videos, billboards and magazines—most teens,
adults, and athletes DON’T use tobacco.
** Make friends, develop athletic skills, control weight, be
independent, be cool….. play sports.
** Don’t waste (burn) money on tobacco. Spend it on CD’s,
clothes, computer games, and movies.

Get involved: make your team, school, and home tobacco-free;
teach others; join community efforts to prevent tobacco use.

Parents, get involved with your children’s lives! Help them to
avoid the mistake you made when you first starting smoking. Talk
openly and frankly about smoking and its effects. Share this
information with them and their friends so that your kids won’t
have to subscribe to The Quit Smoking Report too!

** Article © Copyright Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit the web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com
for great information and products designed to help you
quit smoking.

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