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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.

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.

An Honest Look at How Smoking Affects Everyone Around You

March 5, 2012 in BottomPage

By Fred Kelley

Last week I was driving to the post office to ship some customer orders. I noticed a foul odor blowing out of my car’s air vents and I looked up at the car 5 car-lengths in front of me. Sure enough, I saw a hand reaching out through the driver’s window flicking the ashes from a cigarette. That was followed by a plume of smoke, headed straight for my car. I quickly reached down and closed the outside air vent.

Perhaps you believe that your smoking habit is just YOUR problem. Did you ever stop to analyze why non-smokers are so outspoken about smoking in public? The secondhand smoke issue is highly charged and still debated. But there’s more to the issue of how your smoking affects other people. This article is an honest look–a chance for you to evaluate the impact your smoking has on everyone around you. I encourage you to read the articles referenced in the endnotes for additional details.

SMOKING AND THE UNBORN CHILD

The evidence continues to mount. Smoking during pregnancy does affect your unborn child. Developmental growth and birth weight in babies of smoking mothers is lower than babies of non-smoking mothers. These same “smoking” babies are more likely to be shorter in height, slower at reading and lower in “social adjustment” than children of nonsmoking mothers.

Statistics show that infant mortality–the death of the baby either at birth or through a miscarriage–is 50 percent higher when the mother smokes. That means nonsmoking parents experience half as many infant mortalities. The good news is that if you stop smoking by the fourth month of pregnancy, you can significantly reduce these dangers. [1]

“Women who smoke while pregnant pass NNK, a very potent carcinogen, to their babies still developing in the womb. Earlier research showed that offspring of animals treated with NNK developed tumors of the lung, trachea, liver, and other organs.” [2]

A recent study even suggests that individuals, whose mothers smoked during pregnancy, were predisposed to take up smoking themselves. If you smoke while pregnant, you may be encouraging your child to smoke, years from now! [3]

SMOKING AND CHILDREN

Newborn babies exposed to their mother’s smoking through breast feeding and environmental tobacco smoke show significantly higher levels of urinary cotinine. Cotinine is a major metabolite of nicotine, and is used as a marker for recent cigarette smoke exposure.

A study examined 507 infants, finding urinary cotinine levels during the first 2 weeks of life were significantly increased in infants whose mothers smoked. Breast-fed infants had higher cotinine levels than non-breast-fed infants, but this was statistically significant only if mothers smoked. Urinary cotinine levels were 5 times higher in breast-fed infants whose mothers smoked than in those whose mothers smoked but did not breast-feed. Babies definitely receive the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes through both breast feeding and environmental exposure. [4]

Children of smokers are also 2 1/2 times more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or crib death. One study found that nearly 60 percent of all SIDS cases could be prevented if smokers stopped smoking around babies and pregnant women. [5]

A meta-analysis of studies conducted after 1965 showed significant risk to children exposed to secondhand smoke of numerous ailments including asthma, tonsillectomy, lower respiratory tract infections, plus many others. Children were also at risk of death due to fires caused by cigarettes. [6]

One study reveals an incredible statistic: Children of smokers are nearly three times as likely to smoke as children of non-smokers. Parents, have you ever thought of yourself as a drug pusher? [7]

SECONDHAND SMOKE

Does secondhand smoke cause cancer or other illness? Do we have to ask? This issue has divided the pro- and anti-smoking lobbies for many years. However, a study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released in November 1999, presents conclusive evidence, including 18 epidemiological studies linking secondhand smoke to coronary heart disease.

Donald Shopland, coordinator of NCI’s Smoking and Tobacco Control Program, notes that the report estimates that each year in the United States between 35,000 and 62,000 coronary heart disease deaths occur due to secondhand smoke exposure, also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). “ETS exposures are related to much more than heart disease. When the thousands of ETS-related lung cancers and other diseases are considered, ETS clearly is a major cause of death in the United States,” said Shopland. [8]

OTHER EFFECTS OF SMOKING

Besides the obvious effects of smoking presented above, there are many other effects that you probably never considered.

First, smoking stinks. Never mind the health risks. The offensive odor intrudes on the noses of people all around you, from your family and co-workers, to patrons at public places such as restaurants and sporting events. While you may feel it is your right to smoke in public places, consider how you would feel if your next door neighbor suddenly opened a chicken farm in his back yard. The stench can be sickening. The issue is not so much a rights issues as much as it is a consideration issue. Treat the people around you with respect, the way that you’d expect them to treat you.

Aside from the smell of smoke, there’s also the issue of cigarette butts carelessly discarded along roadways and other public places. While most smokers would probably never consider tossing a used cup or hamburger wrapper out their car window, many don’t give a second thought to flicking one cigarette butt after another out the window. Don’t think one little butt matters? Consider that it takes one to five years for a cigarette butt to disintegrate, or biodegrade. [9]

What’s that? You only throw out perhaps one cigarette butt per pack. Ok, let’s examine that. You litter one butt for every 20 you smoke. That’s 5% of your cigarettes. Not much, right? Consider that the worldwide consumption of cigarettes is somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,050,000,000,000 per year. If “only” 5% of cigarette butts were discarded improperly, that means 302,500,000,000 butts are littering every street corner, parking lot, public park, and beach in the world. The next time you stop in your car at a stop light, look down next to your car. You’ll probably see dozens, if not hundreds of butts.

What do improperly discarded butts lead to, among other things? Yes, fires! Thousands of fires are started each year by carelessly discarded cigarette butts. Thousands of innocent victims are killed each year as a result of these fires. These fires and deaths are easily prevented if only you would take a moment to properly discard your butts.

How else does your smoking affect other people? Consider that your smoking habit costs hundreds or thousands of dollars per year. Add this amount up over 20 or 30 years, plus tack on the interest that money could have earned and you have wasted perhaps $100,000 or more! Just think what that money could have done for you and your family. One cigarette at a time, and no one notices. But if you pulled $100,000 out of your bank account, you’d be called a thief!

The financial costs don’t stop at the cigarettes alone. You’re also probably paying double or more for your health insurance. You’re also much more likely to incur doctor visits and medical expenses than are non-smokers. This costs you both for the treatment as well as the lost wages from your time off from work. The value of your car and home may also be reduced, due to the odor and filth of cigarettes.

Have your personal relationships been affected? Smoking can be very offensive to non-smokers. Many non-smokers won’t consider a smoker as a possible spouse. If you’re in sales, smoking may be killing deals because you smell bad, or have offensive breath. People buy *you*, not just your product!. Your career may even be stunted due to excessive smoke breaks. Smokers waste many hours each week taking breaks to satisfy their habit. Don’t think that your regular absences go unnoticed by your colleagues and your boss. While you’re outside relaxing, your co-workers are inside working. If you were the boss, to whom would you give a raise or promotion?

Your smoking also cheats your family and friends. When you die early (the average smoker will die eight years earlier than a non-smoker), you rob your family and friends of–you! If you are unfortunate enough to get sick at a very early age, you also threaten your children’s normal childhood, and seriously impact your spouse’s life. Consider your children, spouse, family and friends when you smoke next.

Finally, don’t forget that smoking cheats YOU! All of the foregoing information affects you. When you smoke, you are slowly robbing yourself.

The point of all this? Your smoking habit has far reaching consequences. Quitting smoking can erase these negative consequences and improve your life and the lives of so many other people around you. Start making plans today to quit smoking.

** 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.

Ways to Quit Smoking

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Ways to Quit Smoking – Let the Latest Technology Be Your AideThere are many ways to quit smoking today. Which one you choose would depend on many factors – such as the degree of addiction, the quality of your quit smoking support, the products you use, your reaction to the withdrawal system and so on. The best way would always be the one that you find the easiest to implement within your lifestyle. The easiest way would normally be the latest available one – because it would have solutions to most of shortcoming of the previous methods.What Is The Latest In The Ways To Quit Smoking?The development of technology is moving at breakneck speed with everyday having something new to offer. When it comes to the different ways to quit smoking the laser treatment is one of the latest and most innovative one. The laser treatment involves three steps: 1. Step one – the laser activates the meridian points the result of which is an almost instant reduction in the dependency on and craving for nicotine. 2. Stage two – the laser acts on the appetite points the result which is suppressed hunger and prevention of weight gain.3. Stage three – the laser acts on the relaxation points which promote the release of endorphins into the blood. The result is that there are no withdrawal symptoms that usually accompany the quit smoking process.There are many advantages in using this method to kick off the smoking habit. Check out three of the most important ones:1. Natural and safe – the laser treatment is one hundred percent natural. There would be no patches on your skin, no medication, no worrying about any medication side effects. Safe and natural – that is what laser quit smoking treatment is.2. High rate of success – there are many ways to quit smoking and each have their rates of success. The laser treatment offers you a 90% success rate which is the best available today. You want to quit smoking, the LLLT or the low level laser treatment can help you.3. Painless – the LLLT is completely painless. No puncture marks, no withdrawal symptoms, no waiting. This is the most painless and easy way to stop smoking.The downside of this treatment is that is quite expensive – though it would definitely be less that what you would need to pay for cancer treatment if you continue smoking. Overall, this is one of the best ways to quit smoking available today.For more information visit: SmokeDeter

The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Fact is smoking cessation could be a very hard task but anyone can do it. There are various side effects you may encounter. Some may have tried but still going back to the bad habit. This is due to the effect of nicotine which tells the brain to crave for more of it. Nicotine is as highly addictive as heroin and cocaine. Eventually, an individual gets too emotionally and physically hooked on nicotine. To successfully quit, a smoker must made a commitment to himself to quit and to stay quit. How is the process of the intake of nicotine in the body? As a smoker or those who inhale the smoke from cigarettes, the nicotine is transmitted deep within the lungs, wherein it is consumed rapidly through the bloodstream and passed all throughout the body. Nicotine has an effect on many vital parts of the body such as the heart, blood vessels, hormonal system, metabolism as well as the brain. Nicotine goes to the breastmilk and also in cervix mucus emission of a smoker. Pregnant smokers give a chance for nicotine to be absorbed by the placenta and be taken by newborn little one. Nicotine can be found on the umbilical cord blood of the newborn baby.A normal smoker would retain in his body the nicotine and its spin-off like cotinine for 3-4 days of stopping. It takes various factors for a person who smokes to eliminate every toxin caused by smoking.When smokers attempt to quit, the absence of nicotine in their body cause them withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawals affect both physical and mental aspect of a person. Physically, because the body response to the deficiency of nicotine. Mentally on the other hand because a smoker is facing a difficult stage of surrendering a habit wherein there will be a great change in the activities. Withdrawal symptoms involve dizziness which usually occurs within 1-2 days once a smoker quits, depression and emotions like frustration, impatience and anger. A smoker may feel irritable and anxious. Sleeping disturbances may also occur like having hard to fall asleep and staying asleep. Withdrawal also tends to give trouble in concentrating, restlessness, tiredness, headaches and increased in appetite.For more information visit: SmokeDeter

The Right Time to Quit Smoking

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Why do smokers find it hard to quit smoking? This is because the habit is really addictive. Those who have tried to quit before find it irritable when they don’t have a cigarette to puff. This is because of the nicotine in the cigarette. Smoking is not just a habit but and addiction. Nicotine withdrawal is what causing the anxiety and irritability when unable to have a smoke. Nicotine instantly goes to the brain when smoking. While the nicotine is filling the brain it sends out a chemical dopamine giving a feeling of enjoyment and tranquility. This feeling is irresistible to the body. When the dopamine level drops this is the start of nicotine withdrawal that will make you get bad-tempered. The nicotine makes your body to crave for more of it and will make you to keep smoking. Each time you smoke cigarette it becomes lesser effective so the brain would tell you to smoke more to regain the relaxing feeling. But the result of the excessive inhaled toxins will give you smoking connected sickness.When you want to smoke you will feel certain bodily nicotine withdrawal indications such as dizziness, insomnia, restlessness, headache, coughing, dry throat, slower heart rate and constipation. Smoking has become a routine for many people. Other people, environment, emotions, occasions can trigger a smoker to smoke. To some people they are triggered to smoke when they drink coffee, wine or beer, or after having lunch or dinner. You are also triggered to smoke when around with smokers, waiting for transportation, or after being involved in an argument or when feeling anxious or stressed. Smoking routines creates instructions to the brain telling that you should smoke when you are not supposed to.If you tell yourself that it is time to quit smoking, be ready to say ‘so long’ to those sticks and packs of cigars. You must have a commitment to yourself. List down the things that will make you quit smoking. If you are health conscious do this for yourself your family or your children. Making a quitting plan is a great way to quitting successfully. Be sure to point out how to stay out from smoking triggers.For more information visit: SmokeDeter

Stop Smoking: Not Another Stop Smoking Sermon This

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Stop Smoking: Not Another Stop Smoking Sermon This….…With a smoke in my hand, I felt like a man…But the smoke in my hand made me a dead man…..- Anonymous.Before you click away from this page and declare that I am just another “aunt agony” who is going to talk you to stop smoking…RECONSIDER…I am not here to save you or the world (let’s leave that to atlas). Smoking is as old as mankind itself, so go the talks on stop smoking. Then with the naissance of safety matches and mass production of tobacco, smoking got more popular and accessible to the novices and addicted equally.Majority of them try out smoking for the sake of it, or out of mere peer pressure or out of curiosity and this sows the dirty seed in their life…in spite of being aware of it’s addictive and sometimes parasitic nature. They only fight their conscious and reason out a way not to stop smoking that one time. Each time one tries to pledge not to slip it in between the fingers-like every other, the eight inches pipe looks more innocent and inviting and for once, they give in.The sheer thrill of holding it with more panache with every new one makes one feel ‘cool’ (we still need a vivid definition for it). It is like you have tamed the fire to be a mere toying in your hand; the thrill of the smoke oozing out of the system is as special as your first kiss (especially if you manage to do it without coughing in your first drag). It is a victorious feeling that is unparalleled to any feat. And in the process you do not really care for the air around or the lungs or whatever that really burns up!Our pious pledge to stop smoking crumbles into the trash and we formulate a new philosophy to suit our changing needs. It is our best buddy in time of need – no back biting, better than the girlfriends (as it comes sans rules and tantrums), a stress buster and a reliable social companion. But what does not hit the head is that one should not always consider me, myself and I alone…other people need to be given a thought too…what’s more harmful is the secondary smoke that passes the people around pushing venomous gas into their nostrils without a choice …well did I mention too often that you must stop smoking?For more information visit: SmokeDeter

Stop Smoking Help Yourself!

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

What the article here goes to prove is the stop smoking help needs to come from the smoker itself. Quitting seems to be literally impossible. While people discuss quitting and taking stop smoking help the cigarettes do the talking. “Not now. There are other important things, so probably after a few weeks.” And this trend goes on for a never arriving d-day. It’s more or less like the cigarettes write the script and the smokers learn their lines. The halo of good health comes from attempting a stop smoking help but is blasphemized by the fiery red devil in the form of tobacco rolled in paper with ‘a fire at one end and a fool at the other.’Initiatives like legalizing smoke, imposing punitive for smoking in public places, making it mandatory for 70 percent of the cigarette packet area to contain the statutory warning, reducing the nicotine content and added to all these, a few more heavy duty propositions by the governing bodies of all countries will go a long way in sending the habit into thin air. Opinions, as always, have been divided. One huge part of the population is gravely addicted while another huge lot is on its way. Even a simple suggestion of asking them to take a stop smoking help will seem like a long address to them. The restrictions by the ruling authorities in some countries could not do much because the restriction rebounded to only increase the practice in private places or the smoking zones so as to compensate for not smoking in public places. The presumption that smoking gives a “so called cool look” still prevails. This immature attitude in fact encourages pre-teens to go for it. Picking influence from movies, television and other sources is multiplying those joining in the habit. Regulars to clubs, parties, and other socials are the first ones to pick up the habit. However lenient or severe precincts or more bans may be, but only play a negligible part in totally giving a stop smoking help and pushing away the product. The major or vital contribution should come from the smokers themselves as exercising self control and accepting any form of stop smoking help for curbing the habit is much harder than just following a set of rules. Hence the decision on the fate and date of the last puff rests with the smoker himself!For more information visit: SmokeDeter

Research Your Quit Smoking Aids Well

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Research Your Quit Smoking Aids Well – Your Success Depends On Your ChoiceMillions die of smoking-induced lung cancer and heart problems every year. At the same time, millions try to get rid of the habit every year with varied degrees of success. A lot of this success or failure is owed to the type of quit smoking aids chosen.What Are The Choices You Have?Since the dependency on nicotine is difficult to fight, you need to have all the support you can get; and in order to get the best support, you need to know what is available for you. Therefore, before you start your quit smoking exercise, check out what is available to you.1. The nicotine patch – this is one of the popular quit smoking aids because it is easy to use and quite effective in fighting off the habit. People love to use this method because it means that they do not have to worry about taking medication or withdrawal symptoms.2. The nicotine gum – this has the same ingredients as the nicotine patch but it is used differently. While the nicotine patch is pasted on the skin and left to work at its own pace, the nicotine gum is used as and when the craving for cigarette is felt. This works in two ways – (i) it reduces the dependency on the nicotine, and (ii) it replaces the cigarette smoking habit with that of chewing which some people find very helpful and calming.3. The stop-smoking tea – this is one of the popular natural quit smoking aids available in the market. Its popularity is owed to its fast action and lack of side effects. There are cases where the smoker could get rid of his/ her habit within a week with the stop-smoking tea. The tea has one hundred percent herbal ingredients and is comparatively low in cost.4. The nicotine-free cigarettes – this looks and even smells like the real cigarettes. However, they contain no nicotine. These quit smoking aids are best for the people who are highly addicted to the habit and have associated smoking with bowel movements and/ or sleep. This type of aid would need to be supplemented by medication that fights the ensuing withdrawal symptoms.5. Counseling – this is one of the most critical quit smoking aids that most smokers ignore. In order to be successful you would need to know what you should expect when you stop smoking. What are the withdrawal symptoms? How best to handle these? What are the medications available? How long does it take to get rid of the habit? These are only some of the questions that counseling would provide.For more information visit: SmokeDeter

Quitting Smoking Benefits

February 12, 2012 in BottomPage

Quitting the use tobacco is truly a process over a long time. To escape from this addiction comes bit by bit, so you should try to relax and put a little time between you and the last cigarette you have smoked. There are many quitting smoking benefits you will gain. As a matter of fact within just minutes away from stopping it there are many benefits that you will gain instantly. In 20 minutes of time your Blood pressure and pulse goes back to normal. In 8 hours Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are reduce by half. Also Oxygen levels goes back to normal. In a day, Carbon monoxide will be totally eliminated or removed from the body. And the lungs start to clear out mucous and other kind of smoking debris. In 2 days, nicotine will be totally removed in the body. The ability to taste and smell is greatly improved as the way it used to be. In 3 days, your breathing becomes easier, because the bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase. In 2 to 12 weeks the circulation will be improved. After 3 to 9 months Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are improved as the lungs function are increased up to 10%. In 5 years of not smoking the risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker have. In about 10 years, the risk of lung cancer will fall about half of a smoker have. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who are totally non-smoker.More benefits of not smoking are the following. It gives you confidence. Quitting the smoking habit is a very hard challenge. Once you have quit it, you will know that you can also succeed at difficult tasks and you will know that you can take control of your life. Quitting the smoking habit helps you to believe more in yourself. You will become more fit because smoking makes it harder for us to exercise and it reduces the benefits to our body. Chain smokers or those light smokers have more chance of having coughs and colds than non-smokers and take longer to get well again.For more information visit: SmokeDeter

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