Help Your Loved One Stay Drug Free

July 6, 2007 by  
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By Michael Russell

Drug or alcohol addiction is a sneaky disease. It keeps you believing that everything is under control and it all depends on your will whether you want to quit or not, but in reality it doesn’t work that way. An abuser who keeps thinking that “its no big deal” and “everything is under control” is in a state of denial. This can keep a person in the cycle of addiction for years.

Once the addict comes to term with his addiction and recognizes that a problem does exist, you can help the person stay on the road to recovery.

It is likely that most of the abuser’s friends and acquaintances also drink or do drugs. When already recovering from addiction, the person may face the biggest problem of sobriety, the loneliness of not having friends to talk to and deal with. To avoid this, be available to your loved one who is becoming clean and sober. Let the person feel that you are available to talk with and are interested to listen to his stories, so that he may not feel alone and without friends.

Many drug addicts and alcoholics become sedentary as a consequence of their addiction. You can encourage your loved one to stay physically healthy by engaging in a worthwhile exercise routine. He can take a walk, jog, ride a bike and play tennis or badminton. You can be his exercise buddy so that he will be encouraged to continue the healthy habit. Exercise will make him clear his mind of drugs and at the same time it releases endorphins that make a person feel good. This are the body’s own “feel good” chemicals.

If your loved one needs to attend support groups, offer to go with him. The first few meetings of these support groups can sometimes be too intimidating for a recovering substance dependent. Be there to support him and show him that you care and all you yearn for is his full recovery. This will enable him to gather enough courage to continue attending these support groups for his own betterment.

Help your loved one tackle difficult situations without resorting to the familiar drug or alcohol support. You may start off with facing easier situations like going to the bar with him without drinking alcohol and only taking soda or any non-alcoholic beverages. A wide range of emotions are usually expected from somebody who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol for many years. Often, the reason for taking drugs or alcohol is the person’s inability to face painful feelings like sadness and anger. Once an addict is back to sobriety, he may feel these old feelings coming back and may find it difficult to face these old enemies without drugs. Be a good listener. He may also be remorseful of his actions in the past as a consequence of his addiction. Allow him to talk to you and let him feel comfortable doing it. Do not argue with him. Let his words and sentiments flow. Never judge him or his actions. Show your concern and let him know that you will always be there to listen to him and you can be a shoulder he can cry on.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Addictions

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Quitting Smoking: How Long Do The Cravings Last

July 3, 2007 by  
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By Lloyd Morgan

Statistics say that over 70 per cent of smokers want to quit. So what’s stopping them? For many, the thought of going through lengthy withdrawal symptoms is enough to send the hand snaking towards the Camel pack. In reality, the pangs are far less than people fear. But how long do they last?

Giving up smoking is like getting addicted in reverse so it’s important to understand the nicotine addiction process. Scientists used to think addiction was a long drawn out process taking up to a year. Now they’ve come to recognize it begins with the first puff when nicotine enters the brain.

Nicotine is a psychoactive drug causing changes in brain chemistry. Researchers have found that nicotine takes over the reward pathways. These are an part of an area of the brain that rewards good and useful behavior with a feeling of pleasure. It does this by stimulating the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

The brain learns the intake of nicotine is good and remembers the sensation of smoking as pleasant. Nicotine actually causes changes to brain chemistry. So when the smoker quits and nicotine intake is stopped, the brain needs a period of adjustment to get back to normal. During this period, the ex-smoker feels the pangs of need for tobacco.

Though the blood is free of nicotine within less than 100 hours of the last cigarette, only when those brain changes are undone is the ex-smoker truly free from the physical addiction to nicotine. This is a gradual process and much is done in two to three weeks or so. But the physical component is not the only danger.

Mental addiction is another facet of smoking that makes quitting so difficult. This means associating smoking with regular activities, places and situations. It makes up the ‘habit’ aspect of smoking. Examples are morning coffee, after lunch, with a beer in the pub. All pleasurable daily routines associated with lighting up a cigarette.

During this crucial period vigilance is required as the craving to smoke can flare up out of the blue. So what to do when this happens? The pangs of nicotine withdrawal can be likened to an itch waiting to be scratched. So the thing to do is to scratch without using cigarettes. Green tea and herbal teas such as valerian are useful when the pangs come. Another option is the draw on a menthol inhaler. And any form of activity especially exercise is good. Ideally the ex-smoker to be would prepare a grab bag of techniques in readiness. And hypnotherapy can be effective in the treatment of mental addiction

The magic day arrives when you go to bed and realize the thought of a cigarette hasn’t entered your mind all day. This should happen by day 90 at the latest and is a wonderful feeling. Six months after taking the last puff, you’ll be free.

Understanding the addiction process is a key factor in quitting successfully. Make the decision to quit now and find a method that suits you.

Lloyd Morgan is a writer on health matters and reformed smoker. For more resources to help you quit smoking, please visit: smokefree.ampawan.com

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How To Quit Smoking In Ten Steps

July 2, 2007 by  
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By Daniel Fargher

Quitting Smoking doesn’t have to be a struggle with your will power, or an endless battle with withdrawal symptoms. To quit smoking successfully there are several key steps you need to take and several things you need to look at. Contrary to what most people and ‘experts’ think and say, using patches, gums will power and eating celery sticks will get you nowhere.

Before we look at the ten steps you need to go through to quit smoking we should briefly look at a few statistics.

Studies have shown that only 16% of smokers who use nicotine replacement therapy (patches and gums etc.) succeed at quitting, and only 10% of smokers who use will power succeed. Furthermore the people that use these methods still have to deal with cravings, pangs, nicotine withdrawal symptoms, weight gain and stress.

Not only that but the will power method usually takes seven attempts before a successful quit and after six months most of smokers using either method end up smoking again.

But 84% of people who use nicotine replacement therapy like gum or patches — or try to rely on will power — ultimately FAIL!

If you want to quit smoking in the least amount of time with the least amount of hassle and the least amount of stress, follow these ten simple but very effective steps.

1. Honestly want to quit – many smokers are being forced to quit by their families and children, doctors, employers and now the government with many countries around the world now enforcing a public smoking ban. As you probably know, these different sources of pressure only make it harder for you.

It’s the same reason that you probably want to strangle them when they say ‘smoking will kill you’ or ‘you’re going to get cancer or ….’ etc. These things have the opposite effect – they combine to make you want to continue smoking.

So it is important that you want to quit for yourself, yes bear your children / family in mind but ultimately you should quit for yourself and the things that YOU will get when you quit.

2. Avoid thinking that you are ‘Quitting’ or ‘Giving Up’ smoking – unfortunately adopting this attitude is as effective as taking one step forward and two steps back. Think of the words ‘quit’ and ‘give up’ – what do they imply and suggest?

Essentially they both have a negative underlying theme – you are losing out on, quitting, having to do without, giving up on and denying yourself something. This ‘something’ being the things you get from smoking.

So by saying and thinking that you are ‘quitting’ or ‘giving up’ you are subtly telling yourself and focusing on the things that you are going to be denying yourself when you stop smoking. It’s the same principle behind the reason that dieting doesn’t work – you are denying yourself the very things that you want, and not only that but you are constantly focusing on them and longing for them.

The result is that no matter how hard you are trying, you are still remembering the ‘good’ things that you are having to do without, basically you will feel as if you are depriving yourself of pleasure / relaxation etc.

Instead look forward to the very things that you will get when you stop smoking, and fully focus yourself and your mind on them. Think ‘I’m stopping smoking and I’m saving an extra $2,000 a year, I smell ten times better, I can taste my food more fully, I can spend more time on my hobbies / with my children, I don’t have to hide my cigarette breath from my partner / children / customers and I don’t have stand out in the wind and rain to have a cigarette.

3. Set a Stop Smoking Date – and look forward to a new lifestyle after that. A problem many smokers have when they set a date is they don’t do anything else other than set a date. Then the date arrives and they get onto a panic because ‘this is it’ and they are now under pressure to stick with it, this panic results in stress – and what do smokers do when they are stressed? They smoke!

Set your date and smoke without guilt until that date and follow the steps below to ensure that you avoid the common smoking pitfalls in the days and weeks before and after you stop smoking.

4. Find the things that make you smoke – your Smoking Links. In addition to nicotine addiction, there are several other things that make you smoke. Most of these other things are people, events, situations, people and emotions.

For example, you smoke when you wake up, on your way to work, after sex, when you pick up the phone, with your tea or coffee, when you finish your meal, when you argue with your partner, when you are stressed, to relax, before you go on a long haul flight, when you meet your partner’s parents for the first time etc. All of these situations and many, many more, either start with revolve around or end with a cigarette.

Once you’ve stopped smoking, these situations and events will occur again. So you have to remove these things, by breaking the associations, re-establishing new routines and by finding new ways to achieve the feelings / satisfaction / result that you used to get from smoking. If you haven’t got a reason to smoke, why smoke?!!

5. Accept that there will be problems – everyday is full of ups and downs, it’s a fact of life. So you should plan on how you are going to deal with stress and your smoking links. First remember that smoking will not put out your kitchen fire, fix your flat tire, get you your job back, fix your argument with your partner, solve your financial problems, calm your nerves after a car accident or satisfy your over zealous boss.

You should do two things, firstly find simple yet effective ways to calm your nerves and reduce stress in a matter of seconds or minutes. Breathing techniques are a good way but not necessarily everybody’s favourite choice. So take a five minute break, play with a stress ball, channel your aggression and stress and let it all out in a controlled manner – e.g. sports, call a friend or close your eyes and forget about the problem for a minute.

Secondly, make and set aside special time for relaxation and de-stressing. For example, plan a weekend retreat, set aside half an hour at the end of every day to go for a run, go to work on a boxing bag, read a book, take a bath, spend time with your partner / children with no TV or other distractions.

Know that there will be problems and accept that smoking is no longer an appropriate way to deal with them, and then find something else to help you.

6. Find a new hobby / source of pleasure to take your mind off smoking – this is crucial. Remember the above point about focus and ‘quitting’ and ‘giving up smoking’? Well they don’t work because you are still focusing on cigarettes. So you need to find one or two new things to focus on.

You need to find something that will:

a). take your mind off smoking

b). replace the pleasure you got from smoking

c). give you something to look forward to

A new hobby or two will do all three of these three things perfectly. It is very important that you find something or several things that fulfil all three of these needs. If you don’t, you will find yourself longing for cigarettes and constantly thinking about them.

It’s best to have two hobbies, one you can spend half an hour or so on a day (if you look at how much time you spend smoking it’s probably about an hour a day) and one you can spend a whole weekend on or several hours at a weekend on. Try to make these hobbies ones you can really get your teeth into and involved in, also don’t forget with the money you’ve saved on smoking you can now afford to spend a little extra cash.

If you really get involved in your new or forgotten hobby you will show and prove to yourself that you can enjoy life free from cigarettes.

7. Prepare and plan on how to PREVENT withdrawal symptoms and weight gain – these are the two most common reasons for relapse. Weight gain and withdrawal symptoms do not have to be a part of quitting smoking. The easies ways to prevent both of these are to eat!! But eat the right kinds of foods.

Withdrawal symptoms are partly due to your body realising that it’s blood sugar level is extremely low. Nicotine blocks the release of insulin which controls blood sugar levels. With nicotine in your system – your stores of sugar and body fats are released into your blood – tricking your body into thinking that you have eaten.

When you stop smoking, insulin is re-released which stops the release of your stores of sugars and fats (normally only released when you starve) and your body realises that it hasn’t eaten enough food. So you feel irritable and cranky – withdrawal symptoms.

This is why you eat a lot when you quit smoking – because eating naturally feels good – it’s comforting and also because it eases withdrawal symptoms. But the problem is you eat too much and gain weight. Why? Because today’s foods do not have the vitamins and minerals that our body needs, so you eat in excess to get the ‘vital’ foods that your body needs.

To solve the problem you should drink plenty of fresh juice (which contains the vitamins and minerals your body needs) and take vitamin and mineral supplements and eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and minimize the amount of junk food, frozen food and prepared food you eat.

8. When your Stop Smoking Date arrives – take it one hour at a time and focus on the things you are going to get from quitting smoking.

If you think ‘I haven’t had a cig since ….’ or ‘I can’t believe I can never have a cig again’ you are only punishing yourself. Accept that this is a positive step and change your focus away from cigarettes.

9. Establish new routines – what are you going to do instead of smoking during the 20 or times a day when you normally have a cigarette? e.g. after coffee, in the pub / bar, when waiting for a friend, when nervous or lacking confidence, when bored, as soon as you wake up etc. Break your old patterns of behaviour and stick to your new ones until old situations are re-written without cigarettes.

10. PREVENT relapse – No. 1 in this step is to STOP THINKING ABOUT CIGARETTES. Don’t put your headaches, stress, sore arm or stress down to lack of cigarettes.

And don’t lust after cigarettes by thinking things like – ‘Ohhh that cigarette looks soooooo good, she looks like she’s really enjoying that, I wish I could have one’ or ‘What am I going to do if my car gets broken into or, I split up with my partner etc.’

The other two things you can do to prevent relapse are to prevent weight gain and also prevent withdrawal symptoms – these two are easily prevented and do NOT have to be a part of quitting smoking.

Daniel Fargher
Quit Smoking Specialist
Stop Smoking For Good

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The Side Effects Of Stop Smoking What To Expect!

May 26, 2007 by  
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By Chris Woodall

Maybe your family has been urging you to do it for a while, or you have been meaning to, but it is now finally the right time: you are ready to quit your cigarette habit. If you have quit caffeine in the past, you know that withdraw symptoms from any sort of drug are not very pleasant. Remember, though, that the temporary discomfort of withdraw is just one of the side effects when you stop smoking, and that there will be good benefits down the road as well. Be prepared for the side effects when you stop smoking, both bad and good, and remember that the ultimate goal is great health.

Here is a discussion of what to prepare to experience:

Changes In The Body

When you stop smoking, side effects will include a lot of physical sensations that are not very comfortable. In particular, keep the aspirin nearby, as you will be suffering from headaches during the first few days. If you have ever experienced withdrawal from caffeine, you know that those headaches can sometimes feel pretty severe, so your best preparation is with headache medicine, taken sparingly or at the start of your day for the first few days to lessen symptoms.

Other side effects when you stop smoking include a sense of tiredness, which is to be expected when you stop the use of a stimulant of a drug like nicotine. Ironically, having trouble sleeping is yet another side effect if you stop smoking, and can be a result of the other withdrawal symptoms you will have when you quit.

Changes in Behavior

Those who stop smoking report side effects in the way they act during the withdrawal period as well. In particular, those who have recently quit report irritability, depression, or feelings of anger during the withdrawal period. While those sorts of feelings are certainly not desirable, keep in mind that this is a temporary problem! If you are worried about the effect this will have on your friends and family, please let them know before you stop smoking about these side effects so they can prepare and help you through the worst of it.

Keep in mind that these sorts of effects should be expected when you quit a stimulant such as nicotine. The biggest trap with the mental as well as the physical side effects is that you will feel the urge to go back to smoking just to stop those feelings, but do not fall into this trap. If you stick with it, you will soon pass through the withdrawal phase and be experiencing health benefits that will far surpass any temporary discomfort. With that in mind, throw out your pack of cigarettes and be ready to get yourself through the hard part! You will realize that it is worth it.

If you are trying to stop smoking this can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. If you need stop smoking help go to nicocure.good-reads.com/ to get a review of Nicocure the all natural patch.

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Reasons To Quit Smoking: The Top Five Tobacco Killers

May 13, 2007 by  
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By Lloyd Morgan

Arsenic, cyanide, ammonia, cadmium…They sound like part of the arsenal of some resourceful poisoner. But some people are voluntarily sucking these toxic substances into their bodies 20 times and more every day. Yes, these scary-sounding chemicals are just a few of the 4700 or so noxious components of tobacco smoke. Here’s a roundup of five of the most famous.

Arsenic is notorious as the poison of choice for aristocratic murderers in old movies. In real life too, it earned itself the sobriquet “poison of kings, and king of poisons” as a result of popularity among high society wanting to quickly and undetectably remove someone. It lost popularity when a method was found for detecting it in the body. Now it’s used as an insecticide. Around five micro grams of arsenic trioxide is inhaled with every cigarette. It takes a lot more to kill you right off but arsenic is carcinogenic at much lower levels.

A close second to arsenic in the famous poison charts is hydrogen cyanide, also known as prussic acid. It’s the chemical of choice for use in gas chambers and is used in chemical warfare. It’s found in tobacco smoke in concentration of 30-150 nanograms. Exposure to cyanide for even a short time can damage the brain and heart and lead to coma and death. Inhalation of low levels of hydrogen cyanide in the long term causes breathing difficulties, chest pain, vomiting, blood changes, headaches, and thyroid enlargement.

Now for a toxin closer to home. After cleaning your bathroom you’ve perhaps noticed the pungent acrid smell of ammonia, a prime ingredient of bathroom cleaning agents. Philip Morris began to add ammonia to tobacco in the 1960s to convert nicotine from the bound to free state. This meant that smokers absorbed this ‘free base’ nicotine more rapidly. A 1997 study revealed that Marlboro contained up to 9.6 per cent free base nicotine.

Another killer you’ll probably find in your home is cadmium. It is an ingredient of batteries, paints and pigments. It has been described as a substance having no constructive purpose in the human body. It is however a carcinogen. In addition, it can cause kidney problems. Cadmium is also an agent in respiratory tract infections and the human lung can absorb it efficiently.

The fifth of the deadly poisons we’ll discuss here is probably the worst – nicotine itself. Not only is it the prime addictive agent of tobacco but it’s one of the most virulent and quick-acting poisons known. Gram for gram it’s more deadly than strychnine. The dose absorbed through normal smoking is too low to kill outright. But the volume of nicotine in two cigarettes taken at once would result in death.

These are just a few of the insidious components of tobacco smoke. The full list seems endless – butane, nicotine, carbolic acid, collidine, formic aldehyde, lutidine, parvoline, pyridine, nickel, and lead. And the list is by no means complete.

If you want to stop poisoning your body, there is a way out. Find a way to quit that works for you. It will be the best thing you ever did.

Lloyd Morgan is a writer on health matters and a reformed smoker. For more tips to quit smoking please visit: smokefree.ampawan.com

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End Your Nicotine Addiction Today

May 13, 2007 by  
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By Dan Gluckman

Overcoming Nicotine Addiction
Nicotine addiction is extremely powerful – ranking up there with heroin in terms of its strength. However, your physical addiction only represents only about 20-40% of your dependency — the bulk of the addiction is purely psychological. That’s good news! As humans, each of us can obviously influence the behavior or our own mind.

How do cigarettes actually affect you?
After years of smoking cigarettes, your thought processes and behaviors gradually begin to revolve around smoking. In other words, you develop the thought processes and behaviors of a smoker. I am no stranger to this. When I smoked, each cigarette gave me satisfaction and shaped my words and thoughts, getting me hooked on smoking.

Non-Smokers Think Differently
If you want to become a non-smoker, there is a simple way to quit smoking forever. Learn to think like a non-smoker. Embrace the lifestyle change. Successfully quitting smoking starts in the mind. Even highly-effective Pills and Non-Smoking programs will make no difference in your habits until you finally realize that your decision to be a non-smoker must last.

So how do you permanently quit smoking for life?
You must first understand that nicotine addiction is slowly & definitely ending your life. It eats away at your mind and body and begins to take power over many of your daily decisions. There are so many little ways that us smokers have altered our daily routine to accommodate our smoking habits. For a moment now, imagine how free you will feel, getting up every morning and knowing that your day does not have to start with a cigarette because you have finally become a non-smoker. Do you think being a non-smoker will affect the flow of activities throughout your day? Think about it!

Your Health is Your Responsibility… Nobody Elses
The bottom line is that each of us controls our own mind. Ultimately, you are the only person who can decide to stop smoking cigarettes forever. You hold that power in your own mind.

However, nobody should ever have to quit smoking cigarettes without help. Support groups are available to increase your chances of success. Plus, stop-smoking treatments are available to help break your addiction. If you have been smoking cigarettes for a number of years and think that your psychological addiction is strong, you may want to consider hypnosis. Though some remain fairly skeptical of this technique, I have used it with success and I know it has helped many others as well.

Good Luck & Best Health to You!

Dan has successfully remained a non-smoker for the past 6 years and is committed to helping other smokers break their nicotine habit. He runs the stop-smoking resource site Giving Up Smoking Cigarettes (givingupsmoking.net).

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Why Smoking Leads to Drugs and Addiction

April 17, 2007 by  
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By Christopher Ruane

Well its no surprise that many people know about the harmful effects of smoking even if some of them refuse to quit because of self denial. However, what is less commonly known is the fact that if you are not quitting smoking, there is a risk of other forms of addictive behavior occuring, including use of illicit drugs and addiction to these substances also.

So how do you get addicted to anything in the first place ?

Ok, let us state just exactly what is meant by addiction.

Psychologists define addiction as something that refers to the state of being dependent on something. It could either be psychological or physical, but whatever it is, addiction is a persistent urge to repeat everything that caused the person’s craving of euphoria or high.

Addictive behavior is triggered by the formation of cravings or desire. When these cravings are satisfied and met, another craving will soon start again with the same or greater intensity.Once this has happened, an addiction pattern is starting up.

Addiction with nicotine

Where cigarette smoking is concerned, the craving is for nicotine. In fact, nicotine is now recognized as one of the most addictive substances around and quitting smoking becomes so very hard. So, when a person smokes, the nicotine goes very quickly into the brain, rather like a direct injection. it is often done to ease stress and anxiety at work and home.

However, after a few stress free minutes, the anxiety feeling sets back in with the same or greater intensity and you start again. People who use smoking as an outlet to release tension and stress are already addicted. Period.

Smoking and its effects on your brain

This is where the brain chemicals (or hormonal transmitters) are directly affected by the substances in cigarettes smoking. Once smoking provides a calming effect upon a person, it gives a kind of incentive to repeat the process, and the new habit leads to addiction. Can I also point out that you are five times more likely to get alzheimers disease if you are a smoker . With medical care, our lives are getting longer and this illness will affect people in their eighties and beyond. Do not let it start sooner because of smoking.

Moreover, some experts contend that a person who lights up a cigarette from the end of his or her previous one is already an addict. They have this intense feeling to continue lighting one cigarette after another. What’s even more alarming with the situation is that there had been some reports that experts insist that nicotine, along side with marijuana, are some of the hardest type of drugs to treat and eliminate out of the body.

The dopamine pleasure factor

The satisfaction a person gets whenever they inhale nicotine is totally rewarding for them. This is because the discharge of the “pleasure hormone” known as dopamine.That’s why people who are tensed get immediate relief whenever they inhale smoke.

Of course the body has anti stress hormones which it can release throughout the day. If fact if this did not occur, some people could almost suffer a heart attack through shock to the system ! So any substance that triggers this dopamine release and high will cause addictive behavior.

Smoking and the liver

Almost every organ can be affected by the inhalation of cigarette smoke. No one part of you escapes unscathed. The stomach gets irritated and you can get an ulcer. Even the liver can be affected when it is processing prescription drugs out of your body with certain drugs.It is alright if you dont stop quitting nicotine first time around. Keep trying.

Smoking can affects mens’ health leading to coronary problems such as high blood pressure and stroke, not forgeting other issues such as impotence. To learn about illnesses affecting your health visit www.manhealthsite.com today!

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The Proven Way to Quit Smoking

April 13, 2007 by  
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By Bill Byrne

This article is dedicated to those who decided to quit smoking once and for all, and now are looking for ways to stop smoking. Here is the original program, that will show you how, following a few steps, you can forget this bad habit and abandon the cigarette.

First of all you need motivation. When you stop smoking it is important to know the reason why it has to be done. In this case the result is not a goal. The reason to change your life can be care about the health of your future children, your family, and other people you love, because they become passive smokers, winning the heart of a person that does not approve smoking is a good reason too. You can find thousands of motives to stop smoking. But don’t make a test of your will-power a reason of struggle for the health – that usually leads a person to the beginning of the way. This makes your next try twice harder.

Next step is to put away all things that remind you about smoking. Hide as far as you can or better get rid of all the ashtrays, lighters, smoking boss… (joking). Don’t feel sorry for all this stuff, if you are about to quit smoking they won’t be necessary anymore. If there are some things that are really precious to you, presents or something else, give them to your friends for storage. And take them back only when you will be ready for that.

People who stopped smoking recommend such a trick as “a last cigarette”. Before smoking this symbol of new life, you should rinse your mouth with 0,1% solution of silver. The connection of smoke and silver will give detasteble feeling, and this will protect you from nostalgic mood about the last smoked cigarette.

Smoking is mainly a psychological dependence. As soon as you quit smoking a plenty of free time will be at your service. Finally free from the cigarette your hands will not know what to do, so, to prevent the return of old habit you should find them another business. Try a hand trainer, beads of cell phone games. By the way, British scientists found out that the popularity of cell phone games has decreased the quantity of smokers. Researches showed that the game is a way to fight the stress; it is more effective and does no harm to health. > Not only your hands, but also your mouth will have to find a new occupation, when the cigarette is gone. Make a store of gums, even tobacco replacing once. However, a better idea is to use natural herbal smoking cessation products.

People that stopped smoking always mention that during first months they felt bad: dizziness, vomiting and total weakness are natural parts of the nicotine withdrawal process. These are the signs of recovery. These symptoms will disappear with the first smoked cigarette, so as the chances to be free from bad habit. Do not give up! Use any kinds of products for people who quit smoking: nicotine or – better – natural plasters, pills, gums, patches, anything, just don’t smoke!

So, you’ve made it, several days without a smoke, but smokers around remind you about the old desire. It is no use to tell how to fight the temptation, the best way is to avoid it.

People, who had passed this way to the end often tell that situations, usually accompanied by smoking, such as stress, parties with smoking friends, were the hardest to cope with. Many people had never passed this barrier. Psychologists explain this as a stereotype of behavior, which stays in the memory of a smoker. In order to fight it link up your imagination. Can you see yourself as a nonsmoking person between smoking friends? Now attune yourself. Change your memories, replace a picture of you “smoker” on you “healthy person”. Use the ability to control your desires and emotions given to humans.

In conclusion, I’ll remind you what I’ve mentioned earlier, it is all about reasons and goals. If you stopped smoking and you don’t want to go back, remember that the desirable goal is reached, now you receive from life much more then you had before. Be glad, be happy, using your new abilities, and this emotions will help you to keep on going as far as possible from old bad habit.

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Quit Smoking Tip – Your Smoker’s Personality Might Be A Problem

April 8, 2007 by  
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By Sylvia Dickens

This interesting tidbit came across the wire the other day. You might find it amusing, you might find it interesting or you might find it downright insulting. You might even find that it’s the reason you have been unable to quit smoking.

According to recent studies into the behavior of smokers, it has been suggested that smokers have more anti-social characteristics than do non-smokers. So what does this mean?

Anti-social behavior, also referred to as anti-social personality disorder, is identified as acting contrary to what is accepted behavior among the masses. Anti-social behavior usually involves ignoring the rights of others and being selfish.

Other signs of anti-social behavior include: breaking laws, risk-taking, not considering the results of their behavior, being impulsive, ignoring the safety of self or others, and not worrying about hurting other people.

If you think about the actions of smokers, it’s fairly easy to see where this ‘diagnosis’ fits. This research could explain the earlier resistance that smokers showed towards new non-smoking bans. They felt their rights were being violated and continued to light up regardless of the law. Those who still reject such laws might well be experiencing anti-social behavior.

You’re probably asking, where’s the proof that smokers are anti-social?

Although small, one test was done on 346 smokers by the University of Victoria in British Columbia. It produced some interesting results. They learned that 28.8% of smokers demonstrated higher neurotic characteristics and were more likely to have symptoms of alcoholism or drinking-related problems.

They also were younger, of a lower income, and had anti-social behaviors. The interpretation is that a portion of smokers are more anxious than other smokers and have strong anti-social tendencies.

And earlier large-scale studies conducted by another group produced other interesting data. They revealed that people who smoked were either extroverted or anxious.

This second test was done among adult American males who had never smoked, who had been light smokers, those who had been heavy smokers, and those who were current heavy smokers.

The results showed that the current heavy smokers were significantly higher on the neurotic or anxiety scale than non-smokers.

So what can we derive from this?

If you want a quit smoking tip, consider that perhaps the difficulty lies in your personality rather than in any addiction.

Anxious people will certainly be more likely to reach for anything to calm them, which can be alcohol, smoking or even extreme sports. And people showing anti-social behavior will have little consideration for those around them.

This quit smoking tip suggests that you need to overcome your smoker’s personality first. Resolve your anxiety issues, and your efforts to quit smoking will be more successful.

This will require doing an intensive and honest review of your personality to determine whether you exhibit any of the traits revealed in these studies.

You’ll likely resist such scrutiny if you have anti-social behavior and believe in your right to smoke. However, if you can modify this believe and view it from a non-smoker’s standpoint, you will likely find it much easier to quit smoking. If, in fact, that’s what you want to do.

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Sylvia Dickens is an ex-smoker who has been smoke-free for 32 years. Today, she repeatedly gets a clean bill of health from her doctor, which she atttributes to quitting smoking all those years ago. She understands the struggle and has routed out this terrific program that is guaranteed to work, no matter how long you’ve been smoking or how many times you’ve tried to quit. Learn more at www.book-titles.ca/StopSmoking.htm. Stop Smoking, Anxiety Relief, Dog Training, Music Instruction (piano, guitar) and Family Vacation Getaway ideas are just some of the topics covered on Sylvia’s site at www.book-titles.ca .

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Quit Smoking Ways Aren’t Simple – The First Step Is To Learn HOW To Quit Smoking

April 4, 2007 by  
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By Sylvia Dickens

Still struggling to quit smoking? Anyone who has tried to quit knows it doesn’t happen on the first try. In fact, most smokers fail several times before they quit for good. This is important to realize.

Unfortunately, smokers tend to take these failures as a sign that they just can’t quit. Each failure merely enforces that belief. But that’s just not true.

Anyone can quit smoking. Ways to succeed are many – from taking medications (prescribed and over the counter) to fake cigarettes, special filters, herbal remedies, special diets, acupuncture, hypnosis, shots, gum, lozenges and others.

The thing to realize is that quitting smoking is a learning process, just as it was for you to start smoking in the first place.

You remember those times. You sucked on a butt and choked… repeatedly. But you were determined to succeed. Now you have to adopt that same determination to quit smoking.

By past trial and error, you were giving your body a chance to see what it’s like to quit smoking.

Most likely on the first try you were only able to quit for a few hours or a few days. You learned how stressful this would be. The second or third time, you might have succeeded for 2 weeks or more. That time, you got a feel for what it would be like in the long term. You now know that quitting smoking will require something more than you think you possess.

And you will probably have learned what things will trip you up and prevent you from reaching your goal; things like cravings, nervousness, tension, agitation. To move along your learning curve, you now need to find ways to deal with those withdrawal symptoms.

See? It’s all about learning what ‘you’ need to do to quit smoking forever, not what everyone else needs to do.

You might have heard of the 12-step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous to wean people off alcohol. Apparently, someone created a similar program for smokers. The first step is to admit you have an addition to cigarettes and from there, the process should be easier to accept.

As part of that admission, you are to admit that you are powerless over tobacco.

I strongly oppose this approach because, as far as I can see, it starts you on a negative note. You’re not just admitting the power tobacco has over you; you’re also convincing yourself you are powerless to overcome your smoking habit. This is a defeatist attitude.

As an ex-smoker, I truly understand the weakness of this approach. What you want to do is believe in yourself and your abilities, not succumb to the fact you’re hooked.

Really want to quit smoking? Ways to do that include taking control – not by admitting you’re unable to break free, but in knowing that you ‘can’ break away, because you are strong and quite capable of overcoming your smoking habit.

Admit that you can do this, and that you refuse to allow tobacco to take your power. Feel your internal strength grow as you constantly remind yourself that you will overcome it.

Get angry because anger is very powerful and can overcome amazing obstacles.

Get angry at cigarettes for the power they are taking from you. Get angry at yourself for allowing cigarettes to steal your money and your health. Get angry at yourself for being so weak and submissive.

Get angry at all those wasted hours spent standing in doorways smoking and shivering in the rain and cold. Get angry at how silly and pointless that is. Get angry at the way cigarettes have made you feel like an outcast.

This is all part of the learning curve and learning to reprogram your thinking so that cigarettes no longer have any role in your life. Teach yourself that it’s an unnecessary habit you got yourself into. Take a serious look at smoking and you’ll notice that it has absolutely no good purpose other than to make you ill.

Ready to quit smoking? Ways to begin include evaluating why you have allowed cigarettes to take control of you and what you need to do to take back power over your life. Use that anger to build inner strength and determination that will prepare you to fight back.

When you’ve done that, find a system that will work with you and your personality. Start by finding an alternative so you can quit smoking. Ways to replace the habit are: nibble on healthy snacks, sip on a constant supply of fresh water, pop a candy now and then, buy yourself a really neat pen that feels good to hold and chomp on it when you feel the urge. Keep your hands and your mind busy.

It’s important to find a replacement that does not include medications and chewables because they all contain the nicotine you’re trying to avoid. Besides, it’s been proven that breaking away from replacements can be just as difficult as quitting the cigarettes. And let’s not forget about the side effects of those remedies. Why give yourself another battle to fight?

If you truly want to quit smoking, ways to succeed don’t have to include those additional drugs and chemicals. There are several excellent natural quit smoking methods you can use.

Here’s one program that guarantees you will quit or you just don’t pay. I’ve reviewed it for you here and included my success story: www.book-titles.ca/StopSmoking.htm

Sylvia Dickens is an ex-smoker who has been smoke-free for 32 years. Today, she repeatedly gets a clean bill of health from her doctor, which she contributes to quitting smoking all those years ago. She understands the struggle and has routed out this terrific program that is guaranteed to work, no matter how long you’ve been smoking or how many times you’ve tried to quit. If you truly want to Quit Smoking (and are fed up with programs, patches, pills and gums that are expensive and don’t work), don’t disappoint yourself. Click here and get started in 3 minutes. Quit in 3 hours. Read the review at www.book-titles.ca/StopSmoking.htm . Stop Smoking, Anxiety Relief, Dog Training, Music Instruction (piano, guitar) and Family Vacation Getaway ideas are just some of the topics covered on Sylvia’s site at www.book-titles.ca. She offers articles and ebooks on a variety of themes in which she has previous knowledge and experience. As an avid writer and photographer, she provides family vacation destination ideas on places she’s visited and researched.

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Improve the Quality of Your Life

March 24, 2007 by  
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By Jason D

Smoking is no longer “in” or cool. Wherever you go you see a “no smoking sign” and this is because society has woken up to dangers that smoking poses not only to smokers themselves but to everyone that is exposed to second-hand smoke. If you are a smoker wondering how you are going to quit the habit then it is time to find out how thousands of other people, just like you, have already quit smoking.

Before we look at the ways to quit smoking it is important to think about the benefits that you will get if you stop smoking. Think about the value of your own life. For example how much is seven years of your life worth? Seven years is the time that you can add to your lifespan if you stop smoking according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

It is not just a question of living longer, but it is a question of living with zest and in good health. All the health experts warn that smoking has a debilitating affect on health, so, as one of my elementary school teachers used to say, “A word to the wise should be sufficient.”

If you are convinced that it is time to stop smoking here are some steps that you can take to do it:

Make a firm vow that you are going to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is not easy. It is a physical and psychological addiction. You are going to face some difficulty in kicking the habit. The only way to make it through the difficulty is to be convinced right from the beginning that you are going to stop smoking once and for all. Tell yourself mentally or loudly in front of mirror, that “I am quitting smoking, and will do whatever it takes to stop.”

2. Choose a method to help you quit smoking. Once you have made up your mind that you are going to leave the habit then it is time to take action. Here are a few quit smoking methods that people have used to help them kick the smoking habit.:

a. Nicotine Replacement Therapy – Nicotine is the chemical compound in smoke that causes you to become addicted to tobacco products. There are various products that deliver nicotine to your body without the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in smoke. They include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges that deliver low doses of nicotine directly into your body through your skin. The idea behind these products is that you can stop smoking and then gradually reduce your dependence on nicotine, finally giving up the nicotine replacements themselves.

b. Acupuncture and Laser therapy – Both of these therapies are based on ancient Chinese medicine and put pressure on strategic points in the body which according to the Chinese system balances the flow of vital energy in the body. In the case of acupuncture needles are used while in laser therapy a laser is focused on these points. Proponents of laser therapy say that it stimulates the flow of “endorphins,” which are calming hormones that are released in your body when you smoke.

c. Hypnosis—During hypnotherapy a patient is put into a relaxed state and is then given suggestions to quit smoking. Visualizations are used to help the smoker see how life would be much better if he or she would quit smoking. Numerous tapes and CDs which give hypnotic suggestions are also available for those who want to try self-hypnosis. The goal of hypnosis is to build up the will power of person so that it is easy for him or her to quit smoking.

d. Yoga and Meditation—Physical and mental exercises that enhance health and increase concentration and will power are the main components of yoga. The idea of yoga is to build up a positive mental and physical environment in a person so that negative habits fade away.

Whichever method you use to help you quit smoking you should be prepared to face cravings and even withdrawal symptoms. Some smokers report symptoms such as nausea, irritability, fatigue, sore throats and other physical problems, while others are faced with enormous cravings to light up.

If you run into these problems you can do the following:

1. Drink lots of water throughout the day. This helps to calm the cravings, keeps you from eating food as a replacement for sticking a cigarette in you mouth, and is good for health in general.

2. Keep yourself busy with good things to do. Don’t let your mind dwell on your own difficulties keep it engaged in more positive activities.

3. Remember your vow to quit smoking and the benefits that you will get from following through with it.

Finally, remember that thousands of people have already quit smoking and they are no different from you. You can do it if you really set your mind to it. Choose a method that is right for you and join the ranks of ex-smokers today.

Jason D. is a former smoker of 15 years and publisher of a Quit Smoking website. Visit his website if you would like more information on how to quit smoking and Manage Nicotine Cravings

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The Best Quit Smoking Tips – Beat Your Habit Today!

March 21, 2007 by  
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By Jennifer McCleary

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you smoking costs you a lot of money, greatly increases are chances of lung disease, and alienates are friends and family. But you are different. You have done it. You have decided to quit smoking.

You realize that it is a destructive habit, which shortens your life, and costs you lots of money. You want to quit, you need to quit. The question is how do you begin to quit?

Eighty percent of people who try to quit smoking fail. This is because they do not actually believe that they can quit. They want a magic pill or patch that will fix their problem. They never truly believe they can do it on their own. This is simply not true. My husband’s favorite quote is “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. There is a world of truth in that simple little saying.

The mind is a powerful tool and it is time for you to use it to become successful. Stand out, forget peer pressure, probably what got you here in the first place, and don’t fall into the majority. Use these guidelines and become one of the 20% who succeed! Do it for you partner, do it for kids, do it for yourself, but by all means just do it! Learn what it is to become a happier, healthier person who also happens to have a lot more money lying around when you’re over this expensive habit.

To really quit smoking is a big deal! You should be proud of yourself for making this life changing decision. You should not however feel alone in this journey. Practice the tips below and you will be on your way to getting rid of smoking in your life forever!

Tip #1: Write down all the reasons why you smoke.

This will help you realize what triggers your smoking and to help you guard against it, should the temptation arise. By identifying the reasons why you smoke, you can make new reasons for why you shouldn’t, and don’t smoke. For example, maybe you smoke for something to do on your break at work. Try to break the routine with a crossword or something else you enjoy.

Tip #2: Write down situations that make you want to smoke.

Again, by identifying situations that make you want to smoke you can be sure to avoid those situations in the future. If you cannot avoid those situations, then come up with an action planning for helping you deal with those situations when they arise. A reason many people enjoy smoking is stress or nervousness. Believe me you can find an alternate means.

Tip #3: Determine when you are going to smoke and write it down.

By writing something down, you solidify it in your mind. Write it in your planner, on your calendar, in your journal, or even on a note posted on the refrigerator. Leave it somewhere were you can see it. This can be a powerful reminder of your new life change. By having an attainable goal in your sight you can be more resistant to the urges.

Tip #4: Tell everyone that you know that you are quitting smoking and you want accountability.

Just like anything else in life that is difficult if you have support you can succeed. Tell people that you know that you are want to quit and ask them to hold you accountable. Ask people to ask you how you are doing and talk about it. The support system that you create will amaze you and give others a reason to appreciate the commitment you’ve made.

Tip #5: Throw away everything that reminds you of smoking.

By getting rid of everything that reminds you of smoking, you are once cementing in your mind that you are going to quit smoking. Get rid of those ashtrays. You don’t need them, you are now a non-smoker.

Tip #6: Stop cold turkey!

You may say no way, it’s too hard. It’s not! Remember, you are a non-smoker now and non-smokers don’t smoke. By taking your time and quitting slowly, you are setting yourself up for failure. You have decided to quit, and it is time to quit. All the way!

Tip #7: Change your eating and drinking habits.

Start drinking lots of water. This will help to flush out your system. Also eat plenty of fresh fruit. Fruits are full of antioxidants and will help to rid your system of toxins. If you can help your body out in the process the withdrawals don’t have to be that bad or last that long. As soon as your system is completely flushed, you are basically over the withdrawal period.

Tip #8: Make sure you take time for physical relaxation.

Smoking is often a stress reliever. It is important that you replace that habit with something that will help you relieve stress in a beneficial way. Especially since quitting smoking could be stressful in itself. Talk a walk, run, go biking, or swim. Anything that will help your body get rid of stress.

Tip #9: Reward yourself often.

Set up goals, and reward yourself each time you achieve them. You are working hard and you deserve to be rewarded for your effort. Just make sure that your rewards reaffirm what you’re trying to achieve. As silly as it may sound a smoke, even one, to celebrate is never a good idea!

Tip #10: Never give up!

It is hard to quit smoking and you may slip up. Don’t beat yourself up. Figure out what triggered your smoking, and figure out how you are going to resist it next time. Next time that temptation comes around, you will be stronger and you will succeed!

Remember “if you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”. So, decide that you can and will quit smoking and you are guaranteed to be in that 20% that succeeds! For great news for the smokers that want to quit now visit www.we-review-for-you.com/rquitsmokingnow.html

Brad and Jen McCleary both take pride in assisting people to reach their goals. They are experts in the field of health and fitness, but they use their success training in all branches of life to help people succeed. You can read their other articles or visit their website at www.we-review-for-you.com/ you can find more information to help you stop smoking, or information on achieving any other goals you may have.

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Nicotine Withdrawal – Best Ways To Cope

March 18, 2007 by  
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By Sacha Tarkovsky

When you stop smoking Nicotine withdrawal symptoms instantly kick in.

This applies to people who want to quit smoking as well as those who are subject to smoking bans and as any smoker knows they can be intense.

So how can you cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and what are the best products? Let’s find out.

Nicotine Replacement therapy NRT

There are several products that are on the market and they include

1. Nicotine patches

Which deliver a measured dose of Nicotine through the skin via a patch which looks like an oversized plaster.

2. Nicotine Gum

Delivers nicotine via chewing gum in varying strength

3. Inhalers or puffers

You simply suck an inhale from what looks like a plastic cigarette.

Which is best?

It really is down to personal preference and none of the above is really better as such it just depends on which method you like

Other methods of coping with nicotine withdrawal that are not NRT include

1. Zyban

Bupropion hydrochloride, known as Zyban was originally developed to treat depression.

Smokers who used it for this purpose often found themselves quitting smoking without making a conscious effort to give up.

This prescription-strength medicine alters the brain’s chemistry. The affect is a reduced urge to smoke and nicotine cravings are diminished.

2. Hypnosis, herbal cures and acupuncture

Some people swear by these methods others find them totally useless they don’t replace nicotine cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms are still there. All to a degree rely on willpower, so it depends on your mindset whether these work for you or not.

An interesting product that does not fall into the above categories is nicotine water which has been researched by a number of companies.

Already on the market this provides nicotine in water with no added chemicals and is aimed at smokers when they don’t wish to smoke or cant smoke.

Water is a great delivery method as it hydrates the user by providing organic nicotine which medical research is showing can be good for you.

Nicotine is good for you?

Yes!

Nicotine has a bad reputation as it is consumed in cigarette smoking, but it is not the killer many people believe.

The killers are some of the other 4,000 chemicals consumed in cigarette smoking, NOT nicotine.

Fact

Nicotine in its pure form is safe and non toxic and is part of the food chain.

It is found in many everyday foods including potatoes, chilli’s and tomatoes. Recently there has been a lot of research into its health benefits in terms of its affect on the brain.

Nicotine improves mood, concentration and memory; this has led to intense research to its health benefits in terms of alleviating the symptoms of the following illnesses:

Depression, attention disorders, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and even some cancers.

The future of nicotine

There are already products to help smokers when they cant or don’t wish to smoke.

Drug companies are now looking at nicotine as a specific treatment for a variety of conditions and it looks like nicotine’s image is about to change as people take nicotine for its health benefits as well as NRT to quit smoking.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be severe and if you can’t smoke or don’t want to smoke try products and see which is best for you.

Expect a lot more products on the market in the near future to help smokers beat nicotine cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

NEW ORGANIC NICOTINE DRINK!

To find out more about nicotine and recent research into its health benefits, as well as details of a refreshing nicotine water drink, containing simply water and organic nicotine only visit www.smokefreechoice.com

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How to NOT Gain Weight When You Quit Smoking: The Nicotine-Blood Sugar Connection

March 15, 2007 by  
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By Todd Stofka

The negative impacts of smoking on our health are well documented and range from premature aging to death from heart and lung disease. Our society is more educated on the dangers of smoking than ever before, and yet, many of us still won’t even try to quit. One of the most common reasons for this is the fear of possible weight gain.

Understanding the physiological progression of smoking in the human body can go a long way to helping you understand how to win the nicotine battle without losing the war on weight. Many smokers believe that they have an “addictive personality”–what they actually have is a ride on the blood glucose roller coaster.

When you begin the process of quitting, you experience what many perceive to be physical and psychological cravings for the now missing nicotine. Most of these so called cravings relate to effects of nicotine on the body, and although nicotine itself is removed from your bloodstream within the first few days after you stop smoking, the physical cravings can still be triggered, and are still mentally associated to specific tactile feelings that you experienced as a smoker, and they relate to blood glucose levels.

Within three to seven minutes from the time you light a cigarette, nicotine begins to enter your liver. The liver is your body’s glucose storage facility, and its job is to protect this glucose (fuel) for you body. When nicotine reaches your liver, the liver protects its precious cargo (fuel) by releasing the stored glucose into the blood stream. This increase in blood sugar causes you to feel good, and have more energy because you’re getting what we call a “sugar rush.” However, any time your blood glucose levels raise quickly, your pancreas responds by sending insulin in to “control” the excess sugar. Insulin then does its job by presenting more glucose to the cells to be burned for fuel and converting glucose that isn’t presently being burned into fat. This causes your blood glucose levels to drop quickly leaving you feeling tired, anxious, an often hungry.

Having a cigarette placates this feeling and starts this cycle all over again and is why most smokers smoke twenty to forty cigarettes daily. Candy, gum, mints, soda, or any form of sugar will also placate these feelings, but just like the cigarette itself, the behavior creates the same response from insulin causing yet another craving and the cycle continues in this fashion ad infinitum. Add to this the fact that nicotine is a stimulant that increases an average smokers resting metabolic rate approximately equal to five hundred calories daily, and you have a formula that will cause massive weight gain, and weight gain is one of the primary reasons that people return to smoking. This is referred to as an anchored response: the feelings of the blood sugar ups-and-downs connected to the act of smoking which offers “relief”.

With the awareness that you need to either reduce your caloric input by 500 calories a day for the first few weeks after quitting, or increase your output by the same amount, smokers are able to face this demon head-on.

Food: For the first three weeks you need to eat 3 to 4 protein-based meals and small snacks in between these meals, and these meals and snacks need to be protein based. Protein and complex carbohydrates will help to maintain a “stable” blood sugar level. Stable blood sugar means fewer ups and downs that trigger the response. Breakfast is a must! When you skip breakfast your blood sugar starts to DIVE within about 2 to 3 hours. At this point just about anything you eat causes a rapid rise in blood sugar and the cycle of ups and down begins again. Additionally, smokers should eliminate refined products and sugars including artificial sweeteners–these all contribute to the addictive cycle.

Supplements. A good quality chromium product taken 3 times a day will help maintain stable blood sugar. (Good chromium is anything that isn’t Picolinate based) Chromium glycinate, polly-nicotinate, and de-nicotinate are all considered effective. An easy way to find good chromium is to look for “chromate” as a trade mark on the label.

For those smokers that can’t or won’t stay away from sugar and refined foods, any of the over the counter “carb blockers” will lessen the impact of blood glucose and help keep the physical responses to a minimum.

Knowing how to recognize, and deal with these addictive symptoms can often give soon-to-be reformed smokers a greater sense of power over conquering the smoking habit once and for all.

Our Hypnosis Smoking Cessation program is designed to eliminate the withdrawal cravings that are experienced when quitting cold turkey. Instead, we instill several new habits such as; to drink more water, eat a healthy diet and incorporate a moderate exercise program.

Todd Stofka HNLP sees clients for smoking cessation, weight management and executive performance coaching. His clients have come to his office in Philadelphia from as far as Central Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. His website is www.SmokingStopToday.com and can be reached at 877 557 7409.

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10 Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking

March 12, 2007 by  
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By Daniel Delott

Have you seen the Truth commercials? Here are some more harmful effects of cigarette smoking.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #1: Yellow Teeth. Cigarette smoking will stain your teeth a dirty yellow/brown color. You can kiss your smile goodbye, once you’ve smoked cigarettes for too long.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #2: Infant death. Smoking during pregnancy can cause birth defects or death in a child. This is called Baby Colic.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #3: Cancer. 43 chemicals found in cigarette smoke have been clinically proven to cause cancer. Not only lung cancer, but mouth, bladder, and throat as well. Each pack of cigarettes is equivalent to 1 chest x-ray.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #4: Skin discoloration. Long-term smokers showed dull, grayish skin discoloration with deeper lines and wrinkles.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #5: Expenses. Smoking cigarettes can cost people tens of thousands a dollars a year.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #6: Pollution. Smoke from cigarettes contributes to world pollution, and many chemicals found in cigarette smoke aren’t allowed in United States landfills.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #7: Gum disease and other oral problems.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #8: Smoking cigarettes can raise the likelihood that one will develop cataracts – capable of causing blindness.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #9: Infection. A smoker’s body will be more likely to develop an infection in an open wound, as the immune system can be damaged.

Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking #10: Early menopause. This stops the menstruation cycle in a woman. After menopause, a woman can’t give birth.

Those are just 10 of the many harmful effects of cigarette smoking. There are thousands of reasons to quit if you smoke, and thousands of ways to do it.

If you smoke, or someone you care about still smokes, then this may be the most important guide you will ever read – Quit Smoking Now!
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Holding Yourself Accountable After You Quit Smoking

March 9, 2007 by  
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By Jason D

There are many reasons why accountability is important after you quit smoking. It is just too easy to convince ones’ self that having just one cigarette is okay. Almost every person that has quit smoking has probably had that exact thought go through their mind at some point. I am sure on occasion a person has even listened to that thought only to feel guilty after smoking that “one” cigarette.

Finding someone to help hold you accountable to not smoke is easy. You can pick a friend or family member that is fair and understanding as well as, firm. Choose someone that you feel comfortable talking too and trust. If you don’t have a friend or family member to help hold you accountable, you can join a support group or use the Internet and join a quit smoking forum.

The whole idea about having an accountability partner while you quit smoking adds a whole new line of defense to your quit smoking program. After you quit smoking you will be faced with cravings, of course the cravings will come and go but then, wham! Your hit with a craving to smoke that is so strong you’re not sure you can get through it. You’re even thinking about running down to the store to buy a pack of cigarettes to just smoke one.

Before you do that call your accountability partner, most likely, by the time you are done talking to them or even dialing their phone number the craving to smoke will have passed. Psychologically, you know that you have support out there and they will definitely help you through the situation. If you smoke a cigarette, not only do you have to be disappointed in yourself but you have to tell your friend, or whom ever, that you smoked. This can also be a deterrent when you are quitting smoking. At times your cravings to smoke are so strong your logic might be faulty. Use the support you have to get through another day of not smoking.

There is one last thing about accountability and quitting smoking. For it to work you have to be honest with yourself and your accountability partner. Openly communicate if you have slipped and had a cigarette. They can help you get back on track. Don’t feel guilty and don’t give up. Quitting smoking is easy, getting through the cravings to smoke is one of the challenges. Prepare yourself for the many challenges you will face. If you prepare yourself for the worst you may find it wasn’t that bad to quit smoking.

Jason D is a former smoker and the author of quitsmoking.pharmacydiscountrx.com, a quit smoking website that takes you step by step though the quit smoking process.

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Stop Smoking – Sure Fire Ways

March 6, 2007 by  
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By Michael Russell

It is not easy to give up smoking, especially in the case of chain smokers who can smoke out packs of cigarettes a day, but one has to make a start somewhere to obtain results. Instead of just relying on willpower, a holistic approach plays a vital role in reaping rich dividends.

Stopping smoking suddenly: Abruptly giving up smoking isn’t an easy thing to do. Nicotine addiction is a serious problem and stopping smoking suddenly can lead to some temporary problems including rage and a feeling of uneasiness. With modern tobacco giants having increasing amounts of nicotine in their cigarettes, this is ever more dangerous, if not impossible to achieve. The tobacco industry literally has the smokers hooked on their products, if recent news reports are anything to go by. However, some people have managed to give up smoking with nothing more than willpower – which is required in quite a huge amount. Many people try to stop smoking, but fail many times in their endeavors to do so. However, after some help from an outside source, such as a councelor or religious person, find it possible to eventually subdue the need for cigarettes.

Using nicotine patches: This is often the most common way to reduce smoking and slowly stop it altogether. Since not everyone can have an iron will, or the ability to control their cravings for nicotine, this method will help most who are under the drug’s control. Nicotine patches help smokers who have been addicted to nicotine to have their “fix” of nicotine although in a lesser dosage. Over a period of time, the patches have a lower percentage of nicotine, eventually phasing it out completely. This ensures that the smokers can slowly give up their habit.

Psychology of smoking: Many people who smoke may not actually like to smoke but continue to do so out of sheer peer pressure. For instance, they might be in a group where their friends or family members are regular smokers and giving up smoking would make them the odd man out. This peer pressure does play a significant psychological role in many smokers not giving up smoking. Another psychological factor is about the issue of image. The visuals of the Marlboro Man, or movie stars or famous celebrities lighting up their cigarettes in style, does influence people to continue the so-called “glamorous hobby” of smoking. Little do they realize that the widow of Marlboro Man filed a suit and managed to win a settlement amounting many millions of dollars. In this case, one has to be very cautious and deal with it in a more mature manner. Does one want friends who do not care about their friend who wants to become a non-smoker, or should they choose a better life without drugs? The decision can be tough, but one that will benefit the person who chooses to give up the drug. Joining Smokers Anonymous in this case will be of immense help as it helps the smoker to identify with others who wish to give up this habit.

Michael Russell Your Independent Stop Smoking guide.

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Quit Smoking Action Plan

March 3, 2007 by  
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By David Trevena

Over the past four years at the Stop Smoking Centre, we have helped over 2,000 people quit smoking. In that time, we’ve heard every story and have lost count of the times clients have begun by saying, “You may think this is silly, but…”

So first of all, let me ask you, how determined you are to stop smoking? On a scale of zero (not bothered) to ten (nothing will stop me), how determined are you to quit?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

If you have scored less than eight, you almost certainly have ‘mixed feelings’ about stopping. But don’t worry, that’s normal. Many smokers know all the reasons why they ‘should’ stop, but still struggle making the final decision. They beat themselves up, complaining of a lack of willpower. But they are wrong, it isn’t willpower, you just need to make the decision.

Smokers who find it easy to quit say things like:

“I spent a year thinking about it before I finally decided to quit…

“…You just make a decision.”

Our experience of helping many hundreds of smokers is that ‘Making that decision’ is the main reason why those who quit easily found it easy to stop. Honestly answering the following questions will help you ‘get off the fence’ and reach the decision to quit.

Please answer the following questions:

How many cigarettes you smoke each day? ____

Note down what are you doing when you are smoking.

Is it while having a drink, after a meal, taking a break?

How many of these cigarettes do you actually enjoy? ____

Many clients tell us they smoke ‘all the time.’ If that’s your belief, just calculate how many hours you are actually smoking each day – assuming it takes about four minutes to smoke each cigarette, just multiply the number you smoke each day by 4. Then divide by 60 to get the number of hours you smoke.

Hours I smoke: ____

How many hours you are awake each day (Hint, the Av is 16 hours)? As you can see, even a heavy smoker doesn’t smoke all the time. In fact, even a heavy smoker is a ‘non-smoker’ more hours then they are a smoker!

Total hours awake: ____

Now let me ask you, why do you actually want to stop smoking? Tick which of the following apply to you:

o Health
o Money
o Unsociable
o Want to be there for my children/grandchildren
o Am pregnant, or intend to start a family
o Dislike the smell
o Inconvenient
o Controlling my life

If you ticked health, do you have current health issues?

For example, shortness of breath, wheezing, lack of energy, asthma, bronchitis or emphysema? Or have you suffered from colds or viruses that you just can’t shake? If you have noticed smoking is affecting your health, write down the specifics here:

If you ticked health but don’t have any current health issues, is it because (like many) you are concerned of what might happen if you continue to smoke? You are probably aware of all the facts:

· Smoking causes 120,000 deaths a year in the UK, that is 330 people every day
· Smokers in their thirties and forties have five times the amount of heart attacks as non- smokers the same age
· One half of smokers will die prematurely
· Studies by ASH and the BMA indicate that around 50% of UK male smokers in their thirties and forties suffer from smoking related impotence
· Women who continue to smoke are more likely to experience vomiting, urinary infections and thrush.

Is smoking stopping you from doing what you want to do (i.e. getting fit, participating in your favourite activity), or is it the fear of what might happen if you continue to smoke? Use this space to describe specifically what your health concerns are:

Now, make a note of all that you will gain by stopping smoking. Will you gain more health? More energy? Self-confidence? A clean smelling house? More money? Describe what you will gain by becoming a non-smoker:

Imagine how you will look in six months as a non-smoker? How are you feeling? What are others saying about you?

Now, try to imagine how it would be if you continue to smoke… Imagine yourself in five years time if you continue to smoke. How would you look? How would you feel? Fast-forwards another ten years. How does it feel now? What are you saying to yourself? Can you go another ten years? How is your health? What are you saying to yourself?

As best as you can, switch between the two future scenarios, Smoker… and Non Smoker. Switch between them more quickly now, four or five times. Smoker…Non-Smoker. Smoker.. Non-Smoker… etc

What do you notice? Most of our clients find the ‘non smoker’ becomes more compelling.

You can download the free report, “Secrets to Stopping Smoking Without Cravings or Weight Gain” from www.stopsmokingcentre.co.uk

Dave Trevena, with his wife Elaine have helped over 2,000 smokers quit at the Stop Smoking Centre. You can download their free report, ‘Secrets of Stopping Smoking Without Cravings or Weight Gain’ from, www.stopsmokingcentre.co.uk

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