31 December 2006

Happy New Years Quit Smoking

The vast majority of people who smoke wish they could quit. It's a sad fact of nicotine addiction - it holds onto us long after we want to break free. Those, who are planning to quit smoking for New Years, should know that with some preparation, cessation is a goal any of us are able to reach.

Those, who are working on first smoke free year, please, do not even try to think that smoking just one or just for tonight is ok. New Years eve can present a special challenge. Drinking goes hand in hand with smoking, so celebrate, but, please, look ahead and think about what you may be faced with at holiday events this year and come up with ideas for how you'll manage them smoke free. Preparation will fortify your resolve and allow you to meet challenges with confidence...

17 December 2006

Viagra is a cure for smokers :)

Due to a computer glitch, some smokers in Glasgow have got Viagra, when patients should have got Zyban. About 900 family doctors at 300 surgeries have been sent an e-mail from NHS Greater Glasgow giving warning about a malfunction by its "e-Formulary" IT system, which automatically lists the most popular drugs when doctors fill out prescriptions. When GPs tried to select Zyban, a drug that suppresses the part of the brain that experiences nicotine cravings, the computer instead selected sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra, which is used to treat impotence.

Family doctors, however, said that it was unlikely that all prescription mistakes would have been noticed. One Glasgow doctor said: "In some cases, it’s possible that GPs will have spotted the problem after printing out a prescription. But some will not, and unsuspecting patients will have gone to the chemist's and unknowingly ordered Viagra.

Zyban was developed as an antidepressant and has a curious side-effect in that it reduces many patients’ urge to smoke. Viagra gives the urge to do something quite different.

14 December 2006

Cutting back is a first step to quit

If you plan to quit smoking completely, cutting back may be a first step. You may change your mind if you cut back on cigarettes. Cutting back can help you achieve your goal and may be a good way to quit.

One of the widespread quit smoking tips is to set a date to quit smoking, but smokers are not obligated to stop smoking cold turkey, smokers can quit successfully by reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked. The thought is a controversial one. Many experts recommend an abrupt end to smoking, arguing that simply reducing the number of cigarettes smoked is not enough to reap health benefits and for your health's sake, you should quit smoking completely. Even if smoker thinks about this reduction only as a step towards complete smoking cessation, it can help him to quit smoking for good.

13 December 2006

Brain health for young and old

Tobacco companies put ammonia in cigarettes that makes your brain absorb more nicotine than it normally would. Additives are also used to enhance the taste of tobacco smoke, to make the product more desirable… Most people are not interested in getting the facts about an issue; especially when doing so leaves them with a clear choice between right and wrong. Bible states, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord ponders the hearts." People views smoking as socially acceptable and even fashionable, this is especially alluring for young people.

Smoking not only damages health, it is bad for the brain too, and it is the factor that can put our brain health at risk. Healthier living can emphatically contribute to reducing the numbers of sick and mentally declining older people and reduce health-care costs. Social and health behavior, factors like education, occupation and alcohol consumption are connected with smoking, so smokers perform significantly worse in different cognitive tests than both former smokers and those who had never smoked do.

Heart health risk factors and lifestyle choices, such as exercise, learning new things and staying socially connected, are associated with maintaining brain health as we age, so more physical exercise, controlling alcohol use and giving up smoking will surely benefit brain health.

06 December 2006

Smokers quit with help from virtual friends

Online/virtual buddies can help smokers kick their habit, there is a lot of examples of successfully stopped smoking due to their relationships with quit smoking related website members. So, online communities can help withstanding with various kinds of cravings, the possibilities for this type of help are whopping.

Internet communities provide effective support and help quitters :) because they allow users to get the help they need at the exact moment they need it. Users value their e-buddies experience, who have achieved goals similar to their own, and listen to their online advice. Online friends a quit smoking person had connected to his smoking cessation success, because communication with these buddies lessen the stress, anxiety and depression ex-smokers may experience from withdrawal.

If you have questions, doubts, thoughts about quitting smoking, or just need some kind words, please, feel free to post something here, inside Quit Smoking Pro. You surely will get a response and support to help quit smoking for good.

05 December 2006

Allen Carr Dies of Lung Cancer

September 2, 1934 - November 29, 2006

Allen Carr, who helped millions quit smoking, succumbed to lung cancer.

Mr. Carr, who had a hundred cigarettes a day habit in his earlier years, quit smoking in 1983; this former dependence lent sympathy and credibility to his easyway method. He determined to find a better approach and, left his job to set up his own clinic in Southwest London, without any formal training. Two years later, he had written his book, 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking'. Unable to find a publisher, he borrowed money from his friend Sid Sutton and published it himself. Today there are clinics in 33 countries and territories and his book has sold more than 10 million copies.

Allen Carr was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in the summer of 2006 and was given approximately 9 months to live at the time. “Given that I am informed that I have cured at least 10 million smokers on a conservative estimation, even if that is the case, it’s a price worth paying.” Mr. Carr said, upon learning of his cancer. Mr. Carr also stated, “Since I smoked my final cigarette, 23 years ago, I have been the happiest man in the world, I still feel the same way today”.

His method emphasized that the cigarette did not give relief from everyday stress, merely relief from the withdrawal symptoms caused by the previous cigarette. Non-smokers, he assured his clients, felt this relief all the time. The biggest barrier to quitting, he believed, was fear: fear of discomfort, fear of social awkwardness, and fear of the self-loathing when an attempt to quit fails. Carr aimed to break this cycle, encouraging his clients to smoke through their treatment sessions; his readers to puff away as they turned the pages. Smokers were invited, as they read through Carr’s deconstruction of the weed, to reach their own epiphany: look dispassionately at what they were doing and decide that it was futile to continue.

John Dicey, worldwide director of Allen Carr's Easyway, said: "He was an iconic figure and a real inspiration and we will celebrate his life's work by ensuring that Allen Carr's Easyway message and method continues helping smokers quit throughout the world." We have lost an extraordinary individual, but his legacy will live on through his books and the thousands upon thousands of lives he's saved.

Obesity epidemic

After smoking, obesity is considered one of the most important preventable causes of cancer. However, there is evidence that few people understand the connection. Only one third of overweight or obese people were aware that being fat was a cancer risk. Fat stouts are more likely to get cancer. The obesity epidemic is set to drive up cancer rates, if the present upward trend in obesity rates continues. Almost 4 per cent of cancers are attributed to being overweight and the total figures of obese and overweight people are set to rise. Also, obesity can cause life-threatening conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. Eating healthily and exercising regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy body weight and to reduce your cancer risk.

30 November 2006

Get support quitting smoking

Quitting is hard. Usually people make two or three tries, or more, before finally being able to quit. Each time you try to quit, you can learn about what helps and what hurts. You have a better chance of being successful if you have help. You can get support in many ways.

People whose friends and family help them quit are much more likely to succeed. If you don't want to tell your parents or family that you smoke, make sure your friends know, and consider confiding in a counselor or other adult you trust. And if you're having a hard time finding people to support you (if, say, all your friends smoke and none of them is interested in quitting), you might consider joining a support group, either in person or online.

If you have questions, doubts, thoughts about quitting smoking, feel free to post it here, inside Quit Smoking Pro. You will find answers to your questions and support to help quit smoking for good.

27 November 2006

Quotes from quitting smoking stories

"I will NEVER understand why any young people would take up the addiction nowadays, with what we know about tobacco's addictive and poisonous properties. No, kids, it does NOT make you look cool, sexy, or sophisticated. You're an idiot if you think otherwise. But it WILL make you look older - about the time you're wanting to look younger, your face will be turning into the wrinkled visage of a hag. And, yes - if you smoke, you stink."

"It was the best thing I ever did. I must have tried to quit a dozen times before I achieved success, so even if you have tried and failed, even many times before, success is still possible."

"I have been smoking for 21 years. The other day I saw a little kid smoking and I was like what the heck. Kids are smoking at young ages. This worries me. After I saw that, I knew I had to quit."

"I feel like I’ve lost the last 10 years of my life to smoking... and I refuse to let it take another single minute of my life."

"… I have wanted to smoke at least one time every day. It's scary when I think about a chemical (or anything for that matter) having such a mighty strong hold on my body and mind. Quitting smoking was the most difficult thing I have ever done. It was also the best."

"The one thing that I am NOT going to do is tell anyone what they should or should not do. I can never, ever know what causes others to do what they do, however, I do believe that wake up calls are all we need to put our life into perspective. In numerous ways we are blessed and have so much to look forward to, that when we sit down and realize that all of our time here is short and something so bad for your health and not to mention costly could take you away from those who love and cherish you the most."

"For everyone who is trying to quit, good luck! And if you are thinking about starting up again, don't!"

23 November 2006

Give up smoking and lose weight

Starting the exercise before quitting smoking is the best plan, because then you have that outlet. When you have that craving you have something to do. It isn't easy, but the solution is simple - exercise and eat right, just before stopping and actually when you are non-smoker already, and you will stop smoking and lose weight.

If you are still smoking try to exercise - take walks or ride a bike and you will lose your desire to light up another one for a while. Those who exercised were more likely to quit smoking or reduce their cigarette smoking if they did not quit. Consider exercise as the positive thing connected with quitting, and this positive attitude will help you through the tough times. Remember it is possible to give up smoking and lose weight.

22 November 2006

Is smoking your choice?

When many teens think of tobacco-related health problems, they think only of adults and the problems of long-term smoking. However, they should know that smoking is particularly dangerous for them because their bodies are still developing and the chemicals in cigarette smoke can adversely affect this process. For instance, children and teens who smoke cigarettes have nearly four times the risk of developing asthma compared to non-smoking kids. Harmful effects of cigarette smoking are not limited to those who are long-term heavy smokers; there is a link between short-term smoking and respiratory illness in teens and young adults.

Appealing advertising is a big motivator in the desire to take up smoking. Tobacco ads usually depict young, healthy, active people taking part in fun group activities. This sends the message that if you smoke then you can have a fun and carefree life too. There is a direct correlation between the amount of on-screen smoking teens have seen to their likelihood of lighting up. For instance, this summer movie hit "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" might influence its teenage audience not only to drive recklessly, but also to start smoking irresponsibly. The tricky thing about smoking is not usually recognized as a habit until it is too late. When it is recognized as a habit, young adult usually finds that it is too hard to quit.

Smoking is not a disease; it is a choice. Choose wisely and think rationally before making a choice. In the future, you may regret the choice you made.

19 November 2006

Stop Smelling

Immediately after quitting smoking, as soon as you take a shower and change your clothes, you stop smelling. Develop a clean, fresh, nonsmoking environment around yourself - at work and at home. Buy yourself flowers - you may be surprised how much you can enjoy their scent now. Enjoy having a clean-mouth taste and maintain it by brushing your teeth frequently and using a mouthwash.

Within 12 hours after you have your last cigarette, your body will begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly, and your heart and lungs will begin to repair the damage caused by cigarette smoke. Within a few days, you'll probably begin to notice some remarkable changes in your body. Your sense of smell and taste may improve. You'll breathe easier, and your smoker's hack will begin to disappear, although you may notice that you still cough for a while. And you'll be free from the mess, smell, inconvenience, expense, and dependence of cigarette smoking.

07 November 2006

Why might a person quit, and then start again?

About 70 per cent of smokers want to quit, but smokers have a much higher rate of depression and anxiety than those who don’t smoke. There’s also growing evidence that the longer you smoke, the more likely you are to develop some of these negative emotional states. Each year, 34 per cent of smokers try to kick the habit. But only about five per cent of those attempts are successful.

When you quit, in some sense it’s like mourning. Nicotine stimulates some brain regions stimulated by interaction with a loved one. So when smokers say, “I feel like I lost my best friend,” neurologically, they have. Don’t be too optimistic about what quitting is going to be like; that will make you better prepared. As opposed to mourning a loved one who is gone forever, here the loved one is available at the nearest convenience store. Once a person has a single puff, the odds are 80 to 85 percent they will go back to full-time smoking.

The most characteristic way people relapse is that they encounter an upsetting stressor — an argument, anger or anxiety. Negative mood inflates the incentive value of drug use: expectations that smoking will soothe that negative mood increase. But as soon as the body’s nicotine level starts to drop, they start to go through withdrawal again, so smokers are most likely to quit only in their third, fourth or fifth attempt. Nothing predicts success like failure.

03 November 2006

American Smokout - November 16

Smoke Free Society is offering its "Proven Stop Smoking Technique" as a free on-line download in celebration of the annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 16.

The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit for one day, in the hope that they will quit for good.

Based on past years, millions of smokers are expected to quit for the day; many are likely to quit permanently, especially if they use modern cessation methods.

This is a big day to get involved and encourage loved ones to give up smoking and encourage children to stay away from smoking and using tobacco.

Around the country, volunteers support quitters, publicize the event and bring national attention to the hazards of smoking and benefits of quitting.

Smoking is responsible for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and is a major cause of cancers of the lungs, voice box, oral cavity, throat, esophagus, and bladder, and contributes to the development of cancers of the pancreas, cervix, kidney, stomach, and also some leukemias.

Nearly 90 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking which is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and is one of the most difficult cancers to treat.

Smoking is a very costly habit and addiction. An average smoker spends more than $1,500 a year on their cigarettes alone, and that doesn't include all other related costs. A Duke University study puts the true cost of lifetime smoking at $40 a pack. The Great American Smokeout encourages and helps smokers quit smoking for good.

The Smoke Free Society aids that effort by encouraging smokers to download the free "Proven Stop Smoking Technique" available at www.SmokeFreeSociety.org or by using its other effective quit-smoking plans, services and free eCards offered. Smoke Free Society is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping smokers quit and educating kids not to start.

31 October 2006

Smoking doesn't slim girls

Why are teen girls still lighting up? Girls are using cigarettes for weight control, but it doesn't work. Teenage girls gain weight at exactly the same rate whether they smoke or not, but girls, who believed they are overweight are more likely to smoke than those who saw themselves as average or thin. Around one-third of girls consider themselves overweight.

The myth that smoking is slimming is a clever marketing ploy, courtesy of the tobacco industry. Young people are very important to the tobacco industry, because eventually the people who currently smoke will not survive, and those smokers have to be replaced. Smoking is not glamorous, and the tobacco industry is actually duping teen girls. They are out to get young people. Who else is going to replace all those smokers?

26 October 2006

Exercise to quit smoking

Exercise not only makes you healthier, but also helps you quit smoking. You are more likely to succeed in your attempt to give up smoking if you do regular exercise. Exercise is also help keep your weight down since you gave up. In addition, if you do exercise, but did not quit, you are more likely to reduce cigarette smoking. So, exercise training is an effective therapy without side effects and aids in smoking cessation.

Exercise can drive away the urge to smoke efficiently. Even a 15-minute exercise can calm you down. More and more smokers who have left cigarettes behind are beginning to understand that the benefits of exercise go far beyond the physical. They are finding that even a short round of exercises that increases the heart rate. 30 minutes a day exercise is actually enough to completely keep down the urge to smoke. Exercise will keep you in shape; promote deep, healthy breathing; promote good night's sleep that results in your waking rested, relaxed and proud of your new, clean, healthy, happy body!

17 October 2006

Lemon Detox Diet

The Lemon Detox Diet allows the body to cleanse itself naturally while taking a break from solid food. The body has miraculous powers to cleanse itself, but a growing proportion of us in the developed world eat too much food. Our system has to work harder and faster to eliminate the waste created by these foods. In addition, the numerous chemicals and toxins that have been introduced into the natural environment can find their ways into our bodies through the air we breathe and the water we drink. This puts added strain on the elimination processes in our bodies.

The Lemon Detox Diet is a drink consisting of pure water, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper or ground ginger and Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup. Whenever you get hungry simply mix a glass of the drink.

The Lemon Detox Diet are successful while quitting smoking. It cuted cravings and helped slowly push out the tar. Furthermore you may need the Lemon Detox Diet to get weight that you gained after quit smoking off! Also this lemon juice, pepper, maple syrup diet is called the Master Cleanse or Master Cleanser or Lemonade Diet.

The Detox Drink
To make one glass of Natural Tree Syrup and Lemon Drink take

Two small tablespoons (or 20 ml) of Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup.

Two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon). Use fresh lemons, not lemon drink or concentrate.

Half a pinch of cayenne pepper or ginger (adjust to taste).

Mix the ingredients and dilute with half a pint of hot or cold water.

Drink as much as you like, ideally 6 to 9 glasses a day.

If you prefer you can prepare one batch of Natural Tree Syrup and Lemon Drink to last for the whole day. For 1½ liter of water (approx. 7 glasses) you will need 140ml of Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup and 3½ lemons as well as the cayenne pepper or ginger.

The Challenge - It's all in the Mind
The main challenge of the program is mental. Because we are accustomed to eating whenever we feel like it, the discipline of not taking any solid food can seem a bit daunting. Eating has become a habit and like any other habits it is not so easy to break, even temporarily. It is often very tempting to cheat during the detox. Do not give in to temptation. Stick to it! Be strong! When you experience hunger simply treat yourself to another Natural Tree Syrup and Lemon Drink. Keep thinking of all the benefits you will achieve when you have finished the Lemon Detox Diet and can enjoy solid food again.

A true fast is complete abstinence from food of any kind, yet the Lemon Detox is liquid food - nourishing and energizing. It is important not to burden the body with solid food during the detox. Digesting solid food consumes much of the body's energy and overrides many of its other tasks. In the absence of solid food, the body can focus its energy on cleansing. Throughout history, experience has shown a periodic abstinence from solid food to be a blessing for the entire organism, the best investment in improved health and a longer natural life span.

While the actual inner cleansing and rejuvenation is performed by the body itself, the Natural Tree Syrup and Lemon drink fulfils important functions in assisting this process: It supplies the nutrients necessary for the body's continuing alert functioning, assisting to restore the biochemical and mineral balance in tissues and cells and expediting cell regeneration. It is assimilated directly into the bloodstream, placing no additional burden on the digestive system. It provides a liquid medium essential for the efficient flushing of wastes from the system.

The acidity of lemon juice assists the cleansing process, acting like an internal detergent to dissolve excess fats and the cayenne pepper or ground ginger helps speed up metabolism, thus promoting circulation and the elimination of toxins.

16 October 2006

Love life affected

Most smokers find it easier to give up sex for a month than cigarettes and many view even parachute jumps less difficult than quitting smoking. A nicotine is addictive: the majority of smokers want to stop, the motivation is there, but nearly 3 or 4 from 5 smokers would give up sex rather than live without cigarettes for a month. In the same time smokers understand that smoking is affected their love life, but many of them have never attempted to stop smoking.

Because of traditional anti-smoking campaigns, fear of health problems is the biggest motivator to quit, but majority of those, who tried to quit began smoking again within a month. There are more targeted approaches which will drill down into the detail of how people live their lives as a whole and what levers will motivate people to change their behaviour. For example, stop smoking campaign focused on looks and sex appeal because for younger people, fears about attractiveness and fertility can be a stronger motivation to quit than fears about health.

If you have sexual health problems such as low desire, erectile dysfunction, or premature ejaculation, quit smoking. This will improve your health hard.

15 October 2006

Real Marlboro Country

Real Marlboro Country

Although killing your customers is generally not a good business practice, the tobacco companies seem to be having incredible success. Looking at Philip Morris' Marlboro cigarettes, this phenomenon proves especially amazing. Virtually an unknown brand in 1955, Marlboro has steadily increased sales, being named the "top selling brand in the U.S. and an all-time-best seller in the world," in just 1975. Then, in 1989, it took hold of almost one-forth of all cigarette sales, and today it remains the world's most profitable brand of non durable goods, surpassing even Coca-Cola!

Marlboro Country permeates the attractive values of the cowboy, namely adventure, independence, freedom, and heroism. Although Marlboro has often been narrowly defined as a male brand, by both the people at Philip Morris and the general public, it also has enormous appeal to women. This is because, underneath the cowboy clothes is an authentic man who possesses all the qualities both men and women desire. When a man looks at the inviting landscape of Marlboro Country and the rugged cowboy, he is being exposed to a number of powerful messages. Looking at the open grassy fields, the viewer sees escape from the pressures, stresses, and routine of mundane life. When interpreting the image of the lone cowboy riding his horse, he feels a sense of independence and autonomy. Marlboro Man is portrayed as having immense control over things and his life. This idea of controllability has a dual influence, attracting women as well. Heroism and the concept of being "one with nature" also play important roles in enticing women. And, of course, sex appeal is surely at work in the cowboy's physique and symbolism.

The Marlboro Man appeal is absolutely overwhelming; Marlboro Country is more than a "paradise of the West." The entire campaign brilliantly allows its audience to project their innermost desires and fantasies into the very pages of the advertisements.

11 October 2006

Smoking is a way of life in France

In the past, France has been evaluated quite highly, but this has partly been because French women's health has for a long time been better than men's, but recently the women also have started smoking more. Due to the raise in French women smoking, France's overall health rankings will fall now; Women have earned the right to die from smoking. The number of young smokers has increased also.

It is the end of a long myth France had enjoyed, what had been called a paradox that the French ate rich foods, drank lots of wine, smoked like chimneys, engaged in very little vigorous exercise, and yet enjoyed a greater collective health than most countries in the world. No longer: France's poor position in terms of cancer deaths can be explained largely by the high levels of deaths from lung cancer, throat and mouth cancers and liver cancer; this type of cancer is closely linked to two risk factors: excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

02 October 2006

Menthol cigarettes are not safer

Instead of going to the doctor and getting medicine I would switch to menthols. It was less harsh than my regular cigarettes. That's how the mind of a smoker works. Menthol, a mint-derived substance, causes skin to feel cooler by arousing nerve endings that sense cold temperatures. Cigarette manufacturers use menthol because it mellows the taste of burning cigarettes.

Interestingly, intake of menthol is pretty safe. But those who smoke menthol cigarettes take in a higher concentration of carcinogens and experience more smoking-related illnesses than do people who smoke regular cigarettes. Menthol has a cooling effect, an anesthetic effect, making it less harsh when smoking. So, when you are more comfortable smoking, you are probably less likely to quit. Menthol smokers seem to inhale more deeply, getting more of the toxins.

This extra intake of carcinogenic substances by menthol smokers may be the cause of higher incidences of smoking-related sicknesses. As a result, menthol cigarette smokers may become more quickly addicted and may smoke more cigarettes than those who smoke non-mentholated cigarettes. Thus, smokers of menthol cigarettes have a higher rate of smoking-related diseases than smokers of regular cigarettes.

Therefore, menthol cigarettes are not safer. Moreover, it may make it even harder to quit if you think smoking menthol cigarettes is cleaner or healthier. The solution is to avoid tobacco products regardless of menthol content.

28 September 2006

Non-Nicotine Quit Smoking

Instead of using nicotine based therapies such as nicotine gums, patches or inhalers, there are other alternatives to help you quit smoking without the use of nicotine. Because nicotine is addictive, you will eventually still have to quit those therapies.

If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be, because nicotine is a very addictive drug, as addictive as heroin or cocaine for many. Quitting is hard, and usually people make 4 tries, or more, before finally being able to quit. Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can quit smoking.

There are many and various ways that people can use to quit smoking. Hundred of thousands maybe millions of people have succeeded in quitting the cigarettes. However, not all methods would be suitable for everyone. But there is only one way which can truly beat the cigarette habit, and that is to simply stop smoking. It is a wonderful concept, because it is so simple in statement, and yet many people find it incredibly difficult to successfully execute.

The most important aspect to quit smoking is to have willpower, determination and the genuine desire to stop for good. However, you will never know how much willpower you really have unless cravings and urge strikes. Willpower is derived from your will to quit smoking. Look for a strong intention to quit, and you will have the willpower automatically.

Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, herbal cigarettes and the like are all ineffective ways to quit cigarette smoking. Smoking is primarily a psychological addiction, and these remedies don't cure the psychological bond you have with cigarettes - they just strengthen it. It is important to break the psychological addiction to cigarettes, but if you are intent on quitting the cigarette habit, ensure you don't replace one dependency with another one.

Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest things to do, and while there are few rehab treatment programs specifically designed for smokers, there are many programs, tips, and methods that are able to help.

27 September 2006

Just quit smoking

What if you could make just one change to improve your health? The choice is plain - if you're a smoker, quit. That's easier said than done; though learn how you are able to achieve success. Check out products that can make it easier, as well as alternative approaches like meditation or hypnotism. Discover the dangers of secondhand smoke and how to protect your family and especially kids. And you should know that your body could recover fast after you do stop smoking.

Set a quit date. Pick a date within the next two weeks. If you smoke at work, quit on the weekend or on your day off. Keep yourself busy doing something useful and pleasant. Ride out your cravings; they will pass. Cut back on alcohol because it may intensify nicotine cravings. Avoid places where smoking is allowed and if your friends are smokers, ask them to join you in quitting permanently or to puff when you are not around. Ask people to bear with you if your mood changes. Ask your health provider for help with your quitting smoking because nicotine is very addictive and you need all help and support you can get. Get support from people, whether your family members or in a support group. There are many helpful quit smoking resources available online and by phone.

Quit now while you can because the older you get, the harder it is to quit. Get free of a stinky, nasty habit and get better skin color, increased energy, normal breath. Feel yourself in control instead of being controlled by cigarettes. Be able to taste food again. Get a chance to live longer. Just quit smoking.

26 September 2006

From developed to developing countries

Tobacco is one of the rare lethal products legally and widely traded at the global level. Tobacco products have a transnational dimension when it comes to smuggling, global advertising and promotion, or international cooperation on information sharing. The tobacco epidemic has thus become globalized, and its globalization restricts the capacity of countries to regulate tobacco through domestic legislation alone.

Tobacco use has also a development dimension. In all the countries where data are available, tobacco use has been shown to be very closely related to poverty. Tobacco consumption is moving from developed to developing countries. Tobacco use also worsens the poverty of individuals and countries. At the individual and household levels, money spent on tobacco has a very high opportunity cost. For the poor, money spent on tobacco is money not spent on basic necessities, such as food, shelter, education and health care. Poor tobacco consumers also tend to be more at risk of falling sick, which can exacerbate a household's financial situation.

At the national level, countries suffer huge economic losses owing to high health care costs, as well as lost productivity caused by tobacco-related illnesses and premature deaths. Most countries are net importers of tobacco products and lose millions of dollars a year in precious foreign exchange from these imports. Tobacco also degrades their natural environment. Based on the facts set out above, tobacco is clearly linked with disease, poverty, hunger and gender issues.

25 September 2006

Anger raise risk of heart disease

Everyone gets angry from time to time. It's a normal human response to unfair treatment and other injustices. But normal anger is one thing, excessive hostility quite another. Excessive anger can bring on heart disease, at least in men. High-hostility men were 1.6 times more likely to die from heart disease than their more placid peers.

How does hostility harm the heart? Like other forms of stress, anger triggers a surge in adrenaline. This so-called stress hormone boosts the blood pressure and pulse rate. That increases the heart's workload and multiplies its need for oxygen. Adrenaline can also trigger abnormal heart rhythms. It also stimulates the formation of blood clots, which can block clogged arteries. All of these factors raise the likelihood of a heart attack.

Try to identify the things that bother you most and do your best to change them. Learn to recognize the warning signs of building tension, such as a racing pulse, fast breathing or a jumpy, restless feeling. When you recognize these signals, take steps to relieve the tension before it builds to the boiling point. Often something as simple as a brief walk or a snack can cool things down nicely. Build strong relationships and talk out your feelings instead of bottling them up inside. If it's difficult for you to talk aloud, try writing a letter. Establish priorities; set realistic expectations and pace yourself, building in time to relax. Get enough sleep. Don't try to calm yourself with nicotine, alcohol, or drugs. Think positively and make time for activities that are stimulating and enjoyable.

Even without professional help, you can benefit from stress-reducing techniques. Consider learning how to meditate. You can also use behavioral techniques to help stay calm. Here are some ways to practice during your daily life so you'll be able to keep your cool in times of stress:

- Drive your car in the slow right-hand lane.

- When you approach a toll plaza, join the longest line, even if you have the exact change.

- Use your car horn only to prevent car accidents, not to vent frustration.

- Eat slowly.

- Talk slowly; try not to interrupt others.

- Don't put in the last word in an argument, even if you think you're right.

- Don't raise your voice in anger.

- Don't use expletives; substitute less hostile phrases like "darn" or "rats."

- Don't permit outbursts of anger; instead wait for a few moments, take a few deep breaths, and express yourself calmly.

- Try not to grimace or clench your teeth; practice smiling.

22 September 2006

Save your teeth

They want women to think smoking is going this way:
Quit Smoking Virginia Slims
This is how it looks like in reality:
Quit Smoking - Save Your Teeth

Gum disease is usually painless, but can lead to loss of teeth - over one year. Statistics show that smokers are still up to six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers, because the detrimental effect the habit has on their body’s immune system makes them less well-equipped to fight back. It is very important to look after your teeth, because losing them will have a huge influence on your life. Not only will this affect your appearance, it can also impact on your confidence, lifestyle, and so much more.

For example, losing teeth could prevent you from eating a healthy diet. You are less likely to chose to eat something like an apple if your teeth are loose, because it would be difficult to bite and chew it. Smokers who give up are much less likely to lose their teeth prematurely than those who do not kick the habit.

20 September 2006

But I've always been a smoker!

Many smokers tend to think of it that way. But, no, you have not always been a smoker. You were born as non-smoker. There was a time in your life, before you began smoking, when you didn't even think about lighting up. Please, give yourself the opportunity to be anything else. Many people view the future through their past, but you can take yourself from wherever you are right now to where you want to be.

As you think so you become. Instead of thinking about smoking or not smoking or instead of focusing on any problem or bad habit, why not turn your attention to your inner strength? If you cannot do it without assistance, then hypnosis and meditation are able to help you. Your desire to smoke or doing anything harmful to yourself will disappear! Thousand of people have done it and have gotten these results.

See yourself ten years from now as a smoker. Notice how your skin is yellowish, your breathing more difficult, your bank account is less impressive, thanks to all the money you've blown on cigarettes. Is that what you want to look forward to? Think about it. You are able to be smoke-free. It happened with millions ex-smokers. And you are able to stop smoking too.

19 September 2006

Game is over already for many smokers

Women smoke to be as elegant and classy as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Men smoke to be wild and mysterious like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. During many years and still today there was kind of a social conditioning for smoking. Something everyone should do, if they ever wanted to be included in the "winners" side at the end of the game. Regretfully, the game is over already for many smokers that had to suffer the most common consequence of smoking, i.e., an early death.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, and that the death toll caused by tobacco-related products is at nearly five million people a year. By the year 2020, the number of deaths will double to ten million a year if the current smoking patterns continue. Statistics indicate that despite a decline in the number of adults who smoke, more of children under the age of 18 start smoking each day.

When trying to quit smoking you will surely have irritability, anxiety, depression, cravings and many other symptoms, arising due to the addiction to nicotine. Nicotine meets both the psychological and physiological characteristics of what we call an addiction. And yes, no one denies it; quitting cigarette smoking can be a real nightmare for many people. Millions of people worldwide try to break the nicotine habit, but only 10 percent of them succeed. Will you succeed?

18 September 2006

Gambling addiction

Everyone addicted to coffee or just to Coca-Cola. And countless are addicted to alcohol, anti depressants, cocaine, drugs, food, gambling, heroin, internet, masturbation, narcotics, pornography, religion, sex, smoking, video, or work; just a little list of addictions in alphabetical order. It seems that anything can become an addiction.

For some gambling is an extremely powerful addiction that is hard to escape. Gamblers get a high from the adrenalin produced by their bodies while in action. Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high. So, the larger the risk, the greater the amount of adrenalin. Those with gambling problems are now facing even more temptations: there has been an upgrowth in gambling industry. And because the increase has exposed more people to gambling, some experts believe it has also led to a rise in the number of addicts.

Gambling addiction is more than a personal financial problem. Experts consider it a public health issue, like drug, and alcohol addiction, because it affects jobs, families and mental health. Addicted gamblers are more inclined to domestic abuse and suicide, they said. People become so involved with it they lose themselves and lose being responsible in their lives. It has a higher degree of suicide than any other addiction. The degree of financial devastation is so much greater than any other addiction or any other mental health issue.

17 September 2006

Philip Morris

Philip Morris states inside their official website: "Our goal is to be the most responsible, effective and respected developer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, especially products intended for adults". On the other page under the title – "Addiction", you are able to read: "Philip Morris USA agrees with the overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that cigarette smoking is addictive. It can be very difficult to quit smoking, but this should not deter smokers who want to quit from trying to do so." Also, smokers should know that the level of nicotine, the most addictive ingredient in tobacco the industry boosted 10 percent between 1998 and 2004, just to set the hook a little deeper.

Philip Morris states that their Youth Smoking Prevention department focuses on three research-based initiatives: parent communications, grant programs and youth access prevention. However, it seems that Philip Morris PR campaigns aren't designed to stop youth smoking, but to put the brakes on tax increases, further restrictions on advertising, and other successful anti-smoking efforts... And so, Philip Morris is free to pass out promotional materials at amusement parks, schools, and video arcades, playing the fool with teenagers. A Philip Morris 25 years old marketing slogan: "Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer", the nowadays message is also clear, but insidious: Teenage smoking is the product of unsuccessful parenting and cigarettes accessibility to youth, not the industry's successful marketing and the addictive nature of nicotine.

Is Philip Morris your or your child friend? You shouldn't think so.

15 September 2006

Do it for your penis

Many men are now impotent because they smokedDid you know that there's a valve in your penis that traps the blood inside so you can get an erection? That every time you smoke, this valve is damaged? That if you don't quit now, it might stop working altogether? You do know. Every cigarette you smoke causes fatty deposits that restrict the flow of blood to your penis. Less blood means less of an erection, and if you keep on smoking, things will only get worse. Does smoking make you hard? Not if it means you can't get it up.

Do you find smoking relaxing? Many men are now impotent because they smoked. It damages the blood vessels in your penis. Often, you won't even notice any of the damage until it's far too late. Worrying, isn't it. Still fancy a cigarette? If you won't give up smoking for your lungs, heart or throat, maybe you'll do it for your penis.

14 September 2006

It's better to joke than smoke

Hazardous to your health

Fifteen days ago, I read that smoking can kill you. The next day, I stopped smoking.

Twelve days ago, I read that too much red meat can kill you. The next day, I stopped eating red meat.

Eight days ago, I read that drinking can kill you. The next day, I stopped drinking.

Yesterday, I read that having sex can kill you. This morning, I stopped reading.

13 September 2006

Quitting smoking saves money

There is a little recognized hole in the quitter's arsenal of strategies, which can sometimes defeat what is otherwise an excellent stop smoking plan. You need to be aware of the role of money in your smoking behavior if you want to leave it behind successfully.

A pack-a-day smoker, can expect to save a lot of money when quit. It appears that the price of cigarettes will continue to rise in coming years, as will the financial rewards of quitting. Logic says that when you stop smoking you will be financially much better off each year. Most likely you even not be able to get a salary raise that good. And you won't be paying any more tax on it than you are now!

Start a piggy bank with the money you save by not buying cigarettes. It is a way of giving yourself something - and we all like to receive a gift. And you have to fill it up every day, for as long as you have been smoking. It is money. If the money you save disappears into the black hole of household needs, you risk feeling missing cigarettes!

To improve your chances, plan to continue spending (or putting by) the same amount of money on yourself for at least a month from your stop date. Spend it on something tangible and pleasurable for yourself, so that when you see it and enjoy it you can acknowledge that this is what you are choosing to give yourself now.

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12 September 2006

Smoking aphorisms and quotes

- The best cigarette is an unlit one.

- Warning! Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.
" George Carlin"

- The body needs tobacco but the soul booze.

- I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I haven't had time for tobacco since.
" Arturo Toscanini"

- "Is it true that you smoke eight to ten cigars a day?"
- "That's true."
- "Is it true that you drink five martinis a day?"
- "That's true."
- "Is it true that you still surround yourself with beautiful young women?"
- "That's true."
- "What does your doctor say about all of this?"
- "My doctor is dead."
" George Burns"

- What a weird thing smoking is and I can't stop it. I feel cosy, have a sense of well-being when I'm smoking, poisoning myself, killing myself slowly. Not so slowly maybe. I have all kinds of pains I don't want to know about and I know that's what they're from. But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
" Russell Hoban"

- A smoking section in a restaurant is like a peeing section in a pool.

- I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.
" Mark Twain"

- And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
" Rudyard Kipling"

- Cigarettes are as American as emphysema and apple pie.
" Mark Russell"

- I believe in cigarettes. I think we're overpopulated.
" Christopher Buckley"

- I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.
" Steven Pearl"

- It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.
" Mark Twain"

- Much smoking kills live men and cures dead swine.
" George D. Prentice"

- Thank heaven, I have given up smoking again!...God! I feel fit. Homicidal, but fit. A different man. Irritable, moody, depressed, rude, nervy, perhaps; but the lungs are fine.
" A. P. Herbert"

- They threaten me with lung cancer, and still I smoke and smoke. If they'd only threaten me with hard work, I might stop.
" Mignon McLaughlin"

- To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
" Mark Twain"

10 September 2006

Addiction feeds the industry

It is not surprising that the nicotine content in the most popular cigarettes among young people and minorities has increased sharply - 10 percent - from 1998 to 2004. The more nicotine cigarettes contain, the greater the potential that the product will be more addictive and the addiction will be quicker. An addiction to nicotine increases the activity of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that elicits pleasurable sensations, which when removed, may leave a smoker agitated and depressed. Persons who start smoking as adolescents develop a greater density of nicotine receptor sites in the brain; they become heavier smokers in adulthood, which feeds the industry. The industry knows, that if it can get a smoker addicted, then it has a user pretty much for life.

Adolescents are the perfect group for the industry's intentions because around age 11 the adolescent brain undergoes major reorganization associated with social behavior and impulse control. Adolescents vastly underestimate the addictive nature of nicotine. Most believe they will quit in five years. The decision to quit smoking is a brave and daring one to make. Nevertheless, 70 percent of smokers worldwide do want to drop the habit, but nearly 75 percent are still smoking five or six years later.It is not reasonable to allow the tobacco industry to regulate itself. It is time for health professionals, researchers and government officials to more aggressively regulate the industry.

Smoking and dating for smokers

It was discovered that people who advertise on lonely-heart websites are more likely to smoke than those who don't. Also special websites for dating where smoking is accepted exists. Smokers are able to find single adults whose common desire is to date others whose preference is to be in a relationship with sexy smokers.

You are not going to be surprised that pictures (inside dating websites) getting the greatest number of hits are pictures of non-smokers. People, who click on photographs of advertisers, do not know the person's smoking status at the time, but the percentage of smokers was far lower among the 100 most popular photographs. Anyway smoking is not attractive and it is a turn-off for singles.

In addition, link between smoking and a poor sex life was found. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for health, but the impact of smoking on impotence and erectile dysfunction, and also the effects of smoking on appearance, can be a stronger motivation to give up and stay quit.

08 September 2006

The Tobacco Conspiracy

Billions of dollars are at stake. Millions of deaths result. Top corporate executives sit around the boardroom and discuss ways to improve their market share. Their success depends on keeping you smoking and getting people that don’t smoke to start. It’ s all about the billions.

The tobacco companies have very deep pockets. They have spent billions of dollars in advertising over the years and they know how to keep their customers. They want you to die a smoker. Their bottom line depends on it. And you will if you do not quit.

What if I told you that stopping smoking was easy? That smoking is a body and mind addiction. Yes, body AND mind!

I don’t know anyone that actually picks up a cigarette and goes, “ mmmmm, tastes great!” Do you? Of course not. Your body rejects it. It coughs, hacks, spits, and does everything that it can to tell you this is bad stuff. You started because your mind was thinking how cool you will be, how much older it will make you look and your body is obeyed. Now you are addicted.

Everyone starts this way. EVERYONE. You had to use your mind to convince your body or you would reject it.

I find it fascinating that almost all methods of quitting smoking do not take into consideration the mind. There are pills and patches and inhalers and gums. All these programs have a very low success rate.

Doesn’t it make sense to use the very part of you that started the whole thing - Your mind?? Or course it does.

Everyone starts to smoke for some sort of motivating reason. If I gave you a piece of food that was stinky, burned your throat and made you cough and gag, how many pieces would you eat? I don’t think very many. See, it would be unnatural for you to want more.

Smoking is not natural or everyone would be smoking. You cannot grow a cigarette tree in your backyard or a cigarette plant in your garden. They are not natural. Tobacco may be natural but cigarettes are far more than tobacco with an estimated 4000 ingredients added! The list is highly guarded and protected by law as a trade secret. Imagine that. It’s the public’s health and it’s a trade secret. Something isn’t right.

But one thing that is right is the decision to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is the one thing that will immediately improve your life and the life of those around you. When a person realizes that quitting IS a Body and Mind process it makes the process much easier.

by Rick Saruna

Anti-smoking spots on DVDs

Hoping to reduce teen smoking, attorneys general from more than 35 US states offered movie studios free use of three public service announcements to include on DVDs and videos. They urge movie makers to do the right thing and include these powerful and persuasive anti-smoking ads on all DVDs and videos that depict tobacco use. Studios referred calls to the Motion Picture Association of America.

MPAA spokeswoman Kori Bernards said it was too early to comment on whether studios would accept the offer to use the PSAs. We will formally respond to them in a timely manner and look forward to future discussions with them," Bernards said. She added that the entertainment industry recognizes smoking is a serious health problem, and the MPAA is working with the Harvard School of Public Health on anti-smoking initiatives. Bernards declined to elaborate.

The attorneys general blame films that show smoking for influencing hundreds of thousands of U.S. adolescents to begin lighting up every year. 38 of every 100 youths who tried smoking did so because of their exposure to smoking in movies. The attorneys general said 73 percent of all youth-rated movies show tobacco use.

"This may not be an offer they can't refuse, but it should be an offer studio executives will be happy to accept," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said of the PSAs being offered. The three public service announcements are entitled "Body Bags," "1200" and "Shards O Glass." The anti-smoking messages were created by the American Legacy Foundation, which runs national advertisements designed to prevent teens from smoking.

06 September 2006

There is no "light" nicotine addiction

Why do smokers keep puffing away at a habit they know can kill them and those around them?

Here is a clue: Studies consistently show that about three-quarters of smokers want to quit. Many have tried repeatedly. But the habit wins. That is because it's not a habit, it is an addiction.

After decades of denial, even tobacco industry executives mostly admit that the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. Despite the abundance of cigarettes now labeled "light" and "ultra-light", the amount of nicotine being inhaled by smokers has increased significantly: an average of 10 percent, some higher than 20 percent, from 1998 to 2004. The nicotine levels in some brands went up even more, especially those favored by young smokers.

There were no significant differences in nicotine level among "full flavor", "mild", "light", or "ultra light" cigarettes. Smokers who switch to "lower yield" cigarettes don't lower their nicotine consumption. Tobacco companies have designed their cigarettes to precisely control nicotine delivery levels and provide doses of nicotine sufficient to create and sustain addiction.

05 September 2006

Help your children

You should make tobacco prevention a priority in the life of your child. While many may think of tobacco use as a simple ceremony of passage, it is the first step in a chain of decisions that can negatively affect your child's life, as well as the livelihood of your entire family. More than a third of all kids who ever try smoking a cigarette become regular, daily smokers before leaving high school. In fact, the addiction rate for smoking (the percentage of experimenters who ultimately become habitual users) is higher than the addiction rates for marijuana, alcohol or cocaine.

As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help your children avoid tobacco use:

- Maintain a smoke-free home. A smoke-free home makes children less likely to smoke, even if their parents do. There are no safe levels of tobacco exposure. Also most smoking parents want the best health outcomes for the children, but if they are smoking at home it becomes a case of, "Do as I say, not as I do". Children of smokers face elevated risk for asthma and bronchitis, a risk that often stays with them even after they leave the smoking environment.

- Ask your children's principal, teachers and coaches to ban smoking on all public school campuses and at school-sponsored events.

- If you smoke, quit! Share your struggles with your child. Research shows that children who have a parent who smokes are more likely to smoke and to be heavier smokers at young ages. Also those children have worse behavior problems than those from non-smoking homes. It is very important for smoking parents to realize that it is not just their health, that they must pay attention to the health of their children.

- Do not portray smoking as an adult activity. Children want to be grown up, and are attracted to activities that make them feel independent and mature. Telling children that smoking is an activity that should wait until adulthood sends a bad message that it is OK to smoke.

04 September 2006

Smoking-out Tom and Jerry

When Tom comes at Jerry with a knife, no one bats an eye. When he tries to put him through an egg slicer, everyone chuckles. But when the popular cartoon character takes a drag on a cigarette, that is going too far.

Boomerang, the British children's cartoon channel, said it would cut scenes from two Tom and Jerry episodes. In Texas Tom, Tom tries to draw a female cat's attention by rolling a cigarette, lighting it and smoking it using just one hand. In Tennis Chumps, Tom's rival in a match is shown puffing on a big cigar. It is possible that smoking scenes could also be cut from Tom and Jerry and other cartoons shown in the United States also.

There is a code that broadcasters must adhere to, and the portrayal of various things such as smoking must be editorially justified, smoking must not be featured in children's programming unless there is strong editorial justification, and it must not be condoned, encouraged or glamorized.

02 September 2006

Asthma among children

Maternal smoking can trigger childhood asthma and that it contributes to the development of asthma in adults. With the prevalence of asthma having increased by about 40 to 50 per cent over the past decade in the world, about 10 per cent of the children globally are asthmatic. A child suffering from asthma is susceptible to frequent colds, nocturnal cough, a feeling of breathlessness on exercising, tightness in the chest and wheezing.

A household that has an asthmatic child should avoid carpets, stuffed toys, woolen blankets and pets. Smoking cigarettes and exposure to smoke also worsens the condition. Medications designed to treat asthma, high blood pressure, and depression can lose their effectiveness in combination with nicotine.

Parents' smoking status is one of the most important environmental factors in the health of the child. Many children die from tobacco exposure, and children with household smokers miss an average of six extra school days a year. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to have wheezing, asthma, bronchitis, sudden infant death syndrome, middle-ear disease and other cognitive and behavioral problems.

01 September 2006

If your girlfriend starts smoking

girlfriend starts smoking

- What should you do if your girlfriend starts smoking?
- Slow down and use a lubricant... yeah, but not an oil based one - she may catch fire...

Some more this style jokes:

- He found a better job, got a new gf. All because he stopped smoking.
- I need to start smoking, so then I can quit and all sorta good shit will happen to me...

- So... how long have you stopped smoking for?
- Let me see... about 1 hour 30 min...

30 August 2006

Are you stressed out?

Stress is generally known for its bad effects. A highly stressed person often suffers from a feeling of fatigue, sleeplessness and in severe conditions it leads to nervous breakdown also. Constant headaches, poor sleep, failure of performance are common symptoms of a highly stressed out person. Often people look for temporary reliefs like alcohol, smoking or even drugs.

Even many years after quitting you will still be tempted to smoke again, because you once knew how 'good' it felt like to smoke. You do not have physical addiction to cigarettes anymore but since the behavioral habit was once there, you may feel the need to smoke in certain circumstances. You must recognize this and start taking proper actions to combat this trick of the mind.

Those, who think that 'smoking tobacco release stress', should know that this is not true. In fact, smoking is just a satisfaction of the nicotine addiction. When you light up you just improve your chances to get high blood pressure, heart disease, throat cancer, lung cancer, emphysema, heart attack and other types of cancer. Find an alternative to release your stress. The best way to avoid stress is by doing exercises and relaxing.

Also you should know that stress, a condition that generally leads to tension, restlessness, and mood swings, has good effects too. Stress, at times, acts as a stimulant and silent motivator, which ultimately increases the performance level of an individual. A stressed person always tries to perform well, ending up achieving the unachievable. It acts as a force that pushes a person to try things beyond their limits.

When a person is stressed out there is a surge of adrenaline in his body, hormones are released which make the mind and body more alert and this improves the performance. If experienced constantly stress can lead to fatigue, but if stress comes in a small quantity, it is beneficial. In other words, when there is a balanced amount of stress, performance is maximum.

28 August 2006

Keep Children From Secondhand Smoke

Tobacco smoke is not only harmful to those who are actually smoking, but also to nonsmokers who breathe the same air. Exposure to secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for young children. Bodies of infants and children are still developing, so they are especially vulnerable to the poisons in secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has been found to contain more than 50 carcinogens and at least 250 chemicals that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.

Try to reduce your child's exposure to secondhand smoke whenever possible. While smoking at home and in cars with children presents the most exposure, secondhand smoke in any environment is posing a health risk. If you are a smoking parent, never smoke near your child or in the house. Also ask visitors, friends and family members not to smoke near your children. Be sure to ask passengers riding with you and your kids not to smoke in the car. Any tobacco exposure is bad, so it is better for parents themselves to quit smoking and it is better for their children if they quit smoking.

Smoke exposure causes significant damage and lasting consequences in newborns. Do not smoke or breathe secondhand smoke while you are pregnant. Do not let your children breathe secondhand smoke after they are born. Secondhand smoke's effects on children are not minor, temporary or reversible. Parents need to understand that effects will not go away. If children do not grow healthy lungs when they are supposed to, they will likely never recover. The process is not forgiving and the children are not going to be able to make up this loss later in life.

17 August 2006

Increased heart attack risks

People exposed to cigarette smoke for as little as an hour a day increase their risk of a heart attack by almost a quarter. Those exposed to three hours of passive smoke daily were found to increase their risk by more than 60 percent. Heart attacks were three times as common in smokers than in people who had never smoked.

Chewing tobacco doubled the chances of having a heart attack, as did smoking eight to 10 cigarettes a day. Tobacco use of any kind, including smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, inhaling secondhand smoke and puffing on "bubble" pipes, is seriously bad news for your heart health, because ALL forms of tobacco exposure increase heart attack risks.

Public health efforts to prevent people from starting the habit and promote quitting in current smokers will have a large impact in the prevention of heart attacks worldwide. The good news for smokers is that much of the added risk of a heart attack recedes after quitting - a great reason to kick the tobacco habit for good.

Is not as much choice?

The tobacco companies have promoted the idea that smoking is a matter of personal choice. There really is not as much choice as they have suggested to their customers. Nicotine addiction is as hard to break as heroin or cocaine addiction. By telling smokers that smoking is a personal choice, the tobacco industry has helped to keep its customers in denial about the true extent of their addiction. If smoking is a choice, then what is the rush to quit? The tobacco companies have used this spin to help keep millions of customers buying their deadly products.

Admitting that you are smoking more out of addiction than choice will help motivate you to go on to the next steps - taking control of yourself and becoming a nonsmoker. This admission will further serve you by helping you stay smoke free later. In the months and years after you quit, when temptations to smoke occasionally overpower you - and they will - remind yourself, "I have an addiction and I'm powerless over tobacco." Saying this to yourself in overwhelmed moments of desire will help give you the strength to say no to "just one" cigarette. If you can make it for just five minutes without giving in, the urge to smoke be controllable or disappear. In this way, you will be able to stay smoke free for life.

If you have tried to quit smoking and failed before, take comfort in the fact that most smokers fail several times before quitting successfully. Your past failures are not a lesson that you are unable to quit. Instead, view them as part of the normal journey toward becoming a nonsmoker.

16 August 2006

To get the rest of the world to stop smoking

If Michael Bloomberg is to be remembered as the mayor who helped New York City kick its cigarette habit by clearing the smoke from bars and restaurants and sticking ever higher taxes on tobacco, he would still not be satisfied. His real ambition, he now reveals, is to get the rest of the world to stop smoking as well. A former smoker who gave up 30 years ago, Mr. Bloomberg has announced plans to donate US$125 million of his personal fortune to anti-tobacco causes worldwide.

"There are roughly 5 million people who are killed by tobacco in this world each year, and, unless we take urgent action this century, a billion people will die from smoking," the Mayor declared. "We know how to save millions of lives, and shame on us if we don't do it." Mr. Bloomberg took a political risk after being beginning his first term in 2002 by ejecting cigarettes from nearly all public places in New York City. Just four years later, the bans seem barely controversial and have been replicated in many other cities and countries. Officials estimate that there are 200,000 fewer smokers in the city now and that smoking among teenagers is down about 36 per cent.

15 August 2006

Quitting smoking depression

Quitting smoking, even simply deciding to quit is not easy. It takes the average smoker two to four attempts at quitting to successfully kick the habit, and the process usually is not a pleasant one. Withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, sweating, intestinal pain, respiratory pain and congestion (as a result of the lungs clearing themselves out), irritability, mood swings, insomnia and depression. The good news is that there are millions of happy, healthy ex-smokers as living proof that those symptoms will eventually pass.

Depression is a physical problem, as well as a psychological one, and sometimes positive thinking might not be enough. Possibly, you could involve yourself in some activities you enjoy. Possibilities include going to the gym, volunteer work, joining a club that interests you, going on long walks, or whacking a few buckets of balls at the local driving range. Getting outside as much as possible helps also. It can be helpful to keep your schedule busy, but it can also help to enjoy time with people you like and feel comfortable with.

You may also want to consider that the sadness you are feeling is not just a withdrawal symptom, but a pre-existing condition. Some smokers use nicotine to self-medicate depression, either knowingly or, more often, unconsciously, and quitting can bring those old symptoms back to the surface. It is a challenge to beat smoking. Do it and you will be thanking yourself!

14 August 2006

Any dose of nicotine is wrong

Nicotine patches and gum are one of the most popular methods to quit smoking but the success rate was very poor, with only about 10 per cent actually giving up. This is because people are always using patches that were either too strong - giving them bad side effects like nausea, insomnia and vomiting - or too weak, leaving them with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Moreover, either way if you get the wrong dose of nicotine for your habit you are very likely to go back to smoking. In the same time, some manufacturers of nicotine replacement products promote their products as effective tools to help people manage cravings in areas where they cannot smoke, such as airplanes and restaurants. This would end up in people getting addicted to nicotine replacement products in addition to continuing their smoking habits.

11 August 2006

Weight gain is a reason

The negative impact of smoking on our health is well documented. Yet, some of us still won't quit. There are a lot of people who smoke out there who, among other reasons, are afraid to try to quit smoking cigarettes for the fear of what they think is unavoidable weight gain. A weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds because of smoking cessation is common.

Tobacco contains nicotine and nicotine acts in a number of ways in the body, including elevating metabolism. When you quit and the nicotine begins to leave your body, you may see a marginal amount of short term weight gain, but usually it will be no more than 3 to 5 pounds, mostly due to water retention. The major reason why so many people will gain a significant amount of weight however, has more to do with replacing the smoking habit with excessive eating habits.

Did you gained more than 10 pounds? Look at what you are doing and combat that gain by:

- Keep aware of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat.
- Drink water. Metabolism slows when the body is dehydrated, so make sure to do your part in keeping it elevated.
- Exercise daily. Start slow and gradually increase your activity.

Stopping smoking is an extraordinarily important act and getting used to it will take time. Smoking is the cause of more than 400,000 deaths every year in the United States. It would take a weight gain of over 100 pounds to equal the health risks of smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes your heart rate to increase and you have twice the likeliness to suffer a heart attack than a nonsmoker. Men are 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers are, and women are 12 times more likely.

With a little effort on your part to keep your eating habits in check and incorporate some exercise into your daily routine, weight gain can and will be at least kept down to a minimum when you quit smoking. You will be in better health, feel better, and have a more positive outlook on life when you make the decision to put those cigarettes down for once and for all.

10 August 2006

Sex and the City

If your teens watch "Sex and the City" - the sex is not the only thing you have to worry about. Virtually every teen girl said the show influenced this deadly habit. "Whenever I think of how to smoke, it's the way Sarah Jessica Parker exhales, and I'm like obsessed," one 10th-grader said. "I love her, and the way she exhales is very memorable. She kind of ... elongates her neck and exhales into the air."

Some of the girls said they smoke because they think it makes them look sophisticated, while others say it helps them deal with stress. Some are afraid to stop because they think they will gain weight. "It just goes with everything, you know, your perfectly polished hands," said an 11th-grader who smokes. On the other hand, some of the girls said there is peer pressure to stay away from smoking. One of the things all the girls - smokers and nonsmokers alike - agreed on was that they do not want to be preached to by adults about the issue.

"It's better for it to come from other kids," said a ninth-grader who does not smoke. "You don't want stupid videos about like peer pressure and stuff. You just need something that's not fake."

08 August 2006

Parents who smoke - give up smoking altogether

Babies absorb dangerous chemicals from parents who smoke, even if they take care to light up outside. Up to 90 per cent of the nicotine from cigarette smoke can stick to walls, clothes, hair and skin. The chemicals from this 'third hand smoke' can be swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin of non-smokers, putting babies at particular risk.

The youngsters absorbed the harmful chemicals simply from touching furniture in a smoker's house, or hugging their mothers after they had a cigarette. The risks of second-hand smoke are already known. Babies and children exposed to a smoky atmosphere are twice as likely to have asthma attacks and chest infections, and more likely to need hospital care in their first year of life. They are also at higher risk of cot death.

A nicotine byproduct called cotinine was found in the babies' urine and hair shafts even when their parents took care to smoke outside the house. This was seven times higher than levels found in babies with non-smoking parents. Parents of babies and young children should cut down, if not give up smoking altogether.

03 August 2006

Smoke and drink and up goes the risk!

Oral cancer is a malignant growth that affects any part of the oral cavity, including the lips, upper or lower jaw, tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat. The first symptoms are usually a red or white patch or a lump anywhere in the mouth that lasts for more than a month, or a sore that bleeds easily or does not heal. Symptoms such as difficulty in chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue and jaw come later.

The leading causes of mouth cancer are cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco in any form, such as plug, leaf, and snuff, and heavy alcohol consumption. The most popular practice with adolescent and young adult males is that of "dipping snuff' where a moist tobacco powder, is placed between the cheek and gum and the nicotine and other carcinogens are then absorbed directly through the skin. The combination of smoking and drinking are a particularly lethal duo. Cigarette smoke contains carcinogens that cause mutations and changes in cells that generate the cancer formation, and like lung cancer, oral cancer usually develops in older people.

While most people are aware that smoking is a major factor in mouth cancer not everyone appreciates that heavy drinking is also a risk factor. Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and at least 30,000 new cases of oral and oral pharyngeal cancers are diagnosed each year and are more common in men over age 40.

02 August 2006

Allen Carr - helped millions quit smoking

He has helped millions quit smoking, but now - 23 years after he kicked a 100-a-day habit - Allen Carr has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The 73-year-old anti-smoking guru, who is married with 4 children and 11 grandchildren, found out he had the disease during an unrelated routine medical check. The multi-millionaire was determined to remain optimistic. Mr. Carr said that he remains in high spirits and sees this latest stage in his remarkable life as an opportunity to make his method even more recognized. His method encourages smokers to identify the reasons why they depend on cigarettes and eliminate them.

As well as writing Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking, which has been published in 45 countries, the give-it-up guru has established Easyway clinics in over 30 countries. His business partner, John Dicey, said at the weekend that Carr had "spent many years in smoke-filled rooms delivering his method to smokers; it is part of the clinic process that people actually smoke while there. He is not drawing any conclusions, but Allen feels that if that did contribute, it is a price worth paying, as we estimate he has cured around 10m smokers."

Carr was a very heavy smoker, for a long time, but it is not possible to tell if Allen's cancer is linked to his previous 100-cigarette-a-day addiction. He is certain that had he not quit, he would have been dead 20 years ago. Mr. Carr said, "Since I stopped smoking more than 23 years ago, I have been the happiest man in the world - I still feel the same way."

Smokers should not be fooled into thinking that they can smoke for years and then, by stopping, remove all risk of smoking-related disease. There will always be some residual risk. In the same time it is true that not all smoking-related damage is irreversible. The risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50% in the first year after quitting smoking. Skin health improves surprisingly fast.

It is extraordinary how resilient the body is, it can put up with this insult day after day, year after year, and it forgives you - until about the age of 35. After that, lung capacity and lung health decline anyway, so if they are already damaged, the decline is simply faster. It is much more urgent than smokers realize. All warn, however, that none of this counts as a reason not to stop smoking, and to do it as soon as possible. No matter how long you have smoked, it is always worth quitting.

01 August 2006

Deadly addictive power

There are many health risks in smoking tobacco; it strikes the cardiovascular system, resulting to heart attack, respiratory tract diseases, and even cancer. In spite of these health risks, majority of smokers just find it so difficult to quit, foremost, because all of smokers become addicted to the nicotine contained in tobacco products.

Once people get hooked, smoking becomes a big part of their lives. For those who have been smoking for quite a while already, they may not realize it, but they form some emotional attachment to cigarettes. They find the cigarette calming and comforting during stressful times. Cigarette smoking somehow becomes an extension of their social life, particularly when they are emotionally at the highest or lowest. Smoking is a stubborn habit because it is closely tied to the acts in the course of people's everyday lives.

Nicotine has a deadly addictive power. From lungs, through inhalation, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream just as the oxygen people breathe. It travels with the blood to the brain and makes the smoker feel a euphoric sensation. Smokers find it difficult to quit because they come to be dependent on this good feeling. And in wanting to experience this repeatedly, this leads to addiction.

Regardless of the understanding that smoking habit is killing, addiction to the nicotine incite smoker to light up a cigarette, and, after some time, another one. A person who attempts to quit may experience withdrawal symptoms. Depression, headache, dizziness, cough, fatigue, insomnia and whatever smoker's brain can contrive to the smoker's body and mood to force smoker to light up new cigarette. Smokers find themselves reaching for a cigarette and lighting it up automatically without even thinking about it.

Quitting smoking begins with smoker's intention to stop. Smoker must have the will power to overcome the craving for smoke. Family and friends support are proved to be very helpful. Smokers must understand that to quit smoking may take more than one attempt. It is hard to quit smoking, but with will power and a strategy, quit smoking is not out of the question.

27 July 2006

Easy quit smoking plan

Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times."

Successful quitting is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck. Once you've made a decision to quit, do give yourself enough time to prepare and come up with a plan.

Pick a quit date as your Quit Day. This is a very important step. List your reasons for quitting and put the list where you will see it often.

Tell your family, friends and colleagues that you are going to quit and ask for their support. You have better chances to quit, if you have help. Tell friends and family about your Quit Day.

Avoid common mistakes that may hurt a quit attempt. Reduce or stay away from alcohol. Avoid people and places where you are tempted to smoke.

Saving money is just one more good reason to quit smoking. Give yourself a financial incentive. It may be a nice piece of jewelry you have always wanted, a new car, an extended vacation or cruise.

You will have an easier time quitting with exercise added to your smoking cessation plan. Benefits of exercise include stress reduction, reduced depression and craving for nicotine, improved mood, confidence and physical conditioning.

The best thing you can do to stay smoke-free is to prepare yourself long before your quit date. Plan exactly how you will get through cravings. Decide what you'll do before the quit day hits. Put all your energy into your new healthy life, and you can successfully quit smoking.

26 July 2006

Films influence children to smoke

One brow arched, the villain eyes his helpless victim with disdain. He lights up a smoke and slowly circles his nemesis, relishing the moment. He pauses to exhale and then tosses the cigarette to the ground, crushing it under his ominous black boot as if it were his enemy.

Scenes such as this one are found in countless Hollywood movies. From the menacing bad guy to the sexy leading lady, many actors depend on smoking to convey a certain attitude or persona. Tobacco's starring role in the movies may be building up to a dangerous plot twist for teens.

Films influence children to smoke because it's a tremendously powerful emotional medium and the presentation of smoking in movies effectively functions as subliminal advertising. As is the case with all effective subliminal advertising, susceptible children are reaching for the cancer-causing sticks in droves without thinking about the consequences. And why shouldn't they? After all, it's not often that Hollywood shows a central character who smokes later dying of lung cancer or emphysema.

There is a long-standing relationship between the tobacco industry and the film industry that goes back decades. A press release issued by Philip Morris USA in March states, "Although some continue to believe that the appearance of cigarette brands and brand imagery in movies and television shows is the result of product placement by tobacco companies, Philip Morris USA continues to deny all product-placement requests for its brands." Philip Morris USA may not partake in product placement — but Philip Morris International might. Philip Morris International is not bound to the 1999 agreement and is free to offer money in exchange for product screen time.

In response to Big Tobacco's persistent presence in movies, many organizations are striving to put stricter policies in place regarding smoking. But while few people publicly praise the use of tobacco imagery on the big screen, just as few seem to vocally denounce it. Advocates note that the key is a proactive approach by audiences and studios alike. There are people who are individually doing the right thing, but no one in Hollywood has come forward to take a leadership position on this.

A pair of smoking jokes

Three kayakers paddled 10 kilometers through heavy seas from one island to another. The first kayaker said "I paddled it in 2 hours." The second kayaker said "I paddled it in one and a half hours because I had a wind at my back." The third kayaker said "I paddled it in 30 minutes." The first and second kayaker asked the third kayaker, "How ever did you do that. That's amazing." The third kayaker replied, "Because I had run out of cigarettes."

Two voices, one male and one female, overheard on a plane:
"I think everyone's asleep, let's go"
"This one's empty ... no-one's looking... you go in first"
"It's a bit cramped - let me sit down"
"Have you got the condom? Quick - put it on"
Sniff sniff
"Ah perfume - you think of everything"
"This is great....." (long sigh)
Static on the loud speaker then a new voice.
"This is the captain speaking, to those two people in the rear toilet. We know what you're doing and it is expressly forbidden by airline regulations... Now put those cigarettes out and take the condom off the smoke detector!"

24 July 2006

Women in fear to weight gain

Nearly half of female smokers refuse to quit smoking for fear of gaining weight. They say - "If I quit, I’ll gain weight." Yes, most smokers do gain a little weight when the stop, however, they only gain about three kilograms on average, a far less damaging risk compared to health problems arising from continued smoking. People should switch to a light diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables a few weeks before they stop smoking.

Nearly half of women say they were addicted to cigarettes, and they are not ready to give up. Almost every former smoker and non-smoker women say they do not want to poison their body and that the smell of smoke upset them. Only about one-third does not smoke because it disturbs their partner.

23 July 2006

No desire to smoke

It is quite remarkable that people wouldn’t stop smoking after trying their first cigarette, which usually causes coughing and nausea. However, many smokers enjoy the taste and smell of tobacco smoke so they carry on with this potentially deadly habit. Sometimes the habit of smoking creates satisfaction and relaxation itself. For some, it is a social habit and makes them feel like they are part of the crowd. This is mainly the case with people who are timid. Having something to do with their hands when they are around people helps them to feel more in control and self-confident.

When a person develops an addiction, there are two components to it. One of these is a physical addiction to the substances themselves. The other is a psychological dependence. Surprisingly enough breaking the physical addiction with cigarettes is very easy. In fact, if you think about it you sleep through the night for about eight hours without thinking or waking up for a cigarette. Yet, when you are awake you may be a chain smoker, lighting one after the other. If the physical need was that great, you would wake up in the night. Any physical need dissipates within days.

Smoking to a smoker is a means of obtaining nicotine and the craving for that nicotine is going to be no less when you tell him or her that it's delivered by a health destroying, cancer instigating, stroke inducing, emphysema causing, heart attack inducing cigarette. Nicotine is delivered fast to the bloodstream and fast to the brain where it is wanted. Smoking takes less than 10 seconds to get the nicotine to the brain and that is important because the cravings are short lived but intense.

Once you can understand that nicotine addiction is the problem and you understand that you must overcome that addiction, you build on your chances to stop smoking. Smokers are motivated to quit smoking, but motive does not necessarily provide means and opportunity. If smoking is to be overcome, smokers must believe that they have no desire to smoke. Understanding how they can reach the point of not desiring a cigarette is key in removing the perennial problem of relapsing ex-smokers. No one ever said it was easy but millions quit every year so it can be done.

21 July 2006

Maternal smoking

Children whose mothers smoked during late pregnancy are more likely to take up the habit as teenagers. Smoking during late pregnancy and continuing as the children grew up influenced smoking in teenagers. Maternal smoking during pregnancy has a direct biological effect on the foetal brain.

In addition, the likelihood of teenagers taking up smoking could be assessed from as early as five years and is predicted by looking at a range of problems. The most significant risk factors at the age of five, including family, social and child risk factors are maternal smoking and alcohol use, being unmarried, having a partner who had ever been arrested, having four or more children, child aggression at five years.

Call your doctor

You should call your doctor if:

• You continue to wheeze and cough for more than 1 month, especially at night or when you are active.

• You continue to cough for more than 1 month and sometimes have a bad tasting fluid come up into your mouth.

• You have a cough, you feel very sick and weak, and you have a high fever that doesn’t go down.

• You cough up blood.

• You have trouble breathing when you lie down.

20 July 2006

Parents who smoke should quit smoking

Anti-smoking lessons in the classroom to keep schoolchildren and teens from lighting up are not effective. There is some evidence that school programs incorporating social influence models can affect smoking behavior in the short term, but they were not statistically significant.

More and more studies are coming out every day that clearly indicate secondhand smoke is the culprit for many illnesses. Moreover parents are the most important role models in children's lives, and if they engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as smoking, chances are their children will too. Children whose parents smoke are twice as likely to become smokers as children of nonsmoking parents.

Parents who smoke should quit smoking, before the destructive addiction becomes their children's lethal legacy.

19 July 2006

Tobacco Kills / Smoking Kills

"Tobacco Kills / Smoking Kills" - such health warnings would be mandatory on all tobacco products soon failing which the sellers would attract stringent penalty including imprisonment. Other health warnings that could appear on tobacco packages include 'skull and bones sign' or a pictorial representation of ill effects of tobacco use and a health message. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packing and Labeling) Rules 2006 make it mandatory that every package of cigarette or any other tobacco product shall contain the specified health warning.

The new rules would come into effect next year to allow the trade and industry to make the necessary changes in their trade practices. Any person who produces or manufactures cigarettes or tobacco products without the specified warning shall in the case of first conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. Even the person who sells or distributes cigarettes or tobacco products without the specified warning shall be liable to punishment.

16 July 2006

Warn children about smoking's dangers

Parents and schools need to teach children about the dangers of smoking so those children can make informed choices when they become adults. Although there are programs at schools and in the community, children need ongoing education about the dangers of smoking and nicotine.

Here are some tips to help parents teach about those dangers and keep them informed:

• Do not smoke. Your children are 50 percent more likely to smoke if you do. Don't allow smoking in your home.

• Your rules about tobacco use must be clear. Make sure they know that if they break the rules, there are consequences and they will be enforced.

• Eat dinner together. This way you hear about their day on the day it happened and you can answer any questions that come up.

• Know your child's friends.

• Know the days they get out of school early and where they are.

• Role-play saying no to tobacco.

• Discuss the 4,000 chemicals and 40 carcinogens in tobacco. Relate it to household products. It is OK to be graphic. "Arsenic is what is in rat poison," "Ammonia is what we clean our toilet with," "Formaldehyde is used for embalming people after they die."

• Talk about the type of appeals tobacco companies are using: glamour, popularity, fun.

15 July 2006

Smoking 'not a right'

One more time for all of the smokers who seemed to be lost in a fog of their own making: Smoking is not a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. It is ludicrous to repeatedly read quotes from smokers about their "right" to smoke being taken away. Smokers have no more right to generate cancer-causing fumes in a public place than I have to urinate in public.

Thankfully, there are laws against the latter practice, and we can pass a law against the former if our elected officials have the courage... And, while I'm at it, throwing cigarette butts out a car window is littering. Smokers do not have a right to litter, even though many believe they are above the law.

14 July 2006

Poor die more quickly from smoking

Poor men are twice as likely to die early than those in wealthier families - and half the difference is because of smoking, a new study shows. In Britain poor men are nearly five times more likely to die of smoking than the rich.

Widespread cessation of smoking could eventually halve the absolute differences between these social strata in the risk of premature death. All men who smoke play Russian roulette with their lives but the odds are heavily stacked against those in lower income groups as they are much more likely to smoke.