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.