27 December 2007

Exercise is Better Way to Boost your Metabolism than Smoking

Exercise is Better Way to Boost your Metabolism than SmokingCigarette smoking forces the heart to beat faster. The smoker's heart may beat up to 20 times more per minute, when a cigarette is inhaled. Smokers should know that the most common cause of smoking-related death is extra stress on the heart by smoking. A smoking habit of 20 cigarettes a day puts the same amount of stress on the heart as 90 pounds of extra weight would.

When smoker stops smoking, heart rate slows down somewhat, causing metabolism to drop slightly. Even with retarded metabolism, which is the signal to a slight weight gain, smoker can take steps to build metabolic rate back up in ways that benefit health rather than destroy it, as smoking does. If weight gain due to quitting smoking is something you fear or is a reality you are struggling with, use exercise to boost metabolism and minimize weight gain.

Exercise burns calories and boosts metabolism for up to 24 hours after working out. Nicotine use triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Exercise also releases this same brain chemical, but in a healthy way that allows us to enjoy the pleasant effects of dopamine without risking our health to do it. Exercise breaks down fat and releases it into the bloodstream.

Increase your level of daily activity, this will help you keep your weight stable as you recover from nicotine addiction and provide you with other important benefits as well, but be sure to check in with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you wasn't active before.

Take five.
The next time you feel tense or have the urge to smoke, head out for a brisk 5-minute walk up the street and back. It works wonders for snapping you out of a bad mood and gets your heart pumping too.

Park at the back of the lot.
Do not patrol the parking lot looking for the space that is closest to the entrance of the building. Head for the back of the lot and take advantage of the opportunity to add a few more steps to your day.

Use the stairs.
Even if you climb the stairs every other time you need to move from one level to another, you are benefiting your health and helping your waistline.

Get your hands dirty.
Otherwise known as gardening, digging in the dirt is good for the spirit. And yes, it burns calories too.

Breathe deep and embrace your yard work.
Everything from mowing the lawn to raking leaves counts as exercise, and potentially a significant amount at that.

Use housework as a tool.
While this may not be the way you'd prefer to get your exercise, housework is a part of daily life for just about all of us. Make the most of yours by doing your household chores at a strong, steady pace. You will burn more calories than you might imagine.

Also, try to schedule time for sports a few times a week as you move through the smoking cessation process. Walking and swimming are two low-impact activities that are good for just about everyone. And remember, be sure to get your doctor's approval before committing to a new exercise routine.

Swimming
Swimming is a very low impact way to exercise your body and refresh yourself at the same time. If you don't have a local club that offers public swims, check with area hotels. They often allow non-guests to use their pool/exercise facilities for a small fee.

Dancing
Whether it is in your living room to a piece of favorite music, or a night out at the club with friends, dancing is a fun way to be active. You don't have to be a good dancer to enjoy this form of exercise and burn many calories while you're at it.

Walking
A good pair of walking shoes is the only equipment you need to get started with this form of exercise. Walk the neighborhood on sunny days, or, if the weather is bad, walk the circumference of the mall. Or use a treadmill to get your daily steps in indoors.

Bicycling
Bicycling is a wonderful way to work your body while enjoying the benefits of being outdoors. Pack a water bottle and a light snack, and head out on your bike to explore your surroundings.

Strength Training
Especially important for those of us who are getting older, strength training builds muscle mass and slows bone loss while boosting metabolic rate.

Yoga
Yoga improves balance while strengthening the body. It also benefits mood by helping us let go of stress that we often unconsciously carry along with us day to day. If you have never tried yoga, follow the link below to learn more about it.

Every little bit of movement counts when it comes to fighting quitting smoking weight gain, not to mention general health benefits. Be creative and committed to adding regular exercise into your life, and think of physical activity as an important tool in your quitting smoking toolbox. Use it to boost metabolism, mood, and ultimately, your motivation to successful nicotine addiction quitting and healthy, vivid life.

21 December 2007

Smoke Less to Quit Smoking Easy

Smoke Less to Quit Smoking EasyIn the study, funded by the US National Cancer Institute, 20 healthy adult smokers smoked their usual brand for a week and then followed six weeks of smoking cigarettes with progressively decreased nicotine content. One fourth of the smokers quit smoking completely while the study was in progress. The rest return to their usual commercial cigarette brand, at the end of this period. However, when tested one month later, they were smoking about 40 per cent fewer cigarettes a day, with a comparable reduction in nicotine intake. So, this new research on reduced-nicotine content cigarettes strongly counters the idea that reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes would lead to smoking more cigarettes.

Therefore, tobacco products with the reduction of the nicotine yields make cigarettes less harmful. But other study revealed that low tar, low nicotine cigarettes impair blood flow through the heart as severely as regular cigarettes. Scientists say cigarettes marketed as low-nicotine do not work because they have high nicotine content and are "engineered" - made with highly porous paper and have ventilation holes above the filter - to deliver more nicotine when the smoker takes more frequent and bigger puffs.

There is easy way to reduce smoker's nicotine intake. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, try to smoke smaller quantity of cigarettes until your final one and you will be rewarded for your efforts. This reduction will minimize cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms during smoking cessation process. It is safe to say that smoking cessation process starts, when you initiate changes like decreasing amount of smoked cigarettes in your everyday smoking routine.

19 December 2007

Mind Sync Quit Smoking Audio Technology

Mind Sync Quit Smoking Audio TechnologyRythmic sounds can change the way that we feel. Buddhist monks use drums and chimes to help them maintain deep meditative states. Our brains appear to have four distinct bands of activity:

- Beta - Altertness / focus / clear thinking (13-40 HZ)
- Alpha - Relaxation / visualization / creativity (7-12 HZ)
- Theta - Meditation / intuition / memory (4-7 HZ)
- Delta - Detached awareness / healing / sleep (0-4 HZ)

Each state can be generated by listening to specially designed computer generated audio. 4.5 beats/second tends for example to generate theta brain waves. Our minds appear to automatically synchronise with the audio signal remarkably easily. The direct suggestions within the hypnotherapy audio greatly increase the relaxation effect of the underlying Mind Sync audio. There has been considerable research into these effects and these approaches should not be viewed as being in any sense esoteric.

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10 December 2007

Save your Legs, Lungs and Entire Life

Save your Legs, Lungs and Entire LifeSmoking is deadly addiction. Cigarette smoking is a proven reason of extremely unpleasant health conditions and the most well known are heart attack, lung cancer, and emphysema. But smokers should know that heavy smoking causes reduced blood supply to the leg muscles and as a result leg pains and increased risk of clots in legs. Clots are able to travel to the lung and create blockages - or pulmonary embolisms - that stop the supply of oxygen to the heart.

Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease. This disease is a narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. This can lead to such severe narrowing that the limb becomes starved of blood and is damaged severely, sometimes requiring amputation. So, if you are smoker, set your quit day, ask for your friends and family support, and save your money, limbs, lungs and entire life!

08 December 2007

Easy to Understand, But Hard to Use

Easy to Understand, But Hard to Use
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.


Do you want to know a little secret that will help you to quit? Of course, you do. However, you already know it. To quit smoking successfully you should want to quit smoking more than to keep smoking. If you think that you sincerely want to quit, but are not able to, you are mistaken, truly!

If you try to list your reasons to quit smoking, it will be obvious health reasons probably. Of course, you, like most people don't want to get lung cancer, a heart attack or a stroke, and like the idea to live long enough to see your grandchildren grow up. These reasons are good reasons to quit smoking, certainly, but they will not help you quit smoking, just because they deal with probable variants of your future, not your present-day life.

Sure, you might get lung cancer, you might have a heart attack or a stroke, you might die young and miss out on seeing your grandchildren grow up, but you might not! You are not likely to break a strong nicotine addiction based on what might happen. Your mind will work hard to assure you that it will not happen to you!

So, you should list more reasons that important for you right now. For instance, you can list health problems that you are already experiencing. Your list should indicate things in your life that you are truly unhappy about and are strongly motivated to change. In order to stop your nicotine addiction, you need new thoughts and desires as weapons to be stronger than your cravings to smoke!

04 December 2007

The Best Ways to Stay Smoke-Free Throughout Holiday

The Best Ways to Stay Smoke-Free Throughout HolidaySmoking cessation challenge turn out to be even more complicated during the holiday season. It is a demanding time of year for most people, but there are many ways to reduce stress and relax. Use this information to stay smoke-free throughout holiday.

Do you know that sex is a great stress-relieving practice? The various benefits of sex work very well on the way to reducing stress. Unfortunately, most people have less sex than they should have with their high stress levels.

Cravings to smoke seem to be stronger when you are tired or did not have enough sleep last night. Get enough sleep at night, and take a power nap during the day to be able to manage cravings and reduce stress.

Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein complex carbohydrates is great fuel for your body. One of the main ingredients of healthy diet is water. Avoid too much caffeine to stay awake. Enough water and balanced diet will make you feel better in general, which will help you manage holiday stress more easily.

Exercise provides a distraction from stressful situations, giving your mood a natural boost. When the urge to smoke strikes, take a quick walk and you will come back refreshed and relaxed. Another easy way to reduce stress is deep breathing. Breathe in through your nose for a count of three and exhale through your mouth for a count of three. Repeat this for a while, and stress level will lessen.

Make a list of things you would like to accomplish and prioritize them. Sometimes less is more! Enlist the help of others to complete holiday tasks. Involve family members and friends; they are usually happy to help if asked. Decide what things must be done, and what things could be let go if need be.

Take a few minutes to connect with someone you care about. Your spirits will be lifted, and chances are you will lift theirs too. Spend some time reflecting on all of the things in your life that you are grateful for. It is a simple, yet powerful way to pull out of a slump and renew yourself. Keep your focus and meet the challenges that come along with confidence. You can do this, and you will thank yourself when the holidays are behind you and you are still smoke-free.

30 November 2007

What does Smoking Really Mean to You?

What does Smoking Really Mean to You?All smokers have a mental wall between smoking habit and the severe reality of the damage from every cigarette smoked. Lie allows smokers to light up with some level of comfort. And because smoking is usually a slow killer, those lies support the structure of wall of denial for years and years.

With the lapse of time, most smokers find that the wall begins to fall down, and bit by bit, smoking becomes a terrible, anxious activity. They find themselves feeling miserable, weak and desperate. At that instant, most smokers start seriously thinking about how they might find a way to quit smoking for good.

A crucial step in the recovery process from nicotine addiction involves breaking through that wall of denial to put smoking in the correct light. Nicotine addiction is in smoker's thoughts and feelings that control smoker. Smokers think of cigarettes as a part of their lives or even as a friend.

How smokers can change the meaning of something that has become so firmly attached to their lives? Smokers need to learn to see cigarettes not as the friend or buddy they cannot live without, but as the horrific killers they truly are. Control your thoughts and shape your attitude to addiction in right way and corrections in thinking will have desired effect.

If you never change the relationship you have with cigarettes, the chains of addiction will continue to hold you tight. Change the way you think and you can free yourself in an instant. But, remember, quitting smoking is not a race. Take the time to clear the addiction you have to your cigarettes, and you won’t be overwhelmed with thoughts of smoking in the years to come.

If you are thinking that it is time to quit smoking, or just need some motivation to keep going, educate yourself about nicotine addiction. Though most smokers avoided reading information about smoking cessation, education about nicotine addiction is powerful. It will remove the blinders, teach you what to expect as you go through the smoking cessation process, and most importantly, education will help you begin to change what smoking means to you.

28 November 2007

Look At What Has Happened To Me And Tell Me Smoking Is Worth It

Look At What Has Happened To Me And Tell Me Smoking Is Worth ItIsaac keery, 62, who had a lung removed after being told he had just a year left to live is urging smokers to think twice about lighting up.

Mr Keery, was diagnosed with cancer last April and told he could expect to live just 12 months if he didn't have his left lung taken out.

Recalling the moments when he was given the heart wrenching news an emotional Isaac said: "It didn't dawn on me how serious things were until a Macmillan Nurse spoke to me at the hospital after my x-ray and scan results were in. I kept thinking, "am I really going to die?"

Six months on after his diagnosis Isaac is asking smokers to give up the habit.

He said, "I used to smoke 20-30 roll ups a day before I became ill, but when I was told about the cancer I was smoking up to 75 a day. My nerves were wrecked, I knew I shouldn't but I just couldn't help myself."

"I want to get the message across to people that smoking could claim your life. People will normally dismiss calls to stop but, when I show them my scars they are shocked and left speechless."

Isaac's great sense of humour and the support of his family has clearly helped him on his road to recovery but he realises that life is precious and treasures every minute he has.

He joked: "I told my doctor that I am hanging around until my youngest grandson is married, he's three."

19 November 2007

Already Quitted? What's your next goal?

Quitting Smoking Life Goals
Goals are dreams with deadlines.

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

Many ex-smokers forgot about their struggle with smoking, all quitting smoking drama, and finally forgot their pride of leaving this unmitigated evil behind not long after smoking cessation process. There is no doubt that it's not good to forget any experience, and it's not good to stop self-perfection process.

Do you remember a man that gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food? He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. So, maybe, it is not good idea to implement new great life changes for ex-smoker, who quitted smoking three or less months ago, it is too early to make some other movements. However, it's not good if you can't praise yourself for something more than one year old quitting smoking triumph. You must have some further ideas of self-development.

First, ex-smoker needs to give priority to personal goals, but, certainly, one of the most important goals is health. Many of ex-smokers not have the time in their busy schedule (or have strong enough reasons) to implement a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but ex-smoker should try to follow through plain health principles such as enough sleep, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

Goal setting is a powerful process that helps ex-smoker choose where to go in life. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. Decide what you want to do with your life, and what major goals you want to achieve, and then divide these into the smaller and smaller aims that you must strike to reach your lifetime goals. Finally, once you have your plan, start working on it.

When you have achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so, as you did when finally quitted. With the experience of having achieved this goal, observe the progress you have made towards other goals. Adjust your goals regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if some goals do not hold any magnetism any longer, then let them go.

Goal setting is an important technique of motivating yourself; deciding what is important for you to achieve in your life; separating what is important from what is irrelevant, or a distraction; and building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals. If you don't already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this method part of your life, you will wonder how you did without it!

12 November 2007

A Good Night's Sleep Rewards

A Good Night's Sleep Rewards
People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!


Those people, who smoke a pack a day have problems falling asleep and when they do, it not as deep. Also, the ones who go through withdrawal symptoms are going to have some problems with night's sleep. If you are having difficulties getting to sleep at night, try a few of these advices to ease your discomforts.

Here is couple of things you should avoid to enhance your chances of getting a great sleep.

- Try drinking less coffee, make your cups weaker. Caffeine can take about six hours to leave your system and, without nicotine, your body absorbs much more of this stimulant, which can make you restless, and irritable. Even one cup of coffee in the morning can affect sleep quality hours later. Women tend to metabolize caffeine much slower than men.

- Try not go for thinking, planning, worrying before your night's sleep. It will have your brain whirring. Try to relax your mind, and keep work and money problems outside your bedroom. Remember, that irritability, depression, and anxiety are closely connected to the physical action of nicotine leaving your body and will lessen over one to three weeks.

And even more tips that will help you sleep:

- A warm bath to calm your body. This is one of easiest ways to relax and distress.

- Make sure you turn the television and computer off an hour before you going to bed. This gives time to prepare yourself for sleep.

- Keep a regular sleep schedule. While it may feel good to get a bit of sleep in during the day, if you are suffering from insomnia, you need to skip the naps. Try to get up earlier; it will help you shift your internal clock so that you’re sleepy come bedtime.

- Relaxing before bedtime, which is the best way to get to sleep, tries a progressive muscle relaxation technique. Exchange a back and/or foot massage with your partner before bed. Listen to some soothing music or some sounds of nature.

- Get some exercise. Exercising regularly can help you sleep. Even a short 15-minute walk will help. But make sure you complete your exercise a few hours before going to bed.

- Create a peaceful sleeping environment. Embrace the darkness. Lower the temperature of the bedroom before sleep. Comfortably cool temperature makes the body ready for sleep. Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible.

- Things that you do for good health are essential and will directly improve your quality of sleep. Having a regular exercise, eating a healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables may help to improve your quality of sleep.

Night's sleep is perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of healthy lifestyle. People who suffer from insomnia are experience reduced concentration, are more likely to make mistakes and have a slower reaction time. Sleep gives the brain time to organize data in its memory, repair damaged cells, tissue, muscles and give the cardiovascular system a break. Sleep helps bring more energy, and help you to look younger and improve your appearance. Remember, the physical withdrawal phase of quitting tobacco is a temporary condition. Your sleep patterns will return to normal soon. Good night! Sleep tight!

02 November 2007

Number-One Cancer Killer Not What You Think

Number-One Cancer Killer Not What You ThinkTwo-thirds of women inaccurately believed breast cancer to be the leading cause of cancer death among women, but in fact lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in America. Lung Cancer is the disease that claims more American lives than any other cancer. Smokers should know better and expect related health problems when they smoke and give enough attention to lung cancer treatment and prevention.

Lung cancer accounts for twenty-eight percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, and more Americans lose their lives to lung cancer annually than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. This news further underscores the need for continued research and awareness about prevention and treatment of this disease. Eighty-five percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer are current or former smokers, whom many perceive as having had the power to avoid a lung cancer diagnosis if only they had been able to quit. However, nicotine is highly addictive, and that while seventy percent of smokers want to quit, many lack the tools and resources to quit for good.

When considering patients with lung cancer, many Americans treat them with a "you should have known better" attitude, which fails to acknowledge the young age at which most smokers start and the highly addictive nature of nicotine. We need to be supportive of smokers trying to quit, more empathetic to people and families suffering from lung cancer, and more vigilant in ensuring more research and funding is devoted to lung cancer. Former President Bush's message says: "Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is a national tragedy killing thousands each year, leaving behind devastated families. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. If you or a loved one smoke, get the help you need to quit now."

29 October 2007

Make Your Own List of Reasons to Quit Smoking

List of Reasons to Quit SmokingThere are many reasons to quit – from saving money to improved health. Cigarettes are priced anywhere from $4 to over $6 per pack. So if you smoke one pack a day, and quit, that easily converts to a savings of over $2,000 a year. You have fresher breath, whiter teeth, and unstained fingers. You will be sick less often, heal faster, and within 24 hours after quitting chance of a heart attack will be reduced.

But from these common quit smoking reasons you should move to more personals reasons that will motivate you further. If you are serious about quitting smoking, you should make your personal list of the reasons. Why do you want to quit smoking? Was it fear of a smoking-related disease? Or maybe it is hate to smoker's cough that is a signal of lung damage. Do you like the smell of your clothes? Do you want the nicotine dependency make you feel weak and helpless for the rest of your life? Put some reasons on your own list right now, and it wouldn't take a long time to add other reasons later as well.

By focusing your thoughts on your own personal reasons for quitting, you are laying the foundation for successful smoking cessation. It all starts in your mind, and once you get your thoughts moving in the right direction, taking action will come more easily. It's like a snowball rolling downhill. Concentrate your thoughts onto that sheet of paper, and you will begin to gain positive power. Once you start that process, you'll be amazed how fast you will be able to change your life for the better. Make your list!

23 October 2007

Hypnotherapy For Smoking Cessation

Hypnotherapy For Smoking CessationSome smokers may be more likely to quit smoking with hypnotherapy than using other smoking cessation methods. For these smokers one hypnotherapy session is more likely to help than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or quitting "cold turkey".

When you say, "Quitting is so hard, I just can't imagine I will ever be able to stop", you are asking you body to crave a cigarette. Instead, you should close your eyes, relax, and imagine yourself in a future when you no longer a smoker. Make it as real as you can, adding in a visual experience as well as the sounds, the smells, the emotions, etc.

Spend time in your fantasy future, take a trip on your future time line to a time when you have completely forgotten about smoking, and then let yourself look back on the time line and remember how easy it was for you to stop. Now, let yourself really feel the freedom you have. Feel that you no longer are owned by cigarettes, that your thoughts are your own, that you are free to choose what you want to do and where you want to go, without cigarettes coming into your thoughts. Spend lots of time here in the future, and let your mind take these future resources with you to your present day.

Any time you think you want a cigarette, stop, and remind yourself that the urge will be gone in a moment. Do not say you won't want a cigarette, or you won't want to smoke. Use words like satisfied and comfortable that describe the way you want to feel. Drink a big glass of water. Take three very deep slow breaths. Close your eyes, tell yourself that when you exhale on the third deep breath you will feel completely satisfied, and tell your brain to access a new feeling. It is possible that even with these simple self-hypnosis sessions, water, and oxygen, your positive future image of being a nonsmoker will become your present. Also welcome to use links to some great hypnosis products available on the market at the left.

16 October 2007

Quitting and Quitting, Again and Again

Quitting and Quitting, Again and AgainIf you gonna look into today news about quitting smoking you will find many articles. One will tell you "If you're thinking of quitting smoking, perhaps your mobile phone can help you..." It's about new mobile phone application that will nag you about quitting smoking just as you are about to go on a cigarette break. This application uses the information filled by you in an online questionnaire about your smoking habits and sending an SMS text message at the times you're most like to get the urge to go on a fag break.

In other news article you are able to know that there is new software photo tool that morphs your photo into what you will look like in 10, 20, 30 plus years. Moreover, it ages the picture as a smoker and as a non-smoker. The results for smokers would be upsetting. The smoker picture showed more lines and more discoloration along the cheek line and jaw area.

In the third article, you can even find the words: "if smokers cannot quit, safer nicotine products must be made available as alternatives." Maybe it is important to read all these news and know that there are some "safer nicotine products", but there is an opinion that it's not required or even can be detrimental to your desire to stop smoking, because it's not good for you to think about quitting smoking.

You should modify quitting smoking aspiration into more positive goals. Try to think how nice it would be to live without mandatory cigarette after meal, coffee or sex, without everyday nicotine painful duties. Think about your plans that you will realize with more strength, because you are going to stop losing your power smoking those stinking cigarettes. Start planning your life not only as smoking free, but also as healthy, bright and vivid adventure, smoker or non-smoker will feel envious looking at.

08 October 2007

Do Not Even Try to Quit Smoking

Do Not Even Try to Quit SmokingAre you trying to quit smoking, but fail every time? Well, most probably you fixated on the idea of quitting smoking. Maybe you are thinking about quitting smoking all the time. These thoughts slowly change to the idea to smoke another cigarette, and after some time, one more. You think that it is impossible to break down this order. This chain seems to be as firm as steel chain.

It is impossible to quit smoking, really. If you think that it's just a question of willpower, you probably will fail in every attempt to quit smoking. If you think that you stand upon the idea to quit smoking, you most likely will not succeed. When you are talking about quitting smoking, it seems that you are talking about losing some part of your life. If you tell your friends that you are going to quit smoking, almost all of them will certainly doubt that your attempt will be successful. And in all probability, they are going to be right.

The meaning of phrase "quit smoking" is doubtful. If you have slept for 8 hours, you definitely quit smoking 8 hours ago. If you have seen movie in cinema you quit smoking 2 hours ago. What is the difference between these people and those ones, who stopped smoking 1 month ago, or even 1 year ago? There are many examples when people return to smoking after long abstention from it. These people do not quit smoking; they just did not smoke for some time.

Do you think that it is possible to quit smoking? You haven't stopped to read this article yet, so you think that it is possible to quit smoking somehow. You hope that author of this article will tell you some magic and easy ways to quit smoking that will help you to quit smoking fast and pain-free. No, it will not happen. Most of smokers will go through negative experience during smoking cessation process. Nicotine addiction is strong, and there is no way to relieve you of responsibility for your past decision to be nicotine addict. It is impossible to forget taste of your "favorite" cigarettes. You will remember this taste even when you will be 100 years old and it will be no problem for you to light up and smoke a cigarette.

Do you want to know how you can live without cigarettes and without nicotine addiction? To begin with, stop thinking about quitting smoking. Accent your intentions on a healthy lifestyle, your life goals, and the joy of life. Life will return favor to you without fail. If you do not smoke for some time, please, enjoy you smokeless life, enjoy fragrance of flowers, feel your own quality perfume, be glad that your family is free from secondhand smoke. You should feel more power, enjoy more spare time, more money and use these resources better than before.

You should know what you will do during a coffee break, when you will have knotty problem, or find yourself in stress situation. The best way to deal with this kind of problems is positive thinking. Just say: "I am happy and successful person, I solved my nicotine addiction problem and I am going to solve this new problem without cigarettes too".

If you are grateful for the opportunity to continue your life without harmful smoke, if you are happy every new day, and can do something for this positive perception of the world, you will never return to hopeless routine of everyday smoking. Think positively, feel joy of life, live without smoke.

04 October 2007

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30 September 2007

Warning: Big Tobacco Targets Women and Girls

Camel No. 9: Targeting Women and Girls - Glamour, October 2007 Issue
It comes in a shiny black box with flowery hot pink or teal borders. Camel No. 9, the name says in lettering that looks suspiciously like that of a famous perfume. "Light and luscious" reads the enticing slogan. "Loathsome and lethal" would be more accurate. Camel No. 9 cigarettes, introduced in January 2007 by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR), are the latest entry in Big Tobacco's long history of marketing cigarettes to women and girls. The result has been devastating for women's health.

While RJR claims that it is marketing only to women, its advertising and promotions tell a different story. Slick ads for Camel No. 9 have run in magazines popular with girls, including Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and InStyle. Find out Glamour, October 2007 Two-page Spread Promotion at the top. Promotional giveaways include berry lip balm, cell phone jewelry, cute little purses and wristbands, all in hot pink.

Camel No. 9 continues a long history of tobacco industry targeting of women and girls that dates back to the 1920s. In the 1960s, Philip Morris introduced the first brand specifically manufactured for women, Virginia Slims, with the marketing slogans "You've come a long way, baby," "It's a woman thing," and "Find Your Voice."

These marketing campaigns cynically equated smoking with independence, sophistication and beauty and preyed on the unique social pressures that women and girls face. Starting in the 1970s and continuing today, women have been targeted with advertising for so-called "light" and "low-tar" brands, which implied claims of reduced risk that the tobacco companies knew to be false.

In the United States, more than 21 million adult women and 1.8 million girls currently smoke cigarettes, putting them at risk for heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, emphysema and other life-threatening illnesses. As a result, more than 178,400 women die of smoking-caused disease each year, with additional deaths caused by the use of other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco. While smoking harms and kills both males and females, women smokers face even greater health risks from smoking than men. In the United States, smoking rates among males and females in high school are almost equal (22.9 for males and 23.0 for females), and 18.1 percent of adult women are current smokers.

18 September 2007

Your Mind Is More Powerful Than Your Addiction

Your Mind Is More Powerful Than Your AddictionThere are many books and articles written about quitting smoking and most of them have one thing in common - they talk about how difficult it is to stop the smoking habit. They mention how addictive nicotine is and how tightly smoking is tied to daily events in your life, events such as the first cup of coffee in the morning, driving the car, talking on the telephone, stressful happenings and on and on.

They discuss at length the withdrawal symptoms and side effects you may experience when you stop smoking. Any negative part of the process of becoming a non-smoker is discussed. Is it any wonder that many people fail when they try any of the methods available to help them quit?

When you decide that you want to become a non-smoker begin to prepare your mind for it. The mind is more powerful than the addiction and you can engage it to help you become successful in your efforts. Here are some steps to do that:

Check your motivation. How motivated are you to quit? If you can't honestly say that you are at least 80 percent motivated, work on your motivation. The higher your motivation the easier it is to stop smoking once and for all. Let your self talk say: "It will be wonderful when I can taste my food, enjoy fresh air, be able to breathe deeply, have hair and hands that smell fresh rather than have the odor of stale tobacco, etc." " It will be nice when I save at least $5 every day that I can use for something I really want and will enjoy." " It will be great to have the time I save by not taking smoke breaks to do something I want to do or enjoy doing." You get the idea.

Begin to give yourself positive affirmations about quitting. For instance, "I know my mind is more powerful than the nicotine habit and I can quite smoking any time I choose." or "For me to quit smoking will be as easy as it was to start smoking." or "I am doing everything I can to maintain a healthy, strong body and will avoid all negative symptoms of stopping smoking."

Let your mind grasp the idea that you no longer have a desire to smoke. Why did you start smoking in the first place? To look cool? To be a part of the group? To be rebellious? Because you didn’t have enough things to spend all your money on? Do those reasons exist now? Probably not.

Look at your need to smoke. Is there anything about smoking that you truly need that cannot be taken care of another way? If you have no need to smoke, why do it? Realize that what you do need is: deep breaths of fresh air, a healthy way to deal with stress, water to help wash the nicotine out of your body, good nutrition, exercise, sleep, fun and laughter.

There's nothing in those cigarettes that provide any of these things. Remind yourself of that as you prepare to stop. Before you begin a program to stop smoking supply as many of these as you can. It will make quitting much, much easier.

10 September 2007

Feelings

quit-smoking-FeelingsThe great post was found titled "It is possible - but...". It is a really true story, so let it be republished here without any revision:

Hi folks
I have been a non-smoker since Dec 29th 2004, so that's... 15 months or something. I was 20+ a day etc. etc. When I stopped, I drank more, ate more.

Contrary to the 'information' on this (and other) sites, NRT *IS* addictive. As addictive as cigarettes. Sorry if that offends the people who a) sell it or b) don't want to frighten quitters off trying.

Having said that, using lozenges certainly helped me in my journey but I had to face a moment of giving THEM up which was actually, on reflection, harder than stopping burning cigarettes.

The other point I want to make is that I've trawled so many of these quitting sites / govt. / NHS help resources etc. What's missing from ALL of them (tell me if this is wrong, other successful quitters) is any discussion of the real consequence of smoking. I.E. why we do it: the fact that it suppresses HOW WE FEEL so that we do not FEEL pain / sadness / joy or whatever we need not to feel.

In my experience, THAT is what hits quitters like a ton of bricks and eating more, drinking more alcohol, using NRT or even going to the gym more is usually a way of shifting the addiction to some other behavior so that we don't have to sit with those painful feelings.

Today, I am dope-free, drug-free, cigarette-free AND alcohol free. Before that, I was an ordinary, respectable professional person. When I quit smoking, the *emptiness* and *pointlessness* of life was suddenly overwhelming - but it sure as hell showed me how much work I needed to do to fix the root causes of my 'respectable' addictions.

I'm so PRO-QUIT, you wouldn't believe :-) but I'm just angry that the whole of this smoking debate doesn't face up to the REAL effects on smoking and the real roots of the addictions that keep us trapped like slaves: - FEELINGS and our need to cover them up. When you've quit, look back at the resources / websites / articles that are out there to help you quit. Ask yourself 'where does anyone show me how to deal with feelings that will come the surface; that are the reasons I - and anyone - smoked, drank and used drugs in the first place?'

Why, as a culture, do we SO steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the psychological / emotional roots of addictions?

Good luck to everyone quitting and thinking about it. It's so worth it, but only if you're ready. Not just ready to quit, but ready to face the emotional growth that has to result (unless you just transfer your addiction somewhere else). Say goodbye to slavery but be prepared to face whatever it is that you've been avoiding all these smoking years.

08 September 2007

Make sure your children know about dangers of nicotine addiction

Make sure your children know about dangers of nicotine addictionParents should help children understand that smoking is addictive, dangerous and deadly. Parents have more influence on children than anyone else, so let them know how serious the addiction to nicotine is and educate them about the risks associated with smoking. Help your kids develop a healthy self-image. If they feel confident and sure of themselves, they’ll be better able to resist social pressure to smoke.

Kids get addicted to cigarettes a lot quicker than adults. Children who have smoked only a few cigarettes experience the same symptoms of nicotine addiction as adults, who smoke heavily. A young cigarette smoker can begin to feel powerful desires for nicotine within two days of first inhaling, and about half of children, who become addicted report symptoms of dependence by the time they are smoking only seven cigarettes a month. Many kids are smoking by the time they are 11 years old, and are addicted by the age of 14.

Encourage your children to avoid picking up that first cigarette. Remember! Your input is important. Help your child build a foundation that will keep them smoke free for life. Let them know early and let them know often that smoking is addictive and deadly. Set them up for a healthy life by educating them young about the dangers of smoking.

27 August 2007

Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Quit Smoking Without Gaining WeightEven if you do gain weight when you quit smoking, the health risks of smoking are far greater… you would have to gain over 150 pounds to make your health risks as high as when you smoked. Weight gain is more likely when someone has smoked for 10 to 20 years or smokes a pack or more a day. Water retention may cause a deceptive weight gain of up to 5 pounds in the week after quitting smoking, but this is not a real weight gain, and your body will go back to normal.

The most important components of preventing weight gain when you quit smoking are:

- Physical activity

Becoming physically active will not only help you control your weight, but will also give you more energy, improve your health, take your mind off smoking, and help relieve the stress and moodiness that may occur as a result of withdrawal from nicotine.

- Healthy eating

Improving your eating habits gradually can help prevent weight gain, as well, as help you feel better as you quit smoking. To prevent extra snacking because of quitting smoking, do not try to quit smoking during a stressful period.

- Managing cravings

A craving only lasts about 5 minutes. If you can distract yourself for 5 minutes, the craving will usually pass. Drink less caffeine; although you may think it will make you feel better, caffeine can worsen the jittery nervous feeling that may accompany nicotine withdrawal. Get enough sleep; when you are tired, you are more likely to crave cigarettes and food. Reduce tension by meditating, taking a walk or a bath, or taking deep breaths. Get support and encouragement; talk to a friend when you get the urge to smoke; talk about something other than smoking.

- Positive attitude

As you focus on quitting, smoking and healing your body, your exercise and eating goals will become easier. When you quit smoking, you can breathe and get around more easily, and nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables taste better when you are not smoking. Try to stay positive, and try not to panic about modest weight gain; if you do gain weight, your healthy habits will help you lose the weight once your body gets back to normal. Be confident that you are making a healthy choice! Your whole body will thank you!

22 August 2007

If you want to change your life, change your mind

change your mindThe path to quitting smoking involves changing how you feel about quitting. Intellectually, you can rationalize that you need to quit until you are blue in the face, but until your emotions engage, and you begin to feel better about quitting than you do about smoking, you are not going to get anywhere. Think of mental conditioning as the vehicle that will lead you to creating solid commitment. People often think that smoking is enjoyable... comforting... even like a best friend. They also relate quitting to feelings of pain and misery. Often these feelings exist and are reinforced on a subconscious level.

Begin to take note of every thought, feeling and statement that you make about smoking and quitting. Look at how you feel physically too... tension, headaches, tight stomach, etc and how the things you think/say affect how you feel. Work with the thoughts that do not serve your best interests. Do it as soon as they crop up. Change the language and even if you do not believe what you’re saying, restructure the thought in terms that will help you. You may not really believe what you are saying at first, but if you determine to stick with that change of focus, you'll teach yourself to believe it when you manage the event successfully.

21 August 2007

UK cigarette sales drop by seven per cent

UK cigarette sales drop by seven per centCigarette sales have fallen by almost 7% in the UK since the smoking ban came into force. Smokers bought 6.9% fewer cigarettes in the four weeks to July 28 than in the same period last year. Anti-smoking campaigners last night welcomed the latest figures, which reflect similar steep falls in cigarette purchases when the ban was introduced in Ireland in 2004 and Scotland last year. Amanda Sandford, from anti-tobacco campaigners ASH, said: "As expected, smokers appear to be cutting back on the number of cigarettes they smoke. We also expect many will use the smoking ban as a trigger to help them quit altogether."

Greater health awareness has seen tobacco sales in Britain decline in the past few years, with cigarette consumption falling by two per cent annually. But the new figures indicate a much steeper fall since smoking was banned in all public places on July 1.

Around 10 million British adults smoke - about a quarter of the population - and between them they are expected to consume up to 50 billion cigarettes this year. Every year, around 114,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes.

14 August 2007

Quitting Smoking is an Opportunity to Change your Lifestyle

You can treat the challenge of quitting smoking as an opportunity to make changes in your lifestyle. For example, cutting down on caffeine should be a part of your new healthy lifestyle. There is no need to remove caffeine completely, but it is critical to avoid it. Nicotine withdrawal can cause insomnia and you shouldn't stimulate yourself with too much caffeine.

While quitting smoking, your body will go into withdrawal, which is a bunch of problems you have to overcome. So, it's a good idea to take at least a week or two off your regular routine to make the changes. Making changes to your lifestyle and eating habits is a big challenge, and requires a certain level of commitment.

Healthy eating is also very important for the health. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and cut down on fatty meats and foods high in saturated fats like fast food and desserts. Eating good-quality food can help eliminate toxins from the body faster, which makes it easier to overcome your nicotine addiction. You will find that eating healthier and living healthier makes it easier to quit smoking.

A regular exercise is an essential part of healthy living. If you have not exercised previously, build up to it slowly. Rather than starting on a two-mile run every morning, begin by going for long walks. As your power increases and your health improves you can add more dynamic activities to your everyday life.

It is important to find natural ways to relax, because one of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal is irritability. Many people are tempted to smoke when exposed to stressful situations. Brisk walk can help you clear your mind and overcome the desire for nicotine. In addition, you should learn relaxation techniques like deep breathing.

All of these techniques are extremely helpful in overcoming the cigarette habit but they are also useful for maintaining good health. Make them part of your regular lifestyle and you will feel better, look better, and have a healthier outlook on life.

11 August 2007

What do you think about stopping smoking?

The most important thing, to remember about stopping smoking is that all that matters is what you think about stopping smoking. The act of smoking does not matter. What matters is what you think about smoking and stopping smoking. Do you think stopping smoking is going to be difficult? Do you think that you like smoking and it relaxes you? Do you think that you're addicted to nicotine? If you answered yes to any, or all of these questions then guess what? Stopping smoking is going to be very difficult for you.

To overcome all the problems normally associated with stopping smoking like weight gain, cravings, short-temper, hunger and discomfort, you should stop telling yourself that stopping is going to be difficult. Stopping smoking is totally about what you think about stopping smoking. It is as simple as that. There is a quote that sums the whole thing up. "Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change." Change the way you look at stopping smoking, and the act of smoking will changed. It is as simple as that.

03 August 2007

Benefits From Quitting. Is it for real?

Benefits From Quitting. Is it for real?Maybe you've heard that benefits of quitting smoking are incredible. Perhaps this is not true. Anyone who stopped smoking some days ago most likely will tell you that there are several withdrawal symptoms like headache, uncontrolled irritation, insomnia, etc. On the other hand, ex-smokers, who stopped month ago will tell you that it's great to be free from addiction; it's great not to think where are your cigarettes and lighters and control that there is enough cigarettes in pack to feed the addiction this evening. However, these points are look like deliverance from discomfort, not like benefits.

So, ex-smokers, who stopped smoking more than month ago probably will not be able to name direct benefits they got from quitting smoking. Of course, they know that quitting smoking has great impact on their health; that they have fewer chances to have lung cancer or COPD. They know that they don't stink anymore and that their teeth are going to be whiter than white each day. But for them all these benefits appears to be normal, because they are free and are going to get all profits from being free from addiction.

Sometimes ex-smokers failed to remember freedom they got from addiction some months after quitting. They feel themselves defrauded from all the quitting smoking process. They think that they should get more from quitting. Something like unprecedented power or fantastic health. Instead, they get normal life with all its unpredictability and problems. In addition, most of ex-smokers get some pounds added to their weight. So, ex-smokers need to have the courage to resolve other problems life add us everyday. Some ex-smokers start to believe that their life with smoking addiction was better than nowadays. These thoughts are direct way to relapse and return to smoking routine as an alternative to real resolution of their problems.

So, when you are going to quit smoking or quit smoking some time ago already, it's better to get ready for normal life with problems and especially some weight problems. You should know that after complex smoking cessation process, you will not get fantastic benefits, but you will be free from addiction and have more chances to make your life brighter and happier. And, undoubtedly, quitting smoking challenge will strengthen you.

26 July 2007

Pay me and I will smoke a cigarette or even a pack

A cigarette or even a even a packIf you gonna ask someone a quit smoking advice you probably will get the same answer you can find everywhere. It sounds like: "Don't even think that one cigarette will not hurt you, it will". In other words, many people think that if person, (ex-smoker or someone trying to get rid of addiction) is going to smoke one cigarette, he almost certainly will go back to his pack a day addiction. This thought is right and wrong simultaneously.

Why is it right choice to avoid smoking "just one" cigarette? Just because most of ex-smokers think that one cigarette is enough to get all their quitting smoking symptoms aka withdrawal symptoms back. So, ex-smoker prefers to come back to his usual addiction, than to fight against addiction another time. Also, if you think that you are able to smoke one cigarette, you most likely will think that it is possible to smoke another after an hour from the first one. So, if you add another 18 cigarettes you will find a pack being empty and yourself addicted.

Why is it possible to smoke one cigarette or even a pack and then again to be free from addiction? Maybe you think that it's impossible for ex-smoker to smoke a cigarette or a whole pack and stay free from addiction. I want to say that it's possible, but depends on your way of quitting smoking. If the main part of your quitting was willpower and your decision to quit, probably you would have hard times after even one cigarette.

Why do I believe that I am personally able to smoke a cigarette or even a pack and don't start smoking again after this? I finally quitted more than 1 year ago and I tried to quit several times before. So, I failed five or more times before quit smoking with no going back. There were times when I smoked one cigarette, went back to addiction; when I smoked some cigarettes at the party being drunk, and then didn't smoke for months.

This quitting smoking story was time-consuming, but one day I understood one simple thing. I did not need smoking because it neither helped me nor supported me in my life in no manner. Since that moment, I am free. I do not need cigarettes, but I can smoke one or even a pack without any consequences. I mean that I will get nicotine, tar or even a cough next morning, but I will never go back to nicotine addiction routine. I don't need this anymore. So, I do not have any reason to smoke, except the one, when you pay me for this.

19 July 2007

Smokers Need Help to Quit Smoking

Smoking bans in public places have recently come into effect in several European countries and there has never been a better time to kick the habit, but smokers should be warned - without professional help the task is likely to be much harder. Statistics show that only between 1 and 2 per cent of smokers manage to quit on their own.

Failure to quit smoking by relying on sheer willpower alone usually means that the smoker is physically addicted. Nicotine is a very strong stimulant and one of the most addictive drugs. Addiction occurs faster than with heroin or other drugs since nicotine influences the brain's metabolism. Nicotine activates the brain's reward mechanisms and releases dopamine – feel-good chemical. As a result, smokers who do not light up just feel bad.

Smokers usually associate smoking a cigarette with a pleasant experience such as taking a break from work. The brain is unfortunately not aware that the positive feedback is not a direct result of nicotine being inhaled. People do not even understand that they are actually addicted, and in many cases, it's hard to destroy the illusions associated with the smoking habit.

Quitting isn't easy. Just reading this blog won't do it. It takes time to break free from nicotine addiction. It may take several tries. But you learn something each time you try. It takes will power and strength to kick out your addiction to nicotine. Remember that millions of people have quit smoking for good. You can be one of them!

17 July 2007

Fire at One End and a Fool at the Other

A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other…

Two statements that ironically express the risks of smoking: "One thousand Americans stop smoking every day - by dying…" and "Sooner or later, everyone stops smoking..." Nicotine is very addictive, and breaking this addiction can be very difficult. Even after months have passed, there are those, who will start smoking again. But do not give up on the idea to quit smoking. Yes, nicotine is addictive, but it is an addiction that can be broken.

When you think about quitting smoking, keep in mind that thousands of people - people that are no different from you - quit smoking every year. If they can do it, there are no reasons that you can't. Many smokers feel that after a certain age it is "too late" to quit smoking. Simply put, this isn't true, and should not be used as an excuse to avoid an attempt to quit smoking.

You can't quit just because you know that it is bad for your health. You can't quit because someone wants you to quit smoking. Certainly, fear is not a good motivation for you. The decision to quit smoking must go together with a will that is just as strong, if not stronger than your current will to smoke.

Set a quit date at least 10 days out, and don't actually stop smoking until your quit date. During those days before your actual quitting smoking target date, prepare yourself to be free from nicotine addiction. This must be a strong decision that only you can make for yourself. No one else can do it for you.

You need to know the real reasons behind why you are still smoking. This is not an easy task, but once you have listed all the true reasons, and have adopted the mental attitude to replace smoking with other things that will provide better benefits, the task of quitting becomes much easier.

If you’ve properly done your preparation, once your quit smoking date arrives, your chances for success are great. With determination, will power and a strategy, quit smoking is not out of the question. Stay focused on your goal, knowing you have a long and healthy future ahead of you.

10 July 2007

Quit Smoking Experiment

Some quit smoking drugs, as quit smoking patches or other quit smoking aids may reduce some withdrawal symptoms, but you need resolution to quit smoking for good anyway.

Lets' conduct an experiment:

Do not smoke for day or two, as long as you can; without intention to quit; it is better to do on weekend or any other spare time. Then smoke again to find out that the first cigarette after this experiment will have dreadful taste. Try to do it; it makes sense only when you take a test by yourself.

After this experiment you will know for sure that you do not like smoking, as all smokers try to think, but you just do not want to suffer from nicotine addiction, so you feed it every time you start suffer from it. Instead of this routine, you are able to quit smoking - you are able to get rid of addiction and be free from addiction as millions of ex-smokers do.

09 July 2007

How to Cure Quite Smoking Insomnia

Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms you may experience during smoking cessation process, but you can quit smoking without suffering from it. Insomnia is a sleep disorder. Sleep is a state of consciousnesses, which gives your body time to rest and build up your strength. It is characterized by an inability to sleep and/or inability to remain asleep for a reasonable period.

For the period of quitting smoking insomnia is the result of tension, stress and anxiety - and of course all of this because of nicotine addiction. In addition to insomnia, you may fell fear, stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, sometimes even for no apparent reason.

Remember that in spite the fact that nicotine is a stimulant, it can only increase your anxiety. Long-term smoking will cause more upper respiratory health conditions, causing the immune system to be weak, allowing for feelings of depression. Nicotine can make you feel better for a short while, but in the long run, it will only increase your depression, and depression will lead you to long lasting sleep problems.

Insomnia as quit smoking concomitant usually lasts for less than a week. Long-term insomnia (chronic insomnia) continues for more than 3 weeks, so if you suffer from chronic insomnia, it is often the result from depression or something else less connected with smoking cessation. It is important to know that nearly everyone has problems sleeping at some time or other and it is somewhat normal. Most people occasionally suffer from transient insomnia due to such causes as jet lag or short-term anxiety.

Treatment of insomnia should be individualized based on the nature and severity of symptoms. Develop a regular sleeping schedule. Avoid daytime naps and stimulating activities just before bedtime. Avoid alcohol and caffeine; these are leading reasons of poor sleep. You do not want to get too much sleep, but you should try to get about 8 hours of good sleep every night.


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07 July 2007

The Secret of Self-Hypnosis

What can a person do to draw more success to their life? What if they want to let go of a habit, chronic pain, fear or phobia, or they want lose weight or stop smoking? Any one of these and many other issues can either be helped or resolved through the power of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious makes up the majority of the human mind. And since that is where our habits and emotions are, the subconscious is where true change occurs. The best way to communicate with the subconscious mind is through hypnosis, either with a certified hypnotherapist or with self-hypnosis.

Self-Hypnosis can be practiced daily, assisting individuals in creating positive change in their life. The steps for self-hypnosis include relaxation and visualization, in addition to using positive thoughts to create the positive change. In fact, the mind is not forced to make the change when negative words are used such as "lose weight", or "quit smoking". It is more helpful to use positive words such as "smoke free" or "ideal weight".

Self-hypnosis should be done when a person is alert, and they are able to relax without falling asleep. They begin by taking deep breaths and slowly counting from five to one as they feel themselves relaxing. A positive thought is focused on such as: "I am happy, healthy, and at my ideal weight", as they imagine themselves in a peaceful place.

After several minutes of repeating the thought, the person will become alert again by counting from one to five and saying to themselves "when I open my eyes, I will feel refreshed and ready to act". As a result of practicing self-hypnosis, an individuals will not only reduce stress, they will bring positive changes in their lives.


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05 July 2007

Keep trying to stop smoking

It is very difficult to stop smoking. But millions of people have quitted. Most smokers that want to quit try and fail at least five times before succeeding. Many smokers fail countless times before quitting. Former heroin addicts say that stopping smoking was more difficult than quitting heroin. May be it's just be overstatement, but no one doubts that quitting smoking is very tough and has frustrated many good people. Many smokers have failed repeatedly. Some even were coming to believe that tobacco addiction was stronger than they are and it would never be possible to quit. Fortunately, it is wrong position.

The evidence of harmful health effects is so overwhelming that now days no one would risk to claim that smoking was not addictive and harmful to health. The tobacco companies used that argument for years to decline the responsibility. Studies have shown that each time you try to quit, the chances of success increases. Success rates at the first attempt at quitting may only be 5% or less but the success rate at the fifth serious attempt approaches 50%. So the message of this story is quite clear, keep trying, keep trying, and you will be able to stop. Do not let your past failures keep you from trying again. Instead, do your homework, come back, and win this time.

04 July 2007

Find the inspiration to quit smoking

A pair of the art of quitting images:



02 July 2007

Quit smoking weight loss

The best action you can take to improve your health is to quit smoking neither you are worried about gaining weight or not. Most people worry about gaining weight while quitting smoking, but some easy changes in your life, like developing healthier eating and physical activity habits, will help you to control your weight gain when you quit smoking.

If you are concerned about weight gain, remove high fat foods from your home. Try to gradually improve your eating habits. Choose a variety of foods each day, to make sure you get all needed for good health. Eat plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits. Choose lean foods and low-calorie beverages most often. Choose low fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, poultry, and dry beans to get the nutrients you need without extra calories and fat. Choose less often foods high in fat and sugars and low in nutrients.

Because quitting smoking slows the metabolism, getting some form of daily exercise is very important. Becoming physically active is a healthy way to control your weight and take your mind off smoking. Exercise also increases your energy, promotes self-confidence, improves your health, and may help relieve the stress and depression caused by the lack of nicotine in your body. Simple ways to become more physically active include gardening, housework, mowing the lawn, playing actively with children, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

The health risks of smoking are far greater than the risks of gaining 5 to 10 pounds. You would have to gain about 100 to 150 pounds after quitting to make your health risks as high as when you smoked. At least 25% of all former smokers so fear weight gain they actually lose weight once they have quit! In addition, former smokers enjoy rush of energy and become more physically involved in their daily course of living. This spending of energy results in the burning off of more calories daily ... which then contributes to weight loss … NOT weight gain!

23 June 2007

No magical quit smoking pill

From The Guardian – "UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence gave draft approval for the health service to prescribe varenicline, which is manufactured by Pfizer under the brand name Champix. Trials showed the twice-daily pill provided relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by smokers in the weeks after quitting. During the trials, 44% of smokers had quit by the end of a 12-week course. This compared with a 30% success rate for the anti-smoking drug Zyban and 18% for smokers, who were given a placebo. The recommended 12-week course of treatment costs about £163.80."

Some researchers are going to help addicts quit smoking and remain off with pills. These researchers see great promise for a nicotine free way to stop smoking addiction in a marketplace dominated by nicotine patches and gums. Researchers hope that the overwhelming cravings will not kick in when patients quits smoking. If they do reach for a cigarette, the drug will be sitting in nicotine's favorite parking spot, decreasing its effect on the brain.

It seems that scientists will develop a number of successful pills (including varenicline/champix) that will prove effective, but no single pill will "cure" smoking. Doctors with high hopes have been let down before. In 1997, the FDA permitted bupropion, commonly sold under the name Zyban, as an anti smoking pill, but the drug was never the industry blockbuster some expected.

A good range of clinically proven treatments gives smokers, who are serious about quitting another choice to get help. It seems that smokers, who combine treatments with the right support, could considerably increase their chances of successfully quitting for life, but some magic pill that will block smokers from any quit smoking symptoms will never be worked out.

14 June 2007

Too serious quitting

quitting smoking beer relapse
When you are going to quit smoking try not to be too serious about your attempt. Of course, it will be simply impossible to quit if you are not ready for quitting or do not have enough resolution. You've got smoking addiction already, otherwise you don't need even to read about quitting smoking, so, you are addicted and plan to get rid of addiction. But there is one thing you should know about.

This one simple rule we are talking above is not to be too serious about quitting, because if you are going to be successful in quitting, it will be great temptation for you to think that you are master of quitting, and, so, one day you may think that you are able to smoke just one cigarette with this pint glass of beer. In reality, if you are excessively serious about quitting, you are going to find yourself returned to one pack a day routine very fast.

09 June 2007

Give Smoking the Hook!

quit smokig hook

Giving up smoking isn't easy. But you do not even need :) to leave home. You should try to quit smoking as soon as you can; this may improves your chance of successful quitting! Even an attempt to quit smoking is positive. Before you quit smoking, you need to choose your quit date. It's best to fix the quit smoking day a few days before your quit date. This will give you time to prepare. Join any online quit smoking community - they will be with you every step of the way, providing practical help and advice to get you through each stage.

Everybody knows that smoking causes lots of health problems and that it is better not to smoke. However, that's easier said than done. Some people find it easier to give up, others need extra help or may need several tries. Feeling ready and motivated is very important. Imagine yourself free from the health risks, feeling fresh and having extra money to spend. Quit smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health. You will be shocked by how fast your health will improve. Do not try to find reasons and excuses to put off the quit day, quit smoking if you already are thinking about it!

04 June 2007

Hated smokers

There are some non-smokers and even ex-smokers, who do like to say that they hate smokers. However, in fact, the only thing they hate is smoking and only as a result, they hate inconsiderate smokers. These smokers get addicted to smoking and don't understand how much they and their smoke smells. They do not even realize how nasty it is. Non-smokers can't stand near someone, who smokes, because the smell gets all over clothes and it is very hard to get out. Smoke smells and unhealthy for the smoker and the people around him.

It's not good idea for smokers to endanger other people's health by smoking as some of them do it sometimes. Many smokers behave in an annoying manner. On the other hand, the idea to hate smokers is not good too. It can harm you more than second hand smoking. Smoking is definitely bad. But all smokers should be helped... not hated. There are many things that annoy and affect people, but everyone need to understand that most of the smokers want to stop, but they are not able to, it's the same as to drug addicts, who realize they are addicted, but there is not much they can do. Thus, all addicts and smokers need help.

30 May 2007

Quit Smoking Pro Advice

Someone ask for help inside Get support quitting smoking post. Therefore, as this advice is too long, it will be posted here as independent post.

Boy do I need support. I just happened to google your blog while searching for some kind of online support. I quit smoking on 5/8. I did the shot, followed by 10 days of medication. Ever since then I have been struggling with mood swings, basically I feel like everyday I am an evil person to live with, I feel bad for everyone I come in contact with. I feel like wearing a warning label to let people know I am a recent quitter and to be aware. Please help, I really am a nice person, how can I moderate my moods? How long will this go on?
You should focus your attention on one simple fact that you will get no reward from going back to your addiction. Particularly, you should know that if you decide to smoke again your first cigarettes will have dreadful taste, until your body set itself back to nicotine addiction mode. In the same time, smoking one stinky cigarette is not a reason to get back to one pack a day addiction routine.

I hope you understand what I am talking about - you have no choice - smoking will never help you to get your mood up, so what or who are able to help you? The most reasonable answer - you - yourself. You should live your live, thinking about what really matter for you. You should think about your relatives, your friends, anyone you care about and anyone, who cares about you.

If you are not able to live with your cravings and mood swings ask help everywhere as you asked help at Quit Smoking Pro. Ask on forums, ask friends to help you. Read what you need to help yourself. For instance. Drink a lot of water, juice, and lemonade. Do some simple breathing exercise – this helps a lot. Exercise, after heavy training you will have no desire to smoke or even desire to think about smoking or bad mood, you will just enjoy relax.

The main advice - do not think about your quitting – think about you life and how can you make it brighter. Do something in this direction and you will put yourself in good spirits. Act like positive, active, and full of energy man and you really will be fine. Stay free from addiction.

29 May 2007

Burning money on killing yourself

Smoking is like burning money - Quit Smoking - save for what really does matter Smoking is like burning money. Yes, it is true that smoking wastes away your time, money, and health. Paying your money to tobacco companies is not excellent idea. Your money spent on tobacco goes to tobacco promotion to get more people addicted. Smoking is financially costly, saving that money, you can save for what really does matter. You should know that most people do not smoke, have never smoked, and do not have the desire to smoke, but live full lives of joy, pleasure, fulfillment, love, tragedy, challenge and victory without cigarettes.

25 May 2007

Let us talk about addiction

Nicotine is really as addictive as heroin or cocaine. And everyone have his own understanding of nicotine addiction. But what really matter is you. Your brain, your problems, your ability to quit. No matter how addictive nicotine is, finally your mind decides what is addictive and what is not. So if you really want to quit smoking you will.

You will have good and bad days throughout this cessation process. That is normal. On the bad days, do not get depressed. Remember that each day is a new opportunity for success in your journey to smoke free, happier, and healthier life. Focus on the present moment; this will help you to stay in control. Set small goals that you know you can accomplish, then work out to bigger ones.

Quitting smoking is all good. Your lungs, heart, and arteries begin a self-repair process as soon as you stop poisoning your body. Your skin clears and smoothes, your fingernails lose that yellow tinge, and your teeth brighten beautifully...

21 May 2007

Walk instead of smoke

People who are trying to quit smoking should take a quick walk when they feel like lighting up. Even a few minutes of physical activity can help reduce cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Exercise drastically reduces cigarette cravings, even when it's a low intensity activity. It seems that even small doses of exercise may truly help fight cigarette cravings. Longer periods of more intense exercise, like a 15 minute walk, for instance, held cravings at bay for as long as 50 minutes. Exercise also helped lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms including stress, anxiety, tension, poor concentration, irritability, and restlessness.

Exercise could be an alternative to snacking for many smokers, who are trying to quit, especially since the amount of time and activity required to cut cravings is minimal. You shouldn't think of exercise as a visit to the gym, or requiring the need to put on specific clothing, or to be done on a set number of days a week, or only possible on weekends, it's not necessarily true, the key is simply to do something active when the urge to smoke strikes. If it takes an average of 6 minutes to smoke a cigarette, then doing a walk for this period may be enough to help remove the urge. Exercise has many other benefits and no side effects, and so, exercise should be a part of every smoker's quitting plan.

17 May 2007

Cigarettes are Serial Killers

"If you want to change your life, change your mind."

We all have the ability to quit smoking and be free from nicotine addiction. If you still smoking, learn what to expect when you quit smoking and get support you need to succeed. If you are really ready to stop, with the right information and a plan, you are going to be next person to kick cigarettes out of your life once and for all.

Do you actuality want to get permanent freedom from this addiction? You should fully understand that smoking is not what you like, need, or function more efficiently with. The truth is that you are addicted to nicotine, and that addiction is powerful enough to make you think that you need cigarettes, you get some assistance from them, that smoking is inseparable part of your life, and finally, that you love to smoke. Realize where the truth is and never let you think that you need a cigarette. Vice versa! Cigarettes need you, as someone to kill.

09 May 2007

Additives add more danger to cigarettes

It is hard to determine the potential risk of non-tobacco additives for cigarette smokers. Some chemicals, designed to improve flavor and increase the blast of nicotine, are put smokers at a greater risk of cancer. Most people are unaware of the huge number of additives and carcinogens in cigarettes in addition to nicotine. The cigarettes are like dirty syringes for taking the drug nicotine, with many additives permitted. The tobacco companies have known how to make smoking safer for the years, but have failed to do so again and again.

The additive free cigarettes and going to be more popular nowadays. Some of smokers are more than aware of the unhealthy effects of tobacco smoking and understand that potential effects of smoking added chemical and preservatives can only be making a dangerous habit even more deadly. Surely, cigarettes without additives are not safe to smoke. The fact is, there is no such thing as a safe smoke. Even cigarettes without additives produce tar and carbon monoxide, which is a poison. That is the reality. Be aware.

26 April 2007

Better quality future without smoking

From the beginning nicotine acts as a stimulant, which is stimulating the mind, body, and spirit. When the body becomes accustomed with high levels of nicotine, smoker needs larger doses of nicotine to get physiological effect. Body becomes habituated and requires the use of the nicotine to help the body to function normally. This level of dependency is known as a nicotine addiction.

Nicotine addiction taught you that you are weak. Smoking is a way to weaken yourself. It is harmful behavior that tends to leak to all areas of your life. For example, the direction of social influence can discourage smokers: cultural disapproval of smoking in some communities, the expectation of non-smoking that has become the norm in professional groups, or the effects of smoke-free policies in workplaces.

Smoking is a social ritual for many people, shared with family, friends or co-workers. But in the same time, nicotine is a very powerful drug that affects mood, focus and thinking. Smokers are nicotine addicts and that's why smokers often feel they need a cigarette to feel right or to think clearly. Nicotine addiction does that to a person.

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Smoker gets bad breath; yellow teeth; smelly clothes; dehydrated cough; empty wallet, and maybe you've heard that smoking and tobacco use can cause cancer and heart disease. Some day every smoker understands that smoking had become excruciating and decide to quit smoking. It is right decision, and once you quit smoking, positive changes start to happen... Smoke free life will give you a lot more energy, better performance, more money in your pocket, and, in the long run, better quality of your life.

23 April 2007

Got Relapse? You are in Quitting Smoking process!

Relapse. Relapse is, return to smoking on a regular basis. Now don’t start feeling depressed, because relapse is an ordinary factor in quitting smoking process. Moreover, all those, who quit smoking have experienced relapse one or scores of times. That's why it doesn't mean that you have "FAILED". There is a positive side to everything what you only need is an eye to see it. When you relapse, you learn a lot about what works for you and what you should do to avoid what doesn’t. Think about why you relapsed, and plan how to be successful the next time. Do not wait for long before you try to quit again.

Relapse always starts in mind. If you still think that smoking is pleasurable, you are in trouble. Listen to your thoughts. Correct those that are destructive right away. There is no other way to stay smoke free. We all have the ability to make changes in our state of mind to get the lasting freedom from nicotine addiction. People who miss smoking years later have not let go of the associations they had with their habit, and usually think of smoking in a romantic light. They might even tell themselves that quitting was a sacrifice. They quit smoking because they needed to, but they loved smoking. That kind of faulty thinking will keep the chains of addiction in place. Thoughts hold them addicted even now. They still are not free from addiction.

Keep yourself in the present moments of today, and be grateful for every smoke free day you complete. Be patient with yourself and think of time as one of your quit buddies. The more of it you put between yourself and that last cigarette you smoked, the stronger you will become. The benefits of cessation are far more important than the hardship of recovery! Stay with it and find your freedom. Once you do, you'll never let it go.

20 April 2007

Quitting smoking mountain

There is wonderful story published at quit smoking about com portal some days ago. It titled as "Lesly's 3 Year Smoke Free Milestone". A year ago, there was a post about her two Year Milestone and one more year is over, and it seems that it was nice smoking-free year for Lesly. She wrote about her friend, who told her: "You think you love to smoke and you think it is so important to your happiness, but when you quit (and I know you will), you will find out that all that happiness associated with smoking is a lie. It is a cheap carnival trick. It is nothing more than smoke and mirrors."

Lesly write: "He was right! Quitting is hard – it takes effort, determination and commitment, but it can be done. You need to be brutally honest with yourself, though, and you cannot quit by continuing to smoke. You have to stop! I took my first step three years ago today, and I have never regretted it."

It seems that anyone, who gave up smoking feel the pride, the feeling of empowerment, self worth and freedom and these feelings are of the same kind as happiness! It is amazing how your whole outlook on life changes when you quit smoking. Your self-esteem gets so much better and you want to take those feelings and do other healthier things for yourself. Those, who have quitted have more patience, more empathy and peace within. Life works well without cigarettes, and freedom from nicotine addiction is a gift beyond compare!

Quitting can seem like a mountain. It is possible though, and you can quit just as surely as anyone else can. It all starts with that first step of making the commitment to quit, and taking action. From there, learning to live your life free of the addiction you've been chained to for so many years is just a day-by-day process. Do not let smoking waste any more of your precious life. Quit now and get this journey underway! You will not regret it.

13 April 2007

Kill your false thoughts

When you decide to stop smoking, you feel so bad with every puff. With every puff you feel miserable. But you should know that once you will be truly free of this nasty addiction, you won’t ever have to feel this bad again, and, you'll never going back because nobody do ever want to be a slave to this trash again.

Educate yourself about smoking addiction issues to change the way you think and feel about smoking. The truth of it is that if you work with yourself enough, your thoughts will lead you to a new set of beliefs, and from there, you can really quit smoking and there will be no need to keep smoking or come back to this addiction.

Smokers subconsciously think that smoking is enjoyable, pleasurable, comforting, and even helpful. And, in the same time, they also relate quitting to feelings of pain and depression. You should kill all this type thoughts and feelings and make a statement for yourself about your real position to smoking and quitting smoking.

But, please, be patient with yourself and learn a new way of thinking that will assist you in your desire to be free from addiction gradually. You should get your way of thinking in accordance with your intentions completely before your quit. Believe that you do not need to be addicted and you will quit smoking for good.

09 April 2007

Easiest time in quit

It is the first 2 weeks. You are thinking how much do you want to smoke and how much do you want to quit. And, yes, you are proud for every day without cigarettes. Your mind is going to say you - "maybe you give me a portion of nicotine/dopamine" every 5 minutes. And you reply "NO" all the time.

The more dangerous time is 3 or even 12 month later, when you think that your addiction was kicked away forever, but, oooops, you are going to smoke just one to find out those lost in past feelings. The drama is here; you are not get what you remember. To get those feelings you need to back to pack a day habit, otherwise you do not get satisfaction. That is why many of us need several attempts before final quit.

You should know that if you get a puff you would not get a satisfaction. To get back some euphoria you need to smoke up to 10 cigarettes and get back to your addiction. So, when you think about cigarette, you should know that you are not able to get fast pleasure, but you only are able to get your addiction back.

01 April 2007

Positive Quit Smoking

When you decide to quit, you should know that difference between "smoking you" and "non-smoking you" is just inside your mind. So what you should expect quitting smoking? Maybe you already know the answer – it is nicotine withdrawal symptoms and side effects. You expect them and that's why you get them. That's why you are still smoker. You know that you want to smoke all the time, so when you just trying to stop you are so much afraid of being without cigarette for day or even two or three days. If you think that it is war between your will and the nicotine addiction, you are going to try quitting smoking for years without success.

Yes, it's hard to quit smoking, but not because of physical chemical cravings. The main reason of those strong cravings is in your mind. Believe, if you think that cigarettes help you in your life, you do not have to quit smoking. Why should you disallow something to help you? If you find a pleasure in smoking, why should you refuse to feel those satisfying feelings? So, to quit smoking smoker should disabuse his mind of errors first. Everyone should leave all myths behind. Chronic toxic effect of smoking is very dangerous and smoking has no advantages. Discover for sure that you have only troubles smoking cigarettes - it is the first thing to successful quit.

29 March 2007

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13 March 2007

Why does quitting smoking fear you?

Just because the fear of the unknown. You don’t know what the future will bring. Every adventure brings its own fears. Smoker does not know how to feel like person, who stopped smoking and smoker are not able to return to innocent feelings of person, who wasn't involved in smoking. Smoker may not realize that his tobacco addiction is powerful, but it is definitely true. Smoker may know that quitting smoking will improve his life from every aspect, but it is difficult to give up the certainty of the familiar for the uncertain rewards of the unfamiliar.

Many people who experience this fear will think about quitting smoking sometimes yet they may never take action. Smokers often use the excuse that they are “waiting for the right time”. However, for many of them the right time never comes. To break through the fear of the unknown you need to have the trust and confidence in your ability to quit smoking. The best way to get this confidence in yourself is to get help from others. There is lot of great online forums and web resources to get this support. You know that millions of people detach themselves from smoking addiction and you are able to quit too...