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!