18 January 2009

Simple Quit Smoking Plan

Simple Quit Smoking PlanNicotine is an incredibly addictive drug and the cravings and withdrawal symptoms can overpower even the strongest will. It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but with plenty of preparation, support of friends, and family it can be done, and the benefits of quitting smoking are worth the effort.

There are many ways to quit smoking, such as the 'cold turkey' method; some people find that gradually decreasing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day is an effective way to quit. Each person is unique, and different strategies work better for different people.

Making a plan and sticking to it is the main part of any successful effort. Choose a day in advance and designate it as your day to quit smoking. Once you have chosen your quit day, let your friends, family and coworkers know and ask for their support and understanding. Nicotine withdrawal can cause feelings of stress and anxiety, and having a support network around you can help in the difficult days ahead.

Learning relaxation techniques can be helpful. Try using controlled deep breaths to calm your nerves. Reward yourself in some way when you make it through tough days with maybe your favorite dish or buy something nice with some of the money you've saved by not purchasing cigarettes.

You may quit smoking successfully for weeks or even longer and then suddenly have a craving that's so strong you feel like you have to give in. Or maybe you accidentally find yourself in one of your trigger situations and give in to temptation. If you relapsed, it does not mean you've failed, it just means you are human. Here are some ways to get back on track.

Think about your slip as one mistake. Take notice of when and why it happened and move on. Keep in mind that one cigarette didn't make you a smoker to start with, so smoking one cigarette or even few cigarettes after you've quit doesn't make you a smoker again, so you don't need to get back to your old smoking regime. Remind yourself why you've quit and how well you've done - or have someone in your support group, family, or friends do this for you.

16 January 2009

Caffeine is Addictive Just Like Nicotine

Caffeine is Addictive Just Like NicotineShould you kick the caffeine habit? Myriad of people cannot live without their daily cup of coffee, and that can be a problem. Caffeine is their favourite legal drug. Maybe you have to cut it out for health reasons. Maybe you just want to cut back because the time and expense involved in securing your daily fix has become too much.

Researchers are beginning to assemble a body of knowledge on kicking the caffeine habit. Caffeine is where tobacco was 20 years ago; it used to be that doctors told smokers, 'Just quit.' Now there's a growing appreciation that it takes a little more than 'just do it' to quit smoking. Here is the understanding that caffeine is addiction, too.

About 68 percent of Americans said they were hooked on coffee. Not everybody agrees that caffeine is addictive in the same way as nicotine, for example, but it is clear that cutting out caffeine can produce withdrawal symptoms. If you have tried to quit caffeine, and failed, you are not alone. Having worked with caffeine addicts, researchers are able to offer some advice for getting the caffeine monkey off your back.

- Keep a diary. Track how much caffeine you ingest every day for one or two weeks to determine your baseline intake. Do not overlook tea, sodas, chocolate and medications that contain caffeine. Products made with guarana, mate or kola nut also likely contain caffeine.

- Decide how much you want to cut. You will want to cut out caffeine entirely if you have a health issue that's clearly exacerbated by caffeine, like stomach problems, fibrocystic breast disease, some heart problems or irritable bladder. Pregnant women should avoid caffeine, too. However, if you are not in those categories, you may choose just to cut back enough to reduce your dependence so that you can function without your requisite cup of coffee. In that case, try reducing your intake level to under 100 milligrams per day.

- Count milligrams, not cups. Caffeine content varies widely. A typical 6-ounce cup of coffee contains 75 to 100 milligrams of caffeine, but a big 16-ounce cup of Starbucks' drip may contain as much as 400 milligrams. Remember to take into account serving sizes and the number of servings.

- Avoid going cold turkey. Cutting out caffeine suddenly can be very unpleasant, and you might relapse if it is too painful. The best thing you can do is not to stop abruptly. Cutting back gradually seems to stave off the symptoms associated with caffeine withdrawal, and that should increase your chances of success. Cut your caffeine intake by about 10-25 percent off your baseline every few days. If you start to experience withdrawal symptoms, taper even more gradually.

- Start by cutting out the last cup of coffee or can of cola you drink during the day. Caffeine takes up to six hours to get out of your system, and it can affect your sleep. If you take enough caffeine, it can interfere with "slow-wave" sleep, the phase of sleep that is most restorative. Even if you go to sleep after ingesting caffeine, the quality of sleep may not be as good, so, if you cut the day's last cup of coffee first, you will probably sleep better and feel less fatigued and presumably more able to stick with your program.

- Use behavior modification. The same techniques that help with quitting smoking or cutting calories can help in cutting caffeine – such as identifying barriers to change; enlisting social support in the form of a caffeine-cutting buddy or an encouraging friend; or rewarding yourself for achieving success milestones.

- Take it easy. Caffeine addicts should quit or cut back to start during a time when they are not under a lot of stress. The withdrawal process is not painless, but it is temporary. Individuals metabolize caffeine differently, so your tolerance of caffeine and your reaction to caffeine withdrawal could vary widely. It can even change as you age. So, listen to your body and tailor your quitting caffeine program accordingly.

11 January 2009

Quit Smoking Phenomenon

Quit Smoking Phenomenon
'Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
but today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.'

It seems that for author of Quit Smoking Pro Blog quit smoking phenomenon is still interesting theme to think and write about. But it appears that it is hard to find something new or interesting about this thing. Everything is quite clear, but nicotine cessation still isn't easy process for millions of smokers. The main problem in quitting smoking process is love. Maybe it is hard to accept fully, but most smokers like their lives and what they do every day including smoking. Smokers think that smoking is a part of their lives. They think that smoking helps them to get over the difficulties of everyday life. It is true and falsehood in the same time.

When you addicted, the every dose of substance, you are addicted to, frees you from your addiction for a short space of time. Also every puff makes you more addicted to cigarettes than you were before. Smoking is just one among other problems present-day people have, and it is somewhat tangled with different problems including stresses, socializing, etc… Maybe quit smoking was New Year resolution for many smokers during this New Year's eve. But many of those smokers had relapsed already. And only some of them are successful.

Well-known fact is that it is hard to change life for the better. So smokers, who want to quit smoking, need not just to overcome addiction, but to have the guts to catch up their non-smoking lives with all problems and concerns every life consists with. That's why all ex-smokers should leave smoking and thoughts about smoking way behind and think about present moment. Really today is the best time to do something we will be happy to remember.

10 January 2009

Secondhand Smoke is a Firsthand Problem for Children

Step outside your home and car to smoke!

Secondhand Smoke is a Firsthand Problem for ChildrenMany children require care for various health issues related to the smoking of a parent or family member. Children are especially open to health risks from exposure to secondhand smoke; the effects include asthma, bronchitis, allergies, pneumonia and painful ear infections. By consistently stepping outside your home and car to smoke, you will improve your children's health by reducing their exposure to your tobacco smoke.

It has been shown that smokers, who know that secondhand smoke is dangerous and take action to protect children from it make better progress toward quitting when they are ready to do so. If you are ready to quit smoking for good now, consider these tips to help you make this quit attempt last a lifetime.

Think about why quitting smoking is important to you. Is it to improve your health, save the $1,500 it costs to buy a pack-a-day, or is it because you want to set a good example for your kids and not expose them to secondhand smoke? Whatever your reasons, make a list of them to keep you motivated.

Ask for support from your family, friends and co-workers. Make sure that you are not alone in your trip to smoking-free life.

Prepare. Throw away all your tobacco products and related materials, including cigarette packs or chew cans, lighters, ashtrays and others that remind you of using tobacco. Create a plan to keep yourself busy during times you typically use tobacco.

Don't give up! If you experience a relapse, do not get down on yourself. Take the opportunity to learn from the experience as a way to help you achieve success.

08 January 2009

Brad Pitt: 'Kids Helped me Stop Smoking'

Brad Pitt: Kids Helped me Stop SmokingBrad Pitt has thanked his kids for helping him achieve a long overdue New Year's resolution to stop smoking.

The movie hunk has been nicotine free for months and he credits his growing family for helping him ditch his bad habit.

He says, "I quit smoking. That (kids) was the only thing that got me to quit. That was it. Done."

Here’s more actors and actresses that reportedly used to smoke, but no longer smoke.

- Charlize Theron
- Sharon Stone
- Julia Roberts
- Matt Damon
- Drew Barrymore