21 October 2011

Smoking Health Effects - COPD

Smokers are at the highest risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Most, up to 90% of COPD cases are caused by cigarettes smoking. If you are diagnosed with COPD, the very first thing you should do is quit smoking. COPD is a sickness that included two types of chronic lung diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Millions people in the United States experience COPD symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic cough and chest tightness. Some of them treat their condition with Advair Diskus that can help control COPD symptom outbreaks and still can't quit smoking for good. People who quit smoking can slow the loss of lung function dramatically. Anyway, quitting smoking has been shown to help people with COPD (or without it) live longer.

There are tons of quit smoking tips that have helped many smokers to quit smoking for good:

- Pick a quit day. Choose a day when you’ll quit smoking

- Get rid of all cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters.

- Know your reasons to quit. Write them down. Carry them with you.

- Know your triggers for smoking. Make a list and write how you’ll deal with each trigger.

Below are some simple ideas to prevent cravings and relapse:

- Do deep breathing exercises for five minutes to keep calm and relaxed.

- Enjoy activities like going out, sports, dancing anything else available.

- Get support. Talk with your physician about quitting. Tell your friends to help you to quit.

- Be positive and believe in yourself. Millions of smokers did it and you can too.

11 October 2011

No Smoking Day to Join Forces with British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation (BHF) declared that the No Smoking Day will be set for March 2012 in order to protect its future following a 50% decrease in its funding due to government shrinkages. No Smoking Day already exists for more than 25 years; it allows support to many local organizations to conduct a stop-smoking day annually.

But following government expenditures cuts the charity's revenue dropped from just over £1m in 2009 to £418,000 in 2011. For instance the Department of Health funding was decreased from £250,000 to £125,000 and there was any funding from the Scottish government or other related entities.

“No Smoking Day is UK's most successful public health campaign. As many other charities we have been significantly affected by public authorities’ cuts with 50% of our full funding wiped out. Luckily we realized to assure a stable and long-lasting future No Smoking Day with the BHF,” stated Amit Aggarwal, chief executive of No Smoking Day.

In July 2010 the charity proposed a strategic plan for its future in order to guarantee constant funding and creating new stakeholder networks and collaborations.

The merger with BHF will have two No Smoking Day employees, marketing manager Vishnee Sauntoo and business manager Judith Skinner, who will enroll in the 45-strong policy and communications team at BHF. “By joining forces we are able to improve the No Smoking Day campaign thus helping more people quit cigarettes, as well as intensifying our policy and lobbying work. The opportunities promised by this merger were too good to miss,” declared Betty McBride, director of policy and communications at BHF.

All No Smoking Days vicarious agents have resigned as part of the merger. Their chief executives, Amit Aggarwal, was leaved on a fixed-term contract until November this year in order to secure the financial perspective of No Smoking Day and direct the team through its 2011 campaign. “Aggarwal has realized a great job. He conducted the merger negotiations and plans to continue working in the voluntary sector,” a BHF spokesperson said in an interview.

No Smoking Day will keep its brand in the merger although BHF is thinking how best combine BHF brand into a unique name. “The NSD is well-known by cigarettes smokes, health care authorities and journalist, and the BHF believed that it will have an effect. The BHF is currently discussing with its members the conditions and methods of introduction the BHF to the name, but it does not want to do anything that will affect NSD’s existing reputation,” BHF representative declared at the press conference.

No Smoking Day is entirely responsible for 250,000 people trying to stop smoking each year, approximately 6,000 of which do so at every turn.

28 July 2011

Smoking and Drug Addiction Recovery

Smoking and Drug Addiction RecoveryVisit any drug rehabilitation center and you are sure to find that many recovering drug addicts are heavy smokers. It is often accepted and even encouraged that recovering addicts should focus on one addiction at a time and refrain from quitting nicotine and illicit substances simultaneously.

The answer however, is not always that simple. Many recovering drug addicts find that quitting smoking during early recovery leads to increased energy levels and better health ­ which only strengths their overall recovery from substance dependency. Other, however, find the experience to be extremely difficult and stressful ­ even leading them to experience cravings for drugs and alcohol ­ the more destructive and dangerous addiction.

Individuals in early recovery should be given options and not be blindly commanded to keep smoking. Some centers, such as this drug rehab in San Francisco, even offer nicotine cessation programs within their facility. If you are in early recovery and wish to quit smoking, we encourage you to look into all of your options before making a decision.

08 June 2011

The Benefits of Smoking

The first daring idea was to make this post totally blank as the Allen Carr did in his book, but then I decide to add some thoughts. The main one I've mentioned many times before is that if you believe that smoking helps you to relax or concentrate or both, you probably will have hard times while trying to quit smoking. Learn more about nicotine addiction to understand why are you craving for the next cigarette and why you feel more 'balanced' after it. It's very simple - just because your addiction is satisfied. If you are going to lose your illusions about smoking value - you will get more chances to quit smoking for good and stay clean forever.

Smoking is a dangerous and deadly addiction, but smokers come up with thousands of reasons not to quit. Moreover, nicotine is a stimulant, but most of smokers believe that it's like a magic drug that helps a lot with anxiety, depression and really helps them to deal with the stress. Numerous documented negative health effects of smoking can't help smokers to quit while they believe that there are some advantages of smoking. So, here is my simple advice - find out that there are no real advantages of smoking cigarettes, change your mind and quit smoking easily.

04 May 2011

Simulated Tobacco Smoking

In the last decade, simulated tobacco smoking has become possible thanks to electronic cigarettes, which have gained substantial momentum among many smokers, as well as a lot of popularity among the media. The reason for this is that they offer both potential and heavy smokers alike an alternative to conventional cigarettes that is far healthier, while at the same time providing users with varied options when it comes to choosing their cigarettes' flavor and style.

Another important aspect of electronic cigarettes that many people seem to underestimate, is how advanced a mechanism they sport despite their size, and which makes smoking electronic cigarettes an extremely effective simulated tobacco smoking experience.

Let's take a better look at how this simulated tobacco smoking experience is achieved by learning more about electronic cigarettes.

What are electronic cigarettes?
In essence, electronic cigarettes are electronic devices that resemble the look of conventional cigarettes in almost every aspect, like size, weight and color, while also emulating their flavor and the sensation of smoking.

This attention to detail in most modern electronic cigarettes is evident, with almost every model available on the market sporting features like smoke or the lighting of the tip of the electronic cigarette that look extremely real. All of these, even while not being entirely necessary on paper, make smoking electronic cigarettes an experience almost as authentic as the "real thing".

How does an electronic cigarette work?
The mechanism inside electronic cigarettes is composed of a mouthpiece, a flavor cartridge, an atomizing chamber, an electric circuit and a battery, and each of these elements is extremely important for providing a satisfying simulated tobacco smoking experience.

A durable battery for example, is essential in providing a long-lasting smoking experience. Batteries also contain a special mechanism that makes the tip of the electronic cigarette light up whenever the smoker inhales. Cartridges contain a mouthpiece and a nicotine solution, which come in different flavors and which make electronic cigarettes highly customizable.

In order to activate the mechanism, all the smoker needs to do is just to inhale. This activates a series of mechanisms, lighting up the tip of the electronic cigarette and emitting a smoke-like vapor, as well as igniting the atomizer, which burns the nicotine solution. It is precisely this nicotine solution what is inhaled by the smoker once it is burned, since it turns into a flavored mist that provides the smoker with a simulated tobacco smoking experience that feels just like a traditional cigarette, but without the risks posed by tobacco.

For the smoker, the entire electronic cigarette smoking experience is seamless, and all that is left to him or her is to just replace the cartridges and to recharge the battery when needed.

There are also disposable electronic cigarettes in the market as well, and users have also the option of choosing among varying intensities and different levels of nicotine content. As electronic cigarettes become more and more popular, more buzz is created online and electronic cigarette information is easier to find. There are also many forums dedicated to smoking electronic cigarettes, or 'vaping'.

19 April 2011

Quitting Smoking Advice

Most smokers don't know that the cigarette includes at least 2 milligrams nicotine that's rapidly allocated to the mental faculties within seconds following with inhalation. Usually, the smokers may possibly associate cigarette smoking with their own daily activities. General behaviors include having a drink and coffee, using cigarettes while smoke breaks at work or between classes, smoking cigarettes during tense situations, smoking after food, and while operating; and cigarette smoking as the first morning routine. Figuring out these actions is a great way to predict cravings and become prepared to quitting smoking.

Considering that quitting smoking can affect your body chemistry, it is important to adjust your diet regime to provide all vitamins and minerals that the body requires during this hard times. Help your body get rid of toxins by drinking more pure water each day, this will also maintain your body moisturized and renewed. Substitute juice, as well as tea, in place of coffee with your breakfast, because caffeine is really a powerful drug that affects both the body's chemistry and feelings. By eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding junk food, you really help your body to quit smoking for good.

Physical exercise can also be a fantastic diversion in place of smoking, aside from being ideal for the body and your general well being. Small, brief bursts of exercise will help overcome those sudden urges that come from nowhere. Simply by doing a workout such as lunges, crunches, small jogs, push-ups, a stroll around the block, along with bike riding - you can gradually increase your health potential. Remember to reward yourself at the end of smoke-free day, taking your chance to replace your nicotine cravings with more positive and healthy advantages.

17 February 2011

The Art of Appearing to be a Quitter

If you're on this site, chances are that you're having some trouble with giving up smoking. If quitting is what you're aiming to do, there are plenty of other articles on this blog that can help you tackle that issue. The purpose of the following is to explore some easy ways that you can utilize to at least make it look like you quit smoking. Say you have a girl/boyfriend that you promised you'd quit smoking to, or you work in a customer service environment… or maybe the smell of tobacco on your clothes just serves as a constant reminder of your own inability to quit. Whatever your reason may be, here are a few methods I've picked up over the years to appear like you aren't a smoker.

The most obvious indication that someone is a smoker is that lingering scent. Although washing your clothes would be the best way to nullify that sticky stench, chances are you're not going to have enough time to do a wash if you find yourself in a situation where you might need to be less than straightforward about your smoking habits.

A great precaution that I've found to come in handy is to wear a sweatshirt or a zippable jacket while you smoke. Since even the strongest colognes can do nothing more than mask the scent, it'd be smarter to avoid getting it on your shirt in the first place by taking this step. Similarly, it wouldn't hurt to wear a beanie or at least frequently wash your hair. The greasier that mop on top of your head is, the easier it will be for the tobacco particles to bind to your hair.

Even though your hair and shirt may be covered, there's still enough surface area on your hands and neck to blow your cover. Putting on a scented lotion will allow some of the tobacco particulates to bind to the cream, stopping them from floating out into the air and into everyone else's faces. Hand sanitizer also works in this regard, as well as keeping your nails trimmed short. Believe it or not, particulates can build up under your finger nails giving them that yellowish hue. Even though the chances of this blowing your cover are pretty slim, it's still probably a good idea to avoid this anyway.

Lastly, you definitely would want to invest in some teeth whitening products. There's nothing like telling your girlfriend or boyfriend "if you really think I'm still smoking, don't you think my teeth would be stained?" Peroxide based teeth whitening products are relatively cheap, and even if you do actually manage to quit smoking, it's still nice to keep up with it regularly. Just be sure to do it six months apart or you'll risk degrading your tooth enamel, opening you up to a whole new world of cavities.

18 January 2011

Cigarette Smoke Acts as Immediate Inducer and Promouter of Cancer

Smokers console themselves with the postulate that years needed for lung cancer to acquire in a smoker’s body. The reality however is quite different and a recent study demonstrated that the effects of smoking on human body take place only minutes after the chemical substances inside cigarette arrive in the blood. Smoking is known to have fatal effects, but the results of this study are frightening and scary warning sign on smokers and those who are going to start smoking.

In a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute on the effects of inhaling cigarette smoke, scientists verify that genetic damage linked to cancer becomes obvious within minutes of lighting up. Researchers say, smokers are essentially injecting the substances directly into the bloodstream when they take their first few puffs, and one particular type of pollutant, called phenanthrene, that's found in cigarette smoke takes just 15 to 30 minutes to form a substance that is able to sport mutations that can cause cancer.

Researchers checked the levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in patients right after they have had a cigarette. The results were quite horrible as they discover that the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons combined with cigarette smoke turned into chemicals damaging the body in just 30 minutes. So, the lung cancer does not begin after years and years of smoking, but only after minutes from finishing the cigarette. This is indeed a scary fact. Cancer makes millions of victims year after year, so it is strongly recommended to quit smoking in order to prevent it.