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Apps for Android Quit Smoking

Stop Smoking with Apps for Android

There are several apps available for android phones that are designed to help users stop their smoking habits and develop an overall healthier lifestyle.

Smoking cessation techniques such as apps can be an effective tool that help relax users, reinforce motivation, and guide them through the rewarding process of quitting.

Given the affordability and the ease of use, smokers will find these apps helpful.

Popular Apps to Help You Quit Smoking

Apps featuring hypnosis:

  • Stop Smoking—Quit Smoking and Feel Relaxed With No Weight Gain (Self Hypnosis, Guided Meditation, Subliminal, Binaural Beats, NLP): This app uses therapeutic, hypnotic audio to help reprogram smokers’ urges, concentration, and motivation during their transition from smoker to nonsmoker.
  • Stop Smoking Hypnosis: Through hypnosis sessions, smokers’ will lose the desire to smoke while remaining positive about the transition.
  • Easy Stop Smoking: Along with relaxing hypnosis techniques designed to help with the quitting process, this app provides users with background videos on how hypnosis works.
  • Quit Smoking Audio Alpha Wave Affirmations: Recondition your habits with the hypnosis offered with this app, followed by a series of positive affirmations.

Apps for Android Quit SmokingApps using graphic images to reinforce quitting:

  • Craving Buster: Using graphic images as a reminder of the consequences of smoking, this app also gives tips on creating a healthier lifestyle.
  • Quit Smoking Now: Using a four step process with graphic images, this app helps smokers get control of their smoking habit.

Track your quitting progress:

  • Cigarette Counter: This app gives smokers a statistical overview of their habit: how often they smoke, how much they spend on cigarettes, and how long it’s been since their last cigarette.
  • I Can Quit Smoking: Not only can users track their progress with this app, they can receive encouraging messages, or send messages to others who are in the quitting process.

Other smoke-free apps:

  • You Can Quit Smoking: A 12 chapter e-book written by a former smoker shows users of this app that it is possible to become smoke-free.
  • Acupressure: Treat Yourself: Learn your body’s self-healing capabilities with this app, including techniques to relieve anxiety associated with quitting smoking.
  • Kicking the Habit: A Smoker’s Guide: This app offers a step-by-step guide on quitting smoking in thirty days and tips for coping along the way.

For help quitting smoking, please click > Apps for Android: Stop Smoking

Women Celebrating Smoke Free Lives

Smoke Free Women is an organization serving as a resource for women who are looking to quit smoking, as well as acting as a support system for women who have already quit.

Approximately one in five American women is a smoker. Almost 80% of them have a desire to quit.

Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, Smoke Free Women offers women and their friends and family help on achieving this goal.

Smoke Free Women: Help Quitting

Stubbed out CigaretteThe Smoke Free Women website offers many different quit-smoking resources, including:

  • an online cessation guide designed by health professionals and ex-smokers;
  • information database on various smoking related issues and quitting topics, such as the benefits of quitting, depression, pregnancy and smoking, second hand smoke, stress and weight concerns, and withdrawal symptoms;
  • various quizzes to help gauge mental status and interpersonal relationships;
  • information for numerous quit lines featuring health councilors and web resources; and
  • a publications library of information on quitting, pregnancy and smoking, smoking later in life, and more.

Celebrating Smoke Free Voices

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the creation of the Smoke Free Women website, the organization established a video contest. This inspiring contest was to provide a platform for people to creatively express themselves in self-made videos that were entered in one of two categories.

The first category was open for videos focusing on the topic “Why I am a smoke free women.” Entrants were encouraged to enter videos that explained why they stay smoke free, their reasons for quitting, and what it means to be a smoke free woman.

Video Winner: Why I am a Smoke Free Woman

The second category was the topic “Why I want YOU to be smoke free,” giving friends or relatives of smokers an opportunity to share why they wanted a loved one to be smoke free.

Video Winner: Why I Want You to be Smoke Free

Smoke Free Women has helped women from across the country with their smoking cessation needs, and the videos of success from these women are truly inspirational.

Reference:  Smoke Free Women [http://women.smokefree.gov]

Herbal Stop Smoking Aid – The Science Behind Essential Breathing Pipes

One of our website visitors recently alerted us to a fascinating way to help smokers quit.

For a moment, imagine using the same delivery device used for centuries that imposed the negative effects of nicotine dependency being transformed into an herbal healing tool.

This is the story of how the president of Femlogic, Inc., Tanya Moreau-Smith, discovered and created a safe and effective way to help people through the use of Essential Breathing Pipes.

Learn how Tanya’s discoveries progressed to the adaptation of smoking pipes into breathing pipes, and how they are now changing lives for the better.

It Started with an Interest in Alternative Healing

Essential OilsI’ve been interested in alternative healthy healing to assist people and pets in getting and staying well for a long time.

This interest began with internal preparations for everything from stomach issues to immune boosting, kidney and liver detoxifying, and so forth.

A few years ago, I added a collection of my own skin care formulations to my internal herbal preparations, and went on to create the company Femlogic, Inc.

Now, we are adding another line of products that we are very excited about.

From Smoking Pipes to Breathing Pipes

Essential Potions is the name of our line of skin care products that we have been sharing for a while now, and Essential Breathing Pipes are our new product line that we’re currently in the process of patenting.

These are pipes made specifically for the portable aromatherapy dispersion of essential oils or liquids through aspiration. We call them breathing pipes because they’re most certainly not smoking pipes although they look nearly the same.

The pipe itself has never been the guilty party, only the tobacco and toxins delivered through it when burned.

So why not make the pipe a tool to aid in breathing!  Keep the soothing benefits – the repetitive oral and tactile gratification,  but loose the negative substances and the affects from the toxic elements.

NASA Study on the Benefits of Peppermint Oil

While researching new findings – herbs, rainforest elements, essential oils and the like for my skin care line, I came upon a NASA funded study about Peppermint oil.

I was amazed at the list of benefits of breathing peppermint oil vapor could bring to people.

Some proven benefits included:

  • Eating 3000 fewer calories in fat and sugar a week
  • Aiding people in quitting the smoking habit.
  • Amazing results with alleviating stress and calming anxiety
  • Relief from stomach upset
  • Headache Relief
  • Keep drivers alert when behind the wheel
  • Increasing brain function by up to 28 percent
  • Increased physical abilities by up to 14 percent

This list actually kept going on and on!

With a lab full of essential oils, herbs and the like, finding a new way to utilize peppermint oil in a compact and portable, safe, mess and pain free way was right up my alley.

Incense and Peppermints

Flowering Peppermint PlantThe Nasa study lead me to contemplate who in today’s hectic manic world wouldn’t find comfort and aid from using this remarkable oil.  The problem I saw was that you either had to heat the essential oil of peppermint in a traditional aromatherapy burner to benefit or use a nasal inhaler like the athletes have done to increase their performance – never one of my favorite delivery systems.

First I began experimenting by reworking cigarette and cigar holders until I adapted them thus creating my new peppermint oil dispersion system.

I tried them first by breathing on my pipes throughout the day, day in and day out, the majority of my day I found I was using a pipe.

Peppermint Euphoria

The first I felt was a joyful almost euphoric sensation, a sense of peace with that first big deep breath and exhale.  I found this so fascinating and my thought processes became more creative. It felt like I could think outside the box.

Then I noticed my energy level became extremely high.  I found I can curb my appetite and with 5 minutes of pipe breathing before a meal I would eat less. It also helped when I felt the need to normally have a snack.

I was excited to be on the receiving end of the peppermint oil benefits and with this firsthand experience I knew I was on to something big that could help a lot of people.

Giving the Pipe a Smoker’s Test

Essential Breathing PipesI began making various pipes for friends and family and started receiving great feedback.  I gave them to smokers and non smokers alike.

I experimented with version after version working to make a completely heat free portable aromatherapy device. Then came the thought – simple, think simple.  So, I began working backwards and came to the place we’re at now.

The smokers I gave one of my new portable devices to actually stopped smoking using just the pipe! It was as if they turned their addiction from the cigarette onto the pipe, sucking on them for all they were worth at times.

I felt that was just fine! A great exchange and they could use the pipe all day long if need be – at their desk, driving, whenever they would have grabbed a smoke.

No nicotine, no toxins, just organic peppermint vapor, pure and simple.

Amazingly, we discovered with use they were hardly taking in any oil, it was all vapor!

Maybe two-three drops of oil  a week was added to their pipes at most, the majority of people we found use more like a drop or two every three to four weeks.

Smoker’s Transition to Stop Smoking

We found that after a few weeks of the transference from smoking cigarettes to sucking on their Essential pipe the smokers began using it a little less and less.  They went from manic use to whenever they were stressing at work, in traffic and furious behind the wheel, experiencing headaches, or stomach upset, or feeling hungry between meals.

Now we find,  two to three months after the beginning of the quitting process, the now non smokers are using their pipes  strictly for pleasure – just like the non smokers that have found the comfort in the repetitive hand to mouth movement.

The smokers didn’t transfer their addiction to candy, cookies, junk food, coffee, cokes and other addictive substances.  They didn’t even gain weight.  What they used to for transfering their addition was just a stage and it was a  healthy one which was helpful for cleaning and improving lung function on top of all the other benefits found in the studies.

The Latest Essential Oil Breathing Pipes

Essential Breathing PipesOur most recent development is launching our hand carved hard wood pipes which are made in the USA. And we are collecting additional wood crafters who are excited about the benefits of the pipes and are interested in making them.

Our new Lucite pipes are made in Italy.  We are also working on new designs such as retrofitting bowl style pipes with our dispersion elements.

Oh, and the pipes come in a range of prices from very affordable to more expensive, and even those perfect for pipe collectors.

You can learn more about Femlogic’s Essential Breathing Pipes by visiting their website. You will be received with enthusiasm and find a really nice assortment of pipes to choose from.

Learn about > The Science Behind Essential Breathing Pipes

Story and Credit: Tanya Moreau-Smith, FemlogicInc.com.

Want to Quit Smoking? Discover the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program

If you’re still a smoker like 45.3 million other Americans but want to quit you may want to consider an approach that is getting good reviews, the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program.

This approach was created by Valerie Dawson a “stop smoking” expert.

Dawson’s brings to the table more than eighteen years of experience as a counselor and hypnotherapist.

Valerie Dawsom PictureShe also comes highly recommended by a number of physicians in her local area and a large number of client testimonials abound on her website offering proof of this programs success.

The website also displays the testimonials from several doctors who recommend Dawson based on the success of their own patients.

What is NLP? How Can NLP Help You Quit Smoking?

Like a number of other programs the Easy Quit Hypnosis Program utilizes NLP or neuro-linguistic programming to help the program participant quit smoking.

NLP is a counseling method that employs the use of the three most important brain functions that create experiences in a human; neurology, language, and programming.

The NLP approach to quitting smoking (or changing any other unhealthy habit) involves a fundamental change in the users perception of what the habit brings to them. In other words, perhaps a smoker perceives smoking as a stress reliever. With NLP this concept is changed so that when the ‘smoker’ feels stressed they no longer even crave a cigarette.

The basic theory is that when the smoker no longer views a cigarette as relieving the need for smoking will dissipate.

Will Easy Quit Hypnosis Really Work in 58 Minutes?

With this particular program Dawson claims as a result of her expertise and specific training in smoking cessation she will enable her clients to quit smoking in just 58 minutes!

That’s a pretty amazing claim – the question remains, is it too good to be true?

According to the numerous testimonials by both users and doctors it really does work. Not only does it work but you’ll experience no withdrawal symptoms so common with quitting smoking.

Exactly What You’ll Receive with Easy Quit Hypnosis

When you order Easy Quit Hypnosis you don’t just get a 58 minute CD to listen to and quit smoking. The program offers a wealth of materials for an affordable price.

  1. A “Simple as 1-2-3 Stop Smoking Guide” with tips, tricks, step by step procedures to quit smoking and utilize hypnotism to do it.
  2. Audio #1: “Getting Ready to Quit Smoking” in which Dawson explains the hypnosis program, how it works, and what you can expect.
  3. Audio #2: “Stop Smoking Hypnosis Session” the actual program after which you’ll be able to say ‘I’m a non-smoker.’
  4. Audio #3: “Non-smoking Hypnosis Reinforcement” the part of the program to use to keep you a non-smoker.
  5. Audio #4: “Non-smoker Waking Reinforcement” to listen to at home, in the car, at work, wherever and whenever you need a little extra support.

Quit Smoking Expert ProgramCurrently on the site Dawson is also offering 4 bonuses; “Instant Natural High,” “Calm and in Control,” “Vacation to the Beach,” and “Get More Done in Less Time.”

This part of the program promises to elevate your mood and even daily level of achievement.

Maybe the program is too good to be true but maybe it works. You get all the above mentioned products for just $47 and the program is guaranteed to work or your money back. You also get to keep the bonus CDs.

Making a Personal Choice

The decision to smoke as well as the one to quit are very personal choices. It goes without saying that the program that works for one smoker may or may not work for another smoker. The price of this program is low and the success rate according to site testimonials is high. If you’re serious about quitting smoking it just may be worth the try.

To learn more, visit > Easy Quit Hypnosis

If you choose to try the program please report back to us and leave your comments on how well it worked for you.

Quit Smoking Right Now: Help Stop Smoking Program has 90% Success Rate

If you’re one of the 1.2 billion people still smoking (or someone you love is still smoking) you may be interested in the Quit Smoking Right Now program.

This quitting smoking program, created by author and internet entrepreneur Rick Beneteau, claims an amazing 90% success rate.

Beneteau states the 10% of people who do not successfully kick the nasty smoking habit is due to the fact they have not followed the steps as outlined in his program.

A 90% success rate is pretty impressive and warrants thorough investigation for anyone who’s serious about quitting smoking. This is a program to consider.

The Birth of Quit Smoking Right Now

Quit Smoking Right Now ProgramQuit Smoking Right Now came about after Rick Beneteau himself was battling a deadly smoking habit.

He tells his story on his web site, but in brief he’d tried multiple times to kick his 30+ year smoking habit with no success.

Motivated by his young daughter and pushed by fate Beneteau found himself face to face with Rick Sanura a NLP (neuro-linguistic practitioner) with a program for quitting smoking.

Beneteau began the program with Sanura and to his amazement quit smoking.

The two then collaborated to create the program they now offer to you; Quit Smoking Right Now.

How is Beneteau’s Program Different from Other Stop Smoking Programs?

The premise of Quit Smoking Right Now is that your mind is what convinced you to start smoking and ultimately your mind is the key to quitting smoking for good.

Not only will you quit smoking but you’ll accomplish it without nasty nicotine withdrawals or the use of nicotine replacement aids. Both of these are so common with many programs to stop smoking.

Once you re-program your mind through the techniques you’ll learn in Quit Smoking Right Now you’ll not only successfully quit smoking, you’ll never even be tempted to return to the nasty, life robbing habit even in times of extreme stress.

This program can be used successfully for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and pipe smoking.

What Do You Get When You Order?

With your $197.00 order of Quit Smoking Right Now you receive 3 downloadable audio or written files “Quit Smoking Right Now” to listen to or read plus a bonus of 3 audio files “Make Everyday a Great Day” to help you experience personal growth in any area of your life. You also have access to online support and telephone support along with a 30 day email subscription to “Pearls of Success.”

This program offers 100% money back guarantee if you don’t successfully quit smoking after following the specific steps outlined in the program.

Quit Smoking Right Now claims you will kick the habit after just three hours of listening to and following the steps outlined in this program.

Will it Work for You?

Cigarette Chemicals not Allowed in LandfillsThere are numerous testimonials from ex-smokers with heavy smoking habits on the Quit Smoking Right Now website.

Their claims are that this program did work successfully for them, where all others attempts to quit had failed. (If you order this program please stop back by and leave your comments of your results.)

Beneteau’s own personal experience tells the same story. Although this program costs more than most stop smoking programs it offers more support than most others do.

If you do smoke or love someone that still smokes learn more about this program and maybe you too can soon call yourself an ‘ex-smoker.’

To learn more, visit > Quit Smoking Right Now

Kick Your Smoking Habit in 38 Minutes and 13 Seconds

Quit Smoking Today has quite a promising guarantee.

This stop smoking program was created to help smokers stop now by Rob Mellor.

In his program Mellor reports the smoker can kick the habit in just 38 minutes and 13 seconds, in fact he guarantees it.

Mellor’s philosophy is based on the theory that the number one reason people smoke is to attempt to relieve stress.

He contends that smoking is only an illusion at stress relief and with real stress relief tools in place the smoker will no longer turn to cigarettes to relieve stresses. This illusion is deep seeded in the unconscious of the smoker and with the proper tools can be changed.

Discover the Number One Reason People Smoke

For instance, people become stressed when they are under pressure to reach a set deadline whether it is at work or in a personal situation.

A deadline approaches, the work is not completed and stress builds. So the smoker heads outside for a smoke to relieve the stress.

Mellor reminds the smoker that in doing this the work is still not completed, the deadline continues to loom, and the stress is still there.

The basis of this is that smoking doesn’t relieve stress. Learning how to reduce and effectively deal with stress is the solution that will stop smokers from picking up that deadly cancer stick.

This program guarantees it can overcome this habit.

Stop the Cravings, Don’t Rely on Willpower

In his program, Quit Smoking Today, Mellor promises that in 40 minutes you’ll gain the tools to deal appropriately with stress so you choose not to smoke. He says the smoker who tries to quit using his program will not experience cravings, or need to spend money on nicotine replacement therapies or other drugs.

He also promises his prospects that they won’t have anxiety, weight gain, suffer the sense of loss, need to use will power, or even have to set a quit date.

Mellor knows this program will work because he draws on his NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) experience.

Change Your Thinking to Change Your Life

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a type of psychotherapy that enables people to change their thinking to change their lives.

Thoughts that become part of our unconscious thinking from years ago still play into our decision making.

Many of these beliefs are incorrect, even dangerous for us and desperately need to be ‘reprogrammed.’ Mellor puts on the 40 minute recordings what he’s used with thousands of smokers to help them quit – for good.

Quit Smoking Today – Tested on 5,000 Smokers

pic-stop-nowHe’s tested this recording on over 5,000 smokers who wanted to quit.

You may not believe what you are about to read!

The quit results were a remarkable 99.7% stop smoking success rate for the period of one month, and 97.2% success rate in a six month period.

Along with the recording (which is backed by a 100% money back guarantee) you get five free bonuses:

  1. Quit smoking eBook
  2. Recorded stop smoking therapy session
  3. Stress relieving audio program
  4. Set of weight loss and health tips
  5. 97 Ways to Get Fit and Stay Fit.

The Quit Smoking Today program (plus 5 bonuses) is sold for $47.

Money back guarantee is for 60 days!

This quit smoking program really makes sense. Learn more if you’re a smoker and want to quit you can discover new ways to cope with stress rather than replace a habit with more nicotine (patches or gum) and continue to crave a cigarette.

Turn learn more or order, click  > Quit Smoking Today!

Raising the Smoking Age, Black Market Cigs & 4 Billion for Health Care

This week the news reported several tobacco related stories.

As the senate passes a bill to protect young Americans from the effects and dangers of smoking, smokers are red hot over the recent tax hikes and smoker’s helplines are getting busier by the day.

Also, Big Tobacco is feeling a little pain this week after paying their annual settlements.

Associated Press Reports on Bill SB 1049

The house will soon review a smoking age bill the Senate voted on and passed on April 15th to raise the smoking age from eighteen to nineteen years old.

The goal of this bill is to reduce the number of youth smokers by keeping tobacco products away from high school students.

The Senate vote was twenty-five for, and five against. In the same story it was reported that in the State of Texas alone roughly one-fourth of the high school students smoked cigarettes in 2006.

If this bill passes, the tobacco supply aimed at eighteen year old smokers would not be available legally.

Big Tobacco Yearly Annual Settlements

Also in the news, Philip Morris USA made its annual tobacco payment of four billion dollars as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement which is paid to reimburse states for smoking-related health care costs.

In total, Big Tobacco agreed to make about $206 billion in annual payments over more than two decades.

However, not all states are using the funds as specified.  The American Cancer Society in New England reported that only a small percentage of funds targeted for tobacco prevention programs were allocated. This lack of responsibility is putting children and youth at risk for taking up the nasty tobacco habit.

Red Hot Over Cig Tax Creates Busy Helplines

The tobacco tax in Arizona was only thirty-nine cents a pack a few weeks ago.

With the new government tax add on of a little over a dollar, the Arizona Tax Revenue department is worried about their share of the taxes being undercut due to smokers seeking alternative ways to buy their smokes.

With cigarettes at just under seven dollars a carton in Mexico, black market tobacco products may soon be infiltrating the area along with the resale of cigs purchased at the Indian reservations.

At the same time, calls to the Arizona stop smoking help line are up, as reported by the Tuscon Citizen news.

The Arizona Smoker’s Helpline is web based and offers a test for smokers. It is designed to provide a score on each of six factors that describe individual smoking behaviors. They understand that people phase in and out of wanting to quit and they know how to support smokers in taking the next step to really quit for good.

First learn why you smoke. Is it …

  1. Stimulation – If you smoke for stimulation, try a brisk walk, dance around the room, change your state in another way.
  2. Handling – If you like the way a cigarette feels then try other things to keep your hands busy. Take up a hobby
  3. Increasing Sensation of Pleasure –  Create some new activities in your life that are stimulating and enjoyable without being destructive.
  4. Reducing Negative Feelings – If smoking is a crutch for coping with emotions there are many great programs designed to bring emotional highs and lows into balance.
  5. Cravings or Psychological Addiction – Try products like NicoDrops, nicotine gum or patches to remove your focus on cigarettes while incorporating hobbies and other activities to divert your attention.
  6. The Habit – Begin noticing every cigarette you smoke and ask yourself if you really want it.

Get Free of CigarettesThese six factors are more extensively explained at the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline and offer a way for becoming more conscious about your reasons for smoking. If you are just thinking about quitting their free web-based smoker’s helpline is really worth checking out.

Once you have a better understanding of why you light up, you may be more inclined to know what steps to take to stop your nasty tobacco habit.

It’s a Drag: Is it Time to Quit? – Take the Great American Smokeout Challenge

When you’re a smoker, especially in California, which boasts the second-lowest number of adult smokers in the country next to Utah, very few sweet voices greet you throughout your day.

Most people just want to get away from you.

There’s no smoking indoors in public places or outside in parks or playgrounds.

In some cities, like in Oakland, you can’t smoke in ATM lines or at bus stops. And in Belmont, smokers soon will not be allowed to smoke inside their own apartment or condominium.

So maybe there’s no time like the present to quit.

Stubbing That CiggyAnd if you do try, as thousands of Americans will Nov. 15 during the Great American Smokeout, you will hear one friendly voice on the other end of the line at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887), the California Smokers’ Helpline.

If you’re lucky, you might reach Loraine, a former smoker whose mission is to help others quit. She sweetly asks her clients the tough questions, like how many cigarettes they smoke per day and how smoking makes them feel.

She then walks them through the ways in which they can break the habit, either cold turkey or by using nonsmoking aids.

“We want you to be as comfortable as possible when you do this,” she says, as she coaches a client into a nonsmoking plan. At the end of a 30-minute conversation, Loraine sends her client a certificate and promises to call on the quit date. A week or two after the quit date, Loraine will call again.

There is no magic bullet to quit smoking, no miracle cure that will take away cravings or erase smoking behavior, no matter what new drug comes out. “As Yoda would say, the magic bullet resides within you,” says Dr. Steven Schroeder, director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

Despite an occasional “Star Wars” quote, Schroeder minces no words when he talks about the grasp the habit has on smokers.

“Nicotine is more addictive than heroin or crack cocaine,” he says. The good news is, the number of smokers in the United States is decreasing. For the first time, there are more former smokers than current smokers out there. Just 12 percent of California adults smoke, compared to about 20 percent of the American population as a whole.

Schroeder has been working with smokers for about 15 years and writes papers on the subject of quitting. He says first, smokers need to want to quit. They then need to find the right time to do it and set a quit date. Next, smokers need to bolster the reasons why they want to quit and figure out the temptation triggers and try to erase them.

Then, he says, smokers should decide which cessation aids are right for them.

There are a variety of such products on the market, from over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) aids such as nicotine gum and the nicotine skin patch to prescription NRTs and non-nicotine prescription medications such as bupropion and the newer medication, Chantix. (which comes with some pretty severe side effects.)

The bad news is, none of these aids is 100 percent effective. In fact, none is 50 percent effective. Drug company Pfizer’s own studies on Chantix say it’s 44 percent successful, the highest of all. “We think it is the best drug so far,” says Dr. Kolawole Okuyemi of the University of Minnesota Medical School, who wrote a paper on the subject titled “Interventions to Facilitate Smoking Cessation” and studies multi-ethnic populations and their smoking habits.

Other drugs, including nicotine gum and the patch, have success rates of about 20 percent. About 2.5 to 5 percent of smokers are successful at quitting without any aids.

Drugs act differently on people of different races, depending on the type of cigarette used, such as mentholated versus non-mentholated, Okuyemi says, so it is not easy to predict what will work on whom.

It takes a combination of products and counseling to really help people quit, says Dr. Jodi Prochaska, clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

While alternative therapies are sometimes touted as a cure to help people quit, Prochaska says there is no good evidence that acupuncture helps smokers quit. There is some evidence that stop smoking hypnosis can be helpful.

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California’s patients smoke at a rate of about 9 percent, compared to 12 percent of the general California population. This is due, in part, to the nonprofit health care provider’s proactive stance, says Jeanne Reisman, chief of health education for Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center and anti-tobacco champion.

Kaiser physicians identify smokers during visits and encourage them to quit. The company offers smoking cessation classes to its patients and offers discounts on stop-smoking aids. “There are a lot of messages that smokers receive about being asked whether they smoke and about being advised to quit,” Reisman says.

Say you’ve tried to quit smoking before, and it just hasn’t stuck. Reisman and other experts we interviewed say most people fail the first time, but the likelihood of being successful gets higher after several tries.

Quitting smoking, they say, is the best single thing anyone can do for his or her health. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, and can harm others who are exposed to the smoke.

The first step is up to you.

Reach Laura Casey at 925-952-2697 or lcasey@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Source: Laura Casey, Contra Costa Times

You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be

There is inside of you all of the potential to be whatever you want to be, all of the energy to do whatever you want to do.

Imagine yourself as you would like to be, doing what you want to do, and each day, take one step towards your dream.

And though at times it may seem too difficult to continue, hold on to your dream.

One morning you will awake to find that you are the person you dreamed of, doing what you wanted to do, simply because you had the courage to believe in your potential and to hold on to your dream.

~ Donna Levine ~

Quitting smoking is just like that. Just go with the flow, relax, and find the calm within the storm that is you.