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Smoking a Cigarette is Like Drinking Formaldehyde

Each year in the state of Florida 28,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases.

Smoking and tobacco use amongst Floridians cost approximately $19.6 billion each year in health care costs and sickness.

Tobacco Free Florida exists to deter people from using tobacco products and to encourage those already using to quit using a powerful media campaign.

Tobacco Free Florida

The Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) program was established following a 2006 constitutional amendment where tobacco prevention programs were reinstated. The program is funded using money from tobacco settlement agreements.

Quit SmokingTFF offers on its website descriptive and honest reasons why people should quit smoking and using other products, such as smokeless tobacco. The site lists all the cancers that can occur from smoking or chewing, and even compares the health and wellness of a smoker to that of a non-smoker. For example, did you know that on average, a smoker will die thirteen to fourteen years before a non-smoker?

In addition to a section devoted to “quit tips,” the TFF site also offers online and telephone support. As an added incentive for people considering quitting, there are several video testimonials from former tobacco users who were able to overcome their addiction.

Known Carcinogen Formaldehyde in Cigarettes

There are thousands of chemicals in each cigarette, including chemicals that are known to cause cancer. For example, formaldehyde, the chemical used for preserving laboratory samples and dead bodies. This substance was classified by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a known human carcinogen in 2010.

On Average 10 Year Decrease in Life Expectancy for Smokers

If you are a smoker who just doesn’t want to quit, then you are subjecting yourself to a shorter life span than average.

By continuing to smoke, you have a greater chance of losing 10 years off your life, time that could be spent with your loved ones.

You also subject yourself to a general decline in health during those last years of your life while you are afflicted with one or several health complications as a result from smoking. These are health struggles that you also subject your loved ones to witness. Is it worth it?

What Quitting Smoking Can Do For You

Now that you know that a long-term smoker, on average, has a life expectancy of about 10 years less than a non-smoker, it is time to seek support and help to stop smoking now.

If you have smoked since your teen years or young adulthood, your chances of reversing any damage is significant. By stopping before the age of 35, you greatly improve your risk of any damage compared to people who have never smoked.

If you choose to stop smoking prior to the age of 50, the risk of dying from smoking-related diseases decreases by fifty percent. You can decrease that even further by making better health, nutrition, and diet choices.

Not Quitting Can Kill You

Quitting smoking not only dramatically improves your overall life expectancy, but it can improve your general well-being and overall health. No matter what your age or how long you’ve been smoking, it’s never too late to quit.

If you are hard-headed and need greater evidence on the decrease in life expectancy of smokers, take a look at this very long list of celebrities whose shortened life spans were caused from smoking tobacco.

As you can see, so many talented individuals died much earlier than the average life expectancy. And those who lived until their 80s struggled through many years of health afflictions—such as heart attack, emphysema, lung cancer, and throat cancer—due to their dangerous addiction to smoking.

Celebrity or not, no smoker is immune from smoking-related illnesses or even death.

Click for >  Celebrities Who Died From Smoking Related Illness

Users of Smoking Cessation Drug Chantix Experience Increased Aggressive Behavior

Over two million people attempt to quit smoking each year in the United States. Popular methods of quitting include using smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine replacement products or anti-nicotine medications.

Common effects of smoking cessation include increased levels of irritability and anxiety as the body adjusts to the lack of nicotine.

One common smoking cessation aid, anti-nicotine medication Chantix, has been linked to abnormal levels of aggression and violence amongst its users.

Pfizer’s Smoking Cessation Aid Chantix

Chantix is a smoking cessation aid manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. First approved by the FDA in 2006, this pill is intended to reduce users’ positive associations with smoking. It works by blocking in smokers’ brains the receptors that are stimulated by nicotine. It has been used by millions of people around the world as its popularity grows. In 2007, Chantix profits reached over $883 million.

Chantix lawsuits are on the riseReports indicate many users experiencing aggressive behavior and thoughts, including self harm and suicide, and lashing out at friends and family members when unprovoked. This has even occurred for people with no previous aggressive or violent behaviors. Pfizer has many lawsuits pending against it on the basis that the company did not disclose the risks of psychological side effects.

Study Documents Adverse Side Effects of Chantix

Chantix now leads the list of prescription drugs that are associated with acts of violence.  Results of a study published in PLoS ONE medical journal revealed that Chantix played a role in 408 cases of FDA reported adverse events. The second highest rate of incident was with the anti-depressant medication Paxil, with 177 cases. Not only are the reported rates of violence the highest, but the rates are proportionate to the number of people taking the medication.

Researchers speculate that the increased acts of violence are due to extra dopamine or serotonin released to the smoker’s brain while using the prescription medication, resulting in neuropsychiatric side effects. For people taking Chantix, the violent urges begin shortly after starting, and end quickly after discontinuing its use.

In 2009, manufacturers added to Chantix packaging a warning label depicting the potential hazards, including severe behavior changes and bouts of depression. Pfizer has also been required to do scientific trials on people with these symptoms to help determine their causes.

If you or someone you know has made the decision to quit smoking, talk about all your cessation options and strategies with your doctor.

Reference: “Chantix Side Effects Linked to More Violence Than Any Other Drug: Study”

Kick Butts Day(s) the Young People’s Great American Smoke Out

Quitting smoking is hard.

And the more help and support that we can give smokers to help them quit, the better off we all – men, women, children, dogs, cats, etc. will be.

March 24th was the 15th Annual Kick Butts day celebrated across the country.

Kids and young adults across the country will stand up to ask legislators to protect them from the tobacco industry. Protect them? The tobacco industry is not pulling teens and young adults out of their beds, homes or schools and telling them that they must smoke cigarettes or else.

Kick Butts Day – Are They Sending the Wrong Message?

toxic cigsThe way this Kick Butts Day is designed is open for discussion, because the creators of the day are pointing fingers at the legislators, the tobacco industry and everyone else except those that are currently smoking. Why should just legislators and the tobacco industry get all the blame? Yes, advertising campaigns that target youth is an indirect way to entice young adults to start smoking, but they didn’t force them …did they? Why are the creators of this day not also taking responsibility?

What if the Kick Butts Day focused more on getting teens and young adults to quit if they have started smoking and their friends rallying in support of them quitting. The day could commemorate the commitment to quitting, like a commitment to sobriety. The Kick Butts Day could be rallying around those that we know smoke and asking them to commit to quitting while also pointing them to support systems to help them.

What if we also celebrated those who have quit! Honoring them for taking responsibility for their life, health, and the impact smoking has on their loved ones. We could also remember  those we have lost to cigarette smoking.

Putting a Positive Spin on a Positive Effort

We have rehabs for alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, perhaps we need more rehab centers offering innovative approaches to smoking cessation. And we don’t need rehab centers because if we can rally to vote, rally to fight for healthcare, then we can rally to help teens and young people quit on the Kick Butts Day.

So let’s take a step to help smokers stop. An educational and positive spin on this day could implemented, instead of just name calling, or what some might label as cry baby blaming and finger pointing at legislators and the tobacco industry. The Kick Butt Day creators could make this a day of positive action rather than a day of focusing on negative reaction.

A Different Approach

Let’s think about this a moment.

Kick Butts Day could be a rally cry one day each month of the year. One day a month could be a way to check in and hold accountable those who have made the commitment to quit smoking.

One day a month and if that is too much then one day every three months those that have committed to smoking will be obligated to answer to their peers, parents, friends, etc. as to what they are doing and if in fact they have quit.

Diaries should be kept on a daily basis so that the potential quitters are mindful of what they have promised to do and make note of the bad habits that keep them from fulfilling their commitment to quit smoking.

This would certainly be a morale booster for those who have quit and an example to peers and those who want to kick but have been afraid to try.

Kick Butts Day could create a movement to eradicate the need to smoke if we focus inwards instead of outwards.

notable references:

Georgia Kids ‘Kick Butts’ on March 24 – CNBC

On March 26 at Manteo High School in Manteo, students will hold a cigarette butt cleanup to determine if the tobacco-free campus policy is successful. …

STUDENTS at Joseph Priestley College tackled the effects of smoking in association with National No Smoking Day last week.

Cassius Cheong’s Positively Quit! Manual

It’s estimated that about 45.3 million adults in the United States smoke.

Are you one of them?

Do you love someone who smokes?

Amongst all these smokers reports say that about half of them try to quit every year. Only 5% experience success; the other 95% fail.

Why? Most Everyone Knows the Dangers of Smoking

With the wealth of information on health and lifestyle diseases we all know the dangers of cigarette smoking and its implications on health.

Why then do so many people smoke? And more importantly why, despite their most heroic efforts, do almost all of them fail to quit.

With all the methods to help smokers become non-smokers available on the market today why do they fail?

In Cassius Cheong’s book Positively Quit! Manual he explains what years of research into cigarettes and smoking as well as his own experience with quitting smoking have taught him.

Cheong’s First Hand Experience Lays the Groundwork for Quitting

After twenty years of a pack a day smoking Cheong first attempted to quit in 1994 after the birth of his son. Using many of the common quitting smoking methods around today he failed time and time again.

Eventually he began to dive diligently into researching cigarettes, smoking, and quitting smoking. After ten years of intensive research Cheong was able to apply what he learned and successfully quit smoking – for good!

In Positively Quit! Manual Cheong teaches you in 59 easy to read pages what he learned and what worked for him and his numerous clients.

Are You a Stop Smoking Myth Believer Too?

Most cigarette smokers believe many of the myths associated with smoking.

One of the most influential in failing to quit smoking is that nicotine is harder to quit than heroine or cocaine. With this myth firmly planted as fact in the mind of a smoker who wants to quit, he’s practically failed before he’s begun.

This manual approaches quitting smoking from a unique, alternative perspective. Putting to rest false myths about smoking, learning about why you started smoking and what keeps you smoking, and looking at smoking and quitting from an entirely new view are paramount to the success of this program.

A Unique Approach Brings Stop Smoking Success

Cheong calls his manual “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Quitting Smoking.” He tells the readers that if you can open your mind, are an independent thinker, have a rational more than emotional mind, and really want to quit then you can.

Following his easy to read and understand manual will dispel the myths that keep you a smoker and help you unlock the tools within you to finally quit smoking for life!

Cassius Cheong's Positively Quit! Manual CoverWith questions that get you thinking and checklists to help you discover the core issues of smoking you’ll finally understand more about smoking and you.

Once you know a bit more you’ll be ready to face your smoking addiction head on and win!

If you’ve tried Nicotine Replacement Therapy, cold turkey quitting, weaning off tobacco products, and other commonplace quitting approaches with no luck Cassius Cheong’s Positively Quit! Manual may just be the book you need to beat cigarettes once and for all.

Armed with facts about smoking and fierce determination you too can join the rest of the non-smokers enjoying life without cigarettes.

It is also important to mention that the Positively Quit Manual has received 13 five star 6 four star reviews. You can read what others have to say by visiting the link below.

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“The Thinking Person’s Guide to Quitting Smoking.”

Resist Picking Up Another Cigarette

You’ve managed to stay off smokes for a day, a week, month or even a year. Well done!

You weren’t sure you were going to make it but here you are – smoke free!  It’s going favorably and you feel great!

Well, mostly. There’s one little problem. Every now and then, things happen that make you feel like having a cigarette.

Smoking Temptations

For instance, as often happens, you’re with a group of friends or colleagues who, one by one, start lighting up. You’re the odd one out. One of them offers you a cigarette. You graciously thank her and remind her you’ve quit for good.

She tells you one cigarette won’t hurt. You persist. The others join in chiding and taunting you.

At other times – and this one’s a real stinker – out of the blue, you develop this sudden, sickening feeling – like there’s deep empty void within you. It feels like the only thing that could fill this gaping hole is by having a cigarette.

Contrary to what you’ve heard, read or even personally experienced in a previous quit attempt (am I kidding?!), quitting cigarettes doesn’t have to be too difficult. Quitting’s easier when you have the right mindset. It also doesn’t hurt to have a personal set of effective tools handy.

Half of All Smokers

Take the example above, where friends and colleagues offer you cigarettes even though they know you’ve quit. They tease and taunt you. Hey – it still happens to me too!  And I’m fine with it.

Despite their outward appearance of enjoying their smokes, about half of all smokers in the United States try to quit every year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures). No doubt health concerns are high on their agenda.

Another good reason for quitting is that it’s just so tedious being addicted to cigarettes!  Smokers are as good as shackled to their packets of cigarettes for years and decades. They need to carry their packets of cigarettes with them everywhere they go.

At the back of their minds is the constant worry they’ll run out, so they’re constantly checking to ensure they’ll have enough until their next purchase.

And all this is not so much because of their love for cigarettes. It’s because of their addiction. Because of their tobacco addiction, smokers need to maintain the nicotine level in their blood at or above a personal threshold. If they’re not able to smoke, the nicotine is cleared from their system and the nicotine level in their blood drops.

They start feeling increasingly uncomfortable. They may find themselves unable to stay focused. It may spoil their mood. They need to smoke just to feel normal.

Smoking Rationalization

Most smokers have tried quitting several times but failed. They try to comfort themselves by rationalizing their addiction (“I smoke light cigarettes and they’re less harmful”). Others procrastinate quitting again and again. Some smokers feel trapped by their cigarette addiction.

This is the saddest lot. Even though, deep down, they’d rather quit, they’ve tried so many times and failed. Giving up they’re resigned to carry on smoking the rest of their lives, even if it kills them.

But Not YOU!

Luckily we’re not talking about you here – you’ve not smoked in days, months or years.

You got yourself out of that hole. Always be happy and grateful you got yourself over your cigarette addiction. Think of all the trouble you’re going to have to go through if you fall back in again by lighting up another cigarette.

Just stay Positively Quit!

Cheers 
Cas

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The Easy Quit System: Kick Your Smoking Habit for Good

There are so many methods for quitting smoking that the advertisers claim will work.

There’s the patch, the pills, the gums, the smokeless cigarettes, and the list goes on.

But if you’ve tried all of those and are still a smoker you may wonder what’s left, is there anything?

Tapping into Powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Quit Smoking

Crushing the PackageThere are more options to quit smoking than the list above.

If you’ve tried and failed with other methods maybe it’s time to get to the root of the problem with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.

CBT started in the 1960’s and is a therapy that enables the client to discover incorrect thoughts and perceptions that may be causing undesirable behaviors, such as smoking.

The process that causes behaviors starts with the stimuli, is interpreted with the thought and results in an emotion which leads to a behavior. When you change the middle step of the thought, the resulting emotion and hence behavior automatically change.

The Easy Quit System utilizes CBT to help smokers quit once and for all.

Peter Howell creator of the system promises to help you stop smoking by ending your desire to smoke. This program doesn’t just address the physical addiction of smoking it goes straight to the reasons you smoke in the first place.

Learn more about > The Easy Quit Stop Smoking System

Say Goodbye to Smoking Misconceptions that Keep You Hooked

Easy Quit System TestimonialIn the Easy Quit System Howell explains misconceptions about smoking including its addictiveness, the mistaken belief it’s a ‘habit’, and the number one reason why smokers never quit and how to overcome it.

In 30 chapters and less than 100 pages Howell uses CBT to change the way the reader thinks about smoking and why they do it. Howell tells you exactly how to quit smoking in this book by helping you to change your thoughts with facts.

If you aren’t satisfied with his program you have eight weeks to get a full refund of your money ($47).

This is a downloadable book (estimated 5 minutes) and can be read in its entirety in as little as three hours.

96% Reported Success Rate and a Money Back Guarantee

There are many clients who have responded with success stories from using this program when all other programs failed.

The success rate is stated by Howell as being 96% when using The Easy Quit System.

Many users of the program have reported quitting for good in as little as one weeks time without cravings or weight gain so common with other programs.

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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.

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We Quit Smoking for Love. We Both Succeeded.

I want a cigarette so bad.

Yesterday, we fought with tech support of our Internet service provider…for hours. They kept putting us on hold, handing us to different departments, saying one thing, then contradicting themselves. Seems the corporate behemoth would see fit to train their support personnel.

Now, today, the stress is catching up with me. I haven’t yearned for a cigarette like this in years. Years!

My wife and I quit smoking 8 or 9 years ago. We kept track of the date for some time. After a while, it didn’t matter. What mattered was we actually did quit. For good.

We Quit for Good

Not one cigarette since. Not when we were stressed. Not with morning coffee. Not when inadvertently inhaling the allure and promise of second hand smoke. Not when a friend across the table lit up; not even when the friend gestured to help ourselves to the pack.

Our minds’, “One won’t matter. I quit once, I can do it again anytime I want” justification never did get the best of us.

Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I ever did.

Mary and Will Bontrager Choose HealthOh, I had quit before. Many times. Before I met Mari.

Most quitting lasted just long enough to reason with myself that I was young and I had plenty of time to quit. I really didn’t need to do it now. Why not enjoy myself? I could quit later!

I even quit for a month and a half, once.

That was broken one evening when I went to a bar and proceeded to get slightly drunk. A friend was with me. He smoked.

Like an everlasting fool, I asked him for a cigarette. He asked me if I was sure. “Sure I’m sure,” I said. “I’m no longer a smoker. I’ll prove to you I can smoke one cigarette and never smoke again.”

He said, “No, you can’t. If you really want a cigarette, I’ll give it to you. But I tell you now, you will become a smoker again.”

He was right.

This Time the Love was Real

Eleven years ago, I met my wife, Mari. There were times before when I thought I was in love. But this was real.

We both smoked.

One day, we talked about the future. The subject of health came up. We decided to quit so we could be together longer.

When I quit for myself, I always failed. The first time I quit for love, I succeeded. We both succeeded.

Will Bontrager is owner and operator of the free numerology readings web site, AffinityNumerology.com.

Way to Go California – 1 800 No Butts at Your Service

California’s Example Provides Encouragement that Smokers Can Stop

Today in the LA Times, it was reported that the use of cigarettes in California is steadily declining.

Smoking statistics for adults have dropped since California passed a twenty-five cent tax on each pack of cigarettes.

Cigarette Taxes Encourage Quitting Smoking

The decline of adult smokers in California is at forty-one percent since the new tax, reported by data from the Department of Public Health.

pic-cigarette-notThis is great news and offers hope that the newly-passed government cigarette tax may just stop many smokers in their tracks.

Eric Bailey, from the LA Times states, “Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating this week’s 20th anniversary of California’s groundbreaking tobacco-control effort by releasing new data showing that cigarette use is continuing its steep decline in the Golden State.”

Last year only thirteen percent of California adults were addicted to cigarettes, which is a ten percent decrease since 1988. Another encouraging bit of data is the decline in youth smokers, which is currently a little over fourteen percent and one of the lowest percentages in the entire nation.

Way to go California!

No If’s or Butt’s About It

For those smokers who are wanting to quit, try calling the 1 800 No Butts quit smoking help line. Calls are currently up twenty-five percent since last year. This is another example that people are seriously considering the health hazards of smoking and the cost of their cigarette habits.

Our hats go off to 1 800 No Butts. Kimberly Belshe, Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, reported the estimates of lives saved through this program the last twenty years is as high as one million and over eighty-six billion dollars in health care expenses.

Credit for this article goes to the LA Times
For more information contact eric.bailey @ latimes.com

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