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Some Helpful Tips to Quit Smoking Successfully

Following are some helpful tips that will help you quit smoking for good.

Quitting smoking is not the easiest of things; some scientists have even remarked that it is more addictive than heroin.

And this of course, highlights how hard it can be to stay committed to the cause and to remain on path of being the much sought after non smoker.

Hopefully the following helpful tips to quit smoking will be of benefit to you so you either quit or you stay committed to the healthy path of being a non smoker.

Planning Your Quit Smoking Target Date

Setting Quit DateThere has been a few studies that suggest that people are more likely to quit successfully if they plan ahead and quit on a Monday – the start of the week.

For some reason, people like the notion of being able to start a week afresh. This also perhaps highlights why people attempt to quit on New Year’s Day as it is a new year. What’s important is that you do pick a date, preferably a Monday, and start to brainstorm and plan ahead for this day and beyond.

  • What will you be doing on that Monday to make it easier to stop?
  • Will you avoid social occasions in that first week or will you use those occasions to desensitize yourself from smoking and being social?
  • How will you reward yourself in that first week?

Boost Your Morale

Rewarding yourself is of high importance.

Sometimes quitting smoking can be so “painful” that you’ll need to boost your morale so that you remain committed to the cause. Getting a massage, or going out for dinner are some positive ways to feel better.

The withdrawal process can sometimes throw up all sorts of conditions, from headaches, to nausea. The more time you spend working on feeling good will limit the impact of this natural detoxifying period that starts just after quitting.

Anti-Smoking Aids

Go see your doctor to make sure there is no antismoking medication that you can take that can help the process. There are several drugs on the market today that have been designed to help a person quit smoking – to reduce the power of the cravings so that quitting can be done with more ease. For those who are weary of pharmaceutical side effects, there are stop smoking herbs that have no known side effects.

Leading up to your quitting day, have your cars and house deodorized and you can begin the process of cutting down by not smoking in these areas.

You’ll enjoy the fresh smelling car and cigarette smell free house and this will create a barrier between you and smoking in these areas as you won’t want to muck up the nice smell that now exists.

Addiction Psychology

Understand that every former smoker is just one puff away from becoming a packet a day smoker once more. A non smoker cannot have one more puff, EVER. Knowing this and understanding this will give you a greater ability to say no to cigarettes now and in the future.

With that said, avoid using certain words and meanings to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Avoid such internal dialogue that includes “forever”.

It is much harder to quit smoking “forever” than it is to quit smoking “for this year.” Make your emotional environment more manageable by setting realistic goals that give you a greater chance of long term success.

If you need to stop smoking by saying “this week is my perfect week – I’m not going to eat junk nor smoke for this perfect week” – All the better.

Additional Quit Support

Deep Breathing SupportLearn a craving busting technique such as deep breathing. Deep breathing and or self hypnosis can release and or reduce stress making it easier to last through the cravings.

Avoid coffee and tea and other forms of caffeine products. There are some studies which suggest that caffeine increases the propensity of cravings.

Further to that, most smokers have a coffee and a cigarette together, if you stop doing one, but continue the other, it’ll be clear to some part of your system that something is wrong and will yearn and send signals for a cigarette (or in short, drinking coffee=increased cravings).

Hold Consciously the Stop Smoking Benefits

Write down all the benefits you’ll receive by being a non smoker and carry a list of these benefits around with you in your wallet or purse.

Anytime you get a craving or feel a need to smoke, you can simply read the list and you’ll feel a lot better instantaneously knowing you’re on the path!

I hope this little tip sheet has been of some benefit to you. Best of Luck!

Paul Brickhill
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Hypnosis to Quit Smoking
Hypnotherapy Melbourne, Australia

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

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.

Researchers Discover Why Some Smokers Addicted with First Cigarette

Addicted to smoking from your first puff?

Blame it on a chemical pathway in your brain.

Researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry have discovered differences in brains that explain why some individuals become addicted to tobacco with their first cigarette while others are initially sickened by the experience.

It comes down to one brain pathway that uses dopamine, a neurotransmitter, to transmit signals related to the rewarding properties of nicotine.

Working with animals, the University of Western Ontario scientists found they were able to manipulate specific dopamine receptors in the brain to control whether nicotine was rewarding or aversive.

The work was published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Lead researcher Steven Laviolette of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Schulich said the finding may open the door to drugs to prevent smoking and reverse addiction.

“If we can develop pharmacological agents that target those receptors in these specific areas, we might have a very effective way of controlling or even preventing someone from becoming dependent and addicted to nicotine simply by blocking the rewarding effects or controlling how their brain perceives nicotine as a rewarding stimulant,” Laviolette said.

It might also be possible to block the pain of withdrawal smokers feel when they stop smoking, making it easier for some to quit, he said.

Laviolette said the UWO research may apply to other addictive drugs that use the same neurotransmitter such as alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines and barbiturates.

Causes for Cigarette AddictionThe next step for the scientists will be to look at chronic nicotine exposure and see if it might be possible to reverse the effects of the addiction.

“After someone becomes addicted there is a whole cascade of events that happen that we haven’t necessarily addressed at this point but we are certainly looking at in future studies, Laviolette said.

Source: John Miner, Sun Media

For the latest local coverage, read The London Free Press on the web or in print.

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

Try Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Bloomington, Minn. – Millions of dollars are spent each year on smoking cessation treatments, including the nicotine patch and hypnosis.

But on smoking cessation treatment being used more often may be the ticket to a smoke-free future.

Studies suggest that acupuncture may aid in the fight against smoking addiction by relaxing the body and reducing cravings.

By using an acupuncture needle to stimulate certain points on the body, pain-modulation endorphins are released,” says Sher Demeter, LAc, associate dean for the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Bloomington, Minn.

Picture of Ear Acupuncture“This is often compared to experiencing a runner’s high which can also cause a mood-lifting effect. Not only can acupuncture be used to treat problems associated with chronic pain, headaches, digestion, insomnia, irritability and nervousness, but it also has been used as a smoking cessation tool.”

Demeter adds that acupuncture may help a smoker relax and feel less anxious, reduce the cravings for nicotine, decrease the frequency of withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, and help eliminate toxins in the body.

“A person should commit between six and eight weeks of treatment while visiting two or three times a week. It can take a month for the body to clear its system of toxins so it is important to reevaluate after a few weeks,” say Demeter.

Because smoking is an addiction, quitting is not as simple as getting a few acupuncture treatments and then never craving another cigarette. “The success rate is similar to other smoking cessation treatments and programs, in order for the treatment to be effective, you have to make positive lifestyle changes and maintain those changes by using your own free will,” says Demeter.

“You can not quit smoking with just acupuncture but it can help reduce the nicotine cravings by reducing the physiological and emotional stress associated with quitting smoking.

For additional resources on smoking cessation, visit http://www.nwhealth.edu/nns, a Web site focusing on natural approaches to health and wellness hosted by Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Source: Spooner Advocate

Dying from Emphysema

Tobacco has taken its toll on Haines resident Jim Hamp. His wife and mother both died of tobacco-related cancers, and Hamp is dying from emphysema.

A longtime charter and commercial fisherman, Hamp, 68, now has to wear a nasal cannula (a plastic hose that pumps oxygen from a tank into his nose) and rarely has the energy to visit is boat.

Some days he barely has the energy to reach across the kitchen table. After smoking for 50 years, Hamp said he’d trade all the pleasure he got from cigarettes for one more good day of breathing. Now that he’s dying, Hamp wants to warn young smokers about what awaits them.

“Tobacco is just a matter of time. It doesn’t matter who you are,” Hamp said. “Why tempt how long? You’re playing with your life.”

Even though he sold cigarettes when he was growing up, Hamp said he didn’t start smoking until after he went to college. He said both of his parents smoked and it was the accepted thing to do. When he was in the military, more than 200 of the 244 soldiers in his company smoked. Within a year of starting, Hamp said he was smoking 1 1/2 packs a day.

Hamp managed a marina in Michigan, then moved to Anchorage in 1980 after visiting a friend and settled in Haines in 1983. He said he was extremely active until his early 60s and working a 16-hour day was nothing.

Picture of Old ManBut seven years ago, while pulling a shrimp pot, Hamp said he “folded up.” He said it was like someone “put a plastic bag over his mouth,” he wasn’t in pain but he couldn’t get any air. “It was like I’d been punched in the stomach, that’s one way to describe it,” he said.

Hamp said he was real close to respiratory arrest. When he went to the doctor, the tests found scar tissue from pneumonia and emphysema. He was told if he quit smoking, he might have four or five years left.

After several failed attempts at quitting on his own, Hamp called SEARHC Tobacco Health Educator Jane Weagant. She helped him cut down to a couple of cigarettes a day, but the addiction is too powerful for him to completely give up smoking.

“I know it’s killing me, and it’s shortening what life I have left. But it still is very difficult to quit,” said Hamp, who hopes his story can help someone else quit or decide not to start smoking. “If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t start.”

Related Information:

The SEARHC Tobacco Program can be reached at 1-888-966-8875 (Southeast region) during normal business hours.

The Alaska Tobacco Quit Line number is 1-888-842-QUIT (842-7848) and is available 24 hours a day.

Source: SitNews

Are Cigarettes Your Best Friend?

Occasionally I hear a smoker say that they cannot possibly give up smoking because a cigarette is their best friend.

Some friends can be highly toxic to your well-being, and a cigarette is one such friend to beware of!

There comes a time in life when we should take inventory of how we choose to spend our time.

Each step of the way life gets a bit closer to target death. We all know that we cannot live forever!

There is always one certainty in life and that is the knowledge that the ultimate end to every human being who lives is cessation of life.

Picture of Man With Gun SmokingDeath is our final frontier and we hold zero knowledge of what really happens when we arrive and cross over to this state titled death.

So why do people choose to entertain cigarettes as their best friend?

Don’t Miss The Mark!

Sometimes people just don’t get it.

They tend to think that they can continue on with life just as it is and not have to change anything about themselves.

They forget that life really is about change, and fail to witness the evidence as marked by the four seasons becoming their own worst enemy in the battle to quit smoking.

It’s easier to talk themselves into it. They fall into the trap they have set up for themselves.

They are their own enemy if they convince themselves that they just need:

    • One more puff
    • One more cigarette
    • One more pack
    • One more carton
    • One more week
    • One more month
    • One more year
    • One more decade

      They can continue hurting themselves for the rest of their natural lives and turn their time into something addictively insane during the interim.

      Picture of Word MarkThey mark their days as being an entirely productive experience while they suck on the other end of a toxic pesticide stick. And they do this every thirty to ninety minutes! Is this you? It was me 2.5 years ago.

      Hey Listen!

      Don’t miss the mark! Get off the butts and get busy with life. Only you can choose to be proactive, and live to breathe!

      Observe the four seasons closely:

      Spring is birth

      Summer is youth

      Fall touts middle age

      While Winter bleeds the elderly…

      Know your limitations.

      Everything in life is circular.

      What you do in your lifetime will eventually come back to bless or haunt you.

      Use your time on earth wisely.

      Don’t miss the mark!

      Smoking Addiction and the Human Choice

      The past week I have seen two fatal accidents along the route 9 corridor heading towards Brattleboro, Vermont. Both could have been avoided if the drivers had not made bad decisions.

      The first accident involved a left turn and the second accident involved a right turn. What did both drivers have in common?

      They both risked their lives and the lives of others by making a turn in front of speeding traffic. They both probably thought that they could beat the odds of dying, and they both failed miserably.

      Picture of CatViewing the aftermath of crushed metal horrifically flattened upon impact, is a painful and disturbing sight to see. The vehicles that had hosted life just moments before, now laid to rest as a testament that the stupidity of human choice can indeed kill you.

      ASH (Action on Smoking & Health) states that “smoking has more than 50 ways of making life a misery through illness and more than 20 ways of killing you.” Imagine all you have to do is make the choice to smoke and you can have a smorgasbord of options to simply die for.

      What’s on the menu today: lung cancer, kidney cancer, or maybe a dash of Ischemic heart disease? Come on how about it.

      Or better yet, you can pick from a grab bag of assorted illnesses! How about acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis in twenty years, peripheral vascular disease in thirty years, or pneumonia next winter?

      Rest assured that smoking is a very disturbing addiction. Though the act of smoking does not veer to the left or to the right, it does remain steady. Day after day, year after year the smoker lights cigarettes laced with radioactive ingredients and garnished with pesticides. Logically speaking self preservation alone should dictate absconding to higher ground. Perhaps smoking is a form of self-harming disease?