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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.

To learn more, visit  > The Easy Quit System

FSU Researcher Lands $3.3 Million Grant to Help Smokers to Kick Habit

A new study will focus on connection between smoking and anxiety disorders.

Tallahassee, Florida — A Florida State University professor will share a $3.3 million federal grant with a colleague from the University of Vermont to develop an innovative method that will help smokers with anxiety disorders extinguish the habit.

FSU psychology Professor Brad Schmidt and UVM psychology Professor Michael Zvolensky are recruiting about 600 people — 300 at each campus — to participate in the study over the next five years. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the $3.3 million grant is one of the largest the scientific organization has ever awarded for this kind of study, Schmidt said.

Cigarette smoking, the leading cause of preventable death and disability in North America, is particularly common among those with, or at risk for developing, panic disorder, according to Schmidt. About 40 percent of individuals with panic disorder are regular smokers and more than 60 percent have a lifetime history of smoking.

“These rates are higher than in the general population where about 25 percent are smokers. Yet no specialized approach currently exists to help smokers with anxiety problems quit,” Schmidt said.

“The thing that makes this smoking cessation program unique is the focus on reducing anxiety sensitivity, which is a risk factor for developing anxiety problems” he said. Nicotine withdrawal produces all kinds of unpleasant feelings, and if you’re extremely sensitive to these kinds of bodily sensations, it could provoke anxiety and panic responses. People with anxiety sensitivity perceive certain physical responses — such as a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness — as a sign of imminent personal harm, even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, caffeine or nicotine. They not only fear their own reactions, they also fear that other people will detect their anxiety, which then increases their anxiety and puts them at risk for a panic attack.

“Some people with anxiety sensitivity actually begin smoking in a misguided attempt to assuage these feelings, while others develop anxiety sensitivity after they pick up the habit in response to the effects of nicotine on their bodies,” Schmidt said. “Either way, many of these anxiety-sensitive smokers find that withdrawal symptoms cause them to be even more anxious and panicky — thwarting their attempts to quit or triggering a relapse.”

Schmidt and Zvolensky’s cessation plan involves four one-on-one sessions. The program includes education, coping skills and anxiety reduction strategies, along with nicotine replacement therapy, such as the patch.

smoker inhaling“We have two inter-related goals, Schmidt said. “The first is to see whether combining some of what we know from our anxiety treatments with the state-of-the-art smoking cessation treatments will enhance our ability to help people quit smoking, and the longer term goal is to determine if these treatments will prevent the development of anxiety problems like panic attacks.”

“If the program is successful, it would reduce the public health burden of both anxiety and smoking-related problems,” Schmidt said. “In addition, the results of the study are expected to increase knowledge about the role of smoking in the development and maintenance of anxiety symptoms, panic attacks and panic disorder and the role that vulnerability to panic attacks plays in smoking relapses.”

For more information, call (850) 645-1766 or visit www.anxietyclinic.fsu.edu/research.htm.

Brad Schmidt
schmidt@psy.fsu.edu
850-644-1707
Florida State University

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