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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

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.

Affleck Opens Up About Quitting Smoking

Ben Affleck is helping TV titan Oprah Winfrey prompt Americans to stop smoking.

Recently Affleck opened up by talking about the reasons behind his decision to quit after 20 years.

The movie star/director appeared on Winfrey’s show on Tuesday (22 Jan 08), which was aimed at those struggling to give up nicotine.

He revealed he once smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and that became “part of who I was.”

Affleck said, “I finally decided to quit smoking when I was gonna have a child. That was the thing that sort of put it over the top for me.”

The Harbor star used hypnosis to kick his habit after best pal Matt Damon urged him to try the method that helped him quit.

Hypnotic SuggestionAffleck recalls, “You sit in, like, a Barker lounger (chair) and he (hypnotist) sips water and just talks to you for an hour, and explains how nicotine is poison.

“All of a sudden, you thought’ ‘This is asinine that I’ve been doing this to myself for all these years.’ “My last cigarette was on November 10th, 2005…I feel a huge difference in my health now that I don’t smoke. I feel like I’m in better shape than I was five years ago.”

Source: PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) – Wien, Austria

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

OJ Helps With Nicotine Withdrawal

If you quit cold turkey – drink plenty of Orange Juice to help your nicotine withdrawl symptoms.

You’ll get over the irritability, anxiety, confusion and trouble concentrating and sleeping that come with nicotine withdrawal a lot faster if you drink a lot of orange juice during this time.

Why, you wonder? Here is what researchers have found.

oj.jpgOJ makes your urine more acidic, which also clears nicotine from your body faster, says Thomas Cooper, D.D.S., a nicotine dependency researcher and professor of oral health sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

“Besides,” adds Dr. Jorenby, “the citrus taste in your mouth makes the thought of having a cigarette pretty disgusting.”

Even though OJ is high in sugar, perhaps drinking some Vitamin C rich orange juice while you are quitting smoking may give you that extra support for the time being.

Quit Smoking Meters

Some people like keeping track of quit smoking progress and there are a number of meters to assist with this endeavor.

One aid is QuitKeeper created by Dedicated Designs.

Quitkeeper has a nice sleek graphical user interface (GUI.)

It is very user friendly and quite intuitive for a computer novice.

Currently QuitKeeper is the Ciggyfree quit smoking meter of choice for Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP operating systems, and it is free!

The QuitKeeper Developer stated in an email to ciggyfree: “I am pleased that Quit Keeper is helping in yours and others quit. I had a lot of fun writing QK says Mark QK developer. And it gave me something to do once I had so much more time after quitting. Good luck with the website and the quit!”

View of QuitKeeper PageI have been quit for 5 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 hours, 33 minutes and 52 seconds (2,037 days). I have saved $12,225.39 by not smoking 40,751 cigarettes. I have saved 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 hours and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 02/04/2001 10:00 PM

If you need a meter for other operating systems, you can check the Ciggyfree Quit Smoking Meters Page.

Happy quitting!

There is no Freedom without Courage. I have been free for 2Y 8M 4W 12h 13m (1,001 days). I have saved $3,906.88 by not smoking 20,030 cigarettes. I have saved 4M 2W 4D 2h 20m of my life. I quit cold turkey on 2/1/2004 11:00 PM

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