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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Willpower is the Key if You Want to Stop Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Willpower is the Key if You Want to Stop Smoking

We are simply told "just stop". Stop smoking that is. If only it were that easy right? But the fact of the matter is that both psychological changes and psychological issues play a role in any program to stop smoking. It is not even easy for the most determined of people to flip a switch and stop smoking.

However, the commitment to quit has to be part of any program. On average, only 6% will be successful in quitting during their first attempt. Finding the willpower to make the decision a permanent thing is the key to success.

We all make small choices in any area of life. However, the big choices are rarely a matter of snapping the mental fingers and opting for a course of action. More thought and effort than that is needed. It is those twin helpers that are the link between willpower and achievement.

One of the major factors as to why people smoke is stress. And we all know that stress keeps on coming year after year. Something happens in our lives and we feel stress, therefore reaching for a cigarette to restore calm.

It is possible to interrupt that journey at several points along that moving train of events.

Begin slowly. Search for those times when reaching for a cigarette is just down to habit. The first thing you do in the morning is reach for a cigarette. If this is the case, then put them out of the way and exert willpower so as not to get them.

Delay your after dinner cigarette for a few minutes more to begin with and then longer and longer. It is these small victories that will reduce the quantity of cigarettes that you smoke every day and strengthen your willpower.

As your control over impulses is better gained, your self-confidence will grow. You will feel in control. This will reinforce the feeling of willpower, and you can direct events rather than them directing you.

The next thing to look at is the long term plan. Select a day to stop smoking. Estimate what date you will run out of cigarettes. Remind yourself of the high price of cigarettes, not only in dollars, but also health wise, and prevent yourself from buying anymore.

The first two weeks will be hard, which will make the largest demands on your willpower. The cravings will also be at their strongest during this time. The chemical changes that take place in your body will adjust to lower levels of dopamine, therefore flushing smoke ingredient-created compounds out of your body which will create an urge to resume.

Think of the long term consequences in order to help yourself. Keep photos of diseased lungs around the house and remember the times when you were short of breath when walking up a hill. Assist your willpower in every way possible.

Sticking to the plan for life is what follows next. This is the really hard part. Willpower not only selects an action today, but directs your life towards a better horizon.

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Willpower is the Key if You Want to Stop Smoking

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Giving Up Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Giving Up Smoking

If you have tried to quit smoking at any time, you would more than likely have used the phrase ‘I am giving up smoking.’

I would like to introduce to you the fact this phrase may be doing more harm than good.

If you don’t get what I mean, you may be sabotaging your quit atempts from the very beginning. In this article you will learnt his phrase actually carries negative connotations and can subliminally hinder your quit attempts when repeated over and over to yourself. At the conclusion of this article you will see the more you tell yourself you are ‘giving up,’ the less likely it is you will have success with stopping smoking.

“I am giving up smoking”, it’s a common saying that we have all heard at one time or another. It is so common in fact, that I don’t think we even realise what it actually means or implies. When you are trying to stop smoking one of the worst things you can say, or even think, is the term “giving up.”

‘Giving up’ something implies loss. You ‘give up’ things you care about and cherish. Like you would ‘give up’ your nightly bath to save power. You would ‘give up’ your morning coffee at a cafe to save money.

The term “giving up” has a strong negative connotation, that implies you are stopping something that is a great thing in your life. It does not enforce that you want to quit, it actually does the opposite. You may not even realise this is happening, but every time you say or think you are “giving up” you are inviting in negative thoughts and feelings.

When you stop smoking, it is a positive experience. You are not giving up anything, on the contrary, the benefits are endless. You get healthier, you save money, you don’t stink of smoke any more, etc etc.

Now I can imagine some people out there are reading this and thinking “Smoking is a great thing in my life and I enjoy doing it.”

Well, I can sympathise with that because I used to think exactly the same way. This didn’t stop me from wanting to quit though, because the thought of dying young just wasn’t very appealing to me.

The first few times I tried to quit, I went into it thinking “I am giving up.” I felt like I was losing something dear to me. Well guess what, I couldn’t quit. It wasn’t until I changed my way of thinking and stopped using the term “giving up” that I ironically “gave up”.

Instead of thinking I enjoyed cigarettes and the positives it brought into my life, I turned it around 180 degrees and concetrated on the positives. I no longer thought I was “giving up cigarettes” but that I was gaining life, I was gaining freedom, I was gaining good health, I was gaining more money.

I kept on reinforcing these thoughts and before long I was no longer thinking or feeling like I enjoyed cigarettes, I actually I hated them.

It wasn’t until I had been free from smoking for about two months that I realised that I never in fact enjoyed the act of smoking, what I actually enjoyed was relieving my nicotine craving. My craving was at such a level that it had fooled my brain into thinking that I actually enjoyed the bad taste, the bad smell, the having to go outside every half an hour etc.

I never enjoyed any of those things but it took to thinking of it as not “giving up smoking” but instead “what am I gaining from not smoking” to realise this.

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Giving Up Smoking

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Decision To Quit Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Decision To Quit Smoking

Even before you decide is to Quit Cigarette Smoking, you need to figure out why you want to quit smoking. From a non-smokers point of view this may seem obvious; health reasons. However, smokers don’t always Quit Cigarette Smoking for health reasons. While a smoker may think that this would be the best reason to stop smoking; it might not motivate them to stop for good. People in general like to be instantly gratified; they look for and act upon things that provide benefits that can be felt, seen, tasted and experienced now, not always things that will benefit them in the long run. I highly recommend you take a note pad and make two columns on a page. On the left side you should list the things that you enjoy about smoking (ex. Relaxing with my cup of tea after supper). On the right side you should list all the cons about smoking (ex. I run out of breath easily). I am sure when you complete this you should see a longer list on the right side and a shorter one on the left. This can help you get motivated to take the final step and quit.

The motivating factor for a smoker to Quit Cigarette Smoking varies greatly among people. For many it is for financial reasons. In some areas of the world, a pack of cigarettes run $8 per pack or more. This means smoking one pack per day will take $56 out of their pocket every week, $248 every month and a whopping $3,000 a year. I am sure anyone can find something better to do with that money. I often suggest to people that while they are quitting, bank the cash you WOULD be spending on cigarettes. It adds up very fast and when you are successful at quitting….take that dream trip, go on a shopping spree, pay down your mortgage….whatever you like. I just find that it is very motivational to visually see the numbers you’re wasting on cigarettes.

Other motivating reasons for quitting may also be: the smell on their clothing and hair, the smell of your car, it prevents excelling at a sport that they love, they want to sing better, their teeth are stained and it embarrasses them, the birth of a new child or many, many other non-health related reasons. In order to experience a permanent break from this habit, you need to determine the reasoning behind your decision. Once you determine why you want to quit, you can remind yourself on a daily basis why you’ve decided to Quit Cigarette Smoking. Here is another motivational thing you could do to help yourself along the way. When you find out why you want to quit you need to make a list of those reasons and post it on your fridge, near your desk, in the bathroom….wherever you will see it. You should read it at least once a day if not more to help you stay motivated!!

Here is a partial list of ingredients found in cigarettes:

Acetic Acid: in vinegar, hair dye and developer.
Acetone: main ingredient in paint and fingernail polish remover.
Ammonia: a typical household cleaner and glass cleaner. Scientists have discovered that ammonia lets you absorb more nicotine — keeping you hooked.
Arsenic: deadly poison that causes diarrhea, cramps, anemia, paralysis and malignant skin tumors. It is used in pesticides.
Benzene: found in rubber cement, pesticides, and gasoline.
Benzo (A) Pyrene: found in coal tar and cigarette smoke. It is one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in the world.
Butane: found in cigarette lighter fluid and gasoline. Highly flammable.
Cadmium: found in batteries, and artists’ oilpaint. It causes damage to the liver, kidneys and brain, and stays in the body for years.
Carbon Monoxide: a poisonous gas found in car exhaust.
DDT/Dieldrin: found in insecticides.
Fibreglass: a material often used to make the hulls of boats, as well as fibreglass pipes. Small particles of fibreglass are found in some cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Fibreglass is included in these products in order to cause tiny cuts in a smoker’s or chewer’s mouth, throat and lungs to ensure faster delivery of nicotine and other chemicals to the blood stream.
Formaldehyde: used to embalm dead bodies. It causes cancer, and can damage your lungs, skin and digestive system. This embalming fluid is also often used to embalm small animals in biology classes, so check with your science teachers to find this one.
Hydrazine: used in jet and rocket fuels.
Hydrogen Cyanide: used as a poison in gas chambers.
Lead: a highly poisonous metal that used to be found in some paints. Lead poisoning stunts your growth, makes you vomit and damages your brain.
Napthalenes: used in explosives, moth balls and paint pigments.
Nitrobenzene: a gasoline additive.
Phenol: found in disinfectants, plastics, and used in chemistry tests in laboratories.
Polonium: radiation dosage, equal to 300 chest x-rays in one year.
Propylene Glycol: lock de-icer.
Styrene: found in insulation material (Styrofoam).
Tar: a sticky brown substance composed of organic and inorganic chemicals that is the main cause of lung and throat cancer in smokers. Tar can also cause unsightly yellow-brown stains on fingers and teeth.
Toluene: found in paint thinner and embalmer’s glue. It is highly toxic.
Vinyl Chloride: found in garbage bags.

In general, people do not stop to think about what they are really putting into their bodies. As you can see the tobacco companies have gone to great lengths to keep you addicted for life......using chemicals that can eventually take your life. In my next post I plan on talking more about nicotine itself, how it works, what it does in your body and some of the withdrawal symptoms it produces when you quit!

Is this new information to you? Did it shock you? Does your new knowledge motivate you to take the step and quit?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Decision To Quit Smoking

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Will it Help You to Quit Smoking?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Will it Help You to Quit Smoking?

Cutting down on cigarettes, it’s a technique that most of us will use when trying to give up smoking. It’s a good theory isn’t it, “I am preparing my mind and body for quitting cigarettes, by reducing the amount I smoke each day”. Seems to make sense, but the problem with theories is that they don’t always work when put into practice. Most of us will try this technique (including me) but I bet for 99.9% of us it didn’t lead to quitting.

Here are some reasons why.

The idea behind cutting down is to give you some control over your cravings for cigarettes.

Unfortunately when you do this, the exact opposite happens: You just give the cigarette more control than it has ever had before.

This is how it will work.

Say you usually have a cigarette every hour or so. You decide to cut it back to one every two hours, essentially halving the number of cigarettes you smoke each day.

By the time an hour is up you will want to smoke. This is the time you usually have one, but you think: “I will wait another hour.”

In stead of thinking: “Boy, aren’t I being good, I’m not smoking for another hour.” You will instead be thinking: “Boy I want a cigarette, how long to go; I need one now, cigarette, cigarette, cigarette”.

I know what it’s like when the need to have a ciggie hits you, all you can think about is lighting up. It won’t go away until you have that first puff. It is very hard to concentrate on anything else.

In this extra hour of waiting the quality and quantity of work or play may have suffered because your concentration is fixed on smoking. All you have achieved is kept smoking on the brain for a longer period.

The worst thing of all, is you have put the cigarette on a big, giant, golden pedestal.

Now, once the two hour period is up, the next cigarette you smoke is going to be one of the best you have ever smoked. You have waited and suffered, now you get your reward.

The last thing you want to do when quitting smoking is make a cigarette into a reward, but that’s what cutting down does. It makes having a cigarette a rewarding experience.

Sooner or later you will end up smoking as much as you did before you started this charade. Sure you may be strong for a few days, or maybe even a few weeks, but by keeping smoking on the brain you are sure to fail.

Because you still smoke, you have them on you at all times, temptation in your pocket. When you get stressed, or you desperately need a cigarette, are you just going to keep saying no when temptation is an arm length away? Of course not! One day you will give in, and you will tell yourself just this once. But once will turn into twice, twice into three times and before you know your back to square one.

Cutting down will never lead to quitting because even though you are waiting to have a cigarette, you still end up having a cigarette. Turning a cigarette into a reward will never lead to stopping. The only true way to quit is to not smoke, period.


Quit Cigarette Smoking~Will it Help You to Quit Smoking?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Why Do People Start Smoking?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Why Do People Start Smoking?

You may be shocked to find out that tobacco smoke contains not only nicotine but more than 4000 chemicals. At the minimum 50 of those chemicals are highly poisonous and directly linked to cancer. The manufacturers have spent millions perfecting cigarettes that taste and smell good to the average smoker. They also spend millions making sure that the cigarettes they make have a sufficient amount of necessary ingredients to keep you addicted. Most of the addiction is a result of the nicotine. The manufacturers want to ensure that when a person smokes they get the most nicotine possible. There is actually ammonia in the filters of cigarettes because it allows more nicotine to pass through the filter making it even more addictive. These companies are not advertising to smokers....they are advertising to non-smokers to encourage them to start. They know when someone starts it is very hard to quit.

Most people start smoking their first cigarettes either given or taken from older friends or family. Part of the reason they smoke is to be a part of the crowd that they admire or people they aspire to emulate. If something is seen as cool or fashionable then there will be many people who will do it simply to be accepted by their peers. Clever advertising campaigns from tobacco companies depicting happy, healthy looking smokers enjoying life don't help either!

It is about image more than anything else as most people would agree that the first cigarette is certainly not pleasant. If food tasted that bad we would surely never eat it again. I remember my first cigarette and not even having a clue about inhaling. Can you imagine...we were 15 years old or younger, about 4 of us sitting in a room SWALLOWING the drags we took. We were almost throwing up. My younger cousin popped in and caught us. He was a smoker so he explained and demonstrated INHALING for us. We thought it was funny until we smoked enough days to get hooked. We seriously thought we were pretty cool. Then we found out what withdrawal was and cravings. In the long run....I wish that day never happened. Statistics show that the majority of people who smoke wished they had never started and if they could wind back the clock they would certainly never try it again. The only good I can see coming from the fact that I smoked is that maybe I can help others make better choices or changes, like quitting.

The majority of people find that smoking tastes bad, makes them feel bad and it is only after they get accustomed to the taste that those feelings disappear. By that time they can't give up due to their smoking addiction and a new problem presents itself. It is only the addictive nature of tobacco that makes so many people continue to smoke long after they realize the way it is affecting their health and encroaching on their lifestyle.

Fortunately as more and more people see the dangers that smoking brings to their health and longevity, more are quitting. Quitting is getting easier now that there are many methods to quit smoking. Smoking is becoming a more unacceptable practice and not seen as fashionable in many areas of society.

Interesting news in Ontario, Canada this past week:
Smoking ban with kids in car now a go. Drivers face $250 fine under new law launched on Weedless Wednesday! No more smoking in cars with children present. The Ontario Medical Association said that even with windows open and ventilation fans on, smoking makes air in the small cabin of a car at least 13 times dirtier than the air outside. Smoking concentrations in a car can be 20 times worse than in a smoky bar. Studies suggest cigarette smoking in cars can expose children to concentrations of toxins that are 27 times stronger than in the home. This has caused some great debates as smokers fearing the next step is a ban in your own personal homes. They banned smoking in bars and restaurants a few years ago too.
What do you think? Is this a fair law? Do you think people will really to Quit Cigarette Smoking?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Why Do People Start Smoking?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Stop Smoking Tips when Drinking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Stop Smoking Tips when Drinking

I am an ex-smoker who is 100% sure I will never smoke another cigarette again, even when drinking. Back when I was smoking I used to love sitting back with a drink in one hand and cigarette in the other. I felt the two complimented each other so well and it just didnt feel right if I was drinking without a cigarette.

So when I finally decided to quit I found that I was at my weakest when I was drinking. The alcohol would take over and a little devil would sit on my shoulder and whisper “Go on, you know you want one, just a couple of puffs, it won’t do you any harm”.

Well that little devil would always win. Once I had that first cigarette it would always lead to more, lots more. I would wake up the next morning with that awful taste in my mouth, feeling gutted that I had been so weak. I hated having to start the whole quitting process over again. Even worse was the fact that my hangover would be 100 times worse than normal because I hadnt smoked for a while. My body couldnt handle being dehydrated by both alcohol and cigarettes and it would let me know with the mother of all headaches.

The silly thing was I sometimes went weeks without smoking but as soon as alcohol was in my system that all went out the window. I knew that I couldn’t just say “Well, I will just smoke when Im drinking then”, because to me that wasn’t quitting. I knew that this would eventually led to me smoking full time again. I had to come up with ideas to solve this problem.

At first I decided to totally avoid my smoking friends. I soon realised that this wasn’t going to work, because I missed hanging out with them. So I decided to avoid them only when they were smoking. Some of my friends never smoke so I would talk and hang with them in the mean time. When at clubs and bars the smoking areas became off limits to me to avoid being surrounded by temptation. One thing I was constantly doing was reminding myself of my goals and as to why I wanted to quit. By doing this it kept me focused and gave me encouragement. This time I had a little angel on my shoulder whispering in my ear instead of a little devil.

There were times when either I was stressed or just in a wrong frame of mind and I knew that I if I drank I would also smoke. To combat this I would make up an excuse not to drink. I hated lying to my friends but it was for the greater good. I used the classics like I had work the next morning or I had some family function to go to. Sometimes I offered to be the sober driver for the night, there wasn’t many complaints from friends about that one. I eventually go sick of making excuses and just told my friends the truth as to why I didnt want to drink.

The majority were very understanding, but of course some of my smoker friends would give me a bit of stick. I knew they just really wanted to be where I was, as deep down, every smoker wishes they could quit.

I now go out and drink without having the slightest itch to have a cigarette, and boy, does that feel good. I sometimes wonder whatever happened to that little devil that used to sit on my shoulder. He is probably sitting on my friends who still smoke shoulders whispering “Go on, have another one, you know you want to”. Well, they can keep him.

True story

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Stop Smoking Tips when Drinking

Monday, March 30, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Health Risks of Passive Cigarette Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Health Risks of Passive Cigarette Smoking

Most people know that smoking is dangerous, yet despite knowing about the dangerous effects of smoking on their personal health, many smokers never quit. They rationalize their habit by thinking that they are only hurting themselves when they smoke. However, smoking also affects the health of people who do not smoke. Friends, children, family, co-workers, and even bystanders may suffer health effects from passive smoking.

What is passive smoking? You may be familiar the term "secondhand smoke" to describe smoke inhaled by someone who is near a smoker. Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke from a burning pipe, cigarette, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by a smoker. It often contains higher amounts of damaging chemicals than inhaled smoke, for example, twice as much tar and nicotine. This puts people exposed to secondhand smoke at a higher risk of smoking related diseases and health problems.

Research into the effects of passive smoking on health show increased risks of heart disease, lung disease, and various ailments for people constantly exposed to secondhand smoke. Statistics on passive smoking show a link between passive smoking and cancer, with people exposed to secondhand smoke having an increased risk of lung cancer and heart disease. It is not uncommon for a nonsmoking child or spouse of a smoker to develop illnesses associated with smoking because of constant exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is especially bad for infants and children. Infants and children exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of respiratory diseases and other respiratory illnesses. Children who have asthma are at a higher risk of having frequent attacks. Secondhand smoke can also be responsible for raising a pregnant woman's risk of having a miscarriage or a premature baby.

Due to the abrogating impacts of acquiescent smoking, smoker has been banned in abounding accessible places, such as restaurants and bars. Secondhand smoke can additionally be a account for affair in the workplace. Workers who drag secondhand smoke accept an added accident of affliction and alike accept added absences from work. This has led abounding offices to ban smoker on the premises, and some areas accept alike anesthetized ordinances adjoin smoker at work. Amongst jobs with a ban on smoking, administration address added advantageous advisers and beneath absences from work.

Typically, most smokers begin seeking ways to quit smoking out of concern for their family's health. There are many ways to quit smoking, and one of the easiest ways is through the use of a quit smoking hypnotherapy program. Hypnotherapy programs for quitting smoking are developed specifically to help smokers quit smoking without going through withdrawal. They are particularly effective because they help smokers fight the psychological aspect of the addiction, which is the hardest part to overcome.

Self-hypnosis programs are developed to teach people hypnosis techniques to help quit smoking. One of the best things about these programs is the fact that smokers learn how to quit smoking without experiencing withdrawal. Hypnosis techniques can diminish or even completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. Another good thing is that since people learn how to perform hypnotherapy techniques on themselves, they do not have to worry about having a relapse. If they ever want to smoke, they just recall and utilize the techniques that helped them quit.

Hypnotherapy produces many effects to help people quit smoking. It is an excellent tool for eliminating smoking cravings while also functioning as a relaxation aid to reduce stress.It additionally acts as a motivational aid to annihilate the cerebral addiction to smoking. This aggregate of furnishings gives hypnotherapy its capability in allowance bodies to abdicate smoker for good.
The benefits of quitting smoking include better health for the quitting smoker as well as for friends, co-workers, and family. People who are looking to quit for the sake of their loved ones can turn to hypnosis for a useful and easy-to-use tool for quitting. Anyone can learn hypnotic techniques for quitting from an instructional hypnosis program, and hypnotherapy for smoking cessation has a high rate of effectiveness because it makes quitting smoking easier and faster.

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~Health Risks of Passive Cigarette Smoking

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

When it comes to stopping smoking, every smoker will experience their own set of benefits. These benefits will be determined by a number of factors, such as the how long they have smoked, how much they smoked a day, their lifestyle etc.

The benefits I experienced from stopping (and are still experiencing today), may be a lot different to yours. I would like to tell you about the four main benefits I experienced, some of them may relate to you.

I smoked a pouch of tobacco a week for about 6 years and have a very active lifestyle.

My health has markedly improved.

A few years into my habit, I picked up quite a nasty smokers cough. This cough was particularly bad in the mornings. I would be the first to get up for work and would then proceed to wake everyone up with a cough that would shake the whole house. Within weeks of me stopping smoking this cough had disappeared.

While I was smoking I also had plenty of days off work because I was always picking up whatever bug was going around. I guess my immune system had been weakened from the smoking. Since I stopped I’ve hardly has a sick day at all.

I am no longer embarrassed around my friends and family.

I was always embarrassed by my smoking habit as most of my friends and family don’t smoke. It took me a long time to admit to my family I smoked, and I never felt comfortable smoking around them, or my non-smoking friends. I know they all wondered why I was doing it and they were worried for me.

I no longer have worry about being embarrassed, stinking of cigarette smoke around them or endangering their health with my second hand smoke.

My sport and fitness has improved.

I have always played a lot of sport and my performance suffered while I was smoking. I would get breathless very easily and my fitness was lacking. Worst of all I would lose focus while I was playing because the nicotine craving would hit me and all I wanted to do was get off the field as quickly as possible and have a cigarette.

Now that never happens, all my focus is on the game at hand. My breathlessness is also gone and fitness levels have improved drastically, improving my overall performance.

No more yellow teeth and fingers.

I think we can all relate to this one. Boy I used to be embarrassed by these. I had a terrible case of yellow teeth and I also had these brown marks but I could never figure out what caused them. I now know they were from the smoking because they went away after I stopped. I used to use the expensive tooth whitening toothpastes but they never worked to remove either the yellow tinge or brown markings because I just kept on smoking.

As for the yellow nicotine fingers, gee they used to frustrate me. You could see them from a mile away, and I could never get rid of the stains not matter what I used or how hard I scrubbed. After I stopped smoking they just went away naturally over a few weeks. I am so glad to finally be rid of the nicotine fingers because I hated being constantly reminded of how bad they looked every time I looked down at my hands.

Those are the four main benefits I experienced once I stopped smoking. Yours may be similar or they could be totally different. If you are having a bit of trouble stopping smoking or keeping stopped then write down all the benefits that you think you are likely to get from stopping.

Keep this list with you at all times and whenever you feel the need to smoke take that list out and read it. It may be that extra bit of motivation you need not to light up.

Quit Cigarette Smoking~The Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Quit Smoking Using Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Quit Smoking Using Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

If you are someone who is trying to quit smoking cigarettes, you know how tough it is to eliminate this damaging compulsion. It is possible however, and half of all adult smokers are able to quit smoking forever. Many smokers have been able to quit smoking cigarettes by replacing them with new, more positive habits without having to suffer through withdrawal symptoms. By far, the most effective and easiest method to quit smoking and accomplish this end is hypnotherapy.

Quit smoker analgesic is one of the best frequently accomplished forms of hypnosis. It is generally cited as a apparatus to abdicate smoker forth with strategies such as the use of nicotine gums and patches and added accepted methods. It helps end the smoker addiction by active cravings for cigarettes, affective you to break committed to quitting, and announcement alleviation and accent abatement so you will not feel the appetite to smoke.

The smoking addiction has both physiological and psychological components. The physiological addiction is a physical need the body acquires for nicotine. This aspect of the addiction is what causes the withdrawal symptoms that make it initially feel near impossible to quit smoking. However, this is a short, temporary stage in the overall course of quitting smoking, lasting only between three days and one week. By the end of this time period, your body acclimates to usual, nicotine-free functioning. Based on thirty years of experience, I believe that the physical need for nicotine constitutes only ten percent of the addiction to smoking.

By far, the most challenging part of breaking the smoking addiction is overcoming the psychological addiction, which are the mental and emotional aspects of smoking. I believe this represents ninety percent of the smoking addiction. When you develop a smoking habit, you develop an unconscious desire to smoke at certain times, such as when watching TV. This is called a conditioned response. Quit smoking self-hypnosis helps eliminate the unconscious associations that cause one to crave cigarettes, thereby eliminating the conditioned response to smoke. Hypnotherapy also helps you stay motivated to give up smoking by reinforcing the ideas that gave you the wish to break the smoking addiction in the first place.

Smokers get stuck in the habit of following a ritual of lighting up and smoking. This is why people who attempt to quit smoking using nicotine patches or gums alone usually have such a difficult experience. They quickly overcome the physical addiction, but they have no replacement or relief for the ritual of smoking cigarettes, which has become a habit and pleasurable source of stress relief. Self-hypnosis techniques eliminate this habit and serve as stress reducers as well. As a relaxation tool, hypnosis helps effectively relieve anxiety and stress so you will lose the cravings for cigarettes.

Combined with some powerful NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques, stop smoking self-hypnosis can keep you committed to kicking the habit by training the unconscious mind to focus on the benefits of quitting. Eliminating tobacco benefits you in numerous ways. Within days of quitting, body parts damaged by smoking begin to heal, damaged nerves re-grow, and the sense of taste and smell improves significantly. Within a few weeks, lung function and blood circulation improve. Within one year, your risk of heart disease is less than half that of a smoker. Within five to fifteen years, the risk of having a stroke is the same as a non-smoker. Your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who has never smoked at all, and the risk of death from lung cancer and numerous other cancer risks have decreased.

In animosity of the adverse furnishings of smoker and the allowances of quitting, some smokers never affected their adverse addiction. For the best part, this is because they accept never absolutely committed to quitting. Other smokers are abashed to ache through abandonment affection or accord up the smoker habit. However, abandonment smoker does not accept to be the difficult action that makes so abounding smokers afraid to alike attack quitting. Hypnotherapy provides a actual simple, accustomed adjustment of quitting.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool for easing cravings for cigarettes, providing powerful motivation, and promoting relaxation and stress relief to eliminate the psychological aspects of the smoking addiction. Stop smoking hypnosis techniques can be easily learned from specialized self-hypnosis CDs that have been developed after decades of experience using hypnosis, Neuro-VISION video hypnotherapy, and NLP to get clients to quit smoking.

Hypnotherapy CDs make it easy to quit smoking for good because they break the smoking compulsion in a process that helps eliminate cravings and the desire to smoke. Whatever your motivation is for quitting, hypnosis and NLP makes it easier to focus your mind on these reasons, which makes you feel a great urge to quit. Stop smoking hypnosis CDs eliminate the impulse to smoke. Although quitting smoking can be a painful and unsuccessful experience for some, those who take advantage of stop smoking self hypnosis have a much greater rate of success because it makes the process much easier. Hypnotherapy is the most effective method for smoke cessation.

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Quit Smoking Using Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~ Stop Smoking in 3 Minutes!!!!



How to become a happy, healthy, confident & relaxed non-smoker with the greatest of ease in 3 minutes.

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Stop Smoking in 3 Minutes!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Miracle Drug to Stop Smoking!

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Miracle Drug to Stop Smoking!

We live in a day and age where everybody wants something now, and also, they want it now. With the advancement of medicine, many expect there to be a miracle drug that will cure their problems, whether it be quit smoking, weight loss or even just something to make us happier.

I’m sorry to tell you this, but there is no such thing as a miracle drug to help you quit smoking. I’m not going sit here and say that there never will be one, but are you going to wait for that day to arrive and then quit. It may never come in your (potentially shortened) lifetime.

Yes you can have a good look through the internet and you will find some sites that claim to have the miracle drug that will get you to quit. The fact of the matter is, they are lying to you, plain and simple. If they did work, don’t you think it would be worldwide news, and that product would be selling off the shelves?

Wouldn’t they put their effort into marketing this product, than peddling an eBook online?

We are constantly bombarded with advertising that is promising a quick fix to our problems. If something is being advertised as a miracle or a quick fix, 99% of the time it will be a scam.

Just today I saw a television ad trying to sell a miracle weight loss product which was obviously a scam. During the ad they showed three slim women, one was eating some pizza, one was eating a chocolate bar and another was drinking an alcoholic drink. Now we all know that no-one is going to lose weight by eating these things. The ad never said anything about being able to eat these foods and still lose weight but they are subtly trying to make us think we can, even though we know better.

Why would they try and pull such a stunt if their product actually worked? Let me answer this one, um, because their product doesn’t work and it is a scam.

Even if someone was to actually invent a product that was a miracle cure for smoking, I really believe they would struggle to get it into the market. This may sound a bit like a conspiracy theory but there would be billions in lost revenue for both governments (in the form of tobacco tax) and the tobacco companies themselves. Both of these have a lot of power and expendable cash and they would do their best to ensure such a product was to never reach the shelf.

What some people need to realize is we don’t need a miracle drug to get us to quit smoking. Falling for slick advertising and buzz words will only end up in you wasting your money on a product that doesn’t work and may even be potentially harmful.

Yes you may require some outside help in order to achieve your goals but the main product you require, is yourself. There are people out there who genuinely want to help you to quit smoking. They may not offer a miracle or quick fix to your smoking problem, what they do offer is a genuine solution.

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Miracle Drug to Stop Smoking!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Its Easy to Stop Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Its Easy to Stop Smoking

Do you really want to Quit Cigarette Smoking or do you want to help somebody quit smoking? If your answer is YES then this brings us to yet another question “How can you stop smoking?” how can you or anybody else quit this stinking habit? Well, in rare cases it’s easy for some individuals to quit the smoking habit, they will just wake up one day and decide they will never smoke again and they quit smoking just like that. Out of my own experience I think nobody enjoys smoking, it’s only the beginners who enjoy this habit in it’s early stages until they are addicted to the habit and start fighting it back in efforts of trying to quit the same habit, therefore a majority of so called “smokers” only smoke because they are addicted to smoking and not because they enjoy smoking.

I will tell you a short story of my own experience. I started smoking back in 1995 when I used to work in a discotheque as a Dj. I was drawn to the habit by friends and I got deep into it not realizing what I was getting my self into. At first it was fun it was cool and it felt so good “smoking”, it was relaxing. After a year I decided, well I am tired of smoking and its time to quit so I woke up one morning and said to my self I will never smoke again. Three hours later on that same day while smoking my second cigarette is when I remembered that I had made a decision that morning never to smoke again! I felt terrible it was like I had betrayed my self; this went on for days months and years until I realized how difficult it was for me to Quit Cigarette Smoking.

This “war” between me and smoking went on for twelve years; I tried every thing from eating specific kinds of selected foods to all sorts of medicine including herbal medicines in the efforts of trying to get rid of the cigarette cravings but nothing worked until one day in 2006 while searching for the cure to my smoking problem on the internet I came across this amazing Freedom From Smoking Guide. At first I thought it was just one of the many online money making scams that are all over the internet, but I took some time and thought of how smoking was affecting my life, my health, my finances, my wife, my new baby, almost every part of my life was affected by smoking and I decided to download that guide and give it a try. This guide changed my life almost instantly, finally after 12 years of bondage I stopped smoking just like that simply by following the simple steps and guidelines in this amazing Freedom From Smoking Guide for only 17$ . http://stopsmokingtodayblog.blogspot.com/

For Most people smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine which is highly addictive to the body and mind just like cocaine and other addictive drugs. The body and mind get so used to the nicotine in cigarettes that a person has to smoke just to feel normal and think straight.

Most people know that smoking cause’s cancer, emphysema, wrinkles, and so on and it also shortens your life span by 10 years or more, it costs smokers thousands of dollars or more every year yet people continue to smoke, this just shows how powerful this cigarette smoking addiction is and therefore it is not something to play or joke around with.

During the 12 years of my smoking addiction I was a heavy smoker I smoked thirty to thirty five cigarettes in a day, I was spending a lot of money on cigarettes my skin turned grey and wrinkled my hair was falling off and I finally developed a serious chest condition which crippled me financially I was in a lot of pain and weak and my life was slowly fading away. It’s now very important for you who is currently addicted or may be you know a loved one you can help get out of this slavery to act now before it’s too late by simply downloading this Freedom From Smoking Guide for only 17$ you will save yourself or someone else from spending thousands of dollars in trying to cure smoking related illnesses or even death.

Consequences of smoking:

Every time you light a cigarette be sure that by the time you finish smoking it you will have lost 5 to 20 minutes of your life, that’s a proven fact. Smokers also tend to develop yellow teeth and loose bone density which increases the risk of osteoporosis a condition that causes bones to break easily and bend over during old age. Smoking affects lung power meaning smokers tend to be less active. Smoking causes fertility problems and affects sexual health in both men and women, women using any form of birth control can develop serious health problems including heart attacks when they smoke and in the case of men they tend to develop erection problems.

Cigarette, cigars and pipe smoke contains over 4000 different harmful chemicals which affect a person’s body and health quickly some of these effects are: High risk of illness, slow healing of injuries, reduced physical performance, bad smells and breath, stained teeth and bad skin. All forms of tobacco are hazardous. Most smokers try to substitute the regular cigarette with other products that seem like they are better for them like filtered or low tar cigarettes but the only thing which helps a person avoid the problems associated with smoking is staying smoke free. From my own experience staying smoke free brings with it a lot of benefit, when a smoker Quit Cigarette Smoking he/she becomes more energetic, they become good looking with more money in their pockets and most important more life to live.

“It’s easy to Quit Cigarette Smoking” am sure you have heard that kind of comment on various occasions and if you are a smoker you have probably said so yourself, unfortunately as easy as it may seem easy to quit the addiction still remains. Its important for you to know that what works for one person may not for another. The moment you download Freedom From Smoking, you will find out methods of quitting smoking you probably have never heard of. I hadn’t until I read Freedom From Smoking with Patricia Covers.

You may want to go for counseling sessions or join self help groups or further still visit a rehabilitation center, but what makes the freedom from smoking guide stand out from all the other methods is because Patricia covers all the symptoms and methodologies for treatment in a deeper basic understanding in a totally un-biased, non-judgmental manner.

Her information is clear, concise and understandable. She explores in depth, each of the many treatments that are available, providing the pros, cons and warnings associated with each one of them.You will be amazed to discover so many diverse treatment options.

If you are a smoker then you owe it to your friends and loved ones and most importantly to YOURSELF to get rid of your smoking addiction. But if you are not a smoker but someone else close to you is, then you owe to them to grab a copy of Freedom From Smoking now and help them down the path toward total wellness. This being the reason I have sacrificed my time and recourses to bring you freedom from this bondage. Over 44 million people in the U.S alone have managed to give up smoking for good I am one of them and now it’s your turn. http://stopsmokingtodayblog.blogspot.com/

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~Its Easy to Stop Smoking

Friday, January 30, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Enjoy Quitting Smoking?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Enjoy Quitting Smoking?

Consider this:

Already since 1972, over 80million people in the USA alone have successfully quit smoking!

At one stage over 60% of the adult population was addicted to this drug. Today it is 28% and dropping........

Now, here's a thought......

If all these people can do it (80 MILLION OF THEM!) - and they include EVERY TYPE of person imaginable - surely that is PROOF that IT IS POSSIBLE to successfully give up smoking.

Here's another Fact......

We now know from the latest scientific research, that although nicotine is one of the world's fastest acting drugs --- the actual PHYSICAL withdrawal pangs when you give up ARE SO MILD, YOU WILL HARDLY NOTICE THEM WHEN YOU STOP.

YES, you have read that sentence right!

I know you will want to argue with me on this point, but, first, let me first make the following points.......



The Desire to Smoke

Yes, when you stop smoking you will feel the desire AGAIN and AGAIN to smoke.

We all know that feeling -- 'I must have a cigarette'. But that desire in itself is not bad or painful.


It is just a feeling, a sensation we feel in our body.


However........this is where, for most of us our problems start.....

If we start to fear that 'craving' or try to use 'Willpower' to REPRESS it or FORCE it go away, -- "I wish this feeling would go away" we WILL create pain and tension.

This is what as smokers we have all done in the past.

That 'feeling' of wanting to smoke then becomes painful, annoying and terribly irritating.

Now this is the hard part to realize.......

The pain, the horror does not come from the desire to smoke, but from HOW we deal with this desire, moment-by-moment WHEN we stop.

Can I emphasize this:

You do not have to experience ANY pain or agony when you stop. Yes, when you stop you WILL experience a ...........






  • Temporary feeling of loss





  • A feeling that you are being deprived of something





  • A feeling of emptiness





  • A feeling that you will never be able to enjoy yourself again.





  • A feeling that you must have a cigarette






These feelings, although very real in themselves are not inherently bad or painful. What is important is how you deal with these feelings when you stop.

The key part of giving up smoking naturally is learning how to deal with these cravings when you stop.


Conflict

Right now, you don't want to give up smoking because you are TERRIFIED of how you will FEEL when you can't smoke.

Let's be honest.You smoke now because you enjoy it.

Or -- to be more accurate: You smoke now because you have conditioned yourself to enjoy it.

It is important that we are honest with ourselves here. In fact, even the 'THOUGHT', the mere 'thought' of not been able to smoke probably fills you with utter dread now.

But there is another undeniable fact: This 'pleasure' is killing you. Again we must be brutally honest here. Everyday, you are systemically destroying your health.

This is the conflict all smokers face.

On the one hand, smoking is killing you and you desperately want to stop.....

..And yet on the other hand, you don't really want to stop because you believe you really enjoy it.

Yet, one other truth cannot be denied and this applies to every smoker........

We are terrified of how we will F-E-E-L when we can't smoke. We are convinced it will be unbearable and impossible.



FEAR

Right now, the ONLY thing -- yes, THE ONLY THING stopping you from giving up smoking is this fear of how YOU WILL FEEL WHEN YOU STOP.

And yet this very fear is the actual key to giving up smoking naturally.

Giving up smoking is really all about learning HOW to deal with the cravings and feelings you WILL get when you stop.

When you learn how to do that - you will realize that there is nothing to fear when you give up.


What is there to fear ?

When you get the craving to smoke, which you will, again and again - - you will now take the OPPORTUNITY to 'change' or 'transform' that craving so that it is actually enjoyable or at least tolerable to experience.


Imagine......

You have decided to give up smoking. It's dinnertime.

You have finished a day's work.....

You finish your meal and ..... subconsciously, you reach for a cigarette.
But then, of course you remember you no longer smoke.

Bang! At that moment, certain gut feelings will arise.

Feelings of regret........a feeling that you are missing out on something important and then maybe..... terrible feelings of emptiness.....
We all know how it feels.

But the real question is: How will you deal with this feeling -- this craving to smoke?

Will you just suffer it, try to repress it and hope that it will go away?
That is one option. The old willpower method.

Or will you give in to the feeling -- and start to smoke again (promising to start again tomorrow)?

Or will you - - for the first time ever: - - follow our instructions and actually ALLOW yourself to transform the feeling/craving so that it is actually enjoyable or at least pleasant or tolerable enough to experience.

You see, when you can do that, you will no longer be AFRAID of these cravings when you stop smoking.

In fact, you will start to WELCOME them because they will give you another opportunity to RESPOND and DEAL with them in this NEW WAY.

This process is the essence of giving up smoking naturally and finding it a pleasant and life-affirming experience.


Weight-loss?

Are you now beginning to see how these principles can also apply to losing weight.

You see a beautiful cake. You want to eat it....when BANG! -- You remember you are on a diet.

Now watch HOW YOU feel when this happens?

Couldn't we describe it as ....

'Feelings of regret........a feeling that you are missing out on something important and then maybe..... terrible feelings of emptiness.....

Isn't it essentially the same feeling as not being able to smoke?

However, the real question is the same with smoking: How will you DEAL with this feeling -- this craving to eat?

Will you GIVE IN to it -- and eat the cake or will you try and FORCE yourself not to eat it- and be miserable?

Why not consider our alternative?

Accept this feeling, this desire to eat. But, instead of giving in to it, learn how to deal and respond to it in a NEW way so that you don't MIND experiencing it?

Transform the craving so that it is actually enjoyable or very pleasant to experience.



The Joy of Giving up Smoking?

Remember, when you stop - yes, you WILL feel something but there will be no physical agony, only a temporary feeling that you are MISSING OUT on something.

A feeling that you are being deprived of something SPECIAL --- but these feelings will ONLY be temporary.

However, to quit smoking successfully and to start to enjoy doing it we must go deeper than these temporary cravings.

We must realize that : You find it difficult or impossible to stop smoking now because......... you BELIEVE ABSOLUTELY that you NEED to smoke and even deeper, you BELIEVE that if you give up smoking now, your life will never be as ENJOYABLE again.

In one sentence: You believe your life will be intolerable.

It is these beliefs that makes giving up smoking difficult NOT Nicotine addiction.

Right now, you are not only physically addicted to smoking but you are psychologically dependent or addicted to smoking.

If your addiction were purely physical wouldn't all these nicotine patches have a 100% success record ?

Yet, we all know that even if we use a nicotine substitute, we will still continue to feel a terrible desire to smoke.

Again and again, we'll feel we must have a cigarette. At times, it will even get to the stage where we just don't care - even the most dire health warnings will have no affect on us - we just WANT to smoke.





Where does this desire come from ?

It comes from our conditioning, our beliefs about smoking.

This moment, we believe that smoking is an essential pleasure.
In fact, most of us have a terrible resistance to EVEN thinking about giving up smoking.

Why ?

Because we believe that in order to do anything about our addiction, i.e. give up smoking -- we would have to end our pleasure and ending pleasure is something we have NO DESIRE to do.



YOUR REAL JOB

Your real job in giving up smoking lies in REALLY UNDERSTANDING that you don't NEED to smoke.

You remove the psychological addiction to smoking.

You will never be truly free until you realize that smoking is not a real pleasure and that when you stop, you WILL NOT BE depriving ourselves of a real pleasure....... ......and then you will not only be able to give up smoking for good but you will enjoy doing it!




To quit smoking naturally and to learn how to enjoy it - go to our free 10 day online course at www.quitsmokingonline.com

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Enjoy Quitting Smoking?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Help a Friend Quit Smoking

Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Help a Friend Quit Smoking

Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart attacks, emphysema, and stroke. People who smoke have much shorter life expectancies than people who don’t.

How do you help a friend or family member quit smoking? It isn’t easy. Smoking is a difficult habit to break. Smoking is an addiction with physiological and psychological components.

Nevertheless, there are things you can do to help someone quit smoking. In my talk I will explain how to present a smoker with information on the health consequences of smoking, how to develop a Quit Smoking Plan, and how to persuade a smoker to follow such a plan.

I realize that by talking about the health affects of smoking I run the risk of depressing the whole audience. I promise to move quickly to the more practical question of how to quit.

The health consequences of smoking are well documented. Two places to find such information are the Mayo Clinic website and the American Lung Association website.

Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States. Almost half a million people die every year from the consequences of smoking.

On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers do.

Lung cancer is the No.1 cause of cancer death in the United States.

Almost 90,000 Americans die each year of coronary heart disease caused by smoking. Smokers have triple the risk of coronary heart disease that nonsmokers have.

Smoking raises your blood pressure, cholesterol level and your risk of blood clots. A smoker is two to six times more likely to have a heart attack, and the more you smoke, the higher your risk.

Depending on how well you know a smoker, you could simply mention these websites or print out and discuss the information with the smoker.



After reviewing the health affects of smoking, the next step in quitting smoking is the Quit Smoking Plan.

A quit smoking plan is a detailed list of steps that someone should take to quit smoking. It is usually not realistic for someone to just wake up one day and quit smoking. A certain amount of planning and preparation is needed.

A quit smoking plan should mention some of the health and other reasons that provide the motivation for a smoker to quit.

A quit smoking plan should set a quit date, which is a date sometime in the near future, when the smoker will plan to stop smoking. This gives a smoker time to prepare to kick the habit.

The bulk of the quit smoking plan contains a series of actions the smoker needs to take to get ready to quit. Such actions include joining a local smoking cessation class, identifying a group of people who can provide support when the smoker quits, and reviewing the quit smoking literature available on the ALA website. This website contains a detailed seven module program called Freedom from Smoking which describes how to quit smoking.

A smoker can also join a gym or get a treadmill, because exercise is helpful for someone giving up smoking. In addition, smokers can consult a doctor or pharmacist about nicotine patches and gum and become familiar with smokeless cigarettes as an alternative to smoking.

Other possibilities include starting deep breathing yoga exercises, using relaxation CDs, or squeezing a physical therapy ball to relieve tension. A quit smoking plan needs to be tailored a bit for each individual.

A Quit Smoking Plan is fairly easy to prepare. The hard part is getting a smoker to follow the plan.

There is no guaranteed way to get a smoker to follow a quit smoking plan. However there are some things you can try.
To get the smoker’s attention you might try sending the smoker some of the anti smoking merchandise available for sale on the ALA web site. There you can order T shirts and other items with slogans urging people not to smoke.

You may be able to convince the smoker to prepare a quit smoking plan. If not, you can prepare one yourself and give it to the smoker. You can also talk about the plan with the smoker and explain the importance of each step of the plan.

Repetition is a useful tool of persuasion, so remind the smoker as often as possible of the quit smoking day and the need to prepare for it.

Explain to the smoker that the withdrawal symptoms are worst in the first 7 to 10 days after quitting. This may enable the smoker to get through the first few days.

Spending some money on the effort may also help. For example, if the smoker cannot afford a quit smoking class or an exercise program, you could pay for it yourself. This will show that you take the issue seriously, and they should too.

Preaching to or nagging the smoker not to smoke is probably not that helpful. Part of what you do will depend on the smoker’s attitude. The smoker may have no interest in quitting and rebuff your efforts entirely. Or, he or she might have some interest in giving up smoking, but may be unwilling to follow every step of the quit smoking plan. In some cases a smoker might need just a little nudge to quit smoking.

Another possibility is that after the quit smoking date the smoker succeeds in cutting down on smoking but does not quit entirely. In this case you need to praise the smoker’s effort to quit but also remind the smoker that it is necessary to quit completely. Review the reasons to quit with the smoker – often health benefits alone are not enough to persuade a smoker to quit. Also review the parts of the quit smoking plan that were not followed and try to get the smoker to follow those parts of the plan as well.


You are doing a friend a big favor by trying to help him or her quit smoking.

To be successful, you need the right tools. Consult relevant websites for information on the health affects of smoking. Prepare a detailed quit smoking plan. Convince the smoker to follow the plan.

46 million Americans who once smoked have successfully quit. It isn’t easy, but the health benefits are considerable.

You may feel bad if your friend does not quit. The best thing to do in that case is to say “good try.” Quitting smoking often takes several attempts, and each attempt is a step forward.

If you have a friend or family member who smokes, try helping them to quit. Stick with it. If you are not successful on the first attempt, remember the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~How to Help a Friend Quit Smoking

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Passive Smoking Of Cigarettes And Its Effect On The Health Of Loved Ones You

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Passive Smoking Of Cigarettes And Its Effect On The Health Of Loved Ones You

Although most people know that smoking is dangerous, many smokers cannot seem to quit. They defend their habit by saying that they are only affecting themselves if they smoke. However, smoking also has an effect on the health of those who don't smoke. Family, children, friends, co-workers, and even bystanders may suffer health effects from passive smoking.

What is passive smoking? You probably are familiar with the term "secondhand smoke" to describe the smoke inhaled by someone within close proximity to a smoker. Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke from a burning cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by a smoker. It often contains greater amounts of harmful chemicals than inhaled smoke, for instance, double the amount of tar and nicotine. This puts passive smokers at a higher risk of smoking related diseases and health issues.

Studies of the effects of passive smoking on health show increased risks for heart disease, lung disease, and various illnesses for people constantly exposed to secondhand smoke. Statistics on smoker and acquiescent smoker appearance a articulation amid secondhand smoke and cancer, with bodies apparent to secondhand smoke accepting an added accident of lung blight and affection disease. Sadly, it is not aberrant for the nonsmoking apron or adolescent of a smoker to advance illnesses accompanying to smoker because of abiding secondhand smoke inhalation.

Secondhand smoke is especially damaging to infants and children. Young children exposed to secondhand smoke are at a higher risk of respiratory infections and other respiratory health problems. Children who have asthma are at a higher risk of having more frequent attacks. Passive smoking is also responsible for raising a pregnant woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby or a miscarriage.

Due to the negative health effects of secondhand smoke, smoking has been outlawed in many public areas, such as restaurants and bars. Secondhand smoke can also be an issue in the workplace. Workers who inhale secondhand smoke have an increased risk of illness and even miss more days of work. This has led many offices to ban smoking on the premises, and some areas have even passed legislation against smoking at work. Among workplaces with a ban on smoking, employers report more productive employees and fewer absences from work.

Typically, most smokers begin searching for ways to quit smoking out of concern for their family's health. There are several ways to stop smoking, and one of the easiest ways is through the use of a quit smoking hypnosis program. Hypnosis programs for quitting smoking are designed specifically to help smokers stop smoking without going through withdrawal. They are particularly useful because they help smokers fight the mental aspect of the addiction, which is the most difficult aspect to overcome.

Self-hypnotherapy programs for quitting smoking are designed to teach people hypnosis techniques to help quit smoking. One of the best things about such a affairs is the actuality that smokers apprentice how to stop smoker after accepting withdrawal. In fact, analgesic techniques can abate or alike absolutely annihilate abandonment affection associated with abandonment smoking. Another acceptable affair is that back bodies are instructed on how to use anesthetic techniques on themselves, they do not accept to anguish about accepting a relapse. If they feel the appetite to smoke, they aloof bethink and use the techniques that accustomed them to quit.

Hypnosis produces many effects to help people quit smoking. It is a powerful tool for ending smoking cravings while also acting as a relaxation tool to relieve anxiety and stress. It also acts as a motivational tool to eliminate the psychological urge to smoke. This combination of effects gives hypnosis its effectiveness in helping people to quit smoking for good.

Some of the benefits of quitting smoking include improved health for the quitting smoker as well as for friends, co-workers, and family. Those who want to stop smoking out of concern for their loved ones can turn to hypnotherapy for a safe and non-invasive tool for ending a smoking habit. Anyone can learn hypnotic techniques for quitting from a good hypnosis program, and hypnotherapy has a high rate of success because it makes quitting smoking easier and faster.

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~Passive Smoking Of Cigarettes And Its Effect On The Health Of Loved Ones You

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smoking Onboard – a Burning Issue

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smoking Onboard – a Burning Issue

One affair that causes abundant agitation is smoking. Like marmite you either adulation it or abhorrence it. As you are aware, the UK government alien a new action beforehand this year apropos smoker in accessible places, i.e. you can’t. So what aftereffect has this had on the cruise industry? Like best things in life, it varies. On some cruise curve smoker is acceptable in staterooms/cabins, in others it isn’t. To advice you out, here’s our absolute adviser to accepted smoker behavior on the above cruise lines.

Azamara

Simply put, you can get your fix onboard Azamara’s ships in the aft section of the Looking Glass Lounge on the port side and on the starboard forward section of the Pool Deck. Otherwise, no smoking anywhere else.

Carnival

Smokers can delight in the fact that smoking is permitted on one side of the ship in bars, lounges and open decks, as well as in cabins (including balconies). Remember though, restaurants, theatres and the indoor aft pool (on ships that serve food there) are non-smoking.

Celebrity Cruises

Whilst you won’t be able to light up in your staterooms from January 2008, you will be allowed to smoke on the veranda/balcony if your stateroom has one. As for public areas, smoking is not allowed in hallways, corridors, restaurants, or entertainment venues and one bar or lounge per ship will be non-smoking only. You won’t be banished outside altogether though as there are designated smoking areas in many of the ships’ lounges. If the weather’s good, head out to the starboard outer decks for the views and a quick fix. A word of caution, if you do smoke where you shouldn’t, cleaning charges will be added to your account.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises may once have had a reputation for being very smoky, but now the main restaurants and show lounges are smoke free. There are assigned areas for smoking in the lounges and bars, and a plus for smokers is that some cabins are designated for you. If you like feeling the wind in your hair, you can also light up on the open decks.

Crystal

Cigarette smokers will be pleased to know that at present you can smoke in staterooms and corridors as well as in the designated areas in most bars and lounges. Make a note though that The Bistro, inside the Lido Café, the Crystal Dining Room, Prego, Jade Garden, Silk Road, The Sushi Bar restaurants and the Galaxy Lounge are entirely smoke-free.

If you smoke a pipe or cigars, however, you are limited to the Connoisseur Club, and on the "open decks," except all areas of Lido Deck (deck 11 on Crystal Symphony, and deck 12 on Crystal Serenity).

Cunard

Now pay attention and read carefully as the smoking policy varies from ship to ship! First the easy bit – smoking is allowed in staterooms onboard all three ships (Queen Mary 2, QE2 and Queen Victoria). You can begin taking notes now! All restaurants on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria are non-smoking, whilst there are smoking sections in all restaurants, apart from the Princess Grill, on the QE2. Elsewhere, the starboard side areas of the public bars and lounges (where possible) on the QE2 and Queen Mary 2 are designated smoking areas. The Queen Victoria does have designated smoking areas in Churchill’s Cigar Lounge and the Empire Casino, whilst outside smoking is only allowed on the starboard side of deck 3 as well as the forward and aft areas of deck 10.

As for pipes and cigars, these can be smoked each evening in the Churchill's Cigar Lounge onboard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and the Chart Room, Golden Lion and designated areas of the Crystal bar aboard QE2.

I hope you got all that – I might test you later!

Disney

You may not be able to smoke inside the cabin itself, but you can pop onto the verandah of your stateroom to indulge. Inside, feel free to light up within Sessions (Disney Magic®), The Cadillac Lounge (Disney Wonder®), and at the bar area in Diversions on both ships. If you like a bit of sea air, you can smoke on the open decks, except near Mickey's Pool.

Fred.Olsen

You need to make notes again as the smoking policy onboard Fred.Olsen cruises varies slightly from ship to ship. You can smoke cigarettes in cabins (although the company does ask passengers to refrain from doing so when possible) onboard all ships apart from the Boudicca, which has non-smoking cabins throughout, and Black Watch where you can smoke in the cabins apart from the forward suites on Deck 9.

Like most other ships, all restaurants are strictly non-smoking, so make sure you get your fix before dinner in the bars/lounges listed below:

Braemar - Skylark Lounge
Black Watch - Observatory (portside) Lido Lounge (portside) and the Pipers Bar
Boudicca - Observatory (starboard) Lido Lounge (starboard) and the Iceni Room
Black Prince - Lido Lounge (portside)

Fortune favours cigarettes I’m afraid, so you’ll have to leave cigars and pipes at home as they are not allowed onboard.

Holland America Line

You’ll need to have a smoke in one of the designated smoking areas (available in most lounges) before having dinner or seeing a show as all restaurants and showrooms are non-smoking. There aren’t any "nonsmoking" staterooms, but non-smokers are assured that cabins are thoroughly cleaned after each cruise for your comfort.

Hurtigruten

An easy one to remember – you can only smoke outside on deck, so pray for good weather!

MSC

No smoking in cabins or on balconies, please, but join fellow smokers in the Cigar Rooms, the Casinos and one dedicated lounge inside. If you like watching the world go by you can smoke outside on one side of the sun deck.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Cigarette smokers have a choice of smoking in staterooms, balconies, casino or Cigar Bar (where available). Or, if you prefer pipes or cigars, you can head off to the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. You can also smoke cigarettes, pipes and cigars outside on open decks as long as it’s not around the food venues, on sports decks or jogging areas, kids' pool areas and other designated non-smoking areas. Better check how big the open decks are!

Ocean Village

Being a UK company, this one surprised me a bit - smoking is allowed in cabins (including cabin balconies). Elsewhere you can light up on some areas of the open decks, in the casino on certain evenings and in designated smoking areas of one or two public rooms.

Oceania

Cigarette smokers can choose from the forward starboard corner of the Pool Deck or the aft, port corner of Horizons, whilst cigar and pipe smoking is only permitted on the forward starboard corner of the Pool Deck. Anywhere else is out of bounds and be warned - anyone who smokes where they shouldn’t will be disembarked at the next port of call and may also be subject to additional fees to cover the costs associated with any damage to and the required cleaning of furnishings, verandas and surrounding deck and accommodation areas.

P&O

Another surprise – you can light up in cabins (including cabin balconies). Certain areas of the open decks and designated areas of one or two public rooms are also available for smokers. All other areas are smoke free.

Peter Deilmann

Another easy one to remember - as from January 2008, smoking is only allowed on the open decks on all Peter Deilmann vessels. Start praying for good weather again.

Princess

Princess is another cruise line where you can currently smoke in the staterooms to your delight or annoyance. As for public areas, smoking is not allowed in the dining rooms, other food service areas, show lounges or theatres. All other public areas have smoking and non-smoking areas.

Generally, cigar or pipe smoking is limited to designated outdoor areas at the stern of the ship, but there are designated cigar smoking areas inside too. For example, Coral and Island Princess feature Churchill's Cigar and Spirits Lounge, while Diamond and Sapphire Princess feature Churchill's Cigar and Sports Bar.

Regent Seven Seas

Notebooks at the ready please! From 21st December 2007 on Voyager, Mariner and Navigator and from 29th December 2007 on Paul Gauguin, smoking is not allowed in all suites, staterooms and balconies. All enclosed dining areas are non-smoking, but you can have a cigarette in designated areas of the outdoor Pool Grills. Other than open deck areas, the following are the only public rooms or areas where cigarette smoking is now permitted:

Seven Seas Voyager: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Voyager Lounge (designated area), Horizon Lounge (outside area only), Pool Bar
Seven Seas Mariner: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Horizon Lounge (outside area only), Stars Nightclub (designated area), Pool Bar
Seven Seas Navigator: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Stars Lounge (designated area), Galileo's (outside area only), Pool Bar
Paul Gauguin: La Palette (outside area only), Le Grill (designated area), Pool Bar
Explorer II: Smoking Lounge on Bridge Deck

Pipes and cigars are only allowed in the Connoisseur Club aboard Voyager, Mariner and Navigator, with cigar smokers having the added advantage of being able to indulge in designated area of the Pool Bar area aboard all four vessels.

Like some of the other cruise lines, Regent Seven Seas is taking a tough stance against passengers who don’t follow the rules – they will be asked to leave the ship at their expense, without refund or credit for the unused portion of their cruise. You have been warned!

Royal Caribbean

From January 2008 you can’t smoke in staterooms, although if you have a balcony or veranda you can light up there. Ignore this at your peril as a $250 cleaning fee will be added to the accounts of any guests who smoke or allow smoking in their non-smoking staterooms. On the plus side, depending on your point of view, there are designated smoking areas in many of the lounges and on designated open air decks.

This policy is across all Royal Caribbean ships from January 2008 with the exception of Legend, Rhapsody and Splendour Of The Seas, who will adopt this policy around April 2008.

Seabourn

Not many place for cigarette smokers to choose from as the Restaurant, Veranda Café, Restaurant “2” (inside and outside), main show Lounge (during performances and lectures), starboard side in the Observation Lounge and The Club, and the ship’s elevators are out of bounds to you. Saying that, there’s no mention of not being able to smoke cigarettes in staterooms.

As for pipe and cigar smokers, sorry to tell you that you’re limited to an area of the Sky Bar after dinner only.

Silversea

Silversea is one of the slightly less restrictive cruise lines as smoking is allowed in cabins and you can smoke cigarettes in designated areas of The Bar, outside at the Terrace Café, Pool area, Panorama Lounge, Casino Bar and The Humidor (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper). Cigar and pipe smoking is permitted in designated areas outside at the Terrace Café, The Champagne Room (Silver Cloud and Silver Wind) and in The Humidor (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper). All other public areas, such as Le Champagne, Show Lounge and library are non-smoking.

Swan Hellenic

Short and sweet (depending on your view) – you can only smoke in the designated "smoking room" or designated areas on the open decks. Better check what the weather’s going to be like at your chosen time of year before booking.

Thomson

You can smoke in your cabins, but Thomson (and non-smokers) would rather you didn’t. The main restaurants and show lounges are non-smoking throughout whilst the bars are divided into smoking and non-smoking sections.

Transocean

As with many other cruise lines, smoking is not allowed in cabins or the restaurants, but, there are designated smoking areas around the ships, so all is not lost.

Travelscope

Smoking is not permitted in the cabins or anywhere else inside apart the Disco and at designated tables in the Sky Bar where you can have a cigarette. Meanwhile, outside on the open decks, cigarette, pipe and cigar smokers can join up although during deck buffet times smoking is not permitted on deck 7 aft around the pool or buffet area.

So there you have it – a comprehensive guide to where you can and cannot smoke on ex UK cruises. However, the above policies are subject to revision in order to comply with UK health legislation, the intention of which (when fully implemented) is that the smoke free provisions of The Health Act 2006 will apply to all cruise ships when they are arriving or departing from a UK port and while within UK territorial waters. We’ll keep you posted.

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smoking Onboard – a Burning Issue

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smokers Really Want to Quit Smoking?

Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smokers Really Want to Quit Smoking?

If you smoke, you know how difficult it is to Quit Smoking. Have you ever tried to quit smoking but you have failed because other people around you still smoke?

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Quit Cigarette Smoking~Smokers Really Want to Quit Smoking?