See Things Clearer and Quit Smoking (Or Vice Versa)

I’ve met fearless smokers who are fully aware of the long term effects of smoking, which include death.

Even that fatal result doesn’t persuade them to quit. But when you consider figuratively dying, remaining quite alive and losing the physical processes that make your heart beat, –your mind may change. After all, we cherish our five senses. We are dependent on them for so much, but Read more

A Healthier Cigarette?

When I heard there are organically grown tobaccos, I wondered if there is anything good about that. I don’t smoke, but I am a proponent of organically grown crops for multiple reasons: because they do not use human-made chemicals such as synthetic pesticides, they are better for me and my children; they also pose fewer health risks to workers who grow and handle them since workers would not be exposed to many of the substances that are used on conventional Read more

Radioactive Substances in Cigarettes: Quit While You Still Can

Everyone knows that cigarettes are dangerous. But few people are aware of how damaging they really are. If you ask a smoker about the substances contained in cigarettes, most of them will tell you about nicotine. Maybe they don’t know about the rest 598 allowed substances in cigarettes. Or they don’t even care. Read more

Japanese Smokers Feel the Pressure

Several years back I had the pleasure of visiting Japan and China. Japan is one culture that respects the rights of others. As you stroll down the street you will not see people with a cigarette in hand. The first day I was in Japan I noticed how quiet everyone was on the street. You did not hear people talking with each other. What you saw instead was everyone had a cell phone in hand and was reading and sending text messages. Read more

Triggering a Life Change

Maybe you've been smoking for 20, 30 years. You wake up one day and think to yourself that surely life is better than this. You no longer want to be held captive by this addiction–You need to make a change.

The psychology of smoking is easy. Life has many stressful moments in it. Traffic, family, work, relationships and personal stressers such as weight, personality, and self-esteem. Some of us are able to learn how to cope and others need something to help get themselves through these times. These times are called triggers. And holding that cigarette, sucking on it, and breathing in that nicotine helps relieve that insecurity or stress. So the psychology of smoking is finding the triggers, learning how to over coming them and to put the nicotine addiction away forever.

NEWS FLASH!! You have the power within yourself to stop this chain of events. Make the decision to quit and either do it cold turkey and/or use one of these options to help in your triggering a life change:

Cold Turkey-This is common but studies show that in 97% of cases people fail and go back to cigarettes within six months.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy-NRT(gum, lozenges, patches, etc.)If you choose to stop smoking cold turkey one of these products coupled with that assurance that you can quit and an awareness of your triggers and how to overcome them can lead you to being smoke free.

Prescription MedicationsChantix was released onto the market in 2006. It helps the brain to produce a hormone named dopamine which helps to relieve the craving to smoke. It seems to make smoking less pleasureable. Has side effects of appetite changes, nausea, headaches and insomnia. Be sure your doctor knows of any mental illness in your history as the medication can cause suicidal thoughts. Zyban is a medication that is marketed with two brandnames Wellibutrin for depression and Zyban for cigarette cessation. It is available in generic form, Bupropion. Reports on drugs.com say that Chantix is more affective. Side effects include headaches, insomnia, dry mouth, irritability, anxiety, and in rare cases seizures.

E-cigarettes-These are designed to be like smoking and advertised to let the smoker still smoke without the smoke. Reports show that they have other chemicals in them that are not healthy. So you are getting the nicotine with no tobacco and different chemicals to take into consideration. They have not been approved by the FDA.

Inhalers-several products available. There are many good reports from users in their experience with these. In one review a smoker used an inhaler for several weeks, then just used one last nicotine cartridge until it ran out, threw it away and was done with smoking.

Support Groups-Check with your local community hospital or ask your medical doctor. Call Quit now line(1-800-QUITNOW) or go to www.smokefree.gov.

Herbal Therapy– Chewing on Licorice, or taking Oat Straw or Lobelia can be a stimulant substitue and a nicotine replacement. If lack of sleep or stress is the reason for the cigarettes Valeria or St. John's Wort can help to calm you down and help you sleep.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT)-Helps a smoker to look at the action and overall result of smoking in a different light. Perhaps seeing the long term consequences of smoking.

Aversion Therapy-Is a type of conditioning where the therapist couples the act of smoking with something such as an electrical shock, horrible smell or a medication that induces nausea. In the past this type of therapy has gotten negative press but recently it is being shown as an affective way to stop the addictive habit of smoking.

Acupuncture, Laser, Hypnosis-to help produce endorphins which decrease the cravings. There is no evidence that these are of any real help.

Can an Ancient Mind Training Technique Help Smokers Quit?

Let’s face it, one (of the many) hard things about quitting smoking, besides the addictive substances, is that it’s a habit. It’s a real challenge to change any of the bad habits we have. Usually, the only way to kick a bad habit is to replace those undesirable behaviors with new behaviors, in other words–to develop new good habits. Read more

A Way to Manage Your Stress

The top answer to “why do you smoke?” is “stress.” It is crucial to attempt to take care of your problems as well as practicing smoking alternatives. You cannot do just one of them. Focusing on taking care of the stress is something I understand is hard and very important so I’ve compiled messages that you may find helpful to tell yourself. If you are strong in the aspect of stress management, then I know you’ll be strong enough to put the cigarettes down and away forever.

I have stress awareness.

I will relax and take control when I feel discouraged.

I will re-visit good feelings to handle the situation wisely.

I will ponder good thoughts to stay peaceful. I can manage stress.

I am comfortable in my own skin.

I can live worriless by changing my perspective.

I understand things do not go as planned. I will find a substitute reaction to negativity.

I will monitor my stress level.

I will schedule things to do that bring me joy. I will manage stress.

I will quit smoking.

I Have Confidence in You

Words have more power than many things in this world. Self-confidence is key to building up the courage, strength, and confidence to make a change in your life like to quit smoking. So I want you to say these words out loud, not because you are striving to become these sentences, but because this is a reminder! You can whisper them, mumble them beneath your breath while you read—but isn’t this something you want to shout about? Something that needs to be heard? Enjoy.

I believe I am stunning.

Time and time again I am impressive.

I dare to improve who I am, to become self-satisfied.

I’ve worked hard and I’ve earned the strength to handle challenges.

I am self-confident. Confidence is in the heart and mind.

I have the biggest heart, people appreciate my presence.

I am mentally fit to say yes I can.

I am physically fit to be what I want to be. I am a champion to the T.

I love myself more and more each day.

I possess potential beyond measure. I own my life and I can succeed in this world and quit smoking.

I will never smoke again.

Don’t Smoke and Get Better Rest

Sometimes to achieve one goal, it is tactical to focus on another goal that will in turn help out your original goal. For example, smoking is a stimulant and can cause uneasy sleep. So if you look at sleep being more important than smoking, and take action towards acquiring proper sleep. You may catch yourself smoke-free for the greater good, for better rest. Trusted medical information and support Patient.co.uk suggests not smoking within six hours before bedtime, and as a result you will sleep better. Trust the professionals and kill two birds with one stone. Below I have listed a few inspirational and motivational sentences that will help you take control.

I will get restful sleep, so that I may perform with excellence.

I will make a commitment and reap the benefits of better sleep.

I feel good about tomorrow. Sleeping is therapeutic; I can imagine the comfort I will feel once I climb into bed.

Being well rested means I will be productive.

I will rise from bed in the morning and rise to the top. Sleep is my mental work out.

I understand the power I have to strengthen my muscles, mood, and mind.

I will manage how much sleep I get. Getting the proper rest is important to me.

Richard Briers Dies Of Emphysema

Richard Briers Dies Of Emphysema

The well-known British actor Richard Briers died last month, at the age of 79, as a result of the smoker’s disease, emphysema . He was a very popular actor with a career spanning around 50 years, and had starred in many diverse roles, in TV, films and theatre. He was diagnosed with the lung condition emphysema in 2008, which eventually led to his death, although he had actually given up smoking about 10 years ago. Unfortunately the damage had already been done. Read more