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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Cigarettes are fickle little friends

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Occasionally when you get your paycheck, you might want to splurge on an expensive outfit. Whether it’s a new dress or a new suit, everyone likes to have things they can wear that give them that little extra boost of confidence. Something to make you feel really good.
This power outfit can be used to put an extra spring in your step when you have an important meeting with a client or boss, a first date, or any other event that makes you nervous. When you’re nervous, you probably don’t need just a new outfit. If you’re a smoker, you’ll also want a cigarette. Or two. Or three. Or four. However many you can suck down in the car, on your break, or before he picks you up.
But watch out. A cigarette might seem like a good friend to calm your nerves, but it’s just sitting between your fingers waiting to bite you. To ruin any potential chances of your nerves being calmed. Cigarettes are fickle little friends.
If you’re nervous, you’re more likely to be a little rough with the cigarette. You could easily flick it into your lap. Or the wind could knock the cherry off while you’re flicking ashes out the window.
A cigarette might seem like a great friend while you’re inhaling it to calm your nerves, but a burning cherry in your lap is a whole different story. As that hot little cherry lands in your lap, you better believe it’s going to burn. Your reflexes will kick in to brush it away as soon as it hits. Your palm or finger, or which ever part of your hand meets it, will get burned too. A stinging, scathing ember brushing against your sensitive hand. If you’re lucky, the first brush will do the trick and the cherry will be gone. Most of the time it will take two or three or four chances. That’s four burned spots on your hand and fingers and at least five on your laps and legs.
You’re going to focus on the physical pain of the burn at first. What you don’t notice is that the pant leg of your suit or the skirt of your dress has at least one hole. That’s from the first drop. If you’re lucky the second spot is just a black round burn. The third is black and ash. Speaking of ash, it’s everywhere. All over your legs, lap, and probably on your chest too.
And that’s when the meeting starts or your date arrives. You’re in pain. Your new outfit is ruined. This is the fickle nature of your nicotine-laced friend. Hopefully you’ll still ace the meeting with burn holes in your pants or dress. Or your date will be really impressed. Smoking is seen as a liability by most people. The inability to keep a cigarette in your hand just worsens it.
Next time you’re nervous, put down the cigarette and try some breathing exercises instead. Visualize succeeding in the task that you’re nervous about. These calming methods won’t burn you. Or ruin your pants.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Pregnancy And Smoking

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Pregnancy and Smoking

If you’re a woman who smokes, you will be familiar with how much you enjoy a cigarette. You probably enjoy one when you wake up, and you probably enjoy many more throughout the course of your day.Cigarettes are highly addictive, and whether you know it or not, they rule your life in many ways. You probably think about them almost constantly, and you’re willing to put your life at risk to have them even if you don’t admit to it.However, every woman who smokes can also become pregnant. If you continue to smoke throughout your pregnancy, you risk harming the child in your womb. Before you became pregnant, you were only harming yourself, but now you’re responsible for the life growing inside you too.If you smoke during pregnancy, you are more likely to birth a child who is underweight.Low birth weight babies are at greater risk for childhood and adult illnesses and even death. Babies of smokers have less muscle mass and more fat than babies of nonsmokers The child is also more likely to develop respiratory problems later in life.After the child is born, it doesn’t get any better. Infants eighteen months and younger who have second hand smoke surrounding them in their houses are responsible for up to three hundred thousand cases of pneumonia and bronchitis.Babies exposed to secondhand smoke after birth have double the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies whose mothers smoke before and after birth are three to four times more likely to die from SIDS. Smoking is responsible for raising the chances of getting lung cancer, and other types of cancer. If you smoke near your child, you raise their chances of getting all sorts health problems.Not only are the health risks a huge concern, but smoking can also cause all sorts of other problems as well.For instance, you could accidentally fall asleep with a smoke in your hand and burn your house down. It doesn’t sound likely, I know, but it happens several times a year across North America.You could flick your cigarette away and have your baby step on it, burning their foot. You’re first reaction might be to give them crap for not wearing shoes, but it would really be your fault. Your child could find the lighter and burn themselves or worse, burn your house down. Maybe they figure out how to light the cigarette themselves, and decide to try and smoke like Mommy.Remember, everything you do, is an example to your children. Is smoking really the kind of example you want to set?

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Smokers Torch

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Smokers need something to light their cigarettes with. This task falls to the match, or lighter. Both can be dangerous to the smoker themselves.

Any smoker, who has smoked for any length of time, will tell you that they’ve managed to burn themselves at one time or another. Hell, it’s like a right of passage. There are just so many ways to do it, that it’s almost impossible not too.

The cheap, dollar lighter is among the easiest way a smoker has of burning themselves. Sometimes these cheap little contraptions don’t want to go out. You light your cigarette and shove the lighter in your pocket without thinking. Then you do a silly dance in the middle of the street because the lighter didn’t go out and you find yourself being branded. It’s also quite possible that you’re going to have to replace those pants.

Matches are another lighting method bound to cause problems. You can drop the little fire stick into your lap, scaring the crap out of you. You can have your eyebrows singed when the match flairs up higher than expected.

Have you ever bought a dollar lighter that you can manually adjust? You know, those cheap little see through ones, which you can turn up even more than safety would allow by removing the metal part at the top of the lighter. Ever had someone turn that up without your knowledge?

Yeah, it’s not a fun experience when you go to light your cigarette and you find that you’re holding a flame thrower instead of a lighter. If you happen to be around other people, the hilarity is even better. What, with you jumping around with a look of terror on your face, or even worse, no eyebrows. If you happen to have long hair, and you’re wearing some kind of flammable substance in it, such as hair spray, it can get even uglier.

Then there is the “smiley face.” This happy sounding phrase means that you heat the end of the lighter up and burn yourself with the hot metal part at the tip of the lighter. Sounds like fun, huh? Teenagers love to do this. Why is anybody’s guess. Perhaps, they think they’re cool because they can stand the pain.

While all of these tales may sound funny, and even look funny when seen from afar, they really aren’t funny at all. Someone can be seriously injured.

If lighters are left around, children can get a hold of them. Matches are even easier for a kid to use. It might be your kid’s face that the lighter tries to burn off.

Lighters and matches can be dangerous. Make sure you remember to keep them in a safe place, out of the reach of children.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

What is Nicotine Withdrawal and How You Can Deal With It

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Nicotine withdrawal is the process your body will experience during the first few days after your last cigarette. Without constant nicotine replenishment, your system is able to begin clearing itself of the poisons, and this typically manifests as cold or flu like symptoms. You will also likely experience cravings during this period, so having a plan for dealing with these feelings before they strike will help ease your transition.

It is important to realize that what you are feeling is a normal reaction to quitting cigarettes, stay calm, and do what you need to do to take care of yourself during this time. Drinking lots of water is important to help your system flush itself, and is also recommended by some as a way to help relieve the cravings. Similarly, getting out for some exercise is a healthy component of any quitting strategy. Deep breathing and relaxation exercises will help you get through any momentary discomfort, as well as relieve your general stress levels that may have contributed to your desire to smoke in the first place.

Certain smoking cessation methods may help ease your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Acupressure and hypnosis are two drug-free approaches that help strengthen your natural abilities to relax, deal with stress, and reduce the desire to smoke, which should at least help diminish any anxiety you experience as a result of quitting. Mental and behavioral components are also hugely important in successfully stopping smoking, so anything you can do to address any of these will be helpful in getting you to the next step.

Know that nicotine withdrawal is temporary and that the unpleasant sensations will pass, and soon be over completely. Look forward to reaching your goals, and remind and reward yourself constantly for your achievements. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but thousands of people manage to do it each and every day. Pursue adequate support for yourself during the process, either through understanding friends and family, or a support group. There is plenty of help available.

Numerous resources exist online to help you understand and plan for a successful smoking cessation strategy. Do some homework ahead of time in order to come up with the personalized plan that is best suited to your needs. Many different stop smoking products and processes exist to help you quit, as well as online chat groups, testimonials, and so on which enable you to learn from others’ experiences, in addition to sharing your own. Take advantage of the different tools, and start preparing for a healthier future. The rewards and results will soon take care of themselves, and have you looking and feeling better, and younger, than you have in years.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Stop Smoking-Measuring Time

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Cigarettes serve many purposes in a day. Killing time while waiting for an appointment, filling time during your break, and can function as a way to signal the end of a task, or the beginning. They help break up the day, occupy your down time, serve as a reward for a job well done, or help calm your nerves when anticipating an undesirable event.

However, this method of passing time doesn’t come without cost. If you’ve ever fidgeted through a meeting, arrived late for an event because you needed to fit in one more smoke, or if your ailing health is interfering with your responsibilities, you may become aware of the downside of your smoking’s effect on your time.

The good news is, you can reclaim your time and plan for a healthier future starting today – the choice is up to you. There are a greater number of stop smoking products, services and programs available than ever before, and people are successfully implementing customized approaches to quitting every single day. With the advances in online resources it is also possible to connect easily with others who are going through the process, read testimonials, browse the different products available and come up with your own personalized plan.

Make a decision to value your time with your family and friends and pursue better health in order to enjoy your life now and in the future. Spend less time waiting at doctors’ offices dealing with smoking related concerns. Spend more time outside really enjoying the fresh air. Invest your time and money in worthwhile pursuits that you can appreciate alone or with loved ones. Learn to cherish every moment.

There are lots of helpful hints for dealing with your transition to non-smoking status. Explore recommendations for healthy snacks, hobbies, and cessation methods to improve your chances for success and keep you busy in the meantime. Knitting, chewing gum, playing cards, learning to meditate, sucking on a cinnamon stick, and many other forms of distraction have been used successfully by former smokers.

If there are underlying causes contributing to your need to smoke, look for solutions to these and value your time rather than just looking for ways to get through the day. Spend time with others who value you for who you are, and ask for their support as you learn to rethink your former addiction and find ways to replace it with healthy, fulfilling activities. Regain control of your life – the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Make a lifestyle choice and share this with your loved ones – making time for what’s really important will teach you to truly enjoy the finer things in life, and keep enjoying them for years to come.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Smoking is not Really Pleasurable

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Smoking cigarettes is NOT a natural or pleasurable thing to do. The body rejects it, ie: hack, cough, spit and did someone say, horrible taste? Your body tells you this is really bad stuff! However, I must have said a thousand times, "I enjoy smoking" or "that cigarette will taste good right after dinner", but that was because they (the Tobacco Industry) made me believe smoking cigarettes was a natural and pleasurable thing to do. What I soon learned was that I really love NOT SMOKING! You know, lungs full of clean air, tons more energy, no shortness of breath, nice bright white teeth, increased mental clarity, the amazing taste of foods, a more radiant complexion and increased self-esteem simply because of being victorious in the war of tobacco addiction!
It was your mind that convinced your body to start smoking in the first place so you could look cool/be accepted/whatever reason your mind came up with, and it is only your mind that can convince your body to stop. This IS the focal point of our program and the reason it really works. No other program I am aware of takes your belief system, the most important ingredient in the successful quit smoking equation, into consideration - hence the staggering failure rate of theirs and the 90% success of ours!
Here is something that has got to shock you - nicotine is not what you are mainly addicted to in cigarettes! The tobacco companies and even the government and health care industry would have you believe this is true but there is another ingredient in the highly guarded, patent protected list (imagine that, it's the public's health at stake and this is a trade secret!) among the 1000's of chemicals in each cigarette that really is the one responsible for your addiction - and - the terrible struggle for most people to quit. In our program we reveal this ingredient (it will amaze you!) and more importantly, we teach you how to control and easily counteract your addiction to this substance - a simple and painless thing to do.
While every other quit smoking program is focused on helping you fight off false cravings for nicotine, hundreds of thousands of people who are sincere about quitting are sadly spending millions of dollars buying up expensive pills, patches, inhalers, supplements and gums in a losing battle to save their own lives. Therefore, both the smoking and the quit-smoking (pharmaceutical) industries (did someone say among the largest government lobbies in the U.S.?) are raking in billions and billions!
The main reason people fail to quit (and why it took almost 40 years of smoking for me to learn this) is that from the time we were little children we have been lied to and literally programmed by the powerful tobacco and pharmaceutical industries as well as the media to believe that we are heavily addicted and cannot quit. Between having you keep smoking, and, keep quitting, they have a vested interest in keeping you as a dying, sorry I mean paying, customer. Not a laughing matter at all but I couldn't resist.
Believe me, no matter how strange or "conspirial" the above might seem to you right now, this will ALL make total sense when you experience just how easy it is to quit smoking using The Quit Smoking Right Now Program.
In other words . . . the proof is in the quitting!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How much money do you spend on smoking

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How much money do you spend on cigarettes? Come on, be honest. It may not seem like a lot as you give the cashier a few bucks for each pack, but it can definitely add up quickly. Even if you do not know the exact amount you are spending on your nasty smoking habit, just think of all the things you could buy instead.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes is around three dollars and fifty cents. That’s not a lot right? Maybe not, but it can add up quickly. If you smoke an average of two packs a day, then it’s really going to be a lot. That’s seven dollars a day spent on cigarettes. In just two days of saving your money instead of spending it on cigarettes, you could buy a CD. In three days, you could order a pizza for you and your family to enjoy. This way the money is being used in a way that your whole family can enjoy. Not just yourself.
In one week of not spending those seven dollars you would save from not smoking, then you would have fifty dollars. With that saved money you could take you entire family to the movies. You could get everyone popcorn and drinks and enjoy a great time together. In only one week! You could also put the money that you saved towards new stuff for your kids. You could get your little ones those toys or video games they’ve been begging for. Or you could use the money to do something really healthy for yourself and join a gym. You could lose weight, get in shape, or get toned just with the money that you’ve saved in only one week!
In two weeks of not spending those seven dollars you would save from not smoking, then you would have one hundred dollars. With that amount you could get yourself an iPod Shuffle. You could be grooving around town, listening to all of your favorite tunes after only two weeks. Or you could get those concert tickets you’ve been dreaming about but didn’t have the money for. Or you could take your significant other out for dinner and a movie, with some money left over. Just think of what one hundred extra dollars every two weeks could do for your budget. It would be like giving yourself a one dollar per hour raise. That’s incredible.
In one month, you’d have two hundred dollars saved from not smoking. Two hundred dollars is almost a car payment. You could take your family out for pizza every week and start a new tradition. You could let your wife get a much deserved massage twice a month. Or you could hire both of yourselves personal trainers!
There’s a lot of thing that you could do with the money that you would save from not smoking. And no matter what you did decide to spend it on, it would be a better choice than wasting it on cigarettes.

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