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Practicing mindfulness to help you break the habit of smoking

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Source: http://expertbeacon.com/practicing-mindfulness-help-you-break-habit-smoking#.VQ8LfY6sVNT

Here’s a hot news flash to smokers: Cigarettes are bad for you. They can make holes in your lungs, mouth, throat and (more recently) your wallet. You are likely to have more frequent illness and lost income. The smoke you exhale will also impact people around you, some of whom you love. You will die younger than you would if you did not smoke and have a compromised quality of life while you are here.

Are you motivated to quit? Generally the answer is yes with a qualifier or two. In addiction treatment, patients generally say, “Not right now. Let me get off one drug at a time.” It is a reasonable answer, but even well into recovery, many smokers are still not ready. Why would that be - given the overwhelming evidence in favor of stopping and the fact that these particular addicts successfully quit alcohol, heroin and/or cocaine?

The simple answer is that smoking is a form of insanity that the logical mind and our own better judgment cannot solve. Many smokers have been helped by mindfulness meditation, a means of slowing down the action and beginning to penetrate the experience of the addiction. Once it is better understood, a rational choice can be made (of whether to continue smoking or not). Meditation practice is also a means of developing the intention to be fully present, kind and compassionate. It promotes the right kind of effort - neither too tense nor too loose, which emphasizes wholesome thinking and outcomes and steers away from less wholesome ones. It is the effort to be here now the best we can, remembering our humanity and what is truly important in our lives. Continue reading “Practicing mindfulness to help you break the habit of smoking” »

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Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation

limeCompelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, it would seem.

This is why effective, natural interventions for smoking cessation are so needed today and why we are excited to report on a study involving a solution that can be found not at your local pharmacy, but at your local grocer's fruit stand.

In a study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand titled, "Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation" researchers from the Department of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand tested the effectiveness of fresh lime as a smoking cessation aid compared with nicotine gum. Continue reading “Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation” »

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What I Did Wrong When I Quit Smoking

I'm an ex-smoker, a recovering nicotine addict, and a woman with a passion to share the right steps to take when quitting smoking. When I quit, I did absolutely everything wrong, which also happens to be what most people who are quitting do.
We all reach for the snack cabinet to ease our oral fixation. We all worry and create more stress when it comes to figuring out how to stop doing the one thing that we're comfortable with. I was a one-pack-a-day smoker for quite a few years. I've quit more than once in my lifetime, most recently two years ago.
In my failed attempts at quitting, I noticed I did the following things wrong, which ultimately led to my picking up the habit again:

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Quit smoking for free with Susan Hepburn hypontherapy video

Susan says: "Hypnotherapy is powerful, .... it is a simple, yet radical way to gain control of your smoking habit. It is a mind-body revolution: a way to change the way you think about smoking forever.

"The concept of “mindfulness” is central to hypnosis and mindfulness is gathering force as a highly effective psychological tool, both in popular culture and mainstream psychology. Being more mindful to ensure that you never smoke again and you will not feel deprived or missing out on anything. Hypnotherapy does all of this.

"In effect I reprogramme your mind to not want a smoke ever again. So you are are ready to take action and quit smoking."

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Allen Carr’s Top Stop Smoking Tips

AllenCarMany people think Allen Carr's Easyway is simply a series of tips to help smokers quit. It isn't. It's as if smokers are lost in a maze. They want to escape but they don't know the correct directions. Allen Carr's method provides a map of the maze and simple instructions to help any smoker get free. However, if you try to follow the instructions without first understanding the map, or you fail to follow all the instructions, you may never find the exit. It normally takes 5-6 hours for smokers to get free at Allen Carr's clinics. If you are serious about stopping, we strongly recommend you attend your nearest Allen Carr clinic or read the book "Allen Carr's Easyway To Stop Smoking" or "Stop Smoking Now" before making your attempt. It is particularly important that you understand Allen's central point that in reality there is nothing to give up because smoking provides you with no genuine pleasure or crutch and so you are not making any sacrifice at all and there is no reason to feel deprived. That may sound difficult to believe but I promise you it's true and understanding why is an essential part of stopping easily, painlessly and permanently. Once you've got it clearly into your mind that there are no advantages to smoking, then the following instructions will help you get free:

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10 Crazy Ways Smokers Finally Kicked the Habit

10crwaysQuitting smoking is hard—just ask John Mellencamp. The 58-year-old rocker had a heart attack in 1994, but he still smokes. Mellencamp’s son Speck created a Facebook group in 2009 called "1,000,000 to Join, My Dad John Mellencamp Will Quit Smoking". If it attracted 1 million people, Mellencamp swore he’d kick the habit once and for all.
But you don’t have to be a rock star to find creative ways to quit smoking—though you’ll feel like one when you do. Here, some ex-smokers share the crazy things that finally helped them kick the habit.

Bury the evidence

"I once wrapped packs of cigarettes in a plastic bag and buried them in a flower pot on the back porch so that I would have to dig them up, extract a cigarette, and rebury the pack every time I wanted a smoke. That was 18 years ago!" — Pat Owens, Valley Stream, N.Y.

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Women quitting smoking should time it with cycle

cycleFor millions of Americans, quitting smoking is high on the list of New Year's resolutions. Statistics indicate that fewer than one of every 10 former smokers manages to abstain from cigarettes for a full year, according to the University of Montreal.According to a study published in Psychiatry Journal, women should pay attention to their menstrual cycle.

The study from the University of Montreal found that a woman's menstrual cycle has a significant effect on nicotine cravings. In addition to either increasing or decreasing cravings, menstrual cycles have an effect on how intensely women experience their physical withdrawal symptoms. "Our data reveal that incontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase that begins after menstruation," said Adrianna Mendrek, lead author of the study. "Hormonal decreases in estrogen and progesterone possibly deepen the withdrawal syndrome and increase activity of neural circuits associated with craving."

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Ten Simple Steps To Quit Smoking

10simpleThe internet is full of information on how to stop smoking and you really do not know what to read, what to adopt and what all to quit. Without getting into any blah-blah, let us get on to ten simple steps to quit smoking without any expensive treatment:
Step 1: You can begin with a basic idea about quit smoking by understanding why you smoke. Removing this cause makes you to win the battle in a major way! You can checkout some health benefits of quit smoking and simultaneously, compare to the hazards or bad effects of fagging. This can make up your mind to get rid of smoking.

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Quit Smoking in 2015

New year's resolution quitting smokingMillions of smokers around the globe will resolve to quit this New Year, and despite an increasing number of evidence-based interventions with proven efficacy, more people fail than succeed, leaving smoking to prevail as the world’s leading cause of premature death and disability (WHO global report, 2012). This begs the crucial question. What’s the best way to quit smoking?

Self-help, exercise interventions, group therapy, text-support, alternative therapies, e-cigarettes, behavioral therapy, mindfulness, apps, web-based aids, aversion therapy, nicotine replacement and other pharmacotherapies; the list of potential tools goes on. In fact, there is an overwhelming boom of scientific research investigating smoking cessation, with thousands of papers published this year alone. So how do we make sense of it all and say no to tobacco for good?

Well, that’s easier said than done. It seems that certain combinations of interventions boost one’s success, while other combos are simply a waste of energy and can even lessen your chances of successfully calling it quits. A person’s ability to kick the habit will also vary depending on an unknown number of individual factors, from age to how a person handles failure.

A study published this year in Addictive Behaviors consolidated our understanding of the main predictors of relapse. It reinforced the view that the psychological aspects of smoking and stages of behavior change, also known as the transtheoretical model (TTM), are far more important to quitting than the physiological addiction to nicotine itself. Continue reading “Quit Smoking in 2015” »

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Smoke Smell

Fotolia_17144867_XSYou bought a secondhand car and you’re all excited to take it on a ride. However, you can’t stand staying too long inside because of the strong and repugnant smoke smell. Apparently, the previous owner is a smoker. And now, you have to suffer the consequences of his smoking habits. Smoke smell is very resilient; it seems to make its way towards anything it wants to, from carpets to furniture, rags to walls, your garage to your car. It’s everywhere. And simply leaving the windows open does not completely remove the odor. Luckily, there are a lot of ways on how to get rid of smoke smell. And to make things even better, you can use things that can be found right in your very kitchen. So before your house smell like one massive ash tray, read on and start eliminating smoke smell.

 1. Sprinkle baking soda.

Dust baking soda on your furniture and carpets and leave it overnight. This will allow the baking soda to absorb the smoke smell and other unpleasant odors. Vacuum it up after a day thoroughly and if the smell is not completely eliminated, just repeat the process. You can also use scented baking soda if you like. Continue reading “7 Ways to Get Rid of Smoke Smell” »