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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” »

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How to Quit Smoking Using Caffeine

Cigarette in a cup full of coffeeQuitting smoking can be a very difficult thing to do. When you decide that you want to stop smoking, research all the different methods at your disposal and choose the one that will suit your habit and personality best. While this method is one of many quitting methods, it has worked for a number of people, so it might just be worth consideration in your own case.

This method requires a little bit of willpower, but will stop your body's chemical addiction to nicotine and help prevent the psychological, as well as habitual drive to light up. Make sure you're healthy enough to follow the steps for any quitting method and it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor first.

Decide that you want to stop smoking, but don't make too big of a deal about it. Get into the mindset that if you desire a cigarette really badly and light up, it will not be the end of the world. It can be a lot of stress to quit smoking, and usually stress creates nicotine cravings. Stressing out about quitting can just make you want to smoke more. Plan to quit in a week or so as you follow the next few steps. Organize some stress-busting sidelines to distract you from wanting to light up. Go and exercise, watch a favorite TV show, call a friend, workout in the gym, take the dog for a walk, etc.

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The Best Way to Quit Smoking, Based on Your Personality Type

Fotolia_68100653_XSSmoking, obviously, does your body no good whatsoever: It increases your risk of many kinds of cancer, it damages your lungs, it raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, it wreaks havoc with your looks. The good news is that you start to see measurable health benefits even just 20 minutes after quitting.

The American Cancer Society has tons of resources available for quitting on its website—including a Zombie Smokeout game that you can download to your phone in order to keep your hands and brain busy (and away from lighting up—plus, it's just fun). But I love the organization's quitting tips for specific personalities. Take a look:

The Cold Turkey: Someone who quits smoking all at once.
Tip for quitting: Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away. Continue reading “The Best Way to Quit Smoking, Based on Your Personality Type” »

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Foods and Beverages that Can Help or Buffle You To Stop Smoking

Glass jug of fresh milk isolated on white. With clipping pathDURHAM, N.C. -- Milk does the body good -- and may help smokers break the habit, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Smokers reported that consuming milk, water, fruits and vegetables worsened the taste of cigarettes, while consuming alcohol, coffee and meat enhanced their taste, according to the scientists.

The findings could lead to a "Quit Smoking Diet" or to development of a gum or lozenge that makes cigarettes less palatable, said lead study investigator Joseph McClernon, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of medical psychiatry at the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research. Continue reading “Foods and Beverages that Can Help or Buffle You To Stop Smoking” »

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Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking

Herbal pill.Smoking puts the lungs at increased risk for cellular damage. After smoking cessation, vitamins can help repair lung damage. Seek the advice of a medical professional before trying to prevent, treat or cure any lung condition.

Vitamin C

Smoking leads to the increased oxidative damage of lung tissue. The toxins found in cigarette smoke cause the increased production of free radicals that attach themselves to lung cells and cause their damage or death, according to a study published in 2008 in the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine." Antioxidants will help your lungs recover. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin found in foods including citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers, is a powerful antioxidant. The vitamin may reduce the harmful effects of toxic cigarette smoke, according to the researchers. Continue reading “Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking” »

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6 Common Smoking Triggers and How to Fight Them

HUMAN HABITThe physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are notoriously difficult to overcome, but the psychological cravings for cigarettes can be even worse.

According to addiction medicine specialist Michael Miller, MD, smoking is hard to shake partly because it’s such a repetitive habit. “Smokers light up so often that they make associations with it—driving, for instance, or talking on the phone or drinking a cup of coffee,” he says.

To successfully quit smoking, it’s important to know the triggers that send you looking for a cigarette and figure out ways to defuse them.

Meals

For many smokers, the cigarette after a good meal is the most delicious one of all, and the urge to light up often hits as soon as they drop their fork.

To resist post-meal cravings, get up from the table immediately after eating and do something enjoyable to distract yourself, experts recommend.

Go for a brisk walk, play a board game—anything to keep your lungs and hands busy and your mind off smoking. Continue reading “6 Common Smoking Triggers and How to Fight Them” »