Living with another smoker is one of the toughest challenges the newly quit can face. And if that ‘other smoker’ happens to be your significant other, you might agree the situation warrants a closer look! Let’s say you are at the point where you’ve decided it’s time to quit for You – your health, your life, your success and your future. You are finally ready to own your quit and own your daily choices. You’re committed to keeping your precious quit no matter who you work with, who you live with and no matter what they say or do. Congrats ~ you have the motivation and winning attitude for a successful quit!
It helps to understand the potential roadblocks on your home front so you can navigate the murky waters ahead. You will want to keep your quit and your relationship intact. Since you’ll also want support, encouragement and a little help, let’s take a look at that smoker in your life! Did you know they have an emotional and habitual attachment to your smoking habit, as well as their own? This is perfectly normal. When you decide to quit smoking, their life will change, too. Here are some common thoughts, emotions and fears that the smoker in your life might subconsciously go through when you announce you are quitting smoking:
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Adding Herbal Tea’s to your quit smoking routine is easy and effective to get past cravings. Make a hot cup whenever you feel the need to smoke distracts and soothes taste buds while helping to detox and improve heal.
1 Part Catnip leaf
Gas pains, calming the central nervous system, relieving colds and flu, indigestion, nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness, nervous headache.
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Smoking in America is down — but not out. Today, 20% of U.S. adults are smokers, compared to 45% in 1965, when smoking was at its peak. But even at the current level of tobacco use, an estimated 440,000 Americans per year lose their lives to lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or other smoking-related illnesses. On average, smokers die 14 years before nonsmokers, and half of all smokers who don’t quit are killed by their habit.
People start smoking for many reasons. Many continue to puff away because they buy into certain persistent myths about tobacco use. Here are 10 of those myths, and the truth about each.
Myth 1: My other healthy habits may make up for my smoking.
Some smokers justify their habit by insisting that proper nutrition and lots of exercise are enough to keep them healthy. Not so.
“Research shows that eating a healthy diet and exercising don’t reduce the health risks associated with smoking,” says Ann M. Malarcher, PhD, senior scientific advisor in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “Smoking affects every organ system in the body, and thinking that you’re going to find the perfect lifestyle to counteract the effects of smoking is just not realistic.”
“You could take a truckload of vitamins a day and still not undo the deadly effects of tobacco,” says Michael C. Fiore, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Continue reading “10 Persistent Myths About Smoking” »
Are you among the 70 percent of smokers who wish you could quit? Then you probably know firsthand that quitting smoking is not easy, and usually requires multiple attempts before you successfully stop. But quitting smoking for good is possible: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 48 million adults are former smokers; there are more former smokers in the nation than current smokers.
And many of them are Everyday Health Facebook fans, who recently shared the strategies that helped them kick butt. Here are some of our favorite motivational tips and inspirational stories.
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“I smoked two packs a day from age 15 to 35 and quit cold turkey 15 years ago. I wrote down all the reasons for quitting and looked at them several times a day. I kept a running total of how much money I was saving. I kept lots of hard candies. I scrubbed my house and car so they smelled good. And I walked when I really needed a smoke. The first three weeks were miserable. The next year was challenging. The second year I realized how much better I felt and freer I was.” — Sharon Blavier Hargrove Continue reading “20 Quit Tips from Ex-Smokers” »
Researchers demonstrate that smoking cessation clinical trial results translate effectively into the “real world,” reports Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Numerous randomized clinical trials have shown the effectiveness of the two major forms of smoking cessation treatment – behavioral support and medication – in helping smokers quit. Researchers have now demonstrated that this approach can successfully translate to the “real world” and that a combination of the two treatments offers almost a threefold chance of success over attempts to quit without using a cessation aid. Their findings are published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Continue reading “Scientifically proved quit smoking strategies” »
It’s no secret that quitting the cancer sticks can lead to weight gain–an incentive, for some, to hang on to the dangerous habit. But it’s time to put an end to that ridiculous excuse. A new anti-smoking medication may also help prevent weight gain among quitters, according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry.
Researchers at the University of Chicago and Yale University gave 700 male and female smokers either a pill, Naltrexone, or a placebo. Naltrexone helped the men ditch cigarettes, upping their quit rate from 17 percent to 30 percent over three months, but it did not significantly improve a woman’s odds of quitting. However, in women who did stop successfully, the drug helped cut their weight gain by more than half. Those on the placebo put on an average of 5.1 pounds, whereas women on Naltrexone only gained an average of 2.3 pounds. The drug is an opioid blocker, working to reduce cravings for alcohol, heroin, and nicotine, but it also blocks cravings for foods many smokers indulge on while they quit. Continue reading “5 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain After You Quit Smoking” »
The psychological impact of quitting smoking on a person’s well-being is often overlooked. A well-designed study published in the new December issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine offers comfort for smokers who are gearing up to take the plunge as the new year approaches. The innovative study of 572 smokers, done by a team of well-seasoned researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, involved real-time measurements called ecological momentary assessments. The study sampled smokers’ withdrawal symptoms for a week before and after quitting, and for a week after they made it to the one-year mark. These new findings can help ease smokers’ (often vague) fears of quitting. Unfounded fears can keep smokers in a bunker, and hold them back from enjoying the very real medical and mental benefits of quitting. Continue reading “Is Life Better After Quitting Smoking?” »
Stevia, a healing herb, “kills” the need for nicotine and also melts pounds, and the best about it is that you can cultivate it in your home. Stevia not only reduces high blood pressure and cures throat inflammation, it is also a good ally in the fight against chronic fatigue.
The latest clinic research conducted in the USA show that this herb gives excellent results if you want to reduce the need for both cigarettes and alcohol. Stevia is also known as a natural sweetener and an amazing substitute for sugar. So, with a single shot you can kill 10 flies, or problems.
You can consume Stevia in any form you like – powder, juice or tea. Give up smoking and drinking alcohol and lose weight at the same time!
This herb does not require any special conditions, so you can plant it in your own yard.