How To Get Someone To Quit Smoking

Is smoking a personal choice that only affects the smoker?

NO!

Smoking is a health hazard so great that … and the scariest thing is an estimated … people in the world take part in it.

SO HOW DO YOU GET SOMEONE TO KICK THIS HABIT FOR GOOD?

1. Ask the person if he smokes. Even if you've known that person your whole life, ask the person. You'll get that person to acknowledge his smoking habit out loud not only to you but also to himself.

2. Ask the person how long he's been smoking in years.

3. Ask the person how many cigarettes that person has smoked a day. The purpose of these two questions is to make the person understand how serious his smoking habit is.

4. Ask the person if he is willing to quit.

5. If the person is willing to quit then ask the person what is stopping him from quitting, ie what are his barriers? Gaining weight? Depression? Fear of failure? Listen to the person's concerns respectfully and do not mock the person. Then try to work through the person's barriers by involving a primary care physician. Research has proven that the most effective quitters are the ones who regularly contact their physician who can provide them with endless smoking related counseling as well as nicotine products.

If the person is not willing to quit, then ask the patient what he benefits from smoking. When the patient responds, then tell the patient about the big risks of smoking including infertility, many different types of cancers (not only lung, but also bladder, esophageal, pancreatic and oral cancers), bad breath, dry mouth, heart attacks, ulcers , and the list goes on and on. Remember to play on that person's fears – if the person is concerned with his weight and image, then tell the person smoking ages smokers and causes premature wrinkles.

Once the person has realized the risks of smoking, educate him on the benefits of quitting (again, play on the person's feelings). If the person is a father, mention the numerous health benefits not only for himself but also for his children. If the person is a lover, mention that he'll smell better once he quits, and so on.

6. Remove all smoking related paraphernalia. This includes cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, and cigars from the home, office, and car.

7. Make the person keep a record of what stimulates smoking. He can just carry a piece of paper with him and write down when he feels like smoking – is it when he's in the car? in bed? when watching tv?

8. Set up a date when that person will begin the quitting. This should be marked specifically on a calendar to mentally prepare the person for quitting, and after that day the person should not smoke even once.

9. Reward the person for not smoking when he feels like it. Remember that piece of paper that has all the stimuli for smoking (step 7)? Well, when the person overcomes the urge and does not smoke, give him a small reward or just acknowledgment and encourage his effort.

10. Encourage regular physician follow ups. As I said before, the most successful quitters are the ones who involve doctors. So the person should be encouraged to visit his doctor at least once a week for the first month of quitting, then once every 2 weeks, and so on.

Remember that above all else, the person needs support from family and friends. So do not be judicial or impatient.

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Wake Up and Breathe: Stop Smoking Part 1

“You are a fifty-one year old woman with the lungs of a seventy-five year old …” the doctor began. My ordinarily youthful, upbeat attitude took a dive when he clarified “you smoked for thirty-two years, about two packs a day?” “Sounds about right.” I replied, beaten. After all, it's not like I asked him “Why me?” Egypt “How could this happen?” I knew perfectly well how I arrived at this moment and I'll tell you that for a person with few regrets in her lifetime, this one suddenly loomed large. Still, a hint of a bedside manner would have been appreciated even though I am a bottom line kind of woman. I got the message.

When the news is dramatic and frightening, of the no-turning-back variety– you take heed. This is real. This is the direct result of choices I made; there is no one else to blame. Sickening, completely helpless emotions tried to drown my fortitude and I admit, for a few days I lounged on the pot pot. But only for a few days because I am blessed with a resilient spirit.

Thankfully, I'd awakened to the realization that I was slowly killing myself and after countless attempts at quitting smoking, I finally did it March 25, 2001. Fast forward to April 2006 and I'm reflecting on my last major asthma attack in the seventies, wiping my (then) record of quitting for 9 months, 22 days and 8 hours had stuck. But no, it was the time of white Chic jeans with rainbow stripes down the sides and I owned a few pair: size five, size seven, size nine but when I had to purchase size 11, I picked up a pack of cigarettes on my way back home from the local shopping center. Smoking since I was a pre-teen with anesthetized taste buds, a pretty poor appetite and until then, a metabolism that others envied, I was not prepared for the results of eating six Heath Ice Cream Bars in one setting. I had not a clue what may occur when I devoured quart upon quart of Italian Ices or any of the similar indulgences I abused during those nine months. Size eleven on my 5'4 “frame was more than my ego could bear so lighting up nipped that problem in the bud.

My journey towards becoming a non-smoker took another couple of decades. Time spent trying different methods of quitting, making promises to myself – swiftly broken promises. As I reflected on the recent news delivered by a no-nonsense Doc, I wished for the umpteenth time that I'd never started smoking.

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How to Help Someone to Stop Smoking

If a family member or a friend asks you for help to quit smoking then he has made the most important step in absolutely stopping smoking.Smoking is like having your other leg in the grave; you are absolutely destroying your health and other people's health as well. There are no positive sides to smoking, only illness, bad breath and discolored teeth.

It could be very difficult to avoid smoking and if you are willing to help out then here are ways on how to help someone to stop smoking:

  1. Quitting must be done as soon as possible before the person suffers from irreparable lung damage. Take the person to a doctor to determine his current state of health. His doctor will advise his benefits of quitting smoking and of course suggest the ideal smoking cessation treatment to be done.
  2. There are several therapies used to replace cigarettes. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 5 kinds of nicotine replacement therapy: nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nasal sprays, inhalers and nicotine lozenges. Talk to a medical professional regarding the ideal cessation therapy to use.
  3. Throw all smoking paraphernalia at home: lighters, matches, cigarettes, etc and place a large no smoking sign plus a poster of the various complications of smoking.
  4. Accompany him as you two indulge in fitness activities like aerobic exercises, weight lifting, basketball, cycling, jogging, swimming and many more. He may experience shortness of breath and some difficulty on the initial days of treatment but it is a guarantee that he will notice a better state of health after several sessions.
  5. Go out but avoid places where he can smoke like pubs places where he can buy cigarettes like convenience stores and areas where he may find friends who smoke like billiard halls, plazas, smoking areas in the office and many more. The more he can resist going to these places, the more he will likely recover and quit smoking for good.
  6. Regularly assess his feelings and attitude about quitting and recovery. This will help assess any need for medical intervention such as withdrawal symptoms and the possibility of going back to smoking after a crisis. Help him deal with anxiety and panic which can also be factors to go back to smoking. Indulge him in relaxation techniques like meditation, reflexology, massages, breathing techniques and many other helpful
  7. A technique on how to help someone to stop smoking is to accompany him as he joins forums, meetings and associations that are made to help quitters quit. You can find groups that can help atop smoking through your doctor. He can advise a support group with an experienced moderator for your friend. He may also advise one-on-one treatment for anxiety, panic attacks and stress that is usually accompanied by smoking.

As your friend or family member fully recovers from the withdrawal signs and symptoms of smoking; he will certainly realize what an amazing help you have been. You have not only been his friend but you were a dear friend when he was really in need.

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Wake Up and Breathe: Stop Smoking – Part Three

What prompted me to quit smoking in 2001 was that I became a Wellness Consultant. Now, how could I effectively consult with others about wellness while I was a cigarette smoker? It was just too hypocritical! Caring about others and sharing information is integral to the woman I am. It's my hope that at least one smoker reading this will stamp out that butt once and for all! You have to want to do it. How do I remain a non-smoker? It's simple. I will not put a cigarette between my lips and this way I remain a non-smoker. It's a choice.

Besides the motivation to quit smoking provided by being a Wellness Consultant at the time, I chose a positive mindset to accomplish my goal.
• I viewed quitting smoking as something I was gaining versus something I was giving up. (What a difference perspective can make!)
• I no longer worried about those wicked little burn holes ruining a favorite shirt
• No more scrubbing clean the nasty amber grime of nicotine from my car's interior windows
• No sweat about an airplane delay keeping me minutes from my next smoke
• No missing part of a movie because I had to step outside the theater for a cigarette
• Do not need to reach for a pack before I answer a ringing phone
• No more occupation over now familiar NO SMOKING signs in most public places

It's amazing how much time a non-smoker gains once they've given up the drama of a smoking life. There is no more of that familiar “I'm just going to have a cigarette before I ..” vacuum the carpet, feed the dogs, take out the garbage, play with the cat, clean the dishes, mow the lawn, shampoo the baby, pull weeds, pull out your hair, etc.

There are lots of different methods to quitting. A lover of words and desktop publishing, I created a bunch of the signs made from circles with a cigarette in the center and a diagonal line through it, then blatantly stole Nike's slogan “Just Do It” which I printed benefit the graphic. I made a multitude of signs like this & placed them in my car's glove box, on the visor, in my medicine cabinet, in drawers at home and at work, on closet doors – you get the picture. I wanted, no I needed these reminders that my goal was a worthy one. It worked.

I had the pleasure of judging an eBook contest a couple of months ago and read an excellent book on the subject by Jennifer Clare: Stub Out the Habit. (No I'm not hiring affiliate commission on it.) You may just find it helpful.

Recently, I picked up a pricey prescription for an oral inhaler and noticed a perplexed look on the pretty young pharmacist's face. I ruefully commented that because I wanted to be really cool when I was about 14 years old, I now get to pay over $ 58 for a prescription like this. Wow. Not. So. Cool.

Be smarter than I was: wake up and breathe.

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Quit Now!

There are many products and medications to help you stop smoking. First are the nicotine replacement products in the form of gum or a patch. Some people are able to use these products with success. They do not, however, ease the burden of changing habits.

Drugs available include the antidepressant Wellbutrin or Zyban, and a newer product Chantix. Wellbutrin or Zyban helps some people quit, although the way it works is not well understood. Chantix is ​​believed to hit the nicotine receptor sites in the brain and stimulating them and also blocking nicotine from getting to the site. All of these are prescription products and have potential side effects.

There are many habits that are tough to quit. Smoking is one of the toughest! Everyone reiter to smoking as an addiction. It does have some addictive properties, but as a former smoker, I believe it is much more of a habit than an addiction. When you quit, you get through the addictive withdrawal in about 5 days, but the habit is another issue.

If you are a smoker, you really want to strive to be fit and healthy, and quitting is the first step.

There are many triggers to lighting a cigarette. Triggers are common. If you get in a car and put the key in the ignition, that is a trigger to fasten your seat belt. The triggers to lighting a cigarette are numerous. Triggers include getting in a car, answering the phone, finishing a meal, having a cup of coffee or glass of alcohol, or a friend coming over. All of these are triggers that make you want to light a cigarette.

Quitting smoking takes a lot of gumption. You must gear up for it, plan for it and expect to battle it for 4 to 6 months. I suggest starting by cutting your cigarette consumption by 1/2 each day. If you are smoking 2 packs or 40 cigarettes a day, on day one smoke only 1 pack or 20 cigarettes. On day 2 you can smoke 1/2 pack or 10 cigarettes and on day 3 you can have 5 cigarettes. Then on day 4, you quit. The first day when you reduce by 1/2 it is not too hard. But days 2 and 3 are harder.

Before you quit, you will want to examine your triggers. Write them down. Decide which ones you can change. For example, you could give up coffee for a couple of weeks and have a soda instead. You will still get your caffeine. You could give up alcohol for several weeks. You could not get together with your friends who are smokers. At the end of each meal, you must immediately get up and do something. You can not just sit there and talk. If you stay preoccupied, it helps. Also, take lots of showers. You will find that while you are in the shower, you will not desire a cigarette. You will probably want to go to bed early.

You must fight a daily battle for between 4 and 6 months before you finally forget about them! But the battle is worth it. You will find your lungs feel better in the first few days. You will smell better in a few days. You will be able to taste food again in a couple of weeks. And 1 to 2 years later, your lungs will recover veryly. Good luck. It is worth it and you can do it.

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How to Keep Your Teen From Being Attracted to Smoking

“My daughter has just touched 14 and she is beginning to get attracted to smoking,” says Rachel with a cigarette on her lips and a cup of coffee in her hand.

The reply follows, “Oh these teenagers! I fail to understand them. It is the same story with my son.

No, this does not work; you need to know your teen better than that.

Parents' involvement is crucial

Teenagers are kids in adult stature. Do not give up on them. Your involvement is crucial in preventing them from being attracted to smoking.

Children in their teens do need their own space, but they need you too. They love you, value your opinion and strive to meet your expectations.

Allow them individuality, but remain closely involved: Not to pry on their privacy, but as a dear friend and a caring solitor.

You are the parent

Use patience and understanding more than your overgrown kid can. Silently swallow their initial disapproval. By and by you will notice them treading the path laid by you.

At this joke, please refrain from airing your own vanity as to how right you were and how immature they are. It will reverse the teens' attitude.

Be the role model

Even if you yourself are a smoker, there is a way out. Talk to your child openly. Accept that tobacco is addictive. In spite of being a victim of its ill effects, you are unable to quit smoking.

Smoking exhibits weakness of character, and you would want your child to follow only your strengths.

Spend time together

Conversations at the dining table open a window to your teen's world. Most certainly it is you, the parent, who needs to learn the ways of the new generation.

Do not pull children back into the old times. Explore their exciting new world. Be friends to their friends and socialize with them; not as a guardian but as a friend. You will be amazed at the welcome you receive. They will happily imbibe your wisdom under the cover of your comradeship.

Wow! You have influenced the peer opinion. Your teen sees you in new light now: respected and loved by the peer. You have won the confidence, admiration and respect of your young brat.

Tackle the root cause of teens being attracted to smoking

During teenage, children see themselves as adults but fail to meet the adults' expectations. Their emotional upheaval jeopardizes their social image and scholastic achievements. Anxiety and depression grip them and they succumb to various vices.

Parents 'and teachers' thoughtful considerations can go a long way to help teens through the turmoil of teen s:

  • Believe in your teenagers and let them know that you trust them.
  • Appreciate each of their achievements, however small it may be.
  • Offer only constructive guidance and not diktats.
  • Sweeping criticisms: No. Absolutely Not!
  • Always be there for your children: Give your time, mind and support.
  • Make the home a happy place to come to: Parents relationship makes an impact on teens' psyche.
  • Eat dinners at home together with your children: Open conversations at the dinning table help resolve children's day-to-day conflicts.
  • Entrust your teens with responsibilities.
  • Set goals for them and help them come out winners.
  • Encourage them to participate in outdoor games.
  • Strive with them to meet their scholastic aspirations.
  • Allow them to indulge in reading for pure pleasure.
  • Help them resolve their peer conflicts.
  • Equip them such that they are able to evaluate media and peer's recommendations with knowledge.

“Smoking is cool and mod” is a myth created by the tobacco industry

Let children know that tobacco smoking is and has always been nothing but a vice. It is neither cool nor modern.

Once associated to smoking, you are hooked to it for life. The harmful chemicals of tobacco keep corroding the body slowly but surely.

Hopefully, on knowing this teenagers will retreat from being attracted to smoking.

Life is beyond teenage

Educate children on harmful effects of tobacco. Support your views with scientific data and give them time to ponder.

Among many diseases commonly associated with tobacco consumption, “smoking is also linked to impotence, decreased sperm count, sperm abnormalities and poor outcomes of pregnancy.” [For more details on this please see the reference given below]

Teenagers could not be attracted to smoking in preference to love life!

Reference:

Canadian Institute on Child Health. Environmental hazards: protecting children. Canadian Institute of Child Health, Ottawa, 1997.

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3 Giant Reasons to Quit Smoking Sooner, Rather Than Later

Smoking is often a persistent habit that can be difficult to break. And yet, smokers frequently imagine that at some point, they will stop. But giving up smoking is hard!

When you've developed an addiction, our bodies becomes dependent upon the addictive substance, in this instance, nicotine. This dependence is physiological and also psychological. Some even believe quitting smoking is more tricky than eliminating alcohol.

There are numerous good reasons to give up cigarettes. All destructive addictions have their own battery of unintended effects. It is well-known that second-hand or “passive smoking” is claiming 50,000 lives on a yearly basis in US on it's own. Here for those who have children in the household, or even for the advantage of other loved ones, you must think of giving up smoking at the earliest feasible time. Try to recall if you have seen your child or your better half coughing gently. Your pleasure seriously is not worth their lives.

Smoking really does a great deal of harm to your social life, too. The days are gone when you might light a smoke effortlessly and élan reclining your coffee table seat. Now, if you feel like you must smoke during a social supper, you have to look for a private, out of the way area to light that smoke. Meanwhile, your absence will likely be noticed. You may even keep other people patiently waiting. This will likely not do any good to the health of your social life.

The price tag on smokers is one more great reason to give up. Normal smokers commonly smoke in between one and two packs daily. One pack commonly costs $ 4.5- $ 5.5, which translates to mean 2 packs of cigarettes will come to an annual costs of $ 3,650.00. Decide for yourself whether it is worth the money. Additionally, this cost will not include increasingly regular trips to the clinic and the prescription medication expenses.

The reasons to give up smoking are far more numerous than the reasons to continue. In fact, the only reason to continue smoking is the fear of quitting! But quitting smoking does not have to be an awful experience that you dread, many smokers are able to kick the habit without having to suffer through horrible anxiety or cravings, or at least reduce them to such a low level that they barely even notice them .

You really only have two choices: you can keep yourself trapped in a nicotine prison, where you are not free to live as you want because you are shackled to tobacco. Or, you can start caring about yourself enough to see that smoking does not bring any real pleasure at all, and do the work necessary to free yourself, once and for all.

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Major Benefit of Quitting Smoking for Adults Is Better Sex (and 9 Others)

Sometimes, it only takes a sheer effort to quit a habit and achieves the quality of life you've been dreaming about. We all know that

smoking is good for your health. But how does it exactly benefit you if you stop smoking now?

1. Better Sex – Aside from the fact that non-smokers are three times more appealing to the other sex, a smoke-free life helps both men and women get the most out of their sex life. Studies show that men who stop smoking get better erections while women who quit experience orgasm quicker. If you want to put the spice back to your intimate relationship, better quit smoking now.

2. Healthier Family and Friends – The worst thing about smoking is that it does not just spoil your health. It makes your family sick as well. Secondhand smoke is worse than firsthand smoke, studies reveal. It damages your loved one's lungs, brain, heart, and all the important organs in the body.

3. Improved Breathing – People who give up smoking are able to breathe easily because their lungs improve by 10% in just 9 months. You may not notice it today but you'll understand how having good lungs mean to you when you get older.

4. Reduced Stress – Contrary to what others think, smoking is a stressor. People who smoke are in constant withdrawal. This is why they keep lighting cigarette after cigarette. It's to satisfy the craving and do away from the unwanted withdrawal symptoms.

5. Enhanced Energy – As you quit smoking today, you raise your energy levels to a significant measure. Within two to twelve weeks of quitting, your circulation improvements, making regular activities such as walking and running much easier.

6. Stronger Immune System – To stay away from serious illnesses, you need to have a strong immune system. Smoking however, kills healthy cells and destroys your immune system, making you more vulnerable to disease-causing substances. If you stop smoking now, you can fight off flu and colds.

7. Longer Life – If you stop smoking now, you make your life longer, simple as that. Men who quit smoking by 30 add 30 years more in their life while those who quit at the age of 60 extend their lives to 3 years longer.

8. Whiter teeth – Smoking adds stain to your teeth, making it yellowish. This is a big turn off to most people especially if you're in search of a partner. But other than whiter teeth, you'll get better oral health if you stop smoking now. Quitting also makes you less vulnerable to gum disease.

9. Lower Risk of Cancer – A vice-free life plus proper diet and exercise lowers down your risk of any type of cancer. Studies show that non-smokers have a reduced chance of getting heart disease, stomach and lung cancer, cervical cancer, and so on.

10. Better sleep at night – Non-smokers have lower risk of insomnia. Due to improved lung capacity, expect to get a better and more serene sleep at night.

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How To Be Your Own Best Friend And Lead A Life That Will Make You Happy

Subjects like this should be discussed more often, as people actually need this kind of information even though they are not aware that they do. For that reason, I will try to give you some practical information that you can use to be your own best friend and stop leading a destructive way of living. Never mindless, it is a destructive way of living that we follow which makes our life an unhappy one, and sadly enough, we do not even know what it is that we do that makes us feel that way.

That is why following few tips will help you better understand yourself and hopefully help you overcome some of the destructive tendencies and misuse of power of will:

1. First of all, we must understand that we find ourselves in unpleased situations simply because we attract such situations in our life, and we find ourselves in pleasant situations also because we attract such situations in our life. How? With our own thoughts. Our mind is constantly filled with various thoughts and we are barely aware about 5% of them. By learning to listen to your thoughts more carefully and directing them onto desired subjects, you will also learn how to attract desired situations to your life more easily.

2. Try to be aware about your actions. Are all your actions conscious and the way you want them to be or do you run on autopilot? Most commonly, we are also aware only about 5% of our actions, and the rest is happening without our full awareness. Try to think before you act, and do that all the time. This will slow down your tempo while at the same time allow you to filter through your intentions and see which intentions will bring you good things and which intentions will only hurt others and you.

3. Many times things in our life do not work the way we want them to and honestly, it is 100% our own fault. It was our choices and our way of thinking as well as actions that we did not take that bought us such situations in our life. But what is done is done and can only be improved from there on.

If you feel that your life does not quite work the way you want it to, do not be alarmed but rather realize that you obviously do not think and act in accordance with your desires, which brings you all kinds of stuff that you like and stuff that you do not like. The only thing you can do is to accept the fact that it was you who created such life for yourself and that it is you who have all the power to recreate it the way you want it to.

You should not be afraid of that creative power in you, because you use it all the time, only that you are not aware about it. By being aware about that power, you will be able to think and act in accordance with your deepest desires and create the life that you really want to see.

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Two Easy Ways to Quit Smoking

I know how is it like when you are on that border when you either make one step more and stop smoking or your procrastinate a bit longer. I used to smoke and know that I prayed to God to offer me some easy ways to quit smoking, and I can tell you that there actually are easy ways, but it does not need to mean that you will not need to do something after all. You will indeed need to do more than you think, but it will be much easier to quit smoking as a result of your efforts.

# 1 First of all, you need to make up your mind that you will quit smoking, and that's it. You must make that decision, because as long as you procrastinate and try to find all kind of excuses and try to lower the amount of cigarette smoke that you will not get anywhere. Quit smoking means to QUIT the habit. It means that you are no longer in the habit. And if you are no longer in the habit, there is no excuse as to why you would light a cigarette again.

# 2 When you finally make that decision, start looking for the next steps. You first need to throw away your cigarette boxes if there are still any left and then you are ready to overcome the habit. Now, what happens when you do not smoke anymore is the same thing that happens when we detract any kind of addendum from our mind.

Our mind needs every little thing it is conditioned to do in order to feel satisfied. And the moment that something starts missing, we start to feel dissatisfied. The easy way to quit smoking is to give our mind something else to do whenever it needs a cigarette.

Your best option is to direct all your concentration and energy to create something that will benefit you. You might want to start your own online business and put all your free time into it. You might use your time to write amazing articles and publish them on your very own blog for the whole world to see. You can have your own blog set up for free or for a very low cost.

Use your own imagination and creativity to create something great. You will be very thankful to make that step as you will actually be able to direct your life in the direction that you have always wanted it to go. And trust me, when you quit smoking, you will see that you have hold yourself back a big time and that you can actually achieve great things if you keep your mind strong. Averting from smoking and purposefully using that time for other things will make you quite strong to move your life ahead.

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Stopping Smoking Is Easier With Hypnotherapy

Are you tired of the smoking habit?

More people than ever are now trying to stop smoking.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Britain with about 114,000 deaths per year. It costs the NHS about 1.5 billion a year.

Have you tried to stop smoking in the past but found it too difficult to quit?

Many people who smoke are also trying to stop. They are often sick and tired of the smell, the cost and the negative health risks that being a smoker brings. They are fed up and bored of the burden of smoking. Non smokers sometimes can not really understand how frustrating being a smoker can be and how difficult quitting really is for some people, it can sometimes be incredibly hard. Smokers often feel very guilty for smoking especially if they have children who are aware of the risks.

Do you feel frustrated that you have not managed to give up yet?

Most smokers have tried many times to stop smoking. They have often been to NHS counseling sessions and have also tried nicotine replacement patches, gum and sprays. They have even tried medications such as Champix that may have unpleasant side effects. These treatments rely on addressing the addiction to nicotine but do not treat the habit of smoking.

Have you ever thought of trying hypnosis?

Perhaps the real reason you have failed to quit successfully in the past is you did not address the issues and the habit in your subconscious mind and that is how hypnosis can really help.

Hypnotherapy is a very safe, quick and effective method. There are no pills or patches and it is instant. Hypnosis helps by helping to change the patterns of behavior and break the bad habit, removing the desire to smoke, and the psychological dependence. Hypnotherapists can reframe your thinking so that stopping smoking becomes a really positive thing to do and you do not feel as though you are missing out by stopping. It can help you to feel disgusted by smoking and really repulsed by the habit so that you are not ever tempted to smoke in the future. Helping you to be free of the habit of smoking forever. It is so quick and easy that most clients quit after just one session. Whether you are 18 years old or 80 years old as long as you have a genuine desire to stop smoking it is never too late to quit.

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The Effects of Smoking While You Are Pregnant

Gravity of the effects of smoking

Imagine the sight of the tiny fetus locked in the womb: the only source of fresh air is through the mother's blood supply; and that too too loaded with tobacco smoke! This amounts to directly infusing poison into baby's blood – nicotine and more.

It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking at home and in cars, even with open doors and windows, accumulates high levels of potentially hazardous chemicals in the ambient air.

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy may even strike after decades

35 years ago Pamela was having a baby. She was all excited, but just 8 weeks before the expected due date, bleeding and pain started. Promptly diagnosis of “placenta previa” was made, which it was not.

It was a panic diagnosis for a dear college. Yes, this is a real life story of a doctor couple, where the husband was a heavy smoker.

What got overlooked by medical professionals three decades ago is being ignored by lot of parents even today. Millions of children each year are exposed to cigarette smoke in mother's womb.

Did Pamela's child grow up to be a healthy adult? Nope, certainly not!

25 years later diverse hormonal and psychosocial issues engulfed the well accomplished youth.

Could the youth's health problems be due to secondhand smoke experienced in the fetal life? Could be; Egypt maybe not! That is it: The harmful effects of smoking strike so long after, that the parents find it difficult to correlate.

Pregnancy loss

Today it is confirmed that secondhand smoking is as injurious to health as direct smoking. Pregnant women who continue to smoke, directly or passively, are more likely to experience premature births, spontaneous abortions and even stillbirths.

Hampers growth and development of fetus

Their babies have noticeably low birth weight. Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke hampers optimal growth and development of the fetus. Their lung development is compromised too. Moreover, these babies are predisposed to pass meconium within the womb which endangers their life.

Birth defects

Pregnancy exposed to tobacco smoke results in increased risk of birth defects in the offspring: Heart defects, neural tube defects, hydrocephalus, small head with corresponding small brain within, short limbs and club foot.

Impairs learning and behavioral development of childhood

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy continue to surface through life. Children of the parents who continue to smoke through the pregnancy are more inclined to start smoking during the tender years of middle childhood and continue to smoke lifelong.

Prenatal secondhand smoking is associated with antisocial behavior and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It has also been proved to impair learning and behavioral development of childhood.

Effects on breastfeeding

Smoking during pregnancy disturbs hormones, often leading to poor initiation of breast milk secretion. Consequently, the infant is weaned off to top feeds prematurely. Both the mother and the infant that suffer a wide variety of consequences associated with failure of breastfeeding.

A mother who smokes through pregnancy lasts to do so even later. As a result baby the subject of supply of nicotine through breast milk as well, which causes colic, sleep disorders, excessive crying and feeding problems in the infant.

The harmful effects of smoking on the fetus are far too many to ignore. The consequences surface from the early weeks of pregnancy right into adulthood. Parents' awareness on the subject will certainly admit them to refuse from smoking much before conception. Indeed, parents do not want to knowingly pay such a high price for a vice.

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How To Quit Smoking When You Are A Student

Younger people continue to take up smoking at a high rate. Many of these students and they use cigarettes as a way to relax and to help them to think.

Assuming that most students are quite intelligent individuals it calls into question just why they started in the first place given the vast amount of negativity associated with cigarettes.

In order to know how to quit it is important to get a few facts straight.

1. Smoking does not help students or anyone else to relax for that matter. Nicotine gives a brief feeling of calm followed by an adrenal burst which floods your body with adrenalin. This is no way to relax.

2. Cigarettes do not help anyone to think. The action of taking time out is what helps; cigarettes just send 4000 toxic chemicals racing around your blood stream and into your brain.

3. Students should be spending their spare cash partying with friends not on cigarettes.

Most students are young and this is the perfect time to quit. To be accurate any time is the perfect time to quit as long as it is sooner rather than later. Quitting for someone who has smoked just a few years is no different than for someone who has smoked for twenty years.

There is often a belief among young smokers that it is easy to quit and that they will be able to quit when they are ready to, yet deep down they know that it's not that simple.

To quit, you need to have clear that there is nothing of value in smoking for you anymore. You must understand that smoking is harming you and that it will eventually kill you, and if you think that you will be an exception to the rule that belief would be exhibiting signs of insanity.

Once you are clear about the problems and committed to quit then hypnosis will be your fastest and most successful solution. The reason is that hypnosis can access your subconscious mind and gently sweep away all your connections with smoking.

New positive suggestions will be made to help you stay away from smoking for life. This process will make it easier for you to remain a non smoker for life, without the normal stress associated with quitting.

Just knowing there is a way for you to quit without the usual difficulties you will help to make the decision and free yourself from smoking.

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How To Quit Smoking When You’re Pregnant And Unsure About Stopping

Pregnancy presents enough challenges as it is, there are any number of potential problems. If you want to know how to quit smoking when you are pregnant and unsure about stopping, the first thing you need to do is to get real about your situation. In the United Kingdom a staggering 20% ​​of pregnant women smoke.

They do this in the face of overwhelming information that says on no account should any pregnant woman smoke, or any couple trying to fall pregnant. If you are reading this you will have heard all the scary stories.

If you are still smoking it's because of one of three reasons.

1. You do not believe the medical advice. You think they are making it up or at least overstating the facts. The simple truth is that smoking habits your developing baby. There is absolutely no doubt about it.

You risk low birth weight, premature birth and brain and development damage due to the high carbon monoxide levels in your baby's blood plus the 4000 or so toxic chemicals that are produced when you smoke. Not to mention a myriad of other potential problems.

You can choose to ignore the medical information, but you are wrong and your child will pay the price for your decision to continue to smoke cigarettes. This is the time to get real about your situation, listen to the experts who work with baby's everyday and not your own misguided opinions or those of your friends.

2. You are fearful about quitting so you look for any excuse to continue. You may excuse that the stress of quitting will be worse than smoking for your baby. That is just an excuse, it is simply not true. It's a load of rubbish. You may have already had a child and you smoked, or a friend smoked and their child is OK.

The question is, how will you, ever know what that child would have been like if you had not smoked, or sometimes it was just dumb luck that they arrived intact.

3. You are just plain stupid and pig ignorant. As I wrote this article I was angry having recently seen a newborn who mother smoked. The effect was devastating and life long for this poor child. I had no intent of writing a softly convincing argument for quitting.

In the first two instances you can get help and by using hypnosis you will conquer smoking for good, sparing your child and yourself the terrible effects of smoking. In the third instance, good luck, I can only assume that if this is you, you will not bother to read this article anyway.

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5 Ways How Acupuncture Helps Smoking

For some people, quitting smoking is as easy as one, two, and three. But for others, it takes lots of time and effort, and sometimes money. There are alternative therapies however, that are proven to help a person quit smoking at no or less risk, such as acupuncture.

Acupuncture and smoking sounds bizarre right? Well, you might want to give it a try first. Anywhere, there's nothing wrong it. It's a healthy, risk-free therapy that will benefit you. How will acupuncture help you quit smoking?

1. It lowers down stress levels that trigger smoking. The calming effect of acupuncture makes it easier for people to quit smoking. Acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins or the 'feel good' chemicals in the brain that are responsible for the feeling of happiness. Some people, who are in a state of severe stress, often find comfort in smoking. Just one session of acupuncture can make a significant reduction in your stress levels.

2. It alleviates withdrawal symptoms. Some smokers have the full determination to quit but find it hard to cope with the difficulties that come with the withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture is scientifically proven to be effective in addressing chronic pain issues and other mental disorders including depression and anxiety. If you're currently in the smoking cessation process, you will benefit from undergoing acupuncture. It also
alleviates agitation, nervousness, and other signs of mental distress.

3. It helps lower down the smoking intervals. Smokers who have walked through acupuncture treatments significantly reduced the number of times they smoke, a study reveal.

4. It's a great complimentary treatment for quitting smoking. There are smoking cessation drugs that do not do well with other medications. Being a natural treatment, you can use acupuncture in conjuction with your present smoking cessation treatment.

5. It's for all ages. Whether you're a teenager, a working professional, or an adult in late 50s, you will benefit from acupuncture. It's a safe therapy that will work for anyone.

Yes, acupuncture will not only assist you in quitting smoking, it can also help you recover from the negative effects of tobacco use. The liver for instance, greatly benefits from this alternative therapy. Our liver has a tendency to become heavily dependent on smoking that it chases the harmful chemicals from tobacco. And with these chemicals, the liver starts to malfunction. Acupuncture has a restorative effect in our body organs. It restores the flow of energy in your body, improves blood circulation, and makes you feel well.

Nicotine addiction is something you can not easily crack and get rid of. It takes more than any nicotine replacement products and a strong will power. Quitting is long and difficult process and not every smoker is capable enough to fight the urge and desires of nicotine addiction. Prevention is still the best medicine.

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