How To Beat Weight When You Quit Smoking

A lot of smokers know that smoking stifles the appetite and may assist with weight loss or weight maintenance. It is precisely for this reason that a lot of image-conscious smokers carry on smoking, even though they do wish to quit. But, is it a given that one quits smoking one would gain weight? Absolutely not. Not everyone who stops smoking will gain weight. Even those who have the propensity to bulge do not have to, either. There are ways to quit smoking and not gain weight.

Alongside the fact that nicotine boosts the appetite, and therefore stopping it decrees the appetite, that's not the only reason why some ex-smokers put on a few pounds. When some people kick the habit they just substitute it eating for smoking. So, there you go. All is not as bad as it initially sees, at face value. There are things you can do to ensure successfully quitting and keeping your body.


Drinking plenty of water has long been known to be one way to help keep your weight in check. For a start, water is calorie-free, and sips of water with meals may help fill you up quicker, and averts overeating. Hydration also helps re-condition the skin after all the damage from smoking.

Healthy eating

Eating healthy, not just for ex-smokers, is an excellent way of getting sufficient nutrients into your body, without piling on the unwanted ponds. If one watched one's snacking habits and chose unhealthy snack options over the sugary and fatty versions, half the battle is won. Fruits and vegetables make very good snacks, as they generally are nutrient rich, with few calories. One good tip is to have numerous smaller meals rather than say three large meals. This is the mainstay of a lot of weight loss programs.

Increase physical activity

Physical activity will help to burn up the extra unneeded calories, thereby maintaining your weight, or even aiding weight loss. This goes hand in hand with healthy eating. After all, they do say that the most sure way to trim the fat is to eat less and move more. After quitting smoking your lung function and health will improve, further increasing your capacity for exercise. The more physical activity you do the more calories you burn. Increasing physical activity does not mean joining the gym. Simple activities like walking, jogging, swimming and dancing work wonders in controlling weight gain.

Avoid habits conducive to weight gain

Do not fall into the trap of getting rid of one bad habit and replacing it with another. One problem that ex-smokers may face is boredom and comfort eating, which often involves eating the wrong kinds of foods. For example, some people indulge in chocolate or junk food, which extremely lead to weight gain. other habits to avoid include spending countless sedentary hours playing video games. Spend more time doing things conducive to good general well-being.

From the above discussion, it is quite obvious that it is not the lack of nicotine, per se, which leads to weight problems. Did you know that there are a lot of overweight, nicotine-inhaling smokers out there? I bet you know someone who smokes, but still struggles with their weight. Smoking is, therefore, not the answer to the bulge. Healthy living is. You can quit smoking and not pile on the pounds. Take action and stay smoke-free, with the many ways to quit smoking.

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How to Quickly And Easily Quit Smoking

Smoking represents a great problem in the nowdays society and it is no wonder that this is so as smoking is highly addictive and will keep the smoker hospitalized by it for good, unless he or she does what needs to be done to quit smoking. And that is to face rather difficult period that takes place few weeks after you decide to stop smoking.

Many people wonder how to easily quit smoking, and I understand them completely as I used to smoke as well and I know what you go through when you stop feeding yourself with nicotine. But I can tell you from my own experience that we usually make it harder than it needs to be. And that is merely for the fact that we tend to think about smoking even more than we did when we were smoking and we do not do anything to occupy our mind.

In order to easily quit smoking, you need to do just the opposite. You need to occupy your mind even more, and you need to learn to direct your thoughts and attention onto something else. The best thing to do is to start with some project and develop something that will be of much benefit to you in the future.

You can start an online business, but do not be frightened by the word business, because it is easier than it sounds. By starting your own online entrepreneurship you will keep your mind centered on something creative and something that will develop your abilities and of course, make you a lot of money in the process.

Think about creating a blog and publish quality content on it. You can write about anything you desire and make money by doing so. Do what you love every day and write about that. Use various marketing techniques to promote your blog and the more visitors that come to your blog, more money you can make out of it. Blogging is a great way to quit smoking easily because it can be addictive as well, only that this addiction brings you only benefits.

Moreover, stop spending your time in the society that is detrimental for your success. Do not go for drinks with people who smoke as this will have a negative impact and make it harder for you to quit smoking. Instead, spend more time doing what you love and find new people to spend time with. This will greatly help you quit this habit and allow you to do new things that will help you evolve on other areas of your life as well.

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The Cold Turkey Remedy

“You can do it, if you believe you can.” Napoleon Hill

You have tried to quit a few times. Or maybe many times. It does not matter. What is important is that it has not worked. Even more important is that you are reading these words now, which means that you have not lost faith.

Deep in your heart you know you can do it. You may not know how, but millions of people have successfully done it before. So can you. You really can cease smoking at once and remain a happy non-smoker the reminder of your life. You just need to realize it.

Looking at the abundance of advertised aids for stopping smoking, you may think that they are the ones that are leading the way in the effective statistics. Pills, tablets, nicotine gums, inhalers, nasal sprays, patches, acupuncture, laser therapy, hypnosis … you name it! The list is too numerous to be objectively presented in this defined space. No wonder as the Nicotine Replacement Therapy industry alone is valued at more than $ 1 billion, and growing.

However, an American Cancer Institute report of 2003 states that 91% of ex-smokers quit through unassisted method of withdrawal from smoking either abruptly or primarily in a self-administered non-drug manner. That's quite good for a success rate in anything, I must admit.

There are some specialists advocating the so-called taper method, when you typically diminish the intake of nicotine by daily reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked. You may try and torture yourself. Maybe it will help you. My father has been quitting like this … for the past 25 years. To me it's as effective as helping an alcoholic to stop drinking by reducing the amount of drinks they consume daily. You will just prolong the agony of withdrawal. You may want to read what the leading expert on quitting smoking Allen Carr says regarding this.

The cold turkey method is by far the most successful means for saying goodbye to the cigarettes. “Good bye” rather than “see you.” It's easy. Actually, it is hard in the beginning, but easy all the way through. You just need to pass the critical first several days or weeks while your body struggles on the chemical level. After that you may enjoy the ride.

The other way is the hard way. It is quite popular laTely, and is in the form of a nicotine replacement therapy. It denies by being easy in the beginning – since you do not actually have withdrawal symptoms-but turns out to be hard in the end-as after several weeks or months of treatment you are no more prepared to be without nicotine than you were when you started. Remember, you want to say farewell to tobacco once and ever rather than have your farewell party continue indefinitely.

You choose how you want to run your marathon of ceasing smoking: fast and easy in the beginning but exhausted and stumbling at the end, or slow and challenged on the start and swift and confident on the finish.

The remedy is not in the poison. It can not be. You may change the form but the substance will remain. The medicine is inside you, not with somebody else. Once you make a definite decision not to smoke, nothing in the world can make you light up again.

The cure is between your ears not under your breast. If you want to stop smoking effectively, you have to do it with your mind, not with your heart. See, your heart understands that smoking is not good for you and tells you that you can quit, but in your mind you have to realize that you do not need smoking , and then you can easily live your life without it.

This is the cure discovered by millions of people who successfully joined the no-smoking club. I did too. So can you.

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Free Yourself From Smoking

“Who said it could not be done? And what great victories has he to his credit, which qualify him to judge others accurately?” Napoleon Hill

Even though much has been said about the hazards of smoking, I still believe that in the foreseeable future we will continue finding out new details on what effects tobacco smoke, including the second-hand one, has on our health. Our descendants actually will be wondering in awe how humanity was gradually killing itself with the self-imposed addiction, costing millions of lives and trillions of dollars.

The World Health Organization estimates that 100 million people in the world died from smoking-related illnesses in the 20th century, at the current rate of around 6 million people per year. Just think of it: 6 million! That's almost the population of Bulgaria or Rio de Janeiro, if you like, being wiped out in a year from the smoking plaque. Every year. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use causes more deaths in the world on the yearly basis than AIDS (1.9 mln), alcohol (2.5 mln) and suicides (1 mln) combined together. Tobacco claimed more lives in the 20th century than both of the devastating world wars, WW I – 20 mln, WW II – 55 mln. Every six seconds “another one bites the dust” due to effects of the tobacco, and the smoking-related illnesses claim one out 10 adult deaths globally. If the trend continues, up to 1 billion people will fall victims to this epidemics in the 21st century.

There are more than 4000 chemical substances in the cigarette smoke; at least 50 of them are known to cause cancer. The list is quite extensive, but let me just say that it includes arsenic that is used in rat poisons, DDT that is a banned insecticide, Formaldehyde that is used to preserve dead specimen, and the list continues in this manner. All of them go directly to your blood and hence saturate every cell of your body when you inhale cigarette smoke.

My goal today is not to scare you with the lethal effects of smoking and make you quit because of the fear of slow and painful death. Even though that lots of extensive research shows that an average smoker lives 10-20 years shorter than an average person who does not smoke, you most probably would not care about this, as it is always just a probability and never 100%. As experience shows, the method of fear of remote punishment simply does not work. If it did, most of the people would become non-smokers the moment they saw the health warnings on the packs (like “Smoking causes impotence”). If someone told you, “If you do not stop smoking now, you will be decapitated in 1 week,” you would have much higher chances of finding inner strength to get rid of this addiction.

My aim is to help you make the greatest decision in your smoking life – free yourself from smoking so that you greatly improve the quality of your life today and tomorrow.

Allen Carr, one of the most successful authors on the matter of quitting smoking, said in his bestseller Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking “However, you can not force smokers to stop, and despite all smokers secretly want to, until they are ready to do so a pact just creates additional pressure, which increases their desire to smoke. This turns them into secret smokers, which further increases the feeling of dependency. ”

I agree that to make this great important change in your life, you have to be ready for it. All of the smokers know well how effective the pleas of their non-smoking spouses, parents, or friends are in helping them quit. The reason for failure comes from the fact that you're simply not ready. You are listening but you are not listening, you are watching but you are not seeing. You are not ready psychologically. Ceasing smoking requires courage and definiteness of decision. You fear that you will not end and be perceived lacking in will-power by your relatives, friends, and collections. You fear to fail as you have probably failed already several times before. That's number one reason for not being ready. Number two, in my opinion, is that you are not motivated enough. You can not leave the comfort zone of your daily routine because you do not see the higher purpose for which to do it. When you are 20-25, it may seem to you the same whether to live 70 or 85 years (both are dinosaur ages anyway), but as you progress through life and start noticing how fast the bells toll, you become aware of the preciousness of every moment here. But still, you may spend 15 or 20 years smoking before ceasing (if you will cease at all), because of lack of proper motivation. A possibility of a lung or mouth cancer at 65 seems so distant to us when we are 25, that it does not serve as a strong enough impetus for stopping.

See it yourself that there is nothing cool about smoking. It's a disgusting process that is poisoning your organism and the air around you, exposing to high risk not only the health of your own but also of the people dearest to you. The perceived trendiness of smoking has been carefully planed into your mind by many years of excess advertising and product placement with substantive marketing budgets ($ 15 bln only in the US in 2003). You have to understand that the images of happy young smiling ladies and “real men” have been created to admit you to buy that particular brand. If you doubt that, look at a lady with 20+ years of smoking experience … listen to the timber of her voice … see the color and texture of her skin … feel the smell of her hair. Or, think of Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer – the three men that appeared in famous brand advertisements with a cowboy- who all died from lung cancer in the 90's. Wayne McLaren, for example, did not see his 52nd birthday. He had been a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker for over 25 years …

So, smoking is an outdated addiction, the only purpose of which is to deliver nicotine to the body of the smoker. This is the only actual reason for you to smoke. Your cells start craving for nicotine the moment its level starts dropping. Everything else is the alibis that your creative mind makes up in order to justify the regular intake of this highly-addictive substance. There is nothing sexy about smoking. It makes you stink as a dozen ashtrays, carries discomfort to your beloved ones; costs you plenty of money (an average a pack-a-day smoker in Europe will spend more than 15000 EUR on cigarettes alone in the next 10 years of their life, calculated at current medium prices for a pack), reduces your energy level, diminishes your sexuality, decreases your productivity, steals your health, and, ever, takes your life.

It's never late to stop smoking. No matter how many years of experience you have – 1 or 30 – you can do yourself a great benefit by simply quitting smoking today. Within just 1 year after ceasing smoking, your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke will have dropped to less than half that of a smoker, and within 10 years, your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer will be between 30% and 50% of a normal smoker and your risk of getting pancreatic cancer will have dropped to the level of a non-smoker [1].

The inspiration for quitting smoking should come not because of awful consequences in the form of slow and painful death (even though that could certainly be a trigger for starting to think in that direction), but in the quality of life now. And the life of a smoker stinks … both literally and figuratively speaking. You know it better than I do.

The hard feeling in the chest, the frequent dryness in the mouth, the stench in the whole body, the never-ending coughing, the regular catching of cold or flu, the general fatigue from head to toes, the constant thinking about cigarettes, the panic when being out of cigarettes, the crazy amount of money being spent on the same cigarettes even on a monthly basis, not to mention annually … If you do not have these symptoms yet, you will acquire them soon – with more experience in smoking. And what do you get in return? The short-lasting feeling of pleasure which is actually lack of discomfort that you start getting once nicotine level in your blood drops.

Why do you smoke? Think of it objectively, put all pros and cons and see which side wins the battle. If you are honest with yourself, the amount of supporting facts will be countable on the fingers of one hand in the best case, and the opposition will be more than abundant.

You can quit smoking. It's not that hard. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience. It's not so easy. It's challenging. But it's not that hard. It's nothing an average person could not do.

As Napoleon Hill, the father of the contemporary success philosophy, said, “You can always become the person you would have liked to be.” His even more famous words from the Law of Success are “You can do it, if you believe you can.” Ceasing smoking requires definiteness of decision and decisiveness for achievement. Stopping smoking will be one of the greatest achievements in your life so far. It will be one of the most important lessons in conquering yourself.

Do you want to do it? How bad do you want it? The moment your desire for stopping cigarettes becomes an obsession so great you can not think of anything else, you will be really unstoppable. Nothing in the world can make you light up again. And it's because you will have known how wonderful life is without nicotine.

You will begin noticing the different notes of floral smells. You will start breathing again with no hardships or strange sounds. Your whole body will feel fit, elevated, and in a good shape. People will start noticing the change that will have happened in you. They will be wondering what special skin pealing procedures you are taking and what sports you are practicing as all of a sudden you will look at least 10 years younger. Your general energy level will be so much boosted and you will feel ecstatic most of the time. You will be more productive. In a flash, you will turn into the work annihilator: any amount of work will be easily consumed as you will have so much more time to concentrate on it. This will not be left unnoticed. Your employer will be pleasantly surprised and your colleagues will be wondering what the hell is “wrong” with you.

Except for the first several weeks of nicotine-addiction struggle on the chemical level, you will free your mind from the thoughts about cigarettes. When you are a smoker, it rarely happens that you do not think about cigarettes. It's either about wanting them, or when smoking them, or after having too much of them. Imagine, how much more time you will have to think about matters that are important for your well-being in both short and long term: your true desires, your goals that come from them, your plans for achieving them, your actions for realizing them .

The amount of time that you will have purchased from simply not smoking will add between 2-3 hours daily, if you are a pack-a-day smoker now. Imagine if you invest this time in reading literature in your field of occupation. This will amount to 10-15 hours weekly, and between 40 and 60 hours monthly! You can get an online master's degree in just a year, or become a leading expert in your field in 2-3 years. Imagine the added value of financial gains from this, not to mention the feeling of happiness you may enjoy!

Life without cigarettes is truly wonderful! With all the health benefits and the prospects for a longer and happier time on earth, stopping smoking is giving you even more. It sets you free to invest time and money in yourself, choose your definite path in life, plan your steps in it, engage in activities that will shape your destiny, and achieve success in your chosen field. Life without cigarettes is superior in both quality and quantity. To me it sounds like a great combination; do you agree?

Sources used: 10 years of personal experience in smoking almost 1 pack per day on weekdays and a little more (sometimes much more) than that on weekends (from 1998 to 2008, when quitting at once with Allen Carr's Easyway book); besides that common knowledge on tobacco, Wikipedia, as well as:


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What Are the Health Effects of Cigarette Smoke?

For many years, people have been sensitized on the health effects of cigarette smoking. Unfortunately, these messages do not seem to have any significant effect on smokers. More and more people continue to smoke ignoring the dangers of their habits. Consequently, more people continue to die every year from cigarette related illnesses such as lung cancer. Research shows that one out of two smokers will succumb to cigarette related illnesses and pass on. What is more worrying is that most of these fatalities happen in middle ages. It is therefore imperative for you to learn some of the health effects of smoking so that you can take precaution before it is too late.

Even though it is not easy to quit smoking, it is advisable that you give up the habit before it develops to a serious disease. There are numerous benefits of giving up cigarette smoking. For instance, you will be able to prolong your life. Life without harmful substances found in cigarettes is stress free. You will also keep your system free of chemicals which is important for improved health. Cigarette use really deteriorates people's health and lowers their immune system. You will find yourself find yourself susceptible to opportunistic diseases. The following are some of the common effects of cigarette smoke.

How Can Cigarette Smoke Affect You?

1. It triggers cancer: Medical research has shown that the major cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoke. Cigarettes contain nicotine, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals that trigger cancer and other serious illnesses. It has also been medically proven that cigarette smoking causes heart attack and high blood pressure. The smoke blocks airways and the blood vessels, training the heart.

2. Leads to amputation: When your blood vessels get blocked you experience slow slowed flow which in turn affects oxygen supply. If there is not enough oxygen supply to essential organs such as feet and limbs, they might end up being amputated.

3. Emphysema: Research indicates that smokers are at a high risk of developing emphysema, a serious illness that causes rotting of the lungs. Patients of emphysema often develop bronchitis persistently. They also suffer fatal complications such as lung breakdown and heart failure.

4. Reduced birth weight: Medical professionals advise pregnant mothers not to smoke cigarettes because it puts them at risk of serious complications such as reduced birth weight, spontaneous abortion, prenatal mortality and more. It can also affect your health and that of the unborn child.

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Essential Smoking Facts You Should Know

Smoking is one of the main causes of many premature deaths in many parts of the world. There are people trying to quit this filthy habit or looking for possible solutions to this condition on daily basis but only as small number has been able to succeed. Quitting or to stop cigarette smoking is not an easy task, many find it daunting and challenging and many regret why they took the first puff. There are many smoking facts that you should bear in mind as your look for possible solutions to this habit.

Firstly, you need to know that if you are a long-term smoker, your life expectancy is about 10 years less than that of a non-smoker. Age is another factor that affects many smokers, if you started smoking at a younger age, you are likely to smoke for longer and also die at an early age. Cigarette smoking is also associated with many fatal diseases and it also leads to unpleased symptoms that may change ones life completely. Cigarette contains nicotine that stimulates the brain and if you are regular smoker, you are likely to develop withdrawal symptoms when the percent or level of nicotine falls.

Tar is the other harmful substance found in cigar. When a smoker consumes certain amount of tar a day, the chemicals found in this substance will be deposited in the lungs or blood vessels leading to fatal infections. Carbon dioxide is the other chemical found that affects many smokers. As you smoke on daily basis, you need to be aware of the diseases that are caused by cigarette smoking. From the smoking facts, some of the common diseases caused by smoking are: –

1. Lung cancer and other types of cancer

2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD],

3. Heart disease

4. Rheumatoid arthritis,

5. Menopause,

6. Fertility problems and many other diseases.

There is good news when it comes to stopping smoking. If you decide to quit smoking, you will be able to improve your health. You will also be able to reduce the risk of getting fatal and life changing diseases regardless of the age that you quit this filthy habit. Here, the sooner you stop taking cigarettes, the greater the possibility of getting rid of the risks caused by this habit. However, if you find it challenging to quit this habit, you can always seek assistance as they are many health institutions that are ready to help victims of smoking.

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Does Smoking and Heart Disease Have A Distinct Link?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among many individuals across the globe. Heart related issues are largely attributed to poor lifestyle including smoking. The question is, does smoking and heart disease have a distinct link? Cigarettes contain harmful ingredients such as nicotine. This increases the risk of heart disease by:

  • Decreasing supply of oxygen to the heart,
  • It damages cells that line blood vessels and coronary arteries,
  • Increases heart rate and
  • Increases blood pressure and blood clotting.

Research also shows that smoking causes atherosclerosis. This is a condition that is characterized by build up of fatty substances in the treaties. As a result, the lining of the artery will begin to deteriorate forcing the body to use fatty substances to thicken the affected artery walls. When this happens, artery walls become thick making it harder for blood to pass through. Blockage of arms also brings lead to heart attack.

Smoking also slows down blood circulation. Blood can easily pool up causing blood clots in the heart and other areas in the body when exposed to harmful carcinogens or nicotine. The clots will gradually form in veins, legs and often travel to the heart via arteries exposing you to high risks of heart disease.

It is with no doubt that bad lifestyle and cigarettes increase the risks of heart related conditions. The two have a distinct link. Therefore, to reduce heart disease, it is imperative to quit smoking. You will stay off harmful carcinogens and other ingredients that also cause heart attack and related conditions; quitting will also help you to feel healthier, look better and enhance your general health. What's more, cigarette smoking can be cost and by quitting, you will be in a better position to save a great deal on cash. In other cases, blood clots can cause lung damage, stroke and aneurysm.

Cigarettes do not only affect you, but they also affect people around you, exposing them to high risks of cancers, lung problems and heart related conditions. It does even more damage to those around you. Despite the fact that it is not easy to quit smoking, it is the best thing you can consider for your health and that of loved ones. It all starts in the mind and by knowing that there is a close link between the vice and the disease, it will be easy for you to lay down your cigarettes.

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How Cigarette Smokers Should Start Allowing Dreams To Help Them As This Lady Did

I had this dream where I'm sitting with some people, and my wife asks me to tell a story about some sort of transformation that happened in a person.

Try as I might I can not recall the one she refers to. I start talking of a couple on a motorcycle, but I can not seem to turn it into a decent story.

Then a fellow comes in and says our meeting must be over in a few minutes. I'm tempted to make an apology for not recall the transformation but instead try again: I tell of a woman who has some growth inside of her. She goes to a doctor- recommended by the primary guy she'd visited-and this second doctor tells her she will have a dream that will help drive out this growth.

Well, the next few nights while sleep she can not recall any dream she has-although each morning on waking up, she has the feeling that something has been revealed to her … but she can not remember.

However, on the third night she has a dream where her growth becomes a large cage-huge-and she invites all of her friends and relatives and even a few strangers to participate in a big feast on this huge cage.

And all of the guests eat some of this huge cage-until there is not a piece left. In the morning when she awakens, she recalls the dream. She calls her first doctor to have him check her out. He laughs at her story but says he has an opening later that week. When she comes in-and he looks at the spot where the growth was-it has indeed vanished; but he sends her to have some more tests done, which show there is no growth.

Can you believe that dreams can help you in this way? We are in an age when you can go to your computer or any other piece of fast data wizardry and get all sorts of great information quickly. But that is just information.

… What a lot of smokers are looking for-maybe without saying so consciously-is something that transforms them from where they are now with their smoking addiction-to a simple of consciousness that will really help them.

You know: only seven percent of folks who want to stop their smoking succeed so. The rest of the folks have a heck of a time giving up their long time buddy. So there is no question that it is time to go back to a source that has served people since the dawn of mankind; and that is dreams.

The program that I have is much harder than most. If a smoker can stop with the other programs out there … well, that's where he should go. But if he's in the ninety-three percent group who has tried other programs and come up with nothing that helps him stop, then sometimes that smoker's ready to start dreaming.

He just might have a dream that helps him stop smoking in some unimaginable way that works for him, just like the lady in the cage dream was helped to get rid of the growth she'd had inside her.

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Quit Smoking – How To Eliminate The Fear Of Quitting

Some people quit smoking using will power, but most pay for some kind of practitioner service. A big fear is that the process will not work and that they will waste their money and will continue smoking.

So the question is how can practitioners set their clients minds at ease? When you choose a quit smoking practitioner, they should be able to supply you with genuine testimonials from satisfied clients who have successfully quit.

As humans we are subject to some basic psychological laws, in this case the law of social proof. We tend to feel more comfortable in our dealings if we know that others have been before us. Seeing and reading these successful accounts will reduce the quitting fear.

Another way to instil confidence is if the practitioner offers a guarantee of their services. This is not broadly in the health fields and some practitioners will say it's crazy and just not possible.

I believe it makes perfect sense. The guarantee could have to repeat the process if it is not successful the first time. It could be money back, although this can reduce the commitment of the client.

The combination of the guarantee and social proof should be enough to allow a person to enter the quit smoking process with much reduced fear.

To further ensure comfort a clear understanding of the process is important. You should ask questions and be satisfied with the answers. You should be given some clear information about the role of nicotine in addiction.

Plus you should understand the real role of smoking in managing stress. If you are choosing hypnosis you should be given a clear explanation as to what hypnosis is and what it is not.

The last thing you need to do is educate yourself as to the true nature of the dangers of smokers. Knowing clearly the risks, knowing the deceptive nature of nicotine, this information will empower you to approach quitting with conviction and commitment.

This now puts you in a position to quit with a high chance of success. Quitting is so important that you need to do all you can do to save your own life, not anyone else's life just yours.

Hypnosis is your best chance and choosing the right therapist is critical to your success. Do not take this lightly; do not enter into quitting in a half hearted manner. Do take this very very seriously.

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Quitting Smoking – Insanity And Restaurant Dining

As a non smoker one of the great mysteries is how someone can eat a fine meal and ruin it with a cigarette. Instead of savoring the taste of delicious food the only taste lingering on the tongue is the burnt cigarette after taste.

Recently my wife and I had dinner with three friends. After each course they all went outside for a cigarette. I watched them join other smokers and bond in the ritual of inhaling smoke and poisonous chemicals while freezing in the cold night air.

When they returned to the table they bought with them the stink of smoke. That was off putting enough but the thought of willing inhaling the pollution looked like madness.

Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different exit. Everyone who smokes in a western country has seen and heard enough to know clearly what the consequences of smoking will be for them.

Yet it still surprises me so many people continue to smoke while either condeming any problem exists or with no concern about the future. Some even think that the whole health scare is just a government plot of some kind.

If you are thinking like this then its time to great real or get some psychological help. I'm not here to be your friend, I'm here to encourage you to face the facts and save your own life.

Food tastes worse with smoking, alcohol, coffee and tea taste worse with smoking, you know that really, because no restaurant on the planet smokes their food with cigarette smoke. Because no one would be crazy enough to pay for it.

Look at your life, look at the areas in which you are doing well, making good decisions. What about your relationships, are they good or at least functional? Do you interact like a rational human being, do you have well in public?

If so why are you acting insanely by continuing to smoke? You are not insane, you know the problems with smoking, so ignoring them is crazy, but again you are nor insane so you know that you need to quit smoking.

You can do it, using hypnosis you can come to terms with the reality of smoking, you can release your habitual connections and you can finally be free from the control of nicotine. So set your fear as and take action.

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Stop Smoking Forever! – 6 Free Tips That Make You Forget About Smoking

We all know that there are many different methods to stop smoking, some a lot more effective than the others. This article is about stopping smoking all by yourself. Whether you have tried before or you are doing so now for the first time, the following techniques makes it both simple and easy.

Now, there are two myths about smoking that I would like to see disappear in a puff of smoke before we get to the 'how to' part of this article. The first is that some smokers put off the idea of ​​stopping smoking thinking that they need to be fully committed to the idea of ​​stopping and totally willing. Well, that is just not true. Most people wanting to stop smoking also feel that another part of them wants to continue, or still enjoys it, or is scared about the idea of ​​stopping. The good news is that as long as the part of you that wants to stop is more motivated than the part that still enjoys it, then you can have success.

Secondly, there seem to be a lot of 'good advice' out there about willpower that can help you to stop. Although some will-power is needed to take the initial steps towards becoming a non-smoker, applying too much of your will-power and pushing too hard to never smoke again, will have exactly the opposite effect. Instead, follow the top tips below and surprise yourself at just how easy it can be to relax creatively into the new non-smoking you.

Please note that the more you actively carry out and engage with the tips below, the more you increase your chance of success. Good luck!

1. Be clear about your reasons for wanting to stop.

Create a list with your reasons for wanting to stop smoking. What will the benefits be? List all the things that you dislike about smoking or the things that you are fed up with that relates to smoking. This could potentially include things such as the smell, putting yourself out socially as a result, the cost involved, the negative effects on your body, etc.

2. Set a date and commit to it.

Once you know when you want to stop, you can start to organize yourself to get your head around the idea of ​​stopping. There are many things that you could do. Why not share your experience with a friend and ask for their support?

3. Visualise.

It will be well worth your while if you practice to see yourself as a non-smoker. Remember that if you can see yourself as a non-smoker, then you are a non-smoker! Twice per day for the first three weeks, sit quietly for a few moments, relax the muscles within your body for a while, focus on your breathing and being calm. Then prepare that you find yourself in all the places / scenarios where you used to smoke, but this time imagine that you are a non-smoker with calm and relax hands. Imagine yourself breathing freely and easily.

4. Expect to feel uncomfortable.

You will be happy to know that cravings do not last. If you have a craving, find the balance between trying to ignore the discomfort and talking / focussing on it too much. Instead, be aware of the discomfort and turn it to your advantage by using the excess energy to exercise or enjoy a favorite hobby. Or you can simply distract yourself.

5. Take it one day at a time.

Instead of thinking that you might never smoke again, tell yourself that you are only going to smoke for one day. Then do another day and another, until you have done your first week.

6. Deal with desires by substitution.

Whenever you find yourself having a craving, give yourself something to do. This can include anything that is healthy, from drinking water to exercise.

Remember, you did not always believe that you were a smoker, but you still believe it at the moment. NOW, you can reverse this believe again and start to believe that you can again become the non-smoker that you have been before.

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The Ordeal Of Quitting The Smoking Habit

Quitting the smoking habit not only extends the life-span of a smoker, greatly improving their health on many levels, but it also increases happiness and instills a sense of pride and accomplishment for those who can really stop. There are so many reasons a smoker should quit. The mortality ratio for ex-smokers decreases substantively after they quit, and the numbers do not lie. This fact alone should be enough to motivate most smokers to give it up and live longer. Unfortunately, it does not, and the warning label printed on the side of each cigarette pack does not seem to have much impact as well. So there has to be more to smoking than apparently social pressure, common sense and good judgment can control.

Most smokers want to quit, but they become so habituated to smoking that it is very hard for them to change their routine. They smoke when having a cup of coffee, after sex, after eating, when they drink a beer, or talk on the phone, and they smoke when they get stressed or while driving in traffic. For some, smoking is a tranquilizer. The act of smoking becomes so intertwined with other familiar activities that it becomes engrained as an unconscious behavior so linked to these other actions that it is inseparable.

More than being just a bad habit, however, smoking has been found to be a serious addiction. Pound-for-pound, nicotine is more addictive than heroin, so a smoker usually can not just put their cigarettes down and walk away. It is often one of the hardest things a person can do in life.

Those that can stop find rich rewards. Their relationships improve, loved-ones do not mind kissing them again, their breath smells better, their teeth get whiter, the yellow on their finger tips disappear, and their house and cars smell fresher. Most dramatically, ex-smokers notice more money in their budgets. Most ex-smokers also start to notice dramatic changes in their overall health and vitality, almost immediately. They sleep better, sex is better, their appetites improve, food tastes better, their sense of smell returns, and they can climb stairs without shortness of breath, and even sing longer in the shower.

Each smoker has their own individual reason for doing it and derives their own sense of pleasure or satisfaction from it. It is up to each individual, therefore, to assess their own smoking behavior, and their lifestyle, and find a way of quitting that best works for them.

Because smoking is so addictive, over eighty percent of all smokers who quit often experience some form of withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, restlessness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, chest pains, and of course, coughing. Many ex-smokers experience some psychological issues as well, including short-term depression, lack of concentration, anxiety, irritability, and increased appetite. Some people chew gum or over-eat to help manage their cravings. Some lose their energy, drive, and focus, and want to sleep more, while others experience a surge of energy.

Most severe symptoms wear off after just two or three days, and certainly after about two weeks. Even the most extreme symptoms often disappear after a month or more. Those who can stay the course find that they have more energy and feel much better about themselves. Anyone who can stop smoking performs one of the greatest individual accomplishments that they will ever achieve in their life.

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Wake Up and Breathe: Stop Smoking Part Two

Why do people start smoking in the first place? In Irene Glasser's thought-provoking book, Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery, she writes that in view of a 50% reduction in cigarette smoking in the US (since 1965), tobacco companies are “searching for inventive ways to recruit new smokers.” Their marketing strategies have focused on target groups: those most susceptible to beginning to smoke or those most likely to maintain the smoking habit. Impressionable youth, the homeless, and people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are the object of deliberate targeted marketing. I have firsthand knowledge that kids are eager participants of smoking. Fitting in, feeling a part of, and having something to do are all motivations to start smoking for kids. Glaser directs us to the advocacy group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for more information about tobacco marketing methods aimed at kids, preventive action opportunities, US and worldwide statistics and current legislation.

When I began smoking it was still seen as a sophisticated activity, complete with fancy cigarette holders and lighters, glamorously posted on television and in the movies. It was the glory days of The Marlboro Man and commercials with young people having lots of fun by clear mountain streams smoking Kool or Salem – one of the popular menthol brands.

Although the Surgeon General's warning was a rare tepid “Smoking may be hazardous to your health” when I started, I did not pay much heed through the following years as the warnings became more extreme.
Thinking a “clean x-ray” was indicative of good lung heath was a misconceived notice on my part. A PFT (pulmonary function test) is required to assess the damage. Breathing is a precious commodity and I've had to teach myself how to do it more effectively as a result. There are a variety of breathing exercises that help us learn to breathe our way to improved health and reduce stress. Two options are called Diaphragmatic Breathing and Pursed Lip Breathing and when used in conjuction with specific sitting, standing and sleeping positions, these methods help reduce shortness of breath.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute launched the Breathe Better Network in 2007 and a national campaign, COPD Learn More Breathe Better® has grown to more than 70 members in 47 states. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US with 12 million currently diagnosed as having COPD and it is estimated just as many do not know they have the disease.

The American Lung Association provides the staggering statistics on preventable deaths in our country and states “… Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a cigarette for the first time.

We have to wake up to the reality that smoking offers no redeeming qualities. Whatever short term gain we may think we realize is NOT worth the years we cut off our life.

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How Bad Friends Remind Me Of How Cigarettes Are

Is there a soul out there who has never had a bad friend? “Oxymoron!” you say. “How can a friend be a bad friend?” Well, from experience I can tell you something:

Once upon a time when quite young there was an older guy who was quite colorful. He was funny and always liked the excitement of a trick he'd play on someone. I was not an angel myself, and his expertise at doing mischievous things really impressed me like no one.

So all through childhood we became infrequent pals. My path was much straighter than his. He went to various schools for behavior; but whenever I see him, we would pal around.

But looking back, he had me on a failure track in that I did things too early … Rather than stick with my own age, I'd elect to be with him and his escapades.

It took me years – maybe sixty – before I clearly saw that our friendship in youth was not healthy as I grew up. I am sure several things I did not do well came in part from being his friend.

I do not see him now. If I did, I would be cordial. I do not begrudge our youth. But I would be wary of his friendship right now.

The same is true of someone else. This second guy was more of an intellectual, and I thought of him as a cool mentor on topics that I knew little about. But knowing him deprived me of recognizing the truth about how I should live. However, I do respect him for what he's done in life, but I would not want to be involved with him for my sake.

Cigarette smoking is so much like these bad friends. On the surface they're something cool. They make us feel as if we've been transported to a better realm in our lifestyle. Life is more exciting. We feel a lot older (when we're quite young) and in the 'know' about aspects of life that others might not share.

Our cigarettes give us a new camaraderie with other folks who smoke, too. We're like a band of cool rebels-recognizing life's deal and escaping it some.

We really can not perceive the truth of cigarette smokers. How could they be so bad? … There is always a 'drunk uncle' who lived to be ninety, And did not he smoke, too? And that guy down the street: he has a cigarette-in-mouth every time we see him. He looks as fit as a fiddle.

There is an old saying: “For every prejudice there is a lie someone swears by” – and just like some bad friends cigarettes can make you lie to yourself about their worth.

The funny thing is, that once you swear off bad friends, you sense a new freedom in life. Suddenly, you are the true master of your realm.

I hasten to add candidly: cigarettes will get by just fine without your love … just as my bad friends do not miss me. There are always others to whatever they can befriend … And the world goes around and 'round …

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Top 10 Things You Need to Do to Quit Smoking

Is giving up smoking as easy as throwing your cigarette in the trash? Or is smoking cessation necessarily involve a long, agonizing and stressful process which a smoker needs to end to completely free itself from nicotine addiction? Or, does quitting require a series of physical, psychological, and emotional preparations to ensure a successful transition from nicotine dependence to nicotine free living? Regardless of what you believe, quitting smoking is a lot easier with a little preparation.

Anybody, even you can benefit from a little bit of preparation. Below are the 10 things you need to do before finally deciding to kick smoking out of your life. It should be noted that these things done all together as a whole do enhance your chances of successfully quitting.

1. Do not just cut it down.
Quitting cold turkey is not the best remedy for your smoking addiction problems. Sometimes, it even forces you to want more. There are two reasons for this. One is the unwanted symptoms caused by withdrawal, and the second one reiterates to the psychological factors. It would be great if you can start eliminating the psychological factors that bring you into the habit. As this happens, you'll go a long way.

2. Determine why exactly you want to quit.
People who do not smoke would tell a thousand reasons why you should quit. You might have heard them plenty of times already until they no longer mean anything to you. The internet, TV commercials, radio campaigns and posters all say the same thing. But in identifying the reason to quit, you need to focus on something that really means to you. Write such reason / reasons and stick to them.

3. Do it for yourself, not for anyone else.
While you can get inspiration and deep sense of motivation to quit smoking today from your family and friends, you need to quit not because you want to please them or you're tired of hearing them saying 'quit now'. Do it for yourself. When you do this, you'll have the willpower you need to successfully stop lighting up.

4. Calculate how much you spend on smoking.
Did you ever try to compute how much you spend for your cigarette? If you're like most smokers, you will not. Or else, it'll just disappoint you. But try this and you'll have another driving force to stop smoking now. Studies reveal that an average smoker spends around 2,000 dollars!

5. Imagine the things you would have spent that money on.
What could you have purchased with your 2,000 dollars? Maybe you could have bought new sets of furniture at home or you could have traveled and spend quality time with your family. What if you've been smoking for 5 or 10 years now? You could have bought a new car or have settled a huge down payment for your home loan. Well, it is not too late. You can start saving money if you quit smoking now.

6. Think of how many days you spent on smoking
It's like counting money you could have saved but this is a more significant thing because it talks about your health. Perhaps, the most compelling reason why you should stop smoking today is to live longer. Did you know that you lose five minutes of your life every time you light up one cigarette?

7. Think of the positive things smoking do for you.
If you find it hard to acknowledge the positive effects of quitting smoking, maybe you can do it the other way around. Think of what smoking does for you. Does it make you happy? Research says it does not. In fact, it makes you depressed sooner or later. At the end of the day, you'll realize that you'll get nothing out of it.

8. Imagine yourself as a non-smoker.
It's the same as imagining yourself to be a healthy, happy, and good-looking person, someone who is adored by many people, and someone who would live longer.

9. Set a quit date.
When do you wish to stop smoking? The sooner, the better it is. But do not push yourself too much. Be realistic. Seek professional help if you think you need to.

10. BELIEVE you can DO IT.
You need no miracles to quit smoking today. As long as you believe in yourself, you can absolutely get through it and beat the odds.

Cheers to a smoke-free life!

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