On May 17, 2009 this author quit smoking, after smoking again for 11 years since my divorce.  How I did it was, I cut back for 6 weeks prior to quitting altogether. I first started quitting by smoking half a cigarette, then knocking the fire off of it and laying it on the ashtray. When I got weak I would smoked the other half. Over the 6 week period of time that it took me to quit smoking, I continually lengthened the amount of time between when I smoked and continually lessened the amount of each cigarette that I smoked at one time. I have to admit that the worst times of wanting to smoke while I was quitting was early in the morning and late evening before bed. Near the time that I felt that I was pretty much done with smoking, I threw away my ashtrays as a motivating accomplishment. It is obvious that you have got to WANT to quit smoking bad enough to do it. Some sort of motivation will also go a long way in helping you to quit. My motivation was that I didn’t want to pay the increased price for cigarettes that the higher federal tax on them on April 1, 2009 raised their price up to and the feeling of not wanting to be screwed by the government was a great motivator in my quitting smoking. I would suggest that you do not try to quit smoking “cold turkey” or all at once, cutting back over time is a much better way to go about it.

Millions of people smoke.

To many of them, particularly those that have been smoking for some time, the prospect of quitting seems daunting. Many smokers also feel it is “too-late” to quit smoking. This isn’t true, and should not be used as an excuse to avoid an attempt to quit smoking. The health benefits of quitting smoking begin the very day you stop, and continue on for the rest of your life. Spend some time thinking of the reasons you want to quit smoking. Learn about the health improvements of quitting, for both yourself and the people around you. By coming up with a concrete plan to quit smoking you will greatly increase your chances of success. When you first consider the prospect of quitting smoking, it’s probably going to seem far fetched, but keep in mind that thousands of people – people that are no different from you – quit smoking every year. If they can do it, there’s no reason that you can’t. Spend some time thinking of the reasons you want to quit smoking. Learn about the health benefits of quitting, Do some math and come up with some figures for the amount of money you’ll save by not buying cigarettes, and think of something you’ll use that money for.

Smoking Facts

You’ve heard the harmful effects of cigarettes a thousand times and know you should quit. But you just haven’t taken steps necessary to get you there. You don’t even know if you want to quit for fear or failure or maybe you just enjoy tobacco. Whatever the reasons, you are not alone. Across the United States approximately one in four Americans continue to smoke while knowing they should quit. The good news is there are resources to help you stop the habit and help you live a longer, healthier life. While trying to quit remind yourself of the disastrous effects of the drug. For example, it is known that smoking related diseases kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Statistics tell you one in two lifetime smokers die from their habit with half of those deaths. Additionally, science tells us the mix of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which creates unnecessary strain on your heart and blood vessels. This strain causes heart attacks and strokes. It also slows your blood flow, cutting oxygen supply to your hands and feet. The tar from the nicotine tar coats your lungs, leading to cancer of the lungs. A pack a day smoker breathes in up to a cup of tar in a year alone. Smoking also leads to emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis repeatedly and suffer lung and heart failure. Most tobacco users don’t even know what they are inhaling when smoking. Did you know there are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke? According to the U. S Department of Health and Human Services, the same chemicals are also found in wood varnish, the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover and rat poison. The ashes, tar, gases and other poisons also damage your heart and lungs and make it harder to taste and smell things. Think about how much more you could enjoy a meal once you quit smoking.

Smoking deaths to double

The number of people dying from smoking-related diseases is increasing and smoking deaths in developing countries now equal the number of deaths in the industrialised world. Nearly 5 million people died in the year 2000 from smoking-related diseases. One third of them died of heart disease and stroke. Almost a million died of lung cancer and more than a million of other lung diseases. Seventy-five percent of people who died from smoking-related diseases were men. The numbers in developing countries were as high as eighty percent. The number of smokers in the developing world is increasing.Tobacco companies targeting developing nationsAmerican Lung Association spokesman Paul Billings blames the “cynical marketing practices of the tobacco companies and the highly addictive nature of their product,” for the rise in the number of smoking deaths in developing countries. There has been a dramatic increase in smoking deaths over the past decade, but both these researchers and the World Health Organization (WHO) predict a doubling of deaths in the next 20 to 30 years, despite the fact that the number of smokers in western countries is on the decline. But in many of the developing nations there are no or very few tobacco controls, and this is where many tobacco companies focus their advertising campaigns

Young girls smoking more
Despite the fact that in many developing countries, the majority of the smokers are men, there is a new disturbing trend revealed by the WHO at a conference in August: In both Africa and Southeast Asia, among teenagers between the ages of 13 – 15, the ratio of girls to boys who smoke is increasing rapidly. In Africa it is now as low as one to two. Ezzati expressed his concern at the ability of developing countries to deal with the added burden of smoking-related diseases, and stressed that it was critical that this issue should be addressed.

Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke hangs around for ages and most of it is invisible. Even if you open up the windows it will still be in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can’t see or smell any smoke, it’s probably still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space.
Did you know?

  • You can’t see or smell 85% of secondhand smoke. So no matter how hard you try to protect people, it’s pointless.

  • Friends and family who breathe in your secondhand smoke increase their risk of getting lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%.

  • Secondhand smoke is a dangerous cocktail of over 4,000 chemicals, including 69 cancer-causing chemicals, such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde.

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