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Would Your Loved One Quit Smoking If Treatment was Free?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

How much does a pack of cigarettes cost today? How much does treatment for smoking-related illnesses cost an average smoker each year? How much does a smoking cessation program cost?

I only know the answer to one of those questions, because a few months ago I made an offer to a loved one to pay for a full course of patches or other smoking cessation program if they would stop smoking. My offer came in conjunction with a dentist’s orders to stop smoking, at least temporarily, after some pretty extensive oral surgery. I figured if ever the time was right to give the offer a try, it was right then, when smoking was seriously contraindicated due to the complications it could cause following surgery.

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, my offer was declined. My loved one still smokes, and can probably answer the other two questions above if you asked. But I was reminded of this experience when I read new research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this week.

Smokers more likely to quit if help is free

According to research published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the CDC, “Insurance coverage of evidence-based cessation treatments leads to increases in quit attempts, use of cessation treatments, and successful smoking cessation.”

This research focused in particular on patients who were enrolled in Medicaid. In states where smoking cessation programs were covered, smokers were more likely to quit.

Although offering free smoking cessation programs to Medicaid recipients may have a large upfront cost, the reduction in the cost of treatments for smoking-related illnesses could add up to a greater savings over time. It is a mathematical proposition many states are juggling in today’s tight economy.

A consideration for families

The cost of a loved one’s smoking habit could easily fall on family members, particularly as they age. Health problems that develop as a result of smoking could be very costly, in terms of medications, treatments, surgeries, and nursing care.

When one considers how much continued smoking could cost in the long run, it may be well worth the cost of offering your loved one assistance in paying for a smoking cessation program now. Of course, you can’t likely force them to accept the gift, but if the cost of smoking cessation programs is all that is standing in their way, much like many of the patients in the CDC study, your offer could be all it takes to get them to quit.

Would You Date Someone Who Smokes?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

I Asked 12 Fellow Nonsmokers the Same Question. Admittedly, I’m a bit square: I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, and I don’t smoke. That includes cigarettes, cigars, pot, or whatever else you can puff on (I really wouldn’t know). Last week, in an effort to push my boundaries, a smoker acquaintance posed a question to me in no uncertain terms: “Would you date someone who smokes?”

I crinkled my nose at the thought of the smell and immediately pictured a pack of cigarettes on a nightstand next to a fat plastic lighter. That image, along with the imagined sound of Camels being unwrapped and “packed” was enough for me to give a pretty definite “NO.” I thought about it more and realized, sadly, how that makes my already thin dating pool even shallower. I have enough hang-ups about intellect and politics, and on top of being a good old homosexual, there’s this “no smoking” issue.

Anyway, I decided that there were numerous reasons why I probably wouldn’t date a smoker – and probably some sociocultural ones why I hadn’t really dated any in the past. For me, it’s some combination of the health risk (both for him and for me as a secondary inhaler), the pervasive smell, and the taste of kissing a smoker. Then there’s the additional fact that most of my family smoked and it grossed me out from a very early age.

Naturally curious about the thoughts of others, I decided to ask an unscientific sampling of nonsmokers the same question that was posed to me: “Would you date someone who smokes?”

Below are the replies I received – some via email and some transcribed from conversations. [Yes, I actually approached strangers in public and told them what I was working on.]

Daniel, 34, retail salesperson – in public
“I don’t know. I guess it not that big a deal. But you know, it’s just kinda gross. You know how people say you get to kiss an ashtray? *laughs* Maybe if she was really hot, I guess, or if I had a bad habit that she forgave me for.”

Emily, 22, barista – in public
“On the right kind of guy, it works. Not, like, the Marlboro man or anything. *pauses* He’d have to smoke outside for sure. I have been cool with it previously.”

Damien, 29, counselor – via email
“I hate going out to bars and coming home with that smoke smell locked into my clothes. It’s also a big turn off when I see an attractive girl reach for a light, so my answer is probably no. But you never know. The less she smokes, certainly the better.”

LeeAnn, 27, grad student – via email
“I make a distinction between people who smoke on occasion and people who smoke all the time. Pack-a-day smokers and I would never work out, but I can handle someone who only did it once a week. The other distinction I’d make is between just dating someone and actually living with them. Smoking would never be okay in my apartment. My current boyfriend does not smoke.”

Thom, 19, landscaper – in public
“Would I date someone who smokes? Doesn’t make a difference to me as long as she ain’t coughin’ up blood or nothin’.”

Kelly, 39, administrative assistant – in public
“It’s funny that you should ask. One of the reasons my last boyfriend and I broke up is that he smoked all the time and I was always trying to get him to quit, supposedly. I definitely wanted him to stop, you know. It’s bad for him, and it’s expensive too.”

Tisha, 35, bus driver – in public
“It’s a dirty habit. I used to smoke but I gave it up when I got pregnant. *grins* Now that I’m a mom, it’s like if I could do it while dealing with a baby on the way and all that, then you could [stop smoking] too.”

Diane, 51, McDonald’s employee – in public
“Haha, at my age, I can’t turn nobody down. *laughs* It’s not the most important thing. It they love you, that’s what’s important.”

Terrence, 25, teacher – via email
“I have dated guys who smoke, but I prefer that they don’t. One thing I can’t tolerate is a cigar odor but that has never come up.”

Sandi, 23, leasing specialist – in public
“It’s never been a problem for me. The types of guys I like are usually pretty athletic and educated about the risks and most of them just don’t smoke.”

Sam, 29, unemployed – in public
“My husband smokes. He’s cut down a lot since we first met. I fell for him so hard when we were getting to know each other, and you just end up caring less about that and more about, you know, can I live with this person for the rest of my life?”

Todd, 44, case worker – over the phone
“Just do it outside or keep the habit away from me so that I am not breathing the smoky air. If she uses Listerine and tries to not let the smoking become a hygiene issue, I can be flexible. When you’re dating someone you have to compromise, and smoking is one of those things I can accept in small doses.”

So, if you are a nonsmoker, would *you* date someone who smokes? If so, under what circumstances? Does it depend on the person and how frequently they smoke and where they do it? Is there a difference between cigarettes and other substances, like pot? And if you are a smoker, “social” or daily, how do you feel about the article above? Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts to share.

Why You Should Quit Smoking?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Quitting is a hard thing to do in one’s life most especially if you were already inclined into something you really wanted to do. Just like smoking, it is very difficult for the smokers to quit because they have been addicted to it. They do it several times in a day. How can you please them to quit smoking?

Smoking goes with the experience in man’s life. I would rather say that smoking becomes man’s wife. Just like the military men, they can’t live without their guns. Also like teachers, they can’t live without a record. So does the smokers, they think they are dying if they can’t smoke.

One author whom I remember said that we cannot get out from the smell of smoke out like the smell of failure in our life. This is somehow true because, failure in man’s life leave a scarce, a memory in which we can remember. And true with smoking. When you think of quitting to smoke, a suggestion would be better of you do it with a firm determination that you “should” by hook or by crook.

The urge to smoke of each individual goes away whether you light up or not according to your principle and a strong will to quit from smoking after you have realized its bad effects in your life. Always remember that if you want to try to light up, your next urge of smoking comes much sooner, more often and more intensely because everything starts from a simple “try” until it becomes a “habit” and later becomes an “addiction.”

Smoking is just wanting why people smoke even at the early stage of life. Also, it is the effect of the factors surrounding him. Others did because of their peers. Other men did it because of curiosity. Others because they want to be noticed and still others want to try how does it feel when you are smoking. If you desire to smoke, it comes in your mind frequently and more strongly, then you have a great tendency to give in to the urge to smoke, and you are rewarding the urge.

Why should we stop it? Yes, because smoking creates a good statistics. This happens because if we look at the latest health news, many die because of smoking. Everyday, many smokers die and this contribute to the statistical records in the history. One should quit smoking because of the ill-effect it causes in our personal health like: increasing the risk of lung cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, cancers like breast, mouth, esophagus and other forms of bronchial cancer.

One good reason I think that we should quit smoking is because; it is a complete waste of money for it all go up with the air. How funny to think that we work very hard to earn for living yet it all gone in smoke?

Why Some People Just Can’t Stop Smoking

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Whether you’ve been smoking for years and know that you need to quit, or you’ve only been at it for a little while and are already starting to feel the pangs of addiction, you already know that giving up smoking once you’re addicted is an extremely difficult thing to do. You may wonder what makes quitting seem a like a breeze from some and more like fight that can’t be won for others.

There are several reasons why some people cannot seem to kick the habit, and with a better understanding of these reasons, you can reach a better understanding of this condition that afflicts so many people. With national awareness on the rise and the figure that one in three smokers who do not quit will eventually die of the damage they do to their bodies, it can be difficult to understand why they might not just stop. While many do try and stop, it can seem impossible.

To understand the nature of cigarette addiction, it is important to understand nicotine. Nicotine is the substance in cigarettes that makes it addictive, and when it enters the bloodstream, it creates a stimulating effect on the brain. Not only can it calm you down when you are upset, it can also affect your hormones and your respiratory system. The nicotine is effective because it stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain. This, along with the chemical dependency, bring smokers back for more. Nicotine is a drug that you can become inured to based on exposure and eventually, more will need to be taken to get the same effect. Many people are addicted to the calmness that smoking brings on; it can be quite hard to give up and it settles in slowly enough that you might not even know that it’s happening.

One reason that scientists have pinpointed that might explain the difficulty in giving up cigarettes actually lies in the DNA. Scientists have identified more than 200 genes quitters do not share with non-quitters. Given this number, it is possible to see that there is a great deal that might be happening beneath the surface. While this data is far from conclusive when it comes to which gene might be the culprit, it puts us one step closer to figuring out the ins and outs of cigarette addiction. When you consider that more than 80 percent of the people who try to quit will relapse, it is time to start looking for a correlating factor that could provide a solution to this problem.

Similarly, researchers have also found that injury or trauma to a certain part of the brain will instantly destroy a life-long smoking habit. This research, originally centered on stroke patients, showed that when damaged, the insula, a small region underneath the frontal lobes, could effectively end the addiction to cigarettes. This break through affects all sorts of addiction research, but smoking is the one that it has proven to be effective with. Like the research in genetics, this fact brings about the idea that the roots of addiction to cigarettes go a lot deeper than might have been originally believed.

When you take into consideration the damage that you are doing to your body and the issues that you will cause your friends and loved ones, there is only one answer to when you should stop smoking: You should have stopped smoking yesterday.

Why Quitting Smoking Makes You Sick

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Quitting smoking? Way to go, friend! It is one of the hardest habits to kick these days but with the slowing of the economy and increase in costs, more people are realizing that smoking is nasty, nasty habit. However, with quitting comes consequences that aren’t very appealing. Some people experience withdrawals, become intensely angry, or get sick. Let’s focus on the sickness and break it down a bit.

First off, we will start with a healthy trachea. Your trachea is where the air you breathe flows through in order to get to your lungs. It branches off into two bronchi, which branch off into bronchioles, which branch off into alveoli. The alveoli are where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place in our lungs. An average, healthy person has a trachea lined with little hairs call cilia. These cilia function much like a broom to sweep dust and other foreign particles out of the trachea, to prevent them from entering the lungs. Most of the time if you have a productive cough (when you cough and yucky mucus comes up) it is because the cilia are trying to get some crazy junk out. In the event that there is a foreign particle in your trachea, the cilia will move back and forth causing the particle or particles to go back up into either your nose, or down your esophagus which leads to your stomach.

Now for the not-so-healthy trachea. When we smoke, the inhalation of smoke slowly but surely kills these little hair-like cilia. When you kill the part of your body that keeps dust out of your lungs, you have a problem. Now that the cilia are no longer existent, you are prone to choking or aspiration (when fluid, most likely vomit, enters your trachea and travels to your lungs. Pneumonia is caused by fluid in the lungs to give you a clue as to how serious this may be).

Did you get concerned and quit? I am personally very proud of you. Quitting smoking is not an easy task at all! Are you noticing some flu-like symptoms? If you are, this is COMPLETELY normal. As stated earlier, smoking kills your poor little cilia and hinders the protection of your lungs. However, these cilia are not gone forever; they can grow back, which is exactly what happens when you take away the harmful fumes of a cigarette. As these cilia start to grow back, you begin with a tickle in your chest, much similar to when you start to acquire a cold. When the cilia are fully functional, they work double time to push all the excess mucus and foreign particle that layered on the trachea while you smoked. Expect to have a productive cough (remember what that means?) and headaches (usually a normal cause of not having that extra bit of nicotine). Beware, you will cough….a lot. Like I said before, it is totally normal. If you decide to go to the doctor because you are a bit worried, be certain to tell them that you just recently quit smoking. Nobody wants to get inaccurately diagnosed.

Well, good luck with kicking the habit! You will soon be able to enjoy the full functionality of not only your lungs, but your entire body!