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As hard as it is to quit smoking, it can be even harder for friends and family that also helping a smoker quit as well. The makers of Smoke Away get this, and for this reason we provide you with 15 tips to help get you and the person trying to quit  through it.

  1. Respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.
  2. Ask the person whether he or she wants you to call or visit regularly to see how he or she is doing. Let the person know that it’s okay to call you whenever he or she needs to hear encouraging words.
  3. Help the quitter get what she or he needs, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept cold in the refrigerator.
  4. Spend time doing things with the quitter to keep his or her mind off smoking — go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.
  5. Try to see it from the smoker’s point of view — a smoker’s habit may feel like a cherished friend that has always been there when times were tough. It’s hard to give that up
  6. Help the quitter with a few chores, some child care, cooking — whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting
  7. Celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!
  8. Do remind the quitter how long he or she went without a cigarette before the slip.
  9. Do help the quitter remember all the reasons he or she wanted to quit, and forget about the slip as soon as possible  If they have tried and have not succeeded:
  10. Praise him or her for trying to quit, and for whatever length of time (days, weeks, or months) of not smoking.
  11. Encourage him or her to try again. Don’t say, “If you try again…” Say, “When you try again…” Studies show that most people who don’t succeed in quitting are ready to try again in the near future.
  12. Encourage him or her to learn from the attempt. Things a person learns from a failed attempt to quit may help him or her quit for good next time. It takes time and skills to learn to be a non-smoker.
  13. Say, “It’s normal to not succeed the first time you try to quit. Most people understand this, and know that they have to try to quit again. You didn’t smoke for two whole weeks this time. You got through the worst part. Now you know you can do that much. Now that you know you can get through the worst part, you can get even further next time.”
  14. Do smoke outside and always away from the quitter.
  15. Do keep your cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of sight. They might be triggers for your loved one to smoke.
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Lets get right to it!

  1.  You could have a higher rate of infections In October, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made its first ever recommendation that all smokers ages 19 to 64 be added to a short list of candidates for the pneumococcal vaccine. That’s because there are very strong data showing that the risk of infection by pneumonia-causing bacteria is substantially greater for smokers than for nonsmokers. 
  2.  Diabetes anyone? As if we need any more risk factors for diabetes, an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year found that across 25 prior studies, current smokers have a 44 percent greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers do, and the risk was strongest for those with the heaviest habit, who clocked 20 or more cigarettes per day. In an accompanying editorial, researchers made a striking estimation: That some 12 percent of all type 2 diabetes cases nationwide might be attributable to smoking.
  3. It clouds judgement Smoking may cloud the mind, according to accumulating research. A June study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that smoking in middle age is linked to memory problems and to a slide in reasoning abilities, though these risks appeared lessened for those who’d long quit; this is important, the authors wrote, because other research has shown that people with mild cognitive impairment in midlife develop dementia at an accelerated rate. Their report piggybacks on several focused on the older set: A 2007 analysis of 19 prior studies concluded that elderly smokers face a heightened risk of dementia and cognitive decline, compared with lifelong nonsmokers. And in 2004, researchers reported in Ne urology that smoking appeared to hasten cognitive decline in dementia-free elderly smokers, bringing it on several times faster than in their nonsmoking peers.
  4. Forget a robust sex life. If men want to hop aboard the Viagra bandwagon, mounting evidence suggests that puffing cigarettes might be just their ticket. Smokers are more apt to experience erectile dysfunction than nonsmokers are, and this risk climbs as the number of cigarettes smoked increases. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2007 tracked more than 7,500 Chinese men with low risk for artherosclerosis, a chief underlying cause of erectile dysfunction, and found that smoking could independently hike a man’s chance of wrangling with the sexual condition. Preventing smoking is an “important approach” for cutting the risk of ED, the researchers concluded.
  5. If you’re 30, you’ll look 50 everywhere. Not only does smoking contribute to premature facial wrinkles, but a 2007 study in the Archives of Dermatology found that it may also lead to wrinkling of skin that rarely sees the light of day—in areas such as the inner arm and perhaps the buttocks.
  6. Menopause at an early age?. Women who smoke face an increased risk of infertility, and they may experience natural menopause at a younger age than do nonsmokers, according to the 2004 and the 2001 Surgeon General’s Reports, respectively. Further evidence: A 2001 animal study in Nature Genetics found that chemicals in cigarette smoke can hurry menopause by killing off egg cells made by ovaries, thereby dwindling the egg cell reserve. Since the timing of menopause is dictated by the size of a woman’s egg cell reserve—which is stocked with about a million eggs at birth and vanishes by menopause—anything that speeds up its loss could logically lead to a much earlier onset of fertility troubles, notes Jonathan Tilly, one of the study’s authors and director of the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. More worrisome: Women who smoke during pregnancy may be compromising not only their own future fertility but the fertility of their unborn daughters. In studies testing that idea, mice exposed to chemicals in cigarette smoke during gestation were born with shrunken egg reserves. “Even under the best-chance scenario—you’re a nonsmoker, you’re healthy, you’re young, you eat well, you’re in shape—human fertility isn’t 100 percent,” says Tilly. “Anything you can do to make it better is certainly worth your while.”
  7. Time to wear the cheater glasses. Several studies have found a robust link between smoking and eye disease, specifically age-related macular degeneration, which can permanently blur vision or cause blindness. A 2005 review of 17 studies in the journal Eye reported that active smokers may face two to three times the risk for developing the disease experienced by those who have never smoked.
  8.  Weak bones, brittle bones. Smoking weakens the body’s scaffolding and is a serious risk factor for osteoporosis, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It’s been shown to fritter away bone density in postmenopausal women and to hike the risk of hip fractures in both sexes, according to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report. (People who endure hip fractures are 12 to 20 percent more likely to die than those who don’t, the Report notes, though there are ways osteoporosis sufferers can protect themselves.) Smokers may also experience slower healing of broken bones and wounded tissues than do nonsmokers.
  9. It roughs up your innards. Sure, cigarettes may be smooth to inhale, but they can rough up the digestive system, leading to heartburn, peptic ulcers, and possibly gallstones, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. What’s more, current and former smokers have an elevated risk of developing Crohn’s disease, a condition characterized by inflammation in the digestive tract and causing pain and diarrhea, says NIDDK.
  10. Kiss your quality of life goodbye. Men who have never smoked live on average 10 years longer than their peers who smoke heavily, according to an October report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Moreover, they enjoyed a higher quality of life throughout those extra years, throwing sand in the face of the old smokers’ defense that an early death is a small price to pay for a lifetime of pleasure . The study’s Finnish authors drew their conclusion after scrutinizing data on more than 1,600 men tracked for nearly 30 years.
  11. Bonus! Did you say cancer? Not to belabor the point, but tobacco use and smoking have been linked to much more than lung cancer. In September, the CDC released a report estimating that more than 2 million cases of tobacco-related cancers were diagnosed nationwide between 1999 and 2004. Lung and bronchial cancer topped the list, naturally, but other types included stomach, pancreatic, kidney, urinary bladder, and cervical cancer. “We knew this was a big problem and a preventable problem,” says Sherri Stewart, the epidemiologist at CDC who led the research. “But when you present the hard numbers, you start to see the profoundness of the problem.” Her message: To protect your health, do everything you can to quit
  • Smoke Away understands that smoking is something that is not easy to “just quit” but we also know that with help, and will power, you can at least give it a go in 2009!
  • From the department of the obvious comes this advice.

    If you smoke and you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it’s especially important to kick the habit now. The toxic chemicals inhaled when you smoke are easily passed to the unborn baby.

    The American Pregnancy Association offers these suggestions to help you stop smoking during pregnancy:

    • Make a list of all of the health benefits of quitting for yourself and your baby.
    • Replace smoking with healthier habits, such as having a snack or a cup of tea with your newspaper, instead of a cigarette.
    • Surround yourself with nonsmokers.
    • Have a friend or family member ready to call when you need support.
    • Ask your doctor for ways to help you quit, including tips on which smoking cessation aids are safe for you and baby.
    • Set a goal date for quitting.

    Need more help in trying to kick the habit? Try Smoke Away even before you become pregnant! It may do the trick, but you’ll never know unless you check it out!

     

    Women who smoke have heart attacks nearly 14 years earlier than women who don’t smoke, Norwegian doctors reported in a study presented to the European Society of Cardiology. For men, the gap is not so dramatic; male smokers have heart attacks about six years earlier than men who don’t smoke.

    “This is not a minor difference,” said Dr. Silvia Priori, a cardiologist at the Scientific Institute in Pavia, Italy. “Women need to realize they are losing much more than men when they smoke,” she said. Priori was not connected to the research.

    Dr. Morten Grundtvig and colleagues from the Innlandet Hospital Trust in Lillehammer, Norway, based their study on data from 1,784 patients admitted for a first heart attack at a hospital in Lillehammer.

    Their study found that the men on average had their first heart attack at age 72 if they didn’t smoke, and at 64 if they did.

    Women in the study had their first heart attack at age 81 if they didn’t smoke, and at age 66 if they did.

    After adjusting for other heart risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, researchers found that the difference for women was about 14 years and for men, about six years.

    Previous studies looking at a possible gender difference have been inconclusive.

    Doctors have long suspected that female hormones protect women against heart disease. Estrogen is thought to raise the levels of good cholesterol as well as enabling blood vessel walls to relax more easily, thus lowering the chances of a blockage.

    Grundtvig said that smoking might make women go through menopause earlier, leaving them less protected against a heart attack. With rising rates of smoking in women – compared with falling rates in men – Grundtvig said that doctors expect to see increased heart disease in women.

    “Smoking might erase the natural advantage that women have,” said Dr. Robert Harrington, a professor of medicine at Duke University and spokesman for the American College of Cardiology.

    Doctors aren’t yet sure if other cardiac risk factors like cholesterol and obesity also affect women differently.

    “The difference in how smoking affects women and men is profound,” Harrington said. “Unless women don’t smoke or quit, they risk ending up with the same terrible diseases as men, only at a much earlier age.”

    The bottom line is this, smoking kills and you need to quit smoking. What are you going to do about it? Whether you use Smoke Away or not, is not the point. You have to quit smoking!

    We spend an inordinate amount of time telling people, no, pleading with people to quit smoking either with the help of Smoke Away or without. The point being that is important for smokers to realize that quitting smoking is the name of the game because it kills you and it hurts others. With that in mind here are 11 thoughts and facts about second hand smoke you probably did not know,

  • Secondhand smoke has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known cause of cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen).
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.
  • Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 22,700-69,600 heart disease deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year.
  • Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at work are at increased risk for adverse health effects. Levels of secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars were found to be 2 to 5 times higher than in residences with smokers and 2 to 6 times higher than in office workplaces.
  • Since 1999, 70 percent of the U.S. workforce worked under a smoke-free policy, ranging from 83.9 percent in Utah to 48.7 percent in Nevada.  Workplace productivity was increased and absenteeism was decreased among former smokers compared with current smokers.
  • Eighteen states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington and Vermont – as well as the District of Columbia prohibit smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. Montana and Utah prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including restaurants; bars will go smokefree in 2009. New Hampshire prohibits smoking in some public places, including all restaurants and bars. Four states – Florida, Idaho, Louisiana and Nevada – prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including restaurants, but exempt stand-alone bars. Fifteen states partially or totally prevent (preempt) local communities from passing smokefree air ordinances stronger than the statewide law. Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon have passed legislation prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars, but the laws have not taken effect yet.
  • Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to young children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year, and causes 430 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the United States annually.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure may cause buildup of fluid in the middle ear, resulting in 790,000 physician office visits per year.  Secondhand smoke can also aggravate symptoms in 400,000 to 1,000,000 children with asthma.
  • In the United States, 21 million, or 35 percent of, children live in homes where residents or visitors smoke in the home on a regular basis. Approximately 50-75 percent of children in the United States have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine in the blood.
  • Research indicates that private research conducted by cigarette company Philip Morris in the 1980s showed that secondhand smoke was highly toxic, yet the company suppressed the finding during the next two decades.
  • The current Surgeon General’s Report concluded that scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Short exposures to secondhand smoke can cause blood platelets to become stickier, damage the lining of blood vessels, decrease coronary flow velocity reserves, and reduce heart rate variability, potentially increasing the risk of heart attack.
  • This is tough to watch but it cannot help but drive the point home that if you continue to smoke, you will end up like the person in this video. Smoke Away as it has maintained from day one of this blog, does not care how you quit, whether it’s with our product or not, we just want you to quit.

    Recently we have been getting a lot of calls and emails on just how to use Smoke Away and how it works.

    When you start the program, on your first night before you go to bed, you will take the recommended dosage of Formula 1 with some food or milk and get a good nights rest. When you awake you will repeat your dosage of Formula 1 with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will continue this regimen for three days. On the fourth day you will assess your progress. If you are feeling good, try to decrease the dosage by one capsule. If you are not feeling so good, then do not reduce your capsule intake.

    On the fifth and sixth days, if you are feeling pretty good, then reduce your capsule intake again, what this means is your body is slowly becoming adjusted to your new found system. Do not forget about the support and maintenance products. At this point you do not want to completely stop taking your dosages, in other words, do not reduce your dosage below one capsule three times a day.

    If you need temporary relief, and chances are you will, simply place three tablets of Smoke Away® Homeopathic Medicine under your tongue as soon as you need them. Take the Formula 2 maintenance formulas as directed. For more information on what else comes with your order, go to the Smoke Away products page for complete directions for usage.

    You should listen to the CD included in each kit sold on this site for at least 14 days. Even after that, continue to use as needed. The audio CD was created to give you encouragement and support, to help get you through the tough times. If you need more help, do not hesitate to call or email us, or even respond to this blog post. For more information you can also logo onto the Smoke Away support site as well.

    Think you know what’s up when it comes to cigarette smoking and its effects? Better think again!

    1. Myth: Nicotine causes cancer.

    Fact: Nicotine is not a carcinogen. However, there are 4,000 known chemicals in cigarettes, and more than 60 of them are carcinogens.

    2. Myth: Smoking is just a bad habit that you can stop at any time.

    Fact: There is a habit component to smoking, but there are also biological changes to the brain that create the addiction.

    Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which occur naturally in the brain, are activated when nicotine is consumed. The activation period is followed by a desensitized state in which the receptors become unresponsive. As more nicotine is consumed, and the number of unresponsive receptors increases, the smoker experiences less pleasure from each cigarette. This makes it necessary to increase the number of cigarettes smoked to achieve the desired level of pleasure.

    3. Myth: Low nicotine cigarettes are safer.

    Fact: The blend of tobacco in a low nicotine cigarette is exactly the same as in a regular cigarette. The reason cigarette companies can call them “low” has to do with the way nicotine levels are tested.

    As the regulator of cigarettes, the Federal Trade Commission tests for nicotine and tar levels with machines that draw air through a cigarette in two-second puffs, repeated once per minute, until the cigarette is burned to the filter. The smoke that is generated in this manner tests low in nicotine.

    However, this test doesn’t approximate the way people really smoke. Smokers will compensate for the lower yield of nicotine by puffing more, or taking longer drags. Consequently, the smoker will actually inhale the same or more nicotine and tar, even though it is considered a low-nicotine cigarette.

    Another reason the machine tests are considered inaccurate is cigarette manufacturers put ventilation holes in the filters. These holes allow more air to be drawn in, which dilutes the smoke going into the machine, making it seem as though the cigarette being tested contains less tar and nicotine. But when people actually smoke these cigarettes, their fingers generally cover the holes in the filters.

    4. Myth: Medicinal nicotine found in nicotine patches and nicotine gum is just as addictive as smoking.

    Fact: The delivery system used to bring nicotine to the brain is what determines the level of addictiveness. Medicinal nicotine is released slowly through the venous system. The brain receives only small quantities, reducing the potential for addiction.

    Inhaling brings nicotine to the brain extremely fast, which is why it is so addictive.

    “Inhaling gets nicotine to the brain within five heartbeats,” Hurt said.

    5. Myth: A smoker who tries to quit without assistance can maintain abstinence over the long term.

    Fact: Chances of long-term abstinence for smokers who try to go it alone are less than 5 percent. With assistance, the smoker’s chance of staying away from cigarettes increases to 30 to 35 percent.

    Smoke Away cannot emphasize enough how important it is to quit smoking either with our help or without. It’s your choice, make it today!

     

    Childhood cancer survivors who are most likely to develop tumours as adults continue to endanger their health by smoking, research suggests.

    A University of Birmingham(England) team found the highest smoking rates among patients whose type of treatment put them at greater risk later in life.

    Cancer campaigners have expressed concern that the survivors are exposing themselves to “avoidable” dangers.

    The researchers say more education is needed about the risks of smoking.

    We are very concerned that people are exposing themselves to a further completely avoidable risk for developing another cancer
    Professor Mike Hawkins
    Centre for Childhoold Cancer Survivor Studies

    The study, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, pinpoints three types of childhood cancer – Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue sarcomas and Wilms’ tumour – which are known to carry an increased risk of further tumours due to the form of radiotherapy and chemotherapy used to treat them.

    The researchers found that smoking was most common among people who had been treated for these cancers when children – nearly a quarter of the 10,000 former cancer sufferers surveyed.

    Overall, childhood cancer survivors are around half as likely as the general population to be regular smokers.

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    Researcher Dr Clare Frobisher, based at Birmingham’s Centre for Childhoold Cancer Survivor Studies, said: “It is worrying that those survivors who are most at risk of developing a new cancer as a result of their treatment, are more likely to be smokers than other childhood cancer survivors.

    INCREASED RISK
    A study of 16,541 survivors of childhood cancer found they were 6.2 times more likely to develop a second primary tumour than the general population
    After 25 years 4.2% of survivors had developed a second primary cancer
    The rate of second primary tumours among survivors of Hodgkin’s lymphoma was 9.2 times that of the general population, for Wilms’ tumour it was 6.9 times, and for soft tissue sarcoma it was 4.3 times
    Figures from the Centre for Childhood Cancer Survivor Studies

    “It is clear that more work needs to be done to make sure they are aware of their increased risk of a second cancer and other related health problems if they smoke.”

    The majority of smokers in the study took up smoking before the age of 20.

    Dr Frobisher said: “We think intervention programmes should be put in place early, targeting cancer survivors as young as 12.”

    Professor Mike Hawkins, director of the Centre for Childhoold Cancer Survivor Studies, said: “We are very concerned that people who have been exposed to radiation and chemotherapy drugs during treatment for cancer as a child are exposing themselves to a further completely avoidable risk for developing another cancer and other smoking-related diseases in later life.”

    Elspeth Lee, of the charity Cancer Research UK, said it was crucial that young cancer survivors were given all the necessary information and support to discourage tem for taking up smoking.

    Thanks to the development of better treatments for childhood cancer, almost eight in ten children now survive a diagnosis of the disease.

    It is estimated that there are more than 26,000 survivors of childhood cancer alive in Britain today.

    It is estimated that in the UK around 11 million adults – more than one in five of the population – smoke.

    Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK. It is responsible for nearly nine out of ten cases of lung cancer in the UK. With that being said, The makers of Smoke Away would like to stress that they want you to quit smoking, it does not matter how you do it just quit, whether its with our product or someone else’s.

     

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44.5 million US adults were current smokers in 2006 (the most recent year for which numbers are available). This is 20.8% of all adults (23.9% of men, 18.0% of women) — more than 1 out of 5 people.

    When broken down by race/ethnicity, the numbers were as follows:

    Whites 21.9%
    African Americans 23.0%
    Hispanics 15.2%
    American Indians/Alaska Natives 32.4%
    Asian Americans 10.4%

    The numbers were higher in younger age groups. In 2006, CDC reported almost 24% of those 18 to 44 years old were current smokers, compared to 10.2% in those aged 65 or older.

    Nationwide, 22.3% of high school students and 8.1% of middle school students were smoking in 2004. More White and Hispanic students smoked cigarettes.  Can anyone tell me why the highest percentages would among American Indians and native Alaskans?

    Listen, as long as you’re sitting there wondering who smokes, why don’t you, if you smoke check out Smoke Away, or if you don’t but have a friend or loved one that smokes, steer them towards Smoke Away? What do you have to lose? Besides that craving to smoke?

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