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In our quest to make the world smoke free, the makers of Smoke Away provide you with a nother visual reminder of why you really need to quit smoking, today!

Lets first start off by saying the easiest way to quit smoking is to not start, and in order to not start we have to educate. So in order to educate we are going give you the best of the best websites to educate the youth of the world. These sites are as cutting edge as it gets in trying to convince a whole new generation not to smoke:

1) Notobacco.org-This site offers educational videos, K-12 assembly programs, speakers, quit smoking info, anti-tobacco news, and a great anti-smoking links guide for teen smoking prevention.

With that education, hopefully smokers and wannabe’s will realize that tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 440,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $75 billion in direct medical costs. Nationally, smoking results in more than 5.6 million years of potential life lost each year. Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18.  So if we can educate and drive the point home of what smoking can do to you then hopefully we can get to them before they make that fatefull decision to light up. Ultimately, why do you think they decide to smoke in the first place? Because they think it’s cool. The cool factor. Well guess what  link #2 is Smoking is not cool!

Every day, nearly 4,000 young people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette
More than 6.4 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents — the decision to smoke cigarettes. Think you need more convincing on why it could not be further from cool to smoke? Why not try one of the most cutting edge websites for not smoking here at #3 Thetruth.

For some hard hitting reality and facts about how “uncool” it is to smoke, check out the website  #4) ydoyouthink This site also has some very interactive elements to it which lead to it being onf of the best out there at convincing you to not start smoking. want to read the real-life stories of three teenagers dealing with quitting smoking? You might be interested in what they have to say about how they quit, what they struggled with, and where they are now. Find that here at #5) Teenquit.

Perhaps as a girl trying to figure it all out, you think that smoking might give you an edge. Find out what tobacco does to a girl’s heart, arteries, lungs, mouth, and throat, not to mention your hair, fingernails, clothes, and skin, here at #6) Girl Power.

Interestingly enough, one of the slickest ways that Big Tobacco grows it’s user base is by slick ads.#7) BADvertising counters the seduction of smoking by doctoring up tobacco ads to make them honest. View the honest ads, send them to your friends and family, and learn how to make your own honest ads. Because Tobacco’s has taken 66,515 kids and turned them into regular smokers in 2008 and 22,172 will die prematurely from their addiction we think that the site #8) Campaign for tobacco free kids make pretty good sense.

Of course the best way to stem the growth beyond being reactive is to be proactive. In that sense why not go after Big Tobacco? Become an activist and help in tryinig to prevent the spread of smoking, cancer and the production of cigarettes. At #9)Big Tobacco Sucks is your resource for becoming involved!  Once you get involved take it on a national level and get others fired up for #10) Kick Butts Day a day for youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control in the fight against tobacco.

If you really want to fight the urge to smoke, then use these sites. If you want to help others quit smoking, then this is the site for you. If you want to assist in the fight to bring down big tobacco and help the world be free, then this is the site for you. With these links, keep them, bookmark them and keep going back. Listen, Smoke Away knows that you want to quit, we also know you want your loved one or your child to quit or to even not start. With that being said, it’s all about education. Spread the word!~ and share this post!

After you quit smoking, there is no longer a need to go out and light up. Which means that you more productive now that you are not devoting 2 hours of your 8 hour work day to smoking. But did you know:

  1. Smokers facing work restrictions on smoking consume 11-15% less than average and quit at a rate that is 84% higher than average… Milder workplace restrictions, such as smoking only in designated areas have much less impact on quitting rates and very little effect on consumption.” —Philip Morris
  2. A study conducted by the University California San Francisco reported that entirely smokefree workplaces were associated with a 3.8% reduction in smoking prevalence. Of those employees who continued to smoke, there was an average reduction in consumption of 3.1 fewer cigarettes per day. The combined effects of increased cessation and decreased consumption corresponded to a 29% relative reduction in tobacco use among all employees.
  3. A study conducted through the University of Missouri-Columbia investigated whether the rate of smoking cessation was higher among hospital employees than among other community employees not subject to a smokefree workplace policy. Over a period of three years. Hospital employees were found to be almost twice as likely as other community employees to quit smoking and tended to take a shorter time to quit.
  4. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco investigated the effect of local workplace smoking laws in California on smoking cessation. The results of the study revealed that smokefree ordinances significantly increased the rate of smoking cessation – the stronger the ordinance, the higher the rate of cessation. While there was only a 19.1% cessation rate in areas with no ordinance, there was a 24.6% cessation rate in areas with weak ordinances, and a 26.4% cessation rate in areas with strong ordinances. Overall, researchers found that smokers who worked in communities with strong ordinances were 38% more likely to quit smoking than smokers in communities with no ordinance.
  5. Massachusetts introduced a comprehensive tobacco control program a number of years ago that brought together four elements of tobacco control: a cigarette tax increase; a mass media campaign; services for cessation and educational outreach; and the promotion of local smokefree ordinances. Prior to the program’s implementation, the annual decline in cigarette consumption for Massachusetts adults was comparable to that for the rest of the nation. The year following the program’s implementation  consumption in Massachusetts dropped 12% while it remained steady for the rest of the nation at 4%. After that the annual decline in cigarette consumption leveled off in comparison states (declining less than 1% a year). In Massachusetts, however, consumption continued to decline by more than 4% a year.
  6. Workplace smoking restrictions can significantly reduce smoking rates among young adults according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Adolescents who worked in a smokefree workplace were found to be 32% less likely to smoke than adolescents who worked in a workplace with no smoking restrictions. Household smoking restrictions were also found to significantly reduce adolescent cigarette consumption and increase cessation rates.
  7. A total of 97,882 indoor workers were questioned regarding their smoking behavior and the smoking policies at their place of work. Researchers found that a 100% smokefree workplace was associated with a 6% reduction in smoking prevalence and a 14% decrease in the average daily cigarette consumption of smokers relative to workplaces with weak or no smoking restrictions. These results were found to be true for all demographic groups and in nearly all industries.
  8. The Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation (COMMIT) surveyed the behavior of 8,271 cigarette smokers in 22 North American communities. Participants were questioned regarding their tobacco use behaviors, demographic characteristics, and workplace smoking policies. Employees in smokefree workplaces were found to be 25% more likely to make a serious attempt to quit smoking and 25% more likely to succeed than employees not subject to a smokefree workplace policy. Among continuing smokers, those in smokefree workplaces smoked an average of 2.75 fewer cigarettes a day.
  9. A study published through the National Bureau of Economic Research investigated the effect of work area smoking bans on smoking behavior. Data from the National Health Interview Surveys was used to obtain data for over 18,000 workers. Researchers found that workplace smoking bans are associated with a 5% to 6% decline in smoking prevalence and an average reduction in cigarette consumption of 2.3 cigarettes per day per smoker.

What the Tobacco Industry thinks about workplace smoking restrictions…

10. “Smoking bans are the biggest challenge we have ever faced. Quit rate goes fr0m  5% to 21% when smokers work in nonsmoking environments.”

11. “The immediate implication for our business is clear: if our consumers have fewer opportunities to enjoy our products, they will use them less frequently and the result will be an adverse impact on our bottom line.”

12. “Those who say they work under [smoking] restrictions smoked about one-and-one-quarter fewer cigarettes each day than those who don’t. That may sound light but remember we’re talking about light restrictions, too. Those 220 people in our survey who work under smoking restrictions represent some 15 million Americans. That one-and-one-quarter per day cigarette reduction, then, means nearly 7 billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year because of workplace smoking restrictions… At a dollar a pack, even the lightest of workplace smoking restrictions is costing this industry 233 million dollars a year in revenue. How much more will it cost us with far more restrictive laws such as those in Suffolk County and Fort Collins now being enacted?”

With more and more restrictions being placed on where and when you can smoke, isn’t the choice clear? You need to quit smoking. Why work so hard to find a place to smoke, when all you have to do is quit? Why face the scorn of others who frown on you when they see you smoking? The makers of Smoke Away would love for you to use our product, but the bottom line is, we want you to quit smoking regardless of the mechanism.

What To Do When the Quit Day Comes

  • Do not smoke. Stop smoking the night before and when you wake up the next morning, you will have an 8-hour head start to being smoke-free!
  • Keep active – try walking, exercising or doing other activities or hobbies.
  • Drink lots of water and juices.
  • Start nicotine replacement therapy (if chosen).
  • Continue attending a smoking cessation class, following a self-help plan and using computer resources. Call your support system or the quitline when you’re tempted.
  • Avoid high-risk situations where the urge to smoke is strong. Sit in non-smoking sections when you go out to eat or frequent smoke-free establishments.
  • Reduce or avoid alcohol and caffeine. Why? Alcohol clouds judgment and can make it easier to slip and smoke. Plus, alcohol may be linked to smoking for some people and it’s important to break this connection.
  • Use the four “A’s”

    Avoid. Certain people and places can tempt you to smoke. Stay away for now. Later on, you’ll be able to cope.

    Alter. Switch to soft drinks or water instead of coffee or alcohol. Take a different route to school or work. Take a walk when you used to take a smoke break!

    Alternatives. Use oral substitutions like sugarless gum, hard candy or sunflower seeds.

    Activities. Exercise or hobbies that keep your hands busy (video games, needlework, woodworking, etc.) can help distract the urge to smoke.

If you’re still having issues with the day of the quit, try talking to some of the people who have quit with the help of Smoke Away. Though we are not saying that this might be the way for you to quit, it is merely a suggestion. If you go to Smoke Away Support, you will be able to talk with both current and past quitters!

Maybe this well help drive the point home!. Look at this list of people who died from smoking related illnesses, Look how old they all were as well.

Allen, Gracie, 58, actress; heart attack (August 27, 1964)
The Burns and Allen Show
Allen lived with an George Burns, an inveterate cigar smoker, for 38 years; she had a long history of heart problems.

Ambrose, Stephen E., 66, historian; lung cancer (October 13, 2002)
Band of Brothers, The Good Fight, Nothing Like it in the World

Armstrong, Louis, 74, musician, heart attack (July 6, 1971)
Armstrong, a smoker, advertised Camels.

Arnaz, Desi, actor, lung cancer (December 2, 1986)

Lucy/Desi Ad
Lucy & Desi plug Philip Morris Check out the Philip Morris commercial at: http://www.tvparty.com/tv/ilovelucy1.ram

Astor, Mary, 81, actress; emphysema (September 24, 1987)
The Maltese Falcon

Baldwin, James, 63, author, esophageal cancer.(November 30, 1987)
Go Tell it on the Mountain; The Fire Next Time

Ball, Lucille, actress, aortic aneurism (Helen Gurley Brown claims cause of death was “smoking-induced lung cancer”)
I Love Lucy Lucy & Ricky Call for Philip Morris
See the “I Love Lucy” entry at the Female Celebrity Smoking LIst

Bankhead, Tallulah, 65, actress; lung cancer or emphysema (December 12, 1968)
The Blue Angel

Barger, Carl, President, Florida Marlins; aortic aneurysm (December 9, 1992)

Barker, George Granville, 78, English Poet; emphysema (October 31, 1992)

Basie, William “Count”, 79 Band Leader; pancreatic cancer (1984)
smoker; advertised camels

Becaud, Gilbert, 74 Singer; cancer (December 17, 2001)
Et maintenant (What Now My Love?)

Bel Geddes, Barbara, 82, Actress; lung cancer (August 8, 2005)
First “Maggie” in ” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway; Miss Ellie Ewing, “Dallas”

Benson, Renaldo “Obie”, 69, Singer; lung cancer (July 1, 2005)
The lung cancer was discovered when he had a leg amputated several weeks before because of circulation problems
The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving,” ”Reach Out (I’ll be There),” ”I Can’t Help Myself,” ”Standing in the Shadows of Love.” Wrote

  • “What’s Goin’ On?”Benny, Jack, 80, comedian/violinist; pancreatic cancer (December 26, 1974)Benaderet, Bea, 62, TV actress; emphysema/lung cancer (October 13, 1968)
    Beverly Hillbillies, Burns & Allen, Petticoat Junction, Betty Rubble’s voice in The FlintstonesBernstein, Leonard, 72, composer, conductor; heart attack due to lung failure (October 14, 1990)

    Blake, Amanda, 60, actress; throat cancer complicated by a type of viral hepatitis brought on by AIDS, according to her physician, Lou Nishimura. (August 16, 1989)
    Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke;
    At 48, Blake, once a 2-pack a day smoker, had a malignant tumor removed from her tongue; she re-learned how to speak, toured for the American Cancer Society, and fought oral cancer until her death 12 years later. President Reagan presented her with the ACS’s “Courage Award” in 1984. Dr. Nishimura contributed his information in a 1991 UPI item.

    Blakey, Art,71, jazz drummer and band leader; lung cancer (1990)

    Blass, Bill,79, fashion designer; throat cancer (June 12, 2002)

    Brand, Neville,71, actor; emphysema (1992)

    Bogart, Humphrey, 57, actor; cancer of the esophagus (January 14, 1957)

    Bogey

    Boone, Richard, 64, actor; throat cancer (January 10, 1981)
    Have Gun, Will Travel; The Kremlin Letter

    Brand, Neville, 69, actor; decorated WWII soldier; emphysema (April 16, 1992)
    D.O.A., Stalag 17, That Darn Cat!

    Brinegar, Paul, 77, actor; emphysema (March 27, 1995)
    Wishbone, Rawhide

    Brynner, Yul, 65, actor; lung cancer (October 10, 1985)
    The King and I
    Diagnosed in 1983, Brynner made a memorable anti-smoking commercial.

    Buck, Frank, 66, writer/adventurer, lung cancer (1950)
    Bring ‘Em Back Alive

    Butler, John, 56, General Manager of the San Diego Chargers football team, lung cancer (April 11, 2003)

    Caen, Herb; SF columnist; lung cancer (February 1, 1997)

    Calhoun, Rory, 76, actor; emphysema (April 28, 1999)
    TV: The Texan, Capitol Calhoun’s Chesterfield ad is PM Bates# 2023238532

    Caldwell, Erskine, 83, author; lung cancer (April 11, 1987)
    Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre

    Candy, John, 43, actor; heart attack (March 4, 1994)
    Second City TV; Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Cantineflas (Mario Moreno Reyes), 81, popular Mexican comedian; lung cancer (April 20, 1993)

    Carson, Johnny, 79, talk show host; emphysema (January 23, 2005). Carson also had heart problems, including a bypass operation in 1999.
    The Tonight Show

    Carr, Allen, 72, British-based, world-wide quit-smoking guru; lung cancer (November 29, 2006).
    Allen Carr’s Easyway

    Carver, Raymond, 50, author; lung cancer (August 2, 1988)
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories

    Caruso, Enrico, 48, opera singer; absesses from pleurisy of the lungs (August 2, 1921)
    Smoked 2 packs of Egyptian cigarettes a day.

    Cassidy, Jack, 50, actor; died in a fire from smoking in bed (December 12, 1976)
    Father of Patrick, Shaun and David Cassidy

    Cervone, Ed, 56, artist; lung cancer (2001)

    Cipollone, Rose, 58, housewife; lung cancer (1984)

    Clooney, Rosemary, 74, singer, actress; lung cancer (June 30, 2002)
    MOVIES: White Christmas SONGS: Come on-a My House

    Cobb, Ty, 74, baseball player; cancer, diabetes, chronic heart disease (July 17, 1961)

    Cole, Nat “King”, 45, singer, first African-American TV show host; died after surgery for lung cancer (February 15, 1965)
    The Christmas Song, Unforgettable

    Cooper, Wilhelmina Behmenburg, 40, model; lung cancer

    Connors, Chuck, 71; actor; lung cancer (November 10, 1992)
    The Rifleman

    Coward, Noel, 73, playwright, entertainer; heart attack (March 26, 1973

    Cooper, Gary, 60, actor; lung cancer (May 13, 1961)
    High Noon, Sgt. York Advertised Chesterfields

    Cooper, Wilhelmina Behmenburg, 40, modeling agency pioneer; throat cancer (1980)

    Crawford, Victor,63, tobacco lobbyist-turned-tobacco-control-advocate; lung cancer (March 2, 1996)
    Coined the phrase, “Health Nazis” I used the oldest trick in the book — when there’s no way you can attack the message, attack the messenger. There was no way I could attack anything advocates said about health and addiction and win. It wasn’t even an option. So I’d always say, `Well, the jury’s still out on the health stuff, but that’s not the real issue. The real issue is freedom of choice, freedom of choice, and these health Nazis want to take it away!'”

    Crosby, Gary, 61, author, son of Bing Crosby; lung cancer (August 24, 1995)
    Going My Own Way (1983)

    Davis, Bette, 81, stroke (1989)

    Davis, Jr., Sammy, 64, entertainer; throat cancer (May 16, 1990)

    Dederich, Charles E., 83, addiction counselor, heart and lung failure (March 4, 1997)
    Founder and head of Synanon, Dederich in 1971 decided not only to stop supplying his community of ex-heroin addicts cigarettes without charge but also to ban smoking on Synanon property. The next year is one of the most tumultuous in Synanon’s history to that point. About 100 people left. At least one member told the New York Times that quitting tobacco was much harder than quitting heroin.

    Desmond, Paul, 52, musician, composer, bon vivant; lung cancer (May 30, 1977)
    Alto saxophone; Take Five with Dave Brubeck quartet

    Dewhurst, Colleen, 67, actress, lung cancer (1991)

    Diamond, Selma, 64, actress; lung cancer (May 14, 1985)
    Night Court, My Favorite Year, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

    Disney, Walt, 65, animator, producer; lung cancer (acute circulatory collapse following an operation to remove a tumor) (December 15, 1966)

    Dorsey, Jimmy, 53, musician, bandleader; lung cancer (June 12, 1957)
    So Rare, Tangerine

    Downey, Morton, Jr. , 67, talk show host, actor (“The Mouth”); lung cancer (March 11, 2001)
    The Morton Downey Jr. Show.

    Duisenberg, Wim , 70, heart attack, July 31, 2005
    Former European Central Bank chief who helped create the euro currency. Duisenberg “died a natural death, due to drowning, after a cardiac problem.”

    Eliot, T.S., 76; author, poet; emphysema (January 4, 1965)
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Hallow Men, Murder in the Cathedral

    Faria, Mimi, 56; singer, activist; complications from lung cancer (July 18, 2001)
    Reflections in a Crystal Wind, Bread and Roses founder; sister of Joan Baez, wife of Richard Faria

    Ellington, Duke, 75; composer/band leader; lung cancer/pneumonia (May 24, 1974)
    Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing

    Fenneman, George, 77; announcer, actor; emphysema (May 19, 1997)
    Groucho Marx sidekick, You Bet Your Life

    Finks, Jim, 65; football team president/manager; lung cancer (1993)
    Much-admired New Orleans Saints football team president and general manager. Credited with helping to bring about the return of the Chicago Cubs and New Orleans Saints. From Tobacco News, 6/10/93: There is no smoking anymore on the grounds of the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp. Signs went up on orders of owner Tom Benson, after . . . Jim Finks was diagnosed with lung cancer April 30. “There’s no smoking anywhere on the Saints property,” Coach Jim Mora said. “And I mean anywhere.”

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott, 44, writer; heart attack (December 21, 1940)
    The Great Gatsby

    Fleming, Ian, 56, author; heart attack (August 12, 1964)
    James Bond novels

    Flood, Curt, 59, baseball player/free agent advocate; throat cancer (January, 1997)

    Flynn, Errol, 50, actor; heart attack (October 14, 1959)
    Robin Hood, Captain Blood
    Sidelight: In his youth, Flynn ran a tobacco plantation in New Guinea

    Fosse, Bob, 60, dancer/choreographer, smoked 4 packs a day; heart attack (1987)

    Freud, Sigmund, 83, cancer of the jaw (1939)

    Gable, Clark, 59, actor; heart attack (November 16, 1960)
    The Misfits

    Gainsbourg, Serge, 63, poet, pop singer-songwriter, actor and director; heart attack (March 2, 1991)
    Je t’aime… moi non plus

    Gargan, William, 73, actor; heart attack (February 17, 1979)
    50s TV detective series, Martin Kane
    Gargan would hang out at Happy McMann’s Tobacco shop, touting his sponsor’s products. His career ended when he lost his larynx to cancer in 1960. He became the spokesman for the American Cancer Society, speaking out against smoking.

    Gassman, Vittorio, 77, Actor, author; heart attack (June 29, 2000)
    Bitter Rice, Mambo, Scent of a Woman (1974)
    “Suffering chronically from emphysema, bronchitis, high blood pressure and depression, the cigar-smoking Gassman abandoned stage acting in February, telling his final audience ruefully: ‘Death does not obsess me–it disgusts me.'”–LA Times, 7/1/00

    Giamatti, Bart, 51, baseball commissioner; heart attack (1990)

    Godfrey, Arthur, 80, radio/TV entertainer; emphysema (diagnosed with lung cancer in 1959, then recovered after surgery) (March 16, 1983)
    Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts “Smoke ’em by the carton”; also advised people not to smoke, but if they did, to smoke Chesterfields. For a classic medical claim, see, http://roswell.tobaccodocuments.org/pages/godfrey.htm

    Goizueta, Roberto, 65, Coca-Cola CEO, lung cancer (October 18, 1997)

    Gotti, John, 61, Mafia Don, throat cancer (June 10, 2002)
    The once-powerful boss was 100lbs when he died, and hadn’t eaten solid food in a year.

    Grant, General Ulysses S., 63, throat cancer (July 23, 1885)
    18th President of the US

    Grable, Betty, 56, “pin-up” girl, actress; lung cancer (July 2, 1973)
    How to Marry a Millionaire

    Gray, Les, 57, singer, heart attack. (February 21, 2004)
    The lead singer of 1970s chart topping band “Mud” had been battling against throat cancer, and had opted for chemotherapy over removal of his voice box.

    Gzowski, Peter, 67, Radio host (“The Voice of Canada”); COPD/emphysema (January 24,, 2002)
    Morningside

    Guardino, Harry, 69, actor; lung cancer (July 17, 1995)

    Hamilton, Carrie, 38, writer, producer; lung cancer (January, 2002)
    Daughter of Carol Burnett

    Hammett, Dashiell, 67, writer; lung cancer (January 10, 1961)
    The Maltese Flacon; The Thin Man

    Hansberry, Lorraine, 34, playwright; lung cancer (1965)
    A Raisin in the Sun, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black

    Harrison, George, 58, musician; lung cancer (November 29, 2001)
    The “Quiet Beatle.” He had been battling various forms of the disease for at least three years: In 1998, he underwent radiation therapy for throat cancer, which he attributed to years of smoking.

    Haynes, Lloyd, 52, TV actor; lung cancer (December 31, 1986)
    General Hospital, Mr. Dixon in Room 222

    Hayward, Susan, 55, actor; lung cancer metastized to her brain (March 14, 1975)
    I’ll Cry Tomorrow, I Want to Live!

    Heckart, Eileen, 82, actress, cancer (December 31, 2001)
    Butterflies Are Fee, Bus Stop, Somebody Up There Likes Me

    Hellman, Lillian, 79, author; lung cancer (June 30, 1984)
    The Little Foxes, The Children’s Hour

    Henderson, Joe, 64, jazz tenor saxophonist; heart failure following a long bout with emphysema. (June 30, 2001)

    Hobbs, Elsbeary, singer; throat and lung cancer (May 31, 1996)
    Bass singer with The Drifters
    Under the Boardwalk, On Broadway, There Goes My Baby

    Holliday, Judy, 43, actress; throat cancer (June 7, 1965)
    Born Yesterday

    Humphrey, Hubert, Vice-President under Johnson, 66, bladder cancer (1978)

    Huntley, Chet, actor, news commentator; lung cancer (1974)

    Huston, John, 81, director; emphysema/pneumonia (1987)

    Howard, Mo, 77, actor; lung cancer
    The “boss stooge” of The Three Stooges

    Ives, Burl, 85, actor; oral cancer (April 14, 1995)
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Big Country

    James, Dennis, 79; announcer, actor, game show host; lung cancer (June 5, 1997)
    Voice of Old Gold Cigarettes when they danced died of lung cancer 30 years after quitting smoking. Had spurned lucrative tobacco contract after SG’s report.

    Jennings, Peter, 67, newscaster; lung cancer (August 7, 2005)
    Anchorman, ABC’s World News Tonight

    Jones, Lindley Armstrong (“Spike”), 53; comedic composer/band leader; emphysema (May 1, 1965)
    Smoked 5 packs a day

    Jones, Etta, 72; singer; lung cancer (Oct. 16, 2001)

    Karloff, Boris, 81, actor; heart and lung disease (emphysema) (February 2, 1969)
    Frankenstein; Targets

    Kaufman, Andy, 35, lung cancer (1984)(Kaufman only smoked in-character, but played for years in smoky clubs.)

    Kieslowski, Krzystof, 54, film director; heart attack (March 13, 1996)
    Blue, White, Red
    Retired to a house in 1994: “There is a veranda and a chair. I’ll have lots of books, lots of cigarettes, lots of coffee. Don’t you sometimes dream of the same thing?”

    King Edward VII of England, 69, pneumonia; he suffered for years from a series of heart attacks, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (May 6, 1910)
    As the Prince of Wales he helped make smoking, and particularly cigar smoking, fashionable. He smoked twelve large cigars and twenty cigarettes a day. In 1876, he gave Benson & Hedges its first royal warrant. Edward VII became king on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, at the age of 59. Legend has it that he said to his friends in Buckingham Palace upon his mother’s death: “Gentlemen, you may smoke.”

    King Edward VIII of England, 77, throat cancer. May 28, 1972
    Later titled as: Duke of Windsor when he abdicated the throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson.

    King George V of England, 70; he suffered from bronchitis and numerous lung problems; his death was thought to be from a viral respiratory infection. (January 20, 1936)

    King George VI of England, 56; a lung cancer sufferer who had had part of his lung removed, he died of a massive heart attack. (February 6, 1952)
    Father of Queen Elizabeth II

    Keaton, Buster, 71, deadpan silent film actor; lung cancer (February 1, 1966)
    The General

    Kendrick, Eddie, 52; singer; (1992)
    The Temptations
    Asked kids not to smoke.

    Knapp, Caroline, 42; writer; lung cancer(2002)
    Drinking: A Love Story; Appetites
    In “Drinking,” she attends a stop-smoking session, but decides alcohol is her real problem; is puzzled when her dying mother askes her to give up smoking.”Appetites” does not address smoking at all.

    Knotts, Don 81,actor; lung cancer (February 24, 2006)
    “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Three’s Company,” “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (1964), “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966)

    Kovacs, Ernie, 43; TV personality; skull fracture from an automobile accident caused while he was trying to light his trademark cigar (January 11, 1962)

    L’Amour, Louis, 80, author; lung cancer. (June 10, 1988)
    High Lonesome, Comstock Load, Hondo, Sackett

    Landon, Michael, 54, actor, smoked 4 packs a day; cancer of the pancreas and liver (July 1, 1991)
    Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie; I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

    Lerner, Alan Jay, 67, playwright, lyricist; lung cancer. (June 14, 1986)
    My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, An American In Paris, Gigi, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Camelot

    London, Julie, 74, singer, actress; complications from stroke (October 18, 2000)
    Cry Me a River (1956), Emergency (70s TV series), “The Marlboro Song” (early 60s)

    Marchand, Nancy, 71, actress; lung cancer (June 18, 2000)
    The Sopranos, Lou Grant

    Maris, Roger, 51, baseball player; lung cancer [disputed; some say he died of lymphoma].
    The home-run record holder appeared in Camel ads in the 60s

    Martin, Dean, 78, singer; acute respiratory failure. (December 25, 1995)
    Ocean’s Eleven

    Marvin, Lee, 67, actor; heart attack. (August 29, 1987)
    Cat Ballou

    Marx, Groucho, 86, actor/entertainer; lung cancer. (Aug. 19, 1977) (Disputed: cause of death may have been pneumonia. Groucho had been ailing since he had a heart attack and several strokes in 1971)
    A Day at the Races; You Bet Your Life

    Matthau, Walter, 79, actor; heart attack. (June 30, 2000)
    The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, Grumpy Old Men
    While making “The Fortune Cookie” in 1966, he suffered a serious heart attack. His doctor attributed it to smoking three packs a day and constant worry about gambling and told him to give up both. Matthau stopped smoking. In 1976, he underwent heart bypass surgery.

    Maxwell, Marilyn, 49, actress/performer; “heart attack brought on by high blood pressure and a pulmonary ailment”–IMDB (March 20, 1972)

    McLaren, Wayne, 51; model; lung cancer (Summer, 1992)
    “Marlboro Cowboy”. At a Philip Morris shareholders meeting, he asked the company to limit their advertising.

    McLean, David, 73; Former TV “Marlboro Man,” actor/model; lung cancer (Oct. 12, 1995)

    McLure, Doug, 56; TV actor; lung cancer (February 5, 1995)
    The Virginian

    McQueen, Steve, actor; lung cancer McQueen Viceroy commercial

    Meadows, Audrey, 71, actress; lung cancer (Feb. 3, 1996)
    The Honeymooners

    Mercouri, Melina, 68, actress; lung cancer (March 6, 1994)
    Never on Sunday

    Merrill, Gary, 74, actor; lung cancer (March 5, 1990)
    All About Eve, Dr. Gillespie on Young Dr. Kildaire Husband of Bette Davis

    Millar, David, model; complications from emphysema.
    According to his sister, Millar was the first Marlboro Man.

    Mitchum, Robert, 79, actor; emphysema, lung cancer (July 1, 1997)
    The Night of the Hunter, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Cape Fear, The Big Sleep, That Championship Season

    Moore, Gary, 78, game show host; emphsema, November 28, 1993
    I’ve Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth

    Moorehead, Agnes, 73, actress; lung cancer (April 30, 1974)
    TV: Bewitched Movies: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Show Boat (1955)

    Morton, Gary, 74, actor, stand-up comic, producer; lung cancer (March 30, 1999)
    “The Lucy Show” (1962-8); “Here’s Lucy” (1968-74); “Life with Lucy” (1986)

    Muller, Heiner, 66, playwright; throat cancer (Dec. 30, 1995)
    Revered German playwright, poet, director, translator

    Murrow, Edward R., 57, newscaster; lung cancer. ( April 27, 1965)
    Host of The Camel News Caravan

    Nixon, Pat, 81, First Lady of the US, 1969-74; multiple conditions. ( June 22, 1993)
    The wife of Richard M. Nixon suffered strokes in 1976 and 1982. Had mouth cancer, emphysema and lung cancer.

    Nye, Carrie, 69, stage actress; lung cancer (July 14, 2006)
    Wife of Dick Cavett, who said, “she tried to quit a couple of times [but smoking] became part of her early persona; perhaps based on Tallulah Bankhead or Marlene Dietrich.”

    Oliver, Susan, 53, actress, author; lung cancer (May 10, 1990)
    Vina the slave girl in the first episode of Star Trek

    Orbison, Roy, 52, singer, heart attack (December 6, 1988)
    Crying, Only the Lonely, Pretty Woman

    Onassis, Jacquie, 64, First Lady 1961-63; non-hodgkins lymphoma (May 19, 1994)
    Reputedly a 3-pack-a-day chain-smoker (variously reported as Salem, Newport, L&M, Pall Mall, Marlboro and Merit), who concealed the habit from the public, and quit when she received the cancer diagnosis. http://smokingsides.com/asfs/K/Kennedy.html

    O’Neal, Patrick, 66, actor; lung cancer (August, 1994)
    The Kremlin Letter

    Owens, Jesse, 66, track star; lung cancer
    1936 Gold Medal winner at the Berlin Olympics; first cigarette pitchman to target blacks (Lucky Strike)

    Palladin, Jean-Louis, 555, chef; lung cancer (November 25, 2001)

    Palmer, Robert, 54, British rock star; heart attack (September 26, 2003)
    Addicted to Love (1986)

    Parks, Bert, 77, actor/singer; lung cancer (February 2, 1992)

    Patchett, Jean, 75, fashion model; emphysema (January 22, 2002)

    Patterson, Jennifer, 71, TV cook; lung cancer (August 10, 1999)
    Two Fat Ladies (UK)

    Peppard, George, actor; “complications arising from the treatment of cancer”; Peppard had smoked 2 packs a day until 1993, when he had a cancerous tumor removed from his lung (May 8, 1995)
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A-Team

    Powell, Dick, 59, actor; lung cancer (1963)

    Price, Vincent, 82, actor; lung cancer (October 26, 1993)
    The Tingler, The Fall of the House of Usher

    Puccini, Giacomo, 65, opera composer; throat cancer (1924)
    La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden, 71, UK Royal Family; stroke/heart attack (February 9, 2002)
    During her life, she suffered migraines, laryngitis, bronchitis, hepatitis and pneumonia. In 1985, tissue taken from her left lung proved to be benign. This did not stop her smoking; nor did the fact that four monarchs – Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and the Princess’s own father, George VI – died of smoking-related illnesses. Within months of the biopsy operation she was smoking 30 cigarettes a day. She had apparently given up smoking when she suffered her first, mild stroke in 1998.

    Ramsey, Anne, 59, actress; throat cancer (August 11, 1988)
    Throw Mama from the Train

    Rand, Ayn, 78, author/philosopher; heart failure/lung cancer (March 6, 1982)
    The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged

    Rawls, Lou, 72, singer; lung cancer (January 6, 2006)

    Ray, Aldo, 64, actor; complications from throat cancer, pneumonia (March 27, 1991)

    Reasoner, Harry, newscaster; lung cancer, pneumonia (August 6, 1991)
    60 Minutes

    Reese, Pee-Wee, 81, baseball player; lung cancer (August 14, 1999).
    Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop

    Reeve, Dana, 44, actress, singer, author, motivational speaker, advocate; lung cancer (March 6, 2006).
    Many news reports noted that the nonsmoking widow and caregiver of actor Christopher Reeve had spent a lot of time performing in smoky nightclubs.

    Remick, Lee, 55, actress; lung and liver cancer (July 2, 1991)
    A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Anatomy of a Murder

    Reinach, Jacquelyn, 70, writer; lung cancer (September 30, 2000)
    Sweet Pickles (Children’s book classic); Know the Facts: Keep Your Power A young person’s anti-smoking program which won an Emmy in 1993

    Reynolds, R.J. Sr., 67, founder of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., pancreatic cancer (1916)

    Reynolds, R.J. Jr., 58, emphysema

    Reynolds, R.J. III, 60, emphysema, (1994)

    Richards, Ann, 73, Texas Governor, esophageal cancer (September 14, 2006)

    Ripken, Cal Sr., 83, baseball coach, lung cancer(1994)

    Rogers, Stan, 33, Canadian folksinger, airliner fire caused by smoking(1983)
    “Northwest Passage,” “The Mary Ellen Carter.” This incident was instrumental in the later ban on airplane smoking. See http://www.rambles.net/one_warm89.html

    Ruff, Patsy, 56, one of the world’s first successful double-lung transplants, kidney failure (October 21, 2000)
    After her 1987 transplant, Ruff worked for the American Lung Association, warning about smoking. . . the anti-rejection drugs Ruff took led eventually to kidney failure.

    Rugova, Ibrahim, 61, writer, first President of Kosovo (2002-2006); lung cancer (January 21, 2006)
    Chain-smoking fighter for ethnic Albanians, and equal rights for Kosovo province with Serbia; opposed Yugoslavian President Miloscevic.

    Ruth, Babe, 53, baseball player. Naso-pharyngeal cancer. (August 16, 1948)

    Sartre, Jean-Paul, 74, philosopher (existentialism), author; After 2 heart attacks (1971, 1973), his health was never the same; his sight failed almost totally and his production diminished; In March of 1980, he was hospitalized for edema of the lungs, and died a few weeks later. (April 13, 1980)
    1964 Nobel Prize in Literature No Exit, Nauseau, St. Genet

    Sayre, Nora, 68, author; emphysema (August 8, 2001)
    “Sixties Going on Seventies” (1973), “Running Time: Films of the Cold War” (1982), “Previous Convictions: A Journey Through the 1950s” (1995), and “On the Wing: A Young American Abroad” (2001) “Known for her chain-smoking and irascible personality”

    Schiavelli, Vincent, 57, actor (December 26, 2005)
    Popular droopy-eyed character actor. “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Ghost”

    Schippers, Thomas, 47, conductor, musical director; lung cancer (December 16, 1977)
    Co-founderof the Spoleto arts Festival

    Scott, George C., 71, actor; ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (September 22, 1999)
    Scott suffered several heart attacks over the years. He claimed he got his gravelly voice from “smoking too many cigarettes.”
    Patton, Dr. Strangelove, The Hustler, Anatomy of a Murder, The Hospital

    Scotti, Vito, 78, actor; lung cancer (June 5, 1996)
    The Aristocats, The Godfather, Get Shorty

    Serling, Rod, 51, writer/director; smoked 4 packs a day; heart disease. (June 28, 1975)
    The Twilight Zone (1959-64)

    Seyrig, Delphine, 58, actress; lung disease (October 15, 1990)

    Shaw, Robert, 51, actor; heart attack (August 28, 1978)
    Jaws, From Russia With Love, The Sting

    Shirley, Anne, 75, actress; lung cancer (July 4, 1993)
    Anne of the Green Gables, Stella Dallas

    Sinatra, Frank, 82, singer, heart attack (May 14, 1998)
    Sinatra was also suffering from bladder cancer, early Alzheimer’s and the effects of a stroke.

    Shamseddine, Ayatollah Mohammed Mehdi, 64, spiritual leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Muslims and a staunch advocate of Christian-Muslim coexistence; lung cancer (January 10, 2001)

    Shostakovich, Dmitri, 69, composer; lung cancer (August 9, 1975)

    Smith, “Sonic” Fred, 45, rock musician; heart failure (November 4, 1994)
    Guitarist with MC5

    Soo, Jack, 63, actor; cancer of the esophagus (January 11, 1979)
    Barney Miller

    Stander, Lionel, 86, actor; lung cancer (November 30, 1994)
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Max in Hart to Hart

    Stanwyck, Barbara, 82, actress; congestive heart failure (January 20, 1990)
    Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity

    Stevens, Woody, 84, horse trainer (August 22, 1998)
    Trained winners in all three Triple Crown races, including five straight Belmont winners during the 1980s.

    Sullivan, Ed, 72, entertainer; lung cancer (1974)

    Taglioni, Fabio, 80, Ducati motorcycle engineer and designer; throat cancer (July 18, 2001)

    Talman, William, actor; lung cancer (August 30, 1968)
    D.A. Hamilton Burger, Perry Mason TV Series
    When He came down with lung cancer, He was the first actor to do a TV commercial on the danger of smoking. (Internet Movie Database) He died before the commercial aired.

    Tarbox, Barb, 42; former Canadian model became a tobacco control activist, lung cancer (May 18, 2003968)

      You are all so much above this. You’re intelligent. You’re energetic. You have the world before you in the palms of your hands. Any dream you have is possible. But if you walk the path I walked, this is the path you will walk. And I don’t want any of you ever to walk this walk.

    Taylor, Robert, 57, actor; lung cancer (June 8, 1969)
    Quo Vadis, Magnificent Obsession, Broadway Melody of 1938, Saddle the Wind

    Thaw, John, 60, actor; throat cancer (February 21 2002)
    The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The Sweeney, Inspector Morse

    Thomas, Ross, 69, author; lung cancer (December 19, 1995)
    Espionage author; wrote the screenplay for Bad Lieutenant, his Briarpatch won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel (1985)

    Thornbury, Will, 57, model; Lung Cancer (1992)
    Modeled for Camel TV ads

    Tierney, Gene, 70, actress; emphysema (November 6, 1991)
    Laura, Leave Her to Heaven
    The squeakiness of her voice in her first film, “The Return of Frank James,” impelled her to take up smoking cigarettes.

    Tone, Franchot, 63, actor; lung cancer (September 18, 1968)
    Mutiny on the Bounty, Lives of a Bengal Lancer

    Tracy, Spencer, 66, actor; lung congestion; heart attack (June 10, 1967)
    Captains Courageous (1937), Boys’ Town (1938), San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

    Tubb, Ernest, 70, singer; emphysema (September 6,1984)
    “The Texas Troubador”– Waltz Across Texas, I’m Walking the Floor over You

    Tucker, Forrest, 67, actor; lung cancer and emphysema (October 25, 1986)
    Sands of Iwo Jima, The Yearling, Gunsmoke

    Tucker, Sophie, 78, entertainer; lung cancer (February 9, 1966)

    Turner, Lana, actress; throat cancer (June, 1995) TV: Falcon Crest. Movies: Imitation of Life (1959), Madame X (1966), Peyton Place (1957), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

    Vander Pyl, Jean, actor; lung cancer (April 13, 1999)
    Voice of Wilma Flintstone, The Flintstones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O5pA1k0JBI Video of Fred & Wilma’s Winston ad

      “Everybody on the Flintstones smoked and all of them ended up dying of smoking-related diseases. . . That little cute laugh that Betty and Wilma did with their mouths closed? They came up with that because when they normally laughed, because they were smokers, they coughed.”

    — Michael O’Meara, son of Jean Vander Pyl. See Benaderet, BeaVaughan, Sarah, singer; lung cancer (1990)
    Broken-hearted Melody

    Varney, Jim, 50, actor; lung cancer (February 10, 2000)
    “Ernest P. Worrell”
    Though hopelessly hooked on cigarettes, he wouldn’t allow himself to be photographed smoking, for the sake of all the kids who loved Ernest. And, though he entertained them by clowning, sprawling, grinning and cutting up, the talented Mr. Varney had one last message for those kids: Don’t smoke. –Lexington Herald-Leader 2/11/00

    Walker, Nancy, 69, actress; lung cancer (March 25, 1992)

    Wayne, John, 72, actor; After exposure to nuclear radiation, cancer took a lung in 1963; had many battles with heart disease and other cancers. (June 11, 1979)
    Stagecoach; Red River; Fort Apache; Rio Grande; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon; The Searchers and this Camel commercial: http://www.tvparty.com/g2c/waynecamel.ram

    Wells, Mary, 49, singer; larynx cancer (1992)
    My Guy

    Wheeler, Bert, 72, comedian; emphysema (January 18, 1968)

    Wilcoxon, Henry, 79, actor; cancer and COPD (March, 1984)
    Cleopatra (1934), Crusades, Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, That Hamilton Woman, Mrs. Miniver, Man in the Wilderness, Last of the Mohicans (1935), Unconquered, Caddy Shack

    Wild, Jack, 53, actor; oral cancer (March 1, 2006)
    The Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968); HR Pufnstuf.(TV)

    Wilson, Bill, 76, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, emphysema (1971)

    Wilson, Carl, 51, musician (Beach Boys); complications from lung cancer (February 6, 1998)

    Williams, Tex, country-western singer; lung cancer (October 13, 1985)
    Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (1947)

    Wolfman Jack, 57, radio personality, actor; heart attack (July 1, 1995)
    American Graffitti

    Woodbury, Joan, 74, actress; COPD, lung cancer (February, 1989)
    Anthony Adverse, Algiers, Hit the Deck, Latins From Manhattan, The Ten Commandments, Bride of Frankenstein. Other westerns with William Boyd (Hoppalong Cassidy), Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry. Made over 70 “B” films: Boston Blackie, Charlie Chan, etc. She was the original Brenda Starr.

    Yennimatas, George, Greek National Economy Minister, 55; complications from lung cancer (April 25, 1994)
    Yennimatas was one of Greece’s most beloved politicians. When he presented the 1994 budget to reporters in November, he announced a new tax on tobacco, saying the revenues would be earmarked for an anti-smoking campaign.

    York, Dick, 63, actor; emphysema (1992)

    Young, Faron, 64, country-western singer; self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Dec. 10, 1996). Young “had been depressed recently about emphysema and other health problems”–NY Times, 12/11/96.
    Goin’ Steady; Sweet Dreams; Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

    Young, Coleman A., 79, Detroit, Michigan’s longest-serving mayor. Emphysema. (November 29, 1997)

    Zevon, Warren., 56, singer/songwriter. Mesothelioma (an asbestos-related lung cancer; smoking greatly increases the risk) (September 7, 2003)
    Werewolves of London.

  • By the looks of this list it would appear that smoking cigarettes is not as cool as you thought is it? As we had into the new year, maybe this might be a time to think about stopping smoking? The makers of Smoke Away implore you to try whatever you think might help you quit smoking.

    Despite warnings of disease or death, the Surgeon General estimates that 45.4 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes — about 21.6 percent of the population nationwide.  Thus, People keep smoking. Why?

    Nicotine is highly addictive. Often, a person who quits smoking goes through withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include: being irritable, sweating, having headaches, diarrhea, or constipation, as well as feeling restless, tired, or dizzy. Withdrawal is usually the worst on the second day after quitting, and it gradually lessens with time.

     Many people become psychologically tied to smoking. It is part of their daily ritual. It helps them wake up in the morning, comforts them when they are upset, and rewards them for a job well done. Smoking also has pleasurable physical effects. It relaxes people and perks them up.

    But what of the lame reasons why people smoke? Let us count the ways.

    In “Pulp Fiction” John Travolta woos Uma Thurman with his cigarette rolling skills. Whether for pleasure, tension release or image, the act of smoking goes beyond just lighting up — cigarettes are a lifestyle.  Or they are perceived as a “cool thing” to do.

    “I think there’s a certain culture in Hollywood, maybe it’s the culture of the entertainment industry, that there’s value to being edgy,” says Curtis Mekemson, researcher and author of “Hollywood Speaks Out On Tobacco”  “There’s value to being bad. You don’t want to be a goody two shoes in Hollywood.”

    The lore of smoking encompasses and encourages  images of 1.  I can be Glamourous, 2. I can be Famous, 3. It makes me look rich and  4. A certain “don’t mess with me” attitude that holds intrigue for young and old alike.

     Here are some other lame reasons that people smoke.

    5. It calms your nerves 6. Peer pressure 7. When in Rome, do as the Romans.” 8. If you want to be in with the tough guys you gotta smoke   9. Because of drugs 10. Starting young 11. Fear of weight gain 12. Fear of depression 13. Fear of withdrawal effects 14. An excuse to take a break 15. Stress reliever 16. Its a social thing 17. It’s just a part of me.

    The American Lung Association estimates that 4.5 million adolescents in the United States are smokers, and about 90 percent of smokers start before the age of 21. Though the percentage of high school students who smoke has dropped — from 36.4 percent in 1997 to 22 percent in 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control – – it is estimated that about 4,000 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 try their first cigarette each day. At this rate, the CDC estimates that 6.4 million of today’s children will die prematurely of a smoking-related disease.

    These factors make it easy to smoke and hard to quit. The pleasures of smoking start within seconds of lighting up; the bad effects can take years to make themselves known. On the other hand, when you try to quit, your first experience is the bad feeling of withdrawal. Only later do you begin to enjoy the benefits of quitting, such as having more energy. So what is your lame reason for not quitting smoking?

    If you think you are ready to quit smoking and are tired of making up lame excuses to continue to smoke, check out the Smoke Away web site. Or better yet, need more convincing? Log onto the award winning Smoke Away Support Group. 

    For all the intense efforts to reduce smoking in America over the past two decades, the progress has not been stellar. Today one in four men and one in five women still smoke.

    For those who never smoked, this is a befuddling fact. Don’t smokers understand that cigarettes are the number one killer in America, that they dramatically increase risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, and almost every other health concern, small or large? How could any habit be worth this?Truth is, most smokers do understand. They also understand the huge financial toll of smoking, with a pack of 20 cigarettes costing $7 in some areas (imagine: $2,500 spent a year on cigarettes by pack-a-day smokers — often people of only modest resources).Then why do millions still smoke? In good part, because the nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive. In good part, because smoking provides psychological comfort to some people. Perhaps most of all, because quitting is so hard.

    Researchers and businesses have responded strongly to the last point. Never have there been so many tools, systems, and programs available for quitting smoking. And with every month that passes, there is more research showing the benefits of quitting, and the drawbacks of not quitting.

    So if you smoke, consider again whether it is time, finally, to quit. If yes, you’ll need to think through the best approach, perhaps working with your doctor or an expert. But the following 25 tips will help you succeed.

    1. Make an honest list of all the things you like about smoking. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper and write them on one side; on the other side make a list of all the things you dislike, such as how it can interfere with your health, work, family, etc., suggests Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D., director of the Clinical Psychiatric Research Center at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Think about the list over time, and make changes. If you are brave enough, get feedback from family and friends about things they don’t like about your use of cigarettes. When the negative side outweighs the positive side, you are ready to quit.

    2. Then make another list of why quitting won’t be easy. Be thorough, even if the list gets long and discouraging. Here’s the important part: Next to each entry, list one or more options for overcoming that challenge. For instance, one item might be: “Nicotine is an addictive drug.” Your option might be: “Try a nicotine replacement alternative.” Another reason might be: “Smoking helps me deal with stress.” Your option might be: “Take five-minute walks instead.” The more you anticipate the challenges to quitting, and their solutions, the better your chance of success.

    3. Set a quit date and write a “quit date contract” that includes your signature and that of a supportive witness.

    4. Write all your reasons for quitting on an index card and keep it near you at all times. Here are some to get you started: “My daughter, my granddaughter, my husband, my wife…” You get the idea.

    5. As you’re getting ready to quit, stop buying cartons of cigarettes. Instead, only buy a pack at a time, and only carry two or three with you at a time (try putting them in an Altoids tin). Eventually you’ll find that when you want a smoke, you won’t have any immediately available. That will slowly wean you down to fewer cigarettes.

    6. Keep a list of when you smoke, what you’re doing at the time, and how bad the craving is for a week before quitting to see if specific times of the day or activities increase your cravings, suggests Gaylene Mooney, chair of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Subcommittee on Smoking and Tobacco-Related Issues. Then arrange fun, unique things to do during those times, like some of the ones we recommend here.

    7. Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits. Suggestions include: take a walk, drink a glass of water, kiss your partner or child, throw the ball for the dog, wash the car, clean out a cupboard or closet, have sex, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth, take a nap, get a cup of coffee or tea, practice your deep breathing, light a candle. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it.

    Reduce and Replace

    8. When your quit date arrives, throw out anything that reminds you of smoking. That includes all smoking paraphernalia — leftover cigarettes, matches, lighters, ashtrays, cigarette holders, even the lighter in your car.

    9. Instead of a cigarette break at work, play a game of solitaire on your computer. It takes about the same time and is much more fun (although, like cigarettes, it can get addictive). If your company prohibits games like that, find another five-minute diversion: a phone call, a stroll, or eating a piece of fruit outdoors (but not where smokers congregate).

    10. Switch to a cup of herbal tea whenever you usually have a cigarette. That might be at breakfast, midmorning, or after meals. The act of brewing the tea and slowly sipping it as it cools will provide the same stress relief as a hit of nicotine.

    11. Switch your cigarette habit for a nut habit — four nuts in their shell for every cigarette you want to smoke. This way, you’re using your hands and your mouth, getting the same physical and oral sensations you get from smoking.

    12. Carry some cinnamon-flavored toothpicks with you. Suck on one whenever a cig craving hits.

    13. Make an appointment with an acupuncturist. There’s some evidence that auricular acupuncture (i.e., needles in the ears) curbs cigarette cravings quite successfully, says Ather Ali, N.D., a naturopathic physician completing a National Institutes of Health-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. You can even do it yourself by taping “seeds” (small beads) onto the acupuncture points and squeezing them whenever cravings arise.

    14. Swing by the health food store for some Avena sativa (oat) extract. One study found that, taken at 1 milliliters four times daily, it helped habitual tobacco smokers significantly decrease the number of cigarettes they smoked.

    15. Think of difficult things you have done in the past. Ask people who know you well to remind you of challenges you have successfully overcome, says Dr. Lieberman. This will give you the necessary self-confidence to stick with your pledge not to smoke.

    16. To minimize cravings, change your routine. Sit in a different chair at breakfast or take a different route to work. If you usually have a drink and cigarette after work, change that to a walk. If you’re used to a smoke with your morning coffee, switch to tea, or stop at Starbucks for a cup of java — the chain is smoke-free.

    17. Tell your friends, coworkers, boss, partner, kids, etc., how you feel about situations instead of bottling up your emotions. If something makes you angry, express it instead of smothering it with cigarette smoke. If you’re bored, admit to yourself that you’re bored and find something energetic to do instead of lighting up.

    State of Mind

    18. If you relapse, just start again. You haven’t failed. Some people have to quit as many as eight times before they are successful.

    19. Put all the money you’re saving on cigarettes in a large glass jar. You want to physically see how much you’ve been spending. Earmark that money for something you’ve always dreamed of doing, but never thought you could afford, be it a cruise to Alaska or a first-class ticket to visit an old college friend.

    20. Switch to decaf until you’ve been cigarette-free for two months. Too much caffeine while quitting can cause the jitters.

    21. Create a smoke-free zone. Don’t allow anyone to use tobacco in your home, car, or even while sitting next to you in a restaurant. Make actual “No Smoking” signs and hang them around your house and in your car.

    22. Find a healthy snack food you can keep with you and use in place of cigarettes to quench that urge for oral gratification. For instance, try pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds, sugarless lollipops or gum, carrot or celery sticks. The last ones are best if you are concerned about weight gain.

    23. Picture yourself playing tennis. Or go play tennis. British researchers found volunteers trying to quit smoking were better able to ignore their urges to smoke when they were told to visualize a tennis match.

    24. Quit when you’re in a good mood. Studies find that you’re less likely to be a successful quitter if you quit when you’re depressed or under a great deal of stress.

    25. Post this list in a visible location in your house. Whenever you’re tempted to light up, take a look at all the ways smoking can damage your health:

    • Increases risk of lung, bladder, pancreatic, mouth, esophageal, and other cancers, including leukemia
    • Reduces fertility
    • Contributes to thin bones
    • Affects mental capacity and memory
    • Reduces levels of folate, low levels of which can increase the risk of heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease
    • Increases likelihood of impotence
    • Affects ability to smell and taste
    • Results in low-birth-weight, premature babies
    • Increases risk of depression in adolescents
    • Increases risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure
    • Increases risk of diabetes
    • Increases your child’s risk of obesity and diabetes later in life if you smoked while pregnant

    Lastly, realize that Smoke Away will support you in any form or fashion. The bottom line is we want you to quit smoking,  If you do, with or without our help, then we as well as YOU have succeeded beyond our wildest expectations. For more help feel free to contact our Smoke Away Support forum, to talk with people just like you!

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