Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

When Smokers Quit -- Benefits of Quitting Over Time

20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
(Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)

12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1988, p. 202)

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)

1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)

1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decrease.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp. vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164,166)

15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker's.
(US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Smoking Linked to Impotence

Men who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day have a 60% higher risk of impotence than those who have never smoked.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Smoking Legislation in Belgium

On 1 January 2006 smoking was prohibited in most workplaces under a 2005 Royal Decree, although separate smoking rooms can be provided. On 1st January 2007, smoking was prohibited in restaurants, although a seperate room can be set aside for smokers providing no food is served in it. Bars larger than 50m2 must provide seperate smoking and smoke-free areas and smoking is still permitted in bars smaller than 50m2. Penalities range from EUR 150 to EUR 1650.

Smoking on public transport vehicles (trams, buses, underground trains) has been prohibited since 1976 and in 2004, the national train company prohibited smoking on all domestic trains.

Prior to the 2005 Royal Decree smoking in cafes, hotels and restaurants was regulated by the Royal Decree of May 15, 1990 (Ministerial Decree of January 2, 1991 and Royal Decree of February 9, 1991) and stipulates that cafes and restaurants that are greater than 50m2 should provide 50% non-smoking areas, which are clearly indicated as such. All cafés and restaurants are also required to have a smoke extraction or air ventilation system. Under the same Royal Decree, smoking in enclosed public places is not permitted, although enclosed premises where foods and/or drinks are offered for consumption are exempt from legislation. Smoking is not permitted in areas that form part of premises where sick or elderly people are cared for; health services are provided; children are admitted; education is provided; shows are performed; exhibits are organized; or sports are practised. This Royal Decree was badly enforced. In 2004, for example, 43% of bars and restaurants did not comply with the legislation. A Royal Decree of February 7, 1997 forbid smoking in places where food products are produced, stored or sold.

From 1st April 2005, Belgian businesses were given the right to require their employees to work longer if they stop for smoking breaks during the working day. Some companies already require smokers to work for 15 minutes longer at the end of the day to make up for lost time.

Source: AshScotland - Updated 24th January 2007

Monday, March 10, 2008

Are You Ready to Stop Smoking with Hypnosis?

If you have decided you want to stop smoking, you might have heard of various methods including nicotine patches, nicotine chewing gum, acupuncture, prescription drugs and will-power. So, why use hypnosis?

1. It works immediately.
2. Hypnosis reprograms your mind at the powerful subconscious level to make the changes permanent.
3. A hypnosis session is pleasant and deeply relaxing with no side effects.

Have you considered what your life would be like if you never smoked again?
Imagine feeling healthy every day if you were no longer inhaling tobacco smoke with all its poisons into your body. Imagine starting the day without a coughing fit. Imagine feeling younger, fitter and more attractive if your body was optimising your health and energy, rather than suffering additional damage every day.

Imagine how happy and confident you would feel knowing that you had lengthened your life by years, possibly decades, and knowing you had greatly improved your chances of avoiding health problems.

Your family will thank you for taking responsibility to give you the best chance of a long and healthy life. A friend's husband died of lung cancer after 20 years of smoking, leaving behind an adoring wife and two girls who were not even ten years old. His girls still resent him for continuing to smoke when they begged him to stop and now leaving them so early in their lives.

Think about the thousands you will save over the years and all the fun things you can do to improve the quality of your life and of your loved ones. Wouldn't you rather put your children through university than smoke your way to an early grave?

Just imagine ...

The Fastest Way to Transform Your Life

There are several ways to stop smoking but many take a lot of time, many have a low success rate and some even have damaging side effects. Nicotine based products might stop you smoking but keep you addicted to nicotine with the possible risk of oral cancer from nicotine chewing gum.

Hypnotherapy, by contrast, offers a method which enables the smoker to give up smoking immediately, permanently in a deep, relaxing way without any side effects. New Scientist magazine (October 1992) investigated the various stop smoking methods available in a huge study involving 72,000 people and found hypnotherapy to be the most successful.

Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy

The hypnotherapist induces hypnosis which is a simple and relaxing process which everyone can experience and then makes a number of suggestions to you which will allow you to leave smoking behind in the past.

How It Works

Every smoker started smoking for a reason, often during their teenage years to "appear big and grown up". Everyone thinks they can stop anytime they want to but often find it is not as easy as they think. So they look at various ways of stopping, usually waste lots of time and money before trying hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy works by accessing the subconscious mind direct because that is where every experience we have ever been through is stored and creates habits, good and bad ones. The subconscious mind does not know any difference between imagination and reality so if you reprogram it with positive outcomes, albeit imagined ones, it will do what is necessary to make them a reality. That is why hypnotherapy works for so many issues, not just stopping smoking.

Your hypnosis session will reinforce the positive outcomes of becoming and remaining a non-smoker.

Some people even have unnecessary fears about stopping smoking such as overeating as a substitute and putting on weight. Hypnosis will give positive suggestions to stop that happening. You will not be fighting cravings but rather enjoying the benefits of clean air, unclogged lungs, fresh-smelling clothes.

Remember that international scientific research by New Scientist reported that hypnotherapy is a much more powerful help than willpower alone, gum, patches and the other methods.

The average smoker spends around £2000 per year on smoking so stopping smoking will save a fortune over the years. Maybe even enough to buy your home outright. It therefore makes sense to invest a relatively small sum now to stop smoking quickly, either by visiting a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist for personal therapy or download a hypnosis Mp3 to overcome the habit in the comfort of your own home. You can find a download hypnosis Mp3 here or here.

©Antonia Stuart-James 2008 from Stop Smoking - Do It Now and English Hypnotherapist in Belgium

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking

Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking
This is the revolutionary international bestseller that will stop you smoking - for good. 'If you follow my instructions you will be a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life.' That's a strong claim from Allen Carr, but as the world's leading and most successful quit smoking expert, Allen was right to boast! Reading this book is all you need to give up smoking. You can even smoke while you read. There are no scare tactics, you will not gain weight and stopping will not feel like deprivation. If you want to kick the habit then go for it. Allen Carr has helped millions of people become happy non-smokers. His unique method removes your psychological dependence on cigarettes and literally sets you free. Accept no substitute. Five million people can't be wrong.

"The object of this book is to get you into the frame of mind in which, instead of the normal method of stopping whereby you start off with the feeling that you are climbing Mount Everest and spend the next few weeks craving a cigarette and envying other smokers, you start right away with a feeling of elation, as if you had been cured of a terrible disease."

Find Allen Carr on Amazon.

Here is what one reader wrote:
It works. , 26 April 2006
By S. Itenov (Denmark) - See all my reviews

"I have tried every method under the sun and tried to break my 15 year old 20-30 a day habit more times then I care to remember. The only method recommended to me by people who had actually stopped smoking permanently was Allen Carrs. They never seemed to talk about "still wanting one" and they seemed so damned happy about it, too, the bastards! So, being a smoker with a smoker's logic, I stayed away from Allen and his method, because it obviously worked and I would have to give up my precious ones!

After six years (during which time 54750 red Marlboros were sucked into my lungs!) I saw the book by chance in a bookstore and bought it, thinking that I would quit someday, but certainly not now. But I did. And it was easy. And enjoyable. And fantastic. And amazing. And now, four months later I can honestly say that have no need or desire to ever smoke again. For the first time in my adult life, I am free. And the cool thing is that so can you! Here is what you do:
1.Buy the book it and follow the instructions
3.Enjoy your (now much prolonged) life :-).

Thank you, Allen, you literally saved my life."

Friday, January 18, 2008

Stop Smoking with Hypnosis Mp3 - special offer

If you smoke, your mind has been programmed by repetition.

This programming can be undone easily and effortlessly through the power of hypnosis.

Every day THOUSANDS of people stop smoking permanently thanks to hypnosis.

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For the price of a carton of cigarettes, you can end this DISGUSTING, EXPENSIVE, UGLY habit FOREVER !!!!

"If you want to quit smoking, Steve G. Jones can make the difference. He did with me." Tom Mankiewicz, Writer of "Superman the Movie" and former smoker for 45 years.

Steve has a special offer until midnight on Sunday 20 January - Buy any 2 hypnosis recordings and get 4 Free + 4 NEW BOOKS.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Activities to Ease You Through the Quitting Smoking Process

Many of us are accustomed to having daily smoking breaks at times of the day when we would, without fail, grab our packs and our lighters and head to an open window! Oftentimes we would look to our cigarette breaks as a chance to get away from the stresses of work or just to have a quiet moment to ourselves.

Just because you have given up cigarettes doesn't mean that you can't enjoy breaks. But now, instead of lighting up, substitute new, healthier alternatives that will give you a similar sense of calm and relaxation.

Here are some of my favorites:

Meditation can be a wonderful way to gain control of your mind, especially when it's racing with thoughts of how much you miss smoking and cigarettes. It's incredibly easy to do and can be done anywhere, without any equipment except your own body

Simply sit on the floor in any comfortable position (such as cross-legged). Close your eyes. Attune your ears to the sounds around you, whether it's the noise of the street or the voices of your office colleagues. Now shift focus so that you are listening to the sounds of your breath and your own body. At the same time, concentrate on a mental image that gives you a sense of peace, such as a candle flame, a tree, or cloud. Try to keep your focus centered for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Listen to Music
Music is such an amazing distraction. It's so easy to get lost in a familiar melody, or to be transported by a new song that really speaks to you in some way. In fact, music has an effect on the brain that may be similar to chemical substances but it's all totally natural, of course!

A great tip is to substitute daily music breaks for what used to be your daily smoking breaks. Instead of going outside to puff away, put on a soothing CD or turn the radio on a channel you love. You can use your i-Pod if you are at work, or play it out loud if you are at home. The distraction will keep your mind off cigarettes, and the music will give your body its much-needed dose of relaxation.

Go for a WalkDon' just sit in your office or your living room thinking about how much you wish you had a cigarette right now. Instead, get up and put your body in motion. The physical stimulation will start endorphins coursing through your body. If you can take a stroll outside, do so and pay attention to the sounds of the birds, cars passing by, the color of the flowers in bloom, and so on. The point of this exercise is to get yourself out of your mind and focusing on external things in order to beat the urge to smoke.

Develop New Interests
Try developing new interests or hobbies like gardening or painting. Such things would keep your mind off that urge to smoke. All of us have a certain measure of creativity that often remains untapped. It would be a wonderful thing if you could try working on that creativity. Join a dance class or a drama class. Or you could try learning a new skill like pottery or clay modeling. Try to involve yourself with other people. Do same social work, or try helping out at the local volunteer organizations.

Change your lifestyle by changing your routine. Go swimming, try working out or going to the gym. Be active. Got something you wanted to do but never had the time to do it? NOW is the time. As you distract yourself by changing your lifestyle and developing new interests, you will be amazed at how easy it is to quit smoking!

Such activities make us appreciate the meaning of life in a better way and we will stop to think twice before we waste away this life at the end of a cigarette.

For additional information as well as other articles to help you quit smoking please visit the web site below.

Copyright 2005

Monday, January 7, 2008

What is Ruyan, the Electronic Cigarette?

Ruyan is an electronic cigarette designed to assist smokers who enjoy smoking but realise the potential dangers and anti-social aspects of second-hand smoke. As a form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), it contains nicotine so satisfies cravings but omits the hundreds of other harmful substances. Ruyan offers a programme for smokers who wish to use the product to quit smoking completely. It can be recharged, just like a mobile phone or digital camera battery, thereby saving the smoker ongoing costs of buying cigarettes.

Modern scientific research demonstrates that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemical substances, hundreds of which are harmful to human body, with 25 diseases directly related to smoking, especially polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and nitrosamine in cigarette smoke that are considered the most dangerous cancerogenous substances. Ruyan has been developed to allow people to "smoke" but without inhaling cigarette smoke. Ruyan has obtained several patents in China and in many other developed countries.

Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy(NRT), it releases nicotine in no-tobacco form into the human body. The dose of nicotine is less than that obtained from smoking but enough for anyone who wishes to reduce nicotine levels and quit smoking. After using 2-3 months, the amount of nicotine will be gradually decreased to the lowest.

“RUYAN”, developed by Beijing SBT RUYAN Technology Development Company Limited, adopts advanced microelectronic technology and supercritical physical atomized technology to atomize the high-purity nicotine diluent which is extracted from tobacco so that the smoker can take it in. The liquid in the cartridge contains nicotine, perfumery compound special for tobacco and ordinary food humectant.

With slow absorption and a small dose, nicotine used in the Nicotine Replacement Therapy is safer than smoking itself, but enough for resisting smoke addiction. Moreover, nicotine cannot trigger cancer or chronic obstructive lung diseases which are mainly caused by tar, carbon monoxide and thousands of harmful substances released during the burning of tobacco.

“RUYAN” is a kind of non-inflammable electronic cigarette. It can refresh the smokers and satisfy their smoking addiction, making them happy and relaxed, so relieving the suffering of quitting smoking.

“RUYAN” is essentially different from the common cigarette by nature:
1. Free of tar and other carcinogenic substances harmful to human body;
2. Non-inflammable, without the danger of over 4,000 chemical substances produced by the common cigarette, like carbon monoxide;
3. Harmless to others and the environment avoiding danger of “second-hand smoking”;
4. Can be used in most No-smoking places, without the hidden danger of fire accident;
5. Painless smoke abstention can be realized within a certain period of time, after carrying out the smoke abstention scheme recommended by “RUYAN”.

Source: Information from Ruyan China website

Friday, January 4, 2008

Passive Smoking Causes Hazard To Oral Health

Blog November 8, 2007

American researchers in four monthly “Journal of Periodontology” the report said animal experimental results revealed that passive smoking also caused hazard to oral health, then lead to the patients with periodontitis lost cementum.

Researchers in the experiment firstly induced mice suffering from periodontal disease. Then let the first group mice lived in an environment with no smoking. The second group mice lived in an environment with passive smoking which was released from desalination of cigarettes for 30 days. Then the third group mice lived in concentration-type cigarettes environment with passing smoking for 30 days. Cigarettes bias was distinguished by the content level of several major harmful ingredients such as tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide.

The results showed that as long as experimental mice lived in passive smoking environment, no matter cigarette bias, those mice would loss cementum more easily than smoke-free environment. Researchers explained that cementum losing is the reason for patients with periodontitis have tooth shedding.

Researchers point out that there was evidence to prove relevance existing between smoking and gingival diseases. Their research revealed that passive smoking also affects oral health.

e-cigarette Ruyan removed from sale in Belgium

An electric cigarette, Ruyan, sold by a Dutch firm Densom had made 4,000 sales in six months before it was taken off the market. The local health agency decided it was a food product as it contains nicotine. The manufacturer claimed that it was just an alternative for a normal cigarette, not a stop smoking aid.

Densom offer pipes, cigarettes and cigars with no carcinogenic substances, just nicotine (between 6-16 mg). The electric cigarette can be recharged hence saving a smoker costs.

Original Dutch text:
"De elektrische sigaret Ruyan, waarvan in België al minstens 4.000 stuks zijn verkocht door een Nederlandse firma, wordt uit de handel genomen. Dat heeft het Federaal Agentschap voor Geneesmiddelen en Gezondheidsproducten (FAGG) beslist.

De sigaret valt volgens de inspecteurs van het geneesmiddelenagentschap onder een geneesmiddel omdat er nicotine inzit. Geneesmiddelen mogen in ons land echter enkel verkocht worden na een grondig onderzoek en erkenning van het product. De verkoper heeft geen goedkeuring, omdat hij nooit een aanvraag voor erkenning heeft ingediend. Volgens hem is de Ruyansigaret een 'alternatief voor de gewone sigaret' en geen rookstopmiddel.

"Niets van", zegt An Eeckhout van het FAGG, "Zodra er nicotine in zit, valt het onder een geneesmiddel."

De Ruyansigaret werd zes maand geleden bij ons op de markt gebracht door het Nederlandse bedrijf Densom. Het bedrijf voorzag in heel de Benelux filialen op te zetten voor de verkoop. Densom biedt rokers pijpen, sigaretten en sigaren aan zonder kankerverwekkende stoffen, met enkel nicotine (tussen zes en zestien milligram) en waterstof. Daardoor wordt geen rook uitgeademd maar waterstof. De 'elektrische sigaret' is bovendien hervulbaar, waardoor rokers kosten zouden besparen."

Source: Het Belang van Limburg