Don't Smoke In Front Of Your Mate Who's Trying To Quit
for the person trying to quit smoking, it represents good argument that he or she should stay away from occasions where others tend to smoke
If you are trying to quit smoking, you'd better stay away from friends and colleagues who smoke like a steam-train. This old time wisdom appeared to have acquired recent scientific evidence. Researchers from Duke University Medical Center were investigating the changes in the brain leading to the desire to start smoking again. They adopted functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to visualize changes in the activities of the brain in persons who were trying to quit. Their subjects of investigation were eighteen adult smokers who were quitting smoking. They were scanned with the MR scanner once before quitting and a second time 24 hours after quitting. Participants were shown photographs of people smoking during the scanning. The researchers found that quitting smoking dramatically increased brain activity in response to seeing smoking cues. This suggested that quitting smoking was actually making one's brain more sensitive to these smoking cues. Even though this research finding has yet to find its application into medicine and anti-smoking campaigns, for the person trying to quit smoking, it represents good argument that he or she should stay away from occasions where others tend to smoke and frequent shoulder-rubbing with their smoking friends and colleagues, especially in the early stage of his/her attempt to quit smoking. For his/her smoking friends who would like to offer their gentle support, you'd do well not to smoke in his/her presence.
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