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Don't Smoke In Front Of Your Mate Who's Trying To Quit

Updated on February 11, 2009
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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.

Dr Benson Yeung's related hub:

How To Quit A Bad Habit


Other related hubs:

How I quit smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day

How I Quit Smoking

How To Quit Smoking


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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi cgull8m,

      thanks for your suggestions. good to see you.

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great advice, also it is better not to smoke in front of children and animals, they also suffer because of second hand smoking. Kudos to Quicksand for quitting it.

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi quicksand,

      I find that it works almost every single time. I mean, substituting one unhealthy addiction with a healthy one (if there is such a thing). Thanks for sharing.

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      quicksand 9 years ago

      Well, Ben, I started taking yoga lessons early in October 1996. This requires deep breathing.

      When a smoker takes a deep breath he starts coughing. So I decided to smoke my heart out until 31st October, and I did. I thought of staying away from cigarettes and cigars until the yoga course was over.

      However, the enthusiasm for yoga has kept me away from smoking ever since.

      It was then that I discovered that I never actually needed cigarettes. :)

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear quicksand,

      good job. you should also write about how you managed to stay off smoking for our benefit (and curiosity).

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      quicksand 9 years ago

      I smoked my last cigaretted on 31st October 1996.


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