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2013 is Your Year to Quit Smoking!

Updated on October 22, 2012

Basic Facts That May Help You Quit Smoking

FACT: Cigarette smoking causes approximately 440,000 deaths annually in the United States. It is also the most preventable cause of death in the country.

FACT: Smoking is associated with an increased risk for at least 15 types of cancers. In fact, it is the most important risk factor for lung cancer.

FACT: More than 8.6 million people in the United States have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.

FACT: Research has shown that women who smoke during pregnancy are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, premature deliveries, low-birth-weight infants, stillbirths, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

FACT: An estimated $92 billion in productivity losses occurs annually from deaths due to smoking. The economic costs of smoking are more than $167 billion, including an additional $75.5 billion in smoking-related medical expenditures.

FACT: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., 85-90 % of all COPD cases are directly attributed to smoking. 12 million Americans currently have COPD, another 12 million likely have the disease and are not even aware of it. The cost of COPD to the nation in 2002 was estimated to be $32.1 billion.

Quitting smoking is very difficult. It takes some individuals many attempts before they are successful. The key is to not quit quitting!

How To Quit Smoking- Even if You Don't Want To!

How To Quit Smoking Even If You Don't Want To
How To Quit Smoking Even If You Don't Want To

It is true that you do not have to want to quit smoking but you do have to want to change something about how you make decisions. It is not complicated. As a matter of fact it is all very easy.

By doing the exercises and following through with the plan you will "see" exactly what is holding you on to cigarettes. When you "see" what is keeping you addicted it becomes a whole lot easier to let go. This book will show you how to eliminate 75% of the nicotine fits, if not more.

 

Second-hand Smoke- Quit For Your Children

Second-hand Smoke- Quit For Your Children
Second-hand Smoke- Quit For Your Children

How to help Children Avoid Second-hand Smoke

If you must smoke, take your butt outside. ~Author Unknown

Quitting smoking is a great gift to give your child,and it is the single most important thing you can do for your health.

1. If parents or caregivers will not quit smoking, do not smoke in areas where your child spends most of their time or around your child.

- Smoke outside in a special jacket to keep smoke off your clothes, or avoid smoking at home.

- At a minimum, smoke in one room that the child does not go into.

- Do not smoke in the car (even if the child is not present) as smoke stays in the car upholstery.

2. Reinforce with your child the need to avoid tobacco smoke.

- Encourage them to leave the room if someone is smoking.

- Practice assertiveness skills to ask someone to stop smoking around them or ask an adult for assistance in removing them from the situation.

Assertiveness Skills

1. Describe the situation; just the facts: "Smoke bothers my breathing."

2. Say how you feel: "I can't breathe well and it scares me." Don't blame the other person for your feelings.

3. Ask for a specific & small change: "Could you please stop smoking near me?"

4. Say how this change will make you feel: "It will make it easier for me to breathe and I will feel better."

Find Your Reason to Quit Smoking - Perfect gift for anyone who smokes.

1,440 Reasons To Quit Smoking: One for Every Minute of the Day ... and Night
1,440 Reasons To Quit Smoking: One for Every Minute of the Day ... and Night

Packed with inspirational messages -- one for each minute of the day and night -- this book will help you or your loved one quit smoking. It's a humorous, touching, and above all, convincing source of strength for soon-to-be-ex-smokers. This is the perfect gift for anyone who smokes.

 

A Smoker's Lungs

A Smoker's Lungs
A Smoker's Lungs

Worried About Weight Gain When You Quit?

Worried About Weight Gain When You Quit?
Worried About Weight Gain When You Quit?

You Can Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Life After Cigarettes: Why Women Smoke and How to Quit, Look Great, and Manage Your Weight
Life After Cigarettes: Why Women Smoke and How to Quit, Look Great, and Manage Your Weight

Have you gained weight after quitting smoking...and gone back to smoking with hopes of losing the weight?

Based on the American Lung Association's smoking cessation program, here is expert advice on how to quit smoking in a healthy way that allows you to kick the habit without ruining your waistline.

Includes meal plan suggestions, recipes, and snack ideas!

 

Smoking and Impotence...

Smoking and Impotence...
Smoking and Impotence...

Pets Suffer from Second-hand Smoke Too!

Pets Suffer from Second-hand Smoke Too!
Pets Suffer from Second-hand Smoke Too!

Ask a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Your Questions... - Or Just Say Hello!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      ... still smoke free (over 3 years now)

      Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks for your encourage back in 2008!

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      David Dove 

      7 years ago

      Loved the dog poster, hypnosis is highly effective as a permanent solution.

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      jjooo 

      7 years ago

      Great information and thanks for adding other quite smoking lens.

      After i read your lens i realize what is bad effect of smoking.

      Quit Smoking Tips

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      tssfacts 

      8 years ago

      Great lens 5* lenrolling to my non-smoking lens. Great job.

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      Gamganny 

      9 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information. Quitting smoking is tough...I've been trying for the past couple of months. Back and forth. But I won't quit quitting!!! Thanks

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      dahlia369 

      9 years ago

      Thank you for joining my Squidoo group!

      "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."

      -- Buddha

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Lots of great information, and thank you very much for your support and encouragement. As you know, I am about to quit smoking, so I am definitely lensrolling this to my Quit Smoking Diary lens - Kathy

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      gbenton789 

      9 years ago

      Yup, quitting smoking was the hardest - I tried to quit at least once a year for 15 years and never did. Finally 1 1/2 year ago I was able to. Used EFT before and prayed forgiveness for my self for abusing tobacco and worked a 12 step process and that did it for me. Thanks for being there for so many.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      Quiting smoking was one of the hardest things I ever did.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      SerenityPrayerG 

      10 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      qlcoach 

      10 years ago

      Great lense. Thank you for sharing. Consider my generic approach to overcome addictions too:

      http://www.squidoo.com/defeatnegative

      Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist

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      Spook LM 

      10 years ago

      Howsit, I'm a former tobacco grower and long time smoker, so know a bit about this. Gave up for a year 10 years ago, then foolishly started again and would love to be able to cut down as I know I will never stop. I can't even cut down.

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      herbie66 

      10 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group

      ( http://www.squidoo.com/groups/pregnancy-baby )

      5 stars for your lens!

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