Posted By: Staff | Oct 16 2014

Chantix or Champix is a popular medication used to help quit smoking.  It works by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain which, for most patients, results in reduced cravings and urges.  This occurs because when the nicotine receptors are blocked, when smoking takes place, there is no release of dopamine (a chemical in the brain that makes one feel pleasure).  If the brain does not release that chemical while smoking, the benefit of smoking is gone and the desire to smoke is lessened.  In…

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Study Finds that Smoking is Related to Over 14 Million Medical Conditions Each Year

Posted By: Staff | Oct 15 2014

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is linked to diseases like: lung cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver and kidney cancers, bladder cancer, and many other types of cancer.  However, smoking is also the leading cause of COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  While many are already aware of this disease, there are a large number of patients who are not screened for it because they are not reporting…

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Chew Gum and Make a Doiley

Posted By: Staff | Oct 14 2014

“When I still smoked and I was sitting in the non-smoking section of a restaurant, I would take out a piece of gum and fold the wrapper up into a little doily which took about 7-8 minutes to make. My girlfriend said to me, ‘Why not do that every time you feel like you need a cigarette.’ After that I did and I haven’t smoked since. Every time I want to smoke I put a piece of gum in my mouth and fold the little paper. Its worked for about 6 months now and I feel great!”  James T. | Wisconsin,…

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Smoker May Have More Sleep Problems

Posted By: Staff | Oct 8 2014

A recent study cited that between 17-28 percent of smokers reported getting less than 6 hours of sleep and that their sleep was disturbed.  This is almost 10 percent higher than the average for those who do not smoke.  While the study could not definitively say that cigarette smoking is the specific cause of these sleep patterns, it is likely that the stimulatory effect of cigarettes would have an affect on the user’s ability to sleep.
The study accounted for differences in age, alcohol…

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Candy, Water, and Exercise: The Perfect Cure

Posted By: Staff | Oct 7 2014

“To quit smoking you need to find other ways to occupy your mouth and hands.  One of the best ways for me is sucking on Jolly Rancher candies, although this might not be great for your teeth, it sure does work.
I also find that drinking water or going for walks is really helpful.  The more you exercise and the better you feel about yourself, you will not want to stick crap into your body!  Do crossword puzzles or read books to occupy yourself.  If you have a cold/flu this is also a great time…

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