New anti-smoking ads are scaring people into quitting

The CDC here in Atlanta a few days ago issued a news report indicating the new scary non-smoking ad is having its effects on smokers.

The ad shows a woman without fingers and a man without his lower legs indicating that these were caused by smoking. Buerger’s disease is a disease caused when the arteries and the veins become blocked and causes infection, which can result in amputation.

Virtually, everyone diagnosed with this disease used tobacco in some form from chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and/or cigars.

The nationwide ad (which was also seen here in Georgia.) shows two amputee patients warning people about the devastation of this disease; and it is having a huge effect. It has prompted an enormous increase in the number of phone calls to various organizations who help smokers quit.

The CDC said the ads have prompted people to kick the habit more than they had expected. The campaign was called “Tips from Former Smokers” and seems to have been quite effective based on the increased number of calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number which is a hotline that links callers with a phone number in their state.

 

The direct Georgia number is 1-877-270-7867. Speaking with the representative, he said this program offers quite a lot for those who are determined and committed to quitting.

They will be assigned a “Quit Coach” that will be available 24/7 to answer questions, give advice, and help them through the rough spots. They give tips and techniques as well as help them find a “Quit Plan.” They will receive printed materials in the mail; and in some cases products for smoking secession can be obtained free of charge.

In the past twelve weeks, 417,000 more people have contacted the government smoke free program as well. This site is a federal website to help smokers quit. They reported that these were triple the normal number of calls.

The CDC indicated that hopefully the ad will result in as many as 50.000 smokers who will decide it is time to stop. It is estimated that this number of smokers quitting it could save as much as $70,000 a year.

It is so sad to know that smoking is the leading cause of death in the United States; and yet many are so addicted they will not even try to quit. However, in the long run all smokers finally do quit when they realize their lives are on the edge; and for many it is already too late.

The CDC indicated that while only about $54 million is spent on anti-smoking ads, the tobacco industry spends about $10 billion on marketing each year. There are those who think these pro-tobacco ads should be banned; and the tobacco industry should be forced to pay for ads on TV indicating the hazardous of smoking.

For a glimpse at the ad in question, click on this site called “everydayHEALTH.”

Do you smoke or have a loved one who does? While professionals agree that smoking is a very hard habit to break, doing so can be lifesaving. Also, there are quite a few items on the market that touts the wonders of their product to enhance the willpower of smokers to stop, but there is one thing that is for sure. The only way to stop totally is complete commitment. It is important that tobacco be eliminated in the body gradually.

Many who have won the battle over addiction have found that no matter what program they use – gradual elimination of the number of cigarettes smoked per day is of a great advantage. (Many of the prescribed methods warn you not to smoke and use the them at the same time). The graduate elimination is BEFORE you actually start your “Quit Forever Program.”

Make the commitment. Pick a day when you eventually smoke your last one. Gradually decrease the amount of nicotine over the days prior to your target date.

Decrease the number of cigarettes smoked in one day by one cigarette, every two days, or every three days until on the last day you will have your last cigarette. Then you quit. Set aside the number of cigarettes you normally smoke in one day and that will be the beginning limit. Then choose how you will eliminate them one by one every day, every two days, or every three days.

On the first, second, or third day as you choose, eliminate one cigarette for that day and then continue to eliminate one cigarette on the next 1-3 days until on the final day – until there is only one cigarette left. If you choose the three-day elimination it may be easier as the nicotine has more time to escape from your body; however, it will take three times as long.

By decreasing the intake of nicotine, the withdrawal will not be as hard. However, you must stay on your plan even if you use other methods. The object is to lower the nicotine bit by bit and therefore, avoiding such withdrawal that you do not pursue your program to the end.

Say you smoke 20 cigarettes a day – on the one-day program you smoke 20 cigarettes that day and then on day two you smoke 19. On the two-day program, you simply eliminate one every two days; and then the same with the three day only you eliminate one additional cigarette every three days; and then when you have only one left – you simply smoke your last one – say good-bye to tobacco-causing diseases; and hello to better health… and a longer life.

It seems the human body craves what it is used to. Many have found it impossible to diet to lose weight until they cleanse their body of sugar. Sugar makes you crave food; and by eliminating it totally from your diet a week or two before you begin your new weight-loss program, it is much easier, and soon you lose your craving for sugar; and you have a good start toward your ideal weight goal.

Most professionals do not suggest that you begin a smoke-free life while you are also dieting to lose weight. One step at a time – to eliminate smoking seems to be the most important. Some say that smoking makes them eat more – quit smoking and then lose the weight, and you will be healthier – twice over.

Adults should stop and think about the example they are setting before children; and most of all never to smoke in their presence. Never smoke in an enclosed place like a car or small room; where children are present. If you go outside to smoke, at least you are protecting your family and home from the residual smoke. And you can get a few breaths of pure air. Better yet don’t smoke.

Serious health risks for children. Many time parents finally quit only to realize that their teen and adult children are hooked. As long as you make excuses for smoking you are not committed to quitting. First get rid of all the excuses and dwell on the positives for quitting – the cost alone can be a catalyst for stopping.

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