Posts tagged: quit smoking

ND anti-tobacco efforts succeeding, advocate says

Tweet A North Dakota anti-tobacco agency says it’s making progress in helping people to quit smoking. Director Jeanne (JEE’-nee) Prom says the number of North Dakotans who enrolled in a tobacco “quit line” program almost doubled in the last year. More than 2,300 people signed up, and Prom believes it’s because of efforts by local health agencies. Lake Region State College and the Minot Job Corps center have gone toba ... Jump to full article >>

Electronic cigarettes are increasing in popularity but may carry risks

Tweet Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among people who want to quit smoking, but an opinion piece released Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine highlights the potential hazards of e-cigarettes, suggesting they may not be as benign as they may seem. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vapor that contains nicotine and supposedly fewer toxins than marlboro cigarette. In studies, ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax forces smokers to quit

Tweet In April, the Federal Government sprung a surprise 25 per cent tax rise, which has been credited with 30 per cent more people trying to quit smoking. Two months after the tax increase, a Galaxy survey of 1258 smokers found 38 per cent had tried to give up, compared with 29 per cent in the three months before the price rise. A further 29 per cent had cut down and 9 per cent had stopped. Flinders University smoking cessation expert Associate ... Jump to full article >>

Want to lose weight? Quit smoking.

Tweet Not only does smoking not make people thinner, it is linked to weight gain, researchers in Spain said. Lead author Francisco Javier Basterra-Gortari of the University of Navarra said nicotine poisoning was linked to weight gain. The study, published in Revista Espanola de Cardiologia, found after tracking smokers, non-smokers and those who quit, those who had never smoked put on the least amount of weight over a 4-year period. The researche ... Jump to full article >>

No Smoking Day? There’s an app for that

Tweet Facebook and iPhone applications can help you stub out your smoking habit Are you one of the more than 2 million smokers ready to quit on No Smoking Day? Then today is your day! Don’t worry, you won’t be alone as there is an app for it – well, several. And this is how you can call it a day: First of all, you install the WeQuit Facebook app to let everybody know what your are up to. It’s best to grab one of your chain-sm ... Jump to full article >>

How Obama Can Quit Smoking

Tweet The results of President Obama’s latest trip to the doctor revealed last week that he has been unable to completely kick his smoking habit. But if he relies on the advice of his doctors, as well as his own Food and Drug Administration (FDA), he’s likely to remain frustrated and vulnerable to illness. The FDA’s current recommendations for helping smokers quit are woefully ineffective. Cigarettes are uniquely addictive, and ... Jump to full article >>

Localism is all the rage – and it might just work

Tweet The news that Labour is to champion Lambeth as its new vision of how local government can work, as an alternative to the Conservatives’ “easyCouncil”, illustrates the increasing national interest in localism. We need new ideas about how public services at all levels can better serve the public, and especially how we can save money while improving standards. The trend now is towards engaging the public as a source of soluti ... Jump to full article >>

Make Quitting Smoking Easier With One-on-One Counseling

Tweet Individual counseling can be a big help for smokers who are trying to quit. Just under 11% of smokers are able to quit without some type of therapy, according to the latest U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) guidelines. But one-on-one counseling increases the average success rate to nearly 17%. “Sure, medication is effective at curbing withdrawal symptoms,” says Bruce Christiansen, PhD, lead researcher at the University of Wisco ... Jump to full article >>

Next on the list – quit smoking! Newly slim Kerry Katona just can’t kick the cigarettes

Tweet It looks like fat camp worked! Kerry Katona debuted her new slim figure yesterday, in a black tracksuit, green T-shirt and grey baseball cap. However, despite clearly being on the way to losing the three stone she was aiming to shed, there is one habit Kerry hasn’t managed to kick – smoking. The 29-year-old happily puffed away on a cigarette as she arrived home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, to see her four children and husband Mark Cro ... Jump to full article >>

Quitting smoking: Coping with cravings and withdrawal

Tweet Introduction It’s not easy to quit smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes is addicting. Your body craves it because it makes you feel good. So when you try to stop smoking, you go through nicotine withdrawal. You feel awful, and you may worry about gaining weight. You get cranky and anxious. It can be hard to sleep. You’re not the only one. Most people feel bad when they try to quit. The hardest part is not reaching for a smoke to ... Jump to full article >>