WHAT ACTUALLY KILLS PEOPLE

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THE MENTAL ASPECT OF ADDICTION (05 09 16)

Addiction as a whole involves much more than just the physical addiction that causes withdrawal symptoms. Someone who has quit for a few months, or even years, and who has clearly gotten over the physical aspect of addiction, can easily fall prey again. A number of mechanisms have been proposed that help to explain how someone becomes addicted and can remain addicted even long after a successful quit episode. Continue reading

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SOME IMPORTANT FACTS SMOKERS NEED TO KNOW

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Possibly one of the most important things you need to know at the start is that there are many ways to escape your addiction. You need to study the quit smoking literature and develop your own comprehensive quit programme. Continue reading

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LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – BENEFITS OF QUITTING

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Smokers are often hammered with stories of the negative effects of smoking. However, in this article I wish to take a more positive approach and look at the many benefits of quitting. Continue reading

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WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO GET STARTED ON A QUIT SMOKING PROGRAMME

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YOU DON’T NEED TO QUIT SMOKING JUST YET
Asking you to quit smoking at this stage will probably just raise your stress levels. It may even encourage to smoke more to overcome this stress. Continue reading

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SOME IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF NICOTINE ADDICTION

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All addictions are very similar and much of the research is focused on addictions as a whole rather than to specific drugs. Addictive behaviours cover a wide range of substances and activities, including nicotine, alcohol, heroin, gambling, overeating and pornography. Continue reading

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SMOKERS DO NOT NEED TO BE TOLD HOW HARMFUL SMOKING IS

 

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THEY NEED TO BE TOLD HOW TO ESCAPE FROM THEIR ADDICTION
Depending on where you obtain your statistics, the average smoker will die between 7 and 20 years before the average non-smoker. Continue reading

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SOME TIPS ON ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TO QUIT SMOKING

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The following are some helpful pointers about the attitude you need to develop. Remember that hundreds of millions of smokers have given up before you. Their experiences have been extensively written about and are available for you to learn from. You need to study the literature and develop your own programme based on what worked for others. As you study the literature and develop your own programme be on the look-out for any notes of positive encouragement. Continue reading

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QUIT SMOKING: FOCUS ON A NEW LIFESTYLE

 

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One of the reasons quitting is difficult is because of the negative connotations. Quitting generally means giving up something you enjoy. Although not all smokers enjoy smoking, they simply became addicted and now cannot give up. Quitting means putting yourself through a stressful time. To counter this negative aspect I suggest you add something positive. Continue reading

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SOME OF THE MAIN HEALTH EFFECTS OF SMOKING

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Respiratory and lung diseases are among some of the most common problems associated with smoking. Tar, which contains numerous different chemicals, some of them carcinogenic (cancer causing), accumulates in your lungs. I recommend that you spend some time examining some pictures on the internet to see what a smoker’s lungs look like. When you see the blackened, tar-covered mess that passes for a set of lungs, you will wonder how anyone could survive such a condition, and many don’t. Continue reading

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THE PHYSICAL ASPECT OF ADDICTION (CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE)

 

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When you smoke you develop a physical/chemical dependence on nicotine. After a while your body develops a certain level of tolerance to the drug. This leads to an increase in the amount smoked in order to get the same effect. In time this stabilises. As soon as you put out a cigarette, the nicotine level in your body starts to drop. Withdrawal symptoms set in. These include feelings such as restlessness, irritability or anxiety. This is what Allen Carr calls “that empty insecure feeling.” The result is that you tolerate this for a while, and then you light another cigarette in order to take away the withdrawal symptoms. This cycle carries on until one day when you finally quit. Continue reading

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