Monday, December 30, 2013

"Its what got me to stop!" Success!

G. Ridgeway on Amazon reviews How To Stop Smoking Without Killing Anyone!

Mr. Bradley's book, is honestly, nothing all that special. But what is special about his book is really the fact that he does a very good job of making you smack your forehead and go "Duh!"

Of course, this is my opinion!

How to stop, does a good job of working you through your addiction, getting to the root of many of the whys, and putting the blame smack dab at where it belongs, "your feet!". His approach works off a similar, AA/NA approach, You are a smoker, you will always be a smoker. But you can choose to be a smoker that does not smoke!

Acknowledgement of using the word "quit" as a negative affirmation, and rather using "stop".

This is much more that can be said about this book, but It helped me big time!

How I found this book is that I just stopped smoking, Which I had done 3 times in the past, this time using the gum. I was having a massive case of nic fits, and hopped on YouTube and types in "How to stop a nic fit" and up popped one of his videos with three suggestions on how to do this. After watching a few more, I had gained back my will to stop, and in a very strong way.

Many of the things he suggests in the book, I had been thinking myself! But kept second guessing myself because of the the common, and over told way we are commonly told to stop now.

You need Gum, Patches, or a medication to stop! As where Bradley, strongly suggests you go cold turkey, in which I cant agree more.

Pick up this book, read it, pick a day, And STOP! Then read it again. You'll spend a few days wanting to die, and after a week you'll be through your withdrawals and really be free, you wont have to then rely on your patch or whatever. Awesome book, and worth every penny!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cigarettes can make you stupid

Did you know that a smoker's risk of dying from a stroke nearly double?  So often we put the attention on the lungs and heart, but what are cigarettes doing to your brain?  In a recent post in the Independent, Charlie Cooper talks about a TV commercial which will "bring to life the toxic cycle of dirty blood" that is caused be breathing cigarette smoke.  Not only can smoking double your chance of a stroke, it is also related to cognitive decline and dementia.

People tend to turn a blind eye to the consequences of smoking in favor of the short term pleasure and stress relief smoking brings.  Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death and one in two smokers will die early from a disease directly related to smoking.

While damage to the brain from smoking tends to get over looked, it makes since.  Look at the obvious.  Deprive the brain from oxygen, what happens?  It dies.  Period.  Add in the fact that cigarettes contain chemicals like arsenic and cyanide which can cause massive damage to the cells in the brain.  Not only will that increasing the risk of stroke, but it will also contribute to cognitive decline and dementia.  

In fact, one study, done at the University College London shows that cognitive decline in men can be up to 38 per cent faster for a regular smoker.  

Basically, at that rate you may very well intend to quit, but you forget to do it!  The good news is, if you tie a string to your finger so you remember to not smoke, your body can show near full recovery within five years back in the non-smoking section.

Bottom line is smoking will harm you in one way or another.  But it becomes clear that the intensity of the addiction is too strong for many people to respond logically to the information that this will to your untimely death and simply stop.  Somehow smoking has become more important than living a healthy life.  Nicotine effectively rewires the brain to believe it is a necessity.  The process of getting back to the non-smoking section requires that you rewire your brain back to it's original programming and this will meet with some real resistance from the body and the brain.  The beauty of the mind and body is that it can and will overcome nicotine addiction.  There are 7 steps to do this effectively and permanently and I cover them in my book, How To Stop Smoking Without Killing Anyone, but if I can sum them up for here, it looks like this:

1.  Decide to stop 
2.  Understand your history so you can not repeat it
3.  Commit to a higher purpose
4.  Stay in the now - right now you're not smoking - stay in that place
5.  Eat right and get regular exercise
6.  Become a better human
7.  Repeat daily - hourly or by the minute if you have to

Simple yet not easy but very doable and doable without NRT or drugs like Chantix.  You had the power to start which means you have the power to stop!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Woman dies from burns suffered during cigarette-smoking accident

Stop Smoking Penn State!  A Monroe County, Pennsylvania woman died Monday 12/23 from burns suffered from smoking a cigarette while using oxygen.  The Lehigh County Coroner's office said it took her more than two weeks to succumb to her injuries.

Carol Hanna, 51, of East Stroudsburg, was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.  The Coroner Scott Grim said that he ruled the cause of death as complications from burn injuries and ruled the manner of death an accident.

Hanna was burned on Dec. 6 inside her home on East Brown Street, Grim said.

Lesson is obvious and heartfelt as Carol very well could be someone's mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  It is also a sad and tragic loss.

I will go out on a limb here and assume that if she was on oxygen, she was already suffering from a smoking related illness and yet still unable to stop.  How powerful is nicotine and it's addiction?  People willingly put their lives in danger on multiple levels.  First, there's the cancer and emphysema but now once you have that you continue to smoke?  This is no different that heroin or alcoholism.

There is the possibility of reclaiming control though.  It is a struggle but people do it and survive.  They go on to live a much longer fruitful life.

If you smoke, stop now.  You are robbing yourself and your family of precious time on this planet.  If you have a loved one like Carol.  Help them to stop.  All death related to smoking is tragic.  Tragedy by definition is always avoidable, meaning, it didn't have to happen that way.  Choose life and help others do the same.  No one needs to suffer that way.  Ever.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Vaper Shark whores out Santa and picks up where big tobacco left off

In Florida, Vaper Shark posts a billboard showing Santa Claus smoking an e-cigarette or rather "vaping" as they like to call it.  Vaping is simply a politically correct propaganda term to avoid calling it what it is.  Smoking.  Ironically, Vaper Shark is really just taking it's que from the Big Tobacco marketing playbook from back in the day.

The jury is still well out on the safety of the e-cigarette, but it can go without saying that it seems to be better than a traditional cigarette.  How much safer is yet to be seen and here is my primary concern and argument...

It has been known for a very long time that cigarettes are bad for you.  However, tobacco companies back
in the day promoted cigarettes as healthy, good for you, glamorous, cool, and sophisticated.  America bought in.  Hook, line and sinker.  Even after it was clear that this may not be a good idea after all, tobacco companies still promoted smoking.  They did everything to make it seem harmless and not addictive.  They would go so far as to show Santa Claus smoking a cigarette.  Looking at cigarette adds from the 40's and 50's and the celebrity endorsements.  Jack Webb of Dragnet fame endorsed Fatima cigarettes and died of a heart attack when he was just 62.  Even the people promoting the things are dying prematurely.

And now here we are, 2013 and Santa Claus once again on the payroll of the latest and greatest nicotine delivery device.

If I were you, I'd stop on the virtue of that alone.  Because if history is repeating itself, it won't be long before we find out that "vaping" wasn't as safe as we all thought it was.  It wasn't the solution after all.  That it has deadly consequences just like traditional cigarettes.

If it's safer for you to put your head in the sand and roll the dice, go for it, but for me...  I'm proud in the knowledge that I took back control over my mood, my actions, and spending from nicotine and addiction.  There are multiple ways to conquer nicotine and smoking.  An whether you get want you need to finally stop from my book, from a tea or a powerful article, or the look on your kids face, find a way to stop.  There's no quick fix, no magic pill, no easy way.  It's a grind and a badge of honor.  Jack Webb carried a badge...  and a monkey on his back.  All the way to the grave...  How 'bout you?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's not too late to stop smoking!

So we all know that cigarette smoking has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and death.  BUT!  When you finally do stop, how does that affect your risk of developing these health problems?  Yes, death is a very serious health problem.  Who is writing this crap?

There once was a issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, where investigators reported that women who stopped the smoking will notice a major and quick decline in their risk of death from heart disease.

The investigation looked at data from over 100,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study.  Dates ranged from 1980 to 2004. The participants in the study were classified as "never smokers", "current smokers", and "past smokers". The smokers were categorized even further by the age at which they started smoking.

What was found was that 61% of the full benefit of stopping as it related to heart disease-related death was realized within the first five (5) years after stopping smoking.  But wait, there's more!  Over 40% of the benefit of quitting with regard to stroke-related death was realized in that same time period.

It takes longer for a smoker’s risk associated with lung disease and smoking-related cancers to approach that of a person who has never smoked, but the risk does decrease at 20 years or afterwards. The investigation also showed that smokers who had started smoking at a younger age had a higher risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer, and other smoking-related cancer deaths.

BOTTOM LINE KIDS:  it is NEVER too late to stop, does not matter how long you've been smoking. It is still possible to reverse a majority of the harm caused by cigarette smoke and experience the all the benefits of being able to say, I haven't had a cigarette in 5 years, 5 weeks, 5 months, 5 days.

You can totally do this!

Monday, December 2, 2013

How to remove the smell of cigarette smoke

How do I get cigarette smoke smell out of the house?  Have you recently stopped smoking?  Are you also now fully understanding what all the fuss was about with regards to the smell of cigarettes?  Do you have clothing and furniture that needs a fumigation like yesterday?  Fear not, it can be done!  Also, non-smokers who have been exposed.  For example, you live in an apartment or work with other people who smoke, here are some ways to eliminate the smell of smoke from your person, home, car and wardrobe.

Smokers looking to remove the odor should start by picking up a copy of How To Stop Smoking Without Killing Anyone.  That will teach you how to stop smoking and there by eliminate any future possibility of the smell.  Once that's handled, next step is to move out.  Otherwise you'll have to clean everything!

Steam vac for the carpets, curtains and furniture.  Wash and even consider repainting the walls.  Pending on the size of the habit, this may even prove too big a job and it might make since to hire once of those CSI clean up teams.  Think about how you'll make their day if all they have to do is help you remove the smell of smoke from your house?

Consider this, they very well may wind up at your house anyway.  You keep smoking and wind up falling asleep with a cigarette and burn the house down.  They'll be there eventually with a much bigger mess.  Or what if you have a heart attack in your sleep and no one discovers you for 8 days?  And it's August!  How's that for a smell to remove.  Or maybe your wife takes a kitchen knife to you after smelling smoke on your hands after you told her for the umpteenth time you're really going to quit this time?

For the non-smokers whose got the smell creeping in on you, or who had a smoker over, give the place a solid going over.  Then try one my dear Mother's tricks.  Cotton Balls secretly placed around the house with vanilla extract soaked in them.  My house growing up typically smelled like Christmas cookies all year.

If smoke is creeping in, locate the source and see how to plug it or block it.  If you're in an apartment and this is your neighbor, ask them to smoke outside or in a different room.  If this proves unsuccessful, move your television and surround sound system right next to the adjoining wall.  Also, every time you leave, drop an annoying piece of music on the stereo and turn it up so it resonates for them, but not so much for the building.  If you really want to inflict some serious pain here, let me suggest Rebecca Black's Friday or James Blunt's Your Beautiful.  In fact, an "irritating as 7&@K" playlist for your ipod may prove quite useful.

Since we're on the subject of smoke odor and useful, if you're still committed to smoking, try putting Kitty Litter in your ashtray just to add validity when some says (or thinks) your place smells like crap!

Last tip is when the jacket smells like the bar you were at last night or your buddy's car, fire up the Fabreze and then seal that coat in a plastic bag with a few dryer sheets.  I sold cars for several years and this trick was a great way to deodorize a  used car that was a wee bit on the stinky side.  Also good for removing the smell of spilled bong water...  at least that's what I've been told.

Look, becoming a non-smoker again stinks (pun very much intended) and being a smoker also stinks (on multiple levels).  If you're over it and it's time to kick this silly habit, there's no reason it has to totally suck and that you can't have a few laughs during the process.  Attitude truly is everything and even more so when trying to break a habit that's killing you.  Take a read or two of my book.  You will learn how to stop without quitting, how to set your mind up to actually stop this time and also how to reclaim your lung capacity.  You decided to start, now let this book help you decide to stop.