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May 21 2018 10:44 AM
i am looking for an appropritate avatar to quit smoking , once i have that avatar i am looking for i will completely quit :)
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May 21 2018 10:44 AM
why is this forum posts going upside down ? :)
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May 19 2018 02:16 PM
Stay strong Machiavelli. Hope you're  back by your 2222nd day of being a quitter coming up in 20 more days.  I love odd/different numbers! 
Not One Puff Ever
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May 18 2018 04:09 PM
Welcome Wimsomia!

How are your first few days of your quit going?  I hope your daughter follows your example in quitting! You are certainly being a great role model by even attempting to quit. :)

Ashley, Health Educator
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May 18 2018 09:41 AM
Hi Tonychamp,
 Wow, 73 days already? Be sure and reward yourself for your efforts, you deserve it.  Time sure does fly. Glad to hear you're still a quitter, and also good to hear that the...constipation is getting better.   Stay strong.
Not One Puff Ever
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May 18 2018 02:15 AM
  1. Pick a quit day. Take at least a week to get ready, but choose a day, ideally within the next two weeks, to be your “quit day.” Pay attention to your stress levels — quitting during times of high stress can make quitting harder. Be sure to tell family and friends so they can be supportive.
  2. Cut back on the amount of smokeless tobacco you use from now until your quit day. Try to reduce the number of times you use dip or chew each day. Consider switching to a product that contains less nicotine (but do not turn to a new tobacco vice, like cigarettes). Slowly cutting back on nicotine will improve your chances for quitting successfully. If you’re not sure how much tobacco you’re using, you can monitor your use in our Tobacco Use Tracker, a tool on this website. The tool helps you keep track of your usage over time.
  3. Rid your environment of all smokeless tobacco products. Throw away all tobacco pouches or tins from your home, car and workplace.
  4. Be prepared to deal with cravings. Carry mints, sugar-free gum, sugar-free candy or sunflower seeds with you at all times. When you get the urge to dip or chew, put one of these items in your mouth instead.
  5. Notice your triggers. Perhaps you always dip or chew after meals or while watching TV. Stay busy to avoid relapsing. Notice what friends and family members are doing during this time. This will give you ideas for new habits. You might want to avoid being around other people who dip or chew.
  6. Get moving. Stress may tempt you to reach for that pouch or tin. Try exercising, with your doctor’s approval. You will find a helpful Exercise Tracker on this website. This tool allows you to keep track of your activity by minutes, calories burned or steps taken. Your progress will be displayed on a calendar. For more immediate stress relief, take deep breaths to take off the edge.
  7. Don’t get discouraged. Quitting smokeless tobacco is hard work. Some people make several quit attempts before they finally quit for good. If you slip up, don’t let it discourage you. Start fresh as soon as you can.
  8. Count the cost of dipping on your health, finances, personal life and relationships. Weight these against the advantages of quitting dip.
  9. Have the tools for success. Products like non tobacco snuff, herbal drops or other non tobacco substitutes are integral tools in the quitting process.
  10. Partner with someone who is familiar with your habit and has a desire for you to quit chewing tobacco. This could be your wife, girlfriend, brother or close friend. This person will be able to keep you accountable and encourage you throughout the whole quitting process.

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May 17 2018 10:17 PM
Tobacco walls tempt kids and quitters

Tobacco wall displays in convenience stores and other retailers should be banned because New Zealand and international evidence shows they are an unhealthy influence on children and people trying to quit smoking, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

"This is a serious issue affecting children who are considering starting to smoke, or smokers struggling to quit," says lead research Dr George Thomson.

"Tobacco companies use these wall displays and pay retailers to keep them up because they work; in essence, they normalise smoking."

The tobacco displays are commonly funded by tobacco companies. Calls for the removal of the displays have already met with opposition, particularly from 24 hour convenience store owners who claim a ban would have a serious effect on business.

However the study, 'Evidence and arguments on tobacco retail displays: marketing an addictive drug to children', just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, indicates that in countries which have imposed a ban on tobacco 'power walls', there is little financial effect on retailers.

Professor Janet Hoek and Dr Heather Gifford, two of the study co-researchers, say interviews with former smokers and lapsed quitters show that tobacco displays are highly visible and tempt people struggling to give up a dangerous and unhealthy habit that costs 4500 lives annually in New Zealand.

"Despite the ban on tobacco advertising, wall displays are de facto advertising in over 5000 retail outlets across the country," researchers say.

The study analysed evidence from a wide range of international research papers on the effects tobacco displays. Documents and interviews were used to explore the effects of display bans in such countries as Canada. The researchers also conducted 27 interviews with ex-smokers, smokers and retailers in New Zealand. The study found arguments against a ban were flawed or contradictory:

  • A lack of evidence of significant short term adverse economic effects on retailers in countries like Canada, where tobacco displays have been banned.
  • That tobacco is not a normal product as claimed by some NZ retailers. It is highly hazardous and should be closely regulated.
  • Clear international evidence that displays influence children, increase impulse purchasing, and are crucial to tobacco marketing.
  • A lack of evidence that removal of displays would increase thefts and risk to staff in retail outlets, and strong arguments that the opposite would occur.
  • Smokers and ex-smokers interviewed supported a display ban, particularly because of the impact on children.

The New Zealand Government is currently analysing submissions on proposals to further restrict or ban tobacco displays in retail settings.

This research helps to clarify the facts about this contentious issue by analysing international findings, says Associate Professor Richard Edwards. He believes overseas experience would have a similar application in New Zealand.

New Zealand also has a legal obligation to undertake a comprehensive ban of all tobacco promotion within five years of its 2004 ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This means displays should go by January 2009.

This research was partly funded by the Cancer Society and ASH.

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May 17 2018 10:01 PM

 If you’re ready to call yourself an ex-smoker, or you’ve recently given up the habit, you might worry about how quitting will affect your waistline. And experts say it is common for people to put on some weight after they stop smoking.

“Smoking does very slightly increase metabolism, so your metabolism may slow a little just after you quit. That can contribute to weight gain,” says Susan Besser, MD, a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea in Baltimore. You may also be tempted to use food to curb nicotine cravings or to keep your hands busy with snacks instead of cigarettes. That could make the numbers on the scale creep up.

Don’t panic. Most quitters put on fewer than 10 pounds. But there are ways to avoid even a small gain.

After kicking the habit in 2016, Te-Erika Patterson actually lost weight, going from a size 10 to a size 6 in less than a year. “Instead of smoking after I achieved my daily goals, I started walking instead. I ended up losing weight without changing my diet,” says Patterson, 38, who lives in Los Angeles.

Here are some smart, doable strategies that can help you steer clear of cigarettes and weight gain.

Get help.

Nicotine replacement aids, like gum, patches, and lozenges, make it more likely that you’ll be able to quit for good. Research shows they can help you avoid weight gain, too.

“When you have fewer nicotine cravings, you don’t end up snacking to try to ride out the urge to smoke,” says Laurel Lambert, 38, who used nicotine gum to quit smoking in 2012. Lambert, who lives in Michigan, lost 80 pounds several years before she quit. “I was a little concerned that giving up smoking would cause me to put some weight back on, but I didn’t end up gaining a pound,” she says.

The low-dose antidepressant bupropion also helps prevent weight gain, and may work even better when you use it with nicotine replacement. “Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about getting help, even if he or she doesn’t know you smoke or if you’ve tried to quit in the past,” says Niket Sonpal, MD, an assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. “Your doctor is there to help you get healthier.”

Stay busy during “smoke breaks.”

“It’s tempting to eat during the times when you used to smoke, but you can end up consuming hundreds of extra calories that way,” Besser says.

She recommends spending “smoke breaks” doing something that keeps your hands, mouth, or both busy. “For example, play a game on your cell phone and chew gum,” she says. Or try Patterson’s approach: Replace going outside for a cigarette with getting out for some exercise. “I wanted to get out of the house, so I walked instead,” she says.

Eat mindfully.

“Ask yourself before you eat anything, ‘Am I actually hungry?’” says Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. If the answer is yes, “Don’t eat on the run or in front of a screen, even if you’re just having a snack. Sit down, avoid distractions, and pay attention to your food and how fast you’re chewing.”

If you feel tempted to quell the urge to smoke with sugary or fatty food, take a pause. Cravings “usually last no more than 5 to 10 minutes,” Weinandy says. “If you can wait it out by distracting yourself for just a couple of minutes until you’re past the peak, you can avoid making an unhealthy choice.”

Take advantage of your new stamina.

Even if you do eat more after you quit smoking, you may find you can exercise more, too. “Your lung capacity and cardiovascular health immediately begin to improve after you quit,” Besser says. “That makes it much easier to be active,” which is key for staying at a healthy weight.

“I was surprised by how much energy I had after I quit,” Lambert says. “I could breathe better and I was sleeping better, too. I used that extra energy to do more of the things that I enjoyed but that used to be a struggle, like Rollerblading and fishing.”

Celebrate your success.

Giving up cigarettes is a huge accomplishment! Even if you do gain weight, “it’s far healthier to put on a few pounds than to keep smoking,” Besser says.

And remember: You quit smoking by setting a goal, getting support, and finding ways to tackle cravings and other challenges. “Those are the same strategies that can help you reach a healthy weight,” Weinandy says.

 By Camille Noe Pagán  
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May 13 2018 12:06 AM

Précédentes éditions de la Journée mondiale sans tabac

La journée mondiale sans tabac est organisée dans le monde entier, chaque année le 31 mai

Cette journée mondiale est axée sur les dangers du tabac pour la santé et sur l’action antitabac menée par l’OMS.

Le tabagisme provoque actuellement la mort d’un adulte sur dix sur la planète. C'est la deuxième cause de décès au niveau mondial.

L’OMS a institué la Journée mondiale sans tabac en 1987 pour faire mieux connaître, partout dans le monde, l’épidémie de tabagisme et ses effets mortels. Le tabagisme est la plus importante épidémie évitable à laquelle les soignants sont confrontés.

 Merci ..... 
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April 13 2018 02:44 PM

Congratulations. That you for sharing your success and inspiring us.

Ashley, Health Educator
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