(With thanks to Mairead for
researching and collecting the majority of these links.)
AS3 on the web (alt.support.stop-smoking)
A discussion forum for Smoking Cessation. AS3 is one of the oldest stop smoking support groups on the internet, helping people quit smoking since the mid 1990's. This is where I quit smoking on March 15, 1996. It's a warm supportive community of accepting friendly people. Check them out. Join and post.
Breathing, Stretching, and Timers
Info and instruction on:
A downloadable timer for your desktop.
"Research shows that two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers stop unaided. In contrast, the increasing medicalisation of smoking cessation implies that cessation need be pharmacologically or professionally mediated."- Citation: Chapman S, MacKenzie R (2010) The Global Research Neglect of Unassisted Smoking Cessation: Causes and Consequences. PLoS Med 7(2): e1000216. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000216
Results of the study, which was conducted on over 175,000 adults over age 25, showed that although nearly half of the people studied with COPD tried to quit smoking, only 14.6 percent were successful. Patients aged 65 and older were more likely to successfully quit smoking, although younger smokers were more likely to try to quit. The majority didn't use any supplements to help them quit.
"I didn't realize how many people stop cold turkey, and I was surprised at how few use medicines and patches," Schiller said.
The study included six years of compiled data taken from federal surveys conducted between 1997 and 2002. Results were published in the July issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
"Pharmaceutical giants are some of the top financial contributors to groups such as the Canadian Lung Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and others."
Pfizer regularly pays physicians in Canada in exchange for testimonials and research into its smoking-cessation aids without publicly disclosing those ties.
Organic chemists have spent lots of time and energy simplifying morphine while retaining the activity in the simplified versions, Townsend notes.<
But an editorial that accompanies the three JAMA studies warns that much of the hype around the new drug may be unwarranted, because Chantix remains a far-from-perfect means of quitting smoking.
If drugs make it easier to quit, why aren't more people stopping since they were introduced to the market place?
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare produced a graphic contrasting costs and outcomes. Note that effective programs are NOT in treatment, but prevention.
For an illustration of the misdirection of resources, consider this: Aussie officials spent $83 million for the anti-smoking drug Zyban in 2000. Follow up studies suggested that these funds had little effect, as less than 20 percent of patients went so far as to even complete the full course of treatment. However, prevention-oriented anti-smoking programs that cost the state only $10 million led 190,000 to quit. Besides the health benefits to the ex-smokers, this prevention alternative to medical spending saved 1000 people from dying of tobacco illnesses. Yet, the medical systems in Australia, Britian, Canada and the US continue to pour funds into politically influential pharmaceutical interventions. Public health interventions that can reduce the disease burden and wellness promotions that do the same by helping people stay well in the first place get little or no funding.
Good overveiw of nicotine addiction
Articles from the British Royal College of Physicians.
How cigs make you feel better by making you feel bad first.
Smoking, Quitting, and Relapse
Why women resume smoking after pregnancy.
There are several news articles about this on line at the moment but they all emphasize weight as the major factor. So I tracked down the source which shows there are other factors as well.
" In this paper, we present a model of the relationship among changes in mood, concerns about weight and postpartum smoking."
Check out the diagram on page 7of 12 of this study. It lays the factors out clearly.
October 31, 2006 :: infoZine Quit Smoking Weight Gain, By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN -
Washington, D.C. - American Institute for Cancer Research - infoZine -
Q: Is weight gain unavoidable when someone quits smoking?
A: Modest weight gain is not unusual when a smoker quits smoking, but it is not universal. Nicotine can cause an increase in the body's metabolic (calorie-burning) rate. When people stop smoking, they can gain weight from the body returning to its normal metabolism and the tendency to eat when they would have smoked.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to avoid weight gain after quitting. Two or three ten- or fifteen-minute blocks of activity can burn up enough calories to compensate for a drop in metabolic rate.
Exercise can also reduce stress and improve your mood, which can decrease emotion-based eating.
The main sources of increased calorie consumption when people quit smoking seem to be snacks and alcohol.
Some people find the urge to smoke or eat excessively easier to handle if they eat small amounts of food several times a day. This will keep your blood sugar from dropping too low, which can stimulate the urge to eat. The key is to choose balanced snacks, not just sweets or chips.
Economics of Tobacco
From the WorldBank site, articles on the consequences and costs of tobacco use.
Warnings - drug watches
FTC snuffs "Smoke Away." The marketers of “Smoke
Away” have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they
deceptively claimed the product would allow smokers to quit smoking
quickly, easily, permanently, and without nicotine cravings or other
side effects. The agency also charged that a medical doctor and
a chiropractor who endorsed the product did not properly use their
expertise. The defendants were Emerson Direct, Inc. (d/b/a the Council
on Natural Health) of Naples, Florida; the corporation’s owner
Michael J. Connors, also of Naples, Florida; Thomas De Blasio, M.D.,
of Manalapan, New Jersey; and Sherry Bresnahan, D.C., of Algonquin,
But Robin, a former 60-a-day smoker, believes many government-backed schemes to quit smoking are failing and insists that nicotine-replacement therapy, which is recommended by the NHS and health officials, is ridiculous. He says: Its absurd. Its not nicotine replacement, its nicotine maintenance. You can't treat an addiction by giving the addict the drug they are addicted to.
Some quitters just end up swapping addictions, ...
Doctors and pharmacists say this "dirty little secret," as Fried calls it, is more common than we might think. At a time of year when people are most apt to try to quit smoking, there is a growing sense that a good number of them will simply trade one habit for another: they'll quit smoking cigarettes, but, unable to give up the nicotine, they'll stay on the replacement therapies.
Sometimes really long term.
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