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Thomas3.20.2010

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 29, 2011

Here's a few sites where you can read about Nicotine Addiction while you're waiting for some response:

http://www.whyquit.com
http://quitsmokingonline.com/
Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - http://joga.365.lt/Allen-Carr_Easy-Way-To-Stop- Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook

 

Enjoy your reading!

 If women didn’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking before pregnancy, here’s a big one: Smoking during pregnancy may set their child up for blood vessel damage, a new study shows.

Dutch scientists enrolled more than 250 children. When the children were 4 weeks old, their body dimensions and lung function were measured. At the same time, their parents completed questionnaires about such factors as smoking during pregnancy.

When the children were 5, the researchers used ultrasound to measure the thickness and flexibility of their carotid arteries, large blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. They also collected updated smoking information from their parents.

The walls of the carotid arteries in 5-year-olds whose mothers had smoked throughout pregnancy were about 19 microns thicker -- about one to two times the thickness of a piece of cassette tape -- and 15% stiffer than those whose mothers had not smoked.

If both parents smoked while they were in the womb, the children’s carotid arteries were nearly 28 microns thicker and 21% stiffer than those of children whose parents didn’t smoke during pregnancy. These changes may indicate damage to blood vessels that may affect their function, the study authors suggest.

The scientists did not find an effect if only the father smoked during the pregnancy, or if the mother hadn’t started smoking until after giving birth.

Smoking During Pregnancy vs. After

“The challenge there was to show that it was really smoking in pregnancy” and not exposure to cigarette smoke afterward, researcher Cuno Uiterwaal, MD, PhD, says in an email to WebMD. “To further explore that, we did this study.”

Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, says, “with our findings, we think that smoking in pregnancy does play an independent role, although we know that exposure of children to [secondhand] smoke is damaging in many areas.”

“Smoking in pregnancy is bad for many reasons for the mother and certainly also for the child,” Uiterwaal says. “Our findings may well be another argument to quit during pregnancy. Many women do quit as soon as they know they’re pregnant, but not all do.”

 

An accompanying editorial notes than nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults smoke, and more than half of children show biochemical evidence of exposure to secondhand smoke. “There is no known safe level of exposure,” write authors and pediatricians Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, of Dartmouth College and Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, of the University of Rochester.

Uiterwaal’s study, Tanski and Wilson write, “provides one more piece of evidence for the importance of smoking cessation, in particular, among families with young children and those planning to have children.”

Uiterwaal’s study and Tanski and Wilson’s editorial appear online in Pediatrics.

A first-of-its-kind study is giving smokers one more reason to quit as a New Year's resolution. The study, which will be published in the January 2012 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has shown that adults with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease are three times more likely to have been exposed to second-hand smoke during their childhood compared with those without the condition. 

Approximately 10% of asthmasufferers and one third of asthmatics with chronic sinus inflammation are affected by aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). Most are unable to take aspirin without suffering an attack or other respiratory symptoms, even though they were able to take it previously. 

 

   "More than half of U.S. children are exposed to second-hand smoke, and this study adds to the evidence that it is a health threat. Second-hand smoke exposure during childhood has been linked to a variety of diseases, including   heart disease and    cancer, and this study shows it also is associated with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease." 



Researchers surveyed a total of 260 couples (520 individuals), one partner in each couple suffered from asthma and AERD whilst the other did not. They report that those suffering from AERD were over three times more likely to have been exposed to second-hand smoke as children, and five times as likely to have suffered exposure as children and adults, compared with those who did not suffer from the disease.

They also found that those who smoked had a one-and-a-half time higher risk of AERD compared with those who never smoked. 

Co-author of the study and ACAAI member Donald Stevenson, MD, declared: 
 

   "There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Smokers need to realize that they are putting their children and spouses at risk of serious health problems, including asthma associated with AERD." 

Today is a very big day for Our Friend, JoJo from NY!!!! Today is the day she will be told whether she'll be accepted into the lung transplant list! I ask that those who pray please do so! Those who send Vibes -send away! Whatever your means of bringing the POWER of the Creator into ACTION please call upon it NOW!!!! JOJO!!!! I'm asking Our Holy Father to show you the way and if it be His Will please for your sake and for your young Family's sake and for the sake of so many many of us who call you Our Friend, Prolong your LIFE with the Gift of your "Lucky Lungs" AMEN!!!! 

Thomas3.20.2010

Just for the Record -

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 22, 2011

I had 5 badgers yesterday and 9 today and I didn't even do anything to get the EXtras! So ADMIN if you're reading this I have a question: If you can take the time to have a badger hunt, why can't you keep the spammers out? I wonder how many badgers they caught last night.......

Thomas3.20.2010

Smoking and your Pet!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 21, 2011

If Spot could speak, he might tell his owners — if they smoked — that all that secondhand smoke is “ruff” on the both of them.

A Davis County Health Department educator and a nationally recognized Davis County veterinarian, after reviewing information from recent veterinary studies, contend secondhand smoke has serious effects on pets in the household.

They hope that educating pet owners who smoke about the dangers of secondhand smoke and the risk it poses to their pets will encourage them to quit smoking.

Studies show nearly 30 percent of pet owners who smoke would try to quit if they learned secondhand smoke could harm their pets, while fewer than 2 percent would quit smoking for the sake of their children, according to Gloria Yugel, a community health educator with the Davis County Health Department.

“Secondhand smoke is just as damaging to your pet’s health as it is to a human’s health,” Yugel said. “Exposure to secondhand smoke has been associated with allergies in dogs, eye and skin diseases in birds, lymph gland and oral cancers in cats, nasal and lung cancer in dogs, and respiratory problems in both cats and dogs.”

Other pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, or any bird species also are vulnerable to the dangers of secondhand smoke inhalation, Yugel said.

 

A recent study by U.S. veterinarians concluded that cats whose owners smoked were prone to feline lymphoma, a form of cancer that kills three out of four cats within a year of diagnosis, Yugel said.

Researchers found that such cats were twice as likely to develop the disease when compared to cats with nonsmoking owners, she said.

It also was revealed that if two people living in the house smoke, the risk for the cat to get cancer is four times greater, Yugel said.

Dogs are similarly endangered by secondhand smoke.

“Researchers have established that the development of canine asthma, as well as nasal and lung cancer, may be prompted by exposure to secondhand smoke,” Yugel said.

“People need to be aware that domesticated pets used to live in the wild, and they relied on their heightened sense of smell to survive. Because of this, their nasal membranes are much more sensitive than humans’ membranes,” said Clayne R. White, a veterinarian at Bayview Animal Hospital in Farmington.

 

“Asthma in cats is already a common ailment. We have found that if a cat lives in a home where someone smokes, the cat’s chances of developing asthma are 10 times greater than in a nonsmoking household,” said White, who gained national notoriety in 2010 when he took two white Bengal tiger cubs into his Kaysville home after they had been abandoned by their mother in captivity at the Lagoon zoo.

“Also, dogs are at risk. So, if someone in your household smokes,” White said, “watch out for your dog coughing, wheezing or having difficulties breathing.”

Secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous for puppies when they have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to infection, White said.

Industry Studies Obscure Harm from Tobacco Additives

Menthol and other additives substantially boost the toxicity of cigarettes, though industry studies suggested otherwise, researchers found.

The smoke of cigarettes with flavor and other additives was significantly more toxic and higher in total particulate matter than that of plain, tobacco-only cigarettes, Stanton A. Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues reported.

That's what they uncovered in the per-protocol analyses of the industry studies using documents obtained through litigation.

But the studies had been reported as neutral because of post-hoc changes to adjust away significance, Glantz' group pointed out in the December issue ofPLoS Medicine.

"These findings show that the tobacco industry scientific research on the use of cigarette additives cannot be taken at face value," the editors of the journal summarized.

That should come as no surprise, Glantz' group noted, pointing to the long history of big tobacco manipulating release of scientific results on secondhand smoke.

The FDA and other regulatory authorities could now use the industry's own data to eliminate use of menthol and all the other cigarette additives studied, the group suggested.

 

Some additives make tobacco smoke less irritating to the respiratory system, while others make it more palatable. Altogether, these can impact bioavailability and impact of nicotine, as well as initiation and ability to quit smoking.

The FDA prohibited flavor additives in 2009 with the exception of menthol.

Philip Morris anticipated FDA regulation of tobacco decades before it was enacted in 2009, and started conducting research that could be used to shape any proposed regulation. Out of that came four "Project MIX" papers, published in 2002, that concluded no evidence of substantial toxicity from different combinations of 333 additives reflecting what was in commercially available cigarettes.

The research included chemical analysis of smoke, in vitro testing for effect on genetic mutations and toxicity to cells, and in vivo rat inhalation toxicology studies.

Glantz' group combed through roughly 60 million pages of tobacco industry documents turned over in the course of litigation to uncover the original research methods and protocols.

"While the procedures to collect the data themselves appear sound, the way that the data were analyzed and interpreted is not," they wrote.

The 51 constituents of smoke from the test and control cigarettes were subjectively chosen and excluded important polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons of concern, such as carcinogens.

The studies also assessed, but did not publish, ammonia levels in the smoke. Internal reports pointed to significantly elevated levels with two groups of additives but significantly reduced levels with a third group that included menthol.

 

Ammonia "increases the pH of tobacco smoke, making it less acidic and therefore easier to smoke while increasing the bioavailability of the nicotine," Glantz' group noted.

The original research protocol originally called for analysis on a per-cigarette basis, but that was changed at the request of Philip Morris after the company found out that the additive cigarettes had a 10% higher total particulate matter and 20% higher levels of the toxin acrolein.

The published paper did include that data showing the additives together boosted total particulate matter by 13% to 28%, which would increase cardiovascular disease risk and contribute to slower wound healing, spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and other pregnancy problems.

But the researchers downplayed the biological importance of this and normalized the toxin results by total particulate matter (TPM).

"Thus, as long as the amount of a toxin in the smoke of a test cigarette increased by less than the amount TPM increased in that cigarette, the ratio would drop even if both the toxin and TPM increased with the additives," Glantz' group explained.

With this adjustment, only five of the 31 toxins increased with the additives and 15 showed decreases.

But smokers smoke whole cigarettes, generally to obtain a certain amount of nicotine, regardless of total particulate exposure, Glantz' group argued.

On a per cigarette basis, 31 of 51 chemicals increased with at least one of the additive groups and 37 increased per unit nicotine (17 and nine decreased, respectively).

 

For 15 chemicals, the increase was 20% or more beyond that of the tobacco-only control cigarettes. This group included human and animal carcinogens including arsenic, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as respiratory irritants and cellular toxins, such as carbon monoxide.

The in vivo toxicology was also done to match total particulate matter across the cigarette groups, which meant rats were exposed to lower relative toxin levels with the additive cigarettes than if exposure was matched on nicotine delivery.

Other problems with the smoke inhalation toxicity research were use of only nine rats per group and a short 90-day exposure period with 42 days of follow up, which likely underpowered it to find real effects.

The genotoxicity and cytotoxicity studies used only screening tests, not sensitive dose-response measures, and therefore couldn't determine changes in potential harm with the additives.

The FDA and other regulators need to insist on receiving all drafts of tobacco-related study protocols from industry as well as the raw data to reduce problems like these in the future, Glantz' group concluded.

  

The study was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

  

Glantz reported holding two research grants related to tobacco from the National Cancer Institute, an endowed chair as American Legacy Distinguished Professor in Tobacco Control, an unrelated grant from the University of California Tobacco Related Diseases Research Program, and an endowment from the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute.

  

He administers an endowment from the American Legacy Foundation, which supports the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education that he directs and the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

Planning to kick the butt? You may find motivation from a new study which claims that people who successfully quit smoking are more satisfied with their lives, and feel healthier than those who continue to smoke.

 

 

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin looked at over 1,500 people participating a US smoking cessation trial. They assessed each participant's smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial. "Our findings suggest that over the long-term individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not," the researchers were quoted as saying by LiveScience.

 

 

"This research provides substantial evidence that quitting smoking benefits well-being, compared to continuing smoking," they said.

 

 

The study's "quality of life" measures included the participant's health, self-regard, philosophy of life and personal relationships.

Researchers have given smokers one more reason to keep their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking after the results of a first-of-its –kind study were released. The study found that adults with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) were more than three times as likely to have been exposed to second-hand smoke during childhood as were those without the condition. Study results appear in the January 2012 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).

Approximately 10% of people with asthma and one third of asthmatics with chronic sinus inflammation have AERD. Individuals with the disease are unable to take aspirin without suffering either an asthma attack or other respiratory symptoms.

The study included 520 people: 260 patients who had asthma and AERD and their spouses, who did not have asthma or AERD. Results of the study showed that people with AERD were three times as likely to have been exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke when they were children and were five times as likely to have been exposed during childhood and adulthood. Smokers were more than one and one-half times more likely to have AERD than those who never smoked.

“More than half of US children are exposed to second-hand smoke, and this study adds to the evidence that it is a health threat,” said Jinny Chang, MD, lead author of the study. “Second-hand smoke exposure during childhood has been linked to a variety of diseases, including heart disease and cancer, and this study shows it also is associated with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease.”

Despite the passage of smoking laws, anti-smoking campaigns and an increased overall awareness of the danger of smoking, the tobacco industry is still making strong profits.

Stanford's Robert Proctor recently released his 750 studyGolden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition. Publishing the book personally cost Proctor $50,000 in legal fees to defend himself against the industry, which subpoenaed his email and unpublished manuscript (via Stanford Report).

So, what was the tobacco industry trying so hard to hide?

Besides some horrid health-related facts ("If everyone stopped smoking today, there would still be millions of deaths a year for decades to come."), Proctors' book accounts for how tobacco makers have repeatedly lied to Congress and the public.

Dispelling myths
Proctor says six trillion cigarettes are smoked every year. "That's "enough to make a continuous chain from Earth to the sun and back, with enough left over for a couple of round trips to Mars."

But isn't smoking on the decline? Not so fast. According to Proctor, "we don't count the people who don't count. It's not the educated or the rich who smoke anymore, it's the poor." In addition, the rising popularity of hookahs are "just as addictive, and just as deadly."

Another myth: "The tobacco industry has turned over a new leaf." False, says Proctor. Cigarettes are made more deadly today than they were 60 years ago, and tobacco companies still target children, just not in ways so obvious as cartoon Joe Camel.

 

Most people begin smoking at the age of 12 or 13, or even younger in some parts of the world, says Proctor. "And how many people know that cigarettes contain radioactive isotopes, or cyanide, or free-basing agents like ammonia, added to juice up the potency of nicotine?"

Industry growth
Perhaps most interesting is Proctor's note that global tobacco use would be declining were it not for China, where 40% of the world's cigarettes are made and smoked.

But that, he believes, will change soon once China's government realizes the fringe costs -- paying for diseases caused by smoking and loss of productivity -- outweigh the benefits of tobacco taxes.

Investing ideas
Despite the rush of negativity toward the tobacco industry the cigarette companies trading on the U.S. stock exchanges have posted positive performance this year -- all above 10%.

We list the seven cigarette companies below. Do you think these names have the momentum to continue on an upward trend?

(Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)

1. British American Tobacco (NYSE: BTI  ) : Engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco products. Market cap of $91.76B. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.6), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock has gained 28.79% over the last year.

2. Star Scientific (Nasdaq: CIGX  ) : Engages in the development, implementation, and licensing of tobacco curing technology that prevents the formation of carcinogenic toxins present in tobacco and tobacco smoke, primarily the tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA). Market cap of $322.79M. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 18.65% (equivalent to 17.1 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -7.08% below its SMA20, -12.06% below its SMA50, and -30.9% below its SMA200. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 17.01%.

 

3. Lorillard (NYSE: LO  ) : Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States. Market cap of $14.80B. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.39), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 4.74%, current ratio at 1.92, and quick ratio at 1.7. The stock has gained 39.64% over the last year.

4. Altria Group (NYSE: MO  ) : Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $59.86B. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.43), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock has gained 23.82% over the last year.

5. Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM  ) : Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Market cap of $131.87B. 0The stock has gained 32.63% over the last year.

6. Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI  ) : Through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. Market cap of $23.94B. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.59), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock has gained 34.88% over the last year.

7. Vector Group (NYSE: VGR  ) : Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States. Market cap of $1.41B. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.42), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.63% (equivalent to 10.24 days of average volume). The stock has gained 10.65% over the last year.

Thomas3.20.2010

New Year's Resolution!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 20, 2011

Do you want to quit smoking in 2012? Are you tired of being addicted or of spending your spare cash on cigarettes? Perhaps you are worried about the effects of passive smoking for your relatives. Unfortunately cigarette smoking causes the deaths of 443,000 Americans every year, making it the biggest preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.

 

About 49,000 of these deaths were people who were breathing in second-hand smoke. Smoking can also reduce your life by 13 to 14 years, on average, but it’s extremely addictive.

So, how do you quit?

1. Tell all your friends and family that you are quitting to get them on board. It will be easier for you if you have support from others. Remind them before you quit that you don’t want them to make jokes about it or smoke around you as you are serious about not smoking anymore.

2. Consider joining a support group to help you quit. If you find it hard to stay off the cigarettes on your own, a trained coach will help you and you can also meet others who are in the same situation as you. There are telephone helplines available if you are struggling out of hours.

 

3. If you want to have something in your hand, hold a pen or a stress ball. If you want to have something in your mouth, chew on gum or another food.

4. Don’t drink alcohol during the time you are trying to quit as this may make you want a cigarette.

5. Distract yourself. There are many public places where smoking is banned, such as shopping malls or the library. Spend as much time out as you can.

6. If you normally have a smoking routine and smoke at specific times, change your routine. For instance, you could listen to music instead of smoking, or even go and brush your teeth if you crave something in your mouth.

7. Socialize as much as you can with non-smoking friends. This should be easy as the majority of people don’t smoke.

8. If you normally smoke in the car (for example, if you have children at home) and you associate the car with smoking, you could take the bus or walk as a temporary measure until you no longer have any cravings.

 

9. If you feel you can’t quit without medical assistance, there are anti-smoking sweets, pills, nicotine patches or nasal sprays. Most of these contain nicotine to help lessen the feelings of addiction, but there is one type of pill that is called Bupropion SR and contains no nicotine. However, it isn’t suitable for pregnant women or people with eating or seizure disorders. Make sure you follow the instructions and complete the course or it may not work.

  

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10. You may feel ill or tense when you first quit. This is normal and will pass in a few weeks. Lots of people give up trying after the first week when the withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, but if you keep going you will eventually find you have no desire for anymore cigarettes.

Sources:

Smoking and Tobacco Use, Fast Facts, CDC. Web. 19 December 2011.

We all have EXperienced it. That Voice that says "just one won't hurt!" Some of us refer to it as the Nico-Demon, but I realize that the nico-demon is really just ME! So why would I try to fight myself? I prefer to recognize that other Voice within. There's a Voice that says, "I really should quit one of these days..." Maybe it's barely a whisper but it was enough to get you to visit this site! So admit it's there! Tune into that Voice for a while! Do you hear it saying, "Wow! I didn't realize I smoke 20+cigs a day! I really didn't enjoy ALL of them! That morning cough might just be more than just a cold in the Winter and just allergies all Summer!You know what? I wonder what $7 a day adds up to in a Month?" That's the Voice! I call this Voice the God Given FREEDOM Loving Voice! Why not just turn the volume up on that Voice a bit? Why not let those messages about how "smoking not only harms myself but my loved ones; it not only pollutes my lungs, it pollutes my Home and Car; Oh yea, 7X30=$210/Month! Holy Smokes!!!!; my Health Insurance and Life Insurance rates owuld go down too!; it's kinda stressful coming up with all that money every day and BTW, I wonder how much time I spend just hanging out smoking? Let's see... 8 minutesX20= 160 minutes=TWO HOURS and  40 minutes a DAY!; No wonder I feel stressed out!" Turn the Volume up!

And while you're at it, turn the Nico-Voice Volume down! No, I'm not going to meltdown, divorce my spouse, yell at my kids, lose my job - just because I quit smoking! No, I'm not going to sleep for 10 years or lay awake for months, gain 100 lbs, wreck my car - just because I quit smoking! REALLY! So just turn the Volume on those messages down!

 

Pretty soon, the only Voice you'll hear is the Healthy Happy FREEDOM Loving Voice! That other Voice won't even enter your train of thought! And when it does occasionally get louder again - it still won't be as loud as your Smoke FREE Voice! That's because Smokers don't get to smoke - They have to Smoke! And Quitters never regret having chosen FREEDOM!Make the Nico-Voice the whisper!Pretty soon it will stop bugging you! And your FREEDOM Loving Voice will stop bugging you too -because it truly is your God-given Voice!

Thomas3.20.2010

Sick Lungs Don't Show!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 19, 2011


*Sick Lungs Don't Show*

I may not look sick; BUT.....I have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(COPD).  What is COPD?  It includes such illnesses as emphysema, chronic
bronchitis and sometimes asthma.  It is primarily characterized by extreme
shortness of breath.

LIVING WITH COPD IS VERY RESTRICTIVE

It means having to avoid strong odors, smoke, flowers, perfumes, cleaning
agents, paints, solvents, vehicle exhaust, shaving lotion, bath powders,
incense.  I also have to avoid extremes or wind, crowds, molds and dusty
places because they make me short of breath.

PHYSICALLY

Living with COPD can mean having difficulty walking up stairs or inclines,
not walking very far, being unable to "rush" or "being rushed" tiring
easily - especially if things last too long, being unable to tolerate tight
clothing and the inability to talk for any length of time.

SOCIALLY

Living with COPD can mean coughing in public which attracts attention and
embarrasses me, having to use or wear devices or equipment, or take
medication which invites public comment (oxygen, cold weather  masks,
inhalers) being concerned, often excessively) about contact with cold or
flu germs, and having my friends make short, pleasant visits.

EMOTIONALLY

Living with COPD can mean crying easily, angering easily, becoming
frustrated and impatient because I can't do the things I use to do.
Feeling resentful when others tell me "You don't look sick."  It can cause
me to be panicky and tense, and becoming dependent because it's frightening
when I can't breathe.

COPD AFFECTS MY FAMILY TOO

By having to adapt to my physical, emotional, social and environmental
needs and limitations, often having to leave social functions earlier than
they wish because of me or sometimes never getting there and by having to
check out  all the details in advance, getting places early and all the
while having to remain calm and reassuring at all times on my account.

REMEMBER: I may not look sick but SICK LUNGS DON'T SHOW!

Smokers who are worried they will struggle to stay calm after throwing out their cigarettes should take note - a study has found quitters cope with stress just as well after beating the habit.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin looked at the psychological impact of giving up, after noticing many smokers assumed quitting would reduce their quality of life.

 

Smokers worried about their 'decreased ability to cope with stressors and negative effects, social ostracism, loss of pleasure and intense cravings', the team wrote in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine.

They said that although it was well-established that quitting improved health and save lives, there had been little research into its effect on subjective well-being.

 

The scientists, led by Dr Megan Piper, performed a placebo-controlled trial involving more than 1,500 male and female smokers, who they then asked to try and quit the habit.

Each participant completed an assessment and took a biochemical test to confirm their smoking status at the start of the trial, with a follow-up one and three years later.

The team found that smokers who managed to quit long-term saw an improvement rather than any deterioration in their quality of life.

Quality of life measures included health, self-regard, philosophy of life, standard of living, work, recreation, learning, creativity, love relationship, friendships, relationships with family, home and community.

 

Compared to those who continued to smoker, the quitters scored higher on all of these measures and experienced more positive emotions both one year and three years on. They also said they felt they had fewer things to feel stressed about by the third year.

The authors said: 'This research provides substantial evidence that quitting smoking benefits well-being compared to continuing smoking. 

'Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life - because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy. 

'Our findings suggest that, over the long-term, individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not.'



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2073959/Stopping-smoking-DOESN-T-make-stressed-say-successful-quitters.html#ixzz1gVhuNdfL

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not
on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

 

These are some of the Gifts that come to mind as I CELEBRATE my QUIT:

(1) I feel more SELF-CONFIDENT because I made a choice to change my self-destructive behavior and followed through.

(2) I feel more HONEST because I am not evading truthfulness about the consequences in order to support my Smoking Addiction.

(3) I feel more SELF-RESPECT because I made a decision to QUIT SMOKING and honored that decision.

(4) I feel more SECURE because I no longer have that constant battle "I want to smoke"vs"I don't want to smoke."

(5) I feel more OPTIMISTIC because I no longer attack stress with another cigarette, I attack it with a constructive plan of action.

(6) I feel more SPIRITUAL because when I called upon my higher power for assistance I felt his/her response.

(7) I feel more DECISIVE because I saw how I can set a goal and accomplish it one day at a time each and every day.

(8) I feel more SELF-AWARE because I sense days or situations of weakness and have a winning back up plan to protect my QUIT.

(9) I feel more INTEGRATED because when my body said "I need...." my mind and spirit responded affirmatively.

(10) I feel more JOY as I experience COLLATERAL KINDNESS and CELEBRATE each and every daily VICTORY over my Smoking Addiction with my BecomeanEX Friends! THANK YOU for CELEBRATING with me!! And Thank You for holding me up when I need a shoulder to Lean On! 

 

God Bless each and Everyone of You! May you have a Safe Home to live in, Hot Nutritious Food to nourish You, Good Clothes to Keep You Warm, Family and Friends to share Your Tears and Laughter,Good Health enhanced by Your Addiction FREE Living,  and most of all, May You know the GOD of LOVE this Holiday Season! I'm so grateful for my Beautiful Wife and my Talented, Marvelous Sons.I hope You can share your Holidays with your Loved Ones, too, and give them an EXtra close HUG now that you don't smell like an ashtray!! And for those of You who have COPD, May you have a Breathe Easy Day Today! I have all I need Today!As My Friend, JoJo says, I woke up breathing so LIFE goes on! Glory Be to God in The Highest! Allelujah!AMEN!

I was surprised to see the Nov. 24 letter "Secondhand smoke danger is a myth."

I am a pediatrician, so I don’t have to deal with lung cancer except when one of my little patients loses a grandparent to the disease. I spent two days searching the Internet for studies on the causes of lung cancer. This is what I found.

The primary risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking, which is estimated to account for 90 percent of all lung cancers.

An analysis of 52 studies on secondhand smoke and cancer showed a risk of 1:21 in spouses of smokers. Twenty-five studies of workplace exposure showed a risk of 1:22.

For nonsmokers exposed to a parent who smoked, the risk of lung cancer was 1:11. In one study it was estimated that 17 percent of lung cancer in nonsmokers is attributed to secondhand smoke during childhood.

Recently, I saw a 4-year-old who had been to the emergency room four times recently. His mother seemed surprised when I suggested that her smoking could be a major contributing factor.

My patients who live with a smoker are more likely to have ear infections, pneumonia, asthma and severe respiratory infections. And, sadly, the child of a smoker is more likely to become addicted to nicotine in early adolescence.

MARSHA RAULERSON, M.D.

Graph: Lung cancer incidence rates by gender, United States. per 100,000, 80.5% men, 54.5% women.

 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, and it is estimated that smoking is the principle cause of about 90% of lung cancer in men and almost 80% in women. Smoking also can contribute to cancer of the voicebox (larynx), mouth and throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, and stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia.

In the United States in 2007 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 109,643 men and 93,893 women were told they had lung cancer, and 88,329 men and 70,354 women died from it.

The graph shows how many people out of 100,000 got lung cancer in 2007; this is called the incidence rate.* The lung cancer incidence rates are grouped by race and ethnicity and gender.

Among men, black men were diagnosed with lung cancer most often, followed by white, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic men. Overall, 80.5 out of every 100,000 men were told they had lung cancer in 2007.

Among women, white women had the most new cases of lung cancer, followed by black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic women. Overall, 54.5 out of every 100,000 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007.

Prevention

You can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer in several ways.

      
  • Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit now.
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  • Avoid secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure.
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  • Have your home tested for radon and take corrective actions if high levels are found.
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  • Avoid unnecessary medical tests that involve X-ray images of the chest.
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  • Follow health and safety guidelines in the workplace and avoid exposures to substances known to cause lung cancer (such as asbestos, arsenic, chloromethyl ethers, chromium, nickel, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).
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  • Chart: Lung cancer incidence rates by race, ethnicity, and gender, United States.

This illness called COPD has me on a roller coaster! I've been sick again and for me, sckness leads to depression. They say depression is anger turned inward and I suppose that it makes sense that when I get sick I get angry all over again at myself for having smoked and allowed this Smoking Related Illness to invade my Life! I'm often like a drowning man who's grasping for the sunlight and air at the surface of the water! It just seems to get harder and harder to relax enough when I get to the surface to float there and stay awhile before COPD grabs me and drags me back down into the depths of despair! I just can't seem to find a rhythm of living where I feel safe. Even when I am doing well, a part of me is gearing up and anticipating the next sickness so I don't really ever let go and feel GOOD! 

 

There's a huge part of me that wants to be the helpful - not the helped - that wants to wipe out this blog because I "shouldn't whine!" This even when I know that this is a Support Site and I have Friends and Family here who care about me - not just what I can do for them but what they can do for me! There's the part of me that says that needing help is weakness of Faith in God! This I know is also a distortion because as INDIN GRL says we are God's hands on Earth! So trusting others to support you is trusting God to act! Isn't the depressed mind a twisted thing? Even when you know better you still feel this junk! Good golly, I'm driving my poor Wife nuts! I imagine she's starting to see me as almost bipolar - either filled with enthusiasm, hope and optimism or totally down in the dumps and discouraged! I honestly don't know how she copes with me at times! I don't know how, but it's time to get a grip! All because I chose to smoke for almost 20 years and became ill with Emphysema! If only...

The IAQ Video Network produces another educational video about environmental dangers due to exposure to indoor air quality contaminants.

Phoenix, AZ, December 12th, 2011 -- Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses the threat to children’s health due to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).

 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Environmentaltobacco smoke is the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and smoke exhaled by the smoker. It is a complex mixture of over 4,000 compounds, more than 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals and many of which are strong irritants. ETS is often referred to as 'secondhand smoke' and exposure to ETS is often called passive smoking.'

 

“Infants and young children whose parents smoke in their presence are at an increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis, and are more likely to have symptoms of respiratory irritation,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video.  “The EPA estimates that between 200,000 and 1,000,000 asthmatic children have their condition made worse by exposure to secondhand smoke each year. We hope this new online video helps to educate people about secondhand smoke and ways people can protect their children’s health.”

 

To view this video please visit http://www.iaqtv.com/ or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4tlVjGB67s

If you have chronic heart failure, being around a smoker may be bad for your physical and mental well-being, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of 205 non-smokers with heart failure, those who regularly breathed in secondhand smoke reported more problems in their day-to-day functioning—physical and emotional.

The findings, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, do not prove that other people's smoke was to blame.

  
     

But they add to the large body of evidence tying secondhand smoke to heart disease, researchers say.

A number of studies have found that non-smokers who regularly breathe in other people's tobacco smoke have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

This latest study suggests that secondhand smoke may also affect a heart failure patient's quality of life, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Kirsten E. Fleischmann of the University of California, San Francisco.

"In my opinion, patients with heart failure should definitely avoid secondhand smoke exposure—both to minimize the risk of cardiac events such as heart attacks and because of the effects on health-related quality of life that we documented," Fleischmann told Reuters Health in an email.

Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's needs, which leads to symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness and swelling in the limbs.

 

People can develop heart failure due to a condition that damages the heart muscle, like a heart attack or poorly controlled high blood pressure.

It's possible, according to Fleischmann's team, that secondhand smoke could worsen the situation by impairing blood-vessel function, or increasing inflammation in the blood vessels.

The findings are based on questionnaires and tests from 205 heart failure patients at the researchers' medical center.

One questionnaire focused on "health-related quality of life," which asked about everyday physical and emotional well-being.

Overall, one-quarter of the patients said they were exposed to secondhand smoke at least one hour out of every week. And they scored lower on measures of emotional well-being, and physical and emotional "role" — meaning they had more physical limitations and emotional problems keeping them from their usual daily routines.

On average, their scores on those measures were 11 to 22 points lower than those of people not exposed to secondhand smoke.

That's a significant difference, Fleischmann said—akin to effects linked to certain chronic diseases, including heart failure itself.

It's possible, Fleischmann noted, that some other factor, rather than secondhand smoke, accounts for the lower quality of life.

The researchers tried to factor in those things—like whether people exposed to secondhand smoke were older or in poorer overall health. But they could not control for every variable that could affect a person's health-related quality of life.

Regardless, heart failure patients would be wise to steer clear of tobacco smoke, according to Fleischmann.



Smokers who have a family member with heart failure can help by not smoking around them, Fleischmann said.

"But the best way, of course, is for family members to quit smoking," she added. "This protects both their health and that of their loved one."



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/30/secondhand-smoke-tied-to-bad-heart-failure-outcomes/#ixzz1fw4j0paa

(December 7, 2011)

When it comes to helping smokers quit, not all states are created equal. According to a new report by the American Lung Association, Maine and North Dakota are the two most quit-friendly states for smokers who want to stop smoking. Georgia and Louisiana are the two least quit-friendly states. Does your state do enough to help smokers quit, and how does it compare to others?

The American Lung Association’s annual “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2011” report documents the coverage of programs and treatments to help smokers quit available in each state and from the federal government.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, responsible for 443,000 deaths each year from tobacco-related illnesses and secondhand smoke exposure. Tobacco also places a crippling burden on the U.S. economy, totaling $193 billion annually. Providing comprehensive quit-smoking treatments is a win-win that both saves lives and curbs health care costs.    

But quitting smoking is difficult, and most smokers need help to quit for good. That’s why it’s important that states and the federal government do all they can to make sure smokers have easy access to smoking cessation medications and counseling through health insurance plans and cessation telephone quitlines. While the federal government and some states have taken important steps in the right direction, significant gaps in access to coverage remain for millions of smokers.

 

States’ Efforts Mixed

According to the Lung Association’s report, the five most quit-friendly states are: Maine, North Dakota, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. The least quit-friendly states, where policymakers are tragically missing a chance to improve citizens’ health and save lives, are Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Several states have made progress this year to improve access to tobacco cessation treatments, including Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. But many states are still missing key opportunities to provide people with the lifesaving assistance to quit smoking. Alabama and Georgia do not provide any help quitting to anyone on Medicaid other than to pregnant women as is federally-required.  Louisiana and Maryland do not provide smoking cessation coverage to state employees.  
 

Federal Government Steps Up

The report finds significant advances in the ongoing federal health care overhaul and other federal policies that will offer millions help in ending their deadly tobacco addiction. In 2011, the millions of federal employees and their families gained comprehensive coverage through their health insurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has another opportunity coming up to help even more smokers quit by including a specific and comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit in the Essential Heath Benefit. 

 

  
   
    
     

Unfortunately, federal efforts experienced a setback when a lawsuit from several tobacco companies blocked the new graphic warning labels for cigarette packs that will include the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW telephone number for help. The graphic warning labels are required to appear on all cigarette packs and advertisements starting in the fall of 2012. On November 29, the U.S. Department of Justice appealed this ruling.
 

     

Take Action

     

Visit our “Helping Smokers Quit” report webpage to find tools and resources to help you, or someone you know quit smoking. 

     
          
  • Find details about what resources are available in your state
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  • Send an email to encourage policymakers to help more smokers quit
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  • Send an e-card of encouragement to someone you know who wants to quit
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  • Download web banners and email signatures to help spread the word about helping smokers quit
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You can also join our Lung Action Network to receive e-alerts on how you can take action to support better quit-smoking coverage or smokefree laws federally, and in your state. 

Interested in keeping up with all the American Lung Association does to fight for healthy air and healthy lungs? Sign up  to receive our monthly e-newsletter Fighting For Air Online, and other e-news.

    
   
  

Yes, here I am sitting in front of a Cigarette Discount Store looking at all those signs about how much $$$ I can save to kill myself one puff at a time! I look at the poor sad folks who enter the store and come out with their week's supply of sickerettes and I can't help feeling total GRATITUDE that I am FREE from ADDICTION! Here I am at the gates of the ENEMY and I recognize it for what it is! Not something I want and certainly not something I NEED! Just poison waiting to kill somebody!And the folks who enter the store don't even know how easy and simple it could be to QUIT and BE FREE! They have no clue how much time, money, self they are sacrificing to their Addiction! They don't even know that they're trapped and chained to an endless cycle of needing to smoke - of needing their FIX! I wish I could stand by the door and hand them a brochure about FREEDOM! I wonder how many would actually take the time to read such a brochure and how many would be too scared to so much as think about quitting! How many had "tried" to quit multiple times and just decided that they "can't quit!" How many already have smoking related illnesses and don't even know it? Maybe some actually know they have smoking related illnesses but still haven't quit? Heaven forbid that any of them are smoking in the house with their children! Yet statistics tell me they are!!! What a terrible drug Nicotine is! It's so insidious!!! It's legal, it's advertised, it's KOOL! I really hate it!I really want to stop the Holocaust that is caused by it! Stroke, Heart disease, COPD, Cancer, Blindness! DEATH! SLOOOOW Painful Death! Why isn't it illegal????

for helping Our Friend Oxygen A.K.A. Lori!!! You folks are # ONE in my book! That's why I love this site! It works!!! 

Thomas3.20.2010

SPECIAL REQUEST!!!!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Dec 2, 2011

I have a Dear Friend who really needs to build a Community of Support for her Quit Journey! She needs help too with navigating this site and making lots of FRIENDS!!! Please go to this link and WELCOME HER and let her know that she can count on you guys, too! My Friend's name is LOR and she really, really, really needs to quit smoking! PLEASE HELP ME!

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/people/oxygen2

I know you all will so I Thank You ahead of time!!! GROUP HUGS!!!! You're the BEST!

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