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  If you use tobacco, there are compelling reasons for you to quit. The rewards of quitting are tremendous, and they begin immediately. You’ll experience the benefits of not using tobacco within 20 minutes of quitting, and as your tobacco-free days accumulate, the benefits will accumulate, too. Quitting tobacco will improve your health, your finances, your self-esteem and your everyday life – immediately and over the long term – in ways you may never have imagined.
   Quit for Your Health
  Immediately after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure, which is abnormally high while smoking, begin to return to normal.
  Within a few hours, the level of carbon monoxide, which reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, begins to decline.
  Within a few weeks, circulation improves, you don’t produce as much phlegm, and you don’t cough or wheeze as often.
  The workload on the heart is decreased and cardiac function is improved.
  Food tastes better, and your sense of smell returns to normal.
  Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath.
  Within several months of quitting, you experience significant improvements in lung function.
  In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke is halved.
  In five years, many kinds of cancer, including lung, larynx, mouth, stomach, cervix, bladder, show decline in risk, and that decline approaches the risk of someone who has never smoked.
  Within 10 to 15 years, risk of lung disease, including bronchitis and emphysema, are decreased.
  Conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, thyroid conditions, hearing loss, dementia, and osteoporosis are positively affected.
  Nerve endings in the mouth and nose begin to regenerate, improving taste and smell.
  Medications may work better, enabling some to be taken in decreased doses.
  If you’re taking birth control pills, quitting smoking will decrease your chance of heart attack and stroke due to clotting.
  You’ll have decreased risk for impotence and infertility.
  If you’re pregnant, you’ll protect your unborn child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight.
  Years will be added to your life: people who quit smoking, regardless of their age, are less likely than those who continue to smoke to die from smoking-related illness.
   Quit for Your Finances
  Smoking is expensive. In fact, the amount of money you spend on smoking may surprise you.
  Multiply how much money you spend on tobacco every day by 365 to see what you spend every year on smoking.
  Now multiply that by the number of years you have been using tobacco.
  Then, multiply the cost per year by 10 for the upcoming 10 years.
  If you’re a one-pack-per-day smoker, you’ll probably save over $15,000. Ask yourself what you would rather do with that much money!
  There are other financial benefits, too. You’ll pay less for health and life insurance. You’ll incur fewer costs due to tobacco-related problems, medical bills, and frequent trips to the doctor.
  If you quit smoking, you will also decrease the chance of fatal fires and serious burns. And because you aren’t making late-night trips to the store for cigarettes, you’ll gain more freedom and time – the cost of which can be immeasurable.
   Quit for Your Looks
  The cosmetic benefits of quitting smoking can be a major motivator, especially when you consider the unpleasant short- and long-term effects smoking has on how you look.
  When you quit smoking:
  your breath will smell better
  stained teeth will get whiter
  your clothes and hair will smell better
  your fingers and fingernails will no longer look yellow
  you’ll have better oral health
  you’ll have a better chance for fewer skin wrinkles
  Chances Are, You’ll Look Younger
  Because your skin and teeth will look better, you may start to look younger. A study from the University of Zurich even found a correlation between gray hair and being a smoker – chemicals may damage cells in hair follicles or constrict the blood vessels that supply them. They can also constrict blood vessels in the face, leading to a yellow pallor and a breakdown in elasticity – and that can happen in the 20s in the same way it happens to someone in their 30s.
  The good news is, quitting can start to reverse the signs of an aging face within two weeks.
  You’ll Look Better to Yourself – and to Others
  If you are dating, you’ll look like a better partner. Because, as a smoker, your dating pool is largely limited to other smokers, who make up only about 21% of the adult population, you’ll have more options as a non-smoker.
  You’ll look better to your landlord as a tenant. Maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers occupy buildings.
  You’ll look better to your employer. You’ll cost him or her less in health insurance, smoking breaks and lost time.
  You’ll become a positive role model to your children. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking themselves.
  You’ll also have more energy, enhanced self-esteem brought on by a real sense of accomplishment, and you’ll feel more in control of your life – and that looks good on everyone.
   Quit for the People in Your Life
  By quitting smoking, you are protecting those you love. Smoking not only harms your health, but it hurts the health of those around you: exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in healthy nonsmokers.
  If a mother smokes, there is a higher risk of her baby developing asthma in childhood, especially if she smoked while she was pregnant. Smoking is also linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and low-birth-weight infants. Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis, and other lung and breathing problems than children from nonsmoking families. Secondhand smoke can also cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
   Special Reasons to Quit
  For those especially vulnerable to the health effects of smoking, the reasons to quit escalate.
  Quitting decreases the chances of other drug use.
  For those with diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, quitting reduces hospital stays, limits complications, and helps the effectiveness of certain medications.
  For pregnant women and new mothers, quitting protects your baby’s health.
  For hospitalized patients, quitting promotes healing.
  For heart attack patients, quitting reduces the risk of a second heart attack.
  For lung, head and neck cancer patients, quitting reduces chances of a second cancer.
  For parents, quitting protects children from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke and reduces the likelihood they will start smoking.

From my Inbox to You

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 31, 2013

4 Early Symptoms of Lung Cancer

According to the American Lung Association, approximately 373,489 Americans are living with lung cancer. In 2013, the American Cancer Society predicts about 228,190 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed.

Both of these statistics are sobering, however, a lung cancer diagnosis doesn’t always mean the worst. According to Lung Cancer, the survival rate from lung cancer is better the earlier it’s caught, depending on the type and stage of the lung cancer. While you cannot prevent developing lung cancer, even if you’ve never smoked (exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers every year, according to the American Lung Association), you can make yourself alert to early symptoms of lung cancer in yourself or a loved one.

Check out a few of those symptoms as outlined by Lung Cancer:

In addition to these symptoms, be wary of any abnormal changes in your body. Always consult your doctor if you experience increased fatigue, decreased appetite, unexplained weight loss or depression, especially if you are a smoker.


  • A Cough That Doesn’t Go Away – Contrary to what many may believe, a cough that does not go away (also known as a chronic cough) is not a normal part of aging. Do not dismiss a cough that lasts for months as allergies or a lingering symptom from a cold. A chronic cough can be especially difficult to catch if you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergies or gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Shortness of Breath With Activity – As bodies age, it becomes more difficult to perform physical activity, such as hiking or playing sports. While bone loss and slowed metabolism are normal signs of aging, extreme shortness of breath is not. Do not blame extreme shortness of breath on getting older or being out-of-shape, especially if you currently smoke or have smoked in the past.
  • Pain/Aching in the Shoulder, Back, Chest or Arm – As many as 50 percent of people with lung cancer have some chest or shoulder pain at the time of diagnosis. This is because lung cancers may press on nerves, resulting in pain. Do not ignore pain or aching in your shoulder, back, chest or arm that doesn’t seem to be related to an injury.
  • Repeated Infections – Repeated episodes of infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia may be due to conditions such as COPD, but they could also be an early symptom of lung cancer. Lung cancer tumors located near an airway can cause an obstruction that predisposes you to these infections. Do not self-diagnose bronchitis or pneumonia. Go to the doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of either infection and ask about further testing if you have contracted the infections repeatedly in a short time frame.

Holy Mackerel!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 30, 2013

So in one split second I dropped my laptop computer and busted it! That was 2 weeks ago! Finally, I have a replacement and am back in action. Not once did I contemplate smoking because I don't do that any more NO MATTER WHAT! Smoking wouldn't help the stress and it certainly wouldn't help the EXpense! 

Non-smokers don't think about smoking when disasters - large or small - hit! Why should they? Smoking doesn't help anything - it just slooowly kills you in the process. 

Thanks to those who stayed in touch while I was offline! EX-Family is loyal in good times and bad! That's what this Community means! Smoke FREE is always the Way to BE!

How Does Exercise Reduce Stress?


How, exactly, does exercise make you less stressed out? Especially when exercise raises levels of the stress hormone, cortisol?

We've all read that exercise lowers levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And that holds true even for people who are stressed out by the idea of exercise. But howexactly does it do that?

Exercise attacks stress in two ways, according to Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen, Ph.D., a kinesiologist at the Yale Stress Center. He told HuffPost Healthy Living that raising one's heart rate can actually reverse damage to the brain caused by stressful events: "Stress atrophies the brain -- especially the hippocampus, which is responsible for a lot, but memory in particular. When you’re stressed, you forget things."

Exercise, by contrast, promotes production of neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. And that can improve thinking dulled by stressful events -- some research even shows how exercise can make you smarter.

In fact, many researchers posit that improved communication could be the basis of both greater reserves of the neurochemicals that help the brain communicate with the body and the body's improved ability to respond to stress. The American Psychological Association reported:


   [Exercise] forces the body's physiological systems -- all of which are involved in the stress response -- to communicate much more closely than usual: The cardiovascular system communicates with the renal system, which communicates with the muscular system. And all of these are controlled by the central and sympathetic nervous systems, which also must communicate with each other. This workout of the body's communication system may be the true value of exercise; the more sedentary we get, the less efficient our bodies in responding to stress. 

But going for a rigorous jog or bike ride (or even for a walk or out dancing) can actually cause immediate stress reduction. On a common psychiatric metric, PALMS, those who are just post-workout rate higher for mood, memory and energy -- and lower for depression, tension and anxiety.

That's particularly surprising because, as our question-asker points out, rigorous exercise temporarily raises our level of circulating cortisol -- the hormone that rises when we experience stress. The key word in this instance is temporary: For most people, cortisol rates return to normal following even intense exercise.

Smoking is obviously unhealthy. EXercise helps when you feel stress!

You guessed it! They are all smoking related. And what's worse, getting one does not prevent you from getting another one at the same time! Actually, they are often related. So which one will kill you first is the only question you have to ask yourself! Smoking kills - but most often, it kills sloooooowly, with repeated heart attacks, increasing emphysema, or recurring cancer while pharmaceuticals get rich! 

From The Motley Fool:

There's good news and bad news for Americans. The good news is that the age-adjusted death rate in the U.S. is lower than it's ever been. What's the bad news? The same diseases still kill too many Americans year after year. But progress is being made. Here are the three deadliest diseases in the U.S. -- and what encouraging developments are at hand.

1. Heart disease
Heart disease causes nearly 600,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Almost two-thirds of that total results from coronary heart disease, which stems from narrowing and blockage of the arteries by deposits of cholesterol and other substances.

Mortality rates for heart disease have been decreasing relatively steadily since 1980. Availability of medications to help individuals control cholesterol levels has no doubt played a major role in this improvement. Now, a new cholesterol drug that could be one of the most effective ever will be available.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Merck's (NYSE: MRK  Liptruzet. The drug actually is a combination of two already-approved cholesterol medications -- Lipitor from Pfizer (NYSE: PFE  ) and Merck's Zetia. In clinical studies, Liptruzet was found to reduce "bad" cholesterol by as much as 61%, significantly better than either of its two component drugs.

This should be great news for patients who have trouble keeping cholesterol levels in check taking one of the currently available medications. And with improvements like this in cholesterol drugs and in other areas, those high numbers of deaths related to heart disease will hopefully keep on falling.


2. Cancer
Cancer continues to be one of the scariest words for too many Americans. Around 575,000 deaths each year across the U.S. result from various forms of cancer.   

Several positives leap out when we look at cancer statistics, though. Cancer-related mortality rates have declined since the early 1990s. While prostate cancer and breast cancer rank at the top of the list when it comes to new diagnoses, many more people now survive battles with these forms of cancer.

Lung cancer, though it ranks third in new cases, stands as the leading cancer-related cause of death and kills more Americans than the next three types of cancer combined. This is discouraging, but there are some breakthroughs making a difference.

Several new drugs are now available that fight lung cancer, including Xalkori from Pfizer. Clinical studies for Xalkori showed progression-free survival rates twice as high as those with standard therapies. However, perhaps even better news for the fight against lung cancer comes from technology used in the development of Xalkori and other cancer drugs.

Drugs like Xalkori reached the market in around half the time that most take to do so in part through the use of genetic screening. Next-generation sequencing technology from Illumina(NASDAQ: ILMN  ) and others now enables researchers to quickly sequence DNA. This speeds up drug development by helping companies target drugs for specific gene mutations and shortening the amount of time required to enroll patients. With more effective treatments reaching the market sooner, more lives could potentially be saved.


3. Chronic lower respiratory disease
Around 140,000 Americans die each year from chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Smoking is the key risk factor for COPD, causing as much as 90% of COPD deaths.

Unfortunately, chronic lower respiratory disease stands out as the only one of the top three deadliest diseases in the U.S. that saw an increase in age-related death rates in the most recent CDC data. However, cigarette smoking trends continue to drop for both adults and students. This could portend a better outlook in the future in the battle against this disease.

Another promising sign comes from the development of effective treatments for COPD.GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK  ) and Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX  ) obtained FDA approval just days ago for a new COPD drug called Breo. Even more hope hinges on another drug potentially on the way from the two companies -- Anoro. The FDA set a decision date of Dec. 18 for the drug. If approved, Anoro would become the first treatment to combine a long-acting muscarinic antagonist and a long-acting beta-2 agonist.

Enjoy making other people rich while killing yourself and wasting your money or get smart and Quit and Stay Quit for LIFE!

Good Morning, Fellow EXers! A warm welcom to so many New Members searching for FREEDOM from Nicotine Addiction! One of the effective Quit Smoking Tools that I discovered is KNOWLEDGE! That led me to begin this weekly Blog usually published on Mondays! Well, yesterday I was swamped with appointments. That's because I have COPD a chronic, progressive, incurable smoking related illness. I spend most of my days off work focused on my health - I have to! That means less time for Family and Friends! Don't let it happen to you! 

We're looking forward to a very Special Date coming up: The World Health Organization marks May 31 as World No Tobacco Day,so mark your Calendars!


  Heavy Drinking and Smoking Linked to Early Brain Aging
  Smoking during pregnancy up obesity and diabetes risk in baby girls
  Stress drives people towards tobacco, alcoholism
  Monday Medical: Be aware of tobacco advertising tactics
  Study: Air quality in Casper businesses improves after smoking ban
  Signs of tobacco smoke still found in non-smoking rooms
  Most Americans Have Smoke-Free Rules For Home And Car
  Passive smoking in childhood increases lung cancer risk
  How to quit smoking video viewed 50,000 times
  There are various ways to quit smoking
  Do Electronic Cigarettes Really Help Smokers Quit?
  Yale Startup GoBlue Offers a Tobacco Cessation App

Prayer Request

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 20, 2013

Please EX Community, pray for the victims of Moore, Oklahoma tornado that claimed the lives of 2 dozen 3rd graders and uncounted more!


Lord, have mercy!


Move It Or Lose It!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 19, 2013

If you don't have COPD today, you as a smoker or an Ex-smoker may some day discover that you have COPD! This Blog is for those who already know they have COPD. If you don't know and have smoked more than 100 sickerettes in your lifetime then I recommend that you get a Spirometry Test from your Doctor. COPD is the #3 killer in the USA and half of those who have it have not been diagnosed!!!! If you do get the dreaded news, here's what to do:


   So, You've Been Diagnosed with COPD: Now What?
  Now that you have been diagnosed with COPD, it is important for you to to inundate yourself with as much information about the disease as possible. Knowing what you are up against will help you better understand what to do about it.
  There are many things that you can do to make living with COPD easier:
  Quit Smoking
  If you smoke, the best thing you can do to prevent more damage to your lungs is to quit. 
  Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about treatment options. You can take steps to make breathing easier and live a longer and more active life.
  Avoid Exposure to Pollutants
  Try to stay away from other things that could irritate your lungs, like dust and strong fumes. Stay indoors when the outside air quality is poor. You should also stay away from places where there might be cigarette smoke.
  Visit Your Healthcare Provider on a Regular Basis
  See your doctor or healthcare provider regularly, even if you are feeling fine. Be sure to bring a list of all medicines you are taking to each doctor’s visit.
  Follow Treatment Advice
  Be sure to take your medications and follow your provider’s advice on how to treat your disease. If you have any questions—ASK!
  Take Precautions Against the Flu
  Do your best to avoid crowds during flu season. It is also a good idea to get a flu shot every year, since the flu can cause serious problems for people with COPD. You should also ask your provider about the pneumonia vaccine.
  Seek Support From Other COPD Patients
  There are many COPD support groups offered at local hospitals and there is a very active COPD community online. Family members are also a great resource for support as you learn to live with and manage COPD.
  Once you have been diagnosed with COPD, there are many ways that you and your healthcare provider can work together to manage the symptoms of the disease and improve your quality of life. They may suggest one or more of the following options:
  Medications (such as bronchodilators and inhaled steroids)
  Bronchodilators are medicines that usually come in the form of an inhaler. They work to relax the muscles around your airways, to help open them and make it easier to breathe. Inhaled steroids help prevent the airways from getting inflamed. Each patient is different—your doctor or healthcare provider may suggest other types of medications that might work better for you.
  Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  Your healthcare provider may recommend that you participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, or “rehab.” This is a program that helps you learn to exercise and manage your disease with physical activity and counseling. It can help you stay active and carry out your day-to-day tasks.
  Physical Activity Training
  Your healthcare provider or a pulmonary therapist they recommend might teach you some activities to help your arms and legs get stronger and/or breathing exercises that strengthen the muscles needed for breathing.
  Lifestyle Changes
  Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking can help you manage the effects of COPD.
  Pursed-Lip Breathing. A technique called pursed-lip breathing can help improve lung function before starting activities or doing a strenuous task, such as lifting a heavy box. Pursed-lip breathing helps change pressure in the airways and prevents small airways from collapsing.
  First, inhale through the nose, moving the abdominal muscles outward so that the diaphragm lowers and the lungs fill with air.
  Exhale through the mouth with the lips pursed, making a hissing sound.
  Exhalation should take twice as long as inhalation, so that pressure is experienced in the windpipe and chest, and trapped air is forced out.
  Holding Breath and Coughing. A simple technique is to inhale deeply and slowly, hold the breath for 5 -10 seconds, then cough on exhalation.
  Fluids and Humidity. Patients with congestion and heavy sputum can benefit from maintaining good fluid intake and keeping their homes humidified.
  Chest Therapy. Chest therapy involves rhythmic inhalation for three to four deep breaths followed by coughing to produce sputum. Tapping the chest may also help in loosening and raising sputum in patients with a significant amount of sputum production. Avoid chest therapy during an acute exacerbation of COPD.
  When coughing to produce mucus, another method is to lean forward and "huff" repeatedly, take relaxed breaths, and huff again. Avoid forceful coughing, if possible.
  Because COPD is not simply a lung condition, but a systemic disease that causes wasting of the muscles and bones, certain physical exercises may be very helpful.
  Strengthening Exercises for the Limbs. Exercising and strengthening the muscles in the arms and legs helps some patients improve their endurance and reduce breathlessness. Exercising only one leg at a time (for example, pedaling a stationary bicycle with one leg instead of two) might benefit patients who are usually too out-of-breath to exercise, and help them increase their exercise capacity.
  Walking. Walking is the best exercise for patients with emphysema. In studies of lung rehabilitation, regular exercise increased walking distance and improved breathing. Patients should try to walk 3 - 4 times daily for 5 - 15 minutes each time. Devices that assist ventilation may reduce breathlessness that occurs during exercise.
  Yoga and Eastern Practices. Yoga and tai chi, two practices that use deep breathing and meditation techniques, may be particularly beneficial for COPD patients. Research is underway to determine whether yoga is helpful for COPD patients.
  Inspiratory Muscle Training and Incentive Spirometer. Inspiratory muscle training involves exercises and devices that make inhaling more difficult in order to strengthen breathing muscles, walking capacity, and quality of life.
  The use of an incentive spirometer for 15 minutes twice a day may also be helpful. It can help loosen sputum. An incentive spirometer is a small, hand-held device that contains a breathing gauge. The patient exhales and then inhales forcefully through the tube, using the pressure of the inhalation to raise the gauge to the highest level possible. A device called a peak inspiratory flow (PIF) meter measures the patient's ability to draw air into the lungs and assesses the fitness of the breathing muscles.
  New guidelines released by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) do not recommend the routine use of inspiratory muscle training during pulmonary rehabilitation.
  Because many patients with chronic bronchitis are obese and many with emphysema are underweight, assessment of nutritional status is an important part of COPD treatment. Lack of vitamins A, C, and E, and a lack of fruits and vegetables, can contribute to the development of COPD.
  Protein and Fats. Patients with body wasting (cachexia) lack enough protein. Although most healthy diets emphasize proteins from fish, poultry, and lean meat, these people may benefit from foods with a higher-than-average fat content. (People should still prefer healthy fats, however, such as those found in olive oil and oily fish.) Some evidence suggests that high-carbohydrate meals may reduce exercise capacity.
  Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains. Healthy foods are as important for lung function as they are for health in general. Specific foods that may be important for healthy lungs are those that contain antioxidants (best obtained from fresh, deep green and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables), selenium (fish, nuts, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, liver, garlic), plant chemicals called flavonoids (apples, onions), and magnesium (green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, milk, and meats). One study found that, compared to a Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, a Western diet high in red meat and simple carbohydrates increased the risk of COPD fivefold.
  Dietary Supplements. A meta-analysis of studies in which COPD patients took supplements of N-acetyl-cysteine, an antioxidant, concluded that it was effective in preventing exacerbations, even in patients with COPD who continued to smoke. Use of inhaled steroids seems to lessen its effects, however. Additional studies are needed to confirm these findings. Other antioxidants being studied include L-carnitine and coenzyme Q10. Evidence of benefit is weak for these chemicals, though.
  Patients with COPD are at high risk for depression and anxiety, which can impair their outlook on life. The problem worsens along with the disease, which often requires people to limit their activities and social interactions. Psychological counseling and social supports are important for helping people improve their emotional state, cope with daily stresses, and maintain independence and social relationships.
  As much as possible, patients should avoid exposure to airborne irritants, including:
  Aerosol products
  Hair sprays
  Paint sprayers
  Smoke from wood fires
  To minimize the amount of contaminants in the home:
  Avoid exposure to pollen, pet dander, house dust, and mold.
  Eliminate molds and mildews resulting from household water damage.
  Have furnaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned periodically.
  Make sure wood-burning stoves or fireplaces are well ventilated and meet the Environmental Protection Agency's safety standards. Burn only pressed wood products labeled "exterior grade," since they contain the fewest pollutants from resins.
  Ventilate by keeping windows open (weather permitting), using exhaust fans for stoves and vents for furnaces, and keeping fireplace flues open.
  The more you do for yourself the more you feel empowered! Take control of your disease! Don't let it control you!

A Crave Distraction

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 14, 2013

Type Atari breakout into Google Image - have fun!

So I have Victory to share with the EX Community! The landlord has made the entire premises of this Apartment building nonsmoking! All I can say is Thank You everyone for giving me the voice to speak up and to EXplain that I have real reasons for wishing to avoid Second Hand Smoke which is dangerous to all of us and deadly to COPDers as well as others who have fragile health. Smokers have to go away from the entrances and into a side alley to smoke their sickerettes where they won't be polluting the other residents of the building! More and more apartment buidings are becoming smoke free! Now I can add mine to the list! Oh, and by the way, included in the clause is medical and "legal" marijuana! I can breathe free in and around my own home! Most of the smokers have decided to move at the end of their contracts on June 30 - Ahhhhh!


The History of Smoking

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 13, 2013

THE INTERESTING history of smoking tells us a lot about man, about ourselves as a people, as a nation, and about human beings on planet Earth in general.

The original form of tobacco was native only to the Americas, which they started growing as early as 6000 BC, but it was in 1000 BC when people started chewing and smoking tobacco. The first recorded smoker in Europe was Rodrigo de Jerez in 1493 AD, a fellow explorer of Christopher Columbus, who enjoyed the New World version of the Cuban cigar. When de Jerez returned home and smoked in public, he was jailed for three years by the Spanish Inquisition, the first victim of the anti-smoking law at the time.

Obviously, the Spanish people then were much ahead of their time (more than 3000 plus years ahead of us today) in the campaign against the killer tobacco.

The most probable individuals who brought tobacco to England were Sir john Hawkins, first English slave trader (1532-1595), and Sir Francis Drake (1541-1596), the first sea captain to sail around the globe. Although he popularized tobacco in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was mistakenly thought to have been the first one to introduce this substance to England. It was approximately in 1565 when the first shipment of tobacco reached England. Commercial production of tobacco in the United States started in the 17th century.

In his treatise, King James I (1566-1625) described the tobacco plants as “an invention of Satan.” In Russia, Michael Feodorovich (1596-1645), the first Romnov Czar “declared the use of tobacco a deadly sin in Russia and forbade possession for any purpose…usual punishment were slitting of the lips or a terrible and sometimes fatal flogging. … and in Turkey, Persia, and India, the death penalty was prescribed as a cure for the habit.”

In the 1600, “although banned by His Holiness Pope Clement VIII, who threatened anyone who smoked in a holy place with excommunication,” smoking continued to become popular.

More than 300 years later, in 1912, Dr. Isaac Adler observed a significant increase in lung cancers among smokers. Ten years later, “15 states in the USA had banned the sale, manufacture, possession, advertising, and/or use of cigarettes….In 1927, Kansas became the last state to repeal its ban,” after the tobacco companies used physicians in their advertisement to counteract the grave concerns over the health risks.

Today, it sounds absurd that the Journal of the American Medical Association allowed in 1933 Ligget & Myers tobacco company to advertise in this medical publication. That went on for the next two decades, proclaiming the health benefits of their brands. The last two companies to run Ads in the JAMA were Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds in 1953.

It was 48 years after the link between tobacco and lung cancer was noted by Dr. Adler that the “Journal of the American Medical Association, in 1950, published the results of the first major study of Dr. Morton Levin definitely linking smoking to lung cancer.”

Since 1918, American soldier’s daily rations included cigarettes, until it was stopped in 1975.

Surgeon General Luther L. Terry on January 11, 1964, “released the report of a national committee aided by more than 150 consultants that concluded cigarette smoking was responsible for a 70 percent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over nonsmokers.” Most of these were from cancer of the lung. At that time, more than 42 percent of Americans were smokers. In 2009, this has decreased to 21 percent (about 46 million), which is still 21 percent too many.

In 1987, the United States congress banned smoking on airline flights of less than 2 hours. On April 5, 2000, a law was passed in the United States banning smoking on all flights to and from the USA.

In 1998, 46 states accepted $206-billion settlement with cigarette companies over health costs for treating sick smokers. In 2000, punitive damages of about $145 billion against tobacco firms was awarded by a jury in a class action suit in Florida.

The family of smoking victim Jesse Williams was awarded $81 million in punitive damages by the jury in Portland, Oregon, against Philip Morris, but this was reduced by a judge to $32 million in 2002.

On March 31, 2003, New York City has banned smoking in all public places. Most of the states have now banned smoking in public places in one form or another. Many major cities around the world have followed suit.

Worldwide, a billion people will die from smoking this century, according to the World Health Organization.

“Smoking kills. It is that plain and simple. There is no more doubt today that tobacco (cigarette smoking) is the predominant cause of lung cancer, besides other malignancies and cardiovascular diseases that maim, kill men and women and hurt our society, especially our children. In the United States alone, almost half a million die each year from smoking-related illnesses. These are preventable deaths! Demographic studies have shown that smokers are about 10 times more prone to die premature deaths than non-smokers. This unnecessary loss of lives is at an immense direct cost for non-smokers in terms of increased health risks from passive smoking, in higher health insurance premiums and taxes, not to mention personal and family tragedies in all shapes and forms.”

As we have alluded to before, secondhand smoke is even more dangerous. Innocent bystanders are forced to inhale cigarette smoke at their workplaces or in public places, thus increasing their health risk. In one stick of cigarette, there are about 4000 chemicals and 200 of them cancerous. The Environmental Protection Agency engineers have shown that even the best available ventilation and air-moving equipment were unable to reduce carcinogenic (cancer-causing) air contamination to a safe level for a non-smoker sharing work space with a habitual smoker. Physical isolation of the tobacco addict is most essential as shown by these scientific studies.”

We have likewise stated in another article that smoking a puff or two, or inhaling secondhand smoke, will instantly, within minutes not years,

damage part of our DNA. It is, indeed, very scary, since news about non-smokers who developed lung cancer and died from it is very common.

But, as I have critically pointed out in the past,

designating a smoking section in a restaurant, casino, or of any public building is like providing a urinating area in a section of a swimming pool. A smoking area must be a separate building with a dedicated ventilation and exhaust system of its own.

To those who smoke, it is never too late to quit.

Giving up cigarettes is very tough but getting cancer is a lot tougher.

Hi, Fellow EXers! I hope all you Mothers here had a Marvelous Mothers Day celebration! This week Spring has finally come to Colorado! 80 degree weather will keep me outside a lot getting the fresh air and EXercise I have been craving since March! 

This week  is National Prevention Week! So many of  today's articles focus on Youth and how the Tobacco Industry continues to draw them in to Addiction. I wonder if those people have children that they love? I wasn't sure what a Hookah Pen was so I had to look it up - what an old fogey! 

I hope that you like me will find a tidbit here and there that will help you either find your Quititude or to Protect it! Have a Great Week!


  Do Electronic Cigarettes Really Help Smokers Quit?
  Hypnosis more helpful to men in quitting smoking
  The difficulty of giving up smoking
  Smoking test for mothers
  Smoking water pipes not less harmful than cigarettes
  Smoking materials caused Stony Plain apartment fire
  Smoking, mental illness and socioeconomic disadvantage: analysis of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
  Monday Medical: Bladder cancer linked to tobacco use
  Secondhand Smoke Affects Girls' Cardiovascular Health
  Clearing the air: Hookah lounges, pens and the dangers of secondhand smoke
  Secondhand smoke at Thai airports 400% higher than US airports
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  Local teen receives a national award for fight against tobacco use
  National Prevention Week: Tobacco use
  Despite federal ban, tobacco ads continue to lure teen smokers
  A Clearer View: Tobacco settlement made state healthier
  Most women smokers say they want to quit. So how do you move from wanting to quit to actually quitting? A first step is to find reasons to quit that are important to you. Consider the many good reasons to quit smoking.
  Your health begins to improve the minute you stop smoking, and you begin to lower your long-term risk of many smoking-related diseases. Smoking causes or can contribute to many serious health problems, including:
  Cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, voice box, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, uterus, stomach, and blood
  Lung diseases
  Heart disease
  Atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries
  Gum disease
  Eye diseases that can lead to blindness
  Osteoporosis and the risk of hip fracture
  Smoking also:
  Makes illnesses last longer
  Causes more wound infections after surgery
  Makes it harder to get pregnant
  Smoking during pregnancy can hurt the mother and baby. It increases the risk of:
  Placenta previa — when the placenta covers part of or the entire cervix inside of the uterus. This can lead to bed rest, early labor, and cesarean section.
  Placental abruption — the placenta separates too early from the wall of the uterus. This can lead to early labor or infant death.
  Early rupture of membranes, or water breaking, before labor starts, so the baby is born too early
  A baby with a low birth weight
  Damage to an infant's lungs
  Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  When you quit, you will never again have to leave your workplace, your home, or other places to smoke. You won't need to worry about whether your smoke is bothering others. The money you would have spent on cigarettes can be saved or used to buy other things. Plus, you will be surprised by how good you feel overall. Over time, some of the ways you will look and feel better are:
  You will breathe more easily.
  You will have more energy.
  Your lungs will be stronger, making it easier to be active.
  You will be able to smell and taste things better.
  You hair, breath, and clothes will smell better.
  The stain marks on your fingers will fade.
  Your skin will look healthier.
  Your teeth and gums will be healthier.
  You will feel good about being able to quit!
  When you quit, you no longer create secondhand smoke, which is harmful to the people around you, and especially children. When you quit, you become a role-model to children and other smokers who want to quit. When you quit, your own children are less likely to grow up to become smokers themselves.



Need a Distraction?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 8, 2013

Then you would be smart to talk to your Doctor about having a Spirometry Test! This test is a simple breathing test that diagnoses COPD. Folks who have a history of Asthma, pneumonia in the last year, chronic cough that lasts more than a few weeks after quitting smoking, or shortness of breath are really encouraged to talk to their Doctor. Many Personal Care Providers are poorly informed about COPD and underdiagnose this #3 killer by half! That's right! Half of those who have COPD do not know it! And Doctors miss important clues! Read this:


COPD is often not recognized until later in the course of the disease, which ultimately delays treatment. Early diagnosis is important because delaying treatment can have a negative impact on your prognosis. A new study tells us that if we ask questions during the screening process about prior respiratory events, we may be able to identify COPD in its earlier stages, leading to earlier treatment and better patient outcomes.

The study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, looked at the medical records of 702 patients. Of these, 356 were women with a mean age of 67.5 years, and 346 were men with a mean age of 66.6. Each patient had an initial diagnosis of COPD during the study period.

The following summarizes the results:

  • Respiratory events that were identified as probable COPD exacerbations were common in the 2 years prior to a COPD diagnosis with a range of 0 to 16 events per individual patient.
  • Pre-diagnostic respiratory events were predictive of similar events in the period following the diagnosis.

What this means is that there are a lot of people experiencing COPD exacerbations who are unaware that they have COPD. If you, or someone you know, has a history of smoking or exposure to other types of airway irritants, and you are experiencing frequent respiratory infections, talk to your doctor about getting a spirometry test.

The Spirometry Test is very affordable, done right in your Doctor's office, noninvasive, and you get the results immediately! Early diagnosis makes all the difference in your Quality of LIFE! COPD is a chronic, incurable, progressive smoking related illness but it can be successfully managed - and moreso with early diagnosis. Unfortunately, most folks are diagnosed in later stages when there are much fewer options - or diagnosed, handed a prescription, and not given the education they need to take the diagnosis seriously so they can make life enhancing lifestyle changes. Be your own advocate - take the test! If you don't have COPD  great! If you do then get educated and most important of all - if you haven't quit smoking, yet - DO IT TODAY! Choose Breath not Death!



From my Inbox to You

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 6, 2013

For a start, here’s the who’s who of the most toxic ingredients used to make cigarettes tastier, and more quickly, effectively addictive:

Ammonia: Household cleaner.
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons.
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber.
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid.
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas.
Cadmium: Used in batteries.
Cyanide: Lethal poison.
DDT: A banned insecticide.
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals.
Lead: Poisonous in high doses.
Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens.
Methoprene: Insecticide.
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics.
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs.
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India, in 1984.
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element.

For the whole list of 599 additives used in cigarettes, see the BBC Worldservice page What’s in a Cigarette.

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Incidentally those who smoke and have COPD are probably using bronchodilators which will encourage the smoke to go right through the lungs.


Why I HATE Smoke!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 6, 2013

As many of you know I have Stage II COPD/Emphysema.

Yesterday I came home from work with back pack and bags in my hand. As I get to the bottom of my apartment stairs, there, right at the top (3rd floor) is a young Lady smoking away and on her cell phone sitting on the stairs. Legally, she has a right to do this. For me, there's a problem! I have to cross this smoke cloud to get to my apartment! No other way in! So I fortify my will and trudge up the stairs! Now, I've been quit for 3 years plus so there's absolutely nothing tempting about this smoke to me! It's like driving behind a deisel truck that's well overdue for a tune up! But before I even reach second landing, I'm coughing uncontrollably and so short of breath that I have to slow down! As I hack and choke my way up, the lady looks at me like, ???what??? So I get to my door way and I can't breathe and can't quit coughing and I'm shaken so bad that I drop my keys - delaying my escape from this smoke hell! Finally, I get the door open, drop my bags, and, Father forgive me, slam the door shut to get away! Do I think that woman will make a healthier choice because of what she just witnessed? NO! She. like all addicts, will pretend that I was exaggerating to make a political point!

Believe me, there's nothing political about breathing!

Good Morning, EX Community! Well, today there's no snow in the forcast - but there's plenty of rain so no sunshine for this sun loving graveyarder! :/ Today's articles are far reaching and interesting. I don't agree with all of them but they do spark debate! For example,Will tobacco farmers start working for Pepsi? Will alfalfa become the newest NRT? Will Cuba block Australian Laws? ...Lots to think about! Most important - the true cost of smoking! A 20 year old grieves the loss of his entire family due to smoking, Pregnant Mothers endanger their babies' lives, 30% of Emphysema patients continue to smoke, ALL women suffer more from smoking than men, young smokers risk hearing loss, and tragically, much, much more! So fortify your Quit with KNOWLEDGE! There's plenty here today!


  Cold Turkey is Most Popular Way to Quit Smoking
  Electronic-cigarettes fears
  Editorial: Tobacco is a problem to be tackled, not dodged
  Hookah pens: Gateway to smoking tobacco?
  Montana-made alfalfa chew claims to be healthy tobacco alternative
  Passive smoking and hearing loss in teenagers
  LETTER: Second-hand smoke still a threat to some workers
  Editorial: Tobacco is a problem to be tackled, not dodged
  Girls More Susceptible To Harm From Secondhand Smoke, Study Finds
  Second hand Smoke Can Trigger Nicotine Cravings
  Smoking ‘Thins The Brain’
  Smoking 'poses bigger risk to women'
  Tobacco Users Smoke More Cigarettes If They Also Use Pot
  Smoking increases risk of bowel cancer in women
  Vitamin C Improves Health Of Babies Born To Smoking Mothers
  LLUH Researchers Publish Study Attributing Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy to Significant Prevention of Low Birth Weight and Pre-term Infants in San Bernardino County
  Tips to Quit Smoking
  Need oxygen to smoke?
  The 10 Best Resources to Help You Quit Smoking
  Carmel fire survivor's smoking habits were crucial to questioning
  Warning issued for smoking related fires
  Feedback: Should Smoking Be 21 And Up?
  Cuba launches challenge to Australian tobacco laws at WTO
  Death is tobacco companies' business
  Wendie Gregerson: Fund tobacco prevention and control programs
  Sarah Palin uses Tobacco as a Prop in NRA Address
  Tobacco Farmers Could Pivot to Chickpeas, Thanks to PepsiCo

Among the many obstacles smokers face when deciding whether or not to quit is fear of what a smoke-free life will be like. New research suggests that quitting smoking not only is good for your physical health, it can make you happier, too.  The research was published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine (Volume 43, page 262).

As part of a trial comparing various smoking cessation treatment options, more than 1,500 participants who, prior to quitting, smoked an average of more than nine cigarettes a day filled out assessments of their quality of life at the beginning of the trial and one year and three years after they quit smoking.

The questions they were asked focused on health-related outcomes and functionality, as well as factors beyond physical well-being, such as social and recreational activities, relationships with friends and family, and mental health.

By year one, those who had succeeded in quitting smoking reported improved quality of life compared with those who continued smoking; by year three, the quitters continued to report improved quality of life as well as a reduction in stressors.

The findings of this study suggest that despite how difficult it can be to quit smoking, those who do so will be not only healthier but also more satisfied with their lives.  

Posted in Lung Disorders on May 2, 2013


May Day!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 1, 2013

This is how my May Day is going! I hope yours is better! But I won't smoke over it!



Have you ever gone back to the way earlier blogs and just read for a while to see how things have changed? Well, I have! I was looking for the formula of WHY? Why do some people make it from the very beginning? Why do some people become chronic restarters? Why do some people restart several times and then find the missing element and from that point on are sailing free? Is it genetics, or gender, or life circumstances or support systems or NRTs or "stress"? Why this person succeeds with "ease" and that person battles for their life has kept me searching for answers. Well, I think I've got it but don't take my word for it  - take a look for yourself! Over and over again people say, "Get educated, Read, Read, Read!" Some folks take that advice and some don't and yes, those who do their homework do have better success, by far! So why did she read and he just trudge along slogging it out? Why did she read and nothing changed while he read the same material and reported a life-altering WOW! moment? Lots of questions, right? But it comes down to a fundamental ATTITUDE that makes the difference! If you believe that smoking cessation is an EVENT then you soon become impatient waiting for things to "get back to normal!" Some folks do manage to stay quit for a considerable time but their attitude is brittle - they could still relapse remarkably easily! Others can't stand the "not normal" and just give in and relapse back into their comfort zone!  Then there are those who even before they quit smoking realize that they are choosing a life altering way of life! They are looking at not an event but at a LIFE JOURNEY - the path of abundant addiction FREE living! They recognize the quit as a choice that you don't just make once but that you dedicate yourself to each and every day! They are open to a NEW NORMAL! There is no going back - ever! They welcome these changes and collateral changes that come with it - whatever they might be! They know that they will evolve and mature in ways they could never have anticipated! And they say, YES! That's where I want to go! I don't see the entire staircase, but I accept the direction as life affirming! I will take the next step up - the simple decision that I won't smoke TODAY ! Just for today I pledge N.O.P.E. no matter what and  I'll do whatever it takes to maintain my quit because I respect myself! Tomorrow is another day! The key to SUCCESS is within you but you must realize that you will change! Your relationships will change! Your PERSPECTIVE will change! Your future choices will change! And it's all for the BEST!

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