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Every year, more than 41,000 Californians die because they smoked. With smoking initiation rates on the decline in the state, focusing resources and efforts on helping current smokers quit is the next frontier for reducing the number of smoking-attributable deaths in California.

Use of cessation services, including medications and counseling, have been shown to as much as double or triple smokers' chances of successfully quitting. Approximately 17 percent of California adults smoke, representing more than four million. At the same time, 75 percent of all smokers indicate they would like to quit, and over 60 percent attempt to quit each year.

In a November 2003 poll of Californians with health insurance, 71 percent agreed that health insurance companies should include treatments for quitting smoking as part of standard coverage. Additionally, 61 percent agreed that smoking costs society so much that it’s worth it to pay a little more for health insurance to cover medicine and treatment.

Coverage for comprehensive services to stop smoking varies widely among the state's health plans. Providing standard coverage across all health plans would alleviate the financial burden of treating long term tobacco-related diseases and illnesses. As of 1999, direct medical costs related to smoking in California were more than $8.6 billion. Research has shown that smokingrelated medical costs account for six to twelve percent of all health care expenditures. An industry-wide effort to cover services would provide consistent access to smokers who change health plans, as well as lessen health plan concerns about adverse risk selection.

By mobilizing support from consumers, health care providers and employers, the Smoking Cessation Benefits Everyone campaign will demonstrate that market demand for cessation coverage exists. In March, the campaign will launch an employer-focused strategy to capitalize on the role of businesses in cessation benefits design and implementation.

Results from the November poll indicated that 72 percent of Californians agree that employers should offer health insurance to their employees that covers cessation benefits.

Living With Temptation

I quit smoking ten years ago. It was the best decision I ever made in my life. I haven’t felt so awful as I did the day after I quit but I’ve never felt better sense. I desperately wanted to live free of thoughts of tobacco, and that had proved fairly easy to do until this fall. A neighbor down the hall moved in and quickly announced himself as a heavy smoker. Now I have to deal with the horrible stench of his cigarettes drifting down the hallway and into my room. I really can’t stand the smell, because it isn’t even the fresh smell of smoking tobacco. All you get is this still tank after smell of old stale tobacco. It’s enough to make one sick. I find it nauseating, but at the same time it reminds me of when I used to smoke and fills me with temptation.

I didn’t think I would succumb, but then one night a week ago I knocked on his door and instead of asking him to open a window, I asked him for a cigarette. He happily handed me one and lit it up for me. I wandered back to my room. I smoked every last millimeter of that cigarette, and felt like I was going to puke. I realized that I couldn’t live with this guy down the hall. I had gone too long to fall off the wagon again. Smoking nearly killed me 10 years ago in a horrible coughing fit. A piece of inflamed tissue broke off of a clot in my windpipe. That sort of thing only happens to smokers. Luckily I was able to spit out the remnants, and live another day. When I finally quit smoking I felt like I had unchained shackles that had been round me since I was a teenager.

Now I have to find houses to rent that are far enough away from smokers that I won’t have to smell and as they indulge. I hope that when I find the right house and will just call out to me that there are no smokers around. As there is no local law against smoking I’m just going to take my chances. Until the law catches up with reality.

Turning a new leaf

I am active smoker since last 20 years. I was starting at the age of 15 and that time I saw it as an adventure and as doing something that all my friends do. I always say a joke that there are two groups of people who know each other dog owners and smokers. I simply enjoy smoking and drinking beer with friends. Everything has changed last year when I have lost my job. In addition my doctor has told me that there is something wrong with my lungs. My world collapsed and I became even more depressed. Instead of quitting smoking I was smoking even more. I was short of money and this addiction cost me a lot already. After waking up on one Saturday I realized that I need to change two things in my life stop smoking and to find new better job. I believe that as a non smoker I will also have chance to heal my lungs. It had happened that in heritage a house and some gold after my grandmother. That was tough choice but I have decided to sell gold and invest the money in my therapy. I must say that it cost me a lot but it was worth every single dollar. I have started from massages and acupuncture. I have decided also to start running and eat healthier. After a week I could see results in my look. My skin looked nice, I had more energy and I knew I am breathing with fresh air. After the treatment my doctor also told me that everything is much better with my lungs but he will recommend me to stay away from smoking. It was the best investment I have done and I believe that my granny would not mind that I have sold her gold.  Wish new look and energy I have started to look for a new job. Positive results came after 2 months. I was proud of myself. Even I have the feeling to have a cigarette when I drink a beer with friends I will not smoke.

Tobacco Harm Reduction: Possible With Electronic Cigarettes?

Cutting the number of deaths caused by smoking should be the prime reason our politicians and charities have for getting people to stop smoking. It’s curious then that so many groups with a public voice choose to speak up against the use of electronic cigarettes as a means by which we can easily achieve this goal.

Electronic cigarettes are a product much like the tobacco equivalent with one major difference, they don’t contain the vast majority of the deadly ingredients which cause death and disease in those who choose to smoke. With e cigarettes there is an absence of carbon monoxide, tar, ammonia, Benzyl alcohol and the other 4000 chemicals which are most unwelcome in the human body.

The fact is that these electronic cigarettes contain just a few ingredients. There is water, nicotine, propylene glycol, and a few flavorings to make them taste a whole lot nicer than burning tobacco. While there aren’t many people who would content that breathing these things into your lungs on a daily basis is going to improve your health, you can probably assume they are a lot less harmful than the tobacco alternative.

The reality is though that there hasn’t been a lot of research carried out to ascertain just how much damage long term e cigarette use is going to cause. Even if we are sure they are less damaging than using tobacco, the regulatory bodies and stop smoking groups want cold hards fact before they opening encourage their use.

Over time there is no doubt this evidence is going to be forthcoming, but in the meantime it might put many smokers who could benefit from e cig use off buying one. In our opinion this is hugely unfortunate as we are of the belief that any product which can stop us from inhaling copious amounts of tar and carbon monoxide has got to be a step in the right direction. Having said that, it’s always more preferable if smokers can completely break an addiction to nicotine if you want to improve your health as much as possible.

Smoked Fish!

I have been trying to give up puffing on the weed for many years. I was killing myself and I knew it but nothing I tried could get me to stop. I tried cutting down, I tried patches inhalers, gum. I tried acupuncture and yoga and just about everything except being stuck on a desert island, with no tobacco for a year. Then I met up with some friends who were all trying to quit as well.

We had a sit down and discussed our addiction and how to fight it. The one of the group had a flash of genius; we needed to give ourselves a reward system to encourage us through the really hard times when we were off the puff. I could not think of anything more compelling than a healthier lifestyle, but one of the girls said that she would love to go out coach riding in the snow. So I found her the answer to her desire  which could provide all of the necessaries or just such an event.

It holds no glamour for me, but it was just the spur on that she needed. When she felt like lighting up she would go to the web page and read all about the trips and look at the pictures of those happy people cutting about in the snow.

It is proving to be a Godsend to her and maybe she has hit upon a way of getting past the quitting blues…who knows. Anyway I am still having a go at stopping, but my incentive is a marlin fishing trip in the summer. All of the money I would normally spend on smokes I put in a jar and will empty it out in June.

The ay I smoked I smoked I could have afforded to buy the boat never mind rent it. But there is still a way to go yet…only 109 more days till I get my feet wet.

Take up a Hobby to Quit Smoking

I have had a really torrid time quitting smoking. I’ve tried patches, I’ve tried nicotine gum and I’ve tried these new e cigarettes. I even tried hypnosis. None of it worked. So far the most successful strategy I have found is to take up a hobby. I calculate how much money I have saved by not smoking and I use that cash to pursue my hobby. It is a reward system that seems to work for me. So far I haven’t had a smoke for 2 months, and I’ve become engrossed in my new hobby which, funnily enough is also saving me money.

My hobby is green interior design. In other words I’m trying to turn the interior of my house into a more environmentally friendly space. By doing so I have improved the air quality, I have reduced my consumption of precious resources such as water and electricity, and I have cut down my household bills. I really like that green interior design benefits both me and the environment.

So far I have changed all my incandescent light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. I have also added a few LED lights with solar panels in the garden. I have put in a low flow shower unit into the bathroom to reduce the water used for washing by half. I have also put insulation in my loft space.

My latest challenge has been to install a good programmable thermostat. After much deliberation I opted for the Lux Products TX9000TS. It is a device that lets me choose the times and settings for each day of the week. I have now matched my schedule with the heating / cooling of the house. My Lux Products TX9000TS thermostat also pre-heats or pre-cools the house so I always get home from work to a comfortable environment. The device also tells me when to change the filters so the HVAC is always running at its most efficient.

I’m now eagerly anticipating a reduction in my heating and cooling bills instead of pining for a cigarette.

Growing Up with a Smoker

I grew up with my mother smoking cigarettes around us. When I got a little older, I was hesitant about every time she asked me to hand her the pack of cigarettes. I worried about her health and did not want to be a part of the problem.

When I turned 14 she said she was going to quit, but I found her smoking in the basement. It upset me not because she was smoking, but because she lied to me. The shock of smelling that tobacco smoke again nearly gave me whiplash.

Now I cannot make decisions for my mother. She has been a smoker since the age of 15, and the habit is hard to break. But I am glad that she decided to stop smoking around her kids (including me) and my dad. The courtesy and honesty about her smoking is good. Hopefully she may decide to quit smoking all together rather than just cut down on the cigarettes. At least she thought about the rest of us when it comes to the smoking issue.

Giving Up Smoking is Just the Start

A new healthier you can be just around the corner. But you have to want it. Simply dreaming of a better life is one thing. Going out and making it happen is something entirely different. This is why wanting to give up smoking is only the beginning.

There are all sorts of aids to quiting smoking. Some obviously more effective than others. In my opinion, focussing on the giving up part is the wrong way to look at things. Rather than trying to deny yourself something which you associate with pleasure and relaxation, wouldn’t it be better to associate smoking with danger, ill-health, smelliness, dirtiness and being a waste of money. Then it hopefully becomes easier to put cigarettes out of your life.

Moreover, most people choose to give up smoking to improve their health. I know I did. It got the stage where I realized I was no longer a young man and that my lifestyle would, sooner or later, catch up with me. It definitely took me a few goes to give up cigarettes for good. But having the occasional relapse, while not ideal is better than never giving up at all.

Think about how much you spend on cigarettes in a month, or over 3 months. Why not look through some juicer reviews and pick out a machine that you can use to introduce into your system lots of health giving nutrients?

Giving up smoking is about reducing the damage that you do to your body. Juicing and taking exercise are two positive steps that you can take to increase your level of overall health.

Quit Smoking so You’ll Live Longer

I quit smoking so that I will be able to live longer and not leave debt for my children to have to pay off.  Using this interest calculator, I found that I will need to be able to live at least another six years to be able to pay off my latest loan and not leave to for my kids to pay for.

At some point or another most people will take out some type of loan in their lives. This may be a home loan, auto loan or a loan in the form of credit. With most loans there is usually a price to pay for borrowing the money called interest. Calculating the interest on loans can be difficult without the correct tool to use. For those who are not good at math, this can seem almost impossible to do without an interest calculator. Here are some tips on where to find and how to use this calculating device.

If a person is looking for one of these computing machines there are several places they can find one. An office supply store is a good place to start. These stores usually carry a healthy supply of anything needed to make calculations. If the store is out of stock then they may have an online site that one can be ordered from.

There are many websites online that have these type of calculators. A person will probably have a better chance at finding one on a mortgage or real estate website. These sites make them available to visitors to help with calculating mortgage payments.

There are distinct times when a person will need to figure out how much it will cost them to borrow money. One of them is with a mortgage payment. Depending upon a persons credit and how much the loan is for, the cost to borrow will be lower. This is true for any type of loan. Mortgage companies often allow their borrowers to calculate their payments right on their website.

Figuring car payments is another time a person will need to total in these costs. Car payments are not as high a mortgage payments but they can still have a hefty percentage rate attached to them. Throughout a persons lifetime they will probably buy a car more often than they buy a home so it is worth it to know how to figure out what one will pay on a car loan.

If a person has credit cards then they will definitely make payments that have interests and percentage rates attached to them. This is true with major credit cards, department store cards and even gas cards. Some credit cards are secured and have no percentage fees which means a person is using it like a bank account where they have to deposit money first. But in the case of an unsecured card where the money is borrowed this is not the case.

Having a student loan will also mean this fee needs to be included in payment calculations. In this case it’s a good idea to take out loans with low interest rates. The good thing about student loans is that a person doesn’t have to start paying them back until after graduation. Hopefully by then the student has a job to help with payments.

Using an interest calculator comes in handy in many instances. A person should be able to find one either in stores or online. It’s important to read the instructions or tutorials carefully to make sure it is being used properly.


How To Kick Start Your Quit Smoking Plan

A friend of mine, who has tried on and off for years to quit smoking, finally succeeded last year. She decided that she needed a pleasant impetus to get her started and decided that she would probably do better if she took herself off to completely different surroundings. She couldn’t afford to book herself into rehab so she decided that her family holiday was going to be the start of her campaign to finally give up. Far quite a while her kids had ben badgering her to go to Disney so she thought that if she went on such a busy holiday and stayed somewhere really nice like the Caribe Cove Resort in Orlando which doesn’t allow smoking in its condos  – even on the balconies – that it might take her mind off the urge to smoke sufficiently enough to gat the cold turkey part of her plan over with with somewhat less trauma than simply being at home and going to work etc.  What can I say? It did the trick.

Using a loan to finance your smoking addiction

Even though we do not necessarily promote or want to promote financial products in general as borrowing money involves interest rates. But in this case we believe it can help you become more physically healthy and potentially save even more money that is not being spent on buying cigarettes. Taking a personal loan to go and follow a smoking rehab course to quit smoking forever can be a worthwhile investment. How can this be true? Most smokers smoke on average a pack of cigarettes a day and now multiply this by the days in a year and you will see why a persoonlijke lening as my Dutch mom would call a personal loan, can make sense. Not only direct benefits will be noticeable, but also your medical costs, which are very high already, will strongly decrease as you have eliminated a potential health risk and cost factor for your medical insurer. With the many benefits I have summed up in this article I hope I have made some sense to you why you should stop smoking.Not convinced? Than take a good look below what you can do with all the money you can potentially save and spent on more life-enriching moments and experiences in life. With the money saved you can go on vacation, buy a used car (preferably a Toyota Prius) or buy a ticket to see the Indy 500 live.

Why non-smokers are more popular in finding love online

We all have probably tried an online dating site in the past or several of them in my case as I love free dating sites such as rencontre gratuit in French (although I work in the US I am originally from Montreal, Canada where we speak French). To cut my French short, my experience and the same of many other people is that you have the option in search to also search for non-smokers aside from that you don’t really care if the person smokes or that the other person smokes (most likely to be the case with people who smoke). As I personally dislike to date girls who smoke as there are multiple disadvantages of dating a girl who smokes such as the smell of it, the smell it gives your clothes and more importantly the negative health effects smoking has on your body. Most people are unfortunately very unaware of the health risks that inhaling air that contains the smoke of other people that do smoke cigarettes. This is why we want to promote non-smoking as you can benefit in many ways aside from health, money but most importantly in life: finding love.


Take Your Mind off Giving Up

If you are giving up smoking the best thing to do is try to take your mind off it, why not do something out in your garden? perhaps grow some flowers?

Plant loads of daffodils around your greenhouses for a massive burst of colour in the spring time.  The bulbs will need to be planted the winter before the correct way up.  The bulbs are relatively cheap to buy.  They are best planted in groups for maximum effect.

The daffodils can start to come through as early as January.  They will flower in March or April.  Some are bright yellow and some are a more pale yellow.  However if you plant them around the greenhouses in groups all shades of yellow will look amazing.  Also they are quite long lasting.  They are also great as cut flowers and will brighten up your home. 

Once the flowers have died back they will not flower again until the next year.  But once the bulbs are in the ground they will return year after year.

Dealing with smoking by juicing

Juice BenefitsIn California alone, over 40,000 people die of causes related to smoking. A whole lot of people smoke and the troubling thing about smoking is that its effects are not limited to smokers. Sadly, second-hand smoke is even more deadly. If youve finally realized that its time to think about your health and that of the people around you, then you must considering quitting smoking.

Unfortunately, you cant exactly go cold turkey when you quit. Some people may swear by it but theres no point in going through something so torturous when you can do something more pleasant yet get to the same end result. So what can you do? You can try doing a juice detox to help you quit. As the juices cleanse your system, your cravings start going away, this will really help you in quitting smoking.

Doing a juice detox

The best way to go about a juice *detox is to make your own juice using juicers like the Breville BJE510XL. This way, you know exactly what will be in your glass, letting you avoid unnecessary additives that just wont do you any good. Just make sure that you load up on as many fruits and vegetables so you can get all the nutrients you need. If you havent exactly been eating fruits and vegetables lately, make sure you ease into your detox by slowly consuming fruits and vegetables. Before you completely go on a juice detox, ease into things by eating fruits and vegetables first.

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Make the commitment

Its a good time to invest in juicers like the Breville BJE510XL when youre looking to quit smoking because a juice detox is a great way to get you cleansed and prepped for a life of clean living. However, the uses of juicers like the Breville BJE510XL do not stop after you are completely able to say goodbye to smoking. Rather, quitting smoking is just the beginning. Use your juicer to continually detoxify your system and be at the best level of health all the time.

A Smokers Myth – Stress Relief

For many years it was my primary reason not to give up smoking, a high pressure job and long hours meant that cigarettes were one of the few things that helped my relax.  I know a lot of my colleagues were the same as you could see every thirty minutes or so outside our main offices in a leafy suburb of Manchester.  To be  honest if anyone had looked at our faces, straining with anguish to pull the last specks of nicotine from our smokes – they’d have found it hard to believe that any relaxation or stress relief is involved.

In fact that’s a good starting point for anyone using this particular excuse to not give up.  Just look at people when they smoke especially after a long enforced abstinence, there is no calm – it’s the same look as on the drug addict’s face, one simply of relief at satisfying a their addiction.  That’s the nub of the issue, it does bring some relief from stress – but the stress it entirely caused by the withdrawal symptoms from nicotine.  The moment you finish the cigarette the symptoms start building up again – the smoker trapped in a never ending circle of enforced stress and relief caused by nicotine addiction.

Fortunately I learnt to stop this loop – the beauty of it is that the addiction goes away quickly if you stop feeding it.  Better still so does the vast majority of the stress, sure you’ll still have the normal day to day stress of your ordinary day but it’s nothing like as bad without the ups and downs of nicotine addiction.

In fact lots of things that you think are impossible without smoking become so much easier.  I couldn’t imagine being on holiday without smoking but I now sit and watch UK TV on my laptop whilst watching a Spanish sunset and I know for a fact that a cigarette is completely irrelevant to my enjoyment – you can too – read this.  The only way you can argue that smoking reduces stress in reality is because you’ll get less of it over all – simply because it’s likely they’ll shorten your life expectancy!

An interesting conversation I had today

I was dining in a new restaurant one day and I found many delivery men hurriedly leaving the place carrying with them food. I presumed that those were orders from customers who phoned the restaurant. The funny thing is I did not hear any phone ring at all. Before I left the place, I asked the waitress who waited on me if I could speak to the manager. I was led to the counter where a man was busy looking at the computer. I greeted him and I could see he was a bit annoyed for being interrupted. I asked him to whom the food would be delivered to and he said to their online customers. Because I am an online entrepreneur, I asked for their website which made him smile as he gave me a calling card.

I asked the man how long did their restaurant exist on the web and he said it started a couple of months back. The restaurant he proudly said earned so much with online deliveries. When I asked him how he set up the business online, he said he hired an internet marketing company. Because of this, the restaurant became known in the whole city and deliveries were made to homes, offices and schools.

I could not help but think of my own success with my internet business which people all over the world knew of even if it was just situated in my own little house. I engaged in business because I wanted to make huge profits and thanks to the seo agency I hired, I got my wish — me being visible on the web.

How to Lose Weight after Quitting Smoking

Weight Loss Tips and SmokingA normal side effect after quitting smoking is gaining a few pounds, so people now look for some weight loss tips to deal with this concern. Weight increase normally happens because without cigarette tar affecting the taste buds and the absence of nicotine as an appetite suppressant, ex-smokers tend to increase their food intake. They would also turn to food as a replacement for cigarettes so here’s some few weight loss tips to help keep their weight in track.

Quitting smoking is a challenge in itself; adding weight loss tips to that equation and it becomes even more stressful and daunting. Achieving both goals is very much possible, and a lot of people have already accomplished both. It starts by having realistic goals and expectations.
Try to maintain the current weight even while on nicotine withdrawal, to avoid the chances of any drastic and excessive weight gain. It’s also easier to shed just a few extra pounds, if there’s any.

A half-hour of brisk walking and regular exercises to increase metabolism are also good weight loss tips. It also helps to have healthier snacks available just in case the cravings kick in. Drinking lots of water and eating up to five times a day but in smaller portions are also some recommended weight loss tips. Read and be more conscious of food labels, so you can avoid food with high fat and higher calories and find something else with higher protein and fiber content. Weight loss tips also include avoiding alcohol, because it might create an urge to smoke again. Never be tempted to start smoking again just to lose some weight or it’d be like being stuck in a vicious cycle.

Hard work, focus and determination are key ingredients to these weight loss tips. Be inspired with the success of other people who’s been through the same issues. These weight loss tips can be difficult, but having a healthier well-being and more confidence can make all the effort worth it.

Quit Smoking so Your New Home doesn’t Smell Like Cigarettes!

Quitting smoking may be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do.  When doing such difficult things, it helps to have some motivation to help yourself through to reaching your goal.  A friend of mine recently quit this nasty habit.  He found that his recent purchase of a new home was a great motivator in helping him quit.  He found that using an amortization calculator was a great tool in researching his home loan.

If you are thinking about buying a new home or have just bought the home of your dreams then you are probably now facing the mortgage payments. Using an amortization calculator for home mortgage loans can help you get a clearer picture of exactly how much you will be paying per month. This helpful tool simply put means, to divide your loan into equal payments.

The payments are normally calculated by simply dividing the balance or principal owed by the number of months allowed to pay off the total. While calculating the total you will include the most current interest rate or the rate that has been decided by your lender at the time the contract is signed.

It is very helpful to make larger payments, depending on your contract this can be done up front when purchasing your home or at a later date. If a larger payment is made, it will often help reduce your overall costs and interest rates. It is important however, to ensure that your lender will allow you to make larger payments before you simply go ahead and apply the payment, some lenders will actually penalize their borrowers for making an unplanned overpayment in an attempt to lessen their bill.

A financial calculator can be helpful in finding the information you need when determining your mortgage. Most calculators will include keys such as present value, future value, interest rate, number of payments and payment amount. These keys are represented in short form on the calculator. You simply need to input the information you gather to get a monthly payment amount.

If you are not handy with a financial adding machine such as this, you may want to do what a lot of borrowers do and simply go to the website of the lender to get the information needed. The lender often will offer free simple-to-use tools on their websites to help you figure out what your payment schedule will look like in the months and years to come.

While each mortgage lender website may have a slightly different layout for the tools that they offer their customers, generally speaking, it will ask you to input information such as your principal loan balance, current interest rate, your loan term as well as the month and year you plan on beginning to make your payments.

Many people often, prefer to use mortgage payment charts referred to as amortization charts. These charts allow the borrower to keep a clear record of how their payments are being made. As each transaction is completed, the amount is subtracted from the balance. These are also sometimes referred to as schedules.

If you are using an amortization calculator from the Internet, it is important to be sure that you have confirmed that the interest rates are up to date. These rates can change quite frequently and may not reflect the most accurate information at the time you are performing calculations if the website administrator has not had time to update the information.

Which are the Healthiest Subway Sandwiches?

You have probably heard of Subway Jared and his amazing weight loss, achieved by eating at Subway only. Before you go and spend your Subway coupons you might be wondering which the healthiest sandwich choices at Subway are these days, since it has been a while now since Jared went on his diet.

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Subway actually make it quite easy for you to figure that out because they put all of their lowest calorie and best for you subs on the “Fresh Fit” section of the menu. all of the 6” subs contain at most 350 calories but the best part about any of them – and there are nearly a dozen of them to choose from – is that they are very low in fat – a great thing for anyone trying to lose a few pounds.

One word of warning though – if you pile your healthy sub full of extra dressing and mayonnaise you could add hundreds of calories, so be careful to take the extras you choose into account before you calculate the final calorie value.

Quit Smoking: Start Drinking Wine

The negative health affects of smoking are clear: each cigarette is going to cost you at least 7 minutes of your life on average.  Is it worth it?  Are those two packs of cigarettes today worth having one less day to spend with your wife and kids? I didn’t think so!

Of course, most of us need some way to unwind from a stressful day.  When I started working to stop smoking I joined a wine of the month club because I thought it would give me something to occupy my time (learning about wine) but also would allow me to have something to look forward to instead of my nightly pack of cigarette’s!

Changing My Life By Trying To Kick The Habit

I am 39 years old and have smoked for 25 years but I really want to kick this ghastly habit.  Not only am I a smoker but also massively overweight so a change has got to come now, before it is too late for me.  I want to be around to see my daughter get married and take my grand children to the park on a hot summers day.  The only way is to become tobacco free and change my lifestyle.

I have looked at Electronic cigarettes and nicotine gum but the way I am going after seeing my GP is on patches.  Not only that but I am changing my diet and taking more exercise.  I have already bought myself a concept 2 rowing machine for Christmas and I am planning on getting my old bike out of the shed and dusting it off so I can go on regular bike rides.  I am so looking forward to the change and I am ready for it for once.  I have tried many times to give up but have never really wanted it.  This time is different, I know I can do it, I know I need a new lease of life and I am going to go all out to get it.  I am finally going to be tobacco free!

New Findings on Heart Disease, More Bad News For Smokers

It’s not new for anybody that smoking is one of the primary risk factors of heart disease. It is also not new that cholesterol levels rise due to smoking, but there is more bad news for the smokers. Apparently smoking can also increase triglycerides levels. Studies show that those who smoke regularly over a period of time have higher triglycerides, something that is more common for people who are overweight and have hi fat intake diet, as it turns out what was thought to be a problem for those who didn’t watch their diet or were overweight is now also a problem for those who smoke regularly. The situation gets much worse for those who use oral contraceptives. Numbers returned by several studies were average 79 ± 6.8 mg/100 ml for triglycerides for non-smokers & 150.0 ± 14.1 mg/100 ml average triglycerides levels for those smokers who use oral contraceptives; as you can see the numbers are staggering.

Certain scientists explained the link of heart disease and smoking with the rise of triglycerides levels ann the drop of HDL-cholesterol levels due to smoking. The hypothesis is that since smoking increases triglycerides and lowers HDL cholesterol, those conditions have already been linked to heart disease, therefore this would explain the connection. Not everybody agrees with this theory, however the disagreement it’s not about whether or not smoking will increase the risk of heart disease, but about which condition is triggered by smoking that eventually leads to heart disease. What is important that everybody agrees that smoking does cause heart disease and undesirable lipid profile.

Quit Smoking, Lower your Blood Pressure and Live Longer!

Take a look at this blood pressure chart and imagine how easily your readings can improve if you just give up cigarettes today!  It’s really that easy.  High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is killing you right now.  Quitting tobacco can dramatically improve your blood pressure and thus making you much more healthy.  Don’t hesitate, quit now!  According to the chart, hypertension can weaken your heart muscles, cause strokes/ heart attacks, cause renal failure and lead to other heart disease.  It’s just not worth it; quit today!

Quit Smoking and Stay Healthy: A Medical Assistant’s Advice

As the saying goes, “Health is wealth” and this indeed is true in every aspects of our lives. We cannot function well in our day to day activities if we are sick or in some pain. Just like any profession, a medical assistant career can be very demanding, especially if you are just starting a new career on this medical service. We need to stay fit and healthy, so that we could generate better work output and come up with quick thinking to whatever problems that may come our way.

Below are some healthy tips to keep us strong and ready for any strenuous and stressful work as a medical assistant:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Monitor what you eat. Include fruits and vegetables to your daily meals since these food groups are not just healthy, but they are good source of vitamin C which is very effective in preventing any forms of illnesses.

2. Drink lots of fluids

Our normal fluid intake should be 8-10 glasses of water or a mixture of water and other forms of fruits juices to keep us hydrated.

3. Consume foods rich in fiber

Aside from fruits and vegetables, oatmeal is a good source of fiber that can help us maintain a healthy heart because having oatmeal for breakfast eliminates the risk of having high cholesterol level which is not good for the heart.

4. Indulge yourself to yoga and other exercises

Yoga is the best form to relax both our bodies and minds as well. Try having 30 minute yoga the moment you wake up in the morning and feel the difference it does to your whole body as you start your work as a medical assistant.

5. Quit smoking

More and more individuals do their best to quit smoking. It’s never too late for you to follow this route in order to lengthen your life and have a healthy heart. A lot of major diseases are the results of severe smoking like heart ailments, diabetes and even lung cancer. Be good to yourself by not putting too much harmful chemicals to your body just what smoking can give to you.

Well, hope you learned some healthful tips as you continue your career as a medical assistant. Live a healthy life so that you can enjoy what this rewarding career can do for you.

Stomping Out Tobacco Products

The world is naturally not the most wholesome place these days and as a result, it’s only natural that you might be thinking about building a website that helps to make it a lot better. Perhaps you want to build a website or blog that raises awareness about an important cause… or maybe you already have an offline organization of this type that you want to use the internet to promote.

Either way, SEO (“search engine optimization”) and the help of a reputable SEO service can help as they can raise your ability to help people find you and get on board with what you’re doing. Let’s take a look at how.

Cigarettes just aren’t “cool” anymore. As more and more people become more health conscious over the years, it’s unsurprising to find people looking into going tobacco-free once and for all. As a result, many organizations are trying to raise awareness in regards to the health concerns associated with tobacco, while businesses galore develop and market products designed to help you quit smoking once and for all.

Once you’ve built a website that promotes your cause or relevant business effectively, consider hiring the best SEO company out there to help you research relevant health-related or tobacco-related keywords and send interested readers or customers your way. They’ll know the ins and outs of making sure just the right people know you’re out there.

Massage Therapy and Smoking Cessation

I was talking to my massage therapist, Page, of Northwest Massage Columbus Ohio, and I asked her if massage therapy can help smokers — all 46 million of them across the United States — kick the bad habit.  I have several friends who smoke who are looking for a non-prescription method of smoking cessation.

Although she wasn’t sure if smoking cessation could be achieved 100% through massage therapy, she told me that massage helps relax the body and mind, and that act of relaxation can be positive in the journey towards quitting smoking.  In fact, there was a study done in 2000 that involved 20 adult smokers between the ages of 21 and 45 who had tried to quit smoking at least once in the past.  Participants in the experimental group were told to give themselves a five-minute self massage when they experienced cigarette cravings.  The results were pretty amazing — the group that administered the self massage treatment experienced less anxiety, fewer withdrawal symptoms, and smoked fewer cigarettes.

By using regular self massage techniques mixed in with regular massage therapy sessions by a certified massage therapist, smokers may be able to reduce their anxiety levels and thus reduce their dependency on cigarettes.  It’s certainly worth trying — and who doesn’t like a massage every once in a while?

Overcoming Tobacco Addiction Takes Action. Simple As That

Even though the action is a negative one: i.e not to pick up a cigarette, you’re still taking the action to

  • make a commitment,
  • deal with the physical withdrawal, and hopefully
  • grow your life in new ways.

When I was kicking the habit I always found comfort in this Roz Savage quote:

“If I repeat today’s action 365 times, where will I want to be in a year?”

It’s all about linking your present action, however difficult, with a desired future outcome.

This notion of delayed gratification is at the heart of many of our endeavors be it quitting smoking, getting fit, treating a toenail fungus infection or learning a new language. In fact I would go as far as to say that the better we are at delaying gratification the more successful we will be in life. And the way to delay gratification is to link what you are doing now with something you desire in the future.

Making that link in a conscious fashion will help:

  • saying no to that cigarette, even though you’ve got a cup of coffee infront of you and your friend has just lit up,
  • getting on your exercise shoes and going for a run even though your belly fat just does not seem to be shifting,
  • practicing your Spanish verbs yet one more time even though you’re not going to move to Spain for another year
  • painting on your yellow toenail treatment again and again despite the fact that you have no visible evidence that it is making any difference at all to your ugly looking fungal nails.

Yes, It’s the small repeated actions that will make the biggest difference in the end.

Giving Up Smoking With A Little Help From The E-cig

We all know the obvious problems that are associated to both smokers and also of non smokers that happen to be in continuous company of smokers so I won’t be going over that again. The main reason for this page and article is to encourage smokers to quit.

There are a number of ways to do this with each method working better for some people than others. The one I would like to focus on is the e cigarette. These devices have come on leaps and bounds over the past few years with many companies investing a lot of money to fine tune the nicotine delivery system without the use of deadly carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes.

I myself managed to make the switch from tobacco cigarettes to e cigarettes after over 10 years of smoking. I did try other things originally but struggled to keep off cigs full time. The first e cigarette product I tried was from a brand called E-Lites (you can see my E-Lites review here) which luckily for me I found very effective. By using these I was able to quit smoking fully within a month and it really wasn’t that hard, yes a little will power is still needed but its a lot easier than going cold turkey or chewing gum.

The reason why it worked so well for me was the fact that it replicates the physical act of smoking, I always found that a big part of smoking for me was the actual smoking of a cigarette as well as the obvious nicotine hit. I now only take a drag on my e cigarette on a few occasions each day, next step for me will be to switch to the zero nicotine cartridges and gradually stop altogether. The thing is I feel really confident I can do this! There is no reason why you can’t too.

Quit Smoking And Boost Your Immune System With Aloe Vera Gel

I confess that I used to smoke about 20 cigarettes each day. I tried many times to stop but found it so difficult. In the end I switched to smoking a pipe which is deemed to be safer because you don’t inhale, but the smell can be awful! After a couple of years I managed to stop completely and I now do everything I can to look after my health and I really feel the benefit from drinking aloe vera gel.

Around ten years ago I had a couple of bouts of acute pancreatitis. I found a major hospital in the UK where I live had successfully treated patients with pancreatitis for over 20 years just by giving them a powerful combination of vitamins and antioxidants, a natural treatment. Unfortunately the tablets passed through my system too quickly to give me much benefit because a side effect of pancreatitis is acurately called ‘urgency’ – the need to visit the toilet at very short notice! Fortunately more research on the Internet led me to aloe vera gel which is stuffed full of vitamins and antioxidants. The liquid form of the aloe vera gel drink worked much better than the tablets and aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to boost my immune system has enabled me to stay healthy. Try it.

Ban Tobacco Advertising – Save It For Phones And Other Consumer Products

In many parts of the world, smoking is a widespread and harmful vice.  The public health costs of smoking are enormous, and young girls around the world are being encouraged by the purveyors of these evil smoke sticks to take up the habit.

It is an unfortunate fact of like that tweens and teenaged girls are particularly susceptible and vulnerable to the effects of advertising.  They will easily succumb to the desire for cute products such as handbags or pink cell phones plugged by young women on television, the internet and movies.  Equally, more harmful products such as alcohol, drugs and even cigarettes can be easily marketed to young women.

While many Western countries have made great strides in banning the marketing of tobacco products to young children, not all governments are so enlightened.  In countries such as Jamaica, thousands of young girls are being enticed to light up as the result of a targeted campaign by the tobacco industry, which will result in tremendous adverse effects for these young women down the road.

In Jamaica, it is estimated that eighty percent of women who suffer from lung cancer do so as a result of cigarette smoking.  Each young woman who takes up the habit today not only harms her healthy prospects in the future, but also possibly will result in the same harm being done to her children through the adverse effects of passive smoking.

In a tobacco free world, these problems would be greatly reduced, and the benefits for both society as a whole and for individuals would be immense.  While it may be impractical to ban the use of nicotine based products there are certainly actions that can be taken to reduce their appeal to the next generation of customers, and save them from this unhealthy addiction.

Chief amongst these is the prevention of advertising campaigns involving cigarettes.  Let our young women be tempted by advertisements for cell phone, hand bags and clothing certainly; but keep the advertising industry from promoting more harmful products.

Tobacco Free and Sports: A Great Combination

It’s tough in this day and age of constant marketing and peer pressure to avoid smoking tobacco in any form.  Most kids invariably experiment with tobacco during their high school and college years to “look cool.”  I was never one of those people, and I wore it as a badge of honor that I never took even one drag on a cigarette in my entire life.

My father was a smoker most of his early adult life, and he nearly died of a horrific blood clot when he was in his thirties and I was still a young kid.  The thought of losing my dad so young definitely opened my eyes to the dangers of cigarettes and helped propel me on a path towards not smoking.  It just seemed senseless and I detested everything about smoking.

I was also an athlete growing up and smoking hampered the lung capacity and endurance of so many people I knew who were top quality athletes and I couldn’t understand why they continued smoking.  In my sport of choice, soccer, running is so exceptionally important to being a good player that it was insane to even contemplate smoking.  I could see teammates running down the field with the soccer ball at their feet and they were just a step slower than they should have been.

I still have never smoked any type of tobacco product and that’s something I’m very proud of.  I still recoil in horror when I see someone my age driving in their car puffing on a cigarette; it just baffles me and I want to tell them that they certainly don’t look “cool” and they are quite likely taking years off their lives that they’d otherwise want to spend with their kids and future grandkids.

Did You Know Your Smoking Habit Can Worsen Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

We all know smoking is one of the worst things for your health.  Smoking causes literally a plethora of health concerns by far the scariest being the possibility of catching lung cancer.  However there is another far more “annoying” condition that can be worsened from smoking and that is sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea effects how you breathe during the night and there are certain factors that can worsen the condition.  One is being obese, and another is having damaged lungs from heavy cigarette smoking.

If you suffer from sleep apnea and snore extremely loud at night then it would be a smart idea to try and cut back on the amount of cigarettes you currently are smoking.  As not only will you heighten your chance for lung cancer but you will also annoy your partner even further by making your apnea worse off!

Smoking Is Bad For Your Health And Also Your Finances

Pretty much everyone is aware of all the health dangers associated with smoking cigarettes.  You can get lung cancer, and other severe lung related diseases.  But what many people also don’t put much thought into is the financial cost of smoking cigarettes.  A pack of cigs can cost in some places close to ten bucks! So for those hardcore smokers who smoke more than a pack a day will spend close to $300 a month just to help speed up their death!

And with the economy being so bad spending this kind of money on cigs is ludicrous.  To make matters worse many of these people use their credit cards to support their bad habit.  Now not only will you be getting more medical bills but you’re going to be in the market to find a quality debt relief program.

Increased Regulations For Public Smoking Are Good

I am usually never in favor of increased government regulations but I must say that the trend toward outlawing smoking in public places is a welcome one for me.

I grew up in Tokyo Japan where it seems EVERYONE smokes. It is really incredible how common it is and you can even buy cigarettes from vending machines. No age restrictions or anything to get in the way and it seems very strange now that I have moved back to the States.

What you do in your own home is one thing but smoking really does affect other people when you do it in public. When I was a teenager in Japan I had several jobs and in each one I was exposed to smoke. There was nothing I could do other than quit. This is sad because young kids looking for jobs for 16 year olds just shouldn’t have to deal with second hand smoke in the workplace. At least that is how I feel.

In America the rules and regulations have gotten more and more strict and I view that as a good thing. It is hard to believe that just 40 years ago you could actually smoke in a plane! And all restaurants and stores are now smoke free as they should be.

Opponents of smoking laws somehow think that the smoke they spew doesn’t affect anyone else. They must be too used to that disgusting smell to realize that they reek and other people don’t want any part of that.

They complain that this used to be a free society and they should have rights too. Yes, this is a free society but we are not at liberty to hurt others and smoke does hurt others. The bottom line is that smokers just don’t understand how offensive their habit is which is a shame.

Low Immune System & Immune System Boosters

Immune System

Do you always find yourself in a constant state of colds, flu or sometimes high fever when everyone else seems to be going about their business without the slightest glitch? Well, blame it on your immune system. The research has shown that  Cordyceps is one of the best natural immune system boosters.

A strong immune system pretty much determines whether you leave an active and healthy life, as those with weak immune systems generally tend to be dull and overly sickly. Lymphoid organs are located in the whole of your body. They host the small white blood cells, commonly known as lymphocytes which help to guard your body against disease causing organisms. These lymphocytes and phagocytes (the blood cells that protect the body against foreign particles and bacteria) basically form the immune system. All immune system cells work together to operate effectively. When this fails to occur, that is when you start to develop a weak immune system.

Many factors may lead to a weak immune system but the most common include diseases such as HIV virus, multiple sclerosis and lupus, which gradually weakens your body affecting the tissue that connects the body and organs, hence causing a breakdown in the immune system.
Excessive alcohol consumption also deprives the body of valuable nutrients and causes nutritional deficiency by stopping the white blood cells, which are responsible for defending the body against diseases from multiplying.

Poor diet is known as one of the major contributers to a weak immune system. Consuming excess sugar suppresses your immune system by depleting the Vitamin C present and breaks down the immune system cell structure.

The all important question then becomes how do we boost our immunity once it starts to diminish, studies put Cordyceps as among the best immune system boosters. It has been used in the Far East and in China for many centuries to help improve the body’s function in many ways. Essentially, these extracts come from mushrooms and fungus and once they are extracted that can be refined into an effective supplement. It becomes highly effective because it will attack the pathogens that are known to undermine the immune systems.

Other recommended immune boosters include vitamins, including vitamin C, which tops the list of immune boosters since its relatively inexpensive; Vitamin E which promotes the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria; garlic which is a potent immune booster that fuels the reproduction of white cells that are used to fight infections, increases the efficiency of antibody production and stimulates killer cell activity.

Keep Yourself Busy While You Quit Smoking

As I look around today, I find that I’m living in a world that is much different than the one I grew up in.  When I was growing up, at least half of the adults I had regular contact with were smokers.  Standing in a room filled with stale smoke was the norm.  Is it any wonder that I grew up to be a smoker myself?


The problem is that today’s world does not accept smokers at all.  We are cast out to stand alone in places where our foul odors won’t offend.  I’ve had enough of this, so I’ve made the choice to live a healthier lifestyle.  The problem is, I now have a lot of time to fill that used to be spent smoking.  This might seem like a silly thing to some people.  Most people whine that they don’t have enough time in the day.  Smokers have spent years building their lives around a series of five minute breaks that often add up to at least an extra hour each day.  The challenge is to fill that newly freed up time with something constructive instead of another harmful habit.


Most people can’t get too excited about filling that time with an extra hour of work.  I know that I certainly don’t like the idea of trading my former relaxation time for more drudgery.  The trick seems to be finding interesting things to do by yourself.  So far, I’ve come up with a few simple distractions that help me to get through my cravings.


One of the best distractions I’ve found is drawing.  Ever since I was young I’ve enjoyed doodling, and now I’ve decided to try my hand at actually drawing recognizable sketches.  I bought myself a book about pencil sketching and I keep a sketch pad within reach at all times.  This actually works really well except for the fact that once I start, I want to keep drawing for longer than a smoke break would have lasted.  My right brain kicks in and time starts to fly.  This is fine when I’m at home, but it doesn’t work too well when I’m actually at my paying job.


A second helpful “habit” I’m trying to cultivate is socializing with people.  That probably sounds silly, but I’ve never been one for small talk.  Now when I get the urge for a smoke I try to engage someone who happens to be nearby in conversation.  The trick here is to ask them about their life.  They’ll usually talk for at least five minutes until my urge to light up passes.


These aren’t perfect solutions.  You’ll have to decide what you enjoy enough to get you through the tough times.  The key is making it distracting enough so that you aren’t sitting there just dreaming of how good it would feel to light up.  I keep reminding myself that millions of people have managed to quit.  I have a stubborn streak that doesn’t like failing at something others have done successfully.  Think about what motivates you and try to shift your focus to things you enjoy.  Eventually, you’ll replace your old habit with something much less harmful that you actually enjoy.

Stop Smoking and Love Your Dog more

Quitting smoking can be a long and hard process. But staying tobacco-free is the longest and most important part of it. Every day you must decide to stop smoking “today”. Each day that you don’t smoke is a small victory. These all add up to a huge victory over time. Many of the things you did to help you quit smoking can help you stay quit and gain that victory. Focusing to the other stuff and do not think about smoking can help too. Giving more attention and love to your dog instead is a good distraction.

Being busy everyday taking care of your dog will help you distract your need to smoke. Dog needs a lot of attention; it will alert your urge to smoke. First you can make feeding schedule for you and your dog. Three times a day at the exact time will train your dog and you to be discipline. Using automatic dog feeder can help you make the tight schedule. Then take your dog in to the park to get the fresh air. Fresh air is good for your lung. If you get used to that discipline time, I am sure that you can discipline yourself not to touch smoke ever again. Just tell yourself that you can do it. Then you can.

Those Empty Bars

The smoking ban in the UK has in terms of health improvement almost certainly been a resounding success.  It encouraged people like me, smokers who just wanted to quit, that little bit more incentive to take that step.  Smoking used to be fun, even when you had to stand outside your office – it was still fun because all the interesting people were standing out with you. However when it started to happen every where the novelty started to wear off.

Like many smokers I had experiences of leaving a fun evening in a bar, desperate to grap a quick smoke.  Sure I could go back in five minutes but I’d often missed the joke, or the punch line and felt like an outsider joining in again. My times in restaurants were even worse, did I enjoy or savour my food?  Not really, because I was usually desperate for a smoke and when I could nip outside for one.

Is it a good and fair way to make people give up?  Well probably not  that fair but the end probably justifies the methods.  I got fed up of standing outside, being alienated and looked down upon because I smoked and I stopped. Ultimately my only loss is a life shortening addiction, so it’s hard to muster up the energy to feel very perecuted.

There is a sadness and a regret though, seeing a loss of something that was once an integral part of British life – the pub. Now the pub was already on a downward trail due to drink drive laws, cheap supermarket booze and basically the fact that everyone was rather skint.  Yet the last nail in the coffin certainly looked like it was caused by the smoking ban.  For me a smoker, bars lost their appeal, slouching at the bar with a smoke was part of the experience.  If I didn’t smoke, then sitting at home on the sofa with a can of beer seemed the better alternative.

Ultimately, it’s a price that’s certainly worth paying – smoking levels in the UK have fallen dramatically and the health benefits are growing.  Of course, the world is changing and now the internet is bringing a social element into our own homes.  There are issues with privacy and anonymity – see this site here but there are steps you can take to reduce these risks.

Free Smoking is the Key to Life Happily

Smoking is a bad habit that is very difficult to remove. Even my dad is one of the active smokers who cannot spend a day without it. I do not know why man love to smoke despite of its bad effect for health. Life without cigarette is so much nicer.

My 75 years old grandfather does not smoke and he stay healthy until now. I think one of his secrets health is because he never smokes. Smoke makes the inner organ of your body do not function well. But my grandfather who never smoke, still have the inner organs works well. He is as health as my lovely cat, Mr. Kitty that gets the nutrition from the wonderful device automatic pet feeder.

The Best of the Ban

The Smoking ban in the UK has been running for a few years now and after initial concerns from pub and club owners everyone appears to have gotten used to it and we are now seeing the benefits.

One of the benefits is how much cleaner the establishments are and the money saved on cleaning hours has greatlyimproved them. Interiors are no longer having to withstand the heavy smoke so have a longer life and stay a lot fresher.

The customers that frequent the bars and clubs are also seeing benefits outwith the obvious health benefits attached to cutting down on smoking and staing away from second hand smoke. One thing that can be affected quite greatly is taste and without the smoke causing havock with taste buds certain events have flourished.

The rise of mixology, the art of cocktail making, is on the rise as people are able to appreciate the subtle flavours and mixes. Certain companies are taking advantage of that and offer incredible incentives for mixologists to enter competitions that see new cocktails being born and helps to improve the skills of bar worker up and down the country, click here for more info

Controversial at the time I think it is clear that it was one of the goverments better decisions to implement this change.


Tobacoo and What Else?

We have all seen the statistics, tobacoo use is falling like a rock.  In America and other westernized nations, less and less people are using tobacoo on a daily basis.  Of course, in the developing world things are much, much different.

We have heard, usually with alarm bells going off, that people in the developing world are more and more likely to be living like Americans almost every day.  For water, food and the environment, that is not a good thing.  For smoking prevention though, it is clearly a great change.  In Asia, one out of every four people smoke.  In America, it is one out of every ten people of Asian descent.  If you’re selling tobacoo products, that’s a pretty bad state of affairs, if you’re selling one of the products they generally turn to instead, like the best wine gift baskets around.  It can be a great change for the health of everyone around you and your bottom line!

The Healthy Cat


The innovation of automatic cat feeder is very useful for the cat owner. This invention is not only can save the owner to feed cat regularly by his/her own, but also can manage the good diet for the cat. If the owner has to work early in the morning and gest back very late at night. This tool is very helpful to feed the pet automatically. Just set the timer and it will be given food to the cat. There are some types of automatic cat feeder. Some models can give you advantages if you want to regulate the quantity of food that your dog or cat consumes. Couple of models can feed 48 times per day. It is very useful for the owner who has so many cats. There is also a model that can feed one by one if the cat does not want to share its food. Other than that, the owner can set the healthy food as its consumption. Because the owner determines the food timer, the cat can get the better and consistent diet. Also even if you are away from home, you do not need to worry that your cat will be starving. 

Quit Smoking for Your Job

I’ve seen a number of recent studies which show two interesting and rather startling things.  First, the average smoker costs their employer about six thousand dollars more per year in medical care than a non smoker.  If you are a smoker yourself, that number seems awfully high, but the reality is that most of that number comes about as you age and start getting cancer at a higher and higher rate than other people.  The second thing was that (at least according to my friend, who owns one of the largest gift basket companies on the west coast) your employer knows that number better than you do, so you are much more likely (by some studies, four times more likely) to be fired or laid off in your 40’s or early 50’s than someone who doesn’t smoke.

At some point, you really have to ask yourself-is it worth it?

E Cigarettes Could Be Classified As Medicine In UK

There are proposals afoot in the UK which could see Electronic Cigarettes put into the class of medicines, the same as the other stop smoking products on the market. UK authorities have already asked manufacturers and vendors to come forward voluntarily and get their products classified before any law comes into effect. As you can imagine these businesses are up in arms about any legislation which could reduce their profitability due to increased costs and a tighter rein on where and when they can sell their products.

The positives of such a move are that we could see e cigarettes being prescribed by doctors to people who find it difficult to give up tobacco with traditional methods. It would also probably mean users can get access to a higher quality product with a list of ingredients, and less chance of inhaling poisons.

The downside is that this fledgling industry could be handcuffed, decreasing the amount of innovation and limiting the choice available to consumers.

At the moment it looks like e cig companies are going to fight this as far as possible with most saying they will wait to see what the EU says about it. They argue that they are not selling a stop smoking product so should not be classed the same as the patches, gums and inhalers you can pick up at the drug store. The aim of vaping products is harm reduction with users switching to them from tobacco for long term use.

The problem is that the e cigarette industry at the moment is self regulated, perhaps not the best way to ensure the consumer is getting the best quality product available.

Ric from Honest E Cigarette Reviews reckons most companies out there at the moment aren’t going to take any rash decisions and will probably wait to see how the story pans out. “There seems to be a constant stream of stories about legislation in the vaping world so it’s hard to say whether the authorities are going to get their own way with this latest idea. I’d like to see some sort of testing of the safety of e cig use over the long term before governments make any decision about how to handle them legally.”

Whatever happens vapers in the UK can be thankful they are still free to enjoy their e cigs in public, unlike the French who have already implemented a ban.

Quit Smoking and Now I can Afford a New Car

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The Mind Trick of Smoking

Any smoker knows it can be a real struggle to even think about giving up smoking. Believe it or not even contemplating trying used to terrify me, I simply couldn’t imagine being without my smokes. But there is no real reason to suffer this smoking stress situation, because the battle is actually all in the mind.

One way stop smoking experts help put people in a positive mood about giving up is by trying to identify what is enjoyed by smokers. When you analyse the actual smoking sensation, there is very little to enjoy. Try it – when you smoke next just try and focus on what is so pleasurable.

It’s actually very hard to do because the truth is there is only one pleasure – the relief from suffering nicotine withdrawal. That relief is what people ’think they enjoy’ about smoking, it’s the deprivation they feel – the release from withdrawal. A couple of puffs from your smoke and that’s sorted – there is actually no real pleasure.

One of the problems is that people smoke almost without thinking.  It’s almost an automatic action with no sense of pleasure or experience, the reality is that it’s simply an action that resolves a craving.  I now live abroad in Turkey and am lucky enough to be able to sit outside most evenings and watch the TV on my laptop.  I usually use a proxy server to get a British IP address to watch the news like this – I used to smoke like a chimney without realising it.  Without the restrictions of being inside and not being allowed to smoke I’d just switch into an automatic mode – feeding my addiction.

Think about it carefully when you next have a smoke, you’ll realise it’s true, there is no real pleasure just relief.

Thanks to this video for the above:


Berkeley Makes it Difficult

I hesitated to write about this since Berkeley has a certain reputation, that being a liberal spot, perhaps the most liberal spot in the entire country.

Berkeley has decided that it is going to everything in its power as a city to stop people from smoking.  Now the city can’t actually make it illegal, but they make it exceedingly difficult to find places to smoke.

Smoking is now all but banned outside homes, as you can’t smoke within 75 feet of your neighbors house.  Of course, smoking indoors is virtually outlawed already by the state of California in Berkeley since you can no longer smoke in multi family buildings because the smoke ends up in other homes and Berkeley (this is not well known) is among the most urban cities in the country.

The city has also outlawed smoking in all commercial zones, in their entirety.  Basically if you want to have a cigarette in Berkeley, in essence you are left to smoke it in your car, with the windows up since you can’t let the smoke out the window without being fined for pollution!

Smoking – When the Penny Drops

If you’ve ever been a smoker and tried to give up, then most will know that other people can’t make you quit.  Endless nagging from a partner, is unlikely to achieve the desired result.  Disapproval from friends and family will normally just make the smoker miserable but carry on smoking.   Those who do try and give up on behalf of someone else will probably fail.

Giving up smoking is actually not that hard to once you’re in the right mindset.  Half hearted attempts will always fail, simply because the battle will never really be won.  When smoking I always used to look with jealousy at the friends who seemingly could give up at will.  The people who would chain smoke for a few days and then not smoke for a week or two.  Whereas I was never really brave enough to even attempt quitting.

Now closing in on my decade as a non-smoker, those casual giver uppers are still smoking – and I’m not jealous any more.  The reality is that you will know in yourself when you can give up, you’ll know when you’ve had enough of the risks, the smell and the expense.  That is the point when you should simply give up, it’s really that simple.

Mine built to a crescendo when we were expecting our second child.  The guilt of smoking near children was getting hard to bear, even though I never smoked inside the house or near them.  There was also a growing self awareness of what smoking actually entails, and the realisation it wasn’t actually very enjoyable.  One day I was looking through a house clearance sale near my house, primarily as i started collecting silver in the Summer. There were some lovely pieces but unfortunately a beautiful silver sweetmeat dish has been wrecked by a previous owner using it as a ashtray – you can see what a perfect specimen looks like on this site –  It was just a minor thing, but in my mind yet another example of how smoking just seems to spoil stuff.

It was like a little pair of silver scales in my mind, on one side the benefits about smoking balanced against the disadvantages.  At that point the scales tipped over to the disadvantage side. When you reach that mentality and more importantly embrace it, there’s only going to be one outcome – giving up. You can avoid it like many smokers obviously do by avoiding the issue or simply by procrastination.  But it is the time when you can ’just give up’. You’ve heard people who’ve been smoking for years say that – well I’m one of them.   It was straight forward, simple and involved very little stress.  The man who simply couldn’t imagine a life without cigarettes (that’s me) just stopped one day in March about 9 years ago.  Now it just seems natural not to smoke and just seems to hard to remember the appeal – incredible really but if you’re a smoker it really can be  the same for you I promise you.


Get Away From Cigarette Or Me?

Get away from cigarette or me? That question is always running through my head since the last lunch time I did with my wife. I smoke a lot during my life and I though it will we very difficult to get out of my way and start a new life without cigarette. It must be so hyperbole if I think I am on the edge of my life. I tried to get all the way to make me stop smoke but it didn’t work at all. Lots of people believe that it is very difficult to simply abruptly stop smoking.

It’s perhaps not said to be a one evening or one month procedure. It requires lots of commitment, work and action for an individual to lastly stop smoking. It’s feasible to understand how exactly to change my smoking routines, handle my urges, and join the millions of the habit has been kicked by people who permanently. To improve my likelihood of achievement, I’ll need to be inspired, have an individual game strategy, an awareness of things to anticipate, and sociable assistance. The most truly effective program nowadays is by using Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP. It has a 95.6% success fee. One night I told to my wife I’d never smoke again, I gave her a bag I’ve looked at as my apologize and I’d like to start a new life style she wanted.

Healthy Living

Healthy living is not always easy. Changing your diet can be hard and also quite expensive but it can make you feel much better both physically and mentally. Another important step towards healthier living was the smoking ban which prohibits smokers from smoking indoors and has encouraged many to give up. There was a bit of opposition at first but now it seems almost bizarre to see someone smoking inside and this is a good thing as not only does it encourage people to give up but also saves people from inhaling second hand smoke.

A great tip I got from someone who had totally transformed their life was to book yourself into a nice, luxury hotel with a spa and gym facilities and concentrate on finding the exercise that suits you best. Finding what works for you is half the battle and making a good start can help you carry on what you started. It is important not to totally deprive yourself of fun but to just regulate what you are eating and doing.

Making small changes can have a great effect on your well being and long term health and the first step tends to be kicking that habit of smoking.


Living Smoke Free

The statistics say that most smokers have their first cigarettes as young teenagers.  Most times, they begin smoking far before they are old enough to purchase their own cigarettes legally.  I broke out of that mold, and began smoking when I was 20.  At first, it was simply to annoy my boyfriend at the time.  

My very first cigarette made me sick to my stomach and feel like I had licked the bottom of an ashtray.  Then, I would be out with my friends and have a cigarette socially while I was drinking.  It progressed then to having a cigarette as a stress reliever.  Before I knew it, I was smoking almost a pack a day—a VERY expensive habit, particularly for a poor college student.  

After college, I got a job as a cocktail waitress at a trendy bar in Chicago and EVERYBODY on staff smoked.  It was something I found myself doing on every break, whenever I had a free minute.  I quit smoking in 2002 when I was pregnant.  It was easy to quit then because I was motivated to do it for myself and my unborn child.  Unfortunately, I took the habit back up again after he was born.  It took my son becoming gravely ill for me to finally kick the habit for good.  

I have been smoke free since 2005, and still get a craving for cigarettes from time to time.  I am affected the most when I allow myself to get out of shape and drink more heavily than usual—mostly around the holidays.  I found the way for me to best beat the cravings is to stay fit.  I had tried several workout routines in the past, but I wanted one that I knew I would be able to stick with in the long run.  I found this website: which gives comprehensive reviews of a variety of different popular workout routines.  From this website, I was able to find a workout routine that is perfect for me.  This makes it far easier to not only look and feel my best, but to keep myself from giving into the cravings of cigarettes!


Smoking Ban Sees Benefits

After much discussion and a lot of debate we are now a few years on from the introduction of the smoking ban in public places in the UK and it is time to reflect and look at the impact. 

Publicans were worried it could drive their custom away but it now looks as if people are getting used to things and are settling down into a pattern. Most pubs and clubs have designated smoking areas for their clientele and with shelter and outdoor heaters it is not the abyss that was once feared. 

It has also led to people cutting back and stopping which has helped with their health. Another aspect of stopping smoking is that it allows the ex smoker to enjoy the taste of food and drink again which in turn is a major boost to Whisky companies that rely on peoples good taste in choosing their brand. Such Whiskey as can be found here  is of such high quality that it was really wasted before.

Other positive aspects include the fact that you are not breathing in second hand smoke on a night out and your hair and clothes no longer stink of stale smoke.

In other establishments like restaurants and betting offices the sam can be said and it is clear that the move was the right one to make and hopefully we will see the health benefits coming to fruition in the coming years.


How Green Houses Can Help Anti Smoking Advocates


Smoking is gross. Let’s just face it; not only does cigarette smoke reek horrendously, but it also destroys your lungs. And sure, most people might think they will live forever, but the fact of the matter is that most smokers, if they do not quit, will wind up speaking through a hole in their neck, and if their will is weak enough, smoking out if it as well. Greenhouses are a great way to fight smoking, because just as cigarette smoke damages the environment, greenhouses and other such structure actually help to heal the environment by building something useful, and healthy, upon it.

How Planting Heals the Earth

Studies have shown the planting even a single tomato can help to heal a damaged pot of earth. If this is true, then imagine what an entire greenhouse full of fruits and veggies and herbs can do! Planting is one of the few things that we still do to help the environment. Buying a greenhouse can allow you to not only save tons of money each month on your grocery bill, but it can also help you to heal the environment, something that we should all be taking conscious steps to do.

How Planting Cleans the Air

As you well know, if it were not for trees, we would not exist. Trees take in oxygen, filter out many of the nasty, terrible chemicals that we ourselves pump in to it, and then expel clean, fresh air that we can breathe. The fact that we cut down so many trees each year and plant so few in returned shows how little companies think of the earth, and the people, us, who live on it. Do your part. Each plants acts as a miniature tree. It takes in a lot of the stuff that we can not take it safely, and cleans the air for us. This can help to slowly get rid of some of the effects that smoking has had on our air quality. Because if you are honest, then you know how damaged the air is. Cigarette smoke is tantamount to an attack on the air, each and every time that it is exhaled. In order to help better the environment, we need to start fighting back with plants, and starting off with a greenhouse is one of the best ways.


Web Design Pricing For Antismoking Sites

The campaign to eradicate the filthy habit of smoking is still on going, and rightly so. If you want to join the cause, you can set up your own website so that not only can you inform younger (and older) people not to smoke, but you can also help smokers how to quit. The web design pricing may vary according to what you want the site to look like, but these costs are negligible compared to the costs of smoking.


Many antismoking activists like to offer really disgusting pictures of diseases caused by smoking. Although these may work when placed on actual cigarette packets, they’re not quite as appealing if you place them on your own website. The point of these pictures is to deter—and if you place them prominently on your site you’re not deterring people from smoking. You’re just deterring them from visiting your website ever again.
Instead, have attractive pictures of people plastered all over your site. What all those people should have in common is that they’ve all quit smoking. The implication, of course, is that your visitors can also look just as good as them if only they would quit smoking. Discuss with your web designer how these pictures can affect the web design pricing for your site.

Selling Antismoking Devices

It may not be enough to tell people to quit smoking; you also have to help them quit if you can. One way to do so is to provide proven ways which smokers can adapt so that they can quit. You can even sell various devices like nicotine patches and electronic cigarettes on your site so that your visitors can quit smoking more successfully.

If you can start a business with the sale of such devices, then you can afford the web design pricing more easily while still helping out your fellow man.

Hilarious Smooking Cat

Cigarette is not atractive for human only, a cat keep to hold the cigarette when the owner try to ask it.  At glamce it seems so funy and amusing to see the video. But when think more deepert. It won’t be entertain anymore. As we know smooking is harmul for healthy, especially for the body. Smoke contains more than 500 poison. When the smog releases to the air automatically pollutes the air that we breath. we can imagigine how great the effect sei in by cigarrete. Not only for human but also for the animal. When having pet we have responsible to take care of them well. Especially feeding them in appropriate portion and nutrition to keep them healthy, getting started wit automatic cat feeder wet food will increase you cat helthy and ensure your cat is stay away from tobacco.

If you’re able to spend the time needed to understand fully automatic cat feeder wet food, it is possible to figure out what should be done. Whatever your desires are, or what the task is, your efforts will be mirrored by your overall achievement. Visit this site for more resource about automatic cat feeder wet food.

Death of Richard Briers

I was sad to read about the recent death of Richard Briers the other week.  For some of us of a certain age he represents one of the national treasures of British TV.  However the end of his 79 year old life came it is suggested because of his smoking habit.   He certainly was a very heavy smoker and he had in fact estimated that over a lifetime had smoked close to half a million ciggies.    He did give up around ten years ago but it seems that it was too late, his later years were rather wasted as he was pretty much breathless most of the time.

The cause was the familiar dread of most smokers, emphysema.  It was enough to scare him into stopping but unfortunately the damage was already done.  This isn’t to say that giving up doesn’t have it’s benefits whenever you do it.  For example Briers lived quite a long time with the disease because he managed to give up.  Only last year he was in a British movie although his character was wheelchair bound!

Giving up smoking even when you are diagnosed with emphysema at it’s terminal stage can certainly reduce some of the harmful effects.  If diagnosis is at an earlier stage often giving up is the only treatment needed.  This is perhaps one of the sobering thoughts that the only treatment for a horrible, killer disease is to simply stop smoking cigarettes.

It’s so sad to see such a wonderful actor go.  His biggest success at least in the UK was a show called the Good Life which featured a couple opting out of the rat race to become self sufficient.  You can still catch many of the shows on Youtube and hopefully they are to be repeated on the BBC and the BBC Iplayer.  If you live outside the UK then this site – can show you how to watch UK TV –  It’s quite a simple process and I’ve been using it for years to stay in touch and watch the BBC news from my new home in Spain.

Can Acupuncture Help You Quit Smoking?

A lot of people don’t realize how difficult it is for smoker to quit their nicotine habit.  It really is very difficult and often people aren’t successful first time around.  You might have tried a number of different products for quitting smoking before such as nicotine patches and gum but sooner or later you started to smoke again.

If you desperately want to give up and you’re looking for another smoking cessation technique then you might want to consider acupuncture.  As you probably know, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese health remedy which is now being utilized in the West for all sorts of things such as weight loss, pain management and also quitting cigarettes.

When you go along to your local acupuncturist you will tell them that you want the treatment in order to give up.  The practitioner will then examine you for areas of low energy.  After this is done tiny needle will be inserted into your skin.

After an hour of the needles being in your skin, they will be removed and you will possibly be given magnets to wear.  Acupuncture sounds rather scary but you will hardly feel the needles at all.

Bear in mind, that one session is unlikely to be enough for you to be able to give up smoking.  You will need between 4 and 6 sessions to notice any difference.  However people have noticed improvements after only a couple of sessions.

Of course, because there really haven’t been all that many studies carried out it’s difficult to get an accurate idea of the success rate of acupuncture.  In addition to this, you will also need to implement your own will power.  You can’t expect the acupuncture to do all of the work for you.

When trying to locate an acupuncturist, you need to find one that is licensed.  Do a search for  National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to find one near you.

Although acupuncture might seem like some sort of miracle cure for your cigarette habit, you should do as much research as you can to ensure you beat this nasty habit for good.

Smoking? Ugh!

anti smoking rulesSo we all know that second hand smoke is a killer.  I saw a billboard the other day that made me pretty upset-here in Berkeley we have a walk to raise money for lung cancer.  I talked to some people about it and found out that lung cancer is actually one of the more difficult cancer’s to raise money for beacuse most people think that everyone who gets the disease, smoked or did something else which they should not have been doing.

Frankly that isn’t the case and even if it were-do we really not want to help any of those people?  If our society allows people to both make mistakes and eventually be forgiven, shouldn’t we have room in our society to do the same for smokers?


Save for your Retirement by Quitting Smoking Today

When you allow your money to sit in your home, you are essentially allowing it to go to waste. Every day that passes, it is worth less in terms of value than it was in the past. Inflation makes sure that you are able to buy less with the amount of money that you have. Since the United States is dealing with a large amount of inflation at the moment, it is important that you combat this in any way possible. It would be a good idea to place your money into a savings account with a reasonable interest rate. The value of your money would then increase and eliminate the need to worry about the impact of inflation when you withdraw this money in the future. An interest calculator would allow you to do this with ease.

If you have an interest calculator, it would be a lot easier to see where your money should go in order to help you get a better return on the money you choose to place into a savings account. A higher rate of interest would mean less need to worry about inflation. Also, you would never have to worry about the possibility of allowing your money to go wasted. The best thing for you to do would be to get your money into a savings account as soon as possible. However, you want to take full advantage of this tool in order to eliminate inflation and the impact it will leave on your money.

Lifestyle Changes to Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors

Giving up smoking is beneficial for many reasons. We will focus today on the risk of heart disease from smoking. The CDC states:

Tobacco use increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Cigarette smoking promotes atherosclerosis and increases the levels of blood clotting factors, such as fibrinogen. Also, nicotine raises blood pressure, and carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen that blood can carry. Exposure to other people’s smoke can increase the risk of heart disease even for nonsmokers.

So knowing that we are increasing our risk of having a heart attack if we smoke, it becomes pretty obvious that we should quit. As an ex-smoker, I can only tell you of advantages since I gave up! I feel better and I have a much better sense of taste which makes eating much more enjoyable.

There are other ways to reduce the risk of heart disease as well. Simply by reducing our saturated fat and cholesterol consumption, we can have a positive change, in other words – lower, our own cholesterol scores. Try following more of an Asian diet. One that is high in healthful carbohydrate, such as rice. This can displace fattier foods from your diet. Within three months, you should see a marked improvement in your cholesterol levels. There are videos on Youtube that show just how advanced Japanese rice cookers have become.

I am familiar with the argument that people “enjoy smoking” howeverI am no longer convinced by this. People enjoy what their environment conditions them to enjoy. True enjoyment, where you cannot stop smiling, is different. How often does smoking a cigarette give you a beaming smile? Think about it, smoking cigarettes is an addiction!

Other Ways to Get Healthy

chiropractic careHere at the Tobacoo Free Alliance we believe in creating environments and regulations which allow people to be healthy.  Of course, part of that process can be helped by working with others within the health care field.

One group that has proven to be able to help us create healthy environments are chiropractors.

We recently started working with the San Diego Chiropractor Directory in order to find different ways for people to quit smoking.  While we all know at this point that accupressure and other Chinese medical techniques are incredibly helpful-but did you know that quality chiropractic care can help take that edge off that we all experience while quitting? It’s true and if the care we receive only makes it 10% easier (personally, I found it helped much, much more) isn’t it worth it?

The Best Health Benefits of Quitting

wine club waiting listI was recently granted permission to join what is widely considered the best wine club on the planet, unbelievably, I joined the waiting list over a decade ago, only a few days after I quite smoking.  I always told my wife, that she could and should remove me from the waiting list if I started again.  It served as a nice detterent for me.

That whole thing did bring a few things to mind for me, not the least of which is that one thing we all need to do in order to quit is to help give ourselves goals and new things to think about.  It’s sad to say, but so many people (myself certainly included!) spend an awful lot of our days thinking about our next cigarette, so we need something else to think about.  For me, that something has been the 10 vine vineyard I have planted in my yard.  It gives me something to do year around, which is really, really nice.

Quit Smoking And Save Money

People often talk about how difficult it is to save and that there is always something that needs payed for, if you are smoking while reading this there is the perfect soloution. By quitting smoking and putting the money that you would have been spending on cigarettes away into a savings account you will be astonished at the amount you save, while making a considerable change to how much more healthier you will become.

I know of someone that did this exact thing and becasue they had always had an interest in motorbikes decided to stop smoking, save and get one. At first he didn’t think it would be possible and that the closest he would get would be looking here He stuck with it though and could not believe the amount he had been spending on smoking untill it was there in front of him, I think that gave him a bigger shock than how much damage he was doing to his body.

Just think what you could get or pay off if you stopped smoking, you could also prolong your life considerabley. Things like a big family holiday in the sun would all be possible and there would be some great memories to remember for a lifetime. Not everyone has the strength to be able to give up, there are always excuses and thats just what they are, excuses. Smoking causes disease and costs a fortune but some people are too weak willed and selfish to give it up even for the sake of their own health or their families but then you can’t even give these people a reasoned argument.


Important Facts About Best Electric Litter Boxes.

Smoking is very bad habit for people in the world. Smoking can cause lungs cancer and it is very dangerous for us. People die every minute by this. Not only smoking dangerous for people who smoke, but also people around it. People around it accidentally breathe the smoke. So we have to be careful with the smoke. A good rehabilitation for smoker is by having pet, especially cat. Cat can forget that bad habit. Don’t bother with cat litter because there is automatic cat litter box special for cat. We can manage cat’s litter easily with this tool. So what is automatic cat litter box exactly?

The litter pan is bowl-shaped and is filled with premium clumping cat litter. It rotates continuously at an extremely slow speed. There is a bowl-shaped litter tray connected to a motorized pole. The tray is mounted on a platform. A small amount of electricity is used, perhaps even less than some other electronic litter boxes, because the motor turns very slowly. A slow-turning motor takes less electricity than a fast turning motor (just like a four cylinder compact car uses less gas than a soaped-up sporty model).

Minor disassembly is required for cleaning. Both the waste receptacle and the litter bowl may be submerged in water. Make sure the bowl is completely dry before reassembly, though, because the electronics may not be exposed to water. The noise performance of this automatic cat litter box is extremely quiet; the noise is undetectable when it is working properly. If you are concerned about noise bothering you, this is the one to get!

Think about your reason to purchase it (self-cleaning, help the environment, etc.). Also, consider that it is unique, noise-free design, very little litter is wasted no special waste receptacles needed, and Good for cats under 12 lbs.; but some larger cats and multiple cats are fine.

Other Great Health Writing

an amazing fruit selectionWe try to spend a lot of time here talking about health, quitting smoking, making better choices and generally being better citizens for ourselves and our families.  Over my next few posts, I thought it might be interesting to steer you to some other resources about living a good and healthy life.

One of our favorite bloggers talks a lot about choices and consumption of good calories. If we think of everything that we eat as fuel, then it makes sense to try and make the best possible choices every minute of every day don’t you think?  I mean, a donut might taste good when you’re eating it, but can you go and run 5 miles after eating it?  How do you feel after eating that donut when compared to eating some oatmeal and fruit?

Allen Carr – My Hero

There is one man that I owe a huge debt of gratitude but unfortunately he is no longer here for me to thank.  His name is Allen Carr and for the first few decades of his life he was an accountant.  But there was something else about Allen, he was an extremely heavy smoker – pretty much a chain smoker.  But he stopped suddenly and without the need of drugs or other aids at the age of 48 after smoking for over 30 years.  He developed a method, used it to give up and then wrote a book detailing his method and called it ’Easyway’. 

That is why he is my hero, because 9 years ago I read his book, and after completing it I smoked my last cigarette and haven’t touched one since.  Don’t get me wrong his book is no literary masterpiece, in fact it’s quite clumsily written in parts.  However reading that book was like a veil being lifted from my eyes or should I say smoke.  As I read that book I can remember thinking very carefully about every ciggie I smoked – why I smoked, what I was getting out of it.  I even studied other people smoking, watching their expressions as they took the first or the final drag from a cigarette.

Because in a way that’s all his book does – makes you think about your smoking and why you do it.  At the core of the method are two simple facts -

  • People smoke because they are addicted to nicotine


  • Withdrawal symptoms are nothing more than an empty feeling.

Of course there’s much more in the book but the essence is there.  A smoker is addicted and if they stop they no longer will be.  The only physical symptoms of stopping are pretty much trivial, everything else is pretty much in your mind.  The explanation that really helped me was that you only felt good when smoking a cigarette because you were satisfying the cravings.  There is no beneficial boost from a cigarette, anyone not addicted would feel nothing but perhaps a little sick.  The boost is a removal of the withdrawal symptoms for just a short time.  So the smoke makes a meal better, or a coffee taste good or even help you with stress is an illusion.

His message clicked with me, I thought I would never give up but in the end it was simple.  It is probably one of the most significant things I have done in my life, and I am so grateful that I read that book in my 30s.  Allen did himself some damage with smoking even though he did eventually give up – but his book I am certain will save thousands of people maybe more.  When I gave up I got into the habit of still putting away the money I would have spent on smoke, believe it or not a few weeks savings paid for my latest toy.  I am writing this on the Ipad I bought – these toys would all have to go if I stilll smoked. By the way If you had problems watching various websites like Hulu and the BBC – this post shows you how to set up a VPN on an Ipad which is extremely useful!

So thanks Allen, thank you for probably saving my lilfe!


Getting The Message Across

Throughout the years there have been many campaigns to stop smoking and for years they were largely ignored with people failing to believe the health hazzards linked to smoking. Today though there seems to be a far greater awareness so the message has been making it through a bit more. The smoking ban in the UK in public places has seen a dramatic shift of opinion with many more using this as the push they needed to finally quit but the message has not quite got through to everyone.

Setting up a scheme to tackle this in different areas across the UK is hard work but setting up project management courses to better enable the people that want to help can be a good way of spreading the message. See here for more info

Hopefully people will soon realise how weak willed it is to still have this habit when they know the dangers to their health and the health of the people around them. It is an incredibly selfish kind of behaviour that sees people wasting vast amounts of money while risking their childrens health by smoking around them. 

It is my belief that companies should NOT provide smoking shelters or areas for wrkers with this habit and also allowing cigarette breaks should be abolished as what other dependancy would be allowed such lenience. Itis only by taking these drastic steps that people might actually realise how abhorrent it truly is. Of course it is anyones right to smoke, that is a fact that should not be up for dispute but when people expect special treatment and for money to be spent on them then that is where I would draw the line.

Shock tactic advertising campaigns appear to be having a bit more of an impact so we should keep them up and hopefully more people will turn away from smoking.


Don’t Nag Your Friends

I remember when I smoked that the one day I would never have given up was No Smoking Day.  The idea that I would be dictated to by a load of do-gooders who had no idea about smoking always used to wind me up.  It’s like having someone tell you ’do you know the damage that is doing to you” by some smug non-smoker, of course we do !!! Every single smoker knows the risks they are taking, we know it’s not good for us, we know.

So do them a favour, don’t nag them about smoking, don’t moan or preach – it really doesn’t work.  Most people who give up successfully, do under their own steam – giving up when you don’t want to is pointless.  What you can do is be a friend, a little nudge or word of encouragement if they talk of stopping.  If doubts or problems are expressed – try and be positive, giving up smoking is an incredibly positive experience.

If they don’t look like stopping, I can recommend perhaps some sort of gift to nudge  them in  the right direction.  Try Allen Carrs – The Easy Way to Give Up Smoking as a joke gift for a brithday or Christmas.  Do it with a sense of humour and perhaps they’ll read it.  10 years ago I read that book and within three weeks I had smoked my last cigarette ever.  There’s no guarantee of course, if a friend isn’t ready to give up there’s little you can do.

But lectures on Lung cancer and prices of smoking won’t help one little bit and are more likely to lose you a friend.  There are lots of tips on the BBC website were you can find helpful links to organisations and stop smoking boards.  There are lots of forums where people help each other through the giving up process.  Using the power of social networking sites can help people keep focussed – this site -  Has some links to various sites and may be of use.

Now Afford A New Car

Now that i have packed in the cigarettes, its afforded me a lifestyle i wasn’t used to, having spent all my previous cash on my smoking habit. This the price of them nowadays it was a fair amount of cash that i was going though.

Having this new found cash i wasn’t sure what i was going to do with it. I could just go out and buy myself some new clothes, go out and get drunk or blow it on stupid things but my sencible head kicked into play and i decided that the best option would be to save this cash and treat myself to a new car.

No brand new i wasn’t smoking that much but to start saving and get myself something a lot nice than i had just now. I was currently driving a bit of a junk mobile so the though of a car i could be proud of was a great thing for me and motivated me one to keep off cigarettes and two to save the money i would have spent to put towards a new set of wheels.

Pretty exicted by the prospect i hit the internet browsing websites such as to help find the car that i new i had to have.

After several months of not smoking i felt i had enough cash once i sold my old car to get me on the first step of getting a new car.

Out i went to located me a new set of wheels and found me a beautiful BMW just within my price bracket. I couldn’t have been happier

So quiting smoking doesn’t only help your health and you back balance it also helps with your lifestyle choices.

Can You Afford Not To Give Up Smoking?

With prices rising and wage increases remaining static for many, people are looking for ways to reduce there monthly outgoings. Cigarette smoking is one of the main areas that individuals are determined to make cut backs. This is all great but it really is a case of easier said than done, as we all know smoking is highly addictive. I myself was a 15 per day smoker and had tried and failed many times to quit, not just to save money but also for the good of my own health.

After trying the usual methods of nicotine patches and cold turkey, which by the way is not something I would recommend, I came across electronic cigarettes. There were many brands but with the use of this Vapor King coupon code I found a brand that helped cut out cigarettes for good as well as save me money. The bonus with e cigarettes is that I am reducing the strength of nicotine in the e cigs and will be without the need for nicotine in the coming months.

Websites that help you quit smoking

The internet is a great resource for smokers who are ready to stop. There are many quit smoking websites dedicated to helping you reach your goal and through web design templates you can now develop a good website that surely more customers will visits the site.Get the facts about smoking risks on reliable medical websites to give you some inspirations to start your path to ending your nicotine addiction. Be prepared before you cut out the cigarettes completely. You should understand what withdrawal symptoms you may face that are normal and which might need medical attention.

Many stop using tobacco sites will also have participant boards and advocating more people to quit. In these boards you will be able to talk about your issues and enjoy your goals with other like-minded people. You will need support to help you overcome your ecigarette using tobacco urges. When you first stop, you may be unsettled and have some uneasiness. If you find yourself alert all alone in the nighttime, you might be sorely inclined to give in to the powerful urges. Going online and finding someone to discussion with who knows what you are going through may be just what you need to make it until day.

Stop using tobacco sites can provide you with useful information when you need some motivation to keep you on the right track. Just looking at some of the visual pictures of people with mouth and neck cancer attached to using tobacco is enough to turn off most peoples’ desire to light up a ecigarette smoking. You might also find creativity in the encounters of those who have stop using tobacco. There are several sites that show before and after pictures. It is awesome how much better the skin looks after reducing out using tobacco completely.

Not So Social Smoking

One of the many reasons I used to enjoy smoking was the social element to it.  I used to work in lots of different places, moving from place to place it was quite hard to make friends because of this.  One of the gereat ice breakers was smoking, standing outside having a smoke was a great place to meet people and strike up a conversation. This has now changed a lot, simply because in the environments I work in – hardly anyone smokes anymore.

You still see the odd person standing in  the rain having a crafty smoke but there normally alone.  No longer the friendly looking social club – it looks more like a punishment or banishment.  The only place I still see these friendly little groups are outside the bars and pubs.

The social element has well and truly gone from smoking – now if you jump outside for a minute everyone else will carry on the conversation without you.  If you do have a little crowd at a local hostelry who still smoke then there’s nothing actually stopping you joining them.

The list of reasons to carry on smoking are nearly all gone, of course all smokers know the reasons why they should stop.  It’s a sensible way to motivate yourself to stop smoking, a little tick list of the benefits to smoking – cross them out as you think carefully about them.  There’s lots of great information to help you stop, some great resources in the UK from the NHS and various medical boards.  There’s even a load of stuff on the BBC website including if you’re quick some great documentaries about giving up smoking on the BBC Iplayer.   If you have any problems accessing these programmes because you’re not based in the UK then check out this useful site here, it shows you how to use proxies to access the BBC Iplayer in Spain, abroad or wherever you are.

Health Benefits and Research of Wine

I’ve long maintained that we need better research to help us decide what is truly healthy and what is not.

That’s become more of a problem of late though.  

An example might be in order.  I often give health conscious friends a bottle of wine as a wine gift since chocolate, coffee and other more healthy gifts are often consumed in such large quantities that they are no longer healthy any more.

It turns out that the health benefits of red wine may have been greatly overstated.  Much of the research has been called into question after a researcher at the University of Connecticut was found to be lying and fabricating his data.

It’s unfortunate and brings up a good reminder that quality research is not a given.  We need to provide solid University and Government funding to researchers in the health niche to get their best effort!

Smoking Free Clubs Have Become Increasingly Popular

Choosing the right foods, maintaining a good diet by eating healthy foods, and a living a healthy lifestyle is what most people are into right now. This choice in lifestyle is also very much reflected in their restaurant choices. Not only do most people prefer to eat in a restaurant that offers a menu of healthy dishes, most people also prefer dining at a restaurant where smoking is not allowed.

Studies have shown that second hand smoking is bad for the health, that’s why plenty of people, especially those who do not smoke prefer to stay in establishment or a restaurant that offers a smoke free environment. Even clubs in Amsterdam today are joining in the trend by offering a smoking free club. A restaurant that is smoking free entices more customers as ambience seems to be better, and one can truly enjoy the aromatic smell of the dishes being prepared. It also improves appetite enticing customers to eat more and to eat healthier. A family themed restaurant or a club that offers family entertainment must definitely provide an area for non-smoking customers. Or better yet, it would be nice to have more of these establishments that are smoking free making it most ideal for families to dine in.

Humidors Are Not Refrigerators


It is a sign of the growing strength of the anti-tobacco movement that an ever increasing portion of the general public is ignorant of the proper care of cigars.  Why just last week I had a woman come in looking to know what the best refrigerator was for her husbands’ collection of cigars.


She was rather surprised when I told her that if she was looking for a cigar related gift for her husband, that a refrigerator was of no use whatsoever! I had to sit down and explain to her what a humidor was – she had never heard of them – and how they controlled the humidity and temperature of cigars.


To her credit, she was vaguely aware of the need to control the ambient temperature surrounding the cigars – but was not aware that keeping the tobacco too cold would inhibit the aging process and adversely affect the taste of the product.


Thankfully I was able to set her straight, and she took home to her husband a nice humidor to use for his collection.  I shudder to think what would have happened if she had gone to a Wal-Mart for advice, rather than visiting my store.


It is up to tobaccos experts like us to keep cigar smokers informed even as the knowledge of the general populace about our hobby declines.  While I admire efforts to keep kids from taking up smoking, it is a shame to see adult practitioners of the practice disparaged by their peers.




Smoking and Coconuts

When you consider health there are the things you should do and the things you shouldn’t do. It is not enough to just quit smoking. It is a great start to being healthy, but it is not enough in itself. Being healthy is about having a healthy lifestyle. This means changing your diet, your habits and your routine to become healthy. One of the best things you can add to your diet to be healthy is coconut.

Nutritionists such as Mary Gertrude Enig describe coconut oil, milk and water as functional foods because they not only nourish the body, but they also help to protect the body against disease. Coconut milk and coconut oil contain significant amounts of lauric acid that triggers the formation of antimicrobial agents in the body that helps to fight viral infections. It is common for people who regularly drink coconut milk to never contract common colds.

Moreover, coconut oil has been shown to stimulate the thyroid gland. Tests with rats have shown that taking coconut oil in the diet reduces the chances of developing cancer. Coconut oil is known to boost the immunity system and is now commonly used by HIV patients to stop their disease turning to AIDS.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides that are easy for the body to absorb and turn into energy for the body. For this reason athletes often eat coconut oil the night beofre a big competition to boost energy and stamina levels.

Finally, coconut water contains more electrolytes than any man-made sports drink. It is ideal for rehydration either for those who do sport or for those recovering from sickness. Coconut water is also an exact match with human blood plasma.

In short there is a lot that is special about coconut food products. If you stop smoking and you start to add coconuts to your diet you have made a great start to being truly healthy.

Smoking Out of Boredom

When I smoked I had a huge list of reasons why I couldn’t give up.  I thought they were all very special reasons and only really affected me, but I was very wrong.  You see all the reasons people use to put off giving up smoking are used by everyone.  Of course we all have our particular favorites for procrastination but they’re all basically the same.  Whether you own favorite reason is stress, ’just enjoy it’ or couldn’t enjoy a meal or something similar – it’s important to realise they’ve all been used before millions of times.

One of my main reasons was boredom – I used to drive a lot and spend lots of time sitting around in the car parks that are UK city centres.  So lighting up a cigarette was something to do. Sitting at home working at my desk – boring, so had a few cigarettes.  But the reality is that it does nothing whatsoever to relieve boredom if you actually think it through.  Sitting in a cloud of smoke, choking in a traffic jam doesn’t make it more enjoyable.  The reason it seems to help is because smokers are in a permanent state of withdrawal symptoms from nicotine.

That’s right so the frustration at not having a cigarette is combined with that of sitting in a traffic jam.  You can’t solve the traffic jam, but lighting a smoke up removes that piece of stress connected to nicotine withdrawal so you feel a little bit better.  The problem is that it gives the illusion of helping pass the time of the traffic jam.  Non smokers don’t have this withdrawal feeling so a cigarette seems a completely pointless exercise – which of course it is.

It’s the same at home, you think cigarettes provide some interest when you’re bored. The reality is that the situation doesn’t change and if you think about it you’ll have the same feeling even whilst watching an exciting football match.  The feelings are withdrawal related and nothing to do with how bored you are.   I spend ages watching some great shows on Iview on ABC  by using a brilliant piece of software I found here -  I now as a non-smoker enjoy them all so much more as I don’t have this nagging feeling of needing to and have a smoke all the time (usually missing the ending).

If you’re a smoker I urge you to think very carefully about all the reasons why you won’t give up.  Be honest and analyse them, I’m certain you’ll find they are all just figments of the evil trick that nicotine plays on our minds!  Just give up – the very best decision you can make.

Now Afford A New Car

Now that i have packed in the cigarettes, its afforded me a lifestyle i wasn’t used to, having spent all my previous cash on my smoking habit. This the price of them nowadays it was a fair amount of cash that i was going though.

Having this new found cash i wasn’t sure what i was going to do with it. I could just go out and buy myself some new clothes, go out and get drunk or blow it on stupid things but my sencible head kicked into play and i decided that the best option would be to save this cash and treat myself to a new car.

No brand new i wasn’t smoking that much but to start saving and get myself something a lot nice than i had just now. I was currently driving a bit of a junk mobile so the though of a car i could be proud of was a great thing for me and motivated me one to keep off cigarettes and two to save the money i would have spent to put towards a new set of wheels.

Pretty exicted by the prospect i hit the internet browsing websites such as to help find the car that i new i had to have.

After several months of not smoking i felt i had enough cash once i sold my old car to get me on the first step of getting a new car.

Out i went to located me a new set of wheels and found me a beautiful BMW just within my price bracket. I couldn’t have been happier

So quiting smoking doesn’t only help your health and you back balance it also helps with your lifestyle choices.

Finding Luxury Items Instead of Cigarettes

I recently sat down with my wife, after I lost my job and had a serious look at my budget.

It was pretty incredible and damning to see that I was spending 5% of my paychecks on tobacoo.  I was paying a company to kill me more quickly, while stealing money in essence from my kids college saving plans.

That wasn’t a good thing, not at all.

I thought, I could save a ton of money-I could buy a bunch of luxury products instead, my wife and I could buy luxury gift baskets for our families around Christmas instead of the cheap discont gifts that we usually give them.  Really, the more and more I looked at it, the more surprised I was about how much money I was wasting.  The whole thing just made me really, really upset!  I’ll never go back and I can’t thank this blog and community enough for helping to fix this giant problem in my life!

Chiropractors and Healthy Choices

I was having a conversation with the chiropractor in my Miami Chiropractic office the other day and the topic quickly turned to general health and my kids.  I was incredibly embarassed to have to tell him that my 16 year old son has started smoking.  I realize that the statistics are really clear at this point, if you smoke each and every cigarette is going to take at least seven minutes off of your life on average.  It’s incredible to think that after 8 packs of cigarettes, you die one day sooner than you would normally.

He said that part of the issues with teenagers smoking is that they start to hang out in places and do activities which allow smoking long term.  Having those same type of experiences also makes it incredibly difficult to quit in the future, because their friends smoke and they are spending time in places which allow and even encourage smoking.

Smoke Free Office

We are all eating more healthily than we used to but smoking is still a problem for many. It can be especially difficult for people who work in a stressful business to quit smoking as it allows them to get a quick break every so often and get their mind of things but this stress related lifestyle could have serious consequences.

Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries — which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke.

When it acts with the other factors, it greatly increases your risk from those factors, too. Smoking decreases your tolerance for physical activity and increases the tendency for blood to clot. It decreases HDL (good) cholesterol. Your risks increase greatly if you smoke and have a family history of heart disease. Smoking also creates a higher risk for peripheral artery disease and aortic aneurysm. It increases the risk of recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass surgery, too.

It’s also important to avoid other people’s smoke. The link between secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) and disease is well known, and the connection to cardiovascular-related disability and death is also clear. Each year about 38,000 people die from heart and blood vessel disease caused by other people’s smoke. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30 percent.

If you already have heart disease, you may think, “What good will it do me to quit smoking now?” But don’t be discouraged. Your lungs can begin to heal themselves as soon as you stop harming them with more smoke. Heart disease can be prevented and controlled, but you must follow your treatment plan — and quitting smoking is a big part. For more info click here.

Ending Tobacco While We Free Wine?

It’s one of the most interesting juxtapositions in the world right now.  In the United States we are ending tobacco, maybe only $1 per pack now, but taxes and fees on cigarettes and other tobacco are going to go so high, that eventually no one is going to smoke regularly any more.  They wouldn’t be able to afford it.

I did want to have a few wine gifts delivered to friends and family across the country and was shocked, given the tobacco situation that my local wine store could easily ship directly to them.

Interesting times we live in huh?

Smoke and Wine Don’t Go Together

Living in California I find it easy to think that the rest of the country believes things much the same way that we do.

That’s hardly the case.

Take outdoor events for example.  It’s an easy question in my opinion to answer.  Should you be allowed to smoke at the beach?  Should you be allowed to smoke at a wine tasting event held outdoors in the vineyard?

Of course not.

The beach has plenty of little kids.  My wine club might be shipping me a $50 bottle of wine and I don’t want your smoke anywhere near that vine.

Mind and Tobacco

An Indian man once said to me: “The mind is a mad monkey”.

What he was trying to illustrate is that we have less control over our thoughts, emotions and actions than we think. One of the mistakes of enlightenment philosophers was to place too much emphasis on the rational mind. It was elevated to the status of soul. This idea was only undercut by Freud at the turn of the Twentieth Century with his discovery that the rational ego was only the tip opf the iceberg – that nine tenths of our motivation came from the unconscious which by definition we have no control over.

This is relevant to tobacco addiction. People feel that by an act of will they can quit; only to discover that it is not as simple as that. Try an experiment. Try to sit still and stare at a wall for an hour. You can’t read book, watch TV or play a game. You must sit. You will find after 10 minutes how excruciating the experience is. In the West we fidget; we require distractions. We think we are in control, but really we are at the mercy of distractions. One of those distractions being smoking cigarettes.

The fix is difficult. One consumer notion is to replace one habit with another. Stop smoking cigarettes and instead smoke e-cigarettes. Stop smoking and become addicted to eating. There can be no design and engineering solution to addiction. The answer comes not from the outside but from within.

The Indian man that I met spoke of meditation and yoga, of bringing the mad monkey under control. It is only by quiescence through clearing the mind and accepting the now that we can gain a small control of our addictions and nervous ticks. This is a free thing, and cannot be easily marketed. And hence in the West it will remain a rogue idea. But ideas are there to help, to elucidate, not to generate money.

Healthy Eating for Adults

Over the past few weeks on this blog we’ve talked an inordinate amount about making kids safer from Tobacoo.  We’ve also transitoned a bit to talk more about healthy eating in general and how it can help improve quality of life.  For that second reason, it is nice to see increasingly strict rules for kids lunches.

Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to talk a bit about one thing that adults can partake in which is healthier than they imagine.  Wine gift baskets combine wine (which we talked about before here as well) in addition to other products.  If you’re including chocolate, popcorn or other healthy snacks then it stands to reason you’ve likely found a way to enjoy a bit of junk food without truly sacrificing your health.  Smaller, healthy choices is the perfect place to start for adults looking to make a change in their lives!