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Quit Smoking Tip – Sunflower Seeds

September 4th, 2007 · No Comments

According to Martha Ashelman, author of Stop Smoking Naturally, research has shown that carrying raw or shelled sunflower seeds are particularly good for people trying to wean themselves from cigarettes. Every time you feel the desire to smoke, it is suggested that you go through the process of breaking seeds open and popping them into your mouth to munch on until the desire subsides.

Sunflower seeds contain compounds that mimic some of the effects of nicotine and can offer smokers some of the gratification they seek. They tend to have a mildly soothing sedative effect on the nervous system. They also trigger the release of glycogen from the liver, producing a temporary increase in brain activity and they raise the level of adrenal hormones in the body.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

Fruits, Veggies and Dairy May Help Smokers Quit

April 25th, 2007 · No Comments

This information was recently released from Duke University:

Smokers reported that consuming milk, water, fruits and vegetables worsened the taste of cigarettes, while consuming alcohol, coffee and meat enhanced their taste, according to the researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

The findings could lead to a “Quit Smoking Diet” or to development of a gum or lozenge that makes cigarettes less palatable, said lead study investigator Joseph McClernon, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of medical psychiatry at the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research.

“With a few modifications to their diet — consuming items that make cigarettes taste bad, such as a cold glass of milk, and avoiding items that make cigarettes taste good, like a pint of beer — smokers can make quitting a bit easier,” McClernon said.

The findings appear in the April 2007 issue of the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Smoking Health Hazards

April 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Since 1964, 28 Surgeon General’s reports on smoking and health have concluded that tobacco use is the single most avoidable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In 1988, the Surgeon General concluded that cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, such as cigars, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco, are addictive and that nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. Nicotine provides an almost immediate “kick” because it causes a discharge of epinephrine from the adrenal cortex. This stimulates the central nervous system and endocrine glands, which causes a sudden release of glucose. Stimulation is then followed by depression and fatigue, leading the user to seek more nicotine.

Nicotine is absorbed readily from tobacco smoke in the lungs, and it does not matter whether the tobacco smoke is from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Nicotine also is absorbed readily when tobacco is chewed. With regular use of tobacco, levels of nicotine accumulate in the body during the day and persist overnight. Thus, daily smokers or chewers are exposed to the effects of nicotine for 24 hours each day. Adolescents who chew tobacco are more likely than nonusers to eventually become cigarette smokers.

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Smoking Chemicals

April 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Smoking tobacco is highly toxic. Cigarette smoke contains many lethal gases and more than a thousand different chemicals.

Why would anyone want to smoke?

Cigarettes function as a stimulant and sedative. Tobacco leaves are cured in sugar and when smoked they raise blood sugar levels. As the nicotine fades, the smoker initially feels relaxed but then becomes uncomfortable and depressed. Blood sugar levels drop and the smoker feels anxious to have another smoke and the cycle starts again.

An addict usually has poor nutrition and that is why we consider a great nutrition plan a vital part of quitting.

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