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Smokers Can’t Sleep

February 5th, 2008 · No Comments

New research shows that cigarette smokers are four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a nights sleep. The study, appearing in the February issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), also reveals that smokers spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep than nonsmokers, with the greatest differences in sleep patterns seen in the early stages of sleep.

Researchers speculate that the stimulating effects of nicotine could cause smokers to experience nicotine withdrawal each night, which may contribute to disturbances in sleep.

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Why Stop Smoking?

November 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Recent research presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 54th Annual Meeting, suggests that in humans, prenatal and adolescent exposure to nicotine has harmful effects on auditory and visual attention in adolescents.

Lead researcher Leslie K. Jacobsen, MD, from Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, said that they looked at 4 groups of adolescents:

* 67 smokers with prenatal exposure to maternal smoking.
* 44 smokers with no prenatal exposure to maternal smoking.
* 25 nonsmokers with prenatal exposure to maternal smoking.
* 45 nonsmokers with no prenatal exposure to maternal smoking.

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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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Quit Smoking Tip – Eat an Alkaline Diet

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

The body is continually trying to maintain a chemical balance – a state of homeostasis.

As a smoker, you are always on the brink of a serious condition because your body is acidic and is always struggling to be in balance. Think of a smoker as walking around “off-center”, leaning to one side.

Your health depends on the acid-base equilibrium of the body. This should be done with food – not drugs, because drugs will just make your body more acidic.

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Nicotine and the Brain

May 8th, 2007 · No Comments

When tobacco is smoked, nicotine is absorbed by the lungs and quickly moves into the bloodstream and then reaches the brain within 8 seconds! Nicotine also acts directly on the heart to change heart rate and blood pressure and also on the nerves that control respiration to change breathing patterns.

Nicotine and the Brain

Nicotine activates areas of the brain that are involved in producing pleasurable feelings. Scientists discovered that nicotine raises the levels of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in the parts of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that is involved in addictions to other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Researchers now believe that this change in dopamine may play a key role in all addictions. This may help explain why it is so hard for people to stop smoking.

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Does Drug Abuse Cause Mental Disorders, or Vice Versa?

April 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Drug abuse and brain disorders often co-exist. In some cases, mental diseases may precede addiction; in other cases, drug abuse may trigger or exacerbate mental disorders, particularly in individuals with specific vulnerabilities.

What are the medical consequences of drug addiction?

Individuals who suffer from addiction often have one or more accompanying medical issues, including lung and cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and mental disorders. Imaging scans, chest x-rays, and blood tests show the damaging effects of drug abuse throughout the body. For example, tests show that smoking causes cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, blood, lungs, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. In addition, some drugs of abuse, such as inhalants, are toxic to nerve cells and may damage or destroy them either in the brain or the peripheral nervous system.

What harmful consequences to others result from drug addiction?

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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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