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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How Long After You Quit Smoking Does Healing Begin?

Healing from the effects of smoking is possible, but it does take time.
The following is a guideline to give you an idea how your immune system kicks in to clear the effects of smoking from your system and promote healing.
We know it is wise to give your system additional nutritional support when smoking, but don’t forget that after you quit you want to support your body with nutrition to help support physical healing.

Effects of Quitting Smoking – After Eight Hours
  • Carbon monoxide in your body drops.
  • Oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.

Two days After Quitting Smoking

  • Your sense of smell and taste will improve.
  • You will enjoy the taste of your food more.
  • Your risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

After Three of Four Days

  • Bronchial tubes relax.
  • Your lung capacity will have increased.
  • Breathing becomes easier.

After Two Weeks of Not Smoking

  • Blood flow improves; nicotine has passed from your body.

Two Weeks to Three Months After Quitting

  • Circulation improves.
  • Walking and running are easier.
  • Lung functioning increases up to 30%.

Six to Nine Months After Stopping Smoking

  • You’ll experience less coughing
  • Less sinus congestion
  • More energy (less tiredness and shortness of breath).

One Year – Happy Anniversary! Mark Your Calendar

  • Your risk of heart disease will be about half of what it would have been if you continued to smoke!

Five Years After Stopping Smoking

  • Your risk of stroke will be substantially reduced and you have a lot to look forward to. You are well into your recovery from the effects of tobacco addiction.
  • Within 5 to 15 years after quitting, it becomes about the same as a non-smokers.

After Ten Years Free From Addiction

  • Your risk of dying from lung cancer will be about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke.
  • Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas will also decrease.

After Fifteen Years – Congratulations

  • Your risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.
Yes, it does take time, but where will you be in fifteen years if you don’t stop smoking now? You may be one of the lucky ones like George Burns, but what are the odds of that?

Monday, June 13, 2011


Why do people lose weight from smoking? And what causes them to pack on pounds after quitting?
Scientists think they're finally able to answer both questions. The findings could lead to more effective smoking cessation treatments that reduce weight gain, according to research in the journal Science.
In the United States, 46.6 million people smoke, and previous work shows that fears of gaining weight discourage some people from quitting. Though other factors such as diet, genetics and behavior influence weight gain, smokers have lower body mass index measures on average, with one analysis suggesting the tobacco industry may use chemicals as a strategy to keep consumers skinny.
But on a basic level, nicotine -- the addictive chemical found in most tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars -- affects neurons in the brain that transmit important messages, including when to eat, to the rest of the body.
By conducting experiments with mice, scientists now know that nicotine binds to neurons in thehypothalamus, an area of the brain that regulates hunger, sleep and other moods. Specifically, researchers discovered that a drug called cytisine used in smoking cessation actually activates a nicotine receptor that turns on other neurons in the hypothalamus. These neurons, also called pro-opiomelanocortin cells, serve to suppress the appetite when activated.
In previous studies, animals receiving the drug ate less, but it wasn't clear why. It turns out that both nicotine and the experimental drug affect these cells and whether they send messages urging people to eat more or less.
To pinpoint clear relationships among the drug, pathway and nicotine, scientists exposed mice -- both with and without pro-opiomelanocortin cells -- to cytisine and nicotine in different experiments. Mice without the cells didn't lose weight, while those with the cells intact did lose weight when each group received nicotine doses.

Anti-smoking campaign launched

Smokers will be asked to consider how their smoking-related death would hurt someone they love, in a HSE
campaign getting underway today.

The campaign, which will run on bill-boards and in radio advertisements, tells smokers one in every two of them will die of a smoking-related illness, and encourages them to seek help quitting. In the autumn the campaign will extend to television advertising.
"In surveys we have carried out the vast majority of smokers don't actually realise just how much risk they are putting their health at," said Dr Fenton Howell, Director of Public Health with the HSE.
"Just seven per cent knew one in every two smokers would die of a smoking-related disease. People know about lung cancer but not so much about heart disease, throat cancer and all the other illnesses caused by smoking.
"There is a huge lack of knowledge here and our aim here is make people realise the effect smoking has on not just them but their loved ones too."
<h3>The campaign slogan will be: "One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease. Can you live with that?"</h3>
Dr Howell said the focus was on the "one in two" to also emphasise how at least a second person is affected by a smoking-related death "whether that second person is the smoker's sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife or boyfriend or girlfriend, or friend.
"So we're saying to smokers, 'It's not just about you. Your death would be a huge loss to someone you love'.
"We want to encourage people to give up and also to tell them there is a lot of help out there and people should use this help. You wouldn't attempt to learn to drive or to swim without help, so why would you try and quit smoking without expert help?"
Among the resources people could use were their GP, pharmacist, the National Smoker's Quitline, support groups and the website
Dr Howell said about 80 per cent of smokers wanted to quit and about 40 per cent tried every year. "Most people need help and the more help you get the more likely you are to succeed."
About 24 per cent of the adult population here smoked, he continued, and this proportion had remained static over the past ten years. "Where we are succeeding is among young people who are not taking up smoking in as large numbers as they used to. The ban on point-of-sale advertising has been effective there, and that's the next generation.
"What we're focusing on here are the older established smokers who want to quit."