Quit Smoking: Do It For Your Kids

If You, or Your Children, Have Asthma, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Otitis, …

If your child has any of these chronic inflammatory aero-digestive disorders,

YOU. MUST. QUIT. SMOKING.

Tobacco smoke has been shown, with no doubt, to cause all of these ailments: asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis.  Not to mention that smoking will take, on average, 15 years off of your life (there, I mentioned it). Check out my post from last week, Eliminate Your Smoke Exposure, for more reasons to quit.

You MUST quit.  This is  a post to guide you to resources to help you do that.

It’s Not Easy Being an Addict

I know, it’s not easy. Face it – tobacco is a serious addiction.

No one wants to think of themselves as an addict. And simply by pointing out that tobacco is addicting has probably lost me some readers who smoke. Even though it has been long and widely known that it is addicting. Again, no one wants to be reminded.

I don’t like to admit it, but when I was young and foolish (as opposed to now, old and foolish), I smoked.  Not for long. Maybe a few months (okay, maybe a year). But added to my exercise-induced asthma and allergic rhinitis, the effects of tobacco smoke made it absolutely essential that I quit.

It was a challenge.  I missed it for a long time.

There is always some key to help each person to make it happen.  Education.  Motivation.  Support.  Advice.  Something. What that something is for you will depend on the factors that keep you smoking – the key will be different  for each indivdual.

For me, the key was not a lack of understanding the bad effects – I knew how bad smoking was for my lungs and for the rest of me.

The key was eliminating the habits that went along with smoking.  That is, I would smoke a cigarette while I stood at the sink doing dishes after dinner.  The solution:  no more dishes.  Paper plates.  Ate out. Whatever it took, but I eliminated the linked habits for as long as it took (months).

Step 1:

Try to figure out what the linked habits are for you, or what the key is for your success.

There is Hope

For those of you smokers who are still reading, there is hope.

Way back when I treated adults in addition to children (I treat only children now), I had many patients who smoked.  Some already had cancers.  Some were seeing me for treatment of their head and neck cancers.

I was merciless in my demands that they quit smoking. Most of the methods that my patients were trying were unsuccessful: nicotine gum, patches, pills.

But a couple methods seemed to work more often than not:

We were most successful with these 2 approaches, sometimes used together, or in combination with other methods:

Hypnosis

Check this out for a recent YouTube video of Ellen Degeneres being hypnotized to quit.

As you know, when you view that video on YouTube, others on the same topic will be offered.  Check them out, too.

My advice (even though you didn’t ask for it): don’t simply go to a CHT (certified hypnotherapist).  See if you can find someone who is also a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Then, in addition to being qualified in hypno-therapy, they can also help with the withdrawal, can prescribe medications if needed.

That may be important for YOUR success.

Acupuncture

Check out this article on using acupuncture to quit smoking (Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/acupuncture-quit-smoking-hypnosis_n_1497348.html

Note that clear, positive data from medical studies does not exist for either of these methods, yet.

In my experience, either of them has a better success rate when you are highly motivated, and when the method is not used alone.

Step 2:

Use all the methods available to you.  You want to maximize your chances of success.  One time.  Sure, you can try again later if you start smoking again. But try to do it just this once – optimize your chance of success.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over It

Did you know that most people who have successfully quit smoking have tried to quit more than 5 times before succeeding?

Step 3:

Give  yourself a break.

Enough guilt.

Remember – this is a tough addiction to break.   But DO give a serious try.

Step 4:

Get help.

Talk to your doc. Also, some guides:

For less than $12 on Amazon (I am affiliate), check out the guide from the American Lung Association: 7 Steps to a Smoke Free Life.

Also check out the guide on scribd.com, Give It Up! (see resources, below). It is an excellent free guide.

Except for the acupuncture part – you will need to find an acupuncturist near you for that – most of these techniques are included in a great package that will help you Stop Smoking in 28 Days (or less) (affiliate link). In that program, you will learn about 8 items that can diminish your craving for a cigarette; how to plan your day to keep your mind off your craving for tobacco; a simple breathing exercise that can control your urge to smoke; and much more.

If you’ve struggled with quitting, check out Stop Smoking in 28 Days (or less): what do you have to lose (except a bad habit!)?

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You. Must. Quit. (Have we heard that before?)

Your lungs will thank you.  Your kid’s lungs will thank you.  Along with all those other parts.

Also – click on this WhyQuit.Com banner picture below. Good site, good resource.

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WhyQuit.com - a free online quit smoking forum offering motivation, education, skills development, counseling and serious group support

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Best of health and success to you and your families.

Until next time, remember … you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose (unless you’re a boogor doctor :~D)

RF

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  1. […] In addition to keeping yourself healthy, you will have the challenge of avoiding a world of toxins that can affect your developing baby. Harmful substances that you consume during pregnancy can be passed on to your baby. If you smoke tobacco… You. MUST. Stop! […]

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