In October 2012, Australia introduced plain, olive green packaging for cigarettes that prominently feature asmoking-cessation helpline number, and the effort to curb the appeal of cigarettes appears to be working. Within a month of the redesigned packages reaching store shelves, calls to territorial quitlines spiked 78 percent. Six years earlier, Australia introducedcigarette packaging with bold health warnings and graphic medical images of cancerous lungs and gangrenous limbs. This was also associated with a spike in calls to quitlines, but the effect lasted only 20 weeks. The effect of the new, plain packaging is estimated at more than twice this. More…Discuss
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There is hope for smokers: Smoking is just a choice, and does not have to become a death edict. After reading this article (that you too can read, if you click on the excerpt picture above), you will see that you are not the only one who will, or have successfully quit smoking on their own: cold turkey is best and you know better than anybody what kind of motivation will work for you. But once you made up your mind, and acted upon it, you have the power to switch off the habit. You need to be very honest with yourself, as for long time now you have lived in a fantasy world, that is not more glamorous than jumping from an airplane, and realizing your parachute will not open. Where is the glamor in that? I don’t see it. The best time to quit is: RIGHT NOW! Just know that you have the internal resources to do it, without anybody else’s help: Give your “Inner Child” some other pastime, make smoking the weakest link in your life, the one that need removing and replacing; Think about smoking as the defect, the reason for which your parachute does not open. (I’m not saying that you should use this scenario and I’ll leave finding the right one with you.
Smoking is a cultural habit: Let’s cut it from our culture!
What do you say: Are You In?
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WARNING: Reading the following may be contagious and may give you ideas that could help you QUIT SMOKING: Do not read, unless you can put your mind to it! Each failure to quit will only decrease the efficacy of the power over the outcome.
April Fools Day 1990, marks the day of my spiritual rebirth (one of them at least): That day, a Saturday, around 11 AM, I decided to stop smoking and have been a nonsmoker, ever since. The first few days were not easy, but believe it or not…Somehow I survived to tell the story. See, like other before me, I quit smoking few times before that day, but was not in the mood to really do it for good: seemed that I always “had chosen the wrong week to quit smoking” (Loyd Bridges-Airplane). This time It was different due to novel way of thinking I found myself exercising: To the part of me that was craving for a smoke, I told I was not a smoker. to the part of me saying I was a smoker just one hour earlier, I told that was one hour earlier, in the past, but now, I was not a smoker (you see, you have to be a smker to smoke, and you become a smoker only after your first cigarette). Funny enough: All the stories about not being able to enjoy coffee without a cigarette, and so on , all the self defeating thoughts, in other words, were just that thoughts…That’s the mechanism to talk yourself into doing things, of talking yourself out of doing them. Now that approach was new to me, and I do not hear about it in any of the programs, people, scare tactics about health effects, etc. NO, because nobody can tell you what to do… not even your parents (we all know that, unless, and untill we’re ready to accept the idea that not only we can, but that it is a must for a better quality of life.
What did I get out of that? Here are few positives:
- my lungs got cleaned, as observed by the X-Rays I took through the years,
- I decreased my higher risk of acquiring bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer to the general population
- I enjoyed everything much, much more, as smoking was a permanent concern even while eating, or working, or entertainment.
- I saved a lot of money, that help me do more healthy activities
- better quality of life all around, including looking and feeling younger in few short days
The thought process applied in that enterprise, became prevalent and helped me carry out other goals, being so potently affirmative: It is amazing how much more and better an accomplishment we can have when finding the right thought process and putting it to work for you and not against:
Your mind may ask you give in, but unless you allow it the activity is just that: A thought not acted upon! Tip in how to quit smoking:
1 (Just One) Just stop, nobody else can do it for you, and there are no easier ways that this ONE.
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