To see other benefits of being smoke-free and find a wealth of information to help you quit smoking, visit the American Cancer Society’s website: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/
Involuntary Smokers Can’t Just Quit
One of the greatest benefits to being a non-smoker is the immediate elimination of harmful secondhand smoke exposure to loved ones. No matter how loving and well-meaning a smoker might be, the scientific fact is that cigarette smoke is a heated gas, which expands to fill a space until the space confines it. It can seep through tiny cracks, travel through air ducts and slip under closed doors. The most definitive study, to date, on the effects of secondhand smoke can be found in The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report made six major conclusions:
Despite progress in tobacco control, millions of American children and adults are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and workplaces.
Secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death in non-smokers.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for many diseases and respiratory conditions, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents slows lung growth in their children.
Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to second hand smoke.
Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air and ventilating buildings does not eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. The only way to eliminate secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking in indoor spaces.
To access the study go to: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/index.html
Guided Imagery: a Proven Nicotine-free and Drug-free Way to Quit
Many smokers are seeking drug-free ways to break the nicotine habit, which experts (and ex-smokers) say can be as difficult as quitting cocaine. Health Journeys’ Stop Smoking audio program, carefully researched and written by Belleruth Naparstek, is just the ticket, and in honor of the Great American Smokeout, the CD or Mp3 can be purchased at a whopping 25 percent off. This makes the price of the CD, which usually sells for $17.98, just $13.48 and the MP3 can be purchased for only $8.98.
Our Stop Smoking audio program contains rich imagery to encourage the listener to resist nicotine and specific information to help the body heal, from imagining the wondrous workings of the human body and invisible forces of love, beauty and health to the image of healthy tissue returning to the lungs, once the smoke no longer torments them. The affirmations that follow the imagery track of the audio program are specifically designed for smokers. For example, deep breathing is encouraged to provide calming, rather than smoking, which is often employed during tense situations.
In the study, Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long-Term Abstinence, by Christine A. Wynd, published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005, guided imagery was found to be effective, not only for quitting, but for long-term abstinence of smoking. The study was performed in order to examine the effectiveness of guided imagery for immediate and long-term cessation.
The findings of the study indicated that after two years, smoking abstinence rates were higher, 26 percent, for a group who used guided imagery intervention, and 12 percent for the placebo group. Wynd’s conclusions were, “Guided Imagery is an effective intervention for long-term smoking cessation and abstinence in adult smokers.”
Taking the ‘Gross’ out of the Gross National Product
If you haven’t found enough reasons to quit yet, consider the economic reasons and the adverse effect smoking has on the workplace. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, you pay around $2,000 a year to support a habit that can also require you to miss more work days, due to illness, and puts you at higher risk of incurring the financial consequences of serious, long-term illness.
Smoking is costly to businesses in many ways. They lose money in terms of lost productivity for smokers who take more frequent breaks and miss work due to illness, and they pay higher health and life insurance premiums for their workers, over-all, due to some employees who smoke.
To read more about the economic effects of smoking and tobacco use, go to:
On November 21, and every day, we at Health Journeys support you in your efforts to become smoke-free. As always, we welcome your feedback, so please tell us your stories about quitting, and for inspiration read a great “I Quit Smoking” testimonial at http://www.belleruthnaparstek.com/inspiring-story/a-great-i-quit-smoking-testimonial.html