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The Harm of Tobacco on the Environment

The ugly truth about tobacco and it's effects on your health have, thankfully, been well documented and researched. However, the ugly truth about it's effects on the environment is only starting to gain traction. 

What's going on? 

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Quit Smoking While Watching your Weight

Quitting smoking doesn't mean you have to gain weight. According to MedicineNet.com, even though it's a fact that most people do tend to gain weight once they quit smoking, there are ways that you can banish the bulge for good. Continue reading further to find out how to do this. Bearing in mind that it is possible to quit smoking while watching your weight if you follow some simple tips.  

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6 Spotting Smoking Triggers and ways to Avoid Them

What is triggering you? What keeps bringing you back for a smoke? Miriam-Webster dictionary defines "trigger" as something that acts like a mechanical trigger in initiating a process or reaction. "Initiating a process or reaction;" this is the phrase that stands out. And it stands out because that's what happens when many of us addicted to nicotine reach for a cigarette. 

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What to do When You Miss the Smoke More than the Nicotine

The path to successfully quitting cigarettes is different for everyone. Some can ease themselves off with nicotine gum while others have to cold-turkey or face failure. Some hold onto their quit with white knuckles and gritted teeth while others accept that they will relapse every now and then. There are those who get it down to one or two a week but never fully shake the habit and those who...

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A Breakdown on How Nicotine Affects you

Many people don't bother to think about it, but there was a time that existed before smoking came into their lives. Maybe you're fed up and wondering what happened? When did this start? And why is it so hard to stop? Well, there are answers to these questions that are common sense and straightforward. Let's take a look at a few reasons why people start smoking and what continues to trigger...

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How to Quit Without Punishing Yourself

Smoking is often wrapped up in a network of complicated and often destructive emotions. Many people started smoking as a form of either rebellion against authority figures in their life or conformity with peers but to keep smoking into today's unwelcoming climate, it definitely takes a little bit of a rebellious spirit. While little rebellions can be satisfying and fun, that attitude can also...

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Studies on Smoking and children's health

You want the best for your children. You take the time to make sure they are healthy secure and happy. Then they get to an age where they start making many of their own decisions. If you are nicotine dependent, there is an increased risk that your children will also use tobacco. You already know that once they start smoking, it is a hard habit to overcome. Some studies on smoking and...

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How to talk to your teenager about smoking

After looking at your teen's attitude, you will probably decide that your teen is the rebel, or the social smoker, or both. 

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Depression and Anxiety when quitting smoking

Life has a way of throwing stressful situations directly in our path. Stress, depression and anxiety are the main reasons many smokers choose to keep the habit. Some smokers are afraid that attempting to quit will magnify these negative feelings. They are afraid that quitting will leave them feeling worse.

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4 Social Triggers that Keep Us Hooked

Smoking is more than a comfortable routine. For many, it's a social crutch that helps you cope with emotionally charged interactions, arguments, celebrations, and even the crippling weight of loneliness.

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The Side Effects to Consider with Nicotine Replacement Therapy

There are several methods that have been developed to help individuals to quit smoking over the years. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is one of the more common pharmacotherapy treatments available. Though it has been proven to be effective for many, it's important to take a look at the drawbacks and consider if it's right for you. Not everything comes in a one size fixes all package, so to speak.

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The Connections Between Smoking and Sleep Apnea 

You might find it hard to acknowledge it all the time, but smoking affects many areas of your life. It takes up a lot of time going outside to smoke away from others, but it also affects how you breathe.

What some smokers may not realize is that their habit can even affect how they sleep. In this post, we are going to break down the findings of Krishna, Dixon-Williams, and Thornton on the...

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6 Common Smoking Triggers

Whether you are a casual smoker or chain smoker, there are a host of things can create the urge (trigger) to light up. When you are trying to quit, it is important to know these triggers so you can be prepared for them.

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How Smoking is Affecting Your Pets

If you're considering quitting smoking, good for you! For all the published and documented reasons over the years why smoking is harmful for your health, doing so may be the best thing you've ever done for your body. But if you feel like you need more motivation, have you considered what smoking does do your pets? You're putting your furry friends at risk each time you take a puff. Here how s...

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9 Tips on How do you Motivate a Teen to Quit Smoking

So, your kid is smoking. What do you do to help stop this? Your focus has to be on helping the young person develop a sense of self-worth while learning to communicate effectively. Effective and mature self-expression is a great stress control tool. Remember that it takes a lot of practice, especially if you are a teenager. 

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Exercise as'Replacement Crutch' to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Sometimes the only thing you can do to not smoke is eat. While there are worse replacement crutches like drinking alcohol, or getting splinters in your esophagus from gnawing on wooden toothpicks know that you don't have to replace one vice with another. There are safer, more productive, even healthy alternatives to offset smoking.   

The most obvious choice is exercise. If you're going to...

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How Understanding Smoking Triggers Can Help You Quit

When you lit your very first cigarette, you never planned on lighting another. No one plans on becoming addicted to nicotine. It just happens. Nicotine latches on to the chemical receptors in your brain, and before you realize you're hooked, you are completely hooked.

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How Important is Your Heart Health?

If you could have a positive impact on the future, we wonder where you would start. Some people think about going back to the gym and training their bodies to be stronger and more active. Others think about changing their diet. They think about putting foods into their bodies without additives, preservatives, pesticides, or antibiotics, or perhaps to minimize their consumption of fats and...

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Building the Willpower Through Healthy Lifestyle Choices

How your life goes is decided by a million different influences, some big and some small. Almost every aspect of how and where you grow up becomes a part of you, shaping the opportunities you encounter and the way you make decisions throughout the rest of your life, including whether or not you smoke and how easy it is to quit. Who your parents were, the neighbourhood you lived in, the way...

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The Sneaky Smoker's Challenge 

It's not quite a parent's worst nightmare, but it's surely not a good day when you catch your home from college twenty-something rummaging through your purse for a cigarette, because "Mom. We all know you sneak smokes". You thought you were hiding it really well, but as it turns out, not so much. And now you're busted.  

Smoking used to be cool. Remember all those wicked fun ads for cigarettes...

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