Hawaii Acupuncture Association

Quit Smoking

Why Should I ?                 

The federal Centers for Disease Control recently took blood serum from 800 Americans, aged 4 to 91. Every single person (non-smokers included) had nicotine in his or her system. According to the EPA, at least 3,000 non-smokers die annually as a result of having breathed other people’s fumes. The agency concluded that second-hand smoke is a carcinogen, like asbestos. The smoke from a lit cigarette contains the same noxious gas that eventually kills the smoker.                                                          

Miami Herald

  • Tobacco is a carcinogen.
  • Everyone is at risk of having some type of CANCER because we all havethe Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the body: 0 to 2.5ng/ml (in healthy nonsmokers)
  • Nicotine may causes necrosis of alveoli of lung that leads to “emphysema” (breathing incapacitation) and eventually requires oxygen inhalation assistance.
  • Nicotine induces “calcification of bronchial linings”, which causes an annoyingdry cough by bronchospasms.
  • Nicotine constricts membranous tissues in the mouth, thus reducingsaliva secretion and leading to “halitosis” Bad Breath.
  • Nicotine suppresses Pepsin secretion in the gastric mucosa, thereby weakning a protection of the stomach lining, which could then result in a “gastric ulcer”.
  • Nicotine constricts artery and small capillaries, thereby inducing “ischemic cardiac problems” and circulatory problems.
  • Nicotine is addictive and jeopardizes circulation of placenta of a pregnant woman; therefore “retardation of fetus at birth” frequently occurs


     How To Quit ??  Helpful Hints !

Married smokers are more successful at stopping smoking when they quit together. They can be a support system for each other. It more challenging to quit smoking while living with a smoker.

If you smoke a pack a day, you’re spending over $3500 a year on cigarettes. Start saving your cigarette money the day you quit. After six month splurge on something fun!

  • When you have the urge to smoke, take a sip of water and wait three to five minutes for the craving to pass.

  • Throw out all cigarettes and get rid of any ashtrays.

  • Make a plan for  handling stressful situations without lighting up.

  • Visit places where smoking is prohibited and hang out with friends who don’t smoke.

  • Work out. Exercise helps relieve tension and the urge to smoke.

  • Eat three meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable. This will help diminish cravings.

  • Reward yourself with healthy treats such as sugarless gum, apple slices, carrot sticks, and pumpkin seeds.

  • Indulge yourself in something you enjoy like a massage, a nap or a good book and some favorite music. You can enjoy life without a cigarette.


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