"Legislation that strips cigarette packaging of all brand-specific design may boost the number of smokers who want to try quitting, a new Australian survey reveals.
Researchers polled more than 5,000 Australian adults between 2012 and 2013. During that time, an Australian law was implemented requiring that all tobacco packaging be standardized and carry large graphic images warning of the dangers of cigarettes."
Read the article above to see more about how cigarette packaging could be used as a quit-smoking tool and why it may work.
Would non brand-specific packaging with graphic warnings make you more likely to quit or contemplate quitting?View Thread
"The FDA has changed the labeling on the quit-smoking drug Chantix to reflect concerns that it may lower your tolerance to alcohol and is linked to a rare risk of seizures.
"Until patients know how Chantix affects their ability to tolerate alcohol, they should decrease the amount of alcohol they drink. Patients who have a seizure while taking Chantix should stop the medicine and seek medical attention immediately," the FDA warns in a news release.
The new labeling is based on information submitted by Chantix maker Pfizer and on cases in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System database.
The Warnings and Precautions section of the label has also been updated to include information about several studies that looked into the risk for certain side effects on mood, behavior, or thinking that happened with Chantix."
Read the article above for more information.
Have you experienced any of these side effects while taking Chantix?View Thread
As a previous poster mentioned, I too visited a resource on electronic cigarettes (seen above). I also got the V2 kit and it helped me get off tobacco cigarettes, and then eventually I got off e cigarettes as well.
One thing that I didn't really realize when I made the switch to the electronic cigarettes was that they have not really been around that long, so they really haven't been researched that much as far as how they effect health - and there's evidence that they could not be very good for you. So my advice is to just make sure that you do your research into them as much as possible.
Just make sure that you look at trusted resources like WebMD and not sites like the above - because many of those sites (I later learned) make a commission from any sale they make.
I actually found an article from WebMD on this exact topic called "e cigarettes under fire". If you Google that phrase it will come up for you.
Again I'm very happy to be done with smoking (both real and electronic cigarettes) but if I had to do it over I would have done more research on the electronic cigarettes and possibly just tried to quit cold turkey or with a nicotine gum.
Hope this opens some eyes, or at least encourages you to do your research.View Thread
Saw this website in Healthline's "Top Quit Smoking Blogs of the Year" and gave it a shot. I was looking for tips to go cold turkey, and they had some good ones. But it was actually their e-cigarette section that convinced me to try that method. And it worked, was able to wean myself down to 0mg nicotine cartridges within about 5 weeks.
I visited the Quit Smoking Community because I saw it was on this list of top 15 smoking cessation blogs, so I thought it would probably be great. And it was, the information on quitting cold turkey was motivating and helpful.
But I was surprised to see that they found e-cigarettes to actually be an acceptable tool. They said that if you use e-cigarettes the same way you use nicotine gum, weaning off by cutting down the amount of nicotine you use over a period of time, than it's a great option.
And I agree because I was a heavy nicotine gum user for about 2 years, and I went from having perfectly healthy teeth to being a "high decay" patient. There are patches too but I have an oral fixation.
So anyway, I purchased a kit from V2 which they recommended and it worked very well. I started with the mid-range level of nicotine and was down to the lowest amount within a couple of weeks. It was a little harder to go from nicotine to non-nicotine but I did it. It was so much easier than all the times I tried to go cold turkey.
There's a lot of bad talk about these e-cigs but I think if used right they coudl be the best nicotine replacement product on the market....
Just my two cents. I'm so happy that my mood no longer depends on whether I've smoked or not, it feels great.View Thread
Hi, I've smoked most of my life and I'm over 50 now. I wanted to be able to play with my grand children and the cost and smell of cigarettes are horrible and all the toxic chemicals I'm inhaling.
I ordered a starter packet from Bloog and I have not looked back! I've seen folks who hated the e-ciggs and I think it's because they got crappy products. The ones I ordered are made in the USA and all ingredients were listed. I smoked menthol and their menthol and mint were so great they tasted better by far than my old cigarettes. I got watermelon and several other fruit flavors. I went from 24 mgs down to 0 mgs in less than a month.
It's water vapor and flavoring and it works. Lots of people have lots to lose if big tobacco business goes under. Why do you think they are still legal? If they are SO DEADLY, why on earth can we buy them? I break the law by not wearing a seat belt but not by smoking something that kills so many? Use common sense here. Big tobacco will do ANYTHING to keep us hooked.
There is NO WAY my vapor can be 1000th as harmful as my smokes were.
Folks use your heads here. It works and it works well. Get a quality e-cig and if you don't like the first, try another. It took me a while to get used to cigarettes when I was a kid, maybe it will take you a few trys. I just got lucky.
Bloog has some great sales right now and I use a coupon code of INAA and get a discount. I am personally stocking up on my favorite products before "my government," protects me right to the grave.
Let the REAL statistics speak for themselves. THEY WORK!
When someone starts doing some real comprehensive studies and proves me wrong, groovy. Until then, it's my experience that wins out. I'm not smoking and have no desire to.
I hope ONE person reads this and tries it for themselves. The proof is in the pudding.
I love Bloog products, they are awesome and like I said having a coupon code helps; INAA
But PLEASE order from anyone in the USA and see for yourself. Lets see if we can shut down big tobacco before they squish and censor any hope we may have.View Thread
The following article is a personal account by Michael O'Donnell and published in the American Journal of Health Promotion : I have to leave in a few hours to go to Kevin's funeral. We greet people at 10, mass starts at 11, and then we go to the cemetery to bury Kevin next to my dad. Kevin has already been cremated. Brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends started coming to town a few days ago. We are trying to focus on celebrating Kevin's life and supporting each other, but mainly we just feel sadâ€¦empty. At least that's the way I feel. I have been anticipating, fearing, this day for decades. Kevin started smoking in high school, maybe in junior high. He had the usual stimulantsâ€¦parents, uncles, neighbors all smoked and cigarettes were easy to find. I started worrying about Kevin's smoking when I was in college, after my parents had quit smoking, when I really understood the health impact. My reasons for wanting him to quit were selfish; I just did not want to bury Kevin at such a young ageâ€¦i.e., so early in MY life. I talked to Kevin about quitting smoking for decadesâ€¦until he wouldn't listen any more. He was a tough case for meâ€¦so smartâ€¦valedictorian of his high school class, the first person I ever met who got an 800 on his SATs. He had an answer for everything I said. A couple of years ago, he told me that smoking a cigarette helped him control his "explosive emotional disorder." Kevin was always very kind—in fact, I cannot remember ever seeing him angry—but apparently he lost his temper sometimes, for reasons he could not understand. He said he could feel these emotions building in advance, have a cigarette, and then feel them dissipate. Then again, maybe this was just one of those intellectual mazes he had constructed in his mind to explain to himself why he smoked. Kevin actually did quit smoking last fall, just over a year ago. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer, his doctor told him to quit, and he quit. He used a combination of nicotine replacement therapy and Wellbutrin. He was complaining about the Wellbutrin; it clouded his thinking and made it difficult for him to writeâ€¦his passion in life. I told him that the doctors probably wanted him to keep taking Wellbutrin to make sure he did not pick up a cigarette; maybe it had something to do with controlling his explosive emotional disorder. He said,"Don't worry, I am NOT going to smoke again." I asked how he was so sure, and he said, "Because I will die if I smoke." I was floored. How could he have smoked for nearly 50 years if he was concerned about dying? Somehow, after all our discussions, he did not believe that tobacco would kill him until he got lung cancer and his cancer doctor told him so. Did I forget to tell him that obvious fact? Did he construct another intellectual puzzle in his mind to convince himself that he would be THE ONE who escaped the very predictable path from tobacco to early death? I ask these questions because I don't want to go through this again. I don't want to lose another person I love to tobacco. Maybe I should have been more selfish in my discussions with Kevin, not focusing so much on my concerns for him, and instead telling him I did not want to bury him at such a young ageâ€¦in MY life. When tobacco killed my younger brother 2 years ago, I was inspired to write a scholarly essay summarizing the complex causes of smoking and strategies to help people quit.1 Today, I am just tired of losing people I love to tobacco. I feel empty losing Kevin. This is how everyone feels when they lose someone to tobacco. If you know someone who smokes, please tell them that you have a friend who lost two brothers to smoking. Ask them to quit for you, so that you don't lose them so early in YOUR life. Reproduced with permission. Michael O'Donnell, (2013) Now Tobacco Has Killed My Big Brother. American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 2013, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. iv-v. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.27.3.iv View Thread
Researchers from Penn State University are conducting an online survey to improve understanding of electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarette users may complete the survey anonymously, or can provide contact details at the end if interested in participating in a laboratory study of electronic cigarette use. Please click on the link below to complete the survey. https://redcap.ctsi.psu.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=v94cbAView Thread
This links to BBC coverage of the inquiry into the death of a man in Gateshead, UK, who had been a user of electronic cigarettes. The inquirey recorded an "open verdict". Given that the man had previously smoked regular cigarettes for many years it is impossible to say what caused his illness. As e-cigs become more popular I think we are going to see more of these cases....not necessarily implying a causal effect. The more people use a product, the more people are going to get sick and die while using, just by chance.View Thread
Today the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) met for the last time before the presentation of its final report on menthol cigarettes on March 23rd. Most media reports are presenting the tone of today's meeting as indicating that TPSAC will recommend significantly more forceful regulation of menthol cigarettes. Ultimately it is up to FDA itself to decide if a ban is in order, and to recommend a time frame for changes. Here is one such media report . For my main reasons for agreeing that menthol cigarettes should be banned, check out this link .View Thread
The recent SRNT conference in Toronto included some interesting presentations on the effects of quitlines and attempts to get more smokers to use them. Although about 65% of U.S. smokers are aware that telephone quitlines are available, only about 9% of smokers have ever called one, and in the United States only about 1% of smokers call each year. Dr Jessie Saul of the North American Quitline Consortium reported that in states that spend more on promotion, there is a much higher utilization rate (eg over 6% of smokers calling per year), and it is widely known that quitline calls spike dramatically when the phone number is publicized or when free nicotine replacement therapy is offered along with counseling. So I thought that I should do my bit to remind you all of the services provided by quitlines, and encourage you to make use of them. Most developed countries, and every state in the United States provides a free telephone counseling service for smokers who want to quit. In the U.S. you can access your local state quitline by calling the national number: 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). The services will almost always be able to answer simple questions about stopping smoking, but most provide a more helpful service in which they will do an assessment interview, arrange a quit plan, including a quit date, and will then call you back at arranged times to help guide you through your quitting process. The quitlines are typically able to arrange 4 call-back calls, and in some states they are also able to supply free nicotine patches. The people at the end of the phone (quitline counselors) are trained smoking cessation counselors, and there is good evidence that people who enroll in and use telephone counseling have a better chance of successfully quitting than those who do not. So I would encourage all smokers who are thinking of quitting to call 1-800 QUITNOW (or the national quitline number in your country) and take advantage of this free service. I would also be interested to hear comments from those who have called telephone quitlines.View Thread
There are now a number of applications for smart-phones that are designed to help you to quit smoking, and I am sure there will be more over time. One that I am familiar with is the Livestrong MyQuit Coach currently available for the Iphone (and I believe soon to be available for droid etc?). This one tries to maximize your social support and remind you of your reasons for quitting by linking to social networking sites like Facebook and enabling you to upload reminders of your reasons for quitting (e.g. photos of your kids). It also helps to (maybe too much emphasis?) monitor and reduce cigarette use but is also compatible with just selecting a quit date and going with that. On this site it has good reviews so far but I would be interested to hear from anyone else out there who has used it.View Thread
Another excellent smoking cessation website is www.becomeanex.org . I like the way it treats quitting smoking as a process, and recognizes that it is not all over in a month. This site provides loads of useful tips and advice, and is particularly good at helping you link with networks of other smokers for added support. The site makes good use of new technologies to make it easy to register, easy to communicate with other smokers trying to quit, and fairly easy to ask a question not just of others trying to quit, but also of recognized experts, like Dr Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic. I also enjoyed the videos explaining nicotine addiction and how to use each of the smoking cessation medicines. Check it out and let me know what you think.[br>[br>View Thread
I've found that quitting smoking is something to be done out in the open. Blogging about my progress has helped me feel more confidant about my choice, as well as receiving support from fellow 'quitters.'
Take a look at my blog, tell me about your experiences, but most importantly, don't let rolled pieces of paper and nicotine rule your life!View Thread
Every now and again I'll try to bring to your attention some of the other online resources that may help you to quit smoking. Smokefree.gov is an excellent website. Its strength is probably its simplicity and the accuracy of its information, rather than its social networking aspects that are better on some other sites. I think the section on "Tools to help you quit" is very good. For example it includes a simple tool to help you calculate how much money you will save by quitting smoking. It took me about 5 seconds to calculate that someone who smokes 15 cigarettes per day and spends $5 per pack, will save over $18,041 by not smoking for 10 years. There are plenty of other tools that are nicely presented and look helpful. Check out this website and let me know what you think.View Thread
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