Smoking Cessation Research in Hamilton

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Are you motivated to quit smoking?

Do you live in Hamilton, Ontario or nearby? Do you smoke 10 or more cigarettes/ day?

You may be eligible to join Dr. Richard Tytus who is a Hamilton doctor that is researching smoking cessation products. Individuals with or without a mental health problem may be eligible to participate.

Learn More & Check Your Eligibility

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14 Tips to Quit Smoking Today

Tip to Quit Smoking #1: The most important step is the first one: admitting you have an addiction.

Tobacco companies promote the idea that smoking is a matter of personal choice. But is it really? Ask yourself, do you need a cigarette or do you just want a cigarette? If you need a cigarette there’s a good chance that you’ve crossed over from personal choice to addiction.

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Powerful Anti-Smoking Ad From Thailand

Take a moment to watch this Thai anti-smoking advert. The ad apparently resulted in a 40% increase to Thailand’s quit smoking hotline.

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Is Quitting “Fashionable”?

This article outlines some basic facts surrounding smoking and what the nicotine industry is like today.

Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians was a smoker. She did not help it look glamorous.

Long ago, smoking was marketed as being fashionable. Today, it is illegal to market such an unhealthy product in a positive light. In the past, the top ad men were paid top dollar to come up with the next golden ads for cigarettes. While those ads were eventually halted as a result of consumer groups pressuring the government to intervene, the ‘cool guys’ in movies still smoked; but now, even smoking in films is regulated.

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Canadians Quit Smoking Every Day

Tobacco Companies don't take good care of their consumer; tobacco kills up to 50% of its users. Tobacco kills 6 million people every year, and those people are not only the current smokers, but also ex users, many of whom probably wish that they quitted smoking sooner. What is truly unfortunate is the 600,000 of those 6 million that never smoked a day in their lives and were simply exposed to secondhand smoke. If you have children, this is a good enough reason to stop smoking. Unfortunately, global tobacco consumption is still increasing.

Why not make the choice to look within to quit today. Next time you have that urge to quit. Stop, pause, breathe, and look at the urge. Keep looking at it, no matter how painful, and watch the urge pass. Don't make excuses.

You've heard this, but it's worth repeating. You're currently at increased risk for (here we go) cataracts, deafness, stroke, respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, stomach ulcers, heartburn and arteriosclerosis. I've actually edited this list down to remove references to all the cancers and other organs smoking may negatively affect. But on the reverse, quitting smoking will also decrease your risk for potentially fatal diseases for yourself and even non-smoking friends and family members.

To put things in perspective, in the 20th century, tobacco was responsible for 100 million deaths: more than all the casualties of World War I and II combined. World leaders have taken many steps to make sure that the death toll from war never rises that high and yet no such aggressive measures have been taken to prevent carnage caused by tobacco use.

Let's turn to the positive effects of quitting smoking!

We're in the 21st century. It is about time that the world stopped smoking. It's time that you stopped smoking. It is common knowledge that it is beneficial to your health to stop smoking but, many people aren't aware that their physical condition improves much faster than they would think.

If you quit smoking, you don't have to wait years for your body to start making a recovery; after only 8 hours carbon monoxide levels in your body drop and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal. 48 hours after quitting smoking your chances of having a heart attack start to go down, and your sense of smell and taste will improve, increasing your enjoyment of food. If that isn't enough to incline you towards smoking cessation, there are many other benefits of quitting smoking!

If the health benefits of quitting smoking don't speak to your health, then maybe they can speak to your wallet. The world is in an economic recession. You can save money by not having to buy cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, lighters, matches and ashtrays. Assuming you buy the cheapest cigarettes and smoke a pack a day, you're still spending almost $2000 dollars a year on cigarettes! If you stop smoking you'll also be able to save money on your life and house insurance premiums as they will most likely go down if you quit smoking. Besides the monetary reimbursements of smoking cessation, your appearance will profit as well. You can restore some of that lost vanity, when the wrinkles and premature aging caused by smoking start to recede. Best of all, you'll be ridding yourself of all the disapproving looks, nagging comments and questions of when you're going to quit smoking, because you already have! You won't have to visit again, but you're welcome to come back to share your experience in order to help others.

These are the benefits in addition to potentially saving your own life.

But if all these reasons just aren't enough, then quit smoking to save the planet! Carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides, found in tobacco smoke, can have a negative impact on the environment. It's never too late to stop smoking and save yourself. Continue for more tips to quit smoking.