Effectiveness of Medications for Quitting Smoking

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Zyban for Quitting Smoking

Zyban (Bupropion) is an antidepressant, available as a prescription medicine, that was found helpful for people who wish to quit smoking and it is marketed as one of smoking cessation aids ever since the FDA approved it in 1997. Researchers are not quite sure how does Zyban exactly help people leave cigarettes, but some theorize that it would help balance levels of serotonin, norepinephrine and neurotransmitters dopamine in the brain, thus making the symptoms of withdrawal and the craving for cigarettes less severe.

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Stop Smoking Easily

Those who have quit will tell you that quitting smoking is actually easy.

The following is a personal experience from Anton, an ex-smoker. 

I know that if you’re reading this post, then you’ve tried to get rid of the habit a million times, and maybe you want to quit smoking easily. You may have the feeling that your plans to survive getting rid of your nicotine addiction will fall through, and you’ll be a smoker until the end of your days. One who perseveres does not give up on his decisions easily and takes up the matter seriously — even in those moments when you feel that such an unknown and “unattainable” victory is not worth the suffering. You know exactly what you want to quit, because you would not be here right now. You will have your good days and bad days; everyone who has ever had to experience pain to get rid of nicotine addiction has had them as well — me included. Good days will show that, indeed, it is easy to quit smoking, and hard days mean you just have to wait for a good day.

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7 Secrets To Quitting Smoking

If you are reading this, the chances are that the several hundred ad campaigns against smoking have not worked for you yet. That is OK! Changes to your life cannot come from those ads or your subconscious. It has to come from You.

Here are the 7 secrets that allowed me to empower myself over cigarettes:

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Want to Know How Many People Quit Smoking Each Year?

Want to know many people quit smoking each year? Seventeen million Americans try!

It’s a bit scary to know how many people quit smoking each year.  The success rate for those who attempt to quit is not pretty. Less than a quarter of people who smoke and try to quit are actually successful. Stopping smoking is an insurmountable challenge to many who try, but we do know that kicking that nasty habit can make a big difference to your health. With support and dedication, you can stand out from the pack.

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Quit.ca Smoking Cessation Reality Check

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 Quit.ca 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.