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What Should I Expect When I Quit Smoking?

Since the 1960s, more than 45 million Americans have tossed away their smokes for the last time, embracing the healthier lifestyle and health benefits of the non-smoker. Significance A person who quits smoking greatly cuts his chances of dying prematurely by reducing risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and vascular disease. Effects The effects of not smoking can be felt almost immediately as the level of carbon monoxide in the blood decreases and the level of oxygen increases to normal. Considerations The first few weeks of quitting are the most difficult because of withdrawal symptoms, including restlessness, irritability, depression, headaches and being lightheaded. Benefits Positive side effects from smoking cessation include improved sense of smell and taste, quicker healing time, decreased illnesses, more energy and better breath. Former smokers save money, as well–as much as $2,540 each … Read entire article »

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Specialized Interventions Help Latinos Quit Smoking

Latinos who live the United States are more likely to quit smoking when they take part in an intervention program, finds a systematic review of studies conducted by Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Miami. According to U.S. Census data, Latinos are the largest, fastest growing minority population in the country. Webb said that Latinos tend to smoke at rates lower than whites and African-Americans; however, the longer Latinos remain in this country, the greater the likelihood of picking up the habit. Rates of smoking among many Latino immigrant communities here are higher than in their home countries. Webb Hooper’s study appears online and in the November/December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. In her review of scientific literature, Webb Hooper looked for randomized controlled trials … Read entire article »

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Start Noticing takes on tobacco ads

What if you were offered free food from a major manufacturer of poisons? Would you take it — and if you did, would you eat it? How about advice on dieting from a major manufacturer and marketer of confections? Would you believe it and follow it? The leader of a local anti-tobacco youth group says the publisher of at least two magazines offering advice on parenting and raising families in a healthy, safe environment has recently accepted anti-smoking advertisements from the Lorillard Tobacco Co., a company that sells millions of tobacco products annually, including Kent cigarettes. “As far as I know, these ads started showing up in the April issues of Parent and Family Circle magazines,” said Susan Vileta, Start Noticing program coordinator with Cottonwood-Jackson Counties’ Community Health Services. “I was visiting at the … Read entire article »

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Quitting cigarettes can shorten the term of your mortgage

Quitting cigarettes can do more than lengthen your life. It can shorten the term of your mortgage.Research from financial comparison website RateCity shows a pack-a-day smoker spends $4,000 a year, or $300 a month, on cigarettes.Dropping that money onto the monthly repayments of a 25-year, $300,000 mortgage, could reduce the term of the loan to 19 years and knock $100,000 off interest repayments. The federal government recently lifted the excise duty on tobacco by 25 per cent, adding $2.16 to a pack of 30 cigarettes.”Many households will be feeling the pinch of rising interest rates as we’ve seen mortgage repayments increase by about $340 per month for the typical $300,000 loan since September 2009,” RateCity CEO Damian Smith said.”Borrowers who have also been slugged with the new cigarette tax will be … Read entire article »

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