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UK Preparing for Stoptober 2015

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Smokers in the UK are invited to join national Stoptober campaign aimed to help them quit the habit. The campaign is organized each year in October.

Data demonstrates that 20.3% of adult people across Yorkshire and The Humber are smokers. Thus Public Health England is encouraging them to participate in Stoptober, the quit smoking campaign lasting for 28 days in October. During the campaign smokers will get encouragement and support from UK famous people, and among them well-known comedian Rhod Gilbert.

According to Corinne Harvey from PHE in Yorkshire and The Humber, nearly 20 thousand people in Yorkshire and The Humber signed up for Stoptober in 2014 and this year these numbers are expected to be much higher.

It is difficult o quit smoking but participating in Stoptober may ease the process, because smoker receives great support from a big number of people and gets access to a number of free cessation tools during all 28 days of the campaign.

Health care providers say that quitting smoking is best thing a smoker can do for personal health and health of his family members and friends. Smoker would feel benefits of quitting immediately he refuses from tobacco. Experts say that chances to stop the habit successfully increase if a smoker does not use tobacco for at least 28 days.

Stoptober starts on October 1 and now in the UK is held an awarness campaign about it.

In the UK highest rates are reported in Leeds where 21.6% smoke, and in 2014 more than three thousand people signed up to the campaign. The lowest smoking rates are reported in the East Riding where only 14.2% smoke, and among them one thousand participated in Stoptober last year.

Great American Smokeout is Coming

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This week in the USA will take place the Great American Smokeout as it is held on third Thursday of November.

On this day smokers are encouraged to quit smoking at least for one day and make a plan to quit for good.

The latest New York statistics shows that despite smoking rates drop in the country, still there are groups which show no decline in smoking rates. The talk is about:
– people with income below $15,000: among them 1 in 4 smokes;
– people with an education less than a high school diploma: among them 1 in 4 smokes;
– people with some menthal problems: among htem 1 in 3 smokes.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute reveals that Western New York has the highest smoking rate in the state, including 26% in Erie County and 27% in Niagara County. Tobacco use still remains the cause of a number of smoking related diseases. It was estimated that annually almost 600,000 New Yorkers do suffer from these diseases.

According to County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, most popular disease related to smoking is lung cancer. Quitting at any age will do benefit to overall health, therefore quitiing is so important these days. Quitting smoking reduces health risks associated with tobacco use

Anthony Billoni, head of Tobacco-Free Western New York, said the Great American smokeout helped to change American’s attotude towards smoking and promote a smoke-free lifestyle.

New Online Tool for Quitting

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In England there was developed a new interactive website to help low-income people to quit smoking. The talk is about StopAdvisor.

Health experts say that low-income people may be left out when it comes to innovations in wellness and health. From the new online platform poor people do benefit more than those with high income.

Jamie Brown of the Health Behaviour Research Centre in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London conducted a study which found that high smoking rates are registered among low-income population, and namely this category of people has problems with quitting. The reasons for this phenomenon are unknown.

Jamie Brown says that these people make a lot of attempts to quit but do not succeed in many cases. He supposes that this happens due to lifestyle of this category of people, who face daily a lot of problems. Normally, low-income people buy cigarettes online from http://cigarette-deals.com/

StopAdvisor  is a guide providing full information about quitting along with quit smoking plans.

The site provides behavior-change techniques which help to set goals and plan actions around a quit date. Smoker will find out what medicines may help him o quit, and how to use them properly.

The site offers necessary info about how to fight cravings after achieving target quit date, how to cope with difficulties with quitting by explainng their reasons. Once smoker achieves quit date, he gets emails remainding about his goals. At this phase he will have access to other resources on the site including dealing with stress and fighting urges for smoking.

Today when Internet is widely used by population, such sites are welcome as they provide quit smoking help for everyone anytime, especially it is important for those who have no access to behavioral support.

Cigarettes and Stress


People who think that smoking relieves them from stress are mistaken. A new research was made on the subject.

It found that quitting smoking has same effects on the depression and anxiety as antidepressants do. Experts say that effects on quitting are even greater than from using medicines.

The researchers from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and King’s College London, examined 26 studies and found that people who quit smoking had a great drop in depression, anxiety and stress.

According to researchers, quitting smoking is connected with reduced anxiety, depression and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life in comparison with continuing to smoke.

In studies participated 44-years-old people who smoked around 20 cigarettes daily and were examined for an average of 6 months. The findings are very useful for doctors who treat mental disorders as they should provide smoking cessation advuce for people suffering from anxiety and depression.

Though a lot of smokers want to quit, many of them continue to smoke because they believe that smoking provides them with mental health benefits.  Regular smokers say smoking cigarettes imroves emotional problems, relieves from depression, anxiety and stress, stabilises mood.

The author of the study Gemma Taylor, the University of Birmingham said that it is  encouraging greatly to show that quitting smoking helps to improve mental health.

Generally, over the last 40 years smoking rates have declined significantly, but among people with mental disorders the situation is the same. The main reason for that is that people do believe that quitting will worsen their mental health.  Researchers claim that this is nothing but a myth.

It was estimated that almost 50% of all cigarettes sold in England annually are smoked by people with mental disorders, therefore latest research is expected to change the situation.

People suffering from menthal disorders do often smoke cigarettes in order to relax when they feel nervous, but they should know that smoking only worsens their condition.

New Jersey Has Worst Results in Anti-Smoking Funding


American Lung Association in its latest report “State of Tobacco Control” writes that New Jersey is failing in funding quit smoking and tobacco prevention programs.

Each year, the American Lung Association releases such an report which contains information on implementation of state policies regarding tobacco use, cessation, prevention, taxation, and for each state gives grades.

The American Lung Association says that the main aim of the report is to take serious actions agains smoking in order to eliminate secondhand smoke and reducing smoking rates among population.

New Jersey received an “A” grade for smoke-free air, “B” grade for  cigarette tax and “F” grade for tobacco control, prevention, spending and cessation. It means that some anti-smoking efforts are successful and some are not. Deb Brown, the American Lunch Association of the Mid-Atlantic’s CEO says that regretably, New Jersey is the only state that did not invest state money into funding the New Jersey Comprehensive Control Program.

In 2003 the Comprehensive Control Program got $30 million, but funding gradually lowered and is now non-existent.  Besides this, the state fails to help smokers wanting to quit adequately, thus it takes multiple attempts to quit smoking. However, in spite of these failed anti-smoking efforts, New Jersey manages to show good results in taxing tobacco products and providing smoke-free air for employees.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli is happy to see New Jersey’s grade in the air quality category but cannot say why Gov. Chris Christie has failed to fund the smoking prevention programs.  If a person likes to smoke — it is his personal choice, but non-smokers should be protected from tobacco smoke.

In  New Jersey smoking is prohibited in workplaces, restaurants, bars, schools, childcare facilities. Today the only public places where smoking is permitted ar casinos and gambling establishments.  In  New Jersey the highest smoking rates are reported in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland.

Warnings on Every Cigarette Encourage More Smokers to Quit

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A research showed that health warnings on every cigarette would encourage more people to quit smoking.

The talk is about timelines that demonstrate smokers that every cigarette shortens their life by 11 minutes and a list of toxic substances found in cigarettes that affect health negatively.The results of the study were published in Tobacco Control Journal.

Researchers from Bangor University intend to continue work over this subject and want to encourage Government to take its results into consideration.  It should be noted that in November, ministers agreed to introduce plain cigarettes packs in order to make smoking less attractive for youth.

The Government  told about a review of the policy which could make tobacco companies use plain packaging by 2015.

In a study by Bangor University’s Business School there was found that people were 16% more likely to quit smoking if they used cigarettes with health warnings.

In the study participated 200 smokers from Greece and Scotland and there were given different regular cigarettes with warnings and without them. One cigarette variety had a timeline of 11 minutes printed on each cigarette to demonstrate how much each puff shortens smoker’s life. Another variety had a list of most toxic substances that it contains.

In 2012 Australia first introduced plain packaging for cigarettes and today all cigarettes brands are sold in olive-coloured packs with health warnings.  A study found that this measure is extremely effective and such warnings do encourage more smokers to quit.

Quit Smoking in 2014


Quitting smoking is a most popular New Year’s Resolution. Everyone knows that smoking is harmful to the body so every year more and more smokers promise to and successfully quit the habit.

Secondhand smoke can cause allergic reactions and asthma in some people and stop healthy development of lungs in kids.

Therefore, smokers should not smoke in the presence of kids and people with health problems.

Also scientists talk about thirdhand smoke. What is it? It is what tobacco smoke leaves on surfaces, upholstery and a variety of porous materials. We may feel   thirdhand smoke in the car when someone smoked, in someone’s house or from someone’s clothes.

Like secondhand smoke, thirdhand smoke is connected to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms and other physical responses not only in people but also in pets.

Many years the Florida Department of Health has worked to reduce tobacco exposure rates in the state. Now they are concentrated on reduction of tobacco exposure on multi-unit housing, where air containing secondhand and thirdhand smoke can involuntarily be shared by neighbors via ventilation systems, cracks in walls and so on.

Apartments where lived a man who smoked indoors usually have a strong tobacco odor and nicotine discoloration on floors, walls and window which demands great cleaning or replacement before a new man can move in and feel himself comfortable there.

Apartment communities having policies that restrict tobacco use in indoor spaces, are become popular. Such policies do greatly improve air quality and keep maintenance costs down and besides this they reduce the risk of fire.

Students Should Lead the Way During Stoptober

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Those who every morning do walk up the same stretch of pavement outside Farringdon station on their way to work in order to enjoy fresh air cannot enjoy it on the whole way as there is always a crowd of people puffing on cigarettes.

You may wonder why? You see smokers everywhere; not only congregated outside Farringdon station, but outside lecture theatres as well. It is not just the health effects that make smoking seem like an unintelligent thing to do, but these days smoking is really expensive. The bill will be really large if you smoke premium cigarettes and buy them at your local store.

Eleanor Doughty does not mind smoking. When she was 15 and hanging out with her friends, everyone smoked, except Eleanor, because she was so scared of fire that she couldn’t use a lighter.  Eleonor and several of her friends liked to hang around outside because some people smoked. Some people became lots of people, and then lots of people became everyone until a point at a party in 2010 when she was the only one left inside.

In the university students called her ‘the bore’, because she didn’t smoke, and Eleonor hardly expected it to be outlawed. If anything she expected university to be more liberal. There is a smoking zone ob campus because smoking is forbidden on university territory. Students hang out of windows in flats without setting off smoke alarms.

However, nothing changes: on packed nights at the SU, students are pulled towards the fresh air outside; where question ‘have you got a lighter?’ is a good start for a conversation.  This is a way to meet Colin Firth, but certainly he had his own lighter.

Eleanor says smoking is anti-social. October has began and it brought Stoptober, a national stop smoking month for anyone who wants to sign up.  Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says that two thirds of smokers start smoking before age 18. It is planned that Stoptober will attract 200,000 people to quit smoking.

100,000 People in the USA Quit Smoking Due to Anti-Tobacco Campaign


A study released by the CDC found that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign “Tips From Former Smokers” made almost 1.6 million smokers try to quit smoking. The results of the study were published in the medical journal, The Lancet.

During the three-month anti-tobacco campaign of 2012, more than 200,000 smokers in the USA had quit cigarettes, among which there was estimated that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently. The original goal of the campaign was 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits.

Thousands of adult smokers and non-smokers participated in a survey before and after the campaign. The results of the survey showed that people who quitted smoking added more than a third of a million years of life to the American. population.  The anti-tobacco campaign began on March, 2012, and ended on June 10, 2012.

Federal agency for the first time had created and placed paid ads for a national tobacco education campaign. In the ads participated former smokers who told stories about their life with smoking-related diseases. There was provided a telephone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW for smokers to call for free support and website to access for more information.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the results of the study are great. Quitting smoking can be quite difficult and this is the most important step you can take to a healthier living. It may take several attempts to succeed but the result id worth trying.

Theere was found that millions of non-smokers told to their friends and family about risks of smoking. 80% of smokers and 75% of non-smokers said thay saw at least one of advertisements during the three-month campaign.  The number of calls to quitline more than doubled during the campaign and visits to the website were 5 times higher than for the same 12-week period in 2011.

Quitting Smoking Leads Workers to Higher Wages


Researchers say that health improvement is not the only benefit of quitting smoking, because recently they found that your wages become higher.

The latest study of American researchers showed that non-smokers are not as wealthy as their colleagues who gave up the habit.

In the research there was used data about tobacco consumption of the US Census Bureau’s population surveys between 1992 and 2011.

The results of the research were published in August by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, they showed that smokers get 80% of what non-smokers make. People who had gave up smoking are paid 5% more than people who have never smoked cigarettes.

The idea that smokers who have left the nicotine habit are paid better has caused a disagreement among people who say that there are many other factors contributing to differences in salary. The attempt to quit smoking is not an easy one and it may take several years. Those who have smoked cigarettes in past and then quit are older than those who smoke at present. It means that former smokers frequently occupy higher posts and respectively get higher wages compared to smokers.

However, there are other reasons why former smokers earn more money. Quitting smoking gives  confidence to the man and makes him determined person,

Research economist Melinda Pitts, who conducted the research, said it takes a special individual to quit his smoking habit and there is a higher compensation for quitting the habit than for not starting it. You may probably ask if namely these qualities inherent in special people influenced the amount of wages. Here experts are sceptical.

Peter Hajek, professor of clinical psychology at the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London replies that this is a kind of misinterpreting a correlation. People who quit successfully smoking are often people with better socio-economic resources in comparison with people who cannot quit smoking.