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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On October 30, Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD, main specialist for the California Smokers’ Helpline celebrated the Helpline’s 20th anniversary. In 1992, the Helpline, as well well-known as 1-800-N0-BUTTS, started to be the first in the USA to provide free, telephone-based services for smokers looking for to smoking cessation programs. The Helpline has functioned as a example for identical services that are today offered in all 50 states.
“In the course of two decades, the California Smokers’ Helpline has made it possible for smokers across California to take charge of their health and quit smoking,” said Zhu. “It has been a long way in lowering the number of smoking people in the state. California has the second-lowest rate in the USA, but there is more work to do. This is a verified service that increases people’s possibilities of successfully giving up smoking, and the service wants to ensure people know about it.”
At the moment, there are around 3.6 million smoking people in the state. The estimated cost of smoking in California is almost $16 billion yearly, more than $3,000 per smoker per year.
Since its launch in August 1992, the California Smokers’ Helpline has offered ree, personalized and confidential assistance to more than 600,000 Californians from various towns in California. Smoking cessation services are offered in English (800-NO-BUTTS), Korean (800-556-5564), Mandarin and Cantonese (800-838-8917), Spanish (800-45-NO-FUME), Vietnamese (800-778-8440).
“The fact that so many smokers have telephoned for assistance demonstrates how badly people want to give up smoking,” said Christopher Anderson, program director for the Helpline. “It seems that if people who are still smokers, in spite of all the data about harmful health effects, they do not want to stop smoking. However, usually, they just do not know how to start it or don’t feel assured in their ability to quit smoking. The service helps them made a plan and keep to it.”
A free tip list for smokers, Top 10 Tips to Help Smokers Quit, is offered in Helpline consultants who offer their top 10 tips for giving up smoking successfully. “Smoking cessation can feel like a difficult task,” said Dr. Gary Tedeschi, clinical director of the Helpline. “If you fall it apart into smaller steps it starts to appear more achievable.” The tip list is offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Media materials are as well presented, including: Twenty Years of Calls to the California Smokers’ Helpline, California Smokers’ Helpline Success Stories, and Quotes from California Smokers’ Helpline Counselors.
The Helpline is financed by the California Department of Public Health and by First 5 California.
The current rise in the Illinois cigarette tax is a model of how cigarette price increases can make smoking people to quit.
For example, smokers in Chicago may spend $300 a month, which is twofold more expensive than a monthly prescription of medicaments that can help a person in smoking cessation.
Dr. Phillip McAndrew, an internal medicine physician and occupational health expert at Loyola University Health System, said that even if the high prices of tobacco products convince smokers to give up smoking, it can be hard to kick the habit.
“Nicotine really can cause addictive. It’s a hard to quit smoking, but increasing the price of cigarettes by means of taxes leds individual smokers to the break point where the pain of smoking overdoes the delight of nicotine and they stop smoking,” McAndrew explained. “The break point could be a health experience that may change a person’s life, but often it’s the influence on the purse that obliges people really consider smoking cessation,” he noted.
McAndrew said that in order to give up smoking people need time and teamwork approach, but team is not people who will cheer you on, but your physician.
“Sometimes people can not manage with nicotine addiction alone. Those who want to quit need that team to help keep them on way when they want to take up smoking again,” he advised.
McAndrew suggested the following tips to help people stop smoking:
- Gather a support team that includes your family, doctor, friends and co-workers.
- Establish a particular date to give up smoking, but two or four weeks away in order to have time to prepare. When quit day comes, make sure to celebrate it.
- Make preparations to block the temptation of smoking while you try to give up. Ask advise at your doctor about medicaments and other ways that can help you kick the habit; when the wish to smoke appears you can chew a gum, carrot sticks or other snacks to keep your mouth busy; remove all cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays from locations where you can smoke – your home, office, car; clean your clothes, home and car so they don’t smell like smoke; use “quit lines” programs.
- Find methods to manage stress and boredom, which can cause a return to smoking.
- Get used to do enjoyable things that are not associated with smoking, walk with friends, exercise. Such actions will help you break the mental connection between these activities and smoking.
It appears that afternoon smoking break outside to puff away on cigarettes may be a thing of the past in Singapore, if the government enacts legislation on smoking ban. On Monday the ministry of environment declared that it was promoting a commitment of the smoking ban and expected it would be a reason for many people to give up the addictive habit.
Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, said to Parliament on Monday that the ministry of environment is “intensively controlling and performing initiatives” to discourage non-smokers and help smokers to quit smoking.
The general long-term aim of the ministry is to eliminate smoking in all public places. The specially designed smoking zones are not touched upon by this measure.
Surprisingly, a majority of population in Singapore consider that the measure will have positive affects for the residents. Even smokers think so.
Graphic designer Chang Hu said that he took up a smoking habit since he was a teenager and I really want to quit. He considers that such strict measure that makes smoking illegal and expensive smoke in public is a good and effective move. He told that not smoking enables him to spend more time doing important things and being with his friends and family who don’t smoke.
The minister pointed out that those aged between 18 and 39 are an important part in the increase of smoking people.
Basing on a current study led by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in 2010, the ministry said that 14.3 % of the Singaporeans are smokers, a rise of less than 1 % in comparison with the results of the study in 2007.
This year, the ministry intends to extend the number the areas, where smoking ban is applied, to common grounds in residential buildings, sheltered walkways, linkways, overhead bridges, outdoor compounds of hospitals and a five meter buffer zone around bus shelters.
If a person is caught smoking in a prohibited area, he will be fined of $1,000.
Chang said that it is the right measure for the city.
He added that population of Singapore wants a clean and pollution free city, so if there are smokers like he who lights up everywhere, the change wouldn’t happen.