My Response To: Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes, Say Health Officials

BreakingHabit_7.13Honestly, I really hate smelling second hand smoke.  As a non-smoker I do not like being exposed to inhaling someones cigarette smoke, BUT I do believe that every one has the right to decide to smoke or NOT.

The government wants to start a conversation about moving the nation smoke-free.  What an idealistic perspective.  I do believe it is fundamentally wrong for the government to say you can or you can not smoke.  Yes with matters that are controversial it is important to discuss guidelines around a subject and to have an intelligent conversation.

In a persons life we are faced with decisions.  No one makes the best decision every time. Hopefully, we learn from out bad decisions and make better ones when the opportunity knocks.  If you are at a place that you want to stop smoking that is great.  I suggest asking those close to you to support that decision.  Look for support any way you can.  Hypnosis or acupuncture have helped many stop smoking. 20121030__31HWEWW_200East West Wellness in Louisville Colorado offers a $10 dollar walk in auricular acupuncture treatment on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-5:30.  On line support groups exist and many are free.

So let the conversation start but understand that it is fundamentally wrong to allow government to tell you what you can and cannot do.  It should stay your choice.  To read more 




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Third-hand Smoke Increases Respiratory Complaints In Children

Sorry for the extended absence but many where impacted with flooding in Colorado and I was one of THOSE.  I have moved into the recovery (versus the response) mode and looking forward to the rebuild phase soon.  Anyway, please excuse the delay and enjoy the new blog.

Survey Suggests Third-hand Smoke Increase Risk of Respiratory Complaints In Kids

Second hand smoke is when one is exposed and breathing the smoke of another individual that is smoking.  Third hand smoke is more when one is exposed to what the smoker has touched or things that were around the smoker when he/she were smoking.  An example is when a parent that smokes away from home or in their car when alone but the non-smoker is exposed by riding in the car.  Or a parent that smokes away from home and holds their young son or daughter after smoking.

A new survey out of Barcelona suggests a high correlation with children’s respiratory complaints and having parents that smoke, even when the parent only smokes outside of the home and never around the children.  The survey responders reported they were from highly educated families (68%), the responders children were 54% boys and 56% were younger than 6 years old.

Some significant findings include:

  • 36% of families reported respiratory tract infections among their children in the past 12 months
  • 13% reported recent wheezing
  • 12% reported asthma in their children

To  read more at medpage today




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Female Smokers vs NonSmokers Had Different Results in Breastfeeding Breast Cancer Protection Benefits

In nonsmoking women, breastfeeding for more than 6 months may protect against breast cancer A new analysis has found that breastfeeding for more than six months may safeguard nonsmoking mothers against breast cancer. The same does not seem to hold true for smoking mothers, though. Published early online in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Regardless of family history, nonsmokers who breastfed for periods of longer than six months tended to be diagnosed with breast cancer much later in life—an average of 10 years later than nonsmokers who breastfed for a shorter period. In contrast, female smokers were diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age and obtained no significant benefit from a longer period of breastfeeding.

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Smoking Negatively Impacts Bone Healing

ImageWe know that smokers skin age quicker, infections take longer to heal and now there is evidence that Smoking Compromises Outcomes of Bone Surgery.  So often surgery is not elected but due to an injury of some kind.  Orthopedics doctors have recognized that individuals that do not smoke have a shorter recovery with less complications.  Many strongly recommend prior to a known scheduled surgery the patient quit.  

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Breaking Habit

BreakingHabit_7.13When you have tried to quit smoking before, maybe even several times and the struggle continues it may be time for a new perspective.  Certainly habits can be hard to break and for better success when trying to quit something to replace it with another habit.  I often say have three back up plans in place.

So instead of the cigarette after dinner try going for a walk around the block.  If something comes up and that walk gets derailed then pick up the phone and call a friend.  If that is not possible, open a stick of gum and chew it.

Being prepared sets you up for success because you have a plan.  Now you must chose to implement the new plan.

It may also help to find someone who has been successful and listen to how they did it.  What worked for them.  Two people in the UK have shared their story.  The link is below and you can listen to what they have to say on quitting smoking.  So let me introduce you to Emille and Mark…

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Timeline of the Benefits of Smoke Free Living

According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. surgeon general, this is how your body starts to recover:

    • In your first 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
    • After 12 hours of smoke-free living: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
    • After two weeks to three months of smoke-free living: your circulation and lung function begin to improve.

      photo credit: Aidan Jones via photopin cc

      photo credit: Aidan Jones via photopin cc

    • After one to nine months of smoke-free living: clear and deeper breathing gradually returns as coughing and shortness of breath diminishes; you regain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, which cleans your lungs and reduce your risk of infection.
photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

  • One year after quitting smoking, a person’s risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50 percent.
  • Five to 15 years after quitting smoking, a person’s risk of stroke is similar to that of a nonsmoker.
  • After 10 years of smoke-free living, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who has continued to smoke.  The risk of other cancers, such as throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decreases, too.

This is an excerpt from an article from the American Heart Association.  The full article can be found:

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Wellness center in Louisville aims to extinguish smoking through auricular acupuncture

Louisville’s East West Wellness owner Donna Sigmond holds a model ear the shows where five small needles are inserted for auricular acupuncture, a practice she employs to help people extinguish the craving for a cigarette. East West Wellness is expanding the times and days this service is offered during the month of November, which is National Lung Cancer Awareness month. (Kimberli Turner/Colorado Hometown Weekly)

“The business — at 1148 W. Dillon Road, suite 1, in Louisville — already offers a smoking cessation program two days a week all year long, but will expand it to six days a week for the month of November.

“We’re trying to get our neighbors to be smoke-free by the new year. That’s our goal,” said East West Wellness (EWW) owner Donna Sigmond. “We want people to know it’s a resource. It’s extremely effective and extremely affordable.”

Sigmond…employ[s] auricular acupuncture — a detox protocol using five thin needles inserted into five specific spots in each ear — which ultimately calms the nervous system.

“It interrupts that craving circuitry in your brain,” said EWW office manager Donna Schaefer.

The needled areas of the ear correspond with the liver, kidney and lung. The treatment helps knock down the feeling of being irritable and calms the client, Schaefer said, noting that some participants feel charged afterward while others feel mellow.Read More

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