I Found Counseling Near Me And It Helped Me Quit Smoking

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Anyone who has tried to stop smoking knows that the craving for nicotine takes a long time (or never) to disappear, and the early weeks of abstinence are accompanied by side effects such as disruptive sleep, distractibility, excessive eating, depression, anxiety and anger. — Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D.

The adverse effects of smoking are known, from cancer to heart problems to other severe medical health conditions. According to Reuters, about 500,000 die each year because of smoking, but still, cigarettes are sold in plain daylight in the market. The funny thing is many people declare poverty, yet they have money to support their smoking addiction. I should know because I’m one of those people.

 

Just a few years back, my father died of lung cancer, and it hit us hard as my mom passed away sooner. Our dad stood up for us four, and I believe too much pressure and stress made his immune system weak. Now, my siblings and I barely talk to each other. It felt like nothing was connecting us anymore. I learned how to smoke cigarettes right after I lost my dad.

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Somehow, smoking makes me calm plus it makes me think. I almost forgot it’s what killed my father until one day when I wasn’t feeling okay. I had a terrible cough, so I had to go to the hospital to have a checkup. Sitting right next to me was a beautiful girl – a beautiful bald girl. She was sitting in a wheelchair, reading a book. It’s obvious what she was there for and what her condition was, and that made me feel ungrateful. There she was battling to lengthen her life, and here I am not giving a care about what smoking is going to do to me.

Essentially, if a stimulus predicts getting a hit, the brain gets smokers to pay attention to it so that they can do whatever is necessary and get a little drug in. — Adi Jaffe Ph.D.

After I had my checkup and was given medications, I hurriedly went home and fired up my laptop. I then browsed for the nearest counseling I could find, and luckily I saw one. I believe I’ve already seen this clinic once when I did an errand in that building.

 

Now, I’m on my third month of counseling, and we don’t just discuss how to quit smoking. My counselor has helped me identify the factors that led me to be a nicotine addict, and it primarily pointed out to the death of my father. It got me all depressed and fearful of losing another person in my life. Maybe that’s why I chose not to talk to my siblings. I have also realized that I haven’t been living. I was just surviving because I was afraid to die. I survive for the sake of it, but I forgot how it was like to have a purpose.

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…smoking cessation is often accompanied by withdrawal states that contribute to resumption of smoking, including low mood, difficulty engaging in rewarding activities, and impaired thinking/memory. — Rick Nauert PhD

I’m still trying to figure out what my purpose is, but one thing that I am sure of is that I want to live longer, so I am determined to live healthily and quit smoking. It’s never smooth with all the cravings and mood swings, but I’m getting there. I’m almost close to not ending up like my father (hopefully – at least I lessened the risk).

 

Aside from going to a physical clinic where you can attend an actual therapy session, you could also check out credible counseling websites such as Betterhelp to aid you in quitting an addiction. They are available to lend a hand anytime.

 

 

 

 

Online Therapy for Smoking Addiction

Tobacco use in the form of cigarettes is a leading cause of preventable death. Lung cancer, heart disease, and hardened arteries are all effects of long-term smoking. — James Pendleton, Ph.D.

Smokers can benefit from getting help through online therapy. With the advancement in digital and internet technology, healthcare interventions are also geared towards providing accessible and practical services to individuals. As such, talking to a therapist is now possible in the comforts of your own home and in your own time. Take a look at some of the online sources for smoking cessation.

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Counselor’s Advice For People Who Don’t Feel Like Ending Their Smoking Days

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I have a proud friend named Jess who said that he would never ask for help from any of us. We would always ask why, and he would always say that it was not because he was mad at us over something. “I have always been like this, even when my parents were still alive. You know that” he would add.

Of course, it was not for our lack of effort to offer a helping hand to our friend. Even if he would never admit it, his decision to never ask for help from his friends possibly stemmed from the fact that we had been very vocal about our dislike for his smoking habits.

The Story

Jess started smoking at the age of 15. He said that he found a half-smoked cigarette somewhere and thought of taking a puff. He did not feel anything on his first try, so you tried it again – and again – and again – until Jess could no longer get it out of his system.

When I met him in high school, Jess was often hanging out under the bleachers. As you might have guessed, he loved that area because it’s where he could smoke away from the prying eyes. Jess would continue to go there despite having new friends, but it was merely for smoking.

The thing was, Jess even attempted to share his passion for smoking with us. But we would frown at him and tell him to meet us when he was done. Even back then, we knew that second-hand smoking could lead to lung cancer, and we did not want that. As for Jess, he was not worried about that at all.

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Being Adults And Having Adult Problems

Jess’s smoking habit magnified when he started working and had enough money to fund his addiction. From only three to five sticks a day, it became two to three packs of cigarettes every day. You would never see him without a cigarette between his fingers or in his mouth. Jess even learned how to use chopsticks for everything to eat with one hand and smoke with the other. The man was THAT hooked to smoking!

But then, when Jess joined one of our get-togethers, he came with sad news. The doctor found a tumor in his neck, and it had a high potential of becoming cancerous, so the doctor wanted to remove it at once. As he was talking about his woes, though, he was still smoking a cigarette. So, I was like, “Do you know that what’s in your mouth right is possibly the cause of that?”

“Yes, I know, of course,” Jess retorted, rolling his eyes. “But what can I do about it? I love cigarettes; I cannot live without them,” he uttered dramatically.

“Oh, honey, this possible cancer diagnosis should have served as a reality check for you. Smoking is awful for anybody, especially for you,” I uttered.

Jess looked down. “It’s just that whenever I see someone smoking, I feel like doing the same thing,” he reasoned.

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I looked around; I see nobody with a cigarette, even if it was an outdoor restaurant. Sighing, I said, “This is all you now. You need to take care of yourself stat before your condition aggravates.

“How?”

Facing Reality

I could not believe how helpless Jess felt and sounded that day. I mean, he was one of the most intelligent guys I knew. He was excellent at handling money; he was even better at making it. More importantly, Jess was never the type of person to ask for help, and that one-word question sounded very much like it.

When I got over my initial shock, I said, “This is what will happen tomorrow. I will take you to a mental health facility; then, you will talk to a counselor who can help you understand how to stay away from cigarettes long-term. I can tell you everything you need to hear now, but you may not listen to me. Hence, it will do us both a favor if you hear the reality straight from a mental health professional.”

As Jess nodded, I dialed my other friend, who practiced psychology and counseling in the mental health facility downtown, to set up an appointment for him. I picked Jess up from work the next day, and he seemed tense. He was about to roll down my window during a traffic jam to smoke, but I stopped him. To my surprise, he listened. Maybe my friend is not as hopeless as I used to think.

Jess spent a total of two hours in the clinic. When he came out, he was more shaken than tensed, but he still managed to shake the counselor’s hand on his way out.

“So, how did it go?” I asked as soon as we drove away from the facility.

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“Well, as a licensed psychologist and counselor, she was qualified to assess and diagnose my mental health, and it turned out that I had anxiety and dependency issues. I seemed to use smoking as a crutch for a long time, and I would need to stop doing that if I wanted to live more,” Jess uttered slowly.

“How do you feel about it?”

“Honestly, I am unsure yet, but I would like to go back for the real counseling session,” he said.

Final Thoughts

Counseling taught my friend that there were many ways to cope with anxiety and that none of them involved smoking or cigarettes. It came as a shock for him, but he got to embrace the truth eventually.

As of 2021, he has been living without a cigarette for more than five years now – a testament that it is possible to kick the habit.

Counseling For People Who Already Suffer Due To Smoking Habits

My mother had a second cousin named Mila. She was close to the entire family and was lovingly called Mommy Mila by everyone. She was the life of the party and always present on every occasion at my grandparents’ house.

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Mommy Mila was the coolest aunt you could ever find. Wherever we met, she would always give me money for snacks or whatever I wanted to buy. Since she was a home contractor, she opted for a pickup truck instead of a small sedan. If we were supposed to go on trips, my little cousins and I would bug our parents until they allowed us to ride in the back of her truck. Aside from getting away from our parents, we knew that Mommy Mila would have a big cooler at the back of her car, and it would be filled with sodas for all of us.

If there was one thing that everyone complained about, though, it was Mommy Mila’s smoking habits. She always had a stick of cigarette in her mouth whenever I saw her. The only time that she did not have one was when we were at church. However, that was only for like 30 minutes. As soon as the service was over, she would be the first one out of the door, eager to light a stick.

A Decade Later

Over a decade passed, and Mommy Mila’s smoking habits remained. Throughout that period, I could not recall how many times the entire family took turns asking her to stop smoking because it was bad for her health. Despite that, she did not experience any health issues at the time, so she was like, “You should know that I am invincible. I will never get any disease because of my cigarettes.”

I was already working when I heard through my mom that Mommy Mila got admitted to the hospital after fainting at a project site. The doctors said that hypertension was the reason behind it. Her blood pressure was always high, and the doctors linked it to her ongoing smoking habits. Unfortunately, Mommy Mila did not believe them. She would take the medicine they prescribed to her, but she did not stop smoking, insisting that she knew her body more than any shrink. Her exact words were, “My hypertension is hereditary; I got it from my mom. Let’s not bring my love for smoking into this.”

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Sooner than later, Mommy Mila got hospitalized again. This time, it was because of an insect bite that turned into a wound and took forever to heal. The doctor’s diagnosis was diabetes. Again, they said that smoking was the culprit, but Mommy Mila would not have any of it. She was like, “It may be because I drink soda all the time or don’t get enough exercise. Hence, I will cut back my soda intake and walk more. But don’t tell me to stop smoking.”

No matter how many pills Mommy Mila would take, I did not need a weighing scale to know that her weight kept dropping. The shrinks said it was technically good for her, but she looked sickly – as if the weight loss was due to an illness.

I turned out to be right when Mommy Mila complained of feeling a lump on her throat. When the doctor checked her out, it turned out to be a tumor. Since they found dried blood in that region, the doctor said it could develop into cancer, so they ordered an emergency operation.

Mommy Mila agreed to it, and 24 hours later, she was already recuperating in her hospital bed. I visited her at once.

“How are you feeling?” I asked.

“Like I could use a puff right now,” she joked weakly.

“Uh, no, you don’t need that ever,” I countered.

“But I’m healed now.”

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Counseling Someone Who Already Suffers Due To Their Smoking Habits 

Based on how Mommy Mila answered me, it felt like there was nothing that we – her family – could do to make her stop smoking. Thus, I brought her to a counselor.

It took three consecutive counseling sessions before Mommy Mila realized that she had been addicted to smoking for decades. Addiction was a sensitive subject for her because one of her brothers died because of heroin addiction. That pushed her to take her counselor seriously and ensure that her fate would not be similar to her brother’s.

Final Thoughts

Mommy Mila stayed in counseling for an entire year. I would guess that some people would get better after a few sessions, but she needed help longer due to the number of years she depended on cigarettes to feel better. She went from two packs a day to ten sticks, five sticks, one stick, and finally none at all.

Everyone was so proud of Mommy Mila’s journey, but no one could possibly be prouder than her. The better she did at counseling, the better her physical health became.

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“I used to think that I would be dead at 50, but now I feel like I could reach 100 if I keep this up,” Mommy Mila said.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Anxiety

I have an understanding of the consequences of my habits. Thus, being a smoker does not excuse me with the possible health damages that will happen out of my control. Since I am a hardened smoker, I know that my unhealthy habits will come back and haunt me one day. And that day was so recent that I discovered a tumor growing in my teeth cavities. But the struggle is not the dental problem itself but the dental anxiety that comes along with it.

I am at my worst as I experience too much anxiousness right now. I know that my last resort was to go and see a dental expert and get the tumor removed from my mouth. The problem is, I am too scared to undergo such treatment. I am having this intense fear of dealing with pain. Thus, there is a mixed emotion. I do not know what to do. All I know is I have to deal with this dental problem, but I can’t seem to find the courage to fight my dental anxiety. With that, I somehow want to rely on these frequently asked questions and hope that maybe I can work on my mental health issues.

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How can I overcome dental anxiety? 

Overcome your dental anxiety through proper communication. Discuss your fears with your dentist and openly ask questions about your oral health as well as your options and treatment. Express yourself, and do not be afraid to ask your dentist about what’s happening because your dental doctor will work with you to address your fears and worries.

But in my case, I can’t seem to open up. I am just so embarrassed that I got this thing on myself. I am the one to blame for this situation, which adds to many more mental health problems.

 What can a dentist give you for anxiety? 

Usually, medications such as temazepam are used to relieve oral anxiety, or also known as anxiolytic. The dentists prescribed short-acting, small, single-dose to help anxious patients relax. The medication is usually taken an hour before the dental appointment.

In case I try it, I am not sure if I can entirely make it through the surgery process.

 How common is dental anxiety? 

Dental anxiety, also known as dental fear, is common among approximately 36% of the population. And it goes up to 12% further tally of people specifically suffering from extreme dental fear.

Unfortunately, I am one of that 12% of the population.

 Is Xanax good for dental anxiety? 

Though at some point, Xanax can help relieve levels of anxiety, it is best not to take it before a dental appointment. The primary reason for that is the possibility of interference with whatever the dentist needs to do. There is a chance that it can affect even numbing medication he has to use on hand.

 Can anxiety affect teeth? 

Bruxism, or the act of constantly grinding or clenching the teeth, is a known sign of anxiety. In some cases, individuals are not aware of their teeth grinding because it usually takes place in sleep time. It negatively impacts the teeth and causes overuse of jaw muscles. Thus grinding and clenching should be addressed immediately.

So far, I am not experiencing this one.

 How do I cope with anxiety? 

There are a lot of ways that can help you cope with anxiety. You can start by taking care of yourself, eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep. You can also go outside, take a walk in the park, visit the beach, and enjoy nature. You can also spend time with family and friends and keep your social life active.

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 What is oral anxiety? 

Oral anxiety is when the mental health condition shows physical manifestation. Anxiety can impact oral health, including mouth pain, mouth sores, TMJ disorders, bruxism, and gum disease. Dentists can detect and address oral anxiety with medications. But note. Some anti-anxiety medications can cause acid reflux, which can also increase the risk of having tooth decay.

 Will a dentist put you to sleep if you ask? 

Yes. The dentist can put you to sleep if that is necessary for treatment. However, in today’s modern dentistry, a technique known as ‘conscious sedation’ is widely used. It serves as a replacement for general anesthesia. The administration of conscious sedation involves giving the patient a single drug intravenously, which causes a warning due to multiple effects.

 Can I take Xanax before going to the dentist? 

It would help if you considered that your dentist might prescribe some medications during the dental appointment. If you take a Xanax right before any dental procedure, there is a tendency that the drug could interfere with whatever your dentist needs to do.

 How do I know if my dentist is good? 

You know when your dentist is good when he has actively listened, respects patient’s time and resources, gets to understand your needs, promotes a comfortable setting, follow up with you, educates, and respects their patient’s time and resources.

But at this moment, I am not sure if I can find the right doctor that will cater to my needs due to the uncertainties of my mental illness.

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 Why shouldn’t you be afraid of the dentist? 

Fear or anxiety often makes patients avoid dentists. However, if you don’t go to the dentist for a regular checkup, you could be at higher risk of getting different kinds of diseases even just twice a year. Your oral hygiene can impact your heart, and that condition can end up being fatal. Thus, it is important to regularly clean your teeth and consult your dentist to lower your health risk level.

 Can I take Xanax before nitrous oxide? 

Though there are no interactions between Xanax and nitrous oxide, this does not essentially mean that no interactions can exist. To make sure, always consult your healthcare provider.

 What pill do they give you for sedation dentistry? 

Usually, the pill that the dentist gives you for sedation dentistry is Halcion. It is the same drug family as Valium. Usually, it gets taken about an hour before the procedure. And although you’ll still be awake, the pill will make you tired and sometimes unable to talk properly.

 What does Xanax do? 

Xanax is one of the drugs that most people recreationally take without a prescription. It gives patients a sedating or calming feeling. Xanax produces a “high” or euphoric feeling that makes people more quiet, relaxed, and a little bit tired.

 Are teeth grinding a sign of anxiety?

Yes. Teeth grinding or also known as bruxism, is often related to anxiety and stress. Though oral anxiety does not always cause symptoms, some people get headaches and facial pain depending on the severity of teeth grinding. Most people who clench their jaw grind and their teeth are not aware they’re doing it, which often leads to worn-down teeth over time.

 

A Layman’s Guide To How Mental Health Suffers Due To Smoking

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My father started smoking at the young age of 16. At first, he merely wanted to be one of the cool kids at school who often broke the rules and acted as if they were bigger than any adult in the world. He could even remember almost choking on the nicotine-filled air that he inhaled the first few times. But the more my father smoked, the more he liked the feeling of puffing cigarettes. 

When I came into the world, my father was already 26 years old. He had a job at the printing press, but his salary was not enough to buy baby formula and diapers and pay the house bills. Dad vowed to stop smoking as soon as my mother gave birth, but he picked up the hobby again after a couple of weeks due to financial stress. Worse, he began to burn through two packs of cigarettes every day – sometimes more on days that he could not seem to make ends meet.

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From A Child’s Standpoint

As I was growing up, I remembered the den being filled with smoke all the time. It also smelled like cigarettes, even when my father was not there. But it was only when I turned five years old that I realized that Dad turned it into an impromptu man-cave since he did not want to be around me while he’s smoking and end up inhaling the carcinogenic substances in the air.

Ever since I entered elementary school and heard my teacher say that smoking was – and forever will be – bad for the health, I asked my father almost every day to quit smoking. I would look at him with my best imitation of puppy dog eyes and even try to hide a stick or two. Whenever I saw an ad or TV commercial that warned against smoking or second-hand smoking, I tend to point at it, too. Despite all that, Dad did not budge.

Running out of ideas, I asked, “Why can’t you quit, Daddy? Don’t you love Mommy and me?”

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My father seemed to want to burst out laughing at my theatrics, but he schooled his face and replied, “I tried quitting before and after you arrived, honey. However, I went through an awful withdrawal phase, where I could not concentrate at work and was often irritated by everything. The only thing that I knew to do to fix the problem was to smoke again.”

How Smoking Affects Mental Health

It had since been my personal goal to see Dad’s smoking habits come to an end. I continued to coax my father to quit smoking, even if I knew it was a closed discussion on his part – something that we could never undo. So, I was glad when computers and later internet came as I got to do in-depth research on how smoking could affect mental health. After all, in Dad’s point of view, smoking made his mental health better than ever.

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The first related keyword that I saw when I typed ‘smoking’ was addiction. Experts described addiction as the act of using or doing something excessively, and my father’s smoking habits fit the bill too well. The fact that he could not let a day pass without a burning cigarette in his mouth every 30 minutes or so was a clear indication of his smoking addiction.

The second thing I learned was that smokers showed signs of tension and anxiety, although they claim that the habit helped them relax. I noticed it when we were on a camping trip in the mountains, and Dad misplaced all three packs of cigarettes that he readied before driving away. He looked in every nook and cranny of our RV home frantically; when he could not find them, it seemed as if his nightmares came to life. My father was distracted all day; he was more fearful than ever of the wild, too. But once my mother found his cigarettes, he cheered up and agreed to stay overnight.

As I saw it, Dad also became narrow-minded when it came to how he dealt with stress. An average, non-addictive person would face it head-on or go out of town to relax, but my father heavily depended on his cigarettes. I once witnessed him light three cigarettes at a two-minute interval because of how much his project frustrated him. Though I kept on telling him that that’s not normal, he claimed it was effective.

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Bottom Line

Has my father stopped smoking?

Unfortunately, no. Although Dad often expressed his desire to quit smoking and live a long life, it was a constant battle. We tried everything from counseling to nicotine patches and candies to retreats, but every professional we consulted said healing was entirely up to my father. If he was not ready to leave his smoking addiction in the past, there was not much that we could do except to pray for it to happen someday.

 

Secondhand Smoke And Its Dangers To The Family

 

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By now, you should have known that even if you’re not a smoker, breaking in the smoke of someone who is smoking could be equally life-threatening. It’s what we call secondhand smoking, which has apparently led to over 3,000 deaths due to lung cancer and even more from heart conditions – and these are al nonsmoking people in America every year.

There are millions of adults and children that are currently inhaling secondhand smoke right in their homes. Secondhand smoke could be particularly dangerous to the health of our children, as their respiratory systems are still developing. If you are a parent that smokes, you are exposing your kids to secondhand smoke. If they are usually staying in a place where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, they are in more harm than you could realize. If you get out of your house to smoke, your children are still susceptible to chemical exposure. What’s the smartest method to protect your family from secondhand smoke exposure? Clearly, it is QUITTING.

 

Definition

Secondhand smoke is a type of smoke that a smoker exhales. This smoke arises from the tip of the smoker’s cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. This smoke is composed of nearly 4,000 chemicals and a lot of these chemicals are lethal to one’s health. In fact, over 50 are known to have caused cancer and other lung diseases. When children and adults inhale secondhand smoke, they are exposing themselves to these dangerous chemicals.

 

Secondhand Smoke And The Growing Baby

If you are a smoker or are unprotected from secondhand smoke and you are pregnant, your unborn baby is undoubtedly susceptible to dangerous chemicals too. This will often result in several life-threatening health conditions, including prematurity, low birth weight, miscarriage, learning disabilities, SIDS, and ADHD.

These health hazards increase the longer you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Stopping the habit when you are pregnant really helps, but for sure the sooner you quit, the better it is for you and your baby. It is safe to say that pregnant women must avoid secondhand smoke and straightforwardly tell a smoker not to smoke around you.

 

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Secondhand Smoke And The Health Of Children

Babies are highly at risk of developing SIDS if their exposure to secondhand smoke is frequent and regular. Children as well have a greater risk of acquiring grave health conditions, or their existing problems could worsen. They could develop more coughs, colds, tooth problems, ear infections, and respiratory diseases like pneumonia and bronchitis.

If you try to observe children who have parents who smoke, you’ll see them wheeze and cough relatively more frequently than other kids. They also get over their colds or coughs slower than usual. This is why they miss more school days and present with similar symptoms like hoarseness of voice, sore throat, headaches, eye irritation, and stuffy nose. Finally, children who are asthmatic are very much affected by secondhand smoke. If they are frequently exposed to this, they will have more asthma attacks, which may become severe in the long-term.

 

Long-Standing Effects

Children with smoker parents are more likely to become smokers in the future, and they too will be at risk of developing the same health conditions that adult smokers are susceptible to having. Secondhand smoke could also result in conditions for children in the later years of their life, including lung cancer, cataract, and heart disease.

 

It’s Everywhere

Children are can breathe in secondhand smoke in a lot of places. In fact, even if parents and other family members don’t smoke in the house, they are still susceptible to inhaling secondhand smoke. They could be exposed in school, on the bus, at a friend’s house, at their babysitter’s house, in playgrounds or parks, in restaurants, or at the malls.

 

Making Your Family’s Environment Smoke-Free

Be a role model. If you are a smoker, quit NOW. If your kids see you, they might be curious and attempt to try smoking, and eventually grow up smoking like you. Some children who see cigarette butts at home try to experiment with them and smoke them – that’s the initial step in becoming a smoker.

 

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Create a smoke-free home. If you’re still not able to quit smoking, avoid smoking inside your home and anywhere your children are, even if you’re outdoors. Keep in mind that air is flowing throughout the whole house, so if you smoke in one room, the smoke goes everywhere around the house.

 

Don’t choose a sitter that smokes. Your babysitter may not smoke inside the house but as mentioned above, smoke anywhere near and around your house exposes your child to it. If you haven’t hired a sitter, choose someone that isn’t a smoker so you won’t have to lay out rules in smoking in the first place.

 

Bottom Line

One of the best things you can do for you and your family’s health is to quit smoking. Quitting is crucial in preventing your kids from being exposed to the dangerous chemicals and side effects of secondhand smoke. Parents must exert effort in keeping their children protected from smokers and from secondhand smoke as well. And for parents who smoke, you must decide to quit NOW – before it’s too late.

 

 

 

Perks Of Joining Smoking Cessation Programs

A close friend asked me to help her organize the Smoking Cessation Conference 2019 at her hometown. She did not have to ask twice; talking about sobriety had been my life goal ever since I stopped smoking. She mentioned a few exciting topics over the phone, but the main one was about joining smoking cessation programs.

I support the latter idea even now because:

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It Gives You New Friends Who Share A Common Goal

The first advantage of joining a smoking cessation program is that it allows you to meet new folks who want to quit, just like you. They can become the kind of friends that you need to reach sobriety, considering you all share a common goal.

It Gets You Acquainted To Sober People

Besides therapists, smoking cessation programs can get facilitated by individuals who have had similar issues in the past. They have typically been rehabilitated at the same institution and want to give back by helping other smokers change. When you talk to these sober people and see how their lives have improved after quitting, it may also encourage you to embrace sobriety. 

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It Helps You Realize The Proper Steps To Quit Smoking

Finding a person who can stop puffing a cigarette overnight after years of doing it is next to impossible. For mere mortals like us, we need to follow some tried-and-tested steps to be able to stop smoking. You can learn all that and more once you join a smoking cessation program of your choice.

Final Thoughts

The conference was a success in various ways. We were thankful that many people came out to attend it. They said that all the discussions were insightful and that they learned a lot on that day. More importantly, some of them called our team and informed us that they started participating in smoking cessation programs. That’s all we can ask for, to be honest.

Truth About Smoking And COVID-19

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There are some articles and news that circulate on the internet about the benefits of smoking or vaping. Some of this information says that the habit of inhaling nicotine helps decrease the risk of getting a Coronavirus infection. With the media’s influence, this information receives a lot of fuss among people, especially those who do not smoke. Because when they think about it, it contradicts a lot of health requirements. Thus, it is essential to note that unless the claim gets proven by science and gets handed out with specific pieces of evidence, we can’t instantly believe something we hear over the internet. So what is the truth about this vaping and smoking effect from COVID-19?

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Are Those Individuals Who Vape Or Smoke More Susceptible To COVID-19?

What we all know as fact is that those persons who smoke are highly susceptible to contract viral infections. That is due to the effects of smoking and vaping on the lungs. In regards to the current Coronavirus infection, the odds of these smokers’ disease progressing to a critical condition are higher among those individuals who do not smoke. That is due to specific reasons and behavior.

First, smoking and vaping involve frequent contact with lips and fingers. These two particular behavior notes a high possibility of spreading the virus even without noticing it. And since a lot of people are not aware of knowing where their hands can get an infection, these people are most likely to put the vape or cigarette butt into their mouths without hesitation. Second, there are the sharing components of vaping and smoking. Naturally, this behavior increases the risk of transmitting the virus because it can potentially pass it from one person to another through physical contact. And when people share vapes and cigarettes, the expectation of faster transmission is there.

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Do Smokers Experience Severe Health Outcome From COVID-19?

Yes, smokers make it easier for the virus to enter the body’s cells. That is due to its effect on weakening the lungs and immune system. And with its other existing contribution to the damaged health, it can eventually decrease individuals’ chances of survival from the virus infection. Specifically, due to the lungs’ damaged airways, smoking and vaping reduce the body’s capability to use oxygen properly. Thus, it can lead to a severe case of pneumonia, as for an example. That is, by the way, the most critical stage of COVID-19. Therefore, since the body’s health is compromised already, smokers can only expect one thing – health deterioration and eventual death. With that, it is reasonable to conclude that vaping and smoking can increase the risk of developing a severe infection from Coronavirus.

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What To Do If You Are A Smoker?

Quitting smoke and vape in an instant is the hardest thing to do for those hard smokers. During this pandemic time, where anxiety and stress are at a higher state, not smoking becomes challenging for those people. However, it is essential to note that with the growing number of infected people, safety precautions and health protocols must be a priority. It is vital to ensure to be at the best lung condition that people should be at this challenging time of the COVID-19 infection. As the study of the Coronavirus infection is progressing, it is advised that everyone should follow the same guidelines of social distancing and frequent hand washing. If possible, they should limit vaping and smoking also to restrict their frequent contact with their lips and fingers.

Again, as of this moment, there is no single evidence that proves smoking and vaping can reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection. So if people can quit, now is the right moment.

Simple But Sad Reasons Why Smokers Can’t Quit

Attending the 2018 Smoking Conference was extremely memorable for me. For the first time, I attended it with my father, who had just stopped smoking (finally!). The entire family had been bugging him about it for years, and he eventually did it.

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In that conference, Dad came across individuals who had also quit smoking. The expression on my father’s face might be etched in my memory forever when the organizers brought out folks who succeeded at taking cigarettes out of their lives. It was of pure amazement; if he doubted the possibility of being a non-smoker before, the stories of those people washed those doubts away.
What I found interesting, though, was the smokers who attended the event. Most of them said that they wanted to quit a long time ago but still couldn’t. The reasons I heard were all so simple but also super sad.

People Depend On Cigarettes For Clarity
You may know someone at work who cannot start a project without lighting a cigarette first. Such a smoker believes that the smoke clears their thoughts and allows them to do the job well.

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People Feel Scared Of Dealing With Emotions
A lot of smokers tend to hide their emotions behind a puff. In case you have seen emotionally disturbed movie characters inhaling smoke like there’s no tomorrow, it’s similar to what smokers do in reality. They wish to avoid confronting their feelings; that’s why quitting seems like a far-fetched dream.

People May Have Developed Addiction
The saddest reason of all is that the smoker has become addicted to cigarettes after years or decades of using it. This idea typically occurs among individuals who go through several sticks or an entire pack of cigarettes every day. Thus, it is challenging for them to imagine a future without smoking.

 

Now that you know why some people can’t quit smoking, you should help them instead of criticizing them. They are neither weak nor suicidal. They merely have issues that need to be taken care of first. If you can assist smokers in solving their problems, they may decide to get rid of cigarettes sooner than later.