|Congratulations on your
decision to quit smoking! If you choose to register for my support program I will provide
you with 6 full weeks of excellent daily support, encouragement, and tips to help you to
quit smoking. I want to make your quitting smoking experience both a positive and
An integral part of
this program is our daily contact with each other. You are encouraged to email me any time
you feel you need one-on-one support. There is no limit to the number of times you can
contact me...the more the better! I'll respond back to you the same day.
Quitting smoking is the single most
important lifestyle change you can make to improve your overall health and well-being. It
doesn't matter what method you are using to quit smoking (ie. gradual reduction, cold
turkey, nicotine substitutes, herbs, hypnosis, Zyban, acupuncture, or any other means)
because this program, combined with your determination and willpower will help you to
successfully quit smoking!
Take it one day at a time and firmly
believe that you can quit smoking. Believe in your convictions and you will conquer and
win out. Have visions of improved health and well being. Realize that you will gain
personal and rewarding insights about yourself in this process of quitting. You will be a
better person for it in the end. Above all, think of yourself as being a non-smoker.
All the best in quitting smoking!
Why is it so hard to
Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking
is easy. I've done it a thousand times." Maybe you've tried to quit too. Why is
quitting, and staying quit, hard for so many people? The answer is the power of nicotine!
Nicotine is a drug found naturally in
tobacco. It is highly addictive, as addictive as heroin and cocaine. The body becomes
physically and psychologically dependent on nicotine. Studies have shown that smokers must
overcome both of these to be successful at quitting and staying quit.
When smoke is inhaled, nicotine is
carried deep into the lungs where it is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and carried
to the heart, brain, liver, and spleen. Nicotine affects many parts of the body, including
the heart and blood vessels, the hormonal system, body metabolism, and the brain. Nicotine
is found in breast milk and in cervix mucous secretions. Nicotine freely crosses the
placenta and has been found in amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord blood of newborn
infants. Nicotine is metabolized by the liver, lungs and a small amount is excreted by the
kidneys. Nicotine is broken down into cotinine and nicotine-N'-oxide.
Although several different factors
influence the rate of metabolism and excretion, measurements of nicotine or its
metabolites will vary depending on the fluid being measured (blood, urine, or saliva). In
general, a regular smoker will have nicotine or its metabolite (cotinine) present in the
body for about 3 to 4 days. In studies measuring nicotine levels in urine, 72 hour urine
collections yielded greater than 90% of cotinine in most subjects.
Nicotine produces pleasurable feelings
that make the smoker want to smoke more and also acts as a depressant by interfering with
the flow of information between nerve cells. As the nervous system adapts to nicotine,
smokers tend to increase the number of cigarettes they smoke, and hence the amount of
nicotine in their blood. After a while, the smoker develops a tolerance to the drug, which
leads to an increase in smoking over time. Eventually, the smoker reaches a certain
nicotine level and then smokes to maintain this level of nicotine.