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COPD and Emphysema: What’s the Difference?

COPD and emphysema are both nasty lung disorders whose damaging effects on the body reinforce the necessity of quitting smoking as soon as possible.

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But COPD and emphysema are not the same disease, despite the fact that many mistakenly believe that the two are one in the same. Therefore, it is important to learn how to identify the differences of the two—even if both disorders ultimately require you to pursue the same goal: quitting smoking.

What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung disorder that is primarily caused by smoking; in some rare cases, emphysema is caused by a protein deficiency. Emphysema is the chronic destruction of the lung tissue as a result of the thousands of toxins and poisons deposited into the lungs via the act of smoking. Emphysema is a degenerative disease, with symptoms slowly worsening over time. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, pain with breathing, changes in voice and weight loss. Shortness of breath, however, is the worst of all the symptoms and if emphysema is left untreated it can result in shortness of breath even while resting.

What is COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a cluster of lung disorders, which includes emphysema; that is, emphysema is one of a variety of diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis that compose the whole of COPD.  COPD is also a degenerative disease that leads to chronic coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and, frighteningly, the survival rate after a diagnosis of COPD is only about 10 years!

How do these diseases affect people?

As you can see, emphysema and COPD are lung disorders that can hinder your ability to lead a healthy, fulfilling life. Not only that— these lung disorders, COPD in particular, can lead to an untimely death. Therefore, it is imperative that you make the decision to put out that last cigarette today. It is never too late to quit and never too late to give your body the chance to heal and thrive.

COPD and emphysema are lung disorders that can lead to an early death. If you are a smoker and are worried about your health, contact me or get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to help and hear you out!

Are you ready to quit smoking?

If the answer is Yes then Hypnosis is the most successful therapy to quit smoking. It is relaxing and just one session. So give Maureen Hamilton a call as she is an expert hypnotherapist and has helped more than a thousand people to quit smoking. Not only that she also gives a Lifetime Guarantee so if you ever start smoking again you can come back again and at no cost to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684. Make that decision now and call Maureen.

References:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5824847_difference-between-copd-emphysema.html

Smoking’s Effect on the Teeth

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Louisa Stokes / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You are likely well aware of the many adverse side-effects linked to smoking http://lifecoachtoquitsmok ing.com/smoking-2/why-you-shouldnt-smoke-the-basics, but one issue that often goes unnoticed in the quit smoking battle is the harm cigarettes can do to your teeth.

What is so bad about smoking

Smoking is toxic and the thousands of poisons and chemicals in each cigarette hinder the functioning of your body’s circulatory system.This means that the blood you need to keep your gums healthy and strong isn’t quite making it to your mouth. Furthermore, cigarettes interfere with your body’s ability to generate new cells. As a result healing and preservation don’t take place vis-à-vis your teeth.

How can smoking affect the teeth

These are the main reasons why smoking can lead to a plethora of dental problems, including:
• Gum disease
• Bad breath
• Tooth discoloration
• Plaque and tarter build-up
• Inflamed salivary glands
• Oral cancer

All of the issues above are impediments to your health and happiness (who wants to go around with bad breath). What’s worse is that life with oral cancer can be fatal. Thus, smoking is tantamount to giving up on dental care.

Do you want to have healthy teeth

Then you really should consider quitting smoking. Perhaps you realize this and you are looking for a way to kick your cigarette habit? One quit smoking method that is worth your efforts is quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis harnesses the power of the brain—the power you have over your own mind—towards positive changes in habits and beliefs. Since research shows that smoking is a psycho-social habit, quit smoking hypnosis gives you the chance to quit smoking for good by creating new, healthy habits that don’t include cigarettes.

You have the power to quit—you just need to make the decision to do it. And when you do contact Maureen Hamilton 1300 619 684 or go to http://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/ for more information and/or to book online. Maureen has been helping people to quit smoking for years and still gives a Lifetime Guarantee. So if the person smokes again, they come back at no extra cost.

Maureen is very committed and only sees people if they are also committed and have a real want to quit. So do give Maureen a call today.

Plain Packaging: Is It Working?

Over the years, anti-smoking initiatives have tried numerous approaches to keeping cigarettes out of the hands of smokers.

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Big Tobacco fight hard to keep their product selling

But Big Tobacco has always stood in the way, marketing their brands as cool and rewarding, even when they lead to serious health complications and death. However, the fight against Big Tobacco took an interesting turn when Australia became the first country to employ what is known as plain cigarette packaging in December 2012. But, the vital question at hand is still: will plain packaging work?

What does plain packaging mean?

Plain packaging means that all branding is removed from cigarette packages. No colours, no logos, no images, no nothing from the tobacco company distributing the cigarettes. Instead, the packages are only printed with the brand name in a small, standardized size and then massive pictures of people suffering the health drawbacks of smoking are plastered across the package in an almost macabre manner. Furthermore, health warnings and the toxic ingredients are included in the packaging.

Pre-implementation research—such as that conducted by Cancer Council Australia—has shown that smokers generally have a negative response to plain packaged cigarettes and thus are less likely to buy them. But, as Craig Glasby of the Alliance of Australian Retailers points out, “plain packaging hasn’t had any impact on my customers who are smokers and there’s been no decline in my sales since its introduction”. Still, the verdict is far from in; plain packaging hasn’t been on the market long enough for researchers to understand its true effect on the smoking economy.

Smoking is a Habit

While plain packaging is a great idea—a definite step in the right direction—it still doesn’t get to the heart of the matter: that smoking is a psychosocial habit that can only be broken through the power of the mind and will. Packaging can help smokers see that smoking is dangerous, but it can’t help them change their attitudes and beliefs towards cigarettes so that they are no longer dependent on them. Only a method like quit smoking hypnosis can help smokers achieve that outcome—so if you are a smoker, pay attention to the health warnings on plain packaged cigarettes as incentive to give quit smoking hypnosis a try.

Plain packaging won’t make you quit smoking—only you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then visit us on Facebook and Twitter and get involved in the discussion.

References:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/plain-packaging-will-cut-smoking-says-plibersek-as-tobacco-claims-no-effect-on-sales/story-fn59nokw-1226654819421

Help! Cigarettes Are Controlling My Life—And I Hate It!

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Are Cigarettes Controlling you?

Do you have the feeling that cigarettes are controlling your life? Do you wake up every morning and your first thought is—‘I need a smoke’?

Well you don’t have to live this way. Many people do not realize that the smoking ball is in their court, so to speak; that is, quitting smoking is entirely up to you and you have the power to take back control of your life.

Is Smoking an Addiction

While smoking is typically promoted as being a physical addiction, in truth, it is a psychosocial habit. This means that the reason you smoke is because cigarettes fulfill an emotional and relational need(s). For instance, you smoke because you feel more comfortable at a party or because you think it relieves your stress after a long day of work. Thus, you begin to associate positive emotions and beliefs with cigarettes—and unless you address them, cigarettes will maintain their power over you.

But if you have had it with cigarettes holding court in your life, then you are in luck: you can get your life back. And all by using the power of your mind.

Our thoughts—and beliefs—create our reality. This is the concept underlying hypnosis, quit smoking hypnosis included. Quit smoking hypnosis can help you get your thoughts and beliefs back under your control so that you can shape the reality that you want. And the reality that you want is to be smoke-free.

What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

Hypnosis can help you identify the thoughts and beliefs that keep you smoking—and then a hypnotherapist will guide you through suggestions that cause you to change your thoughts and beliefs with respect to cigarettes.  Once you have created new thoughts and beliefs about cigarettes, you can begin to be smoke-free. And if you use the method promoted by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can be free from your cigarette prison in only 60 minutes, which may be hard for you to believe—but it is guaranteed.

Feeling Trapped with Cigarettes

Nobody likes to feel trapped under someone’s—or something’s—thumb. If you want to be the leader of your life again, then you have the power to do so. You don’t have to be a slave to cigarettes anymore—with quit smoking hypnosis, you can take your life—and your health—into your own hands.

Want to quit smoking? Then get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitterto learn more about your quit smoking options. 

Does Smoking Impact Your Pet?

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Smoking is a fatal habit that not only puts your life in jeopardy, but the lives of others around you as well. You have probably heard of the term second-hand smoke and are likely aware that it negatively affects people, but did you know that it can also affect your pets?

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Protecting her pet Chihuahua, against an unhealthy environment

Research demonstrates that pets are equally as affected by second-hand smoke as humans. Dogs, cats, bids guinea pigs or your niece and nephew-tobacco toxins do not discriminate when it comes to the human animal divide.

Animals exposed to cigarette smoke are at a high risk for developing respiratory illnesses and cancer. Like humans, animals exposed to second-hand smoke can potentially develop the following medical conditions:

  1. Lymphoma
  2. Lung cancer
  3. Asthma
  4. Nasal cancer
  5. Nervous system disorders

In addition to the dangers of second-hand smoke, medical researchers at Harvard University were able to establish a third category of tobacco toxin transmission vis-à-vis animals and humans: third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is passed on to animals by smokers and non-smokers who have been exposed to cigarettes. Your nose always identifies third-hand smoke-think about that “smoker smell” that we have all had waft into our nostrils at one point or another. That is third hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is comprised of the poisonous particles and gases that remain on clothes, bags, hair and other materials touched by tobacco smoke. These poisons are then passed on to pets; young children are also particularly vulnerable to their toxins as well.

Another reason second-hand and third-hand smoke are particularly dangerous to pets is because they don’t get the chance to be mobile and in fresh air as much. Good dog owners walk their dogs a lot and let them out in the yard, but not all dog owners do. Most cats never leave the house and other inside pets are in the same boat. Thus, pets can be more entrenched in the toxins with little chance of escape.

If you are a smoker, then smoking cessation should be a top priority for your own health and the health of the friends and family that you love and care about. However, pets can provide you with the extra incentive to kick your tobacco habit for good. Most people don’t think that their cigarette smoking is bad for the dog or cat, but it is. Why continue with a habit that harms the creatures you have otherwise sworn to protect? Take the time to learn more about how to become tobacco free, by way of hypnotherapy smoking cessation for example, and increase the health and vitality of yourself and everyone around you.