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5 Reasons Smoking Wrinkles Your Skin

Most info relayed about the hazards of smoking centers on the internal effects of the bad habit: cancer, heart disease, emphysema, indigestion etc.

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But smoking also affects the external body, the skin in particular. Thus, a good reason to quit smoking is to keep the skin looking youthful and healthy—smokers tend to have skin that looks as wrinkly as a dried up prune!

So why does smoking contribute to early wrinkling?

Here are 5 of the main smoking factors contributing to baggy, saggy, splotchy skin:

  • Decreased Collagen: Smoking decreases the collagen levels in the skin; collagen is a group of proteins responsible for the skin’s elasticity.
  • Decreased Oxygen: Smoking contributes to lower oxygen levels in the body which in turn causes the surface area of the body, the skin, to be poorly oxygenated.
  • Poor Circulation: Smoking negatively affects the body’s circulatory system and therefore prevents blood capillaries from reaching and nourishing the upper layers of the skin.
  • Nicotine: The blood capillaries that are able to reach the upper layers of the skin are constricted by nicotine, making them smaller in size and less nutritionally effective.
  • Slow Healing: Smoking meddles with the body’s ability to heal, the skin included. Hence, skin wrinkles easier and is more prone to sores and scarring.

It may seem a bit superficial, but smoking’s negative impact on the skin is a very compelling reason to quit the dangerous psychosocial habit. While many people claim that it is too difficult to quit smoking, that line of thinking is utter nonsense; in fact, the core belief that quitting smoking is impossible is what makes it impossible. Quitting smoking is a very attainable goal for people who are willing to put in the time and effort.

How Can I Quit Smoking

One method that is particularly helpful vis-à-vis smoking cessation is quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis helps smoker’s identify the core beliefs and thought processes that keep them smoking. This enables them to re-wire such faulty thinking so that they no longer depend on cigarettes for emotional gratification or stress relief.

Quit smoking hypnosis is an easy task. However very few people who are still smokers are hesitant about making the decision to access the most successful way to quit smoking. However it is a worthwhile task. The long-term health benefits, such as healthier, younger looking skin, are very much worth the effort.

Not only does it wrinkle the skin it also ages the person. People are more prone to infections of the skin and also other areas of their body. The immune system is also impacted.

Smoking is a psychosocial habit that contributes to the development of wrinkly skin. If you are someone who is struggling with a smoking habit, and are concerned about how it could be negatively impacting your skin, please contact Maureen Hamilton for more details or share your own ideas and experiences with us on Twitter.

Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 and remember there is only one session although since Maureen offers a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. So take action now and call Maureen. She is waiting for your call.

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: Why Is It So Hard to Quit?

It is common knowledge that quitting smoking is hard—but it isn’t necessarily common knowledge that it doesn’t have to be.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

Quitting smoking is hard if you go about it the hard way. Trying to quit smoking cold turkey? That’s the hard way. Using nicotine patches to give up cigarettes? That’s the hard way, too.

The reason it is so hard to quit is because many smokers—and medical practitioners alike—view smoking as a physical addiction. Therefore, smokers believe that if they just get nicotine out of their systems, their bodies won’t crave it anymore. But smoking is not a physical addiction—it is actually a psychosocial habit. And addressing the psychosocial issues underlying your smoking habit will actually make quitting a much easier endeavor.

What are your Triggers

Take a moment to think about why you smoke and when you smoke. Is it because of stress? Because you want to socialize? Because you want to look cool? Your smoking habit stems from a need to fulfill a psychosocial need. You learn to associate the act of smoking with a specific emotion or social situation and then smoking becomes an unconscious habit. And this is why it is hard to quit: because, although you aren’t always aware of it, smoking fulfills your emotional and social needs.

So how can quitting smoking be made easy for you?

By identifying and resolving the psychosocial issues underlying your habit. One excellent way to do this is to engage in quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you identify the reasons you smoke and then give you the ability to create new thoughts and beliefs vis-à-vis cigarettes so that you no longer you need them—consciously or unconsciously. Our thoughts create our reality, and so what we think controls what we do. Instead of thinking, for instance, ‘cigarettes make me feel more social’ you will think ‘cigarettes can kill me—and I don’t need them.’ If you use the quit smoking hypnosis services provided by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can give up your smoking habit in as little as 60 minutes—something that you could never do by trying to quit any other way.

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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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Help is available to quit

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

The Cost of Living with a Smoker – Bad for Your Health, Bad for Your Finances

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health
Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

There are millions of smokers worldwide and thus millions of people who live with smokers. Living with a smoker can be challenging; especially given that you’re constantly subjected to the smell. However, you also know how difficult it can be for smokers to quit smoking.

If you live with a smoker, however, it is in your best interest that he or she quit—as soon as possible. The reason is two-fold: smoking has a negative impact on both you and your smoker’s health and finances.

Health-wise, living with a smoker means you are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. According to the United States Surgeon General, second-hand smoke is just as deadly as first-hand smoke; breathing it in can cause cancer, heart disease, exacerbate asthma symptoms and contribute to the development of a variety of other life-threatening health conditions. If you are living with a smoker, every time they smoke you smoke, too.

Finance-wise, living with a smoker is also detrimental. According to a study conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, smoking households in the United States spend a whopping $227 million dollars a year on cigarettes. That is $227 million dollars a year that could have been spent on groceries, bills, loans, savings and even vacations. If you live with a smoker, then, you might want to start paying more attention to how much money goes to his or her habit.

Living with a smoker is dangerous to your health and harmful to your finances. The idea that smoking is an individual habit is false; smoking has a negative impact on the friends, family and even community of the smoker. If you are tired of your smoker’s smoking habit, or if you are a smoker tired of exposing the people that you love to cigarettes, then it is time for you to get some help. Quitting smoking is a very attainable goal, something that you can even do in 60 minutes if you give the services of Life Coach to Quit Smoking a try. So get started saving money—and saving lives.

Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—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