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Smokers Who Successfully Quit Are Happier!

Smokers Who Quit Are Happier, Study Finds

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“Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life — because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy,” says researcher Megan Piper, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and its Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

But contrary to their concerns, the study found that those who did successfully quit experienced greater satisfaction with the quality of their life, both in regards to health as well as their emotions, both one year and three years after cessation, compared with those who continued to smoke.

The study was published online by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in the December 2011 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/12/16/life-after-cigarettes-is-happier-study

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New Research Shows Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children’s Blood Vessels

If you are pregnant (or planning to have a baby in the future) and you smoke — Please call me! Hypnosis can help make quitting so much easier for you. Both you and your baby deserve to be healthy and happy. And then after, I can also teach you HypnoBirthing so your baby’s birth can be easier as well.

Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children’s Blood Vessels

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Dutch scientists have conducted research that suggests smoking during pregnancy has long-term effects on the thickness and flexibility of their child’s carotid arteries, large blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain.

Cuno Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, says, “with our findings, we think that smoking in pregnancy does play an independent role, although we know that exposure of children to [secondhand] smoke is damaging in many areas.”

“The challenge there was to show that it was really smoking in pregnancy and not exposure to cigarette smoke afterward,” says researcher Uiterwaal. “To further explore that, we did this study.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20111223/smoking-pregnancy-may-damage-childrens-blood-vessels

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Harvard School of Public Health: Nicotine Replacement Therapies Not Effective

Nicotine replacement therapies may not be effective in helping people quit smoking

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Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) have been available as over-the-counter smoking cessation medications since 1996.  However, a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that people who used an NRT to quit smoking – like the nicotine patch (placed on the skin), nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, or nasal spray – are just as likely to relapse as those who quit cold turkey.

“This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one’s own,” said Hillel Alpert, a research scientist at HSPH.

In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that in the past five years, the adult smoking quitting rates have remained the same (rather than improved as one would expect given the popularity of NRT use).

Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research said that “using public funds to provide NRT to the population at large is of questionable value, particularly when it reduces the amount of money available for smoking interventions shown in previous studies to be effective.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/nicotine-replacement-therapies/

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