You May Quit Smoking New Year’s, But You’ll Stay Quit With Mondays

Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking

Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Every week, there was a spike in Google searches for “quit smoking,” demonstrating that people are more open to quitting on Mondays than other days of the week. “On New Year’s Day, interest in smoking cessation doubles,” said the study’s lead author, John Ayers of San Diego State University. “But New Year’s happens one day a year. Here we’re seeing a spike that happens once a week.” Besides catching smokers’ attention on Mondays, weekly cues can help people stay on track with their quit attempts. Since it takes an average of seven to 10 quit attempts to succeed, encouraging people to requit or recommit to their quit attempt once a week can reduce the overall time it takes to quit for good. Joanna Cohen, a co-author of the Google study and director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institute for Global Tobacco Control, believes “campaigns for people to quit may benefit from shifting to weekly cues to increase the number of quit attempts participants make each year.” In other words, quitters can use Monday as a weekly re-set to make another quit attempt if they slip up.
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Experts say it takes a plan and support for those who want to succeed at quitting smoking. (Photo: Pedro Verde) About 70% of smokers say they want to quit People make an average of seven to nine attempts before quitting for good Yet the USA’s 50 million former smokers now outnumber the 44 million smokers SHARE 63 CONNECT 52 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE With the new year just days away, many smokers are resolving to kick the habit. New Year’s Day is the single most popular quit date of the year, says Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society. Many others pick days with special significance to them, such as an anniversary or a child’s birthday. While giving up smoking is a notoriously difficult challenge, doctors say they know more than ever about what works and what doesn’t.
Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/23/tips-to-quit-smoking/4119333/

Smoking Bans: An Effective Way to Protect Cigarette Smokers and Non-smokers?

Although the number of teenage smokers has declined significantly, one in three young adults reports smoking at least once in the past 30 days, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Past research has found links between low discipline, parental disengagement and increased risk of smoking, Stanton’s team notes. Rates of smoking vary among ethnic groups, with white students smoking daily at a rate twice that of African American and Latino students. However, African Americans and Latinos experience significantly higher rates of smoking-related health complications later in life compared with whites. To delve deeper into which parenting strategies are effective among a diverse set of families, the researchers recruited 459 eighth graders from two low-income inner-city schools in the Northeast. The students averaged 13-years-old, with 29 percent identifying themselves as Hispanic, 34 percent as African American, 17 percent as non-Hispanic white and 20 percent as other/mixed ethnicity.
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Stop smoking

Not smoking in parks and at beaches the city already banned smoking no longer is enough to earn respect for living a responsible citizen’s life. All outdoor public places are off limits for smoking. In addition, in the commercial districts, smoking is not allowed on private property within 25 feet of doorways and winndows on enclosed buildings the California law prohibits smoking inside. Customers, and visitors, in shops and restaurants, can enjoy smoke free air. City officials agreed smoking will now be prohibited on public strets, highways, and alleys, pathways, and sidewalks, and parking lots. Look for No Smoking an Smoke Free signs citizens will post in utdoor public places. Citizens can look at sample signs and artwork online at http://www.coronado.ca.gov/nosmoking /.
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According to Dr Sanjeev Bhambani, Endocrinologist with Moolchand Medcity from New Delhi, “Smoking and diabetes is a lethal combination. Smoking damages and constricts our blood vessels, decreases the flow of blood throughout our body so that less oxygen is delivered to our vital organs and tissues. Smoking also raises blood glucose levels, making diabetes harder to manage. Finally, smoking increases our cholesterol and triglyceride levels.” He goes on to warn that diabetic smokers are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, “A diabetic patient who smokes has at least three times the risk of developing heart diseases as a person with diabetes who’s a non-smoker, and they are much more likely to die if they do suffer a heart attack.” He further explains, “Smoking damages the blood vessels and circulation and also leads to poor wound healing, which can lead to leg and foot amputation. Almost, 95 per cent of diabetics who need amputations are smokers. These people are more vulnerable to nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney diseases (nephropathy), eye damage (retinopathy) and easily catch colds and respiratory infections, which leads to fluctuations in blood glucose levels.
For the source article please click this link – http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-12-26/health/45591912_1_kidney-diseases-smoking-and-diabetes-heart-diseases

Warning: No Smoking in Coronado in 2014

Seattle check

Al-Delaimy from San Diego State University, investigated whether smoking bans help smokers cut back, or even quit smoking altogether. The Smoking Ban Study DesignA Weighted Survey The researchers drew individuals from the California longitudinal smokers survey (CLSS) to interview. Ofan original group of 5530 smokers identified in 2009, the researchersfollowed up with1718. The responses of those 1718 were then weighted to match the California population at large. In an exclusive interview with Decoded Science, Al-Delaimy explained the concept of weighting the sample, we increase the representation of certain age groups, genders, education status, or ethnicity in our study population so that they better match the actual percentages in California rather than survey every Californian (which is not possible). Researchers asked questions such as Is smoking allowed in outdoor restaurant dining areas? and Is smoking allowed on beaches? to determine what the respondents perception was regarding the bans placed on smoking in the community. They also asked questions about the home environment, including whether there was a complete or partial ban on smoking in some areas of the home. The Results of Smoking BansReal or Perceived 68.9% of smokers reported that their family completely banned smoking in their home.Home smoking bans are more likely when children are present. Another 16.5% reported a partial home-ban, where smoking was allowed in a designated area. In the home, a partial ban was not associated with less smoking, but a total ban on smoking in the home was effective in reducing smoking. Women andseniors were more likely to reportreduced smoking resulting froma home smoking ban.
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