What is this drug called Champix (Varenicline)?
Champix is a non nicotine drug that has been developed specifically for stopping smoking or smoking cessation and is only available on prescription from your GP. It is designed to block the rewards from, and reduce craving from cigarette smoking. Thats the theory anyway. Its a 12 week course begins while you are still smoking with a two week starter pack. Before you start your course of treatment you should decide on a date in the second week – usually between day 8 and day 14 when you will stop smoking. it’s a bit like Zyban and in fact i am not qualifed to state the difference, but my views on Zyban have been stated before so just search or just ask and i will let you have them.
Please research the drug before you take it and DO NOT buy it online it really is not safe to do so.
Howard The Hypnotherapist
What is this drug called Zyban (Bupropion)?
This is a non-nicotine stop-smoking aid that works by reducing the urge to smoke and is only available on prescription from you GP. Your GP will be able to assess whether you have any conditions, or are taking any other medication, which could make it an unsuitable treatment option for you. side effects are rather numerous and include death which for me is a side effect too far.
Zyban is an eight week course that comes in tablet form and treatment begins while you are still smoking. You set a stop smoking date that falls within the second week of taking the tablets – usually around Day 11 and stop smoking completely on that day. By this time, the drug should have built up to the required levels and decreasing your desire to smoke.
Quite what happens when you stop smoking i don’t know as you will have stopped taking the drug as well.
if you are being offered this drug please please look up the data and the history of it. of course stopping smoking is great for your health but is taking a mind altering drug they only way to do it.
I will have to let you decide.
If you would like to discuss stopping smoking in a better way please feel free to conact us you know where we are…
Howard The Hypnotherapist
Passive Smoking and Pets
As pet owners, we spend a lot of time trying to keep our pets fit and healthy. However, although we constantly worry about the food we are giving our pets or the amount of exercise they are getting, how often do we consider that they may suffer from a fatal disease by our own hand, if it contains a cigarette.
There have been very few studies on the effects of passive smoking on animals. However this month, Dr Anthony Moore from Tufts University in Massachusetts has revealed that living in a house with smokers considerably increases a cat or dog’s risk of getting feline or canine lymphoma. Mr Moore hopes new research linking second-hand smoke exposure to the most common kind of cancer in pets, will encourage some people to kick the habit. ”I think there are a lot of people who might not quit smoking for themselves or their family. But they might for their cats and dogs,” he adds hopefully.
Although there is scepticism about the research, it makes sense that if your pet is subjected to smoke fumes in the house, their respiratory system could feel the repercussions. Some vets have suggested that smoke becomes quite concentrated at a lower level and have highlighted these figures when arguing for the plight of our pets. Only 15 per cent of cigarette smoke is actually inhaled by the smoker. The rest is dispersed into the atmosphere exposing pets to over 400 toxins. This smoke includes over 40 known cancer-causing substances, as well as carbon monoxide.
One dog owner, who thought about the long-term effects on her pet, was Shirley Beardsworth, owner of Crufts Lifetime Member, Cocker Spaniel Meg Beardsworth. After deciding to give up smoking she realised that, not only was she putting herself at risk, her dog was at risk too. “My dog, Meg, used to sneeze and run out of the room whenever I lit up a cigarette,” she recalls, “but since I have given up smoking she is extremely fit. She’s still winning dog championships and even beating dogs younger than herself.”
Recent research has also demonstrated that cigarette smoke is related to other health-related illnesses in pets, such as asthma. Studies have found that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is also linked to nasal and sinus cancer in pet dogs. Constant exposure to cigarette smoke is certainly not going to make your pet fitter, healthier or happier. In a perfect environment, an animal should not come into contact with any cigarette smoke, so why not go outside to have a cigarette. Better still, for the sake of you and your pet’s health, give up smoking altogether!
I think one of the main reasons people think it is so hard to quit smoking or stop smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away.
Well, here’s a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body RIGHT NOW.
* In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
* In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
* In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
* In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
* In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
* In three to nine months coughs, wheezing
and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
* In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
* In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
* In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
* In 15 years your risk of heart attack
will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
I am sure you will have seen something like this before personally i think that the real benfits are obtained quicker and there are hundreds more benfits you will obtain.
As a smoker it is important to find out how to do this the easy way in all my years the easiset way i have found is hypnosis carried out by a professional hypnotherapist.
Keep well and feel free to comment on this or anything else you have on your mind.
Howard The Hypnotherapist
The Times 28th January 2003-01-30
BY HUGO RIFKIND
So crisps have misleading information on their packets? Our correspondent imagines a world where adverts tell the truth
“PAY MORE than you think you are going to pay! For just £19.99 (plus 17.5 per cent VAT, £40 airport taxes, £25 train tickets, £20 taxi fare and £200 luggage replacement), you can spend hours waiting in a shoddy British regional airport of your choice. For a fraction of the price of a normal air ticket, you can then board a late-running flight to another airport only 200 miles away from some second-rate European city you wouldn’t have dreamed of visiting if you hadn’t wrongly thought it would be cheap. But hurry, offer ends tomorrow (to be replaced by another, identical one the day after).”
Slogan: The journey of a lifetime that takes a lifetime.
Marlboro Man to be replaced by Malignant Tumour Man. In a fag-burnt poncho and yellowing white Stetson, Malignant Tumour Man explores the wild frontier on a wheezing mule. Malignant Tumour Man was cool for a brief period in his late teens, before succumbing to bad breath, smelly clothes, social ostracism, mouth ulcers, cancer and, ultimately, death.
Slogan: Welcome to melanoma country.
“Ladies! Are you happily married? Yes? Well all that could change. Why not buy your man a Big Red Sports Car™ and watch him have an affair? Fitted with reclining leather seats for increased extra-marital comfort, the BRSC™ is guaranteed to make your husband think that he is wonderfully endowed, but make everybody else think the opposite. (His secretary not included.)”
Slogan: For the man who has everything, but wants a mistress as well.
“The dentist’s favourite drink. Why have teeth like Britney Spears when you can have teeth like Shane MacGowan? The only soft drink that can turn your placid child into a sugar-fuelled hyperactive screaming nightmare. Cola also cleans spoons, coins and other household metals.”
A picture of misery: the truth about smoking, in smokers’ own words
No Smoking Day
In research conducted in October and November 2001, smokers were asked “If you had your time again, would you smoke?”. 83% said no, and they were then asked why. Here’s what they said, in their own words.
• With what I know now I would not start.
• It’s horrible, disgusting.
• My mother has had illness due to smoking – worried about effect on children.
• Think of the money I could save.
• Very difficult to give up – not looking forward to withdrawal symptoms.
• Bad for health, too expensive, very hard drug to give up.
• Now there are health reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, and these are at the fore. It was the fashion to smoke when Ii started. When the children got older that’s when I started to smoke and I became reliant on them.
• For my health.
• Damages your health – too dear – not a very good habit.
• Because it’s so hard to give up. Wish I hadn’t started.
• Smoking is no good for your health.
• Expense and health.
• Health reasons.
• I was 21 yrs old when I started in the Army. I regret the day I picked a cigarette up.
• Cost and health reasons.
• It’s a disgusting dirty habit and not very good for your health.
• To safeguard my health and to save money.
• Because of my health and I cough a lot.
• So that I could save money and my health could be better.
• Because being a nurse I have watched so many people die from lung cancer, why did I start? I would not do it again.
• I wish I had never started.
• Because my dad had chronic chest problems – one lung – and I’ve seen people very ill because of it
• Money, and health.
• Health wise and money wise I disagree with it. Just wish I hadn’t started it.
• Because I was very fit before I started smoking and now I am not – but at the time all my peers smoked, but they don’t now.
• Would crave a cigarette if never started.
• I only started after my husband died suddenly and someone offered me a cigarette and I’ve been smoking now for 30 years.
• It’s the cost and a health hazard.
• When I started it was the thing to do. Health was a consideration – felt awkward if you didn’t smoke socially
• Health reasons mainly, also fairly anti social these days to smoke.
• Bad for my general health.
• Bad for your general health.
• Not a nice habit, not good for health, unpleasant smell.
• It would have prevented an addiction.
• Because it is bad for you, expensive and dirty.
• You are a social outcast if you smoke today.
• I can see problems which later occurred.
• Because it is very addictive.
• Because I would know better next time.
• It doesn’t do me any harm but it doesn’t do me any good.
• It’s a horrible habit. It makes you smell, people nag you to stop
• Health, money.
• It was a bad mistake really, so hard to stop. I try to tell kids to stop but people used to say that to me and I thought I could give up whenever I wanted.
• Boyfriend’s granddad just died of a smoking related disease.
• I didn’t want to in the first place but my friends pushed me into it – took it to be sociable, aged about 30
• If you never smoke you never have to give up and then you wouldn’t have to have the effects of smoking and have to deal with that.
• Lot better off financially and probably health wise.
• It was 60s and the in thing, just the trend and if you didn’t you were the odd one out – just running with the sheep.
• Because of the effect it has on your health and general fitness.
• Horrible really when it boils down to it – just say you can’t taste things properly and it is right when you stop smoking things taste a lot better.
• Because it is a terrible habit – filthy, a bad habit, not a nice habit but I enjoy it.
• I think it was just health, cost – and peer pressure at the time made me start.
• Waste of money.
• Because it’s bad for me.
• Well it’s addictive, hard to kick the habit.
• Far healthier and spend less if you don’t smoke.
• Because I had warning with my father who suffered a heart problem and he stopped from 100 a day to zero.
• Health reasons and bad habit.
Whatever you reasons for stopping smoking it really doesnt matter the imporatnt thing is that you want to stop smoking and you wanttofind out the easiest way possible.
Contact us today and see how we can help or may you just want to comment or list your reasons for stopping either way jsut go ahead.
Till the next time
Howard the Hypnotherapist