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What Is Hookah And Is it A Safe Way To Smoke?
Is hookah smoking safer than cigarette smoking? Learn the facts about hookah use.
What You're Really Giving Up When You Stop...
When we stop smoking, it's easy to forget the negative aspects that drove us to quit in the first place. What do we really give up when we quit?
How Your Body Changes After The Last Cigarette
Once you stub out that last cigarette, your body immediately starts healing. Let's take a look at what occurs physiologically.
How to Beat Cigarette Cravings in 5 Minutes or...
When you first quit smoking, nicotine cravings can make it difficult to not light up. Use these tips to quickly stop smoking urges.
Improvements You'll See When You Quit Smoking -...
Physical benefits between 2 weeks and 3 months of smoking cessation are remarkable. Heart attack risk drops, circulation improves, plus more.
The Benefits to Expect the First Two Days After...
Once you quit smoking, physical improvements begin to unfold within just 20 minutes. Let's take a look at what you might expect to experience.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Smoking
Most smokers have a love/hate relationship with cigarettes. The pros and cons of cigarette smoking are explored by ex-smoker Zoe in this article.
8 Signs That You're In Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine withdrawal causes a variety of physical (and mental) symptoms. Eight of the most common discomforts are reviewed, with tips to manage them.
Is What You're Feeling Nicotine Withdrawal?
Signs of nicotine withdrawal include everything from hunger to insomnia to feelings of dizziness. Learn whether what you're feeling is normal or not.
Use This Checklist When You're Thinking About...
Nicotine withdrawal isn't easy for anyone, but this checklist of 7 tips will help you avoid lighting up when the urge hits.
When Quitting Makes It Hard To Sleep
Insomnia is a common side effect of quitting smoking. These tips will help you weather this phase of smoking cessation more easily.
PHOTOS: Your Complete Guide to Oral Cancer
This is a complete gallery of oral cancer pictures.
10 Things to Stop Doing When You Quit Smoking
You'd be surprised at how often we tell ourselves things that hurt our chances at being able to quit smoking.
Why Am I Coughing Since Quitting Smoking?
Developing a cough after smoking cessation is typically short-term and can be a sign that cilia in the lungs are beginning to function again.
Is It Normal To Feel Dizzy After Quitting...
Feelings of dizziness sometimes accompany nicotine withdrawal when you quit smoking, but why? Causes of quit-related dizziness and how to manage it.
Facts and Stats You Should Know About Smoking
More than 7000 chemicals are in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. Some of the current facts and statistics about cigarette smoking may surprise you.
Is Rolling Your Own Cigarettes a Healthier...
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How to Get Your Mind in Line With Quitting...
Learn how to condition your mind to help you rather than fight you when quitting smoking.
The Truth About Whether Light Cigarettes Are...
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A Disturbing List of Toxic, Poisonous,...
To date, more than 7000 toxic chemicals have been identified in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. Many of them are poisonous and/or carcinogenic.
What Smoking Does to Your Metabolism
Cigarette smoking forces the heart to beat approx 10 to 20 times more per minute temporarily when a cigarette is inhaled, increasing metabolic rate.
The Benefits That Come With The First Nine...
Between the first and ninth month, quit smoking benefits accumulate quickly. You can expect to see improved lung capacity and less coughing.
4 Steps for Fighting the Urge to Smoke
Education and preparation will help you beat the urge to smoke. Use these tips to decipher and manage smoking urges, one-by-one.
Why Am I Craving Cigarettes 3 Months After...
Why do I still miss smoking months after quitting? Will I always feel this way and what can I do to get out of this funk?
Your First Smoke-Free Week
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can be intense and hard to manage. These quit smoking tips will help you overcome smoking urges successfully.
6 Facts About Hookah That Will Make You Avoid It
These facts will open your eyes about the dangers associated with hookah tobacco, a smoking alternative that is often thought of as safe.
What is Tacky, Brown and Sticks to Your Lungs?
Cigarette tar is the sticky brown residue left behind from burning toxins in cigarette smoke. It coats everything it touches.
These Tools Will Help You Quit Smoking
The quit smoking toolbox links you to information and support that will help you build a lasting quit smoking program for yourself.
8 Ways Bidis Are Dangerous to Your Health
Bidi (pronounced bee-dee) cigarettes are small hand-rolled cigarettes that have been infused with sweet flavors to attract young smokers.
599 Additives that Can Be Found In Cigarettes
The list of 599 known additives in cigarettes was made public in April of 1994 by five major American cigarette companies.
32 Benefits of Quitting Smoking
From better health to improved self-esteem and confidence, benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh the discomforts of nicotine withdrawal.
20 World Facts About Smoking That Will Disturb...
How many smokers in the world today? How many cigarette filters litter our environment? These smoking facts and tobacco statistics may surprise you.
Do You Know What The Symptoms of Oral Cancer Are?
Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for oral cancer. Learn about other risk factors and what the symptoms of this disease are.
101 Things to Do Instead of Smoking
Distraction is a valuable tool when you quit smoking and this list will give you plenty of ideas of things to do instead of lighting up.
What is Emphysema and How is it Caused?
Emphysema is a severe lung disease in which the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs become damaged. Symptoms include shortness of breath and chronic cough.
Week-By-Week Benefits Of Smoking Cessation -...
At 3 months smoke-free, Marah shares what's changed. From lung capacity to lower blood pressure, the benefits since she quit smoking are significant.
10 Quit Aids to Help You Stop Smoking More...
A variety of quit smoking aids are on the market today that are designed to help one quit smoking in a gradual way. Choosing a quit aid that is right for you is a matter of preference, barring any medical concerns one might have.
Here's Why You're Addicted to Nicotine
Learn how nicotine creates addiction inside the brain and what you can do to stop using it for good.
Why Quitting Smoking Can Make You Feel Depressed
Understanding why you feel depression after quitting smoking and what you can do about it will help you weather this phase of recovery more easily.
Emphysema as a Way of Life
What is it like to live with emphysema 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Learn firsthand from Christine Rowley, former About.com Smoking Cessation Guide.
Ex-Smoker Quit Stories - The First 6 Months
The first six months smoke-free are challenging for most ex-smokers, as these personal stories illustrate.
Health Benefits a Year After You Quit Smoking
Health benefits of quitting are significant. At a year smoke-free, the added risk of heart disease due to smoking drops to half that of current smokers.
Sad Stories from People Who Have Been Hurt By...
Read the personal stories of people who have been affected by smoking-related diseases.
Nicotine Addiction Recovery: Myths vs. Facts
Let's look as some common misconceptions about recovery from nicotine addiction that can hinder your chances for success.
Memorize the 5 D's To Beat Smoking Urges
These 5 tips will help you quickly decipher and respond in a healthy way to smoking urges as they come up during nicotine withdrawal.
Constipated Since Quitting? Here's What You Can...
Intestinal discomforts including stomach problems, gas and constipation are common side effects of smoking cessation.
The Biggest Smoking Risk Isn't Lung Disease
The health risks associated with cigarette smoking play a role in more diseases than you can probably imagine.
The Pros and Cons of Using Nicotine Lozenges
The nicotine lozenge comes in the form of a small, candy-like tablet. Review the information about this quit aid and decide whether it is for you.
What Does Ammonia in Cigarettes Do?
Why do tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarettes and what effect does it have on the body?
There Is No Such Thing As Just One...Cigarette
What will happen if I smoke just one cigarette after I quit smoking? Will I relapse and become addicted again?
Will I Always Miss Smoking?
When we quit smoking, it can seem as though we'll never get free of the chains that link us to our habit. How long does it take?
8 Tips for Your First Week Without Cigarettes
What can you expect during the first week of smoking cessation? Use these tips manage the ups and downs that come with nicotine withdrawal.
10 Tips for Nicotine Withdrawal
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can and do include just about every discomfort you can think of. Most people will experience some of these nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but rarely all of them. And, in general, the pains associated with nicotine withdrawal are short-lived.
Questions and Answers About the First Week...
Common questions about the first week of smoking cessation, with answers from successful ex-smokers.
Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
Oral and head and neck cancer (OHNC) includes a specific group of cancers that are often linked to smoking and alcohol usage. Learn about other risk factors, as well as common symptoms of these cancers.
What The Icky Threes Mean and Why You Should Know
The icky threes refer to particular phases of smoking cessation that can be bumpy and uncomfortable as we move through nicotine withdrawal and beyond.
Why You Should Worry About Arsenic in Cigarette...
The type of arsenic found in tobacco smoke is inorganic arsenic. It is carcinogenic and derived from pesticides used in tobacco farming.
How Can Formaldehyde in Cigarette Smoke Hurt Me?
Formaldehyde is a toxic gas that is a by-product of the combustion process of cigarette smoking, but what are the health risks of breathing it in?
The Complete Gallery of Lung Cancer Pictures
What does lung cancer look like? Find a complete gallery of lung cancer pictures here.
FAQs About Quit-Related Weight Gain
We worry about weight gain when quitting, but is it inevitable? Review the facts and what you can do to avoid this unwanted side effect of cessation.
How Smoking Causes Hardening of the Arteries
Learn why smoking is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease also known as hardening of the arteries.
How to Beat the Junkie in Your Head When You...
Nicotine withdrawal puts unhealthy thoughts of smoking into our minds, but with knowledge of what to expect, you can beat junkie thinking down.
Why You Should Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is an extremely dangerous mixture of chemicals that contribute to numerous diseases and even death.
20 Facts About Nicotine You Probably Didn't Know
Nicotine is addictive, but it also carries other risks to your health that you're probably not aware of.
Since Quitting, All I Want To Do Is Snack
An increased desire to snack is common when we quit smoking, but why does it happen and what can we do to avoid gaining weight?
When Is It Too Late to Quit Smoking?
Older smokers often think it's too late to quit smoking. They worry that the damage from cigarette smoking has already been done to their health, and quitting tobacco won't do them any good.
Larry Quit Smoking Cold Turkey - This is How He...
When a person quits smoking, nicotine withdrawal can be challenging. Larry describes his experience with quitting cold turkey here.
10 Ways to Cope With Stress Without Lighting Up
Stress is a powerful trigger for most smokers, and when we quit, we have to find new ways to cope without lighting up.
What is Quitter's Flu?
Quitter's flu is a common term that describes some of the side effects of nicotine withdrawal.
About.com Smoking Cessation - Meet Your Guide...
Meet the Guide of About.com Smoking Cessation, Terry Martin. A smoker for 26 years, she and several moderators manage the About.com Smoking Cessation support forum.
Images of Healthy Lungs and Lungs with COPD
These COPD images show us not only what healthy lungs should look like, but also how COPD impairs lung function.
What Does Carbon Monoxide Do to You, Anyway?
Carbon monoxide(CO) is present in high levels in cigarette smoke. Learn how CO affects the human body.
18 Big Benefits Of Quitting At 6 Months...
What improvements can you expect when you quit smoking? Look at this list of 18 benefits of quitting tobacco from an ex-smoker at 6 months smoke-free.
An Educated Quit Is A Successful Quit
With education about what to expect when you quit smoking and the support to make it happen, you can successfully leave nicotine addiction behind.
10 Quit Stories That Will Inspire You to Stop...
These real life quit stories all carry the message that while challenging, quitting tobacco is beneficial to our lives in a multitude of ways.
Should I Use E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking?
Makers of electronic cigarettes often claim that e-cigarettes are useful as a quit aid, but is that true?
The Three Types of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
There are three types of non-small cell lung cancer, and together they account for nearly all lung cancer cases today.
Are Nicotine Patches Right For You?
The nicotine patch is a nicotine-based quit aid with a low risk of abuse. Review the pros and cons to decide whether it might help you quit smoking.
How to Quit Smoking When You Don't Want to
Building a mindset to help you quit smoking permanently is a process. Use these tips to help you start to change your relationship with cigarettes.
Why You Should Worry About Thirdhand Smoke
What is thirdhand smoke and what should I be concerned about with it? Is it dangerous for kids?
How Do I Recover From A Smoking Relapse?
Early cessation takes vigilance because thoughts of smoking can bring on a relapse if we're not careful. Use these tips to keep your quit safe.
Freedom After 40 Years - A Closet Smoker's Quit...
Forty years of smoking in secret took their toll on Nenejune, but the freedom she's gained by quitting is all the more sweet because of it.
What's Changed? The Most Important Cancer...
Approximately 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes, but there are many other cancers associated with tobacco use.
What Stopping Smoking Has Taught Me About Myself
Stopping smoking can bring some surprising changes into an ex-smoker's life, as Rhona details in her quit story, written at three months smoke-free.
What Do the "Icky Threes" Have to Do With...
The icky threes refer to particular phases of a person's quit program that can be bumpy and uncomfortable as they move through nicotine withdrawal and beyond.
A Profile of Nicotine
Nicotine is a colorless, poisonous chemical, derived from the tobacco plant. Nicotine is also extremely addictive.
How to Break the Link Between Smoking and...
Is smoking once in awhile when I'm out for drinks a risk, and how can I stop? It should be easy, but I'm having a hard time doing it.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism is a serious condition in which foreign matter or a blot clot traveling through the bloodstream blocks the pulmonary artery in the lungs.
Common Rationalizations for Smoking (And How to...
Quitting smoking pulls up mental rationalizations to light up that make life difficult. It's called junkie thinking, and this is how you beat it.
10 Risks For Your Unborn Child if You Smoke...
What science currently knows about the risks for the unborn child when pregnant mothers smoke.
Will Nicotine Gum Help Me Quit Smoking?
Nicotine gum can be an effective form of nicotine replacement therapy. Learn what the pros and cons are with this popular quit aid.
This Chemical Was Used As a Genocidal Agent and...
Hydrogen Cyanide is poisonous gas present in cigarette smoke, secondhand smoke, making it a danger to smokers and nonsmokers alike.
What Causes a Smoking Relapse Years After...
We've all heard of people who have a smoking relapse years after quitting. Why does it happen and more importantly, how can you avoid it?
Why Do I Dread Quitting So Much?
All smokers are familiar with that gut-wrenching fear of quitting as their quit day approaches. Why does it happen and how to manage it?
5 Important Facts About Smokeless Tobacco
Smokeless tobacco products include snuff, dip and chewing tobacco. While smokeless tobacco is less harmful than smoking, it still carries significant health risks for the consumer.
6 Surprising Facts About Cigar Smoking
What are the facts about cigars? And what about cigar smoking vs. cigarette smoking? Are they a safer alternative to cigarettes?
Why the First Year of Smoking Cessation is So...
The first year of smoking cessation is critical for a number of reasons. Use it to your advantage to build a quit program that lasts a lifetime.
What Smoking Does to Vitamins in Our Bodies
Smoking depletes our bodies of essential vitamins that help combat the damage caused by the toxins in cigarette smoke.
One Year Smoke-Free Certificate Gallery
Use this milestone certificate gallery to select a certificate to commemorate the one year anniversary of the day you quit smoking.
When we quit smoking, water eases several of the discomforts associated with nicotine withdrawal, and helps flush residual nicotine out of the body. Page 2.
What is Cigarette Tar?
A term that describes cigarette residue usually caught in the filter, tar is toxic and hazardous.
Nicotine Inhaler Pros and Cons
The Nicotrol® nicotine inhaler is an NRT that can help you quit smoking.
Why Making a List Might Be the Best Way to Quit...
Creating a detailed list of reasons why you want to quit smoking will help you solidify your resolve and begin to build the foundation for success.
What is a Cigarette?
A cigarette is a cylindrical roll of processed or unprocessed tobacco that is wrapped in paper or other material that doesn't contain tobacco.
5 Key Reasons to Quit Smoking Now (Before It's...
If you're a smoker, this look at 5 diseases related to smoking and the real-life stories of those who went through them is sobering food for thought.
Are My Breathing Problems a Sign of COPD?
A recent ex-smoker asks why she has not noticed better lung function since quitting cigarettes.
The Freedom is Outstanding - Ex-Smoker Stories
When we quit smoking, we all hope to find lasting freedom from nicotine addiction. In these 10 quit stories, the freedom from addiction is apparent and tangible.
Snuff is finely ground tobacco that is available in wet or dry form. Snuff is hazardous to human health.
A quit smoking journal is a powerful tool that can reinforce your resolve to stop smoking. Consider making the first entry in your journal a list of the reasons you have to quit smoking.
Healthy Diet
Treats are fine, but be careful not to go overboard with the wrong kinds during nicotine withdrawal. Your body is working hard to expel toxins, and that takes energy. Choose foods that will provide you with the high quality fuel you need. Avoid the empty calories of junk food. Page 3.
These Tiny Sacs Bring Oxygen In And Carbon...
Alveoli are extremely small, delicate air sacs deep within the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place.
Junkie Thinking
Junkie thinking are those unhealthy thoughts of smoking that can lead a person into a smoking relaspe. Don't let thoughts of smoking just one influence you.
10 Things That Helped Me Win With Smoking...
Leo Babauta shares 10 things that were instrumental to his success with smoking cessation.
Here's What's Different 5 Years After Quitting...
Numerous smoking-related risk factors return to levels close to that of people who have never smoked once you reach 5 years smoke-free and beyond.
Cigarette Smoking and Degenerative Disc Disease
Ex-smoker Michelle suffers from degenerative disc disease (DDD). Diagnosed at the age of 33, she now knows that smoking is a risk factor for DDD.
Ex-Smoker Suggestions for Surviving Nicotine...
Get valuable advice on how to manage nicotine withdrawal from ex-smokers who have been through this phase of smoking cessation.
Dawg's One Month Milestone
One month ago, Junkyarddawg quit smoking cigarettes. Read his milestone post, and get some inspiration, as well as a chuckle!
Are Clove Cigarettes Safe to Smoke?
Manufactured in Indonesia, kreteks, also known as clove cigarettes, contain 60 to 80% tobacco and 20 to 40% cloves and other additives.
Quit Lesson 7 - How to Manage Nicotine Withdrawal
Gaining knowledge about how nicotine withdrawal unfolds will help you manage it without caving in and smoking.
5 Faulty Thought Patterns That Put You at Risk...
Understanding the psychology that leads to a smoking relapse is the best way to avoid having one.
What's Wrong With Smoking Cigars?
Many people think that the risks of cigar smoking are small because the smoke isn't inhaled. The facts will probably surprise you.
Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries is abnormally high. In severe pulmonary hypertension, the right side of the heart must work harder than usual to pump blood against the high pressure.
How I Felt While Taking Chantix
It's always helpful to hear how other people have felt when using a particular quit aid. Readers share their experiences with Chantix here.
7 Practical Tips to Help You Stop Smoking from...
Dr. Randy Gilchrist is Doctor of Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Hypnosis. He shares 7 essential tips for quitting smoking here.
Cigarette Litter Facts That Will Shock You
Cigarette litter is a hazard to our environment, with trillions of cigarette butts tossed out annually on the planet.
4 Facts About E-Cigarettes That You Need to Know
Are e-cigarettes a good way to quit smoking? What are the current facts and concerns about this smoking alternative?
Junkyarddawg Reaches Two Months Smoke Free
Dawg has reached two months smoke free, and shares his feelings about how it feels in a way that is uniquely dawg.
COPD Symptoms and Treatment
COPD symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing. COPD treatments include inhalers, oxygen treatment and surgery. Page 2.
I Think I Might Be Addicted to Nicotine Gum
Nicotine gum can be an effective quit aid, but it does have the potential for misuse. If you have become addicted to nicotine gum, you're not alone.
This is Why You Think You Love Smoking
Most smokers think they like smoking, but the truth about 'smoking pleasure' has little to do with enjoyment.
Three Years Smoke-Free -- Tom's Story
At three years smoke-free, Tom's quit smoking story reflects the growth and value smoking cessation has brought to his life.
The Many Attempts to Quit
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What is the Downside of Using Nicotine...
Nicotine replacement therapy can be a viable quit smoking aid, but does be risky if you're not careful.
Kerri's Quit Smoking Story
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20 Reasons Why Ex-Smokers Said They Quit
Why do you want to quit smoking? Take a look at the reasons others had when they'd reached their last straw and were ready to quit.
Cigarette Smoke Contains Radioactive Particles?
Most smokers (and non-smokers) are surprised to learn that inhaled cigarette smoke contains radioactive particles that can lodge and remain in the lungs.
Treatment Options for Emphysema
There are a wide variety of emphysema treatments available today. If you've been diagnosed with emphysema, learn which treatments may be right for you.
How Chantix Helps You Control Nicotine Cravings
Chantix is a drug developed for smoking cessation that is uniquely able to mimic nicotine in the body and block nicotine if the user smokes.
Questions and Answers About Popular Quit Aid,...
Chantix is a non-nicotine quit aid that targets nicotine receptors in the brain. FAQs about Chantix are discussed here.
A Trip to the ER with Pleurisy...
With repeated attempts and a visit to the ER with pleurisy, Christine finally found a way to kick cigarettes out of her life for good. Page 3.
Whale Vomit in Cigarettes?!
Ambergris is a byproduct of the digestive process in sperm whales and is used in fragrance, food and cigarette manufacturing.
The Most Important Facts About Teenage Smokers
Nearly 3000 teens start smoking cigarettes every day in the U.S. Learn the facts about teen smoking and what you can do to help your child avoid tobacco.
Quit Smoking Lesson 2 - Building Strong Quit...
Quitting smoking successfully must involve a change in the relationship you have with smoking. This quit lesson will show you how to do that.
Quit Smoking Lesson 3 - How Life Will Improve...
The improvements in health and quality of life from quitting smoking are more numerous than you can probably imagine.
What is Mainstream Smoke?
What is mainstream smoke and how does it differ from sidestream smoke? What is mainstream smoke composed of?
The Basics of Lung Cancer
If you've been diagnosed with lung cancer, it be hard to know where to turn. The basic information here is a good place to start your research.
How A Few Deep Breaths Can Stop Smoking Urges
Deep breathing is a useful tool for immediately shifting your mind and body's reaction to smoking urges during nicotine withdrawal and beyond.
Do These Things Before You Stop Smoking
Find out how you can prepare for smoking cessation. Knowing what to expect from nicotine withdrawal will help you manage the challenges successfully.
AnnaBanana's Quit Smoking Story
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A Year of Living Gratefully
Jane shares her quit smoking story by reflecting on her first smoke-free year, month by month.

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