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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PHOTOS: Your Complete Guide to Oral Cancer
This is a complete gallery of oral cancer pictures.
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.
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 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.
Facts and Stats 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.
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.
Oral Cancer Overview
Imagine sitting across the desk from your doctor receiving the news that you've got oral cancer. It's a scary thought, but one that upwards of 31,000 people have to face every year in the United States alone, according to the American Cancer Society.
The Truth About Whether Light Cigarettes Are...
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Is Rolling Your Own Cigarettes a Healthier...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Don't Do These 10 Things 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.
20 Facts About Smoking That Might Surprise You
How many smokers in the world today? How many cigarette filters litter our environment? These smoking facts and tobacco statistics may surprise you.
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 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.
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.
Constipated Since Quitting? Here's What You Can...
Intestinal discomforts including stomach problems, gas and constipation are common side effects of smoking cessation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
599 Additives that Can Go Into Cigarettes
The list of 599 known additives in cigarettes was made public in April of 1994 by five major American cigarette companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Will Survive! - A Goodbye Letter To Smoking
This letter from a forum member at About Smoking Cessation poignantly describes how nicotine addiction hurt other relationships in her life.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What is Quitter's Flu?
Quitter's flu is a common term that describes some of the side effects of nicotine withdrawal.
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.
Questions and Answers About the First Week...
Common questions about the first week of smoking cessation, with answers from successful ex-smokers.
Here's What's Different 5 Years After Quitting...
Long-term benefits when you quit smoking are impressive. Many of the risk factors return to a level close to that of people who have never smoked.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Your Quit Stories - The First 6 Months
The first six months smoke-free are challenging for most people. The ups and downs of smoking cessation are reflected in these personal quit smoking stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Things That Helped Me Win With Smoking...
Leo Babauta shares 10 things that were instrumental to his success with smoking cessation.
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.
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.
What Does Ammonia in Cigarettes Do?
Why do tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarettes and what effect does it have on the body?
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.
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?
Diagnosed With Oral Cancer - Marlene's Story
Marlene's personal story of fighting throat cancer should be required reading for every smoker and ex-smoker.
Cigarette Litter Facts That Will Surprise You
Cigarette litter is a hazard to our environment, with trillions of cigarette butts tossed out annually on the planet.
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.
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.
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.
This Is Why Secondhand Smoke Is Important
Secondhand smoke is a dangerous mixture of chemicals that cause disease and death.
Mainstream Smoke
Mainstream smoke is the tobacco smoke that is exhaled through a person's mouth after taking a puff on a cigarette.
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.
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.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Nonsmall cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer, accounting for 85 to 90% of all lung cancer cases. Nonsmall cell lung cancer tends to grow and spread more slowly than small cell lung cancer.
My Darling....Shawn's Goodbye to Smoking
Written like a breakup with a lover, this goodbye letter to smoking will hit a nerve with anyone who has ever been addicted to nicotine.
Am I at Risk for Lung Cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer claims more lives than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined every year in the United States.
An Ex-Smoker's Review of The Easyway to Stop...
Written by an ex-smoker, this review of Allen Carr's book, The Easyway to Stop Smoking offers valuable insights than can only come from experience.
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.
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.
An Attitude Adjustment at Two Months Smoke-Free
At two months smoke-free, Brad got a powerful message about the value of smoking cessation after a chance encounter.
Beating the Quit Smoking Mind Games - Beth's Tips
Ex-smoker Beth offers practical tips and examples of how you can turn smoking urges into benign thoughts that won't put your quit program at risk.
A Profile of Nicotine
Nicotine is a colorless, poisonous chemical, derived from the tobacco plant. Nicotine is also extremely addictive.
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.
The Facts About Smoking Near Children
Air tainted with secondhand smoke is especially damaging to the delicate lung tissue and developing organs in children.
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.
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.
Quit Stories That Will Inspire You To Stop...
Quit stories from people who have successfully overcome nicotine addiction inspire us to believe that we too can quit smoking permanently.
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.
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.
All The Things I Couldn't Have Done as a Smoker...
Long term smoking cessation brings benefits that wouldn't be possible if we continued smoking, as this ex-smoker's story shows.
Kerri's Quit Smoking Story
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Stressed from Quitting Tobacco? Read this.
Dealing with stress when quitting smoking is a challenge for almost every ex-smoker. These tips will help you manage more easily.
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.
What is COPD?
COPD is a respiratory illness that most often affects cigarette smokers. COPD is the third leading cause of death in America today.
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.
Goodbye to Your Stinking Cigarette Lies -...
When Jamie wrote this goodbye letter to smoking, it sealed her commitment to quit smoking for good.
Formaldehyde in Cigarette Smoke
Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas with a strong odor, and is a by-product of the combustion process of tobacco smoking. Formaldehyde is responsible for some of the nose, throat and eye irritation smokers experience when breathing in cigarette smoke. Here, a full profile on formaldehyde.
How to Fill All That Time You Used to Devote to...
Distraction is a valuable tool for nicotine withdrawal, and Leslie's account describes how to use it to your best advantage when you quit smoking.
Kerri's Quit Story
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Coronary Heart Disease Statistics
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of death caused by smoking. Smoking is hard on the heart.
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.
When I Think of a Cigarette...From Ex-Smoker,...
For ex-smoker Angela, healing from nicotine addiction has given her a birds eye view of how dangerous and deadly cigarettes really are. The blinders are off and the smokescreen has lifted.
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?
A Year of Living Gratefully
Jane shares her quit smoking story by reflecting on her first smoke-free year, month by month.
Information about Arsenic in Cigarette Smoke
The type of arsenic found in tobacco smoke is inorganic arsenic. It is carcinogenic and derived from pesticides used in tobacco farming.
Why You Don't Want Emphysema
What is it like to live with emphysema 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Learn firsthand from Christine Rowley, who is connected to external oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Desperate to Smoke -- Desperate to Quit -...
In her quit story, Lesly illustrates the emotional push and pull that nicotine addiction forces on smokers.
Seasons of Smoking Cessation - How We Heal From...
The first year of smoking cessation involves reprogramming the many associations we've had with tobacco, some of them seasonal in nature.
The Health Risks Of Cadmium In Cigarette Smoke
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that occurs in nature. Cadmium is used in batteries and is present in high levels in cigarette smoke.
What's Changed? The Most Important Cancer...
When people think of cancers caused by smoking, the first one that comes to mind is always lung cancer. Most cases of lung cancer, close to 90% in men, and 80% in women are caused by cigarette smoking.
I Used to Think Cigarettes Were My Friend -...
Nicotine addiction is like a love relationship gone bad, as this ex-smoker's goodbye letter to nicotine shows.
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.
10 Quit Stories That Will Inspire You to Stop...
An important resource for those new to smoking cessation, personal quit smoking stories are full of practical tips about quitting tobacco and the smoke-free benefits one might expect to enjoy.
Do I Have COPD?
I quit smoking recently and still have trouble breathing. I thought my lung function would improve, but I don't think it has and I'm worried it might be COPD.
Cold Turkey
When you quit smoking using the cold turkey method, you do not use a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Most of the nicotine from cigarettes is out of your bloodstream within 3 days of quitting.
A Day in the Life of an Ex-Smoker: Two Weeks
This fictional account details how an ex-smoker can expect to feel at two weeks smoke-free.
Small Cell Lung Cancer - Cheryl's Story Will...
Cheryl was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, third stage B at the age of 56. This is her story in her own words.
All The Things We Love About NOT Smoking
About.com Smoking Cessation forum members share the things that have improved most in their lives since quitting smoking.
Whale Vomit in Cigarettes?!
Ambergris is a byproduct of the digestive process in sperm whales and is used in fragrance, food and cigarette manufacturing.
How Patience Can Help You Succeed with Smoking...
Ex-smoker Michelle discusses the value of cultivating some patience with self as we move through recovery from nicotine addiction.
7 Reasons I Liked Smoking and 50 Reasons I...
This list of pros and cons of smoking, written by ex-smoker Jeff is heavily slanted and powerfully stated.
30 Quotes About Change That Will Make You Want...
Change is hard for most people, but is an inevitable part of life. Use these quotes about change to help you find balance during the transitions in your life.
How Quitting Smoking Will Change Your Thoughts...
As smokers, we think life will be dismal without our cigarettes. These ex-smokers tell you why that's not true.
What is a Pack Year?
A pack year is a number derived from the amount of cigarettes smoked and the length of time spent smoking.
The Sneaky Reasons Behind Some Cigarette...
Cigarette companies say most additives in cigarettes are used for flavor, but research shows many additives have other uses and effects on smokers.
Freedom After 40 Years of Smoking - Nenejune's...
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.
Michelle's Quit Smoking Story
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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.
A Diagnosis of Cancer Helped James Quit For Good
A diagnosis of cancer at the age of 20 was the final straw that helped James decide to quit smoking for good.
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.
18 Reasons Why I Knew It Was Time To Quit
At one month smoke-free, ex-smoker EB shares 18 big reasons she knew it was time to quit, and how she feels now.
The Non-Smoker's Edge
As a smoking cessation aid, hypnosis has one very important benefit that other quit smoking tools aren't able to offer. Because it uses the power of positive suggestion to help you stop smoking, it has the ability to help you develop and strengthen your resolve to quit smoking.
Famous People Who Have Died From Tobacco Use
From our loved ones to famous tobacco victims, tobacco has claimed hundreds of thousands of precious, irreplaceable lives over the years.
You Inhale These Pesticides Every Time You Smoke
Pesticides are toxic agents used to kill pests, but smokers inhale those same chemicals into their lungs with every puff on a cigarette.
10 Ways You Can Avoid Weight Gain When You Quit
Use these 10 tips to help you minimize (or avoid altogether) the weight gain that often follows smoking cessation.
Famous Tobacco Victims - Actor Paul Newman
A heavy smoker for many years, Paul Newman died of lung cancer.
Does Smoking One Cigarette Mean I've Relapsed?
When you slip and smoke a cigarette after quitting, you run the risk of a smoking relapse. Learn how to get back on track and avoid a full relapse.
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.
A Perspective on Using Nicotine Replacement...
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