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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.
PHOTOS: Your Complete Guide to Oral Cancer
This is a complete gallery of oral cancer pictures.
How Your Body Heals After The Last Cigarette
Once you stub out that last cigarette, your body immediately begins the healing process. Let's take a look at what actually physically occurs.
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 When You Quit Smoking - 2 Weeks to...
Physical benefits between 2 weeks and 3 months of smoking cessation are remarkable. Heart attack risk drops, circulation improves, plus more.
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.
Benefits to Expect During the First Two Days of...
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
What is Cigarette Tar and How Can it Hurt Me?
Cigarette tar is the sticky brown residue left behind from burning toxins in cigarette smoke. It coats everything it touches.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Benefits That Come With The First Nine...
What benefits can you expect between 1 and 9 months smoke-free? Healing begins within minutes of the last cigarette and continues indefinitely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Practical Tips for 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.
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.
The Truth About Whether Light Cigarettes Are...
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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.
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.
Week-By-Week Benefits Of Smoking Cessation -...
At 3 months smoke-free, Marah details the benefits of smoking cessation she is experiencing week-by-week.
Is Rolling Your Own Cigarettes a Healthier...
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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 nicotine. How is it done and how long does it take?
Constipation and Quitting Smoking - Is It Normal?
Have you had intestinal discomfort since quitting tobacco? Wondering if it's normal and how long will it last?
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.
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.
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.
This is What Lung Cancer Looks Like
What does lung cancer look like? Find a gallery of lung cancer pictures here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Benefits a Year After You Quit Smoking
Health benefits of quitting are significant. At a year smoke-free, the risk of heart disease due to smoking drops to half that of current smokers.
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.
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.
What Does Carbon Monoxide Do to You, Anyway?
Carbon monoxide(CO) is present in high levels in cigarette smoke. Learn how CO hurts a smoker's health.
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?
Important Facts About Nicotine That You Should...
Nicotine is addictive, but it also carries other risks to your health that you may not be not aware of.
How to Know if You've Got Quitter's Flu
The side effects of nicotine withdrawal are sometimes referred to as quitters flu. Check your symptoms against this list.
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.
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.
What The Icky Threes Mean and Why You Should Know
The icky threes refer to certain phases of smoking cessation that can be challenging as we move through nicotine withdrawal and beyond.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This Chemical Was Used As a Genocidal Agent and...
Hydrogen Cyanide is poisonous gas present in cigarette smoke and secondhand smoke, making it a danger to smokers and nonsmokers alike.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions and Answers About the First Week...
Common questions about the first week of smoking cessation, with answers from successful ex-smokers.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What's in Mainstream Smoke and How Can it Hurt...
What is mainstream smoke and how does it differ from sidestream smoke? What's in mainstream smoke and how can it hurt me?
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?
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.
Why You Should Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is an extremely dangerous mixture of chemicals that contribute to numerous diseases and even death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Crazy Lies I Told Myself as a Smoker
The lies we tell ourselves so that we can smoke in peace are often far-fetched. Learn to pay attention and correct faulty thoughts as they occur.
Smoking Made Me Feel Pathetic and Enslaved -...
When Kerri stopped smoking, she was 31 years old and sick of how pathetic and enslaved she felt as a smoker.
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.
What Does Ammonia in Cigarettes Do?
Why do tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarettes and what effect does it have on the body?
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.
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?
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.
28 Quotes That Will Help You Keep Going When...
Persistence is a quality that will help you attain any goal you've set for yourself, and the quotes here will inspire you to do your best consistently.
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.
Tobacco Victim Paul Newman
A heavy smoker for many years, Paul Newman died of smoking-related lung cancer.
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.
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.
Are My Breathing Problems a Sign of COPD?
A recent ex-smoker asks why she has not noticed better lung function since quitting cigarettes.
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.
Book Review - Quit Smoking Today Without...
Hypnotist Paul McKenna shares insight and practical tips about how to successfully quit smoking by reprogamming our minds.
My One Year Climb to Freedom - Cleo's Story
At a year smoke-free, Cleo shares her quit smoking story. She never thought she could do it, but she has, and you can too.
This is What COPD Looks Like
These COPD images show us not only what healthy lungs should look like, but also how COPD impairs lung function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
10 Things That Helped Me Win With Smoking...
Leo Babauta shares 10 things that were instrumental to his success with smoking cessation.
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.
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 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...
Approximately 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes, but there are many other cancers associated with tobacco use.
The Facts About Smoking Near Children
Air tainted with secondhand smoke is especially damaging to the delicate lung tissue and developing organs in children.
Your Free E-Course for Quitting Smoking
If you're ready to quit smoking, use the education and support available here to get the head start that will bring you the quit smoking success you desire.
24 Benefits at One Year Smoke-Free - Marah's...
At a year smoke-free, the list of physical and emotional benefits from quitting are impressive, as Marah shows us in her quit story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Should I Know About Zyban as a Quit Aid?
What you should know if you're considering using Zyban to help you stop smoking.
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.
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.
7 Tips That Will Make THIS Quit Stick
A smoker for 26 years, Terry knows that release from nicotine addiction is something we must proactively pursue. She outlines what worked for her.
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.
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.
Desperate to Smoke -- Desperate to Quit -...
In her quit story, Lesly illustrates the emotional push and pull that nicotine addiction forces on smokers.
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.
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.
These 3 Things Will Help You Quit Smoking...
Building a quit program that will sustain you for the rest of your life involves these 3 essential ingredients.
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This fictional account details what an ex-smoker might expect to feel physically and emotionally at two weeks smoke-free.
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.
Nicotine Addiction Teaches Us to Settle for...
Nicotine addiction slowly eats away at self-esteem as the need to feed addiction takes hold, replacing free will with feelings of powerlessness.
Tobacco Victim Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole died when he was 45 of lung cancer. He smoked upwards of three packs of cigarettes a day.
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.
No One Was More Addicted Than I Was - Lesly's...
Like many of us, Lesly was a heavy smoker for years, but eventually found a way to quit smoking for good. Her story explains how she did it.
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.
How to Fill All That Time You Used to Devote to...
Distraction is a valuable tool for early smoking cessation. Ex-smoker Leslie offers tips on how to stay busy and power through smoking urges.
What are the Symptoms of Lung Cancer?
Symptoms of lung cancer are subtle or non-existent early on when the disease is treatable. Use these tips to help you know what to watch for.
Patrick Swayze Succumbs to Pancreatic Cancer
Diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze, long-time smoker, succumbed to the disease 20 months later.
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.
Sad Stories from People Who Have Been Hurt By...
Read the personal stories of people who have been affected by smoking-related diseases.
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.
Why Time Is So Important When You Quit Smoking
About.com Smoking Cessation Forum Moderator, Michelle offers her perspective on why time is such a key component of quitting tobacco.
This is How I Stopped Drinking and Smoking -...
At 22 years sober and one year smoke-free, Maggie shares her thoughts on similarities and differences in recovery from alcohol and nicotine addiction.

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