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People With Mental Illness 70 Percent More Likely to Smoke
New data from two federal health agencies revealed that more than one in
three adults (36 percent) with a mental illness smoke cigarettes, compared
with about one in five adults (21 percent) with no mental illness. According
to the CDC, there has been direct tobacco marketing to people with mental
illness, a population that generally has more stressful living conditions
that make it more challenging to quit. Plus, the mood-altering effects of
nicotine may make people with mental illness an easy target for addiction.
Some mental health facilities even use smoking as a reward for progress!
Most Apartment Dwellers Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
One area where electronic cigarettes have an advantage over conventional
cigarettes is the fact that they lessen exposure to secondhand smoke. By now
most everyone is aware of the risks of secondhand smoke. Children who grow up
with smokers in their homes are more likely to develop lung cancer in their
later years than those children who come from non-smoking homes.
And children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from
pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung diseases, while those who have asthma
and who breathe secondhand smoke have more asthma attacks. Secondhand smoke
also accounts for as many as one-quarter of cases of lung cancer in non-
smokers. It’s obvious that you’re exposed to secondhand smoke if you live
with a smoker, but even people who live in smoke-free apartments are often
A new study by CDC researchers found that up to 46 percent of apartment
dwellers were exposed to secondhand smoke in their apartments during the last
year. The smoke can seep from one apartment to another through insulation,
cracks and power outlets. The problem potentially affects an estimated 44
million Americans who live in multi-unit buildings, including the nearly 29
million with supposedly “smoke-free” units.
What’s the Best Way to Quit Smoking?
If you’re thinking of quitting smoking, swapping conventional cigarettes
for electronic cigarettes may simply expose you to a new set of health risks.
This is also the case with drugs designed to help you quit. Take the stop-
smoking drug Chantix, for instance. This drug may cause an inordinately high
number of serious side effects, including suicides and psychotic reactions
where people with no history of violent behavior suddenly kill themselves or
others after taking the drug.
So, what's the trick to quitting smoking?
I believe the "secret" is to get healthy first, which will make quitting
all that much easier. Exercising is part and parcel of this plan, and as
research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their
success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don't exercise.
Healthy eating is another crucial aspect that can't be ignored. In short, if
you want to quit, here are the three basic tips to get you started:
Read through my recently revised and very comprehensive free
nutrition plan to get started eating right.
Develop a well-rounded exercise regimen. It is your ally to fighting
disease and to quitting smoking. Strength training is an important part, but
also remember to incorporate high-intensity interval exercises like Peak
Fitness, core-strengthening exercises and stretching.
Find a healthy emotional outlet. Many people use exercise,
meditation, or relaxation techniques for this, and these are all great. I
also recommend incorporating the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), as this
can help clear out emotional blockages from your system (some of which you
might not even realize are there), thus restoring your mind and body's
balance and helping you break the addiction and avoid cravings.
Once you are regularly doing these three things, then you can begin to
think about quitting smoking. The best method to do so appears to be cold
turkey, as research shows that two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers
stopped unaided. The best choice for your health, and the health of those
around you, is to quit smoking in order to reduce your exposure to toxins.
However, if you’re a current smoker you should know about astaxanthin,
which has been found to be powerful enough to help prevent oxidative damage
in smokers. Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematococcus
pluvialis, and is currently thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found
in nature. It’s found in sea creatures that consume the algae, such as
salmon, shellfish, and krill, as well as in higher doses in supplement form.
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