Hawaii Oriental Medicine 
and Acupuncture Association

Quit Smoking

Why Should I ?                 

The federal Centers for Disease Control recently took blood serum from 800 Americans, aged 4 to 91. Every single person (non-smokers included) had nicotine in his or her system. According to the EPA, at least 3,000 non-smokers die annually as a result of having breathed other people’s fumes. The agency concluded that second-hand smoke is a carcinogen, like asbestos. The wisp off the end of a lit cigarette is the same noxious gas that eventually kills the smoker.                                                          

Miami Herald

  • Tobacco leaf contains a “Carcinogen” (Cancer factor) that leads to any cancer.
  • Everyone is at risk of having some type of CANCER because we all havethe Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the body: 0 to 2.5ng/ml (in healthy nonsmokers)
  • Nicotine may causes necrosis of alveoli of lung that leads to “emphysema” (breathing incapacitation) and eventually requires oxygen inhalation assistance.
  • Nicotine induces “calcification of bronchial linings”, which causes an annoyingdry cough by bronchospasms.
  • Nicotine constricts membranous tissues in the mouth, thus reducingsaliva secretion and leading to “halitosis” Bad Breath.
  • Nicotine suppresses Pepsin secretion in the gastric mucosa, thereby weakning a protection of the stomach lining, which could then result in a “gastric ulcer”.
  • Nicotine constricts artery and small capillaries, thereby inducing “ischemic cardiac problems” and circulatory problems.
  • Nicotine is addictive and jeopardizes circulation of placenta of a pregnant woman; therefore “retardation of fetus at birth” frequently occurs.

If You are Married Smokers

             How To Quit ??  Helpful Hints !

If you are married smokers, quit together. You’ll become a support system for each other; trying to quit while living with a smoker is a challenge.

If you smoke a pack a day, you’re spending over $1,000 a year on cigarette. On the day you quit, start dropping your cigarette money into a piggy bank. After six months, splurge on something.  But if you cheat, give the money to charity.

  • When you have the urge to smoke, hold off three to five minutes, and it will pass.

  • Throw out all cigarettes, breaking them in half and wetting them down.  Clean all ashtrays.

  • Plan how you will handle stressful situations without lighting up.

  • Visit places where smoking is prohibited; hang out with friends who don’t smoke.

  • Work out.  Exercise helps relieve tension and the urge to smoke.

  • Eat three meals a day to keep blood sugar levels up, helping prevent the urge to smoke.

  • Reward yourself with cigarette substitutes such as sugarless gum, apple slices, carrot sticks, and pumpkin seeds.

  • Indulge yourself in something you enjoy, a massage, nap, and some favorite music. It just may help you realize you don’t need a cigarette to enjoy yourself.


Cigarettes kill many times more people than cocaine and heroin combined, but that’s OK because cigarettes are legal.
                                                   Now It's Your Choice!

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