Hawaii Oriental Medicine 
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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.


CONSIDERING THE ABOVE FACTS, SMOKING IS A SLOW SUICIDAL ACT, AND EACH CIGARETTE SMOKED MAY SHORTEN YOUR LIFE BY TWO SECONDS.  


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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