Electronic Cigarettes Can Boost Mood and Increase Memory

I used electronic cigarettes to help me quit smoking almost two years ago, and I haven’t had one cigarette since then. Although electronic cigarettes aren’t an official smoking cessation device approved by the FDA, I have high hopes that they will be approved one day. According to new research, helping smokers to quit is just … Read more Electronic Cigarettes Can Boost Mood and Increase Memory

Study Shows That Smoking-Cessation Drugs Cause Extreme Depression

Sometimes the desire to quit smoking is so strong that we consider any and all methods of quitting. I’ve tried many times to quit cold-turkey and once with nicotine gum. I’ve never used the patch. The method that worked for me was using an electronic cigarette. There’s also another method that many people use, and that’s prescription drugs.

Chantix is the brand name for the drug Varenicline. Lots of people have used Chantix successfully to quit smoking, but according to a recent study, the drug should not be used as a first choice. According to researchers, Chantix has shown that use can substantially increase the risk of depression and suicidal behavior.

The study found that from 1999 to 2011, 90 percent of reported suicide-related behavior related to smoking-cessation devices were connected to Chantix, and Chantix has only been available to the public during four years of the study. That is an extremely high rate.

The researchers claim that based on these results, the benefits of using Chantix outweigh the risks.

With numbers that staggeringly high, you should consider trying other methods to quit smoking first. Have you tried using an electronic cigarette yet? It’s not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device but it worked for me. By slowly weening myself from tobacco, I was able to kick the habit once and for all.

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Inhibiting This Enzyme Can Aid in Quitting Smoking

The protein, kinase C epsilon is an enzyme that is attributed to the feeling of enjoyment when nicotine binds to nicotine receptors on dopamine neurons. This enjoyment from tobacco leads to a sense of reward, making quitting difficult. A new study of mice who were genetically engineered to lack kinase C epsilon have been found … Read more Inhibiting This Enzyme Can Aid in Quitting Smoking

Reduce Cigarette Cravings By Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and specialist in alternative medicine and spirituality, provides some tips on how to quit smoking by listening to what your body tells you. Think about the things that smoking does while you’re inhaling. Feel your skin tightening, your stomach knotting up and your heart rate speeding up. These feelings will … Read more Reduce Cigarette Cravings By Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

Increase Your Chances of Quitting by Calling a Quitline

According to a study performed by the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, telephone counseling to help smokers quit actually works. The study specifically tested how the smokers were recruited to the quitlines and how the recruitment method effected the results. Dr. Flora Tzelepis and her colleagues found that no matter how the … Read more Increase Your Chances of Quitting by Calling a Quitline

Is Smoking a Sacrifice Or Is It All In Your Head?

One of the biggest reasons smokers return to smoking shortly after quitting is because they feel like they’re sacrificing something. If you’re trying to quit and you get it into your head that quitting is a sacrifice, the whole ordeal will feel like a punishment. These feelings will never allow you to quit smoking permanently … Read more Is Smoking a Sacrifice Or Is It All In Your Head?

Disgusting Photos On Packs of Cigarettes to Encourage Quitting

Isn’t it interesting how smokers will continue to smoke despite the warnings from their doctors, friends and family members? I think we’ve all seen disgusting photos of what smoking does to our lungs and yet we continue to smoke. You want to quit, but the addiction is too strong. When you see those disgusting photos, … Read more Disgusting Photos On Packs of Cigarettes to Encourage Quitting

Weight Gain From Quitting Smoking Is Minimal

One of the reasons people are discouraged from smoking is because they are afraid of gaining weight. My mother was one of those people. On several occasions she had tried to quit and when she saw the weight start to add up, she immediately started smoking again. Well there’s good news to anyone who’s had … Read more Weight Gain From Quitting Smoking Is Minimal

An Electronic Cigarette Is the Perfect Gift For Fathers Day

Fathers Day is celebrated on different days around the world, but if you’re in the United States, it’s the third Sunday of June. What better way to say I love you than by giving Dad an electronic cigarette or vaporizer? Electronic cigarettes have not been proven to help people quit smoking, but they worked for … Read more An Electronic Cigarette Is the Perfect Gift For Fathers Day