How to Quit Smoking? 4 Tips to Begin Your Journey

Knowledge of the tips to success in how to quit smoking is essential, as you are about to embark on an adventure that will improve your health, save you money, and more importantly, extend your life. Not a bad return then.

How to Quit Smoking? Tip 1

You must accept the fact that quitting smoking is never going to be easy. You may find, as I did, that it could take some time to be nicotine free. This can be quite normal, but be warned, it can be a cause of disillusionment if you are not expecting it.You may not be able to quit as and when you hoped, but any sign of success should be held in mind, this is a good sign of serious progress. Any of these signals should be celebrated, however small they are, larger signs are even more impressive and should be noted down, even if you’ve not quit completely, you are indeed on the way.

How to Quit Smoking? Tip 2

A common error is that smokers try to find one single route to success. Any individual will not fall into a single category, nor will their smoking habits. Due to this you may need to spend a considerable amount of time exploring various options and techniques to use until you find the methods that work best for you. If one method is not working you need to have the flexibility to change to another. There are plenty of products and methods available to find one that works for you, just remember your end goal, and be willing to work at it.

How to Quit Smoking? Tip 3

Never try to begin the journey to become smoke free when you are under stress, this is a sure fire way to fail, you will need all the circumstances in your favor at this difficult time. A good example is when you have a new baby, for instance. This may seem like a great idea, to protect the baby from second hand smoke, but it will also be a very stressful time, trust me. Far better to give up before the baby is born, what a brilliant gift for a newborn, non smoking parents, or if this is not possible start as soon as family life settles down a little, and aim to be smoke free for your child’s first birthday.

How To Quit Smoking? Tip 4

One of the most amazing things people never tell you is that you really can give up smoking, people have done it, and will continue to, why shouldn’t you be one of them?

If you really have the will to do it you may not even need any of the expensive stop smoking aids that are on the market. Just convince yourself of the benefits to being a non smoker, (sounds good, doesn’t it?), and set up a support method, friends, family etc that know what you are trying to achieve, perhaps even join you, and you have a common goal. Set up something to look forward to when you succeed, a holiday, a trip, a house move perhaps, and you will have something more to lose than the smell of smoke if you fail.

If you look at the stop smoking aids all they really do is give you something to do with your hands to replace the ceremony of smoking. If you need them, well and good, if you can do without them better still, whatever works for you is the right way for you. I wish you all the best in your endeavors, go do it, today.

The Truth About Smoke Detectors

Over 3,400 deaths occur annually from residential fires. 58% of home fires where fatalities occurred did have smoke detectors installed. Over one-third of children and adults may sleep through fire alarms. There are so many issues with noisemaker, non-monitored smoke detection that have to be considered.

Problems with non-monitored, “noise-maker” alarms
Most residential fires occur at night while people are sleeping soundly. Many people, especially children, will sleep right through an alarm by either not hearing it or incorporating the noise into a dream they are having. Fire safety agencies such as the National Fire Protection Association advise placing smoke detection as close to sleeping areas as possible to ensure that they are heard. However, most residential fires originate in kitchens. Another common location is basements where furnaces and clothes dryers are located.

In most homes, these locations are the farthest from the bedrooms. So if your smoke detector is sounding downstairs in the kitchen or basement, what good is the smoke detector in your bedroom until it’s too late and the fire has already spread throughout your home? A fire can engulf an entire room in under five minutes. By the time the alarm near your bedroom sounds, if you are lucky enough to hear it, it may be too late and help is not on the way.

The four major benefits of a monitored fire alarm
Let’s say a fire begins in your basement. You are sleeping soundly in your bedroom on the second floor. With a monitored alarm, your basement smoke detector sends a signal to the main panel which (1) sounds an alarm heard throughout the home. Next, you will also (2) receive a phone call from a monitoring station. If they are unable to contact you through your home phone, they will try your cell phone. Immediately after that, (3) the fire department arrives. Additionally, if you’re not home when the fire occurs, a monitored alarm can (4) save your home and your possessions before they are destroyed.

What to look for in a monitored alarm

  • A promotional alarm package with no upfront cost for qualified homeowners. There are lot of great deals out there that will enable you to get your home protected with little-to-no upfront costs.
  • Confirm that the company you choose does not charge any extra per month to monitor for fires.
  • Choose a company that offers smoke detectors to supplement your promotional alarm package at company cost.
  • Make sure that the company uses smoke detectors that comply with NFPA for sounding of fire notification appliances. Some companies provide smoke detectors that may be monitored, but do not meet NFPA requirements.
  • Monitored smoke detectors utilize three types of detection:
    • Photoelectric to detect actual smoke
    • Heat rise to detect a rapid rise in temperature
    • Fixed 135 degree+ heat sensors
  • Make sure that in addition to the main alarm sounding in the control panel of the alarm, each individual detector has a built-in 85+ decibel siren.
  • Make sure that smoke detectors send a signal to the control panel before a low battery occurs. If the problem is not addressed, the standard low battery “chirp” until the battery is replaced.

For more information, and to view the source of this data, please visit The National Fire Protection Association website.

Stop Smoking – Withdrawal Symptoms and How to Handle Them

Why it is so difficult to stop smoking?

Nicotine produces a neuro-biological dependence and are formally classified as a medical diagnosis, in other words, a medical condition. Nicotine stimulates neuronal activity and releases various neurotransmitters in the brain. The regular intake of nicotine associated with smoking gradually creates a chemical change in the brain. If nicotine supplies stops the brain reacts with craving and different withdrawal phenomena. Even when you have finished the first difficult period after smoking cessation, it takes months, sometimes years before the urge to smoke signals from the brain ceases.

A strong evidence of nicotine addictive effect is the major difference between the number of smokers who want to try and stop and they who actually succeed. Studies show that a majority of smokers want to quit. Yet, few succeed. Many have tried to quit, but experienced withdrawal symptoms that were overpowering. Some people are afraid to even try because of these symptoms.

Another factor that contributes to the difficulty to stop is nicotine stimulant effect. You feel refreshing, mood improves and you get feelings of pleasure or comfort. The effects are short-lived and after a few hours, dependent smokers need to have a new dose to avoid cravings.

Why do smoker suffer from withdrawal symptoms?

Nicotine stimulates the release of several transmitters (neurotransmitters) in the brain, including dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and the body’s own morphine-like substances, endorphins. These substances stimulate the brain’s reward centres and centres for attention and alertness. During regular nicotine administration the nerve cells in these areas get used to nicotine so that nerve impulses and the balance between signal changes.

If nicotine is suspended like in smoking cessation, it will take several weeks before the activity returns to normal. During this time of severe chemical imbalance the smoker can experience various quit smoking symptoms, both physical and psychological symptoms. Difficulty breathing, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, insomnia, decreased heart rate and increased appetite or weight gain are examples of common withdrawal symptoms.