Smoking Cessation

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

published: September, 13, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

I did like the Italian “Glamour” cigarettes I was smoking. The same as the nelly little ones I smoked in Canada, but with a pretty flower on the filter.

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

Ten days later: still not smoking. It’s funny, no later than a few hours into quitting smoking did I have my first smoking dream. The antibiotics I was taking were knocking me out that Saturday, so I slept all morning. It’s easy to start the day off not smoking when you’re asleep.  But alas, as I drifted in and out of sleep, I dozed off again and  - bang  - I was right in to a dream having a cigarette. My thoughts were, “What? I’m not supposed to be smoking. Why am I s

Sometimes you gotta butt out: Day Five

published: September, 07, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

It's autumn, a time for transition. For me this means giving up the smokes.

Sometimes you gotta butt out: Day Five

Last Friday night, while taking a draw of smoke of one of my rather girly cigarettes, (Benson & Hedges Super Slims) I looked at it and then butted it out. Then I took the package and ran it under water in the kitchen sink to make sure I wouldn't change my mind, and said, "Enough is enough."It was time to start making some choices around self-care. There were several motivators to butting out. First I'm short on cash these days. At 10 bucks a pack, it adds up rather quickly. Secondly,

Smoking Cessation- part 3 of 3

published: October, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking has numerous health benefits. Twelve hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your body drop to normal. One year after quitting, your added risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker'

The current data from Canada and US indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public.  The key facts regarding this disparity include: gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men.  Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.  Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and h

If you're HIV positive and smoke- Part 2 of 3

published: October, 13, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

“Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than their heterosexual counterparts. The rate is an estimated 55.9 percent higher among MSM”( The Body.com). Smoking in LGBT communities has always been higher then hetero

“Smoking aggravates health issues, making dental problems, gum disease and mouth cancer more common. In addition, people with HIV who smoke get lung cancer, emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia and other lung infections more often than smokers who do not have HIV. Finally, smoking weakens your immune system, undermining the effects of your HIV medications.” (The Body.com). “Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than

Smoking Out a Deadly Threat- Part 1 of 3

published: September, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath.

What is in a puff of smoke? It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath. Younger women and men in developing countries have taken up the indulgence.  It after effects impacts others in close proximity and yet we are no closer to minimizing its spread.  Its addiction is said to be as potent as other narcotics includi

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