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Quitting Smoking Better Second Time Around

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If you are among the millions of Americans who have tried to quit smoking and failed, The Stop Smoking.jpgAmerican Lung Association (ALA) has released a study indicating your failure may actually be a sign of future success. According to the ALA, smokers that have failed to quit in the past have a higher success rate on future attempts. They believe there may be several reasons for these findings but their study focused on these specific reasons.

Analysis of data shows that 60% to 70% of smokers fail and require multiple attempts to successfully quit their unhealthy habit. The failure can leave the smoker feeling frustrated and discouraged. But in most cases, even those who are feeling frustrated and discouraged also fell a stronger sense of determination. Smokers having this increased sense of determination have only a 40% to 60% chance of failure and these figures fall even lower as the number of attempts increases.

The ALA believes that each time you try to quit smoking, you learn more about what it will take and how attempting to quit effects you personally. Increasing your knowledge about your specific situation allows you to make better informed decisions about your personal quitting plan. It also appears that your level of determination will increase with each attempt to quit.

It is also interesting to note that when attempting to quit smoking, using multiple methods at one time greatly increase your chance of success. In other words, combining cold turkey with NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), counseling, prescriptions medications or the E-Cigarette can increase your chances of success by 20% to 30%. Most importantly, before you begin any smoking cessation program, you should always consult your physician.


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Smoking Cessation Injection

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Welplex Injection.jpgMost cigarette smokers have attempted at least once to quit their habit. Nicotine gum, e-cigarette, lasers and hypnosis are just a few of the many smoking cessation tools available. If you've tried one or more of these and failed, you may want to take a look at a new product called Welplex. It is a program based on an FDA approved injection and claims to be the best stop smoking method yet.

Welplex is actually a 3 step process that begins with a visit to the administration clinic. Here, the patient must complete a medical questionnaire receive a physical exam focusing on heart and lung function. If the patient passes the exam, the next step is the injection.

The injection itself is composed of 2-3 anticholinergic drugs often adjusted to the patients smoking history. The most common medications found in the injection are atropine, scopolamine, atarax and promethazine. Side effects of the injection can include drowsiness, agitation and unusual behavior or hallucinations. A prescription sleep aid is often prescribed for the first night after the injection in case of insomnia.

Following the shot, the patient is counseled on the psychological aspects of nicotine addiction and prescribed two weeks of anticholinergic medication to prevent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The complete process takes about 2 hours.

The cost of the program varies but is about $500 and most clinics offer re-treatments for little to no cost should you relapse and restart smoking. Success rates vary with the history and determination of the patient and are reported to be between 50% and 90%.

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Ecig Smoker.jpgThe Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has completed a study concluding the electronic cigarette is safer than tobacco cigarettes when used properly. They also concluded the new smoking replacement device could be of major importance in reducing morbidity and mortality related to cigarette smoking and tobacco use.

The BUSPH study, published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, is the first comprehensive scientific analysis of the health effects associated with the e-cig said Dr. Michael Siegel Associate Chairman Community Health Services. The personal vaporizer is intended to give the user a dose of inhaled nicotine without the toxins and carcinogens associated with tobacco.

The report completed by BUSPH concluded the level of chemicals found in the e-cig do not pose any health concerns for the user. The report also states that further clinical study is warranted to completely assess how the nicotine only vapor effects the user in the long term. The BUSPH article examined a compilation of clinical studies identifying the components within the nicotine fluid (e-liquid) used in the electronic cigarette and found the level of toxins to be 1000 times less than traditional cigarettes.

The smokeless cigarette has been in a constant battle with the FDA since its introduction in 2005. The FDA asserts they are a drug delivery device and should be regulated as such calling for their immediate withdrawal from the consumer market. Opponents say that removing the ecig form the public market would only push its users back to traditional cigarettes and tobacco and this would only benefit the big tobacco companies.

Last December, the Federal Court of Appeals struck down the FDA's attempt to regulate ecigs. The court said e-cigarettes should be considered nicotine replacement therapy, like nicotine gum or patches, and not labeled as drug delivery devices. Currently, the FDA is appealing this verdict.

Whatever the final outcome, it is clear we currently know more about the ingredients contained in the electronic cigarette that we do about those in tobacco. We also know that ecigs are very successful at suppressing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Until proven otherwise, it only makes sense to allow use of the ecig as all evidence points to a reduction in adverse health effects.

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