There is an easy solution.
By Jon J. Brooks, M.D.
glowing, snakelike substance he saw through his microscope while inspecting lung
tissue from a lung cancer patient who smoked. And what did the mystery substance
turn out to be? A fiber composed of cellulose acetate the material used to make
cigarette filters. The fiber glowed under the microscope because it was coated with
tobacco tar which contains more than 3,500 different chemicals at least 40 of which
are known to cause cancer. Dr. Pauly and his colleagues followed up this find with
studies testing 12 popular brands of cigarettes manufactured by six U.S. tobacco
companies. The studies revealed that fibers are indeed released from cigarette
filters and subsequently can be inhaled to lodge indefinitely in smokers' lung tissue.
doesn't break down easily and because smokers have a very difficult time clearing
foreign substances from their lungs. Once embedded, the filter bits provide a bad
vehicle for delivering a concentrated dose of tobacco tar directly to lung tissue. The
bottom line? The very substance created in response to the call for a "safer"
cigarette actually has the potential to enhance cancer risk. Filters merely create a
false sense of security; they are not the answer for smokers who wish to decrease
their cancer risk. Quitting the cigarette habit remains the only choice.
the 1980s, a new study found. Such deaths increased from 26 per 100,000 to 155 per
100,000, said one of the researchers, Dr. Michael J. Thun of the American Cancer
Society. Since 1960 the use of filtered cigarettes has increased dramatically which
tends to verify the above study.
Psychology. (Published by The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas).
Smokers trying to kick the habit may have a far better chance of success if they let
the clock tell them when they may have a cigarette. In a study, the strategy proved
twice as successful in the long term as quitting cold turkey or allotting oneself a
certain number of cigarettes per day. The clock strategy assigns smokers specific
times of day for lighting up. They follow a schedule with longer and longer intervals
between cigarettes before they quit altogether. "They're still going to get to smoke,
they're just not going to get to smoke when they want to smoke," said researcher
Paul Cinciripini. By repeatedly putting their nicotine urges on hold for manageable
periods, smokers gain practice and self-confidence for when they quit altogether,
said Cinciripini, director of the smoking cessation program at the University of
Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Three months ago I smoked
3 packs/day. Today I am cigarette free! It is hard to believe
The problem is that
the addiction remains. Go off the patch, and you are
running in the background, which would alert you when it was time for a cigarette?
It simply goes "ding" ten times when you should smoke another. If you want to
watch, it shows exactly how many minutes until your next cigarette. Each new day
the software will reduce your allotted cigarettes by only one each day. Could you
survive on one less cigarette per day? Of course you could. The software is only
about 45k. Downloads in about 10 seconds (at 28k baud). It will run as well on an
original IBM PC. I used it as a background task in my windows. One initializes
the software by telling it:
What hour you begin to smoke each day.
How many hours you are awake.
the alerts after you retire and begins the next day when you awaken, those people.
You can run one copy on the home PC, and one on the PC at the office. When you
leave the PC you tell the software. When you return you tell it how many cigarettes
you smoked while away and it readjusts the days allocation. Seven patients are
using this software. Maria started 28 days ago. She just called. "I am down to 12/day
from 40. I'm gonna make it!". Only one has dropped out. One Must WANT to quit
which is not the case with many smokers. With almost no effort you can regain a
glorious life free of the disgusting, killer addiction.