Monday, October 11, 2010
Positively Quit Smoking
A study was just published that showed U.S. smokers are exposed to higher levels of cancer-causing compounds than smokers in other countries. The researchers compared the levels of nitrosamines in cigarette butts and dangerous metabolites in smoker's urine and found the levels were significantly higher in cigarettes manufactured in the U.S. compared to smokers in other countries.
Is there anything about the dangers of cigarettes that we haven't heard over and over? It is time for all smokers to quit and a new small book by Cassius Cheong called Positively Quit! Manual -The Thinking Person's Guide to Stop Smoking is a new tool that can help.
This tiny book engages the reader to answer some easy questions about how and why they smoke and why they want to quit. Just the process of thinking clearly about why and writing it down can help with behavior change. And the author addresses some common misconceptions people have about quitting that can hang them up.
The book is short and gives some tips for how to handle the first few days of quitting. Coupled with other aids like nicotine patches or gum, it makes stopping cigarettes an active process that takes planning and day by day attention.
If you smoke or know someone who does, this little book may be the first step in getting healthier and reducing the terrible risks that we know smokers have. Buy it as a gift. It is the nicest thing you can do for someone you care about.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 8:03 PM