Topic: quit-smoking

EU Moves To Restrict Cigarette Marketing To Lower Smoking Rates…Finally

EU Moves To Restrict Cigarette Marketing To Lower Smoking Rates...Finally

The EU is (finally) taking a queue from other countries and considering some severe tobacco restrictions, including banning menthol cigarettes and forcing tobacco companies to scale back their branding on cigarette packaging. Which means…the day when we can all go to a bar in Paris without a wall of second-hand smoke burning our eyeballs might be on the horizon. Hooray! More »

New Australian Cigarette Packaging Put Our Anti Smoking Warning Labels To Shame

New Australian Cigarette Packaging Put Our Anti Smoking Warning Labels To Shame

As of December 1, smoking just got a lot less appealing down under: As per new regulations on Australian cigarette packaging, branding is verboten and gruesome health warning labels are required to take center stage. It’s too soon to tell how the new anti smoking labels will impact smoking rates or associated illness, but it would be hard not to quit smoking with such bleak packaging staring you in the face. More »

Study: Your Period Doesn’t Make It Harder To Quit Smoking

Study: Your Period Doesn't Make It Harder To Quit Smoking

So apparently there’s an old wives’ tale that says it’s harder for women to quit smoking because they a) don’t want to gain weight, and b) their period makes the withdrawal symptoms particularly unbearable. The former reasoning seems plausible; quitting smoking can cause weight gain both because cigarettes speed your metabolism (and therefore, ditching them can slow it down), and because a lot of quitters use snacks to sate their oral fixation. But the latter seems like a too-common case of everyone blaming female emotions on menstruation that we’re just not buying. And according to a new study, science isn’t either. More »

The CDC’s Graphic New Anti-Smoking Campaign Is Harsh—But That’s A Good Thing

The CDC's Graphic New Anti-Smoking Campaign Is HarshâBut That's A Good Thing

The biggest, baddest anti-smoking campaign in U.S. history is about to hit your TV, radio, billboards, newspapers and magazines, and I won’t lie: It’s gruesome. Called “Tips From Former Smokers,” the campaign gives an unsparing look at smoking’s ill effects, including graphic photos of former smokers who’ve lost limbs, lungs, and had tracheotomies ultimately caused by cigarettes. Harsh ads like this have often gotten a lot of flak for crossing the line, but judging by the numbers, we need it: Smoking still remains the top cause of preventable disease in the U.S. despite several other methods of health warnings and anti-smoking incentives. More »

Great American Smokeout Is Tomorrow; Here’s A Reminder Of What Will Happen To Your Body In 1 Day

Great American Smokeout Is Tomorrow; Here's A Reminder Of What Will Happen To Your Body In 1 Day

Tomorrow marks the 36th Great American Smokeout–a day when smokers across the country are encouraged to simultaneously put down cigarettes for 24 hours. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it’s their hope that smokers will also use this day to make a plan to quit for good, but they know that all of that start with one day of no smoking.

In prior posts, we have outlined what really happens to your body when you quit smoking. And, surprisingly, there are some pretty immediate benefits. If you’re wondering what difference one day will make to your health, here are the facts: More »

Would You Get An Addiction Vaccine To Stop Smoking?

Would You Get An Addiction Vaccine To Stop Smoking?

If a doctor told you he could give you a shot and you would cease to crave nicotine or fiend cocaine, would you rise to the occasion (or injection rather)? Dr. Kim D. Janda, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, has devoted his life work around this very question. The entirety of his extensive research and trials have been dedicated to creating a shot that could break people free from the addictive chains of substance abuse. More »

Does Smoking Make Women More Prone To Heart Disease Than Men?

Does Smoking Make Women More Prone To Heart Disease Than Men?

There is no shortage of research that proves cigarettes are bad for you. From lung cancer to emphysema, the bottom line is they can kill. But just how bad is it for women in comparison to men? A recent study by The Lancet says that women may be at higher risk than men when it comes to heart disease. Why? Because apparently we smoke more forcefully than our male counterparts. More »

Why Our Readers Rock: “What If You Stopped Smoking Right Now?” Video from David Carnegie

Why Our Readers Rock: "What If You Stopped Smoking Right Now?" Video from David Carnegie

We feel flattered every time a we get a reader comment, and we jump up and down when we get new fans on Facebook, so you can imagine how elated we were when we discovered that one of our readers created an entire video inspired by one of our posts about quitting smoking. David Carnegie, aka @CreelmanKid on Twitter, posted a link to his video, inspired by the Blisstree post, “What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Smoking Right Now?” in a tweet: More »

How Public Health Messages Can Help You Quit Smoking

How Public Health Messages Can Help You Quit Smoking

Researchers have long known that individually-tailored public health messages help people quit smoking, but a new study proves that it’s not just by coincidence: The University of Michigan study, led by Hannah Faye Chua, proves that tailored public health messages activate key parts of the brain, and may lead to higher success rates than many smoking cessation programs. More »