Welcome to I Smoke No More

Quitting the habit of smoking is harder than it sounds. Even highly intelligent people who know the serious risks of not quitting, and who truly desire to do so, find it to be extremely difficult. The purpose of this website is to offer a bit of help.

To Quit Smoking Requires a Support System

Once you have found sufficient reasons why to quit smoking, and once you have determined to actually quit smoking, the next step is a challenge for many.

Many years ago I was dating a girl who ultimately became my wife.  She was a smoker.  I was not.  Often when we would go out for dinner, a frequent event for us, she would light up a cigarette while we waited for our dinners to arrive, or afterward during dessert.  These were back in the days when there were no laws against smoking in restaurants.  Whenever she would set her cigarette  down for a moment, I would pick it up and extinguish it in her drink or her dessert, etc.  Yes, it was an incredibly rude thing to do, but effective.  In a sense there may have been a romantic angle to this.  Perhaps she knew I cared enough for her that I would go to such lengths to help her quit smoking. After a few weeks of such behavior on my part, she soon enough gave up on the idea of smoking around me.  And since we were nearly inseparable, she ultimately quit smoking completely.  It wasn’t long after, that she couldn’t stand to be around people who smoked.

Having the support of loved ones is an important part of quitting the habit of smoking.  Being around fellow smokers, on the other hand, only makes it less possible.  I know well a young married couple who have both expressed the desire to quit smoking.  There was a short time, in fact, when they were expecting a child.  For the sake of their unborn child, they both did manage to quit.  Unfortunately the pregnancy failed early on with a miscarriage, and immediately they both resumed smoking.  They serve as enablers to one another, supporting the habit, and not supporting the concept — or each other — despite the mutual desire to quit smoking.  The truly sad part of this is that they are very much in love with one another, and the young man in the couple has a congenital heart condition that his doctors insist is worsened by the smoking.  Each cigarette break they share threatens to shorten his young life, yet despite knowing this intellectually, they cannot seem to kick the habit. Unless one of the two makes the commitment, and the other determines to be supportive, they will continue to smoke together and shorten one another’s lives, and their loving time together.

In order to successfully quit smoking, one needs a support system that is equally committed to the plan and desire to quit.

The idea of a support system was discussed in an article published by Healthline in February of 2012.  There they explain that, “Quitting smoking is a process that can be filled with ups and downs, challenges and obstacles, but with help throughout the journey, your chance for success will be much higher than going it alone.”

Reasons to Quit Smoking

You have heard all the reasons to quit smoking.  Or have you?

In November of 2008 US News and World Report published “12 Reasons to Really Quit Smoking.”  These include:

  1. It fogs the mind.
  2. It may bring on diabetes.
  3. It invites infections.
  4. It may stultify a sex drive.
  5. It may lead to wrinkles . . . everywhere.
  6. It may hasten menopause.
  7. It may dull vision.
  8. It hurts bones.
  9. It may injure the insides.
  10. It may stifle sleep.
  11. It shaves years — and quality — off life.
  12. It’s tied to lots of cancers!

WebMD published “10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking,” but actually itemized 13 reasons

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease:  Smoking speeds up mental decline.
  2. Lupus:  Smoking raises risk of autoimmune disease.
  3. SIDS:  Maternal smoking doubles risk.
  4. Colic: Smoking makes babies irritable, too.
  5. An increased risk of impotence.
  6. Blindness:  Smoking raises risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis:  Genetically vulnerable smokers increase their risk even more.
  8. Snoring:  Even living with a smoker raises risk.
  9. Acid Reflux:  Heavy smoking linked to heartburn.
  10. Breast Cancer:  Active smoking plays bigger role than thought
  11. Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers.
  12. Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people.
  13. Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease.

Cigarette smoke produces more air pollution than automobile exhaust

An article published in Medical News Today suggests that cigarette smoke causes more air pollution than diesel automobile exhaust.  If true, this adds another motivation to stop smoking.  Now you can quit smoking knowing that it will better our environment.  If you were looking for one more incentive to quit, there you have it.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers in Milan, Italy, led by Dr. Giovanni Invernizzi of the Tobacco Control Unit of the National Cancer Institute.

Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) causes particate matter (PM) pollution.  Thanks in large part to
the advances in new engines and fuels, particulate matter pollution cause by cars has seen a dramatic
reduction. Still, we know that automobile air pollution remains a serious concern  The study suggests that cigarette smoking now causes substantially greater environmental pollution than automobiles.

Air pollution caused by automobile exhaust particulate matter (PM) has been established as a risk factor for such diseases as asthma, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) presents similar health risks  in regard to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.  The study notes that, “such risks, and paradoxically, the presence of air pollution is commonly utilised as an alibi by smokers in an attempt to minimise the health risk linked to tobacco smoking.

Perhaps you know of people who prefer to believe that smog, not tobacco smoking, is not the cause of the diseases attributed to cigarettes.  The study demonstrates otherwise, and implies that smoke from burning cigarettes contributes up to 10 times the particulate matter pollution.

For decades environmental issues have led government and auto manufacturers to pay more attention to vehicle exhaust.  We know that emissions from new cars pollutes less than before.  Indeed, the recent advances in the production of electric vehicles will continue to have a positive impact on reducing air pollution.  The data presented in the study show that “cigarettes produce higher particulate matter pollution than diesel exhaust.”

Those sharing environmental concerns can use this study as yet another convincing reason to encourage them to quit smoking.

The full report is available from BMJ Publishing Group.