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Handy Quit Smoking Tips and Facts

Did you know that the more intensively you focus on quitting smoking, the higher your odds of quitting? Hatsukami, D; Mooney, M. 1999. Pharmacological and behavioral strategies for smoking cessation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. V6(1):11-38.

Did you know that using nicotine replacement products could reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and double your odds of quitting smoking? Hatsukami, D; Mooney, M. 1999. Pharmacological and behavioral strategies for smoking cessation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. V6(1):11-38.

Did you know that your appeal to the opposite sex could triple as a non-smoker? Hines, D; Fretz, AC; Nollen, NL. 1998. Regular occasional smoking by college students: Personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. V3(2):1299-1306. & Amos, A; Currie, C; Gray, D; Elton, R. 1998. Perceptions of fashion images from youth magazines: Does a cigarette make a difference? Health Education Research 1998. V4:491-501.

Did you know that quitting smoking could help you avoid complications when undergoing surgery? Møller, AM; Pedersen, T. 1999. The effect of tobacco smoking on risks in connection in anesthesia and surgery. Development of complications and the preventive effect of smoking cessation Ugeskrift for Laeger. 26, 161(30):4273-4276.

Did you know that the use of cessation materials like this website increases your chances of quitting smoking? Curry, SJ. 1993. Self-help interventions for smoking cessation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 61(5):790-803

Did you know that the more strategies you use to quit smoking, the higher your odds of remaining quit? Pederson, L; Bull, SB; Ashley, MJ; Mac Donald, JK. 1996. Quitting smoking: why, how, and what might help. Tobacco Control. V5:209-214.

Did you know that for every day that you are quit, your immune system improves? Sopori, ML; Kozak, W. 1998. Immunomodulatory effects of cigarette smoke. Journal of Neuroimmunology. 83(1-2):148-56.

Did you know that quitting smoking can be one of the biggest factors in improving sexual functioning? Dinsmore, WW. 1996. Clinical aspects of erectile dysfunction. International Journal of Std and Aids. 7 Suppl 3:2-4.

Did you know that even smokers view non-smokers more positively than they do smokers? Dermer, ML; Jacobsen, E. 1986. Some potential negative social consequences of cigarette smoking: Marketing research in reverse. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 16(8):702-725.

Did you know that as a non-smoker, others might perceive you as being more sophisticated than as a smoker? Cooper, WH; Kohn, PM. 1989. The social image of the young female smoker. British Journal of Addiction. 84(8):935-941.

Did you know that as a non-smoker, others may perceive you as being more self- disciplined than as a smoker? Cooper, WH; Kohn, PM. 1989. The social image of the young female smoker. British Journal of Addiction. 84(8):935-941.

Did you know that as a non-smoker, others might perceive you as being wiser than a smoker is perceived? Cooper, WH; Kohn, PM. 1989. The social image of the young female smoker. British Journal of Addiction. 84(8):935-941.

Did you know that as a non-smoking female, men perceive you as more sexually attractive than when you used to smoke? Clark, EM; Klesges, RC; Neimeyer, RA. 1992. Attributions about sexual behavior, attractiveness, and health as a function of subjects' and targets' sex and smoking status. Basic & Applied Social Psychology. 13(2):205-216.

Did you know that as a non-smoking female, men perceive you as more likable than when you used to smoke? Clark, EM; Klesges, RC; Neimeyer, RA. 1992. Attributions about sexual behavior, attractiveness, and health as a function of subjects' and targets' sex and smoking status. Basic & Applied Social Psychology. 13(2):205-216.

Did you know that by avoiding typical "cues" to smoke that the likelihood of remaining quit is doubled? Velicer, WF; Prochaska, JO. 1999. An expert system intervention for smoking cessation. Patient Education & Counseling. V36(2):119-129.

Did you know that non-smokers are seen as more mature than smokers? Hines, D; Fretz, AC; Nollen, NL. (American Psychological Association Convention., Aug, 1997, Chicago, IL, USA.) 1998. Regular occasional smoking by college students: Personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 83(3, Pt 2):1299-1306.

Did you know that nonsmokers find other nonsmokers more attractive than smokers? Hines, D; Fretz, AC; Nollen, NL. (American Psychological Association Convention., Aug, 1997, Chicago, IL, USA.) 1998. Regular occasional smoking by college students: Personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 83(3, Pt 2):1299-1306.

Did you know that non-smokers are viewed as more desirable to date than smokers? Hines, D; Fretz, AC; Nollen, NL. (American Psychological Association Convention., Aug, 1997, Chicago, IL, USA.) 1998. Regular occasional smoking by college students: Personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 83(3, Pt 2):1299-1306.

Did you know that non-smokers are seen as healthier than smokers are? Hines, D; Fretz, AC; Nollen, NL. (American Psychological Association Convention., Aug, 1997, Chicago, IL, USA.) 1998. Regular occasional smoking by college students: Personality attributions of smokers and nonsmokers. Psychological Reports. 83(3, Pt 2):1299-1306.

Did you know that computer-based smoking cessation interventions appear to be more effective than similar types of programs delivered by mail? Dijkstra, A; De Vries, H; Roijackers, J. 1999. Targeting smokers with low readiness to change with tailored and non-tailored self-help materials. Preventive Medicine: An International Devoted to Practice & Theory. 28(2):203-211.

Did you now that quitting smoking could be a protective factor for erectile dysfunction? Fedele, D; Coscelli, C; Santeusanio, F; Bortolotti, A; Chatenoud, L; Colli, E; Landoni, M; Parazzini, F. 1998. Erectile dysfunction in diabetic subjects in Italy. Gruppo Italiano Studio Deficit Erettile nei Diabetici. Diabetes Care. 21(11):1973-7.

Did you know that actors who use tobacco products are rated less favorably by children than actors who don't use tobacco products? Kury, SP; Rodrigue, JR; Perri, MG. 1998. Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes: Differential attitudes and behavioral intentions of young adolescents toward a hypothetical new peer. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. 27(4):415-422.

Did you know that expectant mothers who quit cigarettes reduce their baby's chances of having attention, motor control, and perception problems? Landgren, M; Kjellman, B; Gillberg, C. 1998. Attention deficit disorder with developmental coordination disorders. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 79(3):207-12.

Did you know that quitting smoking might help you avoid cervical abnormalities? Szarewski, A; Jarvis, MJ; Sasieni, P; Anderson, M; Edwards, R; Steele, SJ; Guillebaud, J; Cuzick, J. 1996. Effect of smoking cessation on cervical lesion size, Lancet. 347(9006):941-3.

Did you know that having people around you who are positive about your effort to stop smoking actually helps quitting? Rice, VH; Templin, T; Fox, DH; Jarosz, P; Mullin, M; Seiggreen, M; Lepczyk, M. 1996. Social context variables as predictors of smoking cessation. Tobacco Control. 5(4):280-5.

Did you know that increasing one's exercise has been linked with success in quitting smoking? Pederson, L; Bull, SB; Ashley, MJ; Mac Donald, JK. 1996. Quitting smoking: why, how, and what might help. Tobacco Control. V5:209-214.

Did you know that persons who have remained quit for more than 15 years appear to have the same risk as "never-smokers" for stomach cancer? De Stefani, E: Boffetta, P; Carzoglio, J: Mendilaharsu, S; Deneo-Pellegrini,H. 1998. Tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking as risk factors for stomach cancer: a case-control study in Uruguay. Cancer Causes Control. 9(3):321-9.

Did you know that excess risk of heart disease caused by smoking could be cut in half after just one year of quitting smoking? Manley, AF. 1997. Cardiovascular implications of smoking: the surgeon general's point of view. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 8(3):303-10.

Did you know that the minimal weight gain reported by some ex-smokers often reverses itself over time? Froom, P; Kristal-Boneh, E; Melamed, S; Gofer, D; Benbassat, J; Ribak, J. 1999. Smoking cessation and body mass index of occupationally active men: the Israeli CORDIS Study. American Journal of Public Health. 89(5):718-22.

Did you know that quitting smoking could eliminate your need for cholesterol -lowering medication, and result in significant cost savings? Muir, J; Fuller, A; Lancaster, T. 1999. Applying the Sheffield tables to data from general practice. British Journal of General Practice. 49(440):217-8.

Did you know that the increased risk for developing prostate cancer as a smoker disappears over time once you quit? Giovannucci, E; Rimm, EB; Ascherio, A; Colditz, GA; Spiegelman, D; Stampfer, MJ; Willett, WC. 1999. Smoking and risk of total and fatal prostate cancer in United States health professionals. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 8(4 Pt 1):277-82.

Did you know that quitting smoking could increase your options for the safe use of contraceptives? Schiff, I; Bell, WR; Davis, V; Kessler, CM; Meyers, C; Nakajima, S; Sexton, BJ. 1999. Oral contraceptives and smoking, current considerations: recommendations of a consensus panel. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 180(6 Pt 2):S383-4.

Did you know that quitting smoking could help to slow facial aging and the appearance of wrinkles? Demierre, MF; Brooks, D; Koh, HK; Geller, AC. 1999. Public knowledge, awareness, and perceptions of the association between skin aging and smoking. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 41(1):27-30.

Did you know that lung function improves within a few months of quitting smoking? Scanlon, PD; Connett, JE; Waller, LA; Altose, MD; Bailey, WC; Buist, AS. 2000. Smoking cessation and lung function in mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Lung Health Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 161(2 Pt 1):381-90. & Muers, MF. 1999. Quitting smoking and lungs. Lancet. 17;354(9174):177-8.

Did you know that supportive partners increase the chances of their significant others quitting smoking? Havassy, BE; Hall, SM; Wasserman, DA. 1991. Social support and relapse: commonalities among alcoholics, opiate users, and cigarette smokers. Addictive Behaviors16(5):235-46. & Håkansson, A; Lendahls, L; Petersson, C. 1999. Which women stop smoking? A population-based study of 403 pregnant smokers. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 78(3):217-24.

Did you know that self-massage may help quitters to relax and improve their mood while quitting smoking? Hernandez-Reif, M; Field, T; Hart, S. 1999. Smoking cravings are reduced by self-massage. Preventive Medicine. 28(1):28-32.

Did you know that that self-massaging one's hands can reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms? Hernandez-Reif, M; Field, T; Hart, S. 1999. Smoking cravings are reduced by self-massage. Preventive Medicine. V28:26-32.

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