Smoking rates stop falling

The CDC has reported that smoking rates in the US have remained the same over the last few years after having fallen year on year for the previous 7 years (1997-2004).

The government’s target is to have only 12% of the adult population smoking by 2010 but the figures suggest that they will miss the target by a long shot.

Statistics show that 20.8% of the adult population smoked last year representing a total of 45 million adults. The statistics also show that a total of 91 million Americans have been smokers at some point in their lives (defined as smoking over 100 cigarettes in their lives).

The report indicated that 80% of smokers smoked every day and 44% of smokers had tried at least once to quit smoking.

Evidence suggests that quitting smoking is the single most advantageous change a smoker can make in their lives to improve their health and lower risks of smoking related disease, such as cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease and stroke.

The Great American Smokeout

The third Thursday of November is coming and so here comes the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and a huge contributor toward overall cancer rates in America and Europe so it is noble that the American Cancer Society run this event to help people get off the smokes. However, there is a side point about being a smoker and being told a specific day is the day when you should try to quit.

In the UK, there is the national no smoking day and do you know what? It makes not the slightest difference to most smokers because smokers do not try to quit smoking ‘en masse’ because anti-smoking organisations want them to. Smokers quit (successfully) when they are good and ready and prepared.

On national no smoking day in the UK, the office blocks still have the smoking hoards outside them, shivering in the cold. Being told ‘today is the day’ isn’t going to wash it, particularly on any old day in November when there isn’t a reason to quit. What’s more, smokers smoke because they are addicted to nicotine and going a whole day without it is a tedious and irritable experience for most smokers. Quitting smoking for one day is a bit like getting a hangover. It is uncomfortable, unnecessary but at least the next day you feel normal again!

Your best bet are to attempt a quit on a day when there is a significant reason for you to quit such as your birthday, new year, your wedding anniversary or your child’s birthday or Armistice Day or the 4th of July or Thanksgiving. Quitting on a random day in November is not a poingnant enough reason to stop.

What’s more, trying to quit without having learned how to quit is quite a futile process and leads to 95% of quitters failing which erodes confidence and hope. My advice is to quit when you are good and ready and have mustered up the reasoning and determination to quit. Also, make sure you have planned how to go about it, or learned from a process such as the EasyQuit System how to make quitting easy and painless.

If you are going without a smoke on the smokeout, good luck and if you are going to try and quit, even more luck to you! Never stop trying to quit.

EasyQuit System mp3 – what do you think?

If you haven’t bought and read my book, the EasyQuit System yet, I would like to know if it would be more appealing to you if it were available as an mp3 audio book?

I know a lot of people don’t like reading a book from the screen (I can cope with it but that’s just me!) and printing out a 100 page book is a bit daunting. To that end, I am in the process of recording the book for my customers so they can just upload the mp3 files to their mp3 player, ipod or listen to them straight from their computer. It will be about 3 hours of audio and will can be burned onto 3 CDs.

Either way, let me know what you think.

Cheers, Pete