Quit Support & Information

what you need to EAT after you quit smoking and Why

Avoid Cravings and Weight Gain!    Many people are afraid to quit cigarettes because they fear weight gain and cravings or other withdrawal symptoms. You may find that as a smoker, you don’t have to eat as much to fuel your body; that smoking acts as a form of  appetite control. You may be reluctant to give that up! Do you skip meals, especially breakfast? At what cost? Not only do you miss out on much needed nutrition, you inhale all the poisons and toxins of the cigarette – a double negative whammy! What you probably don’t know is that many of the […]

Toxic nicotine replacement ‘therapy’ in pregnancy… under researched & dangerous?

Many women quit smoking easily as soon as they discover they are expecting a baby; others unfortunately struggle to quit even though they may want to. A new program in the Hunter Valley, Australia is attempting to address this issue and is aimed at reducing smoking rates in pregnant Aboriginal women by the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). The program also plans to provide Nicotine Replacement free of charge to the families of those seeking to quit smoking, making it a family affair where members can presumably provide support and accountability to each other. There is no question that […]

Winter Blues? 7 simple steps you can take to lift your mood

Are you just a little bit over winter time and hiding under trackies and your doona! I know I am. I am starting to think about the coming summer and how I might look in my swimsuit! (Yikes!) How will you be? Fit, slim and happy or pasty, sluggish and overweight? Of course making the decision to quit smoking is the single best thing you could have done for your health, but don’t spoil it or make it hard for yourself by eating poorly. Winter can be a time when we miss out on our fix of sunshine, vitamin D and exercise.We may […]

Smoking Cessation – How smokers Kid themselves smoking is ok

Whenever a person holds two ideas, attitudes, beliefs or opinions that are psychologically inconsistent, they are said to be in a state of tension called ‘cognitive dissonance’. They say such things as “Smoking is a dumb thing to do because it could kill me” and at the same time say “It’s ok to smoke two packs a day”. This dissonance produces mental discomfort, which ranges from minor pangs to deep anguish, guilt and self loathing, and people can’t rest easily until they find a way to reduce it. The most direct way for a smoker to reduce dissonance is by […]