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mapTongariro I go…

Alpine Crossing here we come!!

Very excited!

It is one of the best hikes in NZ and people come from round the world to do it.

And and and, it’s a mere 30 minutes from here… Continue reading

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World Smoking News 28/06/2012:

hi there!! Hope you all had a great SMOKE FREE day..

Tomorrow is……..FRIDAY!!! Yay.Hope you have good things planned!! Lots of bread to make for me and a long long run, this weekend 🙂

So today’s smoking stories are:

SMOKING VACCINE BLOCKS NICOTINE IN MICE BRAINS
SMOKING MAY SPUR RARE SLEEP KICKING DISORDER
COLLEGES MOVE TOWARDS ABSOLUTE BAN ON SMOKING;
ANTI SMOKING PLAN GOES FOR CHEAP OPTION (NZ)
Have a great smoke free day!!
You can do it!!
Stay strong and smoke free:)

World Smoking News 25/06/2012:

Yay!! it’s almost friday 🙂

Just kidding but the monday working day is done:)

So one step closer to the weekend.I

Interesting lot of stories today , especially in NZ.

SMOKING USED TO BE SEEN AS FRESH AND COOL (NZ) :

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813599

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STOP DUTY FREE CIGARETTES (NZ):

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815289

RAISE TAX ON CIGARETTES BY 40% SAYS EXPERTS: (NZ)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10812117

SMOKING FATHERS PASS ON DAMAGED GENES TO KIDS:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Smoking-fathers-pass-on-damaged-genes-to-kids/articleshow/14385547.cms

BANGKOK ‘SMOKING KID’ LIGHTS UP INTERNET WITH MESSAGE:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/thai-smoking-kid-ad-goes-viral-on-the-internet/267707-2.html

Have a great day!!

Stay strong and smoke free!!

World Smoking News: 07/06/2012:


Hope it has been a good SMOKE FREE day!!

Today’s round up of interesting news.

Funding for research on Maori news and smoking:

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/funding-research-maori-nurses-and-smoking-important/5/125659

Anti smoking mobile clinic:

http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=200&articleid=814933

definetly a trip to Europe here !!

Big Tobacco campaign push:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/big-tobacco-campaigns-push-in-calif-cigarette-tax-could-echo-in-other-states/2012/06/07/gJQASS29JV_story.html

Cannabis more dangerous than tobacco:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/smoking/news/article.cfm?c_id=321&objectid=10811302

Stay strong and SMOKE FREE!!
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Champix:

Ok, so today Champix:

As you know, not a big fan of the pills but whatever gets you to stop is good with me:)

Once again , I would like personal opinions on how it works for you , that would be great!!

http://www.champix.co.nz/

CHAMPIX® is designed to help reduce the impact of nicotine during the quitting process. CHAMPIX® works in two ways; it can reduce cravings and block the effect of nicotine at the same time so if you do smoke, you might not get the usual feelings of reward, so it might be easier to resist.

http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/datasheet/c/Champixtab.pdf

As with Zyban, I am not going to get into details too much as I don’t want to get my arse sued if I make an error writing what to and not to do if someone takes what I write over a doctors instruction. Look at the 2 links above that will allow you to digest the official information, then look at the views below> I can’t give an opinion on Champix from personal experience but I do want to say just from what I have read…………NOPE!! But if you think it will work for you and most of us are sensible people and weigh up the pro’s and cons, then do it. I know the desperation of not being able to stop and if you think it will help, you try it. As I said, its YOUR way and as long as it’s not dangerous.

Excellent book, by the way!!

One thing that did concern me was the fact it increases depression risk and when you stop smoking for many people you enter a state of depression, usually mild because you lose what was a BIG BIG BIG factor in your life, so to take a pill that may help you stop smoking  BUT increase that risk of depression, especially if you are already depressed,  sorry but I have to say don’t like it 😦

Once again it is you weighing up your odds but for me, having experience with depression, It is a big no-no because I have an increased risk already and to possibly increase it further, for me , would be very stupid.

Look at the link below to www.quit.org.nz and look at the stories/opinions.

http://www.quit.org.nz/search/?c=search&m=index&keywords=CHAMPIX

Kiwi Champix users warned of depression risk:

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2011/august-2011/12/kiwi-champix-users-warned-of-depression-risk.aspx

Safety of stop smoking drug questioned:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/safety-anti-smoking-drug-under-scrutiny-4284313

Interesting articles regarding Champix:

http://www.truthwillout.co.uk/2011/05/14-days-on-champix-ruined-my-life-doc/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_EhBdLq0rU

World Smoking News 03/06/2012

Hope you are all having a GREAT SMOKE FREE day!!

Tomorrow it is Queens birthday here in the Land of the Long White Cloud (err not from smoking )  so it’s a holiday, gotta be good!! Mmmmm so what will happen when we are no longer the Land of the long white cloud and no one smokes? Something to ponder….

So today’s news!! 

All you sports fans:

http://www.cleveland.com/budshaw/index.ssf/2012/06/chain-smoking_spencer_levin_is.html

Fines for smokers in parks in Ajman:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/smokers-risk-fines-in-ajman-parks-1.1030925

 

Interesting Editorial :

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/smoking/news/article.cfm?c_id=321&objectid=10803681

 

Smokers anyone? Are we allowed to call them that now?

Old but interesting. Banning kids sweets that look like SMOKES.  Are we getting extreme? I loved these as a kid! And remember chocolate smokes?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/smoking/news/article.cfm?c_id=321&objectid=10802817

 

Have a good one!!

Stay Strong and smoke-free.