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Tips to help you stop smoking

This caught my eye yesterday.

The NHS website has a page that features ‘10 self-help tips to stop smoking’. Here’s a taste:

Consider your diet
Is your after-dinner cigarette your favourite? A US study revealed that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying. Others, including cheese, fruit and vegetables, make cigarettes taste terrible. So swap your usual steak or burger for a veggie pizza instead.

Or, better still:

Make non-smoking friends
When you're at a party, stick with the non-smokers. "When you look at the smokers, don't envy them," says Louise, 52, an ex-smoker. "Think of what they're doing as a bit strange – lighting a small white tube and breathing in smoke."

Who writes this stuff?!

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Is your after-dinner cigarette your favourite? A US study revealed that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying.

Oh I do like that one.

Perhaps a little research into how carbon monoxide orchestrates digestive function might be in order rather than relying on magic.
But as Stanton Glantz is supposed to have said "If the science doesn't help you, don't do the science"

Carbon monoxide plays role in orchestrating digestive tract function

"Farrugia and an associate, Dr. Joseph Szurszewski, headed the study, which focused on carbon monoxide's role in orchestrating movements of muscles in the digestive system. The results were published in the prestigious journal of the National Academy of Sciences, which is based in Washington and advises the federal government on science and technology.

They showed that cells in the digestive system manufacture tiny amounts of carbon monoxide, which then regulates muscle contractions. The contractions occur with great precision to properly move food ahead through the stomach and intestines"

Carbon Monoxide Soothes Inflammatory Bowel Disease

"Doctors have long known that smokers rarely suffer from a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) called ulcerative colitis, but they didn't know why.
A new study in the December 19 issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine might help explain this apparent resistance. Scott Plevy and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh now show that carbon monoxide (CO), a component of cigarette smoke, helps shut down the intestinal inflammation that causes ulcerative colitis."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 15:38 | Unregistered CommenterRose2

Who writes it? Smokerphobics, clearly.

Everyone knows that smokers are the life of any party and that's why even tolerant non smokers, who are not smokerphobic, crowd outside with them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 16:23 | Unregistered Commenterpat nurse

Propaganda statements designed to de-normalise with no basis in reality other than a desire to persecute smokers. It is time to actively push back against this orchestrated campaign of hatred.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 22:03 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

"Make non-smoking friends?" Really? That's a bit of a tall order when all the people you most like happen to be the smokers, and all the people that you'd go out of your way to avoid happen to be non-smokers. Don't get me wrong - there are lots of non-smokers who are perfectly nice people, but as a group there's a much higher proportion of boring, self-oriented, small-minded or just plain nasty people who populate the non-smoking crowd. So trying to make new friends from amongst the non-smoking population is, to be frank, a bit of a risk. You might find yourself chatting to one of the nice ones if you're lucky, but there's quite a high chance that you'll end up buttonholed by one of the not-so-nice ones (probably because the nice non-smokers are avoiding them!) Mixing with smokers is a much safer bet, in my experience, even if you're a non-smoker!

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:32 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

Tips to help being dictated to- suggestions welcomed.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:48 | Unregistered Commentergray cooper

How sad these people are. Glad i don't meet any !

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 16:28 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Goodacre

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